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Quotation by Shakespeare
Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough briar,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire;
I do wander everywhere
Swifter than the moon's sphere.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Fairy, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 1, l. 2-7.
"Thorough" means through (as in the modern "thoroughfare"); a pale is a fence, which would not stop fairies.
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