William Benson Earle
(1740 - 1796)

Earle : You spotted snakes : illustration

You spotted snakes
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Earle was an aristocrat and philanthropist who lived much of his life in the Close, Salisbury. He was a keen amateur musician who wrote several well-crafted glees.
Lyrics: William Shakespeare

Ye spotted snakes with double tongue,
Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blindworms, do no wrong,
Come not to our fairy Queen.

Philomel, with melody,
Sing in our sweet melody.
Lulla, lulla, lullaby,
lulla, lulla, lullaby.

Never harm, nor spell nor charm;
Come our lovely lady nigh;
So goodnight, with lullaby.

Hence away, now all is well;
One aloof stand sentinel.