Queen Mab / Hazelnut

Romeo and Juliet [1.4.53-71], Mercutio. “O, I see Queen Mab hath been with you./ She is the fairies’ midwife, and she comes/ In shape no bigger than an agate stone/ On the forefinger of an alderman,/ Drawn with a team of little atomies/ Over men’s noses as they lie asleep;/ Her wagon spokes made of long spinners’ legs,/ The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers;/ Her traces, 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 wagoner, a small gray-coated gnat,/ Not half so big as a round little worm/ Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid;/ Her chariot is an empy hazelnut,/ Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub/ Time out of mind the fairies’ coachmakers./ And in this state she gallops night by night/ Through lovers’ brains, and then they dream of love.”


4 Responses to “Queen Mab / Hazelnut”

  1. Baci Says:

    I was confused on the explanation of this passage at first, as my teacher had assigned us to sketch the horrid Queen Mab. but, i researched it and it came out hunky dory. though my artistic skills have cut down over the past few months, its good enough to get at least an A… Shakesphere really could spin a good play!

  2. ferdinando Says:

    Why ‘horrid’?

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