June 16, 2016

Poetry Friday--"Sing and Dance It Trippingly"

After the library closes today some of us are going to be gathering to create a fairy village along the back edge of the library property. We lost a co-worker to leukemia last year and unfortunately there has been a long delay in doing something as a group to memorialize her. We've decided that since she loved children, we would put together a little village to amuse and delight the kids in town.

I have gathered and created a few things to add to the assemblage, and the one I like the best is a "post office" where kids can leave little notes, hopefully it will be finished soon.

After everyone has worked their magic, I will take some photos to share.

Here's a bit of verse from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. (Midsummer, also known as the summer solstice, is almost upon us!)
Through the house give glimmering light,
   By the dead and drowsy fire:
Every elf and fairy sprite
   Hop as light as bird from brier;
And this ditty, after me,
Sing, and dance it trippingly.

First, rehearse your song by rote,
To each word a warbling note;
Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place.

This verse has been set to music by New Hampshire's own Amy Beach! There are several renditions available on YouTube. I like this one for it's lilting quality.

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  1. What a lovely tribute for your colleague - and I'm sure the children will enjoy it too. The extract from Midsummer Night's Dream is a favourite of mine :)

  2. What a lovely tribute to your colleague and friend, Diane. Looking forward to seeing the photos. Jet

  3. The video is a beautiful version of that verse. My son sings with a choir that sings poetry set to music. They did There Will Come Soft Rains this June, and it was gorgeous.

    1. Does your son's choir post their performances on YouTube?

  4. Simply lovely! Thanks for the Shakespeare fix today, for transporting us to fairyland. Love the idea of a fairy village. Can't wait to see the photos. :)

    1. See the Facebook link I posted above! We're off to a good start and we're hoping the village will grow and change over time.

  5. Life....for the living....for the children and children at heart. I enjoyed reading about your celebration. I hope every memory of your friend is a blessing.

  6. I LOVE this idea, Diane. Can't wait to see the pictures!

    1. Check out our new Facebook page! I think that little by little people in town will discover it through word of mouth and perhaps they will add their own touches. And, little by little I hope to get better with my iPhone photography. Right now the posted photos leave a lot to be desired!