Hand in hand with fairy grace (Benjamin Cooke)

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General Information

Title: Hand in hand with Fairy grace
Composer: Benjamin Cooke
Lyricist: William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act V, Scene II

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1795


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Original text and translations

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Titania: Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place.

Oberon: Now, until the break of day,
Through this house each fairy stray.
To the best bride-bed will we,
Which by us shall blessed be;
And the issue there create
Ever shall be fortunate,
So shall all the couples three
Ever true in loving be;
And the blots of Nature’s hand
Shall not in their issue stand:
Never mole, hare-lip, nor scar,
Nor mark prodigious, such as are
Despised in nativity,
Shall upon their children be.
With this field-dew consecrate,
Every fairy take his gait,
And each several chamber bless,
Through this palace, with sweet peace;
Ever shall in safety rest,
And the owner of it blest.
Trip away;
Make no stay;
Meet me all by break of day.