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* A MIDSUMMER-Night's DREAM.] This play was entered at Stationers' Hall, Q&. 8, 1600, by Thomas Fisher. It is probable thai the hint for it was received from Chaucer's Knight's Tale.
There is an old black letter pamphlet by W. Bettie, called Titana and Theseus, entered at Stationers' Hall, in 1608; but Shakspeare has taken no hints from it. Titania is also the name of the Queen of the Fairies in Decker's Whore of Babylon, 1607. STEEVENS.
The Midsummer-Night's Dream I suppose to have been written in 1592. See An attempt to ascertain the order of Shakspeare's Plays, Vol. II. MALONE.
Theseus, Duke of Athens.
in love with Hermia.
Characters in the Interlude
performed by the Clowns.
Other Fairies attending their King and Queen.
Attendants on Theseus and Hippolyta. SCENE, Athens, and a Wood not far from it. * The enumeration of persons was first made by Mr. Rowe.
Athens. A Room in the Palace of Theseus.
Enter Theseus, HIPPOLYTA, PHILOSTRATE, and
THE. Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
Hir. Four days will quickly steep themselves in
Four nights will quickly dream away the time;
; And then the moon, like to a silver bow
2 Like- to a step-dame, or a dowager, Long withering out a young man's revenue. ] The authenticity of this reading having been questioned by Dr. Warburton, I shall exemplify it from Chapman's Transation of the 4th Book of Homer. there the goodly plant lies withering out his grace."
STEEVENS, Ut piget annus • Pupillis, quos dura premit cuftodia matrum, " Sic mihi tarda fuunt ingrataque tempora." Hor.
MALONE. fteep themselves in nights; ] So, in Cymbeline, Ad V. sc. iv.
New bent * in heaven, shall behold the night
[ Èxit PhilosTRATE.
Enter EGEUS, HERMIA, LYSANDER, and DEMETRIUS.
EGE. Happy be Theseus, our renowned duke!
4 New bent --] The old copies read – Now bent. Correded by Mr. Rowe. MALONE.
s With pomp, wiih triumph, and with revelling. By triumph,
" And now what rests, but that we spend the time
“ Such as befit the pleasures of the court?"
our renowned duke! ] Thus in Chaucer's Knight's Tale :
Mr. Tyrwhitt's edit. v. 861.
“i Duke Theseus had the viđorye."