I know a bank [whereon the wild thyme blows]1, Where [oxlips]2 and the nodding violet grows [Quite over-canopied with luscious]3 woodbine, With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine: There sleeps [Titania some time]4 of the night, Lull'd in [these]5 flowers with dances and delight. And there the snake throws [her]6 enameled skin, Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in.
L. Lehmann sets lines 1-2, 5-6
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1 Roe: "where the whild thyme grows"
2 Lehmann: "oxlip"
3 Proctor-Gregg: "All over-canopied by luscious"; Harrison: "Quite over-canopied by lush"
4 Lehmann: "our Fairy Queen some times"
5 Lehmann: "the"
6 Proctor-Gregg: "his"
- by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Midsummer Night's Dream, Act II, Scene 1 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Winifred May Bury (1897 - 1977), "I know a bank", copyright © 1933 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Julius Allan Greenway Harrison (1885 - 1963), "I know a bank" [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Liza Lehmann (1862 - 1918), "Titania's Cradle", lines 1-2,5-6 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Humphrey Procter-Gregg (1895 - 1980), "I know a bank" [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Betty Roe (b. 1930), "I know a bank", published 2001 [ medium voice, recorder, and piano ], from Seven Short Songs for voice, recorder and piano, no. 7 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (François-Victor Hugo)
Researcher for this text: Barbara Miller
This text was added to the website: 2006-12-05
Line count: 8
Word count: 59