I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤
Photo by Chaos09, Pixabay. Painting by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act IV, Scene 1.”
The fairy queen Titania here leans adoringly against Bottom, a weaver who has magically been given the head of an ass (in Shakespeare’s act 4, scene 1). Fairies and enchanted animals attend the pair within a woodland bower, as the queen’s gauzy attire and her paramour’s Turkish slippers suggest a harem scene. Watching gleefully from behind is Puck, the sprite who engineered the bizarre coupling at the behest of the queen’s angry husband, Oberon.” Source: The Met
Methinks if given a choice,
I’d be no one but myself.
I’m Puck the merry wanderer.
My magic is my wealth.
‘Lord, what fools these mortals be,’
Having to arrange their lives by me;
Running ’round in circles endlessly.
My antics are to them reality.
The funniest thing that ‘ere I did
Was change old Bottom’s face.
Because it suited him the best,
I put an ass’s head in place.
I’ve fooled the wisest of men.
In their toils I take delight.
No one escapes my trickery.
You and I shall meet one night.
Lyrics (and music) by Michele O’Toole and Margie North. My best friend and I wrote this song when we were 15-years old for a Shakespeare class project, sophomore year in high school. Great fun!
We’re celebrating all kinds of love this week and next in honor of Valentine’s Day which is, of course, also about romantic love. And never was romantic love made to look so utterly ridiculous and hilarious as in Shakespeare’s beloved play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. ← The entire play is available here.
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