By the moon we sport and play, With the night begins our day: As we frisk the dew doth fall; Trip it, little urchins all! Lightly as the little bee, Two by two, and three by three; And about, about go we.
Brief Discourse of the true use of Charact’ring the Degrees, &c
by Thomas Ravenscroft (c1582 - c1635)
?. The urchins' dance  [sung text checked 1 time]
?. The fairies' dance  [sung text checked 1 time]
Dare you haunt our hallow’d green? None but fairies here are seen. Down and sleep, Wake and weep, Pinch him black, and pinch him blue, That seeks to steal a lover true! When you come to hear us sing, Or to tread our fairy ring, Pinch him black, and pinch him blue! O thus our nails shall handle you!
?. The elves' dance  [sung text checked 1 time]
Round about in a fair ring-a, Thus we dance and thus we sing-a; Trip and go, to and fro, Over this green-a; All about, in and out, Over this green-a.
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?. The satyrs' dance  [sung text checked 1 time]
Round-a, round-a, keep your ring: To the glorious sun we sing, — Ho, ho! He that wears the flaming rays, And th’ imperial crown of bays, Him with shouts and songs we praise — Ho, ho! That in his bounty he’d vouchsafe to grace The humble sylvans and their shaggy race.