Fairy song (Agnes Zimmermann)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-07-14). Score information: A4, 7 pages, 112 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
First published: 1871 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 4, no. 118
Description: The source attributes the lyrics to Shakespeare, but most other sources regard them as anonymous. The first two and the last verse of a longer poem are set.
Original text and translations
Come, follow, follow me,
You, fairy elves that be,
Which circle on the green,
Come, follow Mab, your queen!
Hand in hand let’s dance around,
For this place is fairy ground.
When mortals are at rest,
And snoring in their nest,
Unheard and unespied,
Through keyholes we do glide;
Over tables, stools, and shelves,
We trip it with our fairy elves.
On tops of dewy grass
So nimbly do we pass,
The young and tender stalk
Ne’er bends when we do walk;
Yet in the morning may be seen
Where we the night before have been.