Song Lyrics

These are the song lyrics as shown in the CD pamphlet, except that here, we have as much space as we want so the text is a bit larger.  One note is that when words or phrases are repeated in a song, they aren't repeated in these lyrics. (You know, "Speak, of all loves! Speak, of all loves!" becomes simply: "Speak, of all loves!") Now that we've had our fill of olives (not to mention avocadoes), you can take a look at those lyrics!  Use the list below to jump quickly to the song you want.

All in a night's dream | O happy fair | Rehearsal | Fairy Lullaby | Enchantment #1 | Enchantment #2
Blessed and attractive eyes | Speak, of all loves | Bottom's ditty | I do love thee

Puck! | Enchantment #2.5 | Enchantment #3 | Expletive Deleted | Enchantment #4
Pyramus and Thisby | Puck's Epilogue / Finale

1. All in a night’s dream

[Ensemble:] In the night, through the night;
Midsummer night, that perfect night for dreams.
In the night, through the night;
It happens that it’s all in a night’s dream.
[Soloist 1:] These things seem undistinguishable
Like the far-off mountains turned to clouds.
Methinks I see these things with parted eye
When ev’rything seems double.
Can you tell me? Are you sure we are awake?
It seems to me that yet we dream.
[Soloist 2:] The poet’s eye in a fine frenzy rolling
Doth glance from heav’n to earth
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown,
The poet’s pen doth give to airy nothing
Local habitation and a name.

2. O happy fair!

[Helena:] Demetrius loves your fair. O happy fair!
Your eyes are lodestars and your tongue’s sweet air.
More tuneable than lark to shepherd’s ear
When wheat is green and hawthorn buds appear.
O happy fair!

Sickness is catching.  O were favor so,
Yours would I catch, fair Hermia, ere I go;
My ear should catch your voice, my eye your eye,
My tongue should catch your tongue’s sweet melody.
O happy fair!

Were the world mine, Demetrius being bated,
The rest I’d give to be to you translated.
O teach me how you look and with what art
You sway the motion of Demetrius’ heart
O happy fair!
[Hermia:] I frown upon him; yet he loves me still.
[Helena:] O that your frowns could teach my smiles such skill!
[Hermia:] I give him curses; yet he gives me love.
[Helena:] O that my prayers could such affection move!
[Both:] O happy fair!
[Hermia:] The more I hate, the more he follows me.
[Helena:] The more I love, the more he hateth me.
[Hermia:] His folly, Helena, is no fault of mine.
[Helena:] None but your beauty, would that fault were mine!
[Both:] O happy fair!

3. Rehearsal

[Bottom:] The raging... rocks
And shiv’ring shocks
Shall break the locks
Of Prison gates,
And Phibbus’ car
Shall shine from far
And make and mar
The foolish fates’.    This was lofty....

...An I may hide my... face,
Let me play Thisby too.
I’ll speak in a small voice:
“Thisne, Thisne!
Pyramus, dear,
Thy lady dear, and
lover dear.”

...Let me play the lion... too.
I’ll roar that I will do
Men’s hearts good to hear me.
I’ll make the Duke say,
“Let him roar again!”

[Quince:] ...and that were enough to hang us... all!
[All:] Ev’ry mother’s son.  That would surely hang us.
That would hang us all.  Ev’ry mother’s son.

[Bottom:] ...I will discharge it in either your... straw colored beard...
[Others:] NO!
[Bottom:] Or your orange tawny beard...
[Others:] NO WAY!
[Bottom:] Your purple in-grain beard?
[Others:] UH-UH!
[Bottom:] Your perfit yellow?
[Others:] NO!
[Bottom:] Your french crown-colored beard!

[Bottom:] ...We will meet, and there we may rehearse most obscenely and courageously.
[All:] We will...  meet!
We’ll meet and then rehearse,
Rehearse it most obscenely,
Obscenely and courageous,
But mostly obscenely!
Obscenely we’ll rehearse,
Then we’ll rehearse again.
And if we are courageous,
We’ll all be made MEN!

4. Fairy Lullaby

[Peaseblossom:] Spotted snakes with double tongue,
You thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blindworms do no wrong now,
Come not near us, do no wrong to our Queen.
[All Fairies:] Philomele with melody
O sing in our sweet lullaby,
Lulla, lulla, lullaby now, good night.
Never harm nor spell nor charm, no.
Come our lovely lady nigh.
So good night with lullaby, good night.
[Mustardseed:] Weaving spiders come not here,
Go hence you long-leg’d spinners, hence!
[Fairies:] Beetles black, approach not near:
Not worm or snail, do no offense to our Queen!
[Mustardseed:] Hence away! Now all is well.
One aloof stand sentinel.

5. Enchantment #1

[Oberon:] What thou seest when thou dost wake.
Do it for thy true love take;
Love and languish for his sake.
Be it ounce or cat or snake,
Pard or boar with bristled hair
In thy eye that shall appear
When thou wak’st, it is thy dear.
Wake when some vile thing is near.

6. Enchantment #2

[Puck:]  Through the forest have I gone,
But Athenian found I none
On whose eyes I might approve
This flower’s force at stirring love.
Night and silence!  Who is here?
Weeds of Athens he doth wear.
This is he (my master said)
Despised the Athenian maid;
And here the maiden sleeping sound
On the dank and dirty ground.
Pretty soul, she durst not lie
Near this lack-love, this kill-courtesy.
Churl, upon thy eyes I throw
All the pow’r this charm doth owe:
When thou wak’st let love forbid
Sleep his seat on thy eye-lid.
So awake when I am gone,
For I must now to Oberon.

7. Blessed and attractive eyes

[Helena and follow-fairy:]
O, I am out of breath in this fond chase.
The more my prayer the lesser is my grace.
Happy is Hermia where so e’er she lies,
For she hath blessed and attractive eyes.
How came her eyes so bright?
Not with salt tears, not tears.
If so, my eyes are oft’ner washed than hers,
For she hath blessed and attractive eyes.
No, No!  I am ugly as a bear,
And beasts that see me run away for fear.
Therefore no marvel though Demetrius
Do as a monster fly my presence thus.
What wicked and dissembling glass of mine
Made me compare with Hermia’s sphery eyne?
For she hath blessed and attractive eyes.

8. Speak, of all loves
*Music by Jesse P. Howard and Laurel Stewart

Lysander, what removed?  Lysander, lord.
What, out of hearing, gone?  No sound, no word?
Alack, where are you?  Speak, an’ if you hear,
Speak, of all loves!  I swoon almost with fear.
No, then I well perceive you are not nigh.
Either death or you I’ll find immediatly.

9. Bottom’s Ditty

[Bottom:] The woosel cock so black of hue,
With orange tawny bill,
The throstle with his note so true.
The wren with little quill.
The finch, the sparrow and the lark,
The plain song cukoo grey,
Whose note full many a man doth mark,
And dares not answer na-a-a-a-y!

10. I do love thee

[Titania:]  I do love thee.
Therefore go with me.
I’ll give thee fairies to attend on thee.

They will fetch thee jewels from the deep,
And sing while thou on pressed flowers dost sleep.

I will purge thy mortal grossness so
That thou shalt like an airy spirit go.
[Fairies:] [Chorus]

-- Act 2 --

11. Puck!

[Soloist 3:] Puck, what hast thou done?
Thou hast mistaken quite.
And laid the love juice on...
On some true lover’s sight!
[Soloist 4:] Puck, of thy mistake
It must perforce ensue
Some true love turned false
And not a false turned true!

[Puck:] I go, I go, oh look how I go
Swifter than arrow from Tartar’s bow!
[Ensemble:] She goes, oh look how she goes
Swifter than arrow from Tartar’s bow!
Shrewd and knavish sprite,
Merry wanderer of the night!

[Soloist 3:] Puck, about the wood,
Go swifter than the wind.
Helena of Athens,
Helena look thou find.
[Soloist 4:] Fancy sick she is,
She’s sick and pale of cheer.
Puck, by some illusion,
See that thou bring her here.

12. Enchantment #2.5

[Oberon:] Flower of this purple dye,
Hit with Cupid’s archery,
Sink in apple of his eye!
When his love he doth espy,
Let her shine as gloriously
As the Venus of the sky.
When thou wak’st, if she be by,
Beg of her for remedy.

13. Enchantment #3

[Oberon:] Stand aside.  The noise they make
Will cause Demetrius to awake.
[Puck:] Then will two at once woo one.
That must needs be sport alone.
And those things do best please me
That befall prepost’rously.

14. Expletive Deleted

[Hermia:] That’s it!
Thou un-feeling fickle changeling,
Thou vacant shag-eared remnant for sooth!
Rank man! The veriest misleader that ever dared to chew with a tooth!
[Lysander:] Rotten thing, tedious weak and writhled shrimp!  Blunt monster with uncountable heads!
[Hermia:] Um, hedgepig?  You dunghill groom,
A corpse who thinks he’s not dead!
[Lysander:] Valient flea!
[Hermia:] Abject drudge!
[Lysander:] Snipe!
[Hermia:] Dogfish!
[Both:] YOU...

[Ensemble:] Expletive deleted!  It’s a simple game.
Finding diplomatic ways to call them names.
It’s a shame; it’s all for show,
And I don’t know why the expletive has been deleted!

[Lysander:] This common customer, this unbaked and doughy youth
Thinks he’s half the gentleman I am.
This lily-livered, one-trunk-inheriting slave,
He is the weakest, dullest peasant in the camp!
[Demetrius:] Thou chaos!  Lewd compounded clay-man!  Thou superfluous lacky, you noisome stench!
Indigest-deformed lump, go plead your grizzled love to that croaking wench!
[Hermia:] Vile worm!
[Demetrius:] Off fragment!
[Lysander:] Hag begone!
[All 3:] YOU...
[Helena:] O stumbling block!  Thou illegitimate construction!  Anointed sovereign of sighs and groans!
Kitchen trull!  You mere anatomy, you snail, you simpring, bunchback, jaded JUNIOR drone!
[Hermia:] O, me!  You mean-born mildewed minion!  You bawdy brazen breeder of mutts!
[Helena:] O recreant limb!  You are naught but a stuffed cloakbag of guts!
[Hermia:] Dog-hearted daughter!
[Helena:] Slug!
[Demetrius:] Viperous traitor!
[Lysander:] Bug!
[All 4:] YOU...
[Ensemble:] Expletive Deleted!
Obscenity excluded!  Profanity prevented!  Scurillity suspended!
Deleted! Excluded! Prevented! Suspended!

15. Enchantment #4

[Oberon:] Fierce vexation of a dream.
I release the fairy queen.
Be as thou wast wont to be;
See as thou wast wont to see.
Dian’s bud o’er Cupid’s flow’r
Hath such force and blessed pow’r.

16. Pyramus and Thisby

[Theseus:]  Oh,
Pyramus and Thisby is the play we wish to see.
No matter what it is, we want that play.
So, Players get ye ready for the first part of the scene,
For Pyramus and Thisby is the play we wish to see.

The battle of the Centaurs to be played upon the harp?
[Ensemble:]  No!
Riot of the tipsy Baccanals?
[Ensemble:] No way!
Thrice three muses mourning for the death of learning?
[Ensemble:]  No!  So!
[Philostrate:] Um...Pyramus and Thisby is the play they wish to see.
[Bottom:]  What?
No matter what it is, they want your play!
[Bottom:] Oh no!
One small favor though:  Please don’t do any thing obscene, dear,
Pyramus and Thisby is the play they wish to see.
[Ensemble:] [Chorus]
[Bottom:] Lads, Pyramus and Thisby is the play they wish to see.
[Snug:] Run!
No matter if it’s bad, they want our play!
[Rude mechanicals:]  Oh no!
So, make your peace with God and drink up anything that’s free,
For Pyramus and Thisby is the play they wish to see.
[Rude mechanicals:] [Chorus]
[All others:] [Chorus]
[Hippolyta:]  No, no, no, no, no...
Pyramus and thisby is the play that troubles me.
In truth, none of the players has a brain.
So players, skip ye hence right to the last part of the scene,
For Pyramus and Thisby is the play that troubles me.
[Ensemble:] [Chorus]

17. Puck’s Epilogue / Finale

[Puck:]  With this field dew consecrate,
Ev’ry fairy take his gait,
And each sev’ral chamber bless,
Through this palace, with sweet peace.
And the owner of it blest
Ever shall in safety rest.
Trip away; make no stay;
Meet me all by break of day.

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this and all is mended.
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear
And this weak and idle theme
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles do not reprehend.
If you pardon we will mend.
We’ll mend.
And as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ’scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call.
So goodnight unto you all.  Good night.
Give me your hands if we be friends,
Robin shall restore amends.

[Ensemble:] [All in a night’s dream Chorus]

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