Then NOAH shall go into the Ark with all his family, his wife except, and the Ark must be boarded round about, and on the boards all the beasts and fowls hereafter rehearsed must be painted, that these words may agree with the pictures.
Yet more beasts are in this house;
Here cats maken it full crouse;
Here a ratton, here a mouse,
They stand nigh together.
Here are cocks, kites, crowes,
Rooks, ravens, many rows,
Ducks, curlews, whoever knowes
Each one in this kind;
And here are doves, digs, drakes;
Redshanks running through the lakes;
And each fowl that leden makes
In this ship man may find.
from the Chester Mystery Play of Noah’s Flood (15th century)
Images from Wikimedia Commons.