Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Come now, what masques, what dances shall we have
To wear away this long age of three hours
Between our after-supper and bedtime?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Theseus, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 5, sc. 1, l. 32-4.
"Masques" were courtly entertainments based on the idea of masked dancers.