A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 3, Scene 1 | Shakespeare’s Globe | Rent or Buy on Globe Player


The ousel cock so black of hue,
With orange-tawny bill, The throstle with his note so true,
The wren with little quill,– What angel wakes me from my flowery bed? The finch, the sparrow and the lark,
The plain-song cuckoo gray, Whose note full many a man doth mark,
And dares not answer nay;– for, indeed, who would set his wit to so foolish
a bird? who would give a bird the lie, though he cry
‘cuckoo’ never so? I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again: Mine ear is much enamour’d of thy note; So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape;
And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me
On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.

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