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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Fancy: II. Fairies: Elves: Sprites
The Fairies’ Lullaby
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Act II. Sc. 2.

Enter TITANIA, with her train.

  TITANIA.—Come, now a roundel, and a fairy song;
Then, for the third part of a minute, hence;—
Some, to kill cankers in the musk-rose buds;
Some war with rear-mice for their leathern wings,
To make my small elves coats; and some keep back        5
The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots, and wonders
At our quaint spirits. Sing me now asleep;
Then to your offices, and let me rest.
 
SONG.
1 FAIRY.—You spotted snakes, with double tongue,
              Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;        10
            Newts and blind-worms, do no wrong:
              Come not near our fairy queen.
 
CHORUS.  Philomel, with melody,
            Sing in our sweet lullaby;
      Lulla, lulla, lullaby; lulla, lulla, lullaby:        15
            Never harm,
            Nor spell nor charm,
            Come our lovely lady nigh;
            So, good-night, with lullaby.
 
2 FAIRY.—Weaving spiders, come not here,        20
              Hence, you long-legged spinners, hence!
            Beetles black, approach not near;
              Worm, nor snail, do no offence.
 
CHORUS.  Philomel, with melody, etc.
 
1 FAIRY.—Hence away; now all is well:        25
              One, aloof, stand sentinel.
[Exeunt Fairies. TITANIA sleeps.    
 
 
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