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And the ill counsel of a desert place,
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.
Dem. I will not stay thy questions. Let me go,
Hel. Ay, in the temple, in the town, the field,
[Exeunt DEM. and Hel. Obe. Fare thee well, nymph. Ere he do leave this
Puck. Ay, there it is.
I pray thee, give it me.
1 The greater cowslip.
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
SCENE III. Another Part of the Wood.
Enter TITANIA, with her Train. Tita. Come, now a roundel," and a fairy song, Then, for the third part of a minute, hence; Some, to kill cankers in the musk-rose buds; Some, war with rear-mice? for their leathern wings, To make my small elves coats; and some, keep back The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots, and wonders At our quaint spirits. Sing me now asleep; 'Then to your offices, and let me rest.
Thorny hedge-hogs, be not seen ;
Come not near our fairy queen. 1 The roundel, or round, as its name implies, was a dance in a ring. 2 Bats. 3 Sports.
CHORUS. Philomel, with melody,
Sing in our sweet lullaby ;
Never harm, nor spell nor charm,
2 Fai. Weaving spiders, come not here;
Hence, you long-legg'd spinners, hence.
Worm, nor snail, do no offence.
[Exeunt Fairies. TITANIA sleeps.
Obe. What thou seest when thou dost wake,
[Squeezes the flower on Titania's eyelids. Do it for thy true love take. Love, and languish for his sake. Be it ounce, or cat, or bear, Pard, or boar with bristled hair, In thy eye that shall appear When thou wak'st, it is thy dear. Wake, when some vile thing is near.
Enter LYSANDER and HERMIA.
Her. Be it so, Lysander; find you out a bed,
Lys. One turf shall serve as pillow for us both; One heart, one bed, two bosoms, and one troth.
Her. Nay, good Lysander; for my sake, my dear, Lie farther off yet; do not lie so near.
Lys. O, take the sense, sweet, of my innocence ;) Love takes the meaning, in love's conference. I mean, that my unto So that but one heart we can make of it. Two bosoms interchained with an oath ; So then, two bosoms, and a single troth. Then, by your side no bed-room me deny; For, lying so, Hermia, I do not lie.
Her. Lysander riddles very prettily.--
my manners and
Lys. Amen, amen, to that fair prayer, say I,
[They sleep. Enter PUCK. Puck. Through the forest have I gone,
But Athenian found I none,
1 i. e. « understand the meaning of my innocence, or my innocent mean ing. Let no suspicion of ill enter thy mind.”
This word here means the same as if she had said, “ Now ill befall my manners,” &c.
And here the maiden, sleeping sound,
[Exit DEMETRIUS. Hel. 0, I am out of breath in this fond chase! The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace. Happy is Hermia, wheresoe’er she lies; For she hath blessed and attractive eyes. . How came her eyes so bright? Not with salt tears; If so, my eyes are oftener washed than hers No, no, I am as ugly as a bear; For beasts that meet me, run away for fear. Therefore, no marvel, though Demetrius Do, as a monster, fly my presence thus. What wicked and dissembling glass of mine Made me compare with Hermia's sphery.eyne ? But who is here?-Lysander! On the ground ! Dead? Or asleep? I see no blood, no wound. Lysander, if you live, good sir, awake. Lys. And run through fire I will, for thy sweet sake.
[Waking. Transparent Helena! Nature shows her art, That through thy bosom makes me see thy heart.
2 The quartos have only—“Nature shows art.” The first folio—“Nature her shows art.” The second foiio changes her to here. Malone thought we should read, “ Nature shows her art.”