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Would imitate ; and sail upon the land,
stay? Tit. Perchance, till after Theseus' wedding-day. If
you will patiently dance in our round, And see our moonlight revels, go
us; If not, shun me, and I will spare your haunts.
Obe. Give me that boy, and I will go with thee.
Tit. Not for thy fairy kingdom.-Fairies, away : We shall chide downright, if I longer stay.
[Exeunt Titania, and her train. Obe. Well, go thy way: thou shalt not from this
grove, Till I torment thee for this injury. My gentle Puck, come hither. Thou remember'st 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. Obe. That very time I saw, (hut thou couldst not) Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid all arm’d: a certain aim he took
At a fair vestal, throned by the west ;
Puck. I'll put a girdle round about the earth
[Erit Puck. Obe.
Having once this juice,
i Queen Elizabeth.
? Exempt from love.
(As I can take it with another herb)
Enter DEMETRIUS, HELENA following him.
and follow me no more.
Dem. 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 you? Hel. And even for that do I love
the more. I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius, The more you beat me, I will fawn on you : Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me, Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave. Unworthy as I am, to follow you. What worser place can I beg in your love, (And yet a place of high respect with me)
1 Mad, raving.
Than to be used as you do use your dog?
Hel. And I am sick when I look not on you.
Dem. You do impeach 1 your modesty too much,
Hel. Your virtue is my privilege for that.
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? Dem. I'll run from thee, and hide me in the
brakes, And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts.
Hel. The wildest hath not such a heart as you. Run when you will, the story shall be changed : Apollo flies, and Daphne holds the chase; The dove pursues the griffin ; the mild hind Makes speed to catch the tiger. Bootless speed ! When cowardice pursues, and valor flies.
Dem. I will not stay thy questions : let me go :
| Bring into question.
Or, if thou follow me, do not believe
Hel. Ay, in the temple, in the town, and field,
[Exeunt Dem. and Hel. Obe. Fare thee well, nymph: ere he do leave this
grove, Thou shalt fly him, and he shall seek thy love.
Puck. Ay, there it is.
I pray thee, give it me.
2 The ox-lip is the greater cowslip.