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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Now the Hungry Lion Roars
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “A Midsummer-Night’s Dream,” Act V. Scene 2

PUCK sings:
      NOW the hungry lion roars,
        And the wolf behowls the moon;
      Whilst the heavy ploughman snores,
        All with weary task fordone.
      Now the wasted brands do glow,        5
        Whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud,
      Puts the wretch that lies in woe
        In remembrance of a shroud.
      Now it is the time of night,
        That the graves, all gaping wide,        10
      Every one lets forth his sprite,
        In the churchway paths to glide:
      And we fairies, that do run
        By the triple Hecate’s team,
      From the presence of the sun,        15
        Following darkness like a dream,
      Now are frolic; not a mouse
      Shall disturb this hallowed house:
      I am sent with broom before
      To sweep the dust behind the door.        20
 
 
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