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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
97. Lullaby
 
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
 
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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