A walk in Fairy Land

Spring is full of poetry.
This is one of my favourite poems by William Shakespeare

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moone’s sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green:
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dew-drops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.

18 Comments on “A walk in Fairy Land

  1. I’d never heard that poem before. I love it too! And your paintings(?) are so beautiful!! Are they paintings? I love the feathery, soft look of the leaves!

    • Hi Julie. Thank you so much for your response. I can choose the painting effect on my camera and special motives are a thrill to work with.
      I have a thing about winding paths = love them 🙂 Here are the details dimmed and the big lines highlighted by the painting effect. I like that.

  2. I adore the notion of “a pearl in every cowslip’s ear”. The painting effect of your photos fascinates me, too. Does every modern digital camera have this function, or is it applied later?

    • I do love that line too, and there are more to come: “The cowslip flowers are her bodyguards. You’ll see that their petals have spots on them—those are rubies, fairy gifts. Their sweet smells come from those little freckles.”
      Some of Sony’s cameras have that kind of painting effect. I don’t know how common it is.

  3. Lovely!

    The king doth keep his revels here tonight.
    Take heed the queen come not within his sight.
    For Oberon is passing fell and wrath
    Because that she, as her attendant hath
    A lovely boy stolen from an Indian king.
    She never had so sweet a changeling.
    And jealous Oberon would have the child
    Knight of his train, to trace the forests wild.
    But she perforce withholds the lovèd boy,
    Crowns him with flowers, and makes him all her joy.

    • Thank you, Fred! I love to immerse myself in poetry – and now I did it again with your help 🙂

    • Thanks a lot for your kind words, Indah. Two weeks have passed with a wonderful demonstration of that nature can change from winter to summer in no time.
      I know it would have pleased Shakespeare with such a diversity and magic 🙂

  4. Thanks for posting this poem, and your wandering photos. I took my blog title, I Do Wander Everywhere, from this speech, by an unnamed fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I have not blogged for 13 months due to health issues, but hope to get back to photography and posts this fall.

    • You are most welcome, BuntyMcC.
      It’s good to hear from you. I’m glad that you also find great pleasure and inspiration in that poem.
      I wish you a fast recovery ❤
      All the best
      Hanna

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