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Fair Helena; who more engilds the night
Lys. Thou canst compel no more than she Than all yon fiery oes * and eyes of light.
(weak prayers. Why seek'st thou me? could not this make thee Thy threats have no more strength, than her know,
Helen, I love thee; by my life, I do ; The hate I bear thee made me leave thee so? I swear by that which I will lose for thee,
Her. You speak not as you think; it cannot To prove him false, that says I love thee not.
Hel. Lo, she is one of this confederacy! (be. Dem. I say, I love thee more than he can do. Now I perceive they have conjoin'd, all three, Lys. If thou say so, withdraw, and prove To fashion this false sport in spite of me. Dem. Quick, come,
[it too. Injurious Hermia! most ungrateful maid ! Her. Lysander, whereto tends all this? Have you conspir'd, have you with these con- Lys. Away, you Ethiop! To bait me with this foul derision? (triv'd Dem.
No, no, sir :- he will Is all the connsel that we two have shar'd, Seem to break loose; take on, as you would The sisters' vows, the hours that we have spent, follow; When we have chid the hasty-footed time But yet come not: You are a tame man, go! For parting us,-0, and is all forgot?
Lys. Hang off, thou cat, thou borr: vile AM school-days' friendship, childhood inno- thing let loose; cence ?
Or I will shake thee from me, like a serpent. We, Hermia, like two artificialt gods,
Her. Why are you grown so rude? what Have with our neelds I created both one flower, Sweet love?
[change is this, Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion, Lys. Thy love? out, tawny Tartar, out! Both warbling of one song, both in one key; Out, loathed medicinel hated potion, hence! As if our hands, our sides, voices, and minds, Her. Do you not jest? Had been incorporate. So we grew together,
Yes, 'sooth; and so do yon. Like to a double cherry, seeming parted; Lys. Demetrius, I will keep my word with But yet a union in partition,
(ceive, Two lovely berries moulded on one stem :
Dem. I would, I had your bond; for, I per. So, with two seeming bodies, but une heart; A weak bond holds you; I'll not trust your Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,
(kill her dead! Due but to one, and crowned with one crest. Lys. What should I hurt her, strike her, And will you rent our ancient love asunder, Although I hate her, I'll not harm her so. To join with men in scorning your poor friend? Her. What, can you do me greater harm, It is not friendly, 'tis not maidenly :
than hate? Our sex, as well as I, may chide you for it; Hate me! wherefore? O me! what news, iny 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. I scorn you not; it seems that you scorn me. Since night, you lov'd nie; yet, since night you
Hel. Have you not set Lysander, as inscorn, Why, then you left me,-0, the gods forbid ! To follow me, and praise my eyes and face? In earnest, shall I say? And made your other love, Demetrins,
Ay, by my life; (Whoeven but now did spnrn me with his foot,) And never did desire to see thee more. To.call me goddess, nympb, divine, and rare, Therefore, be out of hope, of question, doubt, Precions, 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. (som||! Deny your love, so rich within his soul, Her. O me! you juggler! you canker-blosAnd tender me, forsooth, affection;
You thief of love! what, have you come by But by your setting on, by your consent? Andsto my love's heart from him? (night, What though I be not so in grace as you,
Fine, i' faith So hang upon with love, so fortunate ; Have you no modesty, no maiden shame, But miserable most, to love unlov'd ?
No touch of bashfulness? What, will you tear This you should pity, rather than despise. Impatient answers from my gentle tongue!
Her. I understand not what you mean by this. Fie, fie ! you counterfeit, you puppet you!(game. Hel. Ay,do, persever, counterfeit sad looks, Her. Pappet! why so? Ay, that way goes the Make mows g 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, she hath urg'd her height; This sport, well carried, shall be chronicled. And with her personage, her tall personage, If you have any pity, grace, or manners, Her height, forsooth, she bath prevail'd with You would not make me such an argument,
him. But, fare ye well: 'tis partly mine own fault; And are you grown so high in bis esteem, Which death, or absence, soon shall remedy. Because I am so dwarfish, and so low?
Lys. Stay, gentle Helena; hear my excuse; How low am I? thou painted may pole ? speak;
But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes. Her.
Sweet, do not scorn her so. Hel. I pray you, though you mock me, gentle Dem. If she cannot entreat, I can compel. Let her not hurt me: I was never curstT; [men, # Circles, + Ingenious. | Needles. Wry faces. || A worm that preys on
buds of flowers. Shrewish or mischievous...!
I have no gift at all in shrewishness; And so far am I glad it so did sort ý,
to fight : That I can match her.
Hie therefore, Robin, overcast the night ; ; Her.
Lower ! hark, again. The starry welkin cover thou anon Hel. Good Hermia, do not be so bitter with With drooping fog, as black as Acheron ; I evermore did love you, Hermia, (me, | And lead these testy rivals so astray, Did ever keep your counsels, never wrong'd As one come not within another's way. Save, that, in love unto Demetrius, [you; Like to Lysander sometime frame thy tongue, I told him of your stealth unto this wood: Then stir Demetrins up with bitter wrong; He follow'd you; for love, I follow'd him. And sometime rail thou like Demetrius ; But he hath chid me hence; and threaten'd me And from each other look thou lead them thus, To strike me, spurn me, nay, to kill me too: Till o'er their brows death-counterfeiting sleep And now, so you will let me quiet go, With leaden legs and batty wings doth creep: To Athens will I bear my folly back,
Then crush this herb into Lysander's eye; And follow you no further : Let me go : Whose liquor hath this virtuous property ll, You see how simple and how fond I am. To take from thence all error, with his might, Her. Why, get you gone: Who is't that And make his eye-balls roll with wonted sight. binders you?
(hind. When they next wake, all this derision Hel. A foolish heart, that I leave here be. Shall seem a dream, and fruitless vision ; Her. What, with Lysander?
And back to Athens shall the lovers wend, Hel.
With Demetrius. With league, whose date till death shall never Lys. Be not afraid: she shall not harm thee, Whiles I in this affair do thee employ, [endi. Helena.
(take her part. I'll to my queen, and beg her Indian boy ; Dem. No, sir; she shall not, though you And then I will her charmed eye release Hel. 0, when she's angry, she is keen and From monster's view, and all things shall be shrewd :
[haste ; 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. Por night's swift dragons cut the clouds full
Her. Little again? nothing but low and little?And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger; (fast, Why will you suffer her to flout me thus? At whose approach, ghosts, wandering here Let me come to her.
Already to their wormy beds are gone;
You are too officious, For fear lest day should look their shames upon,
And must for aye consort with black-brow'd Take not her part: for if thou dost intend I
night. Never so little show of love to her,
Obe. But we are spirits of another sort : Thou shalt aby it.
I with the Morning's Love ** have oft made
sport; Now follow, if thou dar'st, to try whose right, And, like a forester, the groves may tread, Or thine or mine, is most in Helena.
Even till the eastern gate, all fiery red,
by jole. (Ereunt Lys. and DEM. Turns into yellow gold his salt-green streams. Her. You, mistress, all this coil is 'long of you : But, notwithstanding, haste; make no delay: Nay, go not back.
We inay effect this business yet ere day.
(Erit OBERON. Nor longer stay in your ctirst company. Puck. Up and down, up and down; Your hands, than mine, are quicker for a fray;
I will lead them up and down : My legs are longer though, to run away. [Exit.
I am fear'd in field and town; Her. I am amaz'd, and know not what to say.
Goblin, lead them up and down. [Exit, pursuing Helena. Here comes one. Obe. This is thy negligence : still thou mistak'st,
Enter LYSANDER. Or else committ'st thy knaveries wilfully. Lys. Where art thou, proud Demetrius ? Puck. Believe me, king of shadows, I speak thou now. (Where art thou? mistook.
Puck. Here, villain; drawn and ready, Did not you tell me, I should know the man Lys. I'will be with thee straight. By the Athenian garments ht had on?
Follow me then And so far blameless proves my enterprise, To plainer ground. That I have 'nointed an Atheniau's eyes:
[Erit Lys. as following the voice, • Foolish. † Anciently, knot-grass was believed to prevent the growth of children. | Pretend. ý Happen. # Medicinal efficacy.
I Go. ** Cephalus, the paramour of Aurora.
Enter HELENA, Dem. Lysander! speak again. llel. O weary night, long and tedious night, Thou runaway, thou coward, art thou fled ? Abate thy lours: shiue, comforts, from Speak. In some bush? Where dost thou hide
the east ; thy liead?
(the stars, That I may back to Athens, by day-light, Puck. Thou coward, art thou bragging to From these that my poor company detest :Telling the bushes that thou look'st for wars, And, sleep, that sometimes shuts up sorrow's And wilt not come? Come, recreant; come, eye, thou child;
Steal me awhile from mine own company. I'll whip thee with a rod : He is defild,
[Sleeps. That draws a sword on thee.
'Puck. Yet but three? Come one more; Dem. Yea; art thou there?
Two of both kinds makes up four. Puck. Follow my voice; we'll try no
Here she comes, carst and sad :manhood here.
Cupid is a knavish lad,
Thus to make poor females mad. Lys. He goes before me,and still dares me on;
Enter HERMIA. When I come where he calls, then he is Her. Never so weary, never soi n woe, gone.
Bedabbled with the dew, and torn with The villain iş much lighter heel'd than I :
briers; I follow'd fast, but faster he did fly;
I can no further crawl, no further g; That fallen am I in dark uneven way,
My legs can keep no pace with my desires. And here will rest me. Come, thou gentle day! Here will I rest me, till the break of day.
(Lies down. Heavens shield Lysander, if they mean a fray! Por if but once thou show me thy gray ligit,
(Lies down. I'll find Demetrius, and revenge this spite.
Puck. On the ground (Sleeps.
Sleep sound : Re-enter Puck and DEMETRIUS.
I'll apply Puck. Ho, ho! ho, ho! Coward, why.com'st
To yonr eye, thou not?
Gentle lover, remedy, Dem. Abide me, if thou dar'st ; for well [Squeezing the juice on LYSANDER's eye. I wot,
When thou wak'st, Thon runn'st before me, shifting every place;
Thou tak'st And dar'st not stand, nor look we in the face.
True delight Where art thou ?
In the sight Puck. Come hither; I am here.
Of thy former lady's eye : Dem. Nay, then thou mock'st me. Thou And the country proverb known, shalt buy this dear,
That every man should take his own, If ever I thy face by day light see:
In your waking sball be shown: Now,gó thy way, Faintness constraineth me
Jack shall have Jill; To measure out my length on this cold bed.
Nought shall go ill;
be well. By day's approach look to be visited. The man shall have his mare again, and all shall
(Lies down and sleeps. (Exit Puck.-DEM. HEL. &c. sleep.
the honey-bag break not; I would be loth Ertér Tisania and BOTTON, Fairies at. to have you overflown with a honey-bag, tending ; OBERON behind unseen.
signior.- Where's monsieur Mustard seed?
Must. Ready Tita. Come, sit thee down upon this flowery Bot. Give me your neift, monsieur Mustardbed,
seed. Pray you, leave your courtesy, good While I thy amiable cheeks do coy *, monsieur. And stick musk-roses in thy sleek smooth head, Must. What's your will ?
And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentlejoy, Bot. Nothing, good monsieur, but to help Bot. Where's Peas-blossom?
cayalero Cobweb to scratch. I must to the Peas. Ready.
barber's, monsieur; for, methinks, I am mar. Bot. Scratch my head, Peas-blossom-vellous hairy about the face, and I am such Where's monsieur Cobweb
a tender ass, if my hair do but tickle
I Cob. Ready:
must scratch. Bot. Monsieur Cobweb; good monsieur, Tita, What, wilt thou hear some music, my get your weapons in your hand, and kill me sweet love? a red-hipped humble bee on the top of a thistle; Bot. I have a reasonable good ear in and, good monsieur, bring me the honey-bag. music: 'let us have the tongs and the bones, Do not fret yourself too much in the action, Tita. Or, say, sweet love, what thou desir'st monsieur ; and, good monsieur, have a care se to eat.
Bot. Troly, a peck of provender ; I could | Now thon and I are new in amity; munch your good dry oats. Methinks, I have And will, to-morrow midnight, solemnly, a great desire to a bottle of hay: good hay, Dance in duke Theseus' house triumphantly, sweet hay, hath no fellow.
And bless it to all fair posterity: T'ita. I have a venturous fairy that shall seek There shall the pairs of faithful lovers be The squirrel's hoard, and fetch thee new nuts. Wedded, with Theseus, all in jollity.
Bot. I had rather have a handful, or two, Puck. Fairy king, attend and mark; of dried peas.
But, I pray you, let none of I do hear the morning lark. your people stir me; I have an exposition or Obe. Then, my queen, in silence sad, sleep come upon me.
[my arms. Trip we after the night's shade: Tita. Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in We the globe can compass soon, Fairies, be gone, and be all ways away. Swifter than the wand'ring moon. So doth the woodbine, the sweet honeysuckle, Tita. Come, my lord ; and in our flight, Gently entwist,-the female ivy so
Tell me how it came this night, Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.
That I sleeping here was found, 0, how I love thee! how I dote on thee! With these mortals, on the ground. [Exeunt. [They sleep.
(Horns sound within. OBERON advances. Enter PUCK. Enter THESEUS, HIPPOLYTA, EGEUS, Obe. Welcome, good Robin. See'st thou
and train. this sweet sight?
The. Go, one of you, find out the forester ;Her dotage now I do begin to pity.
For now our observation is perform'd: For meeting her of late, behind the wood, And since we have the vaward * of the day, Seeking sweet savours for this hateful fooi, My love shall hear the music of my hounds.-I did upbraid her, and fall out with her: Uncouple in the western valley; go : For she his hairy temples then had rounded Despatch, I say, and find the forester. With coronet of fresh and fragrant flowers ; We will, fair queen, up to the mountain's top, And that same dew,which sometime on the buds And mark the musical confusion Was wont to swell, like round and orient Of hounds and echo in conjunction. pearls,
Hip. I was with Hercules,and Cadmus, once, Stood now within the pretty flow'ret's eyes, When in a wood of Crete they bay'd the bear Like tears, that did their own disgrace bewail. With hounds of Sparta ; never did I hear When I had, at my pleasure, taunted her, Such gallant chidingt; for, besides the groves, And she, in mild terms, begg'd my patience, The skies, the fountains, every region near I then did ask of her her changeling child ; Seem'd all one mutual cry : I never heard Which straight she gave me, and her fairy sent So musical a discord, such sweet thunder. To bear him to my bower in fairy land. The. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan And now I have the boy, I will undo
[hung This hateful imperfection of her eyes. So flew'd i, so sanded; and their heads are And, gentle Puck, take this transformed scalp With ears that sweep away the morning dew; From off the head of this Athenian swain; Crook-knee'd, and dew-lapp'd like Thessalian That he awaking when the other do,
[bells, May all to Athens back again repair ;. Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouth like And think no more of this night's accidents, Each under each. A cry more tuneable But as the fierce vexation of a dream. Was never holla’d to, nor cheer'd with horn, But first I will release the fairy queen. In Crete, in Sparta, nor in Thessaly: Be, as thou wast wont to be ;
Judge, when you hear.-But, soft; what (Touching her eyes with an herb.
nymphs are these? See, as thou wast wont to see:
Ege. My lord, this is my daughter here asleep:
And this, Lysander; this Demetrius is;
Tita. My Oberon! what visions have I seen! The. No doubt, they rose up early, to observe
Came here in grace of our solemnity.Tita. How came these things to pass ? But, speak, Egeus; is not this the day 0, how mine eyes do loath his visage now! That Hermia should give answer of her choice? Obe. Silence, awhile.--Robin, take off this Ege. It is, my lord.
[their horns. head.
The. Go, bid the huntsmen wake them with Titania, music call; and strike more dead Horns, and shout within. DEMETRIUS, Than common sleep, of all these five the sense. LYSANDER, HERMIA, and HELENA, wake Tita. Music, ho! music; such as charmeth
and start up. sleep.
[own fool's eyes peep. The. Good-morrow, friends. Saint ValenPuck. Now, when thou wak'st, with thine
tine is past; Obe. Sound, music. [Still music.] Come, my Begin these wood birds but to couple now?
queen, take hands with me, [be. Lys. Pardon, my lord. And rock the ground whereon these sleepers | [He and the rest kneel to THESBUS.
• Forepart. + Sound. * The flues are the large chaps of a hound.
up Dem. Why then, we are awake; let's folI know, you are two rival enemies;
low him; How comes this gentle concord in the world, And, by the way, let us recount our dreams. Tbat hatred is so far from jealousy,
(Exeunt. To sleep by hate, and fear no enmity?
As they go out, BOTTOM awakes. Lys. My lord, I shall reply amazedly, Bot. When my cue comes, call me, and I Half 'sleep, half waking: But, as yet, I swear, will answer :-my next is, Most fair Pyra. I cannot truly say how I came here:
mus.-Hey, ho!--Peter Quince! Flute, the But, as I think, (for truly would I speak,- bellows-mender! Snout, the tinker! Starve. And now I do bethink me, so it is ;)
ling! God's my life! stolen hence, and left me I came with Hermia hither: our intent asleep! I have had a most rare vision. I have Was, to be gone from Athens, where we might had a dream,-past the wit of man to say. Without the peril of the Athenian law. [be what dream it was : Man is but an ass, if he Ege. Enough, enough, my lord; you have go about to expound this dream. Methought enongh :
I was--there is no man can tell what. Me. I beg the law, the law, upon his head. Thought I was, and methought I had,-But, They would have stolen away, they would, man is but a patched fool, if he will offer to Demetrius,
say what methought I had. The eye of man Thereby to bave defeated you and me : hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen; You, of your wife; and me, of my consent ; man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to Of my consent that she should be your wife. conceive, nor his heart to report, what my Dem. My lord, fair Helen told me of their dream was. I will get Peter Quince to write stealth,
a ballad of this dream: it shall be called BotOf this their purpose hither, to this wood; tom's Dream, because it bath no bottom; and And I in fury hither follow'd them;
I will sing it in the latter end of a play, before Fair Helena in fancy * following me.
the duke: Peradventure, to make it the more But my good lord, I wot not by what power, gracious, I shall sing it after death. [Exit. (But by some power it is,) my love to Her
SCENE II, mia, Melted as doth the snow, seems to me now
Athens. A Room in Quince's House. As the remembrance of an idle gawd t,
Enter Quince, Flute, SNOUT, and Which in my childhood I did dole upon :
STARVELING. And all the faith, the virtue of my heart, Quin. Have you sent to Bottom's house is The object, and the pleasure of mine eye,
he come home yet? Is only Heleva. To her, my lord,
Stur. He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt, Was I betroth'd ere I saw Hermia:
he is transported. But, like in sickness, did I loath this food: Flu. If he come not, then the play is marBut, as in health, come to my natural taste,
goes not forward, doth it? Now do I wish it, love it, long for it,
Quin. It is not possible: you have not a And will for evermore be true to it.
man in all Athens, able to discharge Pyramus
, The. Fair lovers, you are fortunately met: but he. Of this discourse we more will hear anon.- Flu. No; he hath simply the best wit of Egeus, I will overbear your will;
any handicraft man in Athens. For in the temple, by and by with us,
Quin. Yea, and the best person too: and he These couples shall eternally be knit.
is a very paramour, for a sweet voice. And, for the morning now is something worn,
Flu. You must say, paragon: a paramolt Our purpos'd hunting shall be set aside.- is, God bless us, a thing of nought. Away, with us, to Athens : Three and three,
Enter SNUG. We'll hold a feast in great solemnity.
Snug. Masters, the duke is coming from the Come, Hippolyta.
temple, and there is two or three lords and [Exeunt The. Hip. Ege. and train. ladies more married: if our sport had gode Dem. These things seem small, and updis- forward, we had all been made men. tinguishable,
Flu. O sweet bully Boitom! Thus hath be Like far off mountains turned into clouds. lost six pence a-day during his life; he could
Her. Methinks, I see these things with parted not have 'scaped sixpence a-day: an the duke When every thing seems double. (eye, had not given bim sixpence a-day for playing Hel.
So methinks: Pyramus, I'll be hanged; he would have de. And I lave found Demetrius like a jewel, served it: sixpence a day, in Pyramus, or Mine own, and not mine own.
nothing. Dem. It seems to me,
Enter BOTTOM. That yet we sleep, we dream.Do not you Bot. Where are these lads? where are these think,
hearts? The duke was here, and bid us follow him? Quin. Bottom !- most courageous day! Her. Yea; and my father.
O most happy hour! Hel.
Bot. Masters, I am to discourse wonders ; Lys. And he did bid us follow to the temple. but ask me not what ; for, it I tell you, I am
Love. + Toy.