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THESIUS, Duke of Arbens.
HELENA, in love witb Demetrius. att EGIUS, Father to Hermia. LYSANDER, in love with Hermia.
Attendants, DEMETRIUS, in love witb Hermia.
PHILOSTRATE, Master of tbe Sports to Tbefeus. OBERON, King of rba Fairies. tant Quince, the Carpenter.
TITANIA, Queen of tbe Fairies. Snuo, tbe Joiner.
Puck, or ROBIN-GOODFELLOW, e Fuiry. Bottom, ibe Weaver.
PLASLBLOSSOM, FLUTE, tbe Belienos-mender,
Fairies. SnowT, ibe Tinker.
Мотн, , STARVELING, Ebe Taylor.
Characters in the Interlude
performed by sbe Clownia Jander
Orber Fajries attending tbeir King and Queen : Attendants on Theseus and Hippolka.
SCENE, Athens, and a Wood not far from it.
Hippolita, I woo'd thee with my sword,
And won thy love, doing thee injuries ;
But I will wed thee in another key,
With pomp, with triumph, and with revelling,
ow, fair Hippolita, our nuptial hour 5) Enter Egeus, Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius
Tbe. Thanks, good Egeus : What's the news Another moon : but, oh, methinks, how slow
10 Against my child, my daughter Hermia...
Stand forth, Lysander ;-and, my gracious duke
And interchang'd love-tokens with my child:
Thou haft by moon-light at her window sung,
With feigning voice, verses of feigning love :
And stol'n the impression of her fantasy
Knacks, trifles, nosegays, sweet-neats, meitengers
With cunninghalt thou filchid my daughter's heart;
Turn'd her obedience, which is due to me,
Ege. Seornful Lysander ! true, he hath my love; To stubborn harshness : And, my gracious duke, And what is mine, my love shall render him: Be it so she will not here before your grace.
And she is mine; and all my right of her Consent to marry with Demetrius,
I do estate unto Demetrius. I beg the ancient privilege of Athens; •
5 Lys. I am, my lord, as well deriv'd as he, As she is mine, I may dispose of her :
As well possess’d; my love is more than his; Which shall be either to this gentleman,
My fortunes every way as fairly rank’d, Or to her death; according to our law,
If not with vantage, ao Demetrius'; Immediately provided in that case. [maid : And, which is more than all these boasts can be
Tbe. What say you, Hermia ? be advis'd, fair 10 I am belov'd of beauteous Hermia :
Why should not I then prosecute my right?
Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,
And won her soul; and the, sweet lady, dotesy To leave the figure, or disfigure it.
15 Devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry, Demetrius is a worthy gentleman.
Upon this spotted and inconstant man. Her. So is Lysander.
The. I must confess, that I have heard so much, Tbe. In himself he is :
And with Demetrius thought to have spoke thereof; But, in this kind, wanting your father's voice, But, being over-full of self-affairs, The other must be held the worthier.
20 My mind did lose it.-But, Demetrius, come; Her. I would my father look’d but with my eyes. And come, Egeus; you shall go with me, The. Rather your eyes must with his judgment I have some private schooling for you both.look.
For you, fair Hermia, look you arm yourself
(Which by no means we may extenuate)
Demetrius, and Egeus, go along : If I refuse to wed Demetrius.
301 must employ you in some business The. Either to die the death, or to abjure Against our nuptial; and confer with you For ever the society of men.
Of something, nearly that concerns yourselves. Therefore, fair Hermia, question your desires, Ege. With duty, and desire, we follow you. Know of your youth', examine well your blood
[Exeunt Thef. Hip. Egeus, Dem. and trais, Whether, if you yield not to your father's choice, 35 Lyf. How, now, my love? Why is your cheek You can endure the livery of a nun;
So pale? For aye to be in thady cloister mew'd,
How chance the roses there do fade so fast? (well To live a barren fifter all your life,
Her. Belike, for want of rain ; which I could Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon. Beteem ? them from the tempest of mine eyes. Thrice blefsed they, that master so their blood, 40 Lys. Ah me! for aught that I could ever read, To undergo such maiden pilgrimage :
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth.
cross! too high to be enthrall'd to low! Her. So will I grow, fo live, so die, my lord, 45 Lyf. Or elfe misgraffed, in respect of years ; Ere I will yield my virgin patent up
Her. Ospight! too old to be engag‘d to young! Unto his lordship, to whose unwilh'd yoke
Lyf. Or else it stood upon the choice of friends : My soul confents not to give sovereignty.
Her. O hell! to chufe love by another's eye! Tbe. Take time to pause; and by the next new Lys. Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, moon,
50 War, death, or fickness, did lay siege to it; (The sealing-day betwixt my love and me, Making it momentary as a sound, For everlasting bond of fellowship)
Swift as a shadow, short as any dream; Upon that day either prepare to die,
Brief as the lightning in the colly'd 3 night, For disobedience to your father's will;
That, in a spleen 4, unfolds both heaven and earlig Or else to wed Demetrius, as he would; 55 And ere a man hath power to fayz-Behold! Or on Diana's altar to protest,
The jaws of darkness do devour it up: For aye, austerity and single life.
[yield So quick bright things come to confusion. Dem. Relent, sweet Hermia ;-And, Lyfander, Her. If then true lovers have been ever crossid, Thy crazed title to my certain right.
It stands as an edi&t in deftiny :
+ Meaning, in a suddes befy ft
As due to love, as thoughts, and dreams, and fighs, Lys. Helen, to you our minds we will unfold :
Decking with liquid pearl the bladed grass,
5|(A time that lovers' flights doth still conceal) aki of great revenue, and the hath no child :
Through Athens' gates have we devis'd to steal. From Athens is her house remote seven leagues ;
Her. And in the wood, where often you and I And she respects me as her only son.
Upon faint primrose-beds were wont to lye,
And to that place the sharp Athenian law 10 There my Lyfander and myself shall meet :
To seek new friends and strange companions.
Farewel, sweet playfellow : pray thou for us,
And good luck grant thee thy Demetrius !
15 Keep word, Lyfander : we must starve our fighe There will I stay for thee.
From lovers' food, 'till morrow deep midnight. Her. My good Lysander !
[Exit Herm. rakennu llwear to thee, by Cupid's strongest bow;
Lyf. I will, my Hermia.—Helena, adieu :
[Exit Lyf. By that which knitteth fouls, and prospers loves;
He. How happy fome, o'er other some, can be!
Through Athens I am thought as fair as the.
And as he errs, doting on Hermia's eyes,
So I, admiring of his qualities.
30 Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; Her. God speed, fair Helena! Whither away?
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind :
Nor hath Love's mind of any judgement taste;
And therefore is Love said to be a child,
35 Because in choice he is so oft beguild.
As waggish boys themselves in game
forfwear, Sickness is catching ; 0, were favour 3 so ! So the boy Love is perjur'd every where: Yours would I catch, fair Hermia, ere I go ;
For ere Demetrius look'd on Hermia's eyne, right In My ear should catch your voice, my eye your eye,
He hail'd down oachs, that he was only mine;
To have his fight thither, and back again. (Exito
gives me love. Hel. Oh, that my prayers could such affe&ion
SCENE II. move!
Enter Quince the carpenter, Snug the joiner, Boriors
ibe weaver, Flute the bellousmender, Snout the
tinker, and Starveling the taylor.
[face; 55 Quin. Is all our company here?
Bot. You were best to call them generally, man
by man, according to the scrip 6.
Quin. Here is the scrow) of every man's name,
which is thought fit, through all Athens, to play
That he hath turn'd a heaven unto a hell! This wedding-day at night. chy That is, your beauty, or your complexion. 2 The lode-star is the leading or guiding-star, that is, the 3 Favour here means feature, countenance.
4 To translate here implies to change, to transform. s inc. in sport, in jet. o i. e. the writing, or paper.
Br. First, good Peter Quince, say what the Star. Here, Peter Quince.
mother.—Tom Snout, the tinker.
father ;-Snug the joiner, you, the lion's part:-
Quin. You may do it extempore, for it is no-
TY Bot. Ready: Name what part I am for, and I will do any man's heart good to hear me; I will proceed.
roar, that I will make the duke say, Let bin real
Quin. An you mould do it too terribly, you would
Quin. A lover, that kills humself most gallantly Mriek; and that were enough to hang us all.
All. That would hang us every mother's son. Bor. That will ask some tears in the true per- 20 Bet. I grant you, friends, if that you should forming of it: If I do it, let the audience look to fright the ladies out of their wits, they would their eyes; I will move storms, I will condole in have no more discretion but to hang us : but I some measure. To the rest :-Yet my chief hu will aggravate my voice so, that I will roar you as mour is for a tyrant : I could play Ercles rarely, gently as any sucking-dove; I will roar you an or a part to tcar a cat in, to make all split,
25 'twere any nightingale. “ The raging rocks,
Quin. You can play no part but Pyramus : for “ And shivering shocks,
Pyrimus is a sweet-fac'd man; a proper man, as « Shall break the locks
one Mall see in a summer's day; a most lovely, “ Of prison-gates :
gentleman-like man ; therefore you must needs " And Phibbus' car
30 play Pyramus. « Shall shine from far,
Bor. Well, I will undertake it. What beard " And make and mar
were I best to play it in? « The foolim fates."
Quin. Why, what you will.
Bvi. I will discharge it in either your straw.com This was lofty !--Now name the rest of the play- 35 loured beard, your orange-tawney beard, your pur. ers.
This is Ercles' vein, a tyrant's vein ; a lover ple-in-grain beard, or your French-crown-cokur is more condoling.
beard ?, your perfect yellow.
Quin. Some of your French-crowns 3 have no
hair at all, and then you will play bare-facd.-
Flu. Nay, faith, let me not play a woman ; 1 palace wood, a mile without the town, by moon-
light; there will we rehearse; for if we meet in
our devices known. In the mean time, I will
50 more obscenely, and courageously. Take pains ;
Quiri. At the duke's oak we meet.
Bc. Enough; Hold, or cut bow-strings 5.
2 This alludes to the custom
? To fíudy a part, in the language of the theatre, is to get it by rote.
, i. e. their
Puck. However hill, over dale,
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Neighing in likeness of a filly foal :
And sometime lurk I in a goffip's bowl,
In very likeness of a roasted crab; Enter a Fairy at one door, and Puck (er Robin-good
And, when she drinks, against her lips I bob, fellur) at araber.
5 And on her wither'd dew-lap pour the ale. row now, fpirit! whither wander you? The wifest aunt ø, telling the saddest tale, Fai.
Sometime for three-foot stool mistaketh me; Thorough bush, thorough briar, Then Nip I from her bum, down topples the, Over park, over pale,
And taylor' cries, and falls into a cough : Thorough flood, thorough fire, 10 And then the whole quire hold their hips, and loffe, I do wander every where,
And waxen 1° in their mirth, and neeze and swear
A merrier hour was never wasted there.-
But room, Faery, here comes Oberon.
Fai. And here my mistress :-'Would that ho
S CE NE II.
Enter Oberon, king of Fairies, at one door with bis I must go seek fome dew-drops here,
train, and the queen at anorber with ber's. And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
Ob. IU met by moon-light, proud Titania. Farewel, chou lob 2 of spirits, I'll be gone ; Queen. What, jealous Oberon ? Fairy, skip hence; Our queen and all her elves come here anon. I have forsworn his bed and company.
Puck. The king doth keep his revels here to-night; Ob. Tarry, rash wanton ; Ain not I thy lord ? | Take heed, the queen come not within his fight. Queen. Then I must be thy lady: But I know For Oberon is palling fell and wrath,
25 When thou hast stol'n away from fairy land, Because that she, as her attendant, hath
And in the shape of Corin sat all day,
To amorous Phillida. Why art thou here,
Fai. Either I mistake your hape and making Didst thou not lead him through the glimmering
But with thy brawls thou hast disturbod our sport. Puck. Thou speak'st aright;
Therefore the winds, piping to us in vain, I am that merry wanderer of the night.
As in revenge, have suck'd up from the sea I jest to Oberon, and make him (mile,
50 Contagious fogs ; which falling in the land, When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile,
Have every pelting 12 river made so proud,
I This alludes to the circles supposed to be made by the fairies on the ground, whose verdure proceeds from the fairy's care to water them. 2 Lob, lubber, losby, lobcock, all imply both indolence of body and dulness of mind. 3 i. e. shining. 4 Tv Square here signifies to quarrel. S A quern is a handmill. Barm is a name for yeast, still used in our midland counties. i Puck is said to have been an old Gothick word, fignifying fiend or devil. 8 In Staffordhire the epithet of aunt is still applied indircriminately to old women, and is there pronounced naunt. 9 This may perhaps allude to a custom of crying taylor at a sudden fall backwards, as a perfon who Nips beside his chair falls as a taylor squats upon his board. 10 i. e. cncrease. " By the middle summer's spring, our author seems to mean the beginning of middle or mid summer. 12 i. e. despicable, mean.. N 2