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You spotted snakes with double tongue

Language: English

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
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.]1

Weaving spiders, come not here;
Hence, you long-legg'd spinners, hence!
[Beetles black, approach not near;
Worm nor snail, do no offence.

Philomel, with melody, etc.]2


Translation(s): DUT FRE

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1 moved to the end by Křenek; moved to the beginning by Blitzstein (see text below).
2 omitted by Křenek.
Text as set by Blitzstein (courtesy of Kyle Degraff):
Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby:
Never harm, Nor spell nor charm,
Come our lovely lady nigh;
So, good night, with lullaby.

You spotted snakes with double tongue,
Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blind-worms, do no wrong,
Come not near our fairy queen.

Weaving spiders, come not here;
Hence, you long-legged spinners, hence!
Beetles black, approach not near;
Worm nor snail, do no offence.

Philomele, with melody
Sing in our sweet lullaby.
Lulla, lulla, lullaby,
Lulla, lulla, lullaby.
Lullaby.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Last modified: 2016-09-11 16:06:49
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Vous, serpents tachetés au double dard

Language: French (Français) after the English

Vous, serpents tachetés au double dard,
Hérissons épineux, ne vous montrez pas,
Salamandres, orvets, ne soyez pas malfaisants,
N'approchez pas de la reine des fées.

"Philomèle, avec ta mélodie,
Accompagne notre douce chanson ;
Lulla, Lulla, Lullaby ! Lulla, Lulla, Lullaby !
Que ni malheur,
ni charme, ni maléfice
N'atteigne notre aimable dame,
Et bonne nuit, avec Lullaby."

"Araignées fileuses, ne venez pas céans ;
Arrière, faucheux aux longues pattes, arrière !
Noirs escarbots, n'approchez pas.
Vers et limaçons, ne faites aucun dégât."


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Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Midsummer Night's Dream, Act II, Scene 2 DUT
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): David Werner Amram, Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, Marc Blitzstein, Julius Allan Greenway Harrison, J. Frederick Keel, Ernst Křenek. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2011-11-30.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:42
Line count: 15
Word count: 83