William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

A Fairy Song - Poem 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.

Comments about A Fairy Song by William Shakespeare

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/29/2017 2:11:00 PM)

    In those freckles live their savours;
    I must go seek some dewdrops here,
    And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear

    Beautiful poem.10
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  • (5/12/2017 8:35:00 AM)

    This poem is beautiful .. Too your stories (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (4/11/2017 4:53:00 PM)

    Just when I think I am getting somewhere with my own efforts at writing and then I bump into a few lines by Shakespeare and am firmly put into my place! ! ! It is good to read the Master! (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (4/11/2017 1:11:00 PM)

    Shakespeare, the classic English poet whose romance
    with literature and poetry, shall live for generations after generations.
    Midsummer night's dream - a comedy - an outstanding creation!
    I must go seek some dewdrops here,
    And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
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  • Joshua Adeyemi (4/11/2017 11:35:00 AM)

    What a poem! ....Thanks for Sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Oilibheir Álain Christie (4/11/2017 9:21:00 AM)

    Once again, what is presented to us as a poem is truly a segment from a play. In this case, A Midsummer Night's Dream. In Act II, scene i, the character of Robin Goodfellow encounters a fairy whom he asks:
    How now, spirit? Whither wander you?
    And the fairy's reply* is what is commonly known as The Fairy Song although there is no indication whatsoever from the Bard that this speech is sung. It is in no way a monologue, it is an extensive piece of dialogue
    As the fairy leaves he/she parts from Robin with these words:
    Farewell, thou lob of spirits. I’ll be gone.
    Our queen and all our elves come here anon.

    * note that the first sentence has no verb; it is a direct reply to Robin's question
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  • Robert Murray Smith (4/11/2017 1:53:00 AM)

    This poem shows the genius of the Bard. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (4/11/2017 1:30:00 AM)

    What a romantic fairy poem by William Shakespeare, the master of poetry! (Report) Reply

  • (4/11/2017 1:15:00 AM)

    hill, dale, bush, flood, fire, moon dew drops. putting all these in one side,
    I put my mound of grain on the other.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/11/2017 1:04:00 AM)

    Moon's sphere... thanks for posting.... (Report) Reply

  • (2/10/2017 4:10:00 AM)

    Truly stupendous (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/1/2017 2:30:00 PM)

    tom allport
    good deeds makes the world a happier place. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (11/13/2016 8:33:00 AM)

    a good fairy and her good song...love it- 10 (Report) Reply

  • (8/30/2016 5:04:00 PM)

    U Wii alive always (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/4/2016 10:05:00 PM)

    Wonderfully imaginative, . It must be Shakespeare. (Report) Reply

  • (3/6/2016 1:44:00 PM)

    Heart touching (Report) Reply

  • (1/12/2016 6:01:00 PM)

    ........another one of my favorites, I love the flow of this one ★ (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/13/2015 9:47:00 AM)

    This is a fairy speaking with Puck in ''A Midsummer Night's Dream''.

    Puck asks her where she is going and she replies, telling him it is her job, as servant to Titania, to put dewdrops on everything. She's making everything pretty, evidently that is what faeries do.

    She is saying that she wanders everywhere, through parks, briers, floods, fires, hills and dales very quickly, and she serves Titania (the fairy queen) by dropping dew on the grass and bushes. Cowslips are a type of flower and a pensioner is a guardian, mercenary, 'gentleman at arms'. She is saying that you can tell by looking at the cowslips (flowers) who their guardian is by looking at the gold coats and spots because they are the gifts of faeries (fairy favors): it is those spots (freckles) that make them smell so good and make them unique (savours) .

    She then recognizes Puck as one of Oberon's servants and they talk about keeping the two of them separated because they are fighting.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/13/2015 9:45:00 AM)

    from Act 2, Scene 1 of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
    That's the scene in which the fairies who dwell in the forest make their first appearance in the play. The fairy who recites those lines helps to establish a magical mood and introduce a way of life that is dramatically different from the lives of the human characters in the play.
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  • (10/26/2015 6:25:00 AM)

    There's so much eroticism in this poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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