Quotation by Shakespeare

You spotted snakes with double tongue,
Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen.
Newts and blindworms, do no wrong,
Come not near our Fairy Queen.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. 1st Fairy, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 2, l. 9-14.

Singing a charm to keep creatures thought to be poisonous away from the sleeping Titania; "blindworms" are harmless snakes but sometimes confused with adders.
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