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But, gentle friend, for love and courtesy,
Lys. Amen, amen, to that fair prayer, say I;
eyes be press'd!
[They sleep Enter Puck. Puck. Through the forest have I gone,
But Athenian found I none,
Erit. Hel. 0, I am out of breath in this fond chace! The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace. Happy is Hermia, wheresoe'er she lies; For she hath blessed and attractive eyes. How came her eyes so brigkt ? Not with salt tears : If so, my eyes are oftner wash'd than hers. No, no, I am as ugly as a bear; Por beasts, that meet me, run away for fear: 3 Vol. III.
Therefore, no marvel, though Demetrius
Hel. Do not say so, Lysander; say not so:
Lys. Content with Hermia ? No: I do repent
Hel. Wherefore was I to this keen mockery born ?
[Exit. Lys. She sees not Hermia :-Hermia, sleep thou there; (5) That is, My will now follows reason. 16] Gentleness is equivaled what, in modern language, we should call the spirit of a gentlemant. PERC
And never may'st thou come Lysander near ;
[Exit. Iler. [starting.] Help me, Lysander, help me! do thy
best, To pluck this crawling serpent from my breast ! Ah me, for pity!
--what a dream was here? Lysander, look, how I do quake with fear : Methought a serpent eat my heart away, And you sat smiling at his cruel prey :Lysander! what, removid ? Lysander! lord ! What, out of hearing ? gone ? no sound, no word ? Alack, where are you? speak, an if you hear; Speak, of all loves; I swoon almost with fear. No ?-then I well perceive you are not nigh: Either death, or you, I'll find immediately. [Exit.
SCENE I.-The same. The Queen of Fairies lying asleep.
Enter Quince, SNUG, BOTTOM, FLUTE, Snout, and STARVELING."
Bottom. ARE we all met?
Quin. Pat, pat; and here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal : This green plot shall be our stage, this hawthorn brake our tyring-house ; and we will do it in action, as we will do it before the duke.
Bot. Peter Quince,-
[?] Io the time of Shakespeare there were many companies of players, sometimes five at the same time, contending for the favour of the public. Of these some were undoubtedly very upskilful and very poor, and it is probable that the design of this scene was to ridicule their ignorance, and the odd expedients to which they might be driven by the want of proper decorations. Bottom was per. haps the bead of a rival house, and is therefore honoured with an ass's bead.
Bot. There are things in this comedy of Pyramus and Thisby, that will never please. First, Pyramus must draw a sword to kill himself; which the ladies cannot abide. How answer you
that ? Snout. By’rlakin, a parlous fear.'
Star. I believe, we must leave the killing out, when all is done.
Bot. Not a whit; I have a device to make all well. Write me a prologue : and let the prologue seem to say, we will do no harm with our swords; and that Pyramus is not killed, indeed : and, for the more better assurance, tell them, that I Pyramus am not Pyramus, but Bottom the weaver: This will put them out of fear.
Quin. Well, we will have such a prologue ; and it shall be written in eight and six.
Bot. No, make it two more ; let it be written in eight and eight.
Snout. Will not the ladies be afeard of the lion ?
Bot. Masters, you ought to consider with yourselves : to bring in, God shield us ! a lion among ladies, is a most dreadful thing: for there is not a more fearful wild-fowl than your lion, living ; and we ought to look to it.
Snout. Therefore, another prologue must tell, he is not a lion.
Bot. Nay, you must name his name, and half his face must be seen through the lion's neck; and he himself must speak through, saying thus, or to the same defect, Ladies, or fair ladies, I would wish you, or, I would request you, or, I would entreat you, not to fear, not to tremble : my life for yours.
think I come hither a lion, it were pity of my life : No, I am no such thing ; I am a man as other men are:-and there, indeed, let him name his name ; and tell them plainly, he is Snug the joiner.
 By our lady-kin, or little lady; as ifakin is a corruption of by my faith. Parlous, a word corrupted from perilous, i. e. dangerous. STEEVENS.
(9] There are probably many temporary allusions to particular incidents and characters scattered through our author's plays, which gave a poignancy to certain passages, while the events were recent, and the persons pointed at yet living.--In the speech now before us, I think it not improbable that he meant to allude to a fact wbich happened in his time, at an entertainment exhibited before Queen Elizabeth. It is recorded in a manuscript collection of anecdotes, stories, &c. entitled, Merry Passages and Jeasts, MS. Harl. 6395 : “ There was a spectacle presented to Queen Elizabeth upon the water, and among others Harry Goldingham was to represent Arion upon the dolphin's backe ; but finding his voice to be
Quin. Well, it shall be so. But there is two hard things; that is, to bring the moon-light into a chamber : for you know, Pyramus and Thisby meet by moon-light.
Snug. Doth the moon shine, that night we play our play?
Bot. A calendar, a calendar! look in the almanac ; find out moon-shine, find out moon-shine.
Quin. Yes, it doth shine that night.
Bot. Why, then you may leave a casement of the great chamber window, where we play, open; and the moon may shine in at the casement.
Quin. Ay; or else one must come in with a bush of thorns and a lanthorn, and say, he comes to disfigure, or to present, the person of moon-shine. Then, there is another thing: we must have a wall in the great chamber; for Pyramus and Thisby, says the story, did talk through the chink of a wall.
Snug. You never can bring in a wall.-What say you, Bottom
Bot. some man or other must present wall: and let him have some plaster, or some lome, or some roughcast, about him, to signify wall; or let him hold his fingers thus, and through that cranny shall Pyramus and Thisby whisper.
Quin If that may be, then all is well. Come, sit down, every mother's son, and rehearse your parts. Pyramus, you begin: when you have spoken your speech, enter into that brake ;' and so every one according to his
Enter Puck behind.
Quin. Speak, Pyramus Thisby, stand forth.
Terye boarse and unpleasant, when he came to perform it, he tears off his digquise, and swears he was none of Arion, not he, but even honest Harry Goldingham, which blunt discoverie pleased the queene better than if it had gone through in the right way," &c. MALONE.
 Brake in the west of England is used to express a large extent of ground overgrown with furze, and appears both here and in the next scene to convey the same idea, HENLEY