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You thief of love! what, have you come by night,
Hel. Fine, i'faith!
Her. Puppet! why so? Ay, that way goes the game.
Hel. I pray you, though you mock me, gentlemen,
Her, Lower! hark, again.
Hel. Good Hermia, do not be so bitter with me.
- I had rather be a canker in a hedge
“ Than a rose in his grace.”
" like a worm i'th'bud,
To strike me, spurn me, nay, to kill me too:
Her. Why, get you gone: Who is't that hinders
Hel. A foolish heart, that I leave here behind.
Her. Little again ? nothing but low, and little ? -
Lys. Get you gone, you dwarf,
You .“ bow fond I am.] Fond, i.e. foolish ; often us'd in that sense by our author :-Merchant of Venice, act ii. sc. 4.
“ I do wonder
* To come abroad with him."
You Minim, you, i. e. You Diminutive of the Creation, you Repuile, as in Milton.
THEOBALD. _ bindring knot-grass made. It appears that knot; grass was anciently supposed to prevent the growth of any animal or child.
Beaumont and Fletcher mention this property of it in The Knight of the Burning Peftle:
“ Should they put him into a frait pair of gaskins, 'twere " worse than knor-grass, he would never grow after it."
Again in The Coxcomb:
You bead, you acorn.
Dem. You are too officious,
Lys. Now she holds me not;
[Exit Lysander and Demetrius, Her. You, mistress, all this coyl is long of you : Nay, go not back.
Hel. I will not trust you, I;
[Exeunt : Hermia pursuing Helena. Ob. This is thy negligence : ftill thou mistak'st, Or else commit’it thy knaveries willingly.'
Puck. Believe me, king of shadows, I mistook. Did not you tell me, I should know the man By the Athenian garments he had on? And so far blameless proves my enterprize, That I have 'nointed an Athenian's eyes :
“ We want a boy extremely for this function, kept under, for “ a year, with milk and kno-grass." Daisy-roots were supposed to have the fame effect.
STEEVENS. 8. Tkou frati aby it.] To aby is to pay dear for, to suffer. So in the Downfall of Robert Earl of Huntingdon, 1601 :
" Had I a sword and buckler here,
« You should aby these questions." The word has occur'd before in this play. STEEVENS,
9 ---Thy knaveries willingly.] The quarto in 1600 reads wilfully. Stevens
And so far am I glad it did so fort,
Ob. Thou seest, these lovers seek a place to fight;
Puck. My fairy lord, this must be done with haste; For night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fart, And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger ; At whose approach ghosts wandering here and there Troop home to church-yard; damned spirits all, : That in cross-ways and foods have burial,
Already lo fort.) So happen in the issue. JOHNSON, virtuous property.] Salutiferous. So he calls, in the Tempest, poisonous dew, wicked dew. 'JOHNSON,
-damned fpirits all, That in cross-ways and foods kave burial.] it. The ghosts of self-murderers, who are buried in cross-roads;
Already to their wormy beds are gone ;
Ob. But we are spirits of another fort;
Puck. Up and down, up and down:
and down, Here comes one.
Enter Lysander. Lys. Where art thou, proud Demetrius ? speak
thou now. Puck. Here, villain ; drawn and ready. Where
art chou? Lys. I will be with thee straight.
Puck. Follow me then To plainer ground. [Lys. goes out, as following Dem.
and of thofe who being drowned, were condemned (according to the opinion of the ancients) to wander for a hundred years, as the rites of sepulture had never been regularly bestowed on their bodies. STEEVENS.
* I with the n.orning's love have oft made sport.] Thus all the old copies, and I think, rightly. Tithonus was the husband of Aurora, and Tithonus was no young Deity. How such a waggilh spirit as the King of the Fairies might make sport with an antiquated lover may be easily understood. Dr. Johnson reads with all the modern editors, “I with the morning light, &c."