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Hel. O spight! O hell! I see you all are bent
Some true loveturn'd, and not a false turn'd true. To set against me, for your merriment.
Puck. Then fate o'er-rules; that, one man hold. If you were civil, and knew courtesy,
ing troth,

You would not do me thus much injury.
A million fail, confounding oath on oath. Can you not hate me, as I know you do,

Ob. About the wood go swifter than the wind, But you must join, in fouls 3, to mock me too? And Helena of Athens look thou find :

If you were men, as men you are in show, All fancy-fick 2 she is, and pale of cheer

You would not use a gentle lady lo ; With fighs of love, that cost the fresh blood dear : To vow, and swear, and superpraise my parts, By fome illusion fee thou bring her here; When, I am sure, you hate me with your hearts, I'll charm his eyes, against the do appear. You both are rivals, and love Hermia; Puck. I go, I go; look, how I go;

And now both rivals to mock Helena:
Swifter than arrow from the Tartar's how. (Exit. A trim exploit, a manly enterprize,

Ob. Flower of this purple dye, To conjure tears up in a poor maid's eyes,
Hit with Cupid's archery,

With your derision! None, of nobler fort ,
Sink in apple of bis eye!

Would so offend a virgin; and extort 5
When his love he doth espy,

A poor soul's patience, all to make you (port.
Let her shine as gloriouíly

Lvf. You are unkind, Demetrius ; be not fo;
As the Venus of the sky.---

For you love Hermia ; this, you know, I know;
When thou wok it, if he be by, And here, with all good-will, with all my heart,
Bcg of her for remedy.

In Hermia's love lyield you up my part;
Re-enter Piack.

And yours of Helena to me bequeath,
Puck. Captain of our fairy band, Whom I do love, and will do to my death.
Helena is here at hand;

Hel. Never did mockers walte more icle breath.
And the youth, mistook by me,

Dem. Lyfander, keep thy Hermia ; I will none:
Pleading for a lower's fee ;

If e'er I lov'd her, all that love is gone.
Shall we their fond pageant see? My heart with her but as gueft-wise sojourn'd;
Lord, what fools these mortals be!

And now to Helen it is home return’d,
Ob. Stand ande: the noise they make, There to remain.
Will cauie Demetrius to awake.

Lvl. Helen, it is not so.
Puck. Then will two, at once, wovone; Dr»r. Disparage not the faith thou oft not know,
That must needs be sport alone :

Lent, to thy peril, thou aby it dear.-
And those things do beit please me, Look, where thy love comes; yonder is thy dear.
That befal prepost'rously.

Enter Hirmia.
Enter Lijander and Helena.

Heri Dark night, that from the eye his function Lyf. Why should you think, that I Mould woo The ear more quick of apprehension makes;[takes, in scorn ?

Wherein it doth impair the feeing fente, Scorn and derision never come in tears : It pays the heuing double recompence : Look, when I vow, I weep;, and vows so born, Thou art not by mine eye, Lysander, found ; In their nativity all truth appears.

Mine ear, I thank it, brought me to thy found. How can these things in me seem scorn to you, But why unkindly didft thou leave me to? Bearing the badge of faith to prove them true? Lyf. Why should he stay, whom lovę doth press Hel. You do advance your cunning more and

to go?

Her. What love could press Lyfander from my When truth kills truth, O devilish-holy fray?

fide? These vows are Hermia's; Will you give her o'er ? Lyf. Lyfander's love, that would not let him bide, Weigh onth with oath, and you will nothing Fair Helena; who more engilds the night weigh:

Than all yon fiery o’s 7, and eyes of light. [know, Your vows, to her and me, put in two scales, Why seek'lt thou me? could not this make thee Will even weigh; and both as light as tales. The hate I bear thee made me leave thee fo? Lyf. I had no judgement, when to her I swore.

Her. You speak not as you think; it cannot be. Hel. Nor none, in my mind, now you give her o'er. Hel. Lo, she is one of this confederacy! Lyf. Demetrius loves her; and he loves not you. Now I perceive they have conjoin'd, all three, Dem. [arwaking.] O Helen, goddess, nymph, | To fashion this falle sport in spight of me. perfect, divine!

Injurious Hermia! most ungrateful maid ! To what, my love, shall I compare thine eyne ? Have you conspir’d, have you with these contriva Crystal is muddy. O, how ripe in Thow

To bait me with this foul derision? Thy lips, those killing cherries, tenipting grow! Is all the counsel that we two have Thard, That pure congealed white, high Taurus' snow, The sisters' vows, the hours that we have spent, Fann'd with the eastern wind, turns to a crow, When we have chid the hafty-footed time When thou hold'nt up thy hand: 0, let me kiss

For parting us,—0, and is all forgot? This princess of pure white, this seal of bliss !

All school-day friendship, childhood innocence ?


1 That is, mistake. 2 i. e. all love-fick. or quality. Si. c. Harrass, or torment,

3 That is, join heartily, 4 Sort is here used for degres 6 See note 4: page 188. 7 Shakspeare uses O for a circle.


We, Herma, like two artificial gods,

Or I will make thee from me, like a serpent. Pre with our necids 2 created both one flower, Her. Why are you grown so rude? what change Sun on one sampler, fitting on one cushion, Sweet love?

[is this, Erti warbling of one song, both in one keys Lyf. Thy love? out, tawny Tartar, out! Asif our hands, our fides, voices, and minds, Out, loathed medicine! hated potion, hence! Hae been incorporate. So we grew together, Her. Do you not jest? Like to a double cherry, seeming parted ;

Hel. Yes, 'footh ; and so do you. Bi yet a union in partition,

Lyf. Demetrius, I will keep my word with thee. The lovely berries molded on one stem :

Dim. I would, I had your bond: for, I perceive, Sin, with two seeming bodies, but one heart; A weak bond holds you; I'll not trust your word. Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,

Lyf. What, Mould I hurt her, strike her, kill her Due but to one, and crowned with one crest. Although I hate her, I'll not harm her 10. (dead? And will you rent our ancient love asunder,

Her. What, can you do me greater harm, than To join with men in fcorning your poor friend?

hate? It is not friendly, 'tis not maidenly:

Hate me! wherefore? O me! what news, my Or lex, as well as I, may chide you for it;

love? Though I alone do feel the injury.

Am not I Hermia ? Are not you Lysander ? Her. I 2:13 amazed at your passionate words: I am as fair aow, as I was erewhile. [me: licorn you not; it ieems that you scorn me. Since night, you lo'd me ; yet, fince night, you left

F 2 Have you not fet Lysander, as in scorn, Why, then you left me, the gous forbid !To follow me, and praise my eyes and face? In euneft, thall I lay? And made your other love, Demetrius,

Lyf. Ay, by my life; chroeven but now did spurn me with his foot) And never did desire to see thee more. To call me goddess, nymph, divine, and rare, Therefore, be out of hope, of question, doubt, Precious, celestial? Wherefore speaks he this Be certain, nothing truer ; 'tis no jett, To ber he hates? and wherefore doth Lysander That I do hate thee, and love Helena. Deay your love, fo rich within his soul,

Her. O me! youjuggler! oh, you canker-blossom *! Aztender me, forsooth, affection ;

You thief of love! what, have you come by night, Baby your setting on, by your consent? And stol'n my love's heart from him? Whx though I be not fo in grace as you,

Hel. Fine, i' faith! S, bung upon with love, so fortunate;

Have you no modesty, no maiden shame, Bur miterable moit, to love unlov'd?

No touch of bathfulnels? What, will you tear 1. you should pity, rather than despise. Impatient answers from my gentle tongue?

his. I understand not what you mean by this. Fic, fie! you counterfeit, you puppet, you!

H:1. Av, do, perfever, counterfeit lad looks, Hor. Puppet! why so? Ay, that way goes the game. Make mouths upon me when I turn my back;

Now I perceive that the hath made compare Wink at each other; hold the Tweet jett up: Retween our statures; the hath urg'd her height; Tai iper, well carry'd, thall be chroniclech And with her perfonage, her tall personage, If you have any pity, bruce, or manners,

Her height, forfooth, she hath prevail'd with him. You would not make me such an argument 3. And are you grown so high in his esteem, Bi, fare ye well; 'tis partly mine own fault; Because I am fo dwarfish and fo low? wach death, or absence, foon fhall remedy, How low am I, thou painted maypole? speak;

Ly: Stay, genile Helena; hear my excule ; H: w low am I? I am not yet so low, M; vie, my lite, my soul, fair Helena!

But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes. He'. O excellen!!

H!!. I pray you, though you inock me, gentlemen, Her. Sweet, do not scorn her so.

Let her not hurt me: I was never curft; Dox. If the cannot entreat, I can compel. I have no gift at all in threwishness;

Lv. Thou canst compel no more than the entreat; I am a right maid for my cowardice;
Try threats have no more strength, than her weak Let her not Itrike me: You, perhaps, may think,
H. 20, I love thee; by my life, I do; (prayers. Because The's something lower than myself,
linear by that which I will lose for thee, That I can match her.
To prove him false, that says I love thee not. Her. Lower! hark, again.

Der. I say, I love thee more than he can do. Hel. Good Hermia, do not be so bitter with me.
L. If thou say so, withdraw, and prove it too. I evermore did love you, Hermia;
Des. Quick, come,

Diderer kcep your counsels, never wrongd you;
Iler. Lyiander, whereto tends all this? S:ive that, in love unto Demetrius,
Ly). Away, you Ethiop!

I told him of your stealth unto this wood: Dim. No, no, sir, he'll

He follow'd you; for love, I follow'd him. Seca to break loose; take on, as you would follow; But he hath chid me hence; and threaten'd me Bu yet come nic! : You are a tame man, go! To strike me, spurn me, nay, to kill me too: 1). Hang off, thou cal, thou burr: vile thing, And now, so you will let me quiet go, let looie ;

To Athens will I bear my folly back,

* Meaning, ingenious, artful. 2 That is, needles. 3 Meaning, such a subject of light merrinent.

Shakspeare here alludes to the worm that preys on the lcaves or buds of flowers, always beginning ische middle


And follow you no further : Let me go : To take from thence all error, with his might,
You see how fimple and how fond! I am. (you? And make his eye-halls roll with wonted light.

Her. Why, get you gone: Who is't that hinders When they next wake, all this derision
Hel. A foolith heart, that I leave here behind. Shall seem a dream, and fruitless vifion;
Her. What, with Lysander? .

And back to Athens Thall the lovers wend,
Hel. With Demetrius.

With league, whose date 'till death shall never end. Lvs. Be not afraid, the shall not harm thee, Helena. Whiles I in this affair do thee employ, Dem. No, fir; she shall not, though you take her I'll to my queen, and beg her Indian boy ; part.

And then I will her charmed eye release Hol. O, when she's angry, she is kcen and Ihrewd; From monster's view, and all things shall be peace. She was a vixen, when she went to school;

Puck. My fairy lord, this must be done with And, though she be but little, she is fierce.

haste; Her. Little again? nothing but low and little! - For night's swift dragons cut the clouds full faft, Why will you suffer her to flout me thus ? And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger; (there, Let me come to her.

At whose approach, ghosts, wandering here and Lyf. Get you gone, you dwarf ;

Troop home to church-yards : damned spirits all, You minimus 2, of hindring knot-grass made 3 ; . That in cross-ways and floods have burial, You bead, you acorn.

Already to their wormy beds are gone ; Dom. You are too officious,

For fear left day should look their Thames upon, In her belialf that scorns your services.

They wilfully themselves exile from light, Let her alone : speak not of Helena ;

And must for aye confort with black-brow'd nigiit. Take not her part : for if thou doft intend

Ob. But we are spirits of another fort : Never so little shew of love to her,

I with the morning's love have oft made sport ; Thou shalt aby 4 it.

And, like a forester, the groves may tread,
Lyf. Now she holds me not ;

Even till the eastern gate, all fiery-red,
Now follow, if thou dar'lt, to try whose right, Opening on Neptune with fair blessed beams,
Or thine or mine, is most in Helena.

Turns into yellow gold his falt-green streams. Dern. Follow ? nay, I'll go with thee, cheek by But, notwithstanding, haste; make no delay :

jowl. [Exe. Lysander and Demetrius. We may effect this business yet ere day. [Exis Oh Her. You, mistress, all this coyl is ’long of you : Puck. Up and down, up and down; Nay, go not back.

I will lead them up and down: Hel. I will not trust you, I;

I am fear'd in field and town; Nor longer stay in your curft company.

Goblin, lead them up and down. Your hands, than mine, are quicker for a fray ;

Here comes one. My legs are longer though, to run away.

Enter Lysander. Her. I am amaz’d, and know not what to say. Lyf. Where art thou, proud Demetrius ? speak [Exeunt: Hermia pursuing Helera.

thou now. Ob. This is thy negligence: still thou mistak's, Puck. Here, villain, drawn and ready. Where Or else commit'st thy knaveries willingly.

art thou ?
Puck. Believe me, king of shadows, I mistook. Lyf. I will be with thee straight.
Did not you tell me, I thould know the man Puck. Follow me then
By the Athenian garments he had on?

To plainer ground.
And so far blameless proves my enterprize,

[Lyf. goes out, as following Den That I have 'nointed an Athenian's eyes:

Enter Demetrius.
And so far am I glad it did fo fort,

Dem. Lysander ! speak again.
As this their jangling 1 esteem a sport. [fight : Thou runaway, thou coward, art thou fied?

0b. Thou leert, these lovers seek a place to Speak. In some bush? where dost thou hide thy Hie therefore, Robin, overcast the night ;


(stars, The starry welkin cover thou anon

Puck. Thou coward, art thou bragging to the With drooping fog, as black as Acheron ; Telling the bushes that thou look'st for wars, And lead these terty rivals so astray,

And wilt not come? Come, recreant ; come, thou As one come not within another's way.

child ;
Like to Lýsander sometime frame thy tongue, I'll whip thee with a rod : He is defil'd,
Then stir Demetrius up with bitter wrong; That draws a sword on thee.
And sometimes rail thou like Demetrius ;

Dom. Yea; art thou there? And from each other look thou lead them thus, Puck. Follow my voice; we 'll try no manhood 'Till o'er their brows death-counterfeiting Sleep


[Exeuni. With leaden legs and batty wings doth creep:

Re-enter Lysander. Then crush this herb into Lysander's eye ;

Lyf. He goes before me, and still dares me on ; Whole liquor hath this virtuous property, When I come where he calls, then he is gone.

I That is, foolish. 2 i. e. you diminutive of the creation, you reptile. 3 Knot-grass was anciently supposed to prevent the growth of any animal or child, * To aby is to pay dear for, te luffer. si c. so happen. 6į e. falutiferous.



The villain is much lighter heeld than I :

Here she comes, curst, and fad :I follow'd fast, but faster he did Ay ;

Cupid is a knavish lad, Tinat fallen am I in dark uneven way,

Thus to make poor females mad. And here will rest me. Come, thou gentle day!

Enter Hermia.

[Lies down. Farif but once thou Mew me thy grey light,

Her. Never so weary, never so in woe, It find Demetrius, and revenge this spight.

Bedabbled with the dew, and torn with briers; Re-orier Pace and Demetrius.

I can no further crawl, no further go;
Peck. Ho, ho, ho! coward, why comest thou not? My legs can keep no pace with my desires.

Dex. Abide me, if thou dar'it : for well I wut, Here will I rest me, till the break of day.
Thou run it before me, thifting every place;

Heavens shield Lysander, if they mean a' fray! And dar'it not stand, nor look me in the face.

[Lies down. Woere art thou?

Puck. On the ground Pind. Come hither; I am here.

Sleep found : Des. Vär, then thou mock'st me. Thou ihalt

I'll apply buy this dear,

To your eye, If ever I thr face by day-light fee :

Gentle lover, remedy. Now, so thy way. Faintness constraineth me

[Suroving the juice on Lysander's cyt. To measure out my length on this cold bed.

When thou wak'tt,

Thou tak'st
By day's approach look to be visited. [Lies diwn.
Enter Helena.

True delight
. O weary night, O long and tedious night,

In the fight Abate thy tours; Thine, comforts, from tije

Of thy former lady's eye: eat;

And the country proverb known, That I may back to Athens by day-light,

That every man should take his own, From there that my poor company deteft :

In your waking ihall be shown: And, fleep, that sometimes inuts up forrow's eye,

Jack shall have Jill ; Steal me a while from mine own company.

Nought shall go ill;

The man shall have his mare...:in, and all shall be Part. Yet but three? come one more;

well. [Exit Puik. Tbeylep. Two of both kinds make up four.



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Jhoney-bas, signior.--Were's monsieur Mustard

feed? A Wood.

Muf. Ready. isier Sant of the Fairies, Bottom, Fairies attending,

Bor. Give me your neif 2, monsieur Multand-seed. ard ibe King behind them.

Pray you, leave your courtesy, good monsieur,

Muft. What's your will ?
TOME, fit thee down upon this flowery

Bos. Nothing, good monsieur, but to help cava

lero Cobrveb to scratch, I must to the barber's, While I thy amiable cheeks do coy',

monsieur; for, methinks, I am marvellous hairy And tak musk-roses in thy leek smooth head, about the face : and I am such a tender ass, if my Aad kiss thy fair large ears, my geutle joy.

hair do but tickle me, I must scratch. But. Where's Peale-blossom

Queen. What, wilt thou hear fome musick, my Psale. Realy.

sweet love? Ed. Scratch my head, Pease-blossom. Whereas

Boi. I have a reasonable good ear in mufick : Danfieur Cobweb?

let us have the tongs and the bones 4. Cos. Ready.

Queen. Or, say, sweet love, what thou desir'lt BA. Monsieur Cobweb; good monsieur, get to ear. #weapons in your hand, and kill me a red-hip’d

Bol. Truly, a peck of provender ; I could munch ebe-bee on the top of a thistle; and, good mon- your good dry oats. Methinks I have a great de fez, bring me the honey-bag. Do not fret your fire to a bottle of hay: good hay, fweet hay, hach kif too much in the action, monsieur ; and, good no fellow. Duraticur, have a care the honey-bag break not ;

Queen. I have a venturous fairy that shall seek word be loch to have you over-flown with a The squirrel's hoard, and fetch thee new nuts.

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Bot. I had rather have a handful, or two, of And will, to-morrow midnight, folemniy, dried pease. But, I pray you, let none of your Dance in duke Theseus' house triumphantiya people stir me; I have an exposition of deep come And biefs it to all fair pofterity : upon me.

[arms. There shall these pairs of faithful lovers be Queen. Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my Wedded, with Theseus, all in jollity. Fairies, be gone, and be all ways away!

Puck. Fairy king, attend, and mark; So doth the woodbine, the sweet honey-suckle,

I do hear the morning lark. Gently entwist,—the female ivy so

Ob. Then my queen, in silence fad , Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.

Trip we aster the night's shade :
O, how I love thee! how I dote on thee!

We the globe can compaís foon,
Oberon advances. Enter Puck.

Swifter than the wand'ring moon.
Ob. Welcome, good Robin. Seeft thou this

Queen. Come, my lord; and in our Aigt, sweet fight?

Tell me how it came this night, Her dotage now I do begin to pity.

That I fleeping here was found, For meeting her of late, behind the wood,

With these mortals, on the ground.[ Exeunt. Seeking sweet savours for this hateful fool,

[M ind burns with so I did upbraid her, and fall out with her :

Enter Theseus, Egeus, Hippolita, and train. For she his hairy temples then had rounded

The. Go, one of you, find out the forefter ;-With coronet of fresh and fragrant flowers ; For now our observation is perform'd 3 : And that same dew, which fometime on the buds And since we have the yaward # of the day, Was wont to fwell, like round and orient pearls, My love shall hear the musick of my hounds. Stood now within the pretty flouret's eyes, Upcouple in the western valley; goiLike tears, that did their own disgrace bewail.

Dispatch, I say, and find the forefter.When I had, at my pleasure, taunted her, We will, fair queen, up to the mountain's top, And she, in mild terms, begg'd my patience, And mark the musical confusion I then did ask of her her changeling child ; Of hounds and echo in conjunction. Which strait she gave me, and her fairy sent Hip. I was with Hercules, and Cadmus, once, To bear him to my bower in fairy land.

When in a wood of Crete they bay'd the bear And, now I have the boy, I will undo

With hounds of Sparta : never did I bear
This hateful imperfection of her eyes.

Such gallant chiding 5 ; for, besides the groves,
And, gentle Puck, take this transformed scalp The skies, the fountains, every region near
From off the head of the Athenian (wain ; Scou'd all one niutual cry; I never heard
That he awaking when the others do,

So musical a difcord, luch sweet thunder. (kind, May all to Athens back again repair ;

Tbe. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan And think no more of this night's accidents,

So flew d", so ianded, and their heads are hung But as the fierce vexation of a dream.

With ears that fiveep away the morning dew ; But firft I will release the fairy queen;

Crook-knee'd, and dex-lap like The Talian buils ; Be, as thoa wast wont to be ;

Slow in purut, but mitch'd in mouth like bells, [Touching her


with an berb. Esch under each. Acry more turcable
See, as thou watt wont tu fee :

Was never haltioo'd lo, nor cheer'd with horn,
Dian's bud o'er Cupid's flower

In Crete, in Spart.d, nor in Theffaly : are there? Hath such force and bleifed power. Juige, when you hear.---But, foft; wha' nymphs Now, my Titania ; wake you, my tweet queen. tge. My lord, this is my daughter here alleep : Queen. My Oberon! what virions have I seen!

And this, L;tander; this Demetrius is; Methought I was enamour'd of an ais.

This Helen.), old Nedar's Helena : Ob. There lies your love,

I wonder at their being here together. Qucen. How came cheie things to pass ?

The. No doubt, they rofe up early, to observe Oh, how mine eye doth loath his vilage now! The rite of May; and, hearing our intent, Ob. Silence, a while. ---Rubin, take off this came here in grace of our solemnity.--head.

But, speak, Egeus ; is not this the day Titania, musick call; and strike more dead

That Hermia should give answer of her choice? Than common sleep, of all these five the lense.

Ege. It is, my

lord. Q:cecma Munick, ho! musick; such as charineth

Tbe. Go, bid the huntsmen wake them with flеер. .

[eyes peep.

their horns. Puck. When thou awak'st, with thine own fool's Ob. Sound, musick. [Srill mufick.] Come, my

Horns, and shout within ; Demetrius, Lyfander, Her

mia, and Helena, 2.ke and start up. queen, take hands with me, And rock the ground whereon these deepers be. The. Good-morrow, friends. Saint Valentine is Now thou and I are new in amity;

Begin these wood-birds but to couple now? (pait;

1 That is, disperse yourselves. 2i. e. grave, or fober. 3 Meaning, the honours due to the morning of May. 4 Varuurd is an obfolete word lignifying the fore part. Ś Chiding means found. 6i.co lo mouched. Flows are the large chaps of a decp-mouthed hound.


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