Sir Charles2into3 my chamber coming in
When I was writing of my4 Fairy Queen,
“I pray,” said he, “when Queen Mab you do see,
Present my service to her Majesty,
And tell her I have heard Fame’s loud report, 5
Both of her beauty and her stately court.”
When I Queen Mab within my fancy viewed,
My thoughts bowed low, fearing I should be rude,
Kissing her garment thin, which fancy made,
Kneeling upon a thought, like one that prayed. 10
And then in5 whispers soft I did present
His humble service, which in mirth was sent.
Thus by imagination I have been
In Fairy Court, and seen the Fairy Queen,
For why imagination runs about 15
In every place, yet6 none can trace it out.
- In the 1653 edition, this poem is untitled, and is located near the end of the entire volume, among the poems reflecting on her poetic process.
- In 1664 and 1668, Cavendish adds a note that reads, “Sir Charles Cavendish, my brother-in-law.” This note does not appear in 1653.
- into] unto 1664, 1668
- my] the 1664, 1668
- And then in] In 1653
- yet] but 1664, 1668