A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Tis strange my Theseus, that these

lovers speak of.

More strange than true.

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I never may believe

These antique fables, nor these fairy toys.

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Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,

Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend

More than cool reason comprehends.

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The lunatic, the lover and the poet

Are of imagination all compact:

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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:

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The Poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,

Doth glance from heaven to earth,

from earth to heaven;

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And as imagination bodies forth

The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen

Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing

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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;

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Or in the night, imagining some fear,

How easy is a bush supposed a bear!

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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.

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Joy, gentle friends! Joy and fresh days of love

Accompany your hearts!

 

 

 

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

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Katie. x

  8. Tish Farrell says:

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

  9. Rupali says:

    A beautiful post all in all.

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