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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
The Fairy Life
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “A Midsummer-Night’s Dream,” Act II. Scene 1

      OVER hill, over dale,
    Thorough bush, thorough brier,
      Over park, over pale,
    Thorough flood, thorough fire,
  I do wander everywhere,        5
  Swifter than the moonè’s sphere;
  And I serve the fairy queen,
  To dew her orbs upon the green:
  The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
  In their gold coats spots you see;        10
  Those be rubies, fairy favours,
  In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dew-drops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.
 
 
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