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That they have over-borne their continents". Since once I fat upon a promontory,
06. That very time I saw, (but thou could'ft not) For lack of tread, are undistinguishable.
Flying between the cold moon and the earth, The human mortals want their winter here, 10 Cupid all arm'd: a certain aim he took No night is now with hymn, or carol bleft: At a fair vestal, throned by the west; Therefore the moon, the governess of floods, And loos'd his love-fhaft smartly from his bow, Pale in her anger, washes all the air,
As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts : That rheumatick diseases do abound 3 :
But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft And, thorough this distemperature 4, we see 15 Quench'd in the chalte beams of the watry moon; 'The seasons alter : hoary-headed frosts
And the imperial votress pafsed on, Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose;
In maiden meditation, fancy-free 8. And on old Hyems' chin, and icy crown,
Yet mark'd I where the bolt of Cupid fell: An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds It fell upon a little western flower,[wound, Is, as in mockery, set: The spring, the summer,20 Before, milk-white; now purple with love's The childing 5 autumn, 'angry winter, change And maidens call it, love-in-idleness %. (once ; Their wonted liveries; and the 'mazed world, Fetch me that flower; the herb I shew'd thee By their increase, now knows not which is which: The juice of it on fleeping eye-lids laid, And this same progeny of evils comes
Will make or man or woman madly doat From our debate, from our diffention;
25 Upon the next live creature that it sees. We are their parents and original.
Fetch me this herb; and be thou here again, Ob. Do you amend it then; it lies in you : Ere the leviathan can swim a league. Why should Titania cross her Oberon?
Puck. I'll put a girdle round about the earth I do but beg a little changeling boy,
In forty minutes.
[Exie To be my henchman 7.
30 Ob. Having once this juice, Queen. Set your heart at rest,
I'll watch Titania when she is alleep, The fairy land buys not the child of me.
And drop the liquor of it in her eyes : His mother was a votress of my order :
The next thing when he waking looks upon, And, in the spiced Indian air, by night,
|(Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull, Full often hath the gossip'd by my side;
On meddling monkey, or on busy ape) And lat with me on Neptune's yellow sands, She shall pursue it with the soul of love. Marking the embark'd traders on the flood; And tre I take this charm off from her fight When we have laugh`d to see the sails conceive, (As I can take it with another herb) And grow big-bellied with the wanton wind: I'll make her render up her page to me. Which she, with pretty and with swimming gait, 40 But who comes here? I am invisible ; (Following her womb, then rich with my young And I will over-hear their conference. Would imitate ; and sail upon the land, ('squire) Enter Demetrius, Helena following bim. To fetch me trifles, and return again,
Dem. I love thee not, therefore purfue me not, As from a voyage, rich with merchandize. Where is Lysander and fair Hermia ? But she, being mortal, of that boy did die; 45 The one I'll flay, the other sayeth me. And, for her sake, I do rear up her boy ;
Thou told'ft me, they were stol’n unto this wood; And, for her sake, I will not part with him. And here am I, and wood 10 within this wood, 06. How long within this wood intend you Because I cannot meet my Hermia. stay?
[day. Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more. Queen. Perchance, til after Theseus' wedding-150 Hd. You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant; If you will patiently dance in our round,
But yet you draw not iron, for my heart And see our moon-light revels, go with us; Is true as steel : Leave you your power to draw, If not, shun me, and I will spare your haunts. And I shall have no power to follow you.
ob. Give me that boy, and I will go with thee. Dem. Do I entice you ? do I speak you fair?
Queen. Not for thy fairy kingdom.--Fairies, away: 55 Or, rather, do I not in plainest truth We ihall chide down-right, if I longer Aay. Tell you, I do not, nor I cannot love you ?
[Exưant Queen and ber train. Hei. And even for that do I love you the more Oh. Well, go thy way: thou shalt not from this |I am your spaniel ; and, Demetrius, 'Till I tormene thee for this injury. [grove, The more you beat me, I will fawn on you : My gentle Puck, come hither : Thou remember no Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me,
? Meaning their banks. 2 Nine men's merris is a game still played by the shepherds, cow-keepers, &c. in the midland counties, 3 The confusion of seasons here described, is no more than a poetical account of the weather, which happened in England about the time when this play was first published. + That is, perturbation. That is, the pregrart. 6 That is, produce. 7 Page of honour. 8 This was intended as a compliment to Queen Elizabeth. 9 i. e. hearts-ease.
10 Wand here means mad, wilt, raving. In this fenfc it was formerly tpelled svods.
Neglect me, lose me ; only give me leave, May be the lady: Thou shalt know the man
By the Athenian garments he hath on.
(And yet a place of high respect with me) More fond on her, than the upon her love : linker Than to be used as you use your dog?
5 And look thou meet me ere the first cock crow. Dem.Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit; Puck, Fear not, my lord, your servant shall do so. For I am sick, when I do look on thee.
Ancrber part of the Wood.
Enter tbe Queen of Fairies, with her train.
Queen. Come, now a roundel?, and a fairy fong;
Then, for the third part of a minute, hence :
Some, to kill cankers in the musk-rose buds;
To make my small elves coats; and tome keep back
The clamorous owl, that nightiy hoots, and wonders
At our quaint spirits 4 : Sing me now asleep;
You spotted snakes, with double tongue,
Ohorny bedge-hegs, be not seen;
Newes, and blind-worms, do no wrong :
Come riot near our fairy queen :
Pbilmel, with melody,
Sing in your saveet lullaby :
Lulis, lulla, lullaby; lulla, lulla, lullaby :
Never barm, nor spell nor cberm,
Come our lovely lady nigh;
So, good nigbt, with lullaby.
Weaving Spiders, come rios bere;
Beetles black, approach not near ;
Pbilomel, with melody, &c.
Hence, away; now all is well:
One, aloof, stand sentinel.
[Exeunt Fairies. The Queen sleeps.
Ob. What thou seest, when thou dort wake,
[Squeezes the floruer on her eye-lids.
Wake, when some vile thing is near. (Exit Ot crophe
Enter Lyfander and Hermia.
Lys. Fair love, you faint with wandering in the
And, to speak troth, I have forgot our way:
We'll reft us, Hermia, if you think it good,
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Her. Be it fo, Lysander : find you out a bed, No, no, I am as ugly as a bear, For I upon this bank will reft my head.
For beasts, that meet me, run away for fear : Lyf. One turf shall serve as pillow for us both; Therefore, no marvel, though Demetrius One heart, one bed, two bosoms, and one troth. Do, as a monster, fly my presence thus.
Her. Nay, good Lysander; for my fake, my dear, 5 What wicked and dissembling glass of mine Lye further off yet, do not lye so near,
Made me compare with Hermia's sphery eync !Lyf. O, take the sense, sweet, of my innocence; But who is here? Lysander ? on the ground? Love takes the meaning, in love's conference. Dead? or asleep? I see no blood, no wound:I mean, that my heart unto yours is knit; Lysander, if you live, good fir, awake. So that but one heart we can make of it:
Lys. And run through fire I will, for thy sweet Two bosons interchained with an oath ;
[Waking So then, two bosoms, and a single troth.
Transparent Helena! Nature Mews art, Then, by your side no bed-room me deny; That through thy bolom makes me see thy heart. For, lying so, Hermia, I do not lie.
Where is Demetrius? Oh, how fit a word Her. Lysander riddles very prettily :
15 Is that vile name, to perish on my sword ! Now much bethrew ! my manners, and my pride, Hel. Do not say so, Lysander; say not so: If Hermia meant to say, Lysander lyd.
What though he love your Hermia ? Lord, what But, gentle friend, for love and courtesy
though 3? Lye further off; in human modesty
Yet Hermia still loves you : then be content. Such separation, as, may well be said,
Lys. Content with Hermia? No: I do repent Becomes a virtuous batchelor, and a maid : The tedious minutes I with her have spent. So far be diftant; and good night, sweet friend : Not Hermia, but Helena I love : 'Thy love ne'er alter, till thy sweet life end ! Who will not change a raven for a dove?
Lys. Amen, amen, to that fair pray'r, say I ; The will of man is by his reason sway'd; And then end life, when I end loyalty ! 25 And rearon says you are the worthier maid. Here is my bed : Slcep give thee all his rest! Things growing are not ripe until their season: Her. With half that with the wisher's eyes be Sol, being young, till now ripe not to reason; press'd!
[They diep. And touching now the point of human skill, Enter Puck.
Reason becomes the mai mal to my will, Puck. Through the forest have I gone,
30And leads me to your eyes; where I o'erlook But Athenian found I none,
Love's stories, written in Love's richest book. On whose eyes I might approve
Hel. Wherefore was I to this keen mockery This flower's force in stirring love.
born ? Night and filence! who is here?
When, at your hands, did I deserve this scorn? Weeds of Athens he doth wear :
35 Is't not enough, is't not enough, young man, This is he, my master said,
That I did never, no, nor never can,
Deserve a sweet look from Demetrius' eye,
Good troth, you do me wrong, good footh, you do,
40 In such disdainful manner me to woo.
I thought you lord of more true gentleness 4.
Should, of another, therefore be abus'd! (Exit.
145) Lyf. She sees not Hermia :-Hermia, Neep thou So awake, when I am gone ;
there; For I must now to Oberon. [Exit. And never may'st thou come Lysander near! Enter Demetrius and Helena running,
For, as a surfeit of the sweetest things, Hel. Stay, though thou kill me, Tweet Demetrius. The deepest loathing to the somach brings ; Dem. I charge thee, hence, and do not haunt 50 Or, as the heresies, that men do leave, me thus,
Are hated most of those they did deceive; Hel. O, wilt thou darkling leave me? do not fo.
So thou, my surfeit, and my heresy, Demi. Stay on thy peril: I alone will go. Of all be hated; but the most, of me!
[Exit Demetrius. And all my powers, address your love and might, Hi. O, I am out of breath, in this fond chace ! 55 To honour Helen, and to be her knight! (Exit. The more my prayer, the lefser is my gracę 2. Her. [farting from sleep.] Heip me, Lysander, Happy is Hermia, where soe'er the lies;
help me! do thy beft, For the hath blefied and attractive eyes,
To pluck this crawling serpent from my breast! How came her eyes so bright ? Not with salt tears : Ay me, for pity !-what a dream was here? If so, my eyes are oftner wash'd than hers.
60 Lysander, look, how I do quake with fear! 1 Bishrew means the same as if he had said, “ Now i!l befal my manners, &c.” ? i. c. My acceptableness. 3 i. c. What thin? 4 Meaning, that he had more of the spirit of a gentleman.
Quin. Well, it Thall be so. But there is two
hard things; that is, to bring the moon-light into
meet by moon-light.
the great chamber window, where we play, open ;
and the moon may thine in at the casement. Quin. What tay'st thou, bully Pottom?
Quin. Ay; or else one must come in with a
and Thisby, says the story, did talk through the
30 Snug. You never can bring in a wall: What
. Not a whit; I have a device to make all ray you, Bottom?
. Write me a prologue: and let the pro Bot. Some man or other must present wall :
Quin. If that may be, then all is well. Come,
parts. Pyramus, you begin : when you have Bot. No, make it two more; let it be written 40(poken your speech, enter into that brake 4; and in eight and eight.
lo every one according to his cue.
Enter Puck bebind,
Puck. What hempen home-spuns, have wo
Quino Speak, Pyramus :- Thisby, stand fortha
501 Quin. Odours, odours.
and is to come again.
E lead 46 of hue,
And thy fair virtue's force, perforce doth move me, “Of colour like the red-rose on triumphant brier, On the first view, to say, to swear, I love thee. “ Most brisky juvenal', and eke most lovely Jew, Bot. Methinks, mistress, you should have little " As true as truest horse, that yet would never 5 reason for that : And yet, to say the truth, reason
and love keep little company together now-a-days: I'll meet thee, Pyramus, at Ninny's tomb." The more the pity, that some honest neighbours
Quir. Ninus' tomb, man : Why you must not will not make them friends. Nay, I can gleek, speak that yet; that you answer to Pyramus: you
Re-enter Puck, and Burtom, with an ass's bead. to get out of this wood, I have enough to ferve
Queen. Out of this wood do not desire to go;
Quin. O monstrous ! O strange! we are haunted! I am a spirit, of no common rate; Pray, masters ! fiy, masters ! help!
The summer still doth tend upon my state,
[Exeunt Clowns. And I do love thee : therefore, go with me; Puck. I'll follow you, I'll lead you about a I'll give thee fairies to attend on thee; round,
20 And they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep, Through bog, through bush, through brake, And sing, while thou on pressed flowers doft sleep: through brier:
And I will purge thy mortal grossness so, Sometime a horse I'll be, sometime a hound, That thou shalt like an airy spirit go.
A hog, a headless bear, sometime a fire; Pease-blossom! Cobweb! Moth! and MustardAnd neigh, and bark, and grunt, and roar and burn, 25
seed! Like horse, hound, hog, bear, fire, at every turn.
Enter four fairies. Bot. Why do they run away? this is a knavery i Fair. Ready. of them, to make me afeard 3.
2 Fair. And I. Re-enter Snoxt.
30 3 Fair. And I. Snout. O Bottom, thou art chang'd! what do 4 Fair. And I: Where Mall we go? I see on thee?
Queen. Be kind and courteous to this gentleman;
Feed him with apricocks, and dewberries,
35 With purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries; Quin. Bless thee, Bottom! bless thee! thou art The honey-bags steal from the humble-bees, translated.
[Exit. And, for night tapers, crop their waxen thighs, Bot. I see their knavery: this is to make an ass And light them at the fiery glow-worm's eyes, of me; to fright me, if they could. But I will To have my love to bed, and to arise ; not stir from this place, do what they can: I will 40 And pluck the wings from painted butterflies, walk up and down here, and I will fing, that they To fan the moon-beams from his neeping eyes: thall hear I am not afraid.
[Sings. Nod to him, elves, and do him courtesies. The oufel-cock 4, so black of bue,
i Fair. Hail, mortal, hail ! Wick orange-lawny bill,
2 Fair. Hail ! The ebristle 5 with his note so true,
145 3 Fair. Hail ! The wrin with little quill :
Bor. I cry your worship's mercy heartily.-
beseech, your worship's name? Queen. What angel wakes me from my flowery
Cob. Cobweb. bed?
(Waking Bot. I shall desire you of more acquaintance, Bottom lings.
50 good master Cobweb : If I cut my finger, I shall The finch, the sparrow, and the lark,
make bold with you. Your name, honest genThe plain-fong cuckow gray,
|tleman ? Whose note full many a man dith mark,
Bot. I pray you, commend me to mistress for, indeed, who would set his wit to so foolish a 55 Squash 7 your mother, and to master Peascod, your bird? Who would give a bird the lye, though he father. Good master Pease-blossom, i thall delire cry cuckoo, never fo.
you of more acquaintance too.—Your name, I Queen. I pray thee, gentle mortal, fing again : beseech you, fir ? Mine ear is much enamour'd of thy note,
Muf. Mustard seed. ri.e. young man. 2 A cue, in the language of the stage, is the last words of the preceding speech, and serves as a hint to him who is to speak next. 3 i.e. afraid. 4 The oufel cock is generally underfood to be the cock blackbird. 5 The ibrofile is the thrush. o i. c. deceive, or beguile.
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