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Thé. He is no crescent, and his horns are invisible within the circumference.

Moon. This lantern doth the hornéd moon preV

sent;

Myself the man i' the moon do seem to be.'

The. This is the greatest error of all the rest. The man should be put into the lantern : how is it else the man i' the moon ?

Dem. He dares not come there for the candle ; for, you see, it is already in snutt Hip. I am aweary of this moon : 'would, he

: would change!

The. It appears by his small light of discretion, that he is in the wane ; but yet, in courtesy, in all reason, we must stay the time.

Lys. Proceed, Moon.

Moon. "All that I have to say is, to tell you, that the lantern is the moon ; I, the man in the moon; this thorn-bush, my thorn-bush; and this dog, my dog.'

Dem. Why, all these should be in the lantern; for all these are in the moon. But, silence ! here comes Thisbe.

Enter THISBE This. This is old Ninny's' tomb. Where is my love ?'

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[The Lion roars.—THISBE runs off.
A Dem. Well roared, Lion.
H/The. Well run, Thisbe.
To Hip. Well shone, Moon.-Truly, the moon
shines with a good grace.

[The Lion tears THISBE's mantle, and exit.
The. Well moused, Lion.
Lys. And so the lion vanished.
Dem. And then came Pyramus.

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Enter PYRAMUS
Pyr. Sweet moon, I thank thee for thy sunny

beams :
I thank thee, moon, for shining now so bright.
For, by thy gracious, golden, glittering streams,
I trust to taste of truest Thisbe's sight.

But stay ;-0 spite !

But mark, poor knight,
What dreadful dole is here?

Eyes, do you see?

How can it be? <?.?'O dainty duck! O dear!

Thy mantle good,

What, stained with blood!
Approach, ye Furies fell !

D

Leon, take thy flight!

O Fates, come, come:

Cut thread and thrum ; Quail, crush, conclude, and quell!' The. This passion, and the death of a dear friend, would go near to make a man look sad.

Hip. Beshrew my heart, but I pity the man. Pyr. O, wherefore, Nature, didst thou lions

frame, Since lion vile hath here defloured my dear ? Which is—no, no—which was the fairest dame, That liv'd, that lov'd, that lik'd, that look'd with

cheer.

Come, tears, confound;

Out, sword, and wound
The pap of Pyramus :

Ay, that left pap,

Where heart doth hop > [Stabs. Thus die I, thus, thus, thus !

Now am I dead;

Now am I fled ;
My soul is in the sky :
Tongue, lose thy light!

[Exit Moonshine. Now die, die, die, die, die.'

[Dies. Dem. No die, but an ace, for him ; for he is but

one.

Lys. Less than an ace, man, for he is dead; he is nothing

The. With the help of a surgeon, he might yet recover, and yet prove an ass.

Hip. How chance Moonshine is gone, before Thisbe comes back and finds her lover ?

The. She will find him by starlight.—Here she comes, and her passion ends the play.

Enter THISBE

Hip. Methinks, she should not use a long one for such a Pyramus; I hope she will be brief.

Dem. A mote will turn the balance, which Pyramus, which Thisbe, is the better; he for a man, God warrant us ; she for a woman, God bless

us.

Lys. She hath spied him already with those sweet eyes.

Dem. And thus she means, videlicet :-
This. Asleep, my love?

What, dead, my dove?
O Pyramus, arise !

Speak, speak! Quite dumb ?

Dead, dead? A tomb
Must cover thy sweet eyes,

These lily lips,

This cherry nose,
These yellow cowslip cheeks,

Are gone, are gone !

Lovers, make moan!
His eyes were green as leeks.

O Sisters Three,

Come, come to me,
With hands as pale as milk;

Lay them in gore,
Since

you

have shore With shears his thread of silk.

Tongue, not a word :

Come, trusty sword;
Come, blade, my breast imbrue: Stabs.

And farewell, friends.

Thus Thisbe ends :-
Adieu, adieu, adien.'

[Dies. The. Moonshine and Litn are left to bury the dead. 4:P Dem. Ay, and Wall too.

Bot. No, I assure you : the wall is down, that parted their fathers. Will it please you to see the epilogue, or to hear a Bergomask dance between two of our company.

The. No epilogue, I pray you; for your play needs no excuse. Never excuse ; for when the

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