by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

I know a bank whereon the wild thyme...
Language: English 
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"


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Researcher for this text: Barbara Miller

This text was added to the website: 2006-12-05
Line count: 8
Word count: 59