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Puck. Thou speak'st arigbt ;

us. as in mockery, set : The spring, the summer, I am that merry wanderer of the night.

The cbilding autumn, angry winter cbange I jest to Oberon, and make him sinile,

| Their wonted liveries ; and the 'inazed world, When I a fat and bean-fed borse beguile,

By their increase, t now knows not which is Neigbing in likeness of a Ally foal :

which : And sometimes lurk ( in a gossip's bowl,

And this same progeny of evils comes lo very likeness of a roasted crab ;

From our debate, from our dissention;
And, when she drinks, against her lips I bob, We are their parents and original.
And on her witber'd Jew-lap pour the ale.

Obe. Do you amend it then ; it lies in you: The wisest aunt, telling the saddest tale,

| Why should Titania cross her Oberon ?
Sometime for three-foot stool mistaketh me; I do but beg a little changeling boy,
Then slip I from her bum, down topples she, To be my henchman. I
And tailor cries, and falls into a cough ;

| Tita. Set your heart at rest,
And then the whole quire hold their bips, and The fairy land buys not the child of me.
loffe ;

His mother was a vot'ress of my order : And waxen in their mirth, and neeze, and swear And, in the spiced Indian air, by night, A merrier hour was never wasted there.

Full often hath she gossip'd by my side ; But room, Fairy here comes Oberon.

And sat with me on Neptune's yellow sands, Fai. And here my mistress ;-'Would that Marking the embarked traders on the flood; be were gone!

When we have laugh'd to see the sails conceive,

And grow big-bellied, with the wanton wind : SCENE II.

Which she, with pretty and with swimming

gait, Enter OBERON, at one door, with his train, I(Following her womb, then rich with my young and TITANIA, at another, with her's.

'squire,) Obe. Ill met by moon-light, proud Titania. Would imitate ; and sail upon the land, Tita. What, jealous Oberon ? Fairy, skip To fetch me trifles, and return again, hence;

As from a voyage, rich with merchandise. I have forsworn bis bed and company.

But she, being mortal, of that boy did die ; Obe. Tarry, rash wanton : Am not 1 thy lord ? And, for her sake, I do rear up her boy :

Tita. Then I must be thy lady : But know And for her sake, I will not part with him. When thou hast stol'n away froin fairy land,

Obe. How long within this wood intend you And in the shape of Corin sat all day,

stay? Playing on pipes of corn, and versing love

Tita. Perchance, till after Theseus' weddingTo amorous Phillida. Why art thou bere,

day. Come from the farthest steep of India ?

If you will patiently dance in our round, But that, forsooth, the bouncing Amazon,

And see our moon-light revels, go with us ; Your buskin'd mistress, and your warrior love, if not shun me, and I will spare your haunts. To Theseus must be wedded : and you come

Obe. Give me that boy, and I will go with To give their bed joy and prosperity.

thee. Obe. How canst thou thus, for shame, Tita. Tita. Not for thy kingdom.-Fairies, away :

We shall chide down-right, if I longer stay. Glance at my credit with Hyppolyta,

(Ereunt TITANIA, and her train. Knowing I know thy love to Theseus ?

Obe. Well, go thy way : thou shalt not from Didst thou not lead him through the glimmer. ing night

Till I torment thee for this injury.From Perigenia, whom he ravish'd ?

My gentle Puck, come bitber: Thon remember'st And make him with fair Æglé break his faith. Since once I sat upon a promontory, With Ariadne, and Antiopa?

And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin's back, Tita. These are the forgeries of jealousy :

Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, And never, since the middle summer's spring, That the rude sea grew civil at her song ; Met we on bill, in dale, forest, or mead,

And certain stars shot madly from their spheres, By paved fountain or by rushy brook,

To hear the sea-maid's music. Or on the beached margent of the sea,

Puck. I remember. To dauce our ringlets to the whistling wind, Obe. That very time I saw, (but thou could'st But with thy brawls thou hast disturbod our

not,) sport.

Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Therefore the winds piping to us in vain,

Cupid all arm'd: a certain aim he took As in revenge, have suck'd up from the sea At a fair vestal, tbroned by the west; Contagions fogs; which falling in the land, And loos'd his love-shaft smartly from bis bow Have every pelting + river made so proud, As it sbould pierce a hundred thousand bearts : That they have overborne their continents : But I might see young Cupid's Aery shaft The ox hath therefore stretch'd his yoke in vain, Quench'd in the cbaste beams of the wat'ry The plougbman lost bis sweat ; and the green

moon; corn

And the imperial vot'ress passed on, Hath rotted, ere his youth attain'd a beard : In maiden meditation, fancy-free. The fold stands empty in the drowned field, Yet mark'd I where the bolt of Cupid fell : And crows are fatted with the murrain f»ck; It fell upon a little western hower.The nine men's morris is fill'd up with mud; Before, milk-white; now purple with love's And the quaint mazes in the wanton green,

wound, Por lack of tread are vndistinguisbable :

And maidens call it, love-in-idleness. The human mortals want their winter bere ; Fetch me that flower; the herb I show'd thee No nigbt is now with bymn or carol blest:

once : Therefore the moon, the governess of floods, The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid, Pale in her anger, washes all the air,

Will make or man or woman madly dote Tbat rheumatic diseases do abound:

Upon the next live creature that it sees. And thorough this distemperature, we see

Fetch me this berb: and be thou here again, The seasons alter : boary.headed frosts

Ere the leviatban can swim a league. Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose;

Puck, I'll put a girdle round about the earth Aud on old Hyems' chin, and icy crown,

In forty minutes.

(Exit Puck An oderous chaplet of sweet summer buds

Obe. Having once this juice, • Wild apple.

Petty. 1 Baskwhich contain them.

• Antumn producing Aowers unseasouebly, Againe played by boys.

1 Produce.

$ Exempt Trom love.


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this grove

I'll watch Titania when sbe is asleep,

I'll follow thee, and make a heaven of hell, And drop the liquor of it in ber eyes :

To die upon the band I love so well. The next thing then she waking looks upon,

(Exeunt DEM. and HEL. (Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull,

Obe. Fare thee well, Dymph: ere be do leave On meddling monkey, or on busy ape,)

this grove, She shall pursue it with the soul of love.

Thou shalt fly bim, and he shall seek thy love.And ere I take this charm off from her sigbt, (As I can take it, with another herb,)

Re-enter POCK. I'll make her render up her page to me.

Hast thou the power there? Welcome, wan. But who comes here I am invisible ;

derer. And I will over-bear tbeir conference.

Puck. Ay, there it is.

Obe. I pray thee, give it me. Enter DEMETRIUS, HELENA following him. I know a baok whereon the wild thyme blows, Dem. I love thee not, therefore parsae me where ox-lips + and the nodding violet grows; not,

Quite over-canopied with lush t woodbine, Where is Lysander, and fair Hermia?

With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine : The one I'll slay, the other slayeth me.

There sleeps Titania, some time of the night, Thou told'st me, they were stol'n into this Lull'd in these flowers with dances and dewood,

light; And here am I, and wood. within this wood, And there the snake throws her enamelld skin, Because I cannot meet with Hermia.

Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in : Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more. And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes, Hel. You draw me, you hard-hearted ada. And make her full of hateful fantasies. mant ;

Take thou some of it, and seek through this But yet you draw not iron, for my heart

grove : Is true as steel : Leave you your power to A sweet Athenian lady is in love draw,

With a disdainful youth : anoint bis eyes ; And I shall bave no power to follow you.

But do it, when tbe next thing he espies, Dem. Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair? May be the lady: Thou shalt know the man Or, rather, do I not in plainest truth

By tbe Athenian garments be hath on. Tell you I do not, nor I cannot love you

Effect it with some care ; that he may prove Hel. And even for that do I love you tbe | More fond on her, than she upon her love : more,

And look thou meet me ere the first cock crow, I am your spaniel ; and, Demetrius,

Puck. Fear not, my lord, your servant shall 'The more you beat me, I will fawn on you:

do so.

(Ereunt. 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.

Another part of the Wood.
What worser place can I beg in your love,

Enter TITANIA, with her train. (And yet a place of high respect with me,) Than to be used as you use your dog?

Tita. Come, now a roundel, 5 and a fairy Dem. Tempt not too much the batred of my

song ; spirit;

Then, for the third part of a minute, bence ; For I am sick, when I do look on thee.

Some, war with rear-mice | for their leatbern Hel. And I am sick, when I look not on


[back you.

To make my small elves coats ; and some, keep Dem. You do impeach your modesty too The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots, and much,

wonders To leave the city, and commit yourself

At our quaint spirits : [ Sing me now asleep; Into the hands of one that loves you not ;

Then to your oftices, and let me rest.
To trust the opportunity of night,
And the ill counsel of a desert place,

With the rich worth of your virginity.

1 Fai. You spotted snakes, with double tongue, Hel. Your virtne is my privilege for that.

Thorny hedge-hogs, be not seen; It is not night, when I do see your face,

Newts, and blind-worms, it do no Therefore I think I am not in the night :

wrong; Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company;

Come not near our fairy queen: For you, in my respect, are all the world : Then how can it be said, I am alone,

CHORUS. When all the world is here to look on me !

Philomel, with melody, Dem. I'll run from thee, and bide me in the

Sing in our sweet lullaby ; brakes,

Lulla, lulla, lullaby; luita, lulla, lul. And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts. Hel. The wildest hath not such a heart as

Ncver harm, nor spell nor charm, you.

Come our lovely lady nigh:
Run when you will the story shall be chang'd;

So, good night, with lullaby.
Apollo flies, and Daphne bolds the chase ;
The dove pursues the griffin ; the mild hind

Makes speed to catch the tiger : Bootless speed! |2 Fai. Wearing sviders, come not here ,
When cowardice pursues, and valour fies.
Dem. I will not stay thy questions ; let me

Hence, you long-legg'd spinners

hence : go: Or, if thon follow me, do not believe

Beetles black, approach not near ; But I shall do thee mischief in the wood.

Worm, nor snail, do no offence. Hel. Ay, in the temple, in the town, the

CHORUS field, You do me mischief. Fie, Demetrius !

Philomel, with melody, &c. Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex :

I Fai. Hence, away; now all is well: We cannot fight for love, as men may do ;

One, aloof, stand sentinel. We should be woo'd, and were not made to

Exeunt Fairies.-TITANIA sleeps. woo.

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Hel. Oh! I am out of breath in this food

chase! Obe. What thon seest, when thou dost wake,

The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace (Squeezes the flower on TITANIA's eye-lids. Do t for thy true love take;

Happy is Hermia, wheresoe'er she lies ; Love, and languish for bis sake :

For she hath blessed and attractive eyes. Be it ounce,

Not with salt How came her eyes so bright or cat, or bear, Pard, or boar with bristled hair,

If so, my eyes are oftener wash'd than ber's. Iu thy eye tbat shall appear When thou wak'st, it is thy dear

No, no, I am as ugly as a bear ; Wake, when some vile thing is i

For beasts that meet me, run away for fear :

I Therefore, no marvel, though Demetrius

Do, as a monster, fly my presence thus.

What wicked and dissembling glass of mine

Made me compare with Herinia's sphery eyne ? Lys. Fair love, you faint with wandering in But who is here ?--Lysander ! on the ground ! the wood;

Dead 1 or asleep? I see no blood, no wound:And to speak troth, I have forgot our way; Lysander, if you live, good Sir, awake. We'll rest us, Hermia, if you think it good,

Lys. And run through fire I will, for thy sweet And tarry for the comfort of the day.


(Waking. Her. Be it so, Lysander : find you out a Transparent Helena ! Nature here shows art, bed,

That through thy bosom makes me see thy For 1 upon this bank will rest my head.

heart. Lys. One turf sball serve as pillow for us / Where is Demetrius? Oh ! how fit a word both;

Is that vile name, to perisb on my sword ! One heart, one bed, two bosoms, and one troth. Hel. Do not say so, Lysander ; say not go : Her. Nay, good Lysander; for my sake, my What though he love your Hermia ? Lord, what dear,

though? Lie further off yet, do not lie so near.

Yet Hermia still loves you : then be content. Lys. O take the sense, sweet, of my inno- Lys. Content with Hermia? No: I do re. cence :

pent Love take the meaning, in love's couference. The tedious minutes I with her have spent. I mean, that my beart unto your's is knit ; Not Hermia, but Helena I love : So that but one heart we can make of it:

Who will not change a raven for a dove ? Two bosoms interchained with an oath ;

| The will of man is by bis reason sway'd; So then, two bosoms, and a single troth.

And reason says you are the worthier maid. Then, by your side no bed-room me deny ; Things growing are not ripe until their seaFor, lying so, Hermia, I do not lie.

son : her. Lysander riddles very prettily :

So I, being young, till now ripe uot to reason ; Now much beshrew my manners and my And touchiug now the point of human skill, pride,

Reason becomes the marsbal to my will, If Hermia meant to say, Lysander lied.

And leads me to your eyes; where I o'erlook ; But, gentle friend, for love and courtesy

Love's stories written in love's richest book. Lie further off ; in huinan modesty

Hel. Wherefore was I to this keen mockery Such separation, as, may well be said,

born ? Becomes a virtuous bacbelor and a maid :

When, at your hands, did I deserve this scorn i So far be distant; and good night, sweet friend : Is't not enough, is't not enough, young man, Thy love ue'er alter, till thy sweet life end! That I did never, no, nor never can,

Lys. Amen, amen, to that fair prayer, say I; Deserve a sweet look from Demetrius' eye, And then end life, when I end loyalty !

But you must flout my insufficiency? Here is my bed : Sleep give thee all his rest! Good troth, you do me wrong, good sooth, you Her. With balf that wish the wisher's eyes be

do. press'd!

(They sleep.

In such disdainful manner me to woo.

But fare you well : perforce I must confess, Enter Puck.

I thought you lord of more true gentleness. Puck. Through the forest have I gone,

Oh I that a lady, of one man refus'd,
But Athenian found 1 none,

Should, of another, therefore be abus'd!
On whose eyes I might approve

(Erit. This flower's force in stirring love.

Lys. She sees not Hermia:-Hermia, sleep Night and silence I who is here ?

thou there; Weeds of Athens he doth wear :

And never may'st thou come Lysander pear!
This is he, my master said,

For, as a surfeit of the sweetest things
Despised the Athenian maid :

The deepest loatbing to the stomach brings ;
And here the maiden, sleeping sound,

Or, as the heresies, that Dien do leave,
On the dank and dirty ground.

Are bated most of those tbey did deceive ;
Picity soul! she durst not lie

So thou, my surfeit, and my beresy,
Near this lack-love, kill-courtesy.

of all be bated; but the most of me?
Churi, upon tby eyes I throw

And all my powers, address your love and
All the power this charm doth owe: 7

When thou wak'st, let love forbid To honour Helen, and to be her knight!
Sleep his seat on tby eye-lid.

[Erit. So awake, when I am gone;

Her. (starting.) Help me, Lysander, help me! For I must now to Oberon. (Exit.

do thy best,

To pluck this crawling serpent from my breast ! Enter DEMETRIUS and HELENA, running. Abi me, for pity !--what a dream was here? Hel. Stay, though thou kill me, sweet Deine

Lysander, look, how I do quake with fear : trius.

Methought a serpent eat my heart away, Dem. I charge thee, hence, and do not haunt

And you sat smiling at his cruel prey : me thits.

Lysander I wbat, remov'd ? Lysander ! lord ! Hel. O wilt thou darklingt leave me? do What, out of hearing ? gone? no sound, no not so.

word ? Dem. Stay, on thy peril; I alone will go.

Alack, where are you? speak, an if you hear ;
Erit DEMETRIUs. Speak, of all loves ; ' I swoon almost with

• The small tiger.
1 Possess
1 In the dark

• By all that is dear.

No ?-then I well perceive you are not nigb: Pyramus and Thisby, says the story, did talks Either death, or you, I'll find immediately. through the chinks of a wall.


| Snug. You never can bring in a wall. What say you, Bottoin !

Bot. Some man or other must present wall:

and let him have some plaster, or some k me, ACT III.

or some rough-cast about him, to signify wall;

lor let bim bold his fingers thus, and through SCENE 1-The same - The Queen of Fairies that cranny shall Pyramus and Thisby whisper. lying asleep.

Quin, If that may be, then all is well. Come,

sit down, every mother's son, and rehearse your Enter QUINCE, SNUG, BOTTOM, FLUTE, SNOUT, parts. Pyramus, you begin : when you have aud STARYELING.

spoken your speech, enter into that brake and

so every one according to his cue. Bot. Are we all met! Quin. Pat, pat; and here's a marvellous con.

Enter Puck behind. venient place for our rehearsal : This green plot Puck. What bempen home-spuns have we sball be our stage, this hawthorn brake our tyriag.

swaggering bere, house ; and we will do it in action, as we will so near the cradle of the fairy queen ? do it before the doke.

Wbat, a play toward ? I'll be an auditor ; Bot. Peter Quince,

An actor too, perhaps, if I see cause. Quin. What say'st thou, bully Bottom ?

Quin. Speak, Pyramus :- Thisby, stand forth. Bot. There are tbings in this comedy of Py. Pyr. Thisby, the flowers of odious savours ramus and Thisby, that will never please. First,

sweet, Pyramus must draw his sword to kill himself; Quin. Odoors, odours. which the ladies cannot abide. How answer you Pyr. odours savours sweet : that I

So doth thy breath, my dearest Thisby Snout. By'rlakin, a parlous + fear.

dear. Star. I believe, we must leave the killing out, But, hark, a voice! stay thou but here a when all is done.

while. Bot. Not a wbit : 1 bave a device to make And by and by I will to thee appear. all well. Write me a prologue : and let the

(Exit. prologue seem to say, we will do no harin with Puck. A stranger Pyramus than e'er play'd our swords; and that Pyramus is not killed in


(Aside.-Ezit. deed : and, for the more better assurance, tell! This. Must I speak now? them, that I Pyramus am not Pyramus, but Quin. Ay, marry, must you : for you must Bottom the weaver: This will put them out of understand, he goes but to see a noise that he fear.

heard, and is to come again. Quin. Well, we will have such a prologue ; and This. Most radiant Pyramus, most lily. it shall be written in eight and six.

white of hue, Bot. No, make it two more ; let it be written of colour like the red rose on triumphant in eight and eight.

brier, Snout. Will not the ladies be afeard of the Most brisky juvenal,+ and eke most lovely lion Star. I fear it, I promise you.

As true as truest horse, that yet would never Bot. Masters, you ought to consider with yourselves : to bring in, God shield us ! a lion among | P'll meet thee, Puramus, at Ninny's tomb. ladies, is a most dreadful thing; for there is not Quin. Ninus' tomb man : Why you must not a more fearful t wild-fowl than your lion, living; speas that yet ; that you answer to Pyramus : and we ought to look to it.

you speak all your part at once, cuest and all. Snout. Therefore, another prologue must tell, --Pyramus enter ; your cue is past; it is, never he is not a lion.

tire. Bot. Nay, you must name his name, and half bis face must be seen through the lion's neck;

Re-enter Puck, and BOTTOM with an ass' and he himself must speak through, saying thus,

head. or to the same defect,-Ladies, or fair ladies, I This. O-As true as truest horse, that yet would wish you, or, i would request you, or, I

would never tire. would entreat you, not to fear, not to tremble :

Pyr. If I were fair, Thisby, I 2 my life for your's. If you think I come bither

thine : as a lion, it were pity of my life : No, I am no Quin. O monstrous ! O strange! we are such thing; I am a man as other men are :-and

baunted. there, indeed, let him Dame bis name ; and tell Pray, masters I fly, masters ! help! them plainly, he is Snug the joiner.

(Eceunt Clowns. Quin. Well, it shall be so. But there is two Puck. I'll follow you, I'I lead you about a hard things; that is, to bring the moon-light in

round, to a chamber : for you know, Pyramus and Tbisby | Through bog, through bush, through brake, meet by moon-light.

through briar; Snug. Doth the moon shine, that night we Sometime a horse l'll be, sometimes a hound, play our play?

A hog, a headless bear, sometime a fire; Bot. A calendar, a calendar! look in the And neigb, and bark, and grunt, and roar, and almanack; find out moon-shine, ind out moon

burn, sbine.

Like horse, liound, hog, bear, fire, at every turn. Quin. Yes, it doth shine that night.

(Exit. Bot. Wby, then you may leave a casement Bot. Why do they run away? this is a kpavery of the great cbamber window, where we play, of them, to make me aseard. open ; and the moon may sbine in at the casement.

Re-enter SNOUT. Quin. Ay; or else one must come in with a Snout. O Bottom, thou art changed ! what do hush of thorns and a lanthorn, and say, be I see on thee? comes to disfigure, or to present, the person of Bof. What do you see? you see an ass' head moon-sbine. Then, there is another thing : wel of your owu ; Do you must have a wall in the great chamber; for


+ Young man. • By our ladykin.

+ The last vords of the preceding speech, which serve + Dangerous

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Re-enter QUINCE.

Peas. Peas-blossom. Quin. Bless thee. Bottom 1 bless thee! thon / Bot. I pray you, commend me to mistress art translated.

(Erit. i

Squash, your mother, and to master Peascod.

your father Good master Peas-blossom, I sball Bot. I see their knavery : this is to make an

desire you of more acquaintance too.-Your ass of me; to fright me, if they could. But I

name I beseech you, Sir ? will not stir from this place, do what they can :

Mus. Mustard-seed. I will walk up and down here, and I will sing,

Bot. Good master Mustard seed, I know your that they shall hear I am not afraid. (Sings.

patience well : tbat same cowardly, giant-like The ousel-cock, so black of hue,

ox-beef hath devoured many i gentleman of With orange-tawney bill,

your house : I promise you, your kindred hath The throstle with his note so true, made my eyes water ere now. I desire you The wren with little quill;

more acquaintance, good master Mustard seed. Tita. What angel wakes me from my flowery

Tita. Come, wait upon him ; lead bim to my

bower. bed?


The moon, metbipks, looks with a watery eye ; Bot. The finch, the sparrow, and the lark, And when she weeps, weeps every little flower, The plain-song cuckoo gray,

Lamenting some enforced chastity.
Whose note full many a man doth mark, Tie up my love's tongue, bring him silently.
And dares not answer, nay ;-

(Ereunt. for, indeed, who would set his wit to so foolish a bird ? wbo would give a bird the lie, thougb

SCENE 11. - Another part of the Wood. he cry, cuckoo, never so ? Tita. I pray tbee, gentle mortal, sing again :

Enter OBEROX Mine ear is much enamour'd of thy note,

Obe. I wonder, if Titania be awak'd : So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape;

| Then, what it was that next came in her eye, And thy fair virtue's force perforce dotb move Wbich sbe must dote on in extremity,

me, On the first view, to say, to swear, I love thee.

Enter Puck. Bot. Methinks, mistress, you should have Here comes my messenger.-How now, ma little reason for that : And yet, to say the truth, Į

spirit ? reason and love keep little company together What night-rule now about this haunted grove now-a-days : The more the pity, that some honest Puck. My mistress with a monster is in love. neighbours will not make them friends. Nay, 1 Near to her close and consecrated bower, can gleek + upon occasion.

While she was in her dull and sleeping hour, Tua. Tbou art as wise as thou art beautiful. A crew of patches * rude mechanicals,

Bot. Not so, neither : but if I had wit enough That work for bread upon Athenian stalls, to get out of this wood, I bave enough to serve Were met together to rehearse a play, mine own turn.

Jutended for great Theseus' nuptial day.
Tita. Out of this wood do not desire to go ;) The shallowest thick-skin of that barren sort,
Thou shalt remain bere, whether thou wilt or BO. Who Pyramos presented, in their sport
I am a spirit, of no common rate;

Forsook bis scene, and enter'd in a brake :
The summer still doth tend upon my state, When I did him at this advantage take,
And I do love thee : therefore, go with me ; An ass' nowI fixed on his bead;
I'll give thee fairies to attend on thee;

Anon, his Tuiste must be answered,
And they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep : And forth my mimick comes; Wben they him
And sing, while thou on pressed flowers dost

spy, sleep :

As wild geese that the creeping fowler eye, And I will purge thy mortal grossness so,

Or russet-pated choughs, many in sort, Tbat thou sbalt like an airy spirit go.

Rising and cawing at the guu's report, Peas-blossom ! Cobweb ! Moth! and Mustard Sever themselves, and madly sweep the sky;

So, at his sigbt, away his fellows fty :

And, at our stamp, bere o'er and o'er one falls; Enter four FAIRIES.

He murder cries, and help from Athens calls. 1 Fai. Ready.

Their sense, thus weak, lost with their fears 2 Fai. And í.

thus strong, 3 Fai. And I.

Made senseless things begin to do them wrong: 4 Fai. Where shall we go?

For briers and thorns at their apparel snatch ; Tita. Be kind and courteous to this gentle- Some, sleeves; some, hats : from man ;

things catch. Hop in his walks, and gambol in his eyes ; I led tbem on in this distracted fear, Feed bim with apricocks and dewberries, i And left sweet Pyramus translated there : With purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries; I when in that moment (so it came to pass) The honey bags steal from the bumble-bees, | Titania wak'd, and straightway loy'd an ass. And, for night tapers, crop their waxen thighs, Obe. This falls out better than I could devise. And light them at the fiery glow-worm's eyes, But hast thon yet latch'd the Athenian's eyes To bave my love to bed, and to arise ;

With the love-juice, as I did bid thee do? And pluck the wings from painted butterflies, Puck. I took bim sleeping,-that is finish'd To fan the moon-beams from his sleeping eyes :

too,Nod to him, elves, and do hin courtesies. And the Athepian woman by his side ; 1 Fai. Hail, mortal!

That when he wak'd, of force she must be 2 Fai. Haill

ey'd. 3 Fai. Hail ! 4 Fai. Hail !

Enter DEMETRIUS and HERMIA. Bot. I cry your worship's mercy, heartily.-1 Obe. Stand close : this is the same Athenian I beseech, your worship's name.

Puck. This is the woman, but not this the Cob. Cobweb.

man. Bot. I shall desire you of more acquaintance Dem. O wby rebuke you him that loves you good master Cobweb : If I cut my finger, I

so? shall make bold with you.-Your name, honest Lay breath so bitter on your bitter foe. gentleman

Simple fellows. • The cuckoo with his uniform note. Joke. Stupid company. Read,

Artor. Goosel Trice.



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