John Christopher Smith
(1712 - 1795)

Smith : You spotted snakes (reduced accompaniment) : illustration

You spotted snakes (reduced accompaniment)
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From "The Fairies", 1755, an opera composed to an adaptation by Garrick of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The piece is offered in its original version with orchestral accompaniment, and also with an accompaniment reduced to flute (or treble recorder) and continuo.
Lyrics: William Shakespeare

You spotted snakes with double tongue,
Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blindworms, do no wrong,
Come not near our fairy Queen.
Philomele, with melody,
Sing in our sweet lullaby;
Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby:
Never harm nor spell nor charm,
Come the fairy's pillow nigh;
So, good night, with lullaby.

Weaving spiders,come not here;
Hence, you long-legged spinners, hence!
Beetles black, approach not near;
Worm nor snail, do no offence.
Philomele, with melody, &c