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Ariel on Bats Back
by: Ron H.

Ariel from "the Tempest" by Shakespeare. See paintings by Joseph Severn - Ariel and Bats. First known painting is dated 1826 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London). Second known painting with same subject matter is in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Tempest Text Reads -

Where the bee sucks there suck I,
In a cowslip's bell I lie,
There I couch where owls do cry,
On the bat's back I do fly.
After summer merrily; merrily, merrily shall I live now,
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough..."


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