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Of thy misprifion' must perforce enfue*

Hel. O spight! Ohell! I fee you all are bent
Some true loveturn'd, and not a false turn'd true. To set against me, for your merriment.
Puck. Then fare 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 Twifter 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 fo; 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 bow. (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 4,
Sink in apple of his eye!

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

A poor soul's patience, all to make you sport.
Let Mer shine as gloriously

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

For you love Hermia ; this, you know, I know ; When thou wakat, if the be by,

And here, with all good-will, with all my heart,
Beg of her for remedy.

In Hermia's love I yield you up my part;
Re-enter Pick.

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 waste more idle breath.
And the youth, mistook by me,

Denn. Lyfander, keep thy Hermia; I will none:
Pleading for a lover'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 aside : the noise they make, There to remain.
, Will caure Demetrius to awake."

Lvl Helen, it is not so.
Puck. Then will two, at once, woo one: Drum. Disparage not the faith thou doft not know,
That must needs be sport alone :

Left, to thy peril, thou aby it dear.
And those things do best please me, Look, where thy love comes; yonder is thy dear.
That befal prepoft'rously.

Enter Hermia.
Enter Lijander and Helena.

Her. Dark night, that from the eye his function Lyl. Why should you think, that I thould woo The ear more quick of apprehension makes; (takes, in scorn?

Wherein it doth impair the seeing sense, Scorn and derision never come in tears :

It pays the hearing 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 fo? Bearing the badge of faith to prove them trie? Lyf. Why should he stay, whom love doth press Hel. You do advance your cunning more and

to go? more.

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 oath 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. Hai. 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. Cawaking.] O Helen, goddess, nymph, To fashion this falle sport in {pight of me.

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 show

To bait me with this foul derifion? Thy lips, those killing cherries, tempting 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'It 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 friendfhip, childhood innocence ?

perfect, divine !

I That is, mifake. 2 i. e. all love-fick. or quality. si.c. Harrass, or torment.

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

We, Hermia, like two artificial' gods,

Or I will make thee from me, like a serpent. ve nith our needs 2 created both one flower, Her. Why are you grown fo rude? what change Both on one sampler, fitting on one cushion, Sweet love?

sis this, Each warbling of one long, both in one key i Lyf. Thy love? out, tawny Tartar, out! As if our hands, our fides, voices, and minds, Out, loathed medicine! hated potion, hence ! Hs been incorporate. So we grew together, Her. Do you not jeft? Like to a double cherry, seeming parted;

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

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

Dem. I would, I had your bond: for, I perceive, So, with two feerning 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 fo. (dead? And will you rent our ancient love asunder,

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

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

Hate me! wherefore? O me! what news, my Our sex, as well as 1, may chide you for it;

love? Though I alone do feel the injury.

Am not I Hermia ? Are not you Lysander ? Her. I am amazed at your passionate words: I am as fair now, as I was erewhile. [me: licorn you not; it seems that you scorn me. Since night, you lov'd me; yet, since night, you left

H.. Have you not set Lysander, as in scorn, Why, then you left me, the gods forbid ! To follow me, and praise my eyes and face? In earnest, shall I say? And made your other love, Demetrius,

Lyf. Ay, by my life; (Who even 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 jest, To her he hates and wherefore doth Lysander That I do hate thee, and love Helena. Deny your love, lo rich within his soul,

Her. Ome! youjuggler! oh, you canker-blossom *! And tender me, forsooth, affection;

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

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

Have you no modefty, no maiden Thame, But miferable most, to love unlov'd ?

No touch of bathfulness? What, will you tear This you should pity, rather than despise.

Impatient answers from my gentle tongue ! Bo. I underland not what you mean by this. Fie, fie! you counterfeit, you puppet, you!

Hd. Ay, d., persever, counterfeit fad looks, Her. Puppet! why so! Ay, that way goes the game. Make mouths upon me when I turn my back; Now I perceive that she hath made compare Wink at each other; hold the sweet jest up: Between our statures; the hath urg'd her height; This fport, well carry'e, thall be chroniclech And with her personage, her tall personage, If you have any pity, grace, or manners,

Her height, forsooth, 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 so low? Which death, or absence, foon fhall remedy, How low am I, thou painted maypole? speak;

Ly. Stay, gentle Helena; hear my excule ; How low am I? I am not yet so low, My love, my life, my soul, fair Helena!

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

Hel. I pray you, though you mock me, gentlemen, Her. Sweet, do not scorn her so.

Let her not hurt me: I was never curft ; Dex. If the cannot entreat, I can compel. I have no gift at all in threwithness; Lyc. Thou canst compel no more than the entreat; I am a right maid for my cowardice; Top threats have no more strength, than her weak Let her not strike me: You, perhaps, may think, Helen, I love thee; by my life, I do; [prayers. Because she's something lower than myself, I swear 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. Lyf. If thou say so, withdraw, and prove it too. I evermore did love you, Hermia; Dens. Quick, come,

Did ever keep your counsels, never wrong'd you; Her. Lytander, whereto tends all this? Sirve 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. Secan to break loose; take on, as you would follow; But he hath chid me hence; and threaten'd me Baz yet come not: You are a tame man, go! To strike me, spurn me, nay, to kill me too: Ly Hang off, thou cal, thou burr: vile thing, And now, so you will let me quiet go, let loole ;

'Tu Athens will I bear my folly back,

i Meaning, ingenious, artful. 2 That is, needles. 3 Meaning, such a fubje&t of light merriment. * Shakspeare here alludes to the worm that preys on the lcaves or buds of flowers, always beginning is the 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-balls roll with wonted light.

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

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

With league, whose date 'till death shall never end. Lyf. Be not afraid, the shall not harm thce, 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 Hel. O, when she's angry, she is keen and shrewd; 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.

hafte ; Her. Little again? nothing but low and little For night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast, 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?, 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 lest day should look their shames upon, In her behalf 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 night. Take not her part : for if thou dost intend 1 Ob. But we are spirits of another fort : Never so little Thew 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 the holds me not ;

Even till the eastern gate, all fiery-red,
Now follow, if thou dar'st, 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, hafte; make no delay :

jowl. Exc. Lysander and Demetrius. We may effect this business yet ere day. (Exit Ok. 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. Lys. Where art thou, proud Demetrius ? speak Exeunt : Hermia pursuing Helena.

thou now. Ob. This is thy negligence : still thou mistak'at, Puck. Here, villain, drawn and ready. Where Or elle 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 should 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 so sort,

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

Ob. Thou seest, these lovers seek a place to Speak. In some bush? where dost thou hide thy His therefore, Robin, overcast the night ;


(stars, The starty 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 tefty rivals so astray,

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

Like to Lyfander 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 'n try no manhood 'Till o'er their brows death-counterfeiting Deep


[Exeusi. With loaden 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; Whose liquor hath this virtuous property, (When I come where he calls, then he is gone.

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 suffer, si e. so happen. 61. e, falutiferous.


The villain is much lighter heel'd than I:

Here she comes, curst, and sad: I follow'd fast, but faiter he did fly;

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

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

Enter Hermia.

[Lies down. Farif but once thou fhew 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-erler Pack and Demetrius.

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

Dex. Abide me, if thou dar'it : for well I wot, Here will I rest me, till the break of day. Thou runn'st before me, shifting cvery place; Heavens shield Lysander, if they mean a' fray! And dar'it not stand, nor look me in the facc.

[Lies down. Wbere art thou?

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

Sleep found : Dess. Xat, then thou mock'st me. Thou shalt

I'll apply buy this dear,

To your eye, If ever I thy face by day-light see :

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

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

When thou wak'st,
By day's approach look to be visited. (Lies down.

Thou tak’ft
Enter Helena.

True delight
Hel. O weary night, Olong and tedious night,

In the fight Abate thy hours; shine, comforts, from thie

Of thy former lady's eye: eaft;

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 Thall be shown : And, feep, that sometimes shuts up forrow's eye,

Tack thall have Jill ; Steal me a while from mine own company.

Nought shall go ill ;

'Slanes. The man fall have his mare again, and all shall be Puz. Yet but three? come one more;


[Exit Puck. [They flop. Two of Loth kinds make up four.

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i feed ! A Wood.

Muft. Ready.' Es een of the Fairies, Bottom, Fairies attending, Bor. Give me your neif?, monsieur Mustard-seed. and tbe King behind them.

Pray you, leave your courtesy, good monfieur,

Mun. What's your will? Szers. COME, fit thee down upon this flowery Boi. Nothing, good monfieur, but to help cava

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

monsieur; for, methinks, I am marvellous hairy And stick mulk-roses in thy fleek smooth head, about the face: and I am such a tender ass, if my

And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy. hair do but tickle me, I must scratch.
Beit. Where's Peale-blossom

1 Queen. What, wilt thou hear some musick, my Peale. Ready.

sweet love? Bd. Scratch my head, Pease-bloliom. Wheres Bor. I have a reasonable good ear in mufick : manfieur Cobweb?

| let us have the tongs and the bones 4. Coó. Ready.

Queen. Or, say, sweet love, what thou desir'it Bat. Monsieur Cobweb; good monsieur, get to eat. your weapons in your hand, and kill me a red-hip'd Bot. Truly, a peck of provender; I could munch bebe-bee on the top of a thistle; and, good mon- your good dry oats. Methinks I have a great dea feur, bring me the honey-bag. Do not fret your fire to a bottle of hay: good hay, sweet hay, hath kif too much in the action, monsieur ; and, good Ino fellow. . zudeur, have a care the honey-bag break not ; ! Queen. I have a venturous fairy that shall seek would 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, folemnly, dried pease. But, I pray you, lec none of your Dance in duke Theseus' house triumphantly, people stir me; I have an exposition of fleep come and bless it to all fair pofterity : upon me.

Tarms. 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 fada, Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

With thete mortals, on the ground. Exeunt. Seeking sweet favours for this hateful fool,

[Mind Borns within. I did upbraid her, and fall out with her :

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

1 Tbe. 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 swell, like round and orient pearls, My love shall hear the musick of my hounds.
Stood now within the pretty flouret's eyes, Uncouple in the western valley; go:--
Like 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 cop,
And she, in mild terms, begg'd my patience, And mark the musical confusion
I then didalk 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 swain ;

Seem'd all one mutual cry; I never heard That he awaking when the others do,

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

| Tha. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan And think no more of this night's accidents, So flew d", fo fanded, and their heads are hung But as the fierce vexation of a dream.

With ears that sweep away the morning dew; But first I will release the fairy queen;

Crook-knee'd, and dew-lap'd like TheiTalian bulls ; Be, as thoa wast wont to be ;

Slow in purut, but mitch'd in mouth like bells,
[Touching her eyes with an berb. Each under each. Acry more tuccable
See, as thou wait wont to fee :

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

In Crete, in Sparta, nor in Theffaly : are there? Hath such force and bleifed power. Judge, when you hear.---But, foft; what nymphs Now, my Titania ; wake you, my iweet queen. Fye. My lord, this is my daughter here alleep;

Queen. My Oberon! what vitions have I seen! And this, Llander; this Demetrius is; Methought I was enamour'd of an ass.

This Heleni, old Nedar's Helena : · Ob. There lies your love.

I wonder at their being here together. Queen. How came these things to pass ?

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

But, freak, 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 lente. I Ege. It is, my lord. Qiseen. Mulick, ho! musick ; such as charineth The. Go, bid the huntsmen wake them with Sleep.

Leyes peep.

their horns. Puck. When thou awak'st, with thine own fool's

Horns, and shout within ; Demetrius, Lyfander, HerOb. Sound, mufick. [Still musick.] Come, my"

mia, and Helena, wake and start up. queen, take hands with me, And rock the ground whereon theie 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;

i That is, disperse yourselves. 2 i. e. grave, or fober. 3 Meaning, the honours due to the morning of May. 4 Varvard is an obsolete word signifying the fore part. Chiding means fourd. i. c. fo mouthed. Flows are the large chaps of a deep-mouthed hound.


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