This piece uses an extract from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Act V, Scene II
A dialogue between Oberon and Titania.
Through the house give glimmering light By the dead and drowsy fire; Every elf and fairy sprite Hop as light as bird from brier; And this ditty after me Sing and dance it trippingly. First, rehearse your song by rote, To each word a warbling note: Hand in hand, with fairy grace, Will we sing, and bless this place.