Queen Mab Hath Been With You (Mercutio)

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Act I Scene IV


Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance. (I.IV.13)
Borrow Cupid’s wings, greet this happenstance (I.IV.17)
If love be rough with you, be rough with love;
Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down. (I.IV.27)

You say you ‘dreamt a dream last night’, well so did I (I.IV.50)
That dream I dreamt last night was dreamers often lie (I.IV.52)
You say ‘in bed asleep while they dream things true’ (I.IV.53)
O well then I see Queen Mab hath been with you (I.IV.54)

She is the fairies midwife, her chariot is an empty hazel hut (I.IV.67)
And in this state she gallops night by night through lovers’ brains
And then they dream of love; o’er courtiers’ knees,
O’er lawyers’ fingers, o’er ladies’ lips (I.IV.74)

Her traces are of the smallest spider web
Her collars of the moonshine’s wat’ry beams;
Her whip, of cricket’s bone; the lash, of film;
Her waggoner, a small grey-coated gnat (I.IV.64)

True, I talk of dreams, which are the children of an idle brain
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy. (I.IV.98)


from Romeo & Juliet - The Musical, releases October 1, 2019


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