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For Pyramus therein doth kill himself.
“ And, as she fled, her mantle she did fall;
“ And tinds his trusty Thisby's mantle slain : The. What are they, that do play it?
“Whereat, with blade, with bloody blameful blade, Philost. Hard-handed men, that work in Athens “ He bravely broach'd his boiling bloody breast; here,
“ And, Thisby tarrying in pulberry shade,
“ At large discourse, while here they do remain." The. And we will hear it.
(Exeunt Prol. Thisbe, Lion, and Moonshine. Philost. No, my noble lord,
The. I wonder if the lion be to speak.
Dem. No wonder, my lord: one lion may, when
niany asses do.
Wall. “ In this same interlude, it doth befall,
“ And such a wall, as I would have you think, The. I will hear that play:
“ That had in it a crannied hole, or chink, For never any thing can be amiss,
“ Through which the lovers, Pyramus and Thisby, When simpleness and duty tender it.
“ Did whisper often very secretly: Go, bring them in ;-and iake your places, ladies. “ This loam, this rough-cast, and this stone, doth
“ And this the cranny is, right and sinister,
The. Would you desire lime and hair to speak Hip. He says, they can do nothing in this kind.
discourse, my lord.
“O night, () night, alack, alack, alack," Throttle their practised accent in their fears, "I fear my Thisby's promise is forgot! And, in conclusion, dumbly have broke off, " And thou, wall, o sweet, O lovely wall, Not paying me a welcome : trust me, sweet,
“ That stand'st between her father's ground and Out of this silence, yet, I pick'd a welcome ;
mine; And in the modesty of fearful duty
“ Thon wall, 0 wall, O sweet and lovely wall, I read as much, as from the rattling tongue
“ Shew me thy chink, lo blink through with Of sawcy and audacious eloquence.
(Wall holds up his fingers. Love, therefore, and tongue-tied simplicity, “ Thanks, courteous wall: Jove shield thee well In least, speak most, to my capacity.
“ But what see I? No Thisby do I see. Enter PHILOSTRATE.
“ O wicked wall through whom I see no bliss ; Philost. So please your grace, the prologue is “ Curst be thy stones for thus deceiving me !" addrest.
The. The wall, methinks, being sensible, should
Pyr. No, in truth, Sir, he should not. Deceiving
me, is Thisby's cue; she is to enter now, and I am Prol. If we offend, it is with our good will, to spy her through the wall. You shall see, it will
That you should think, we come not to offend, fall pat as I told you :-Yonder she conies.
This. “ wall, full often hast thou heard my
moans, Our true intent is. All for your delighi,
“ For parting my fair Pyramus and me: We are not here. That you should here repent you, “My cherry lips have often kiss'd thy stones ; The actors are at hand ; und, by their show,
Thy stones with lime and hair knit up in thee." You shall know all, that you are like to know.
Pyr. “ I see a voice : now will I to the chink,
Lys. He hath rid his prologne like a rough colt;
Pyr. “ Think what thou wilt, I am thy lover's
This. “ And I like Helen, till the fates me kill"
Pyr.“ 0), kiss me through the hole of this vile
wall." and Lion, as in dumb show.
This. “ I kiss the wall's hole, not your lips at Prol. “ Gentles, perchance you wonder at this
Рут. . “ Wilt thou at Ninny's tomb meet me * But wonder on, till truth make all things plain.
staightway ?" “ This man is Pyramus, if you would know;
This." Tide life, tide death, I come without de“ This beauteous lady Thisby is, certain.
lay." “ This man, with lime and rough-cast, doth present Wall. « Thus have I, wall, my part discharged “ Wall, that vile wall which did these lovers
“ And, being done, thus wall away doth go." “ And through wall's chink, poor souls, they are
[Exeunt Wall, Pyramus, and Thisbe. content
The. Now is the mural down between the two
“ Presenteth moon-shine : for, if you will know, wilful to hear without warning.
" To meet at Ninus' tomb, there, there to woo. The. The best in this kind are but shadows: and
Hip. It must be your imagination then, and we “ Did scare awny, or rather did aftright:
The. If we imagine no worse of them, than they Pyr. “0, wherefore, nature, didst thou lions of themselves, they may pass for excellent men.
frame? Here come two noble beasts in, a moon and a lion. “ Since lion vile hath here deflour'd my dear :
" Which is-no, no-which was the fairest dame, Enter Lion and Moonshine.
" That lived, that loved, that liked, that look'd Lion." You, ladies, you, whose gentle hearts do
with cheer * fear
“ Come, tears, confound; « The smallest monstrous mouse that creeps on
“ Out, sword, and wound floor,
“The pap of Pyramus : “ May now, perchance, both quake and tremble
Ay, that left pap, here,
“ Where heart doth hop : “ When lion rough in wildest rage doth roar.
“ Thus die I, thus, thus, thus. “ Then know, that I, one Snug the juiner, am
" Now am I dead, "A lion fell, nor else no lion's dam:
Now am I fled ; " For if I should as lion come in strife
“ My soul is in the sky: " Into this place, 'twere pity on my life.”
“ Tongue, lose thy light! The. A very gentle beast, and of a good consci
“ Moon, take thy Aight! ence.
" Now die, die, die, die, die.” Dem. The very best at a beast, my lord, that e'er
(Dies.-Erit Moonshine. I saw.
Dem. No die, but an ace, for him; for he is but one. Lys. This lion is a very fox for his valour.
Lys. Less than an ace inan; for he is dead; he The. True; and a goose for his discretion.
The. His discretion, I am sure, cannot carry his Hip. How chance moonshine is gone, before Thisbe
comes; and her passion ends the play. Moon. “ This lantern doth the horned moon pre
Enter ThisBE. sent:" Dem. He should have worn the horns on his head. Hip. Methinks, she should not use a long one, for The. He is no crescent, and his horns are invisible sucha Pyramus : I hope, she will be brief. within the circumference.
Dem. Á mote will turn the balance, which PyraMoon, “ This lantern doth the horned moon pre- mus, which Thisbe, is the better.
Lys. She hath spied him already, with those sweet “ Myself the man i’ the moon do seem to be.” Dem. And thus she moans, videlicet.The. This is the greatest error of all the rest : the
This. “ Asleep, my love? man should be put into the lantern : how is it else
“ What, dead, my dove? the man i' the moon ?
“ O Pyramus, arise, Dem. He dares not come there for the candle:
“ Speak, speak. Quite dumb ? for you see it is already in snuff,
“ Dead, dead? A tomb Hip. I am aweary of this moon: 'would, he “ Must cover thy sweet eyes. would change!
" These lily brows, The. It appears, by his small light of discretion,
“ This cherry nose, that he is in the wane : but yet in courtesy, in all “ These yellow cowslip cheeks, reason, we must stay the time.
" Are gone, are gone : Lys. Proceed, moon.
“ Lovers, make moan! Moon. All that I have to say, 15, to tell you, that “ His eyes were green as leeks. the lantern is the moon; 1, the man in the moon;
*** O sisters three, this thorn bush, my thorn bush ; and this dog, my
“ Come, come to me, dog,
“ With hands as pale as milk; Dem. Why, all these should be in the lantern;
“ Lay them in gore, for they are in the moon. But silence ; here comes
“ Since you have shore Thisbe.
" With shears his thread of silk. Enter THISBE
“ Tongue, not a word :
“ Come, trusty sword; This. “This is old Ninny's tomb : where is my “ Come, blade, my breast imbrue: love?"
« And farewell, friends ;Lion, “Oh," The Lion roars.--Thisbe runs off.
“ Thus Thisbe ends : Dem. Well roard, lion.
“Adieu, adieu, adieu."
(Dies. The. Well run, Thishe.
The. Moonshine and lion are left to bury the dead. Hip. Well shone, moon.-Truly, the moon shines Dem. Ay, and wall too. with a good grace.
Bot. No, I assure you; the wall is down that The. Well moused, lion.
parted their fathers. Will it please you to see the (The Lion tears Thisbe's mantle, and exit. epilogue, or to hear a Bergoinask dance, between Dem. And so comes Pyramus.
two of our company ? Lys. And then the moon vanishes.
The. No epilogue, I pray you; for your play needs
no excuse. Never excuse ; for when the players
are all dead, there need none to be blamed. Marry. Pyr. " Sweet moon, I thank thee for thy sunny if he that writ it, had play'd Pyramus, and hang'd
himself in Thisbe's garter, it would have been a fine " I thank thee moon, for shining now so hright : tragedy: and so it is, truly; and very notably dis " For by thy gracious, golden, glittering streams, charged. But come, your Bergomask: let your epi “ I trust to taste of truest Thisby's sight.
(Here a dance of Clowns. " But stay ;-0 spite !
The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve : “ But mark,-poor knight,
Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time. “ What dreadful dole is here?
I fear we shall'out-sleep the coming morn, " Eyes, do you see?
As much as we this night have overwatch'd. “ How can it be?
This palpable gross play hath well beguiled “O dainty duck! O dear!
The heavy gait + of night.-Sweet friends to bed.“Thy mantle good,
A fortnight hold we this solemnity, " What, stain'd with blood !
In nightly revels, apd new jollity. [Exeunt. " Approach, ye furies fell ! * O fates I Come, come:
Syed the wolf behowls the moon;
Ali with weary task fordone I. * In anger ; a quibble.
+ Coarse yarn. Destroy.
Countenance. Progress. + Overcome.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.
So shall all the couples three
Ever true in loving be:
And the blots of nature's hand
Shall not in their issue stand;
Never mole, hare-lip, nor scar,
Nor mark prodigious, such as are
Despised in nativity,
Shall upon their children be.
With this field-dew consecrale,
Every fairy take his gaitt;
And each several chamber bless,
Through this palace, with sweet peace :
E'er shall it in safety rest,
And the owner of it blest.
Make no stay :
Meet me all by break of day.
(Ereunt Oberon, Titania, and Train, Obe. Through this hoase give glimmering light,
Puck. If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, (and all is mended.)
That you have but slumber'd here,
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend;
you pardon, we will mend,
And, as I'm an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends, ere long :
Else the Puck a liar call.
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends. (Ezil.
+ Way. Ever shall be fortunate.
FERDINAND, King of Navarre.
Lords, attending on the King. Princess of France.
Lords, attending on the Princess of MARIA, Ladies, attending on the Princess.
Officers, and Others, Attendants on the King and
Biron. By yea and nay, Sir, then I swore in jest.
What is the end of study? Let me know
King. Ay, that is study's god-like recompence. King. Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives, Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study su. Live register'd upon our brazen tombs,
To know the thing I am forbid to know : And then grace us in the disgrace of death;
As thus,-To study where I well may dine
When I to feast expressly am forbid ;
Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath,
Study to break it, and not break my troth.
Study knows that, which yet it doth not know:
Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, no. Our late edict shall strongly stand in force ;
King. These be the stops that hinder study quite, Navarre shall be the wonder of the world ;
And train our intellects to vain delight. Our court shall be a little Académe,
Biron. Why, all delights are vain; but that most
Doth falsely blind the eyesight of his look :
Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes.
Study me how to please the eye iudeed,
Long. I am resolved : 'tis but a three years' fast; Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed,
Small have continual plodders ever won,
Save base authority from others' books. He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves : These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights, To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die;
That give a name to every fixed star,
Have no more profit of their shining nights,
Too much to know is, to know nought but fame;
And every godfather can give a name. But there are other strict observances :
King. How well he's read, to reason against As, not to see a woman in that term ;
reading! Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there :
Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good proceed And, one day in a week to touch no food ;
ing! And but one meal on every day beside ;
Long. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow the The which, I hope, is not enrolled there :
weeding. And then, to sleep but three hours in the night, Biron. The spring is near, when green geese And not be seen to wink of all the day;
are a breeding. (When I was wont to think no harm all night,
Dum. How follows that?
Dum. In reason nothing. 0, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep:
Biron. Something then in rhyme. Not to see ladies, study, fast, pot sleep.
Long. Biron is like an envious sneaping frost King. Your oath is pass' to pass away from That Lites the first-born infants of the spring, these.
Biron. Well, say I am ; why should proud sum. Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an if you please;
mer boast, I only swore, to study with your grace,
Before the birds have any cause to sing ?
Why should I joy in an abortive birth?
Biron. This, fellow; what wouldst?
Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for I
own person in flesh and blood.
Biron. This is he.
Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching
Than for that angel knowledge you can say, Biron. How low svever the matter, I hope in God
for high worits.
us patience! And to the strict'st decrees I'll write in
Biron. To hear, or forbear hearing ? King. How well this yielding rescue thee Trom Long. To hear meekly, Sir, and to laugh modeshame!
rately; or to forbear both. Biron. (Reads.] Item, That no woman shall come Biron. Well, Sir, be it as the style shall give us within a me of my court.
cause to climb in the merriness. And hath this been proclaim'd ?
Cost. The matter is to me, Sir, as concerning Long. Four days ago.
Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken wiún Biron. Let's see the penalty.
Biron. In what manner?
Cost. In manner and form following, Sir; all
those three: I was seen with her in the manor. Biron. Sweet lord, and why?
house, sitting with her upon the form, and taken Long. To fright thein hence with that dread tollowing her into the park; which, put together, penalty
is, in manner and form following. Now, Sir, for Biron. A dangerous law against gentility,
the manner,-it is the manner of a man to speak to (Reads.) Item, any
to talk a woman : for the form,-in some form.
God defend the right!
King. Will you hear this letter with attention!
Biron. As we would hear an oracle. The French king's daughter, with yourself to Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken speak,
after the flesh. A maid of grace, and complete majesty,
King. (Reads.) Great deputy, the welkin's viergeAbout surrender-up of Aquitain
rent, and sole dominator of Navarre, my soul's To her decripit, sick, and bed-rid father:
earth's God, and body's fostering patron,-
Cost. Not a word of Costard yet.
in telling true, but so, so.
Cost.- be to me, and every man that dares not
fight! And when it hath the thing it hunteth most,
King. No words. 'Tis won, as towns with fire; so woli, so lost.
Cost. -of other men's secrets, I beseech you. King. We must, of force, dispense with this de- King. So it is besieged with sable-coloured melancree;
choly. I did commend the black-oppressing humour She must liet here on mere necessity.
to the most wholesome physic of thy health-giving Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn air; and, as I am a gentleman, betook myself to uralk.
Three thousand within this three years' space ; The time, when ? About the sixth hour, when beasts For every man with his affects is born;
most graze, birds best peck, and men sit down to that Not by might master'd, but by special grace: nourishment which is called supper. So much for the If I break’ faith, this word shall speak for me, time when : now for the ground which ; which, I mean, I am forsworn on mere necessity:
I walk'd upon : it is ycleped, thy park. Then for So to the laws at large I write my name :
the place where ; where, I mean, I did encounter
[Subscribes. that obscenc and most preposterous event, that draweth And he, that breaks them in the least degree, from my snow-white pen the ebon-coloured ink, Stands in attainder of eternal shame :
which here thou viewest, beholdest, surveyest, or seest: Suggestions t are to others, as to me;
-but to the place, where,-It standeth north-northBut, I believe, although I seem so loth,
east and by east from the west corner of thy curious. I am the last that will last keep his oath.
knotted garden .There did I see that low-spirited But is there no quický recreation granted ?
swain, that base minnow of thy mirth,
King. — that unlettered small-knowing soul,
Cost. Still me.
Cost. O me!
tablished proclaimed edict and continent canon, This child of fancy, that Arınado hights,
with-with-0 with—but with this I passion to say For interim to our studies, shall relate,
From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate. King. -- with a child of our grandmother Eve, a
woman. llim I (as my ever esteemed duty pricks And I will use him for my minstrelsy.
me on,) have sent to thee, to receive the meed of page
Long. Costard the swain, and he shall be our sport;mation.
Dull. Me, au't shall please you; I am Antony
King. For Jaquenetta, (so is the weaker vessel
called, which I apprehended with the aforesaid swain,) • Games, sports.
Temptations, • i. e. Third-borough, a peace-officer.
+ In the fact.