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SONGS FROM THE PLAYS OF

SHAKESPEARE.

FROM THE TEMPEST.

Come unto these yellow sands,

And then take hands:
Court'sied when you have, and kiss'd,

(The wild waves whist)
Foot it featly here and there;
And, sweet sprites, the burden bear.

Hark, hark !
Burden. Bowgh, wowgh,

[dispersedly. The watch-dogs bark : Bur. Bowgh, wowgh.

[dispersedly. Hark, hark! I hear The strain of strutting chanticlere Cry, cock-a-doodle-doo.

Full fathom five thy father lies ;

Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls, that were

his

eyes : Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change

Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Hark! now I hear them-ding-dong, bell.

[Burden, Ding-dong.

WHERE the bee sucks, there suck I;
In a cowslip's bell I lie:
There I couch, when owls do cry.
On the bat’s back I do fly,
After summer, merrily:
Merrily, merrily, shall I live now
Under the blossom, that hangs on the bough.

FROM TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA.

Who is Silvia ? what is she,

That all our swains commend her? Holy, fair, and wise is she:

The heavens such grace did lend her, That she might admired be.

Is she kind, as she is fair?

For beauty lives with kindness: Love doth to her eyes repair,

To help him of his blindness ; And, being help'd inhabits there.

Then to Silvia let us sing,

That Silvia is excelling; She excels each mortal thing,

Upon the dull earth dwelling; To her let us garlands bring.

FROM MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

TAKE, oh take those lips away,

That so sweetly are forsworn; And those eyes, the break of day,

Lights that do mislead the morn: But my kisses bring again,

Bring again, Seals of love, but seal'd in vain,

Seald in vain !

FROM MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

FIRST FAIRY.

You spotted snakes, with double tongue,

Thorny hedge-hogs, be not seen ; 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;

Never harm, nor spell nor charm,
Come our lovely lady nigh;
So, good night, with lullaby.

SECOND FAIRY.

Weaving spiders, come not here;

Hence, you long-legg'd spinners, hence; Beetles black, approach not near;

Worm, nor snail, do no offence.

CHORUS

Philomel with melody, &c.

FIRST FAIRY.

Hence away; now all is well:
One, aloof, stand centinel.

PUCK.

Now the hungry lion roars,

And the wolf bebowls the moon; Whilst the heavy ploughman snores,

All with weary task fordone.

Now the wasted brands do glow,

Whilst the scritch-owl, scritching 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, Every one lets forth his sprite,

In the church-way paths to glide : And we fairies that do run

By the triple Hecat's team,
From the presence of the sun,

Following darkness like a dream,
Now are frolick; not a mouse
Shall disturb this hallow'd house:
I am sent, with broom, before,
To

sweep the dust behind the door.

OBERON.

Through this house, give glimmering light,

By the dead and drowsy fire;
Every elf, and fairy sprite,

Hop as light as bird from brier ;
And this ditty, after me,
Sing, and dance it trippingly.

TITANIA.

First, rehearse this song by rote :
To each word a warbling note,
Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place.

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