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from this place, do what they can : I will walk up and down here, and I will fing, that they shall hear I am not afraid.
[Sings. The oufel-cock," so black of bue,
With orange-tawny bill,
The wren with little quill.
The plain-song: cuckow gray,
And dares not answer nay:
Queen. I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again :
Bot. 2 Tbe ouzel cock,
) i. e. The cock blackbird. Ben Jonson uses the word in The Devil is en Afs, Com.
stay till cold weather come, “ I'll help thee to an ouzel and a fieldfare." STEEVENS.
3 Mine ear is much enamour'd of thy 'note, So is mine
enthralled 10 thy shape ;
On the first view 10 say, 10 swear, I love ther.]
Mine ear is much enamour'd of thy nole,
Bot. Methinks, mistress, you should have little reafon for that : And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now.a-days. The more the pity, that some honeft neighbours will not make them friends. Nay, I can * gleek, upon occafion.
Queen. Thou art as wise, as thou art beautiful.
Bot. Not so neither : but if I had wit enough to get out of this wood, I have enough to serve ming own turn.
Queen. Out of this wood do not desire to go ; Thou shalt remain here, whether thou wilt or no. I am a spirit, of no common rate ; The summer still doth tend upon my state, And I do love thee: therefore go with nie; I'll give thee fairies to attend on thee ; And they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep, And sing, while thou on pressed Aowers doft Deep: And I will purge thy mortal grosiness so, That thou ihale like an airy spirit go.Peafebloffom! Cobweb! Moth! and Mustard seed!
Enter four Fairies. 'i Fair. Ready 2 Fair. And I. 3 Fair. And 1. 4
Fair. And I: Where shall we go? 5 Queen. Be kind and courteous to this gentleman, Hop in his waiks, and gambol in his eyes; Feed him with apricots, and dewberries, This reading I have inserted, not that it can suggest any thing better than the order to which the lines have been restored by Mr. Theobald from another quarto, but to hew that some liberty of conjecture must be allowed in the revital of works so inaccurately printed, and so long neglected. JOHNSON.
---gliek;] Joke or fcoff. Pope.
-M'bere hall me 80 ?) Perhaps this question fould be propofcd by the four fairies together. STEVENS.
Wich purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries;
1 Fair. Hail, mortal, hail !?
Bot. I cry your worship's mercy heartily. I beseech, your worship's name.
Bot. I shall desire of you more acquaintance, good master Cobweb : If I cut my finger, I shall make bold with you -Your name, honest gentleman ?
Bot. I pray you, commend me to mistress Squah your mother, and to master Pealcod your father. Good master Peafeblossom, I shall desire of
you more acquaintance too.—Your name, I befeech
fir. Muf. Mustardfeed.
Bot. Good master Mustard seed, I know your Spatience well : that fame cowardly, giant like, ox-beef hath devoured many a gentleman of your house. I promise you, your kindred hath made my eyes water
-the fiery głoww-zvorm's eyes,] I know not how Shake. speare, who commonly derived his knowledge of nature from his own observation, happened to place the glow-worm's lighe in his eyes, which is only in his tail. JOHNSON.
bail !] Out of the four fairies, only threc address themselves to Bottom. If this falutation be given to the second fairy, the repetition of the saine word will serve for the other two.
S1EEVENS. -patience] The Oxford edition reads, I know your parentage well. I believe the correction is right, JOHNSON.
ere now. I desire you more acquaintance, good master Mustardseed.
Queen. Come, wait upon him; lead him to my bower,
The moon, methinks, looks with a watry eye;
Lamenting some enforced chastity!
[Exeunt. SCENE II.
Puck. My mistress with a monster is in love,
STEEVENS. patcbes, Patch was in old language used as a term of opprobry ; perhaps with much the same import as we use ragamuffin, or iatter demalion. JOHNSON.
now..) A head. Saxon. JOHNSON.
And forth my ? minnock + comes: When they him
spy, As wild geese, that the creeping fowler eye, Or ruffet-pated choughs, many in sort,' Rising and cawing at the gun's report, Sever themselves, and madly sweep the sky ; So, at his sight, away his fellows Ay: And, at our stamp, here o'er and o'er one falls He murder cries, and help from Athens calls. Their sense thus weak, loft with their fears thus strong, Made senseless things begin to do them wrong:
So Chaucer, The History of Beryn, 2524,
“ No sothly, quoth the steward, it lieth all in thy noll, “ Both wit and wisdom.” STEEVENS.
minnock-] This is the reading of the old quarto, and I believe right. Minnekin, now minx, is a nice trifling girl. Minnock is apparently a word of contempt. JOHNSON. 5
fori,] Company. So above,
-tbat barren fort; and in Waller,
A fort of lufty Shepherds Arive. JOHNSON. And at our famp, -] This seems to be a vicious reading. Fairies are never represented ftamping, or of a size that should give force to a ftamp, nor could they have diftinguished the ftamps of Puck from those of their own companions. I read,
And at a stump bere o'er and o'er one falhs.
A pain be in bis bead-piece fuls,
Alas, his brain was dizzy.-
And througb ibe buses fcrambles,