Question: What is the meaning of, "No fairy takes"? I. i. 163.
The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike,
No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
So hallow'd and so gracious is the time.
Answer:Takes is an astrological term, like strikes. In King Lear
occurs the taking air - the term refers to the malignant
influence supposed to be exerted by the phenomena of the
natural world, and the invisible spirits popularly believed to exist.
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