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Choral ~ General ~ A Cappella



“You Spotted Snakes”

(An original setting of the Shakespeare poem)



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♦  This is song #3 in “Three Shakespeare Songs for Choir a Cappella.”
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This charming poem is a lullaby for Titania in Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

The text alternates between fanciful admonitions against any creatures that might disturb the Fairy Queen's sleep, and a request that Philomel (the nightingale) lull the Queen to sleep. 

Thus, my music alternates between being playfully mysterious and lyrically soothing.

You Spotted Snakes

From Act II of William Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream”

Complete text:

You spotted snakes with double tongue,
Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blindworms, do no wrong,   ["blindworms" = a type of lizard]
Come not near our Fairy Queen!

      Philomel, with melody   ["Philomel" = a poetic name for nightingale]
      Sing in our sweet lullaby.
      Never harm, nor spell nor charm,
      Come our lovely lady nigh;
      So, good night, with lullaby.

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
      Sing in our sweet lullaby.
      Never harm, nor spell nor charm,
      Come our lovely lady nigh;
      So, good night, with lullaby.

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