Saturday, July 16, 2011


John Simmons ~ There Lies Titania, 1872

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I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell'd skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in:
And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes,
And make her full of hateful fantasies.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 2, Scene 1
William Shakespeare

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Anita Louise as Titania, Queen of the Fairies

 Bottom and Titania, James Cagney and Anita Louise

Featurette on the making of Max Reinhardt's and William Dieterle's 1935 film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream  ➔  Turner Classic Movies

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