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Follying (her womb then rich with my young squire)
Would imitate ; and sail upon the land,
To fetch me trifles, and return again,
As from a voyage rich with merchandize.
But she, being mortal, of that boy did die;
And, for her fake, I do rear up her boy;
And, for her fake, I will not part with him.

Ob. How long within this wood intend you stay :
Queen. Perchance, 'till after Theseus' wedding day.
If you will patiently dance in our round,
And see our moon-light revels, go with us;
If not, shun me, and I will spare your haunts.

Ob. Give me that boy, and I will go with thee.
Queen. Not for thy fairy kingdom. Elves, away:
We shall chide downright, if I longer stay.

[Exeunt Queen and her train. 06. Well, go thy way: thou shalt not from this grove, "Till I torment thee for this injury. My gentle Puck, come hither; thou remember'ft Since once I sat upon a promontory, And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin's back, Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, That the rude sea grew civil at her song ; And certain stars shot madly from their spheres, To hear the sea-maid's music.

Puck. I remember.

Ob. That very time I saw, but thou could'st not,
Flying between the cold moon and the earth,
Cupid alarm’d: a certain aim he took (9)

At Would imitate ;] Following what? She did not follow the ship whose motion the imitated; for that failed on the water, she on the Jand. And if by following, we are to understand, copying ; it is a mere. pleonasm, that meaning being included in the word imitate. From circumftances in the context, there is great reason to think our Author wrote, follying, i. e. wantoning, in sport and gaiety; so the old writers used follity for foolishness; and both words are from, and in the sense of folatrer, to play the wanton. And this admirably agrees with the action, for which she is here commended, and with the context ; full often bas pe goslip'd by my side, and, Wben ilyen bave laugh'd to fee, &c.

Mr. Warburton, (9) Cupid all arm'd ;] Surely, this prefents us with a very unclasfical image. Where do we read or fee, in ancient books, or monu


At a fair vestal, throned by the west, And loos’d his love-thaft smartly from his bow, As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts; But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft Quench'd in the chalte beams of the war'ry moon, And the imperial.votress passed on, In maiden meditation, fancy free. Yet mark'd I where the bolt of Cupid fell, It'fell upon a little western flower: Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound; And maidens call it Love in idleness. Fetch me that flow'r.; (the herb I few'd thee once ) The juice on sleeping eye-lids laid, Will make or man, or woman, madly doat Upon the next live creature that it fees. Fetch me this herb, and be thou here again, Ere the Leviathan can swim a league.

Puck. I'll put a girdle round about the earth In forty minutes.

[Exit. Ob. Having once this juice, I'll watch Titania when she is asleep, And drop the liquor of it in her eyes; The next thing which she waking looks upon, (Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull, On medling monkey, or on busy ape) She shall pursue it with the soul of love : And ere I take this charm from off her fight, (As I can take it with another herb)

ments, Cupid armd more than with his bows and arrows ? and with there we for ever see him arm'd. And thele are all the arms he had occasion for in this present action; a more illustrious one, than any; his friends, the classicks, ever brought him upon.

- The change I make is so small, but the beauty of the thought so great, which this alteration carries with it, that, I think, we are not to hesitate upon it. For what an addition is this to the compliment made upon this Virgin Queen's celibacy, that it alarm'd the power of love? a8 if his empire was in danger, when this Imperial Votress had declared herself for a single life: To powerful would ber great example be in the world.- Queen Elizabeth could not but be pleased with our Au{hor's address upon this head,

Mr, Warburiere


T'll make her render up her page to me,
But who comes here! I am invisible, (10)
And I will over-hear their conference

Enter Demetrias, Helena following him,
Dem. I love thee not, therefore pursue me not.
Where is Lvsander, and fáir Hermia?
The one I'll nay; the other hayeth me. (11)
Thou told'st me, they were stol'n into this wood;
And here am I, and wood within this wood';
Because I cannot meet my Hermia.
Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more.

Hel. You draw me, you hard-heatred adamant,
But yet you draw not iron; for my heart
Is true as feel. Leave yoä your pow'r to draw,
And I shall have no pow'r to follow you.

Dim. Do I entice you ? do I speak you fair ?
Or rather do I not in plainest truth
Tell you, I do not, nor I cannot, love ?

Hel. And ev'n for that do I love thee the more ;
I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius,
The more you beat me, I will fawn on you :
Use me but as your spaniel, fpurn me, strike me,
Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave,
Urworthy as I am, to follow you.
What worser place can I beg in your love,
And yet a place of high relpect with me)
Than to be used, as you use your dog?

Dem. Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit; For I am sick, when I do look on thee.

Hel. And I am lick, when I look not on you.

(10) I am invisible,] I thought proper here to obferie, that, as Oberon, and Puck his attendant, may be frequently observed to speak, when there is no mention of their entering; they are deTigned by lhe Poet to be supposed on the Nage during the grea:es part of the remainder of the play; and to mix, as they please, as fpirits, 'with the other actors; and embroil the plot, by their interpofitior, wi.hout being seen, or heard, but when in their own purpose.

(11) Tbe one I'll stay, the oilier stayeth we.] Thus it has been in all the editions bitherto : but Dr. Tbirlby ingenioully saw, it must be, as I have conected in the text. Vous.


Dem. You do impeach your modest, too much,
To leave the city, and commit your elf
Into the hands of one that loves you notif 9:07
To trust the opportunity of night, 's spinillik

And the ill counsel of a detart place, his seyri 3 D1
With the rich worth of your virginity!

Hel. Your virtue is my privilege; or that w ksiin
It is not night when I do see your face, Bcb.
Therefore, I think, I am not in the night. ti nisi
Nor doth this wood lack werlds of company
For you in my respect are all the world..
Then how can it be said, I am alone ;
When all the world is here to look on me?' di

Dem. I'll run from thee and hide me in the brakes,
And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts.j'

Hel. The wildest bath not luch a heart as you ;
Run when you will, the story shall be chang'd :
Apollo, flies, and Daphne holds the chase ;
The dove pursues the griffin ; the mild hind
Makes speed to catch the tyger. Bootless speed!
When cowardise pursues, and valour flies.

Dem. I will not stay thy questions ; let me
Or if thou follow me, do not believe,

But I shall do thee mischief in the wood.

Dul, Ay, in the temple, in the town, the field,
You do me mischief. Fie, Demetrius,
Your wrongs do set a fcandal on my fex : 30 1
We cannot fight for love, as men may


We fou'd be woo'd, and were not made to woo.
I follow thee, and make a heav'n of hell;
To die upon the hand, I love so well. [Exeunt.

Ob. Fate thee well, nymph; ere he doth leave this grove,
Thou Thale fly him, and he shall seek thy love,
Haft thou' the How'r there welcome, wanderer.


Enter Puck.
Puck. Ay, there it is. C, Lines

Ob. I pray thee, give it me;
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Where ox-lip and the nodding violet grows,


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A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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With sweet mufk-roses, and with eglantine,': 1
There ileeps Titania, some time of the night,
Lull'd in these flow'rs, with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enammel'd kin;" /
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in Bin
And with the juice of this l'll treak her eyes, if
And make her full of hateful fantafies.
Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove;
A sweet Athenian Lady is in love
With a disdainful youth; anoint his eyes ; 11
But do it, when the next thing he espies
May be the Lady. Thou shalt know the man,' 1 **
the Athenian

garments he hath on-
Effed it with some care, that he may prove
More fond of her, than the upon her love ;
And, look, you meet me ere the first cock crow,
Puck:Fear not, my Lord, your servant shall do so. [Exé.

Enter Queen of Fairies, with her Train.
Queen. Come, now a roundel, and a fairy Cong:

Some to kill cankers in the musk-rose buds,

with rear-mice for their leathern wings,

The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots, and wonders
At our queint fpirits. Sing me now asleep:
Then to your offices, and let me reft.

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