A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Tis strange my Theseus, that these

lovers speak of.

More strange than true.


I never may believe

These antique fables, nor these fairy toys.


Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,

Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend

More than cool reason comprehends.


The lunatic, the lover and the poet

Are of imagination all compact:


One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,

That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,

Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt:


The Poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,

Doth glance from heaven to earth,

from earth to heaven;


And as imagination bodies forth

The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen

Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing


A local habitation and a name.

Such tricks hath strong imagination,

That if it would but apprehend some joy,

It comprehends some bringer of that joy;


Or in the night, imagining some fear,

How easy is a bush supposed a bear!


But all the story of the night told over,

And all their minds transfigured so together,

More witnesseth than fancy’s images

And grows to something of great constancy;

But howsoever, strange and admirable.

Here come the lovers, full of joy and mirth.


Joy, gentle friends! Joy and fresh days of love

Accompany your hearts!

My aim on this site is to share the sense of wonder I get from gardening and being outdoors.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Truly a magical experience to take a stroll through your post, beautiful words and the pictures are so stunning.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Happy Solstice, Ali!

  3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream! This is my favorite Shakespeare comedy. Perfect.

  4. What a beautiful series. Happy Summer Solstice! 🙂

  5. Nat says:

    Hi Ali, what a magical post. What is the second last photo? Curiousity ignited here 😊

    1. Ali says:

      It’s a clematis seed-head! Fab, isn’t it? Vita Sackville-West likened them to Yorkshire Terriers!

      1. Nat says:

        Hehe yes it is wonderful. And when I first saw it my first thought was hair so yorkie sounds appropriate to me too 😊

  6. Heyjude says:

    A magical way to celebrate the summer solstice.

  7. Beautiful photos!

  8. Ahhh what a lovely post for me to wake up to …. beautifully done, pure genius. X

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Katie. x

  9. Tish Farrell says:

    A magical tribute to Shakespeare, your garden and the hour!

  10. Rupali says:

    A beautiful post all in all.

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