Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hecate's Dragons Come Forth

"Now the hungry lion roars and the wolf behowls the moon..."  -Midsummer Night's Dream

After much confusion throughout the play, three pairs of lovers, including Theseus and his Queen, Hippolyta, are about to be married.
"Whilst the heavy ploughman snores all with weary task fordone..."  -Midsummer Night's Dream

Here Puck, a mischievous spirit, prepares for the fairy blessing of these weddings, banishing all the threats to the lovers' happiness.
"Now the wasted brands do glow whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud, puts the wretch that lies in woe in remembrance of a shroud."  -Midsummer Night's Dream

He calls Hecate's team of dragons to come forth and bring the darkness.
"Now it is the time of night that the graves, all gaping wide, every one lets forth his sprite..."  -Midsummer Night's Dream

Hecate is the goddess of night, and only after the darkness can we see the light.
"In the church-way paths to glide and we fairies, that do run by the triple Hecate's team..." -Midsummer Night's Dream

(Above pictures:  Hermia & Helena)
"From the presence of the sun following darkness like a dream..."  -Midsummer Night's Dream

(Lysander & Demetrius)
"Now are frolic, Not a mouse shall disturb this hallowed house."  -Midsummer Night's Dream

(King Oberon)
"I am sent with broom before..." -Midsummer Night's Dream

(Titania & Nick Bottom)
"To sweep the dust behind the door."  -Midsummer Night's Dream

(And Robin Goodfellow, of course)  Bring on the day!

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