Fairy Song from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Act 2, Scene 1) (ASL)

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Image description: A white young man is standing in front of a orangish/whitish wall. He is wearing a white T-shirt, grey-ish pants, and a brown belt. He is describing something that is round.

Purpose: I translated this poem because it is commonly studied in school, and I wanted to provide access for the Deaf community.

Translation notes: The translation is inconsistent with the play because the Fairy Queen does not actually arrive at the point that the song is recited. I also made the cowslip’s ear plural because it looks better to have pearls hanging from two ears rather than one.

Title: Fairy Song from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Act 2, Scene 1)

Author: William Shakespeare

English text:

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon’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 dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.

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