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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Act 5, scene 1


Now the hungry lion roars,

     And the wolf behowls the moon,

Whilst the heavy plowman snores,

     All with weary task fordone.

Now the wasted brands do glow,

     Whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud,

Puts the wretch that lies in woe

     In remembrance of a shroud.

Now it is the time of night

     That the graves, all gaping wide,

Every one lets forth his sprite

     In the church-way paths to glide.

And we fairies, that do run

     By the triple Hecate's team

From the presence of the sun,

     Following darkness like a dream,

Now are frolic.  Not a mouse

Shall disturb this hallowed house.

I am sent with broom before,

To sweep the dust behind the door.

Greg Wyatt, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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