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Cry, cock-a-doodle-doo

Cry, cock-a-doodle-doo

ARIEL
(sings)
Come unto these yellow sands,
And then take hands.
Curtsied when you have, and kissed
The wild waves whist.
Foot it featly here and there,
And, sweet sprites, bear
The burden. Hark, hark!
SPIRITS
(dispersedly, within)
Bow-wow.
ARIEL
The watchdogs bark.
(within)
Bow-wow.
ARIEL
Hark, hark! I hear
The strain of strutting chanticleer
Cry “Cock-a-diddle-dow.”
FERDINAND
Where should this music be? I' th' air or th' earth?
It sounds no more, and sure, it waits
Some god o' th' island. Sitting on a bank,
Weeping again the king my father’s wrack,
This music crept by me upon the waters,
Allaying both their fury and my passion
With its sweet air. There I have followed it,
Or it hath drawn me rather. But ’tis gone.
No, it begins again.
ARIEL
(sings)
Full fathom five thy father lies.
Of his bones are coral made.
Those are pearls that were his eyes.
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell
SPIRITS
(within)
Ding-dong.
ARIEL
Hark, how I hear them.
SPIRITS
(within)
Ding-dong, bell.

Composer

Alison Margaret Bauld is an Australian writer and composer. She lives and works in London, England.


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Poet

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, which has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, and religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

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