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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
You Spotted Snakes
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “A Midsummer-Night’s Dream,” Act II. Scene 2

YOU spotted snakes, with double tongue,
  Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blind-worms, do no wrong;
  Come not near our fairy queen.
 
      Philomel, with melody        5
      Sing in our sweet lullaby;
  Lulla, lulla, lullaby; lulla, lulla, lullaby:
        Never harm,
        Nor spell nor charm,
      Come our lovely lady nigh;        10
      So, good night, with lullaby.
 
Weaving spiders, come not here;
  Hence, you long-legg’d spinners, hence!
Beetles black, approach not near;
  Worm, nor snail, do no offence.        15
 
      Philomel, with melody
      Sing in our sweet lullaby;
  Lulla, lulla, lullaby; lulla, lulla, lullaby;
        Never harm,
        Nor spell nor charm,        20
      Come our lovely lady nigh;
      So, good night, with lullaby.
 
 
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