‘A Fairy Song’
by William Shakespeare
“Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.”
William Shakespeare was born and died on this day in 1564 and 1616 respectively, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries. The day is also marked by World Book Night, see how you can be involved.
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