I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight
Shakespeare, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Come thou, good fellows, to Titania’s bower
where oxlips and violets do thrive.
A concert we bring you, a musical shower,
Is fixed close, but a few minutes’ drive.
‘Tis Paris I speak of, in this faux ‘Liz-bethan beat.
Our sponor, our champion,and our host for the night
is the Garden Club of Kentucky, 616 Pleasant Street
(down that way and just to the right).
Come You: bring friends, bring family, bring strangers and hear
Our faire band play sweet, dulcet notes,
This fifth day of July–this very good year.
Bring food, bring blankets and bring them in totes!
The music shall gush from trumpet and horn
The seventh hour past Noon (but not in the morn).
Pray what cost shall you bear for our sweet musicality?
Absolutely nothing, there’s no admission; it’s free!
[Modern-English translation: Free outdoor concert! Sunday, July 5, 7 PM at the Wallis Arboretum, Garden Club of Kentucky, Paris, KY]