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Or on Diana's altar to protest,
! As spotless is innocent, so spotted is wicked.
Ege. With duty and desire we follow you. [Ereunt THESEUs, Hippoly TA, EGEUs, DEMETRIUS, and Train. Lys. How now, my love! Why is your cheek so pale F How chance the roses there do fade so fast? Her. Belike, for want of rain ; which I could well Beteem' them from the tempest of mine eyes. Lys. Ah me! For aught that ever I could read, Could ever hear by tale or history, The course of true love never did run smooth ! But either it was different in blood, Her. O cross too high to be enthralled to low ! Lys. Or else misgraffed, in respect of years. Her. O spite too old to be engaged to young! Lys. Or else it stood upon the choice of friends. Her. O hell! to choose love by another's eye' Lys. Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it; Making it momentany” as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, Brief as the lightning in the collied” night, That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth, And ere a man hath power to say,+Behold ! The jaws of darkness do devour it up. So quick bright things come to confusion. Her. If then true lovers have been ever crossed, It stands as an edict in destiny. Then let us teach our trial patience, Because it is a customary cross; As due to love, as thoughts, and dreams, and sighs, Wishes, and tears, poor fancy's followers. Lys. A good persuasion; therefore, hear me, HerInla. I have a widow aunt, a dowager Of great revénue, and she hath no child. From Athens is her house remote seven leagues;
1 Bestow, or, according to Steevens, pour out.
WOL. II. 2
And she respects me as her only son.
Her. - My good Lysander'
Lys. Keep promise, love. Look, here comes Helena.
Her. God speed fair Helena | Whither away?
Hel. Call you me fair : That fair again unsay. Demetrius loves your fair.” O happy fair Your eyes are lode-stars;” and your tongue's sweet air More tunable than lark to shepherd's ear, When wheat is green, when hawthorn buds appear. Sickness is catching; O, were favor “so, Yours would I catch, fair Hermia, ere I go. My ear should catch your voice, my eye your eye, My tongue should catch your tongue's sweet melody.
1 Shakspeare forgot that Theseus performed his exploits before the Trojan war, and, consequently, long before the death of Dido.
* Fair for fairness, beauty—very common in writers of Shakspeare's age.
3 The lode-star is the leading or guiding star, that is, the polar-star o The magnet is, for the same reason, called the lode-stone.
4 Countenance, feature.
Were the world mine, Demetrius being bated,
O, teach me how you look; and with what art
You sway the motion of Demetrius’ heart.
Hel. How happy some o'er other some can be Through Athens I am thought as fair as she. But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so; He will not know what all but he do know. And as he errs, doting on Hermia’s eyes, So I, admiring of his qualities. Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. Nor hath love's mind of any judgment taste; Wings, and no eyes, figure unheedy haste; And therefore is love said to be a child, Because in choice he is so oft beguiled. As waggish boys in game themselves forswear, So the boy Love is perjured every where; For ere Demetrius looked on Hermia’s eyne, He hailed down oaths, that he was only mine; And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt, So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt. I will go tell him of fair Hermia’s flight; Then to the wood will he, to-morrow night, Pursue her; and for this intelligence If I have thanks, it is a dear expense. But herein mean I to enrich my pain, To have his sight thither and back again. [Exit.
SCENE II. The same. A Room in a Cottage.
Enter SNUG, Botto M, FLUTE, SNouT, QUINCE, and STARVELING.
Quin. Is all our company here
Bot. You were best to call them generally, man by man, according to the scrip.
Quin. Here is the scroll of every man's name, which is thought fit, through all Athens, to play in our interlude before the duke and duchess, on his wedding-day at night.