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Puck. I'll put a girdle round about the earth In forty minutes.
[Exit Puck, L. 3. E. Obe,
Having once this juice, I'll watch Titari', when she is asleep, And drop the liquor of it in her eyes : The next thing then she waking looks upon, (Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull, On meddling monkey, or on busy ape,) She shall pursue it with the soul of love. And ere I take this charm off from her sight, (As I can take it, with another herb,) I'll make her render up her page to me. But who comes here? I am invisible ; And I will overhear their conference. [Retires up L.
Enter DEMETRIUS and HELENA, L. Dem. (c.) I love thee not, therefore pursue me not. Where is Lysander and fair Hermia ? The one I'll slay, the other slayeth me. Thou told'st me they were stol'n into this wood, And here am I, and wood within this wood, Because I cannot meet with Hermia. Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more.
Hel. (L. c.) You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant; But yet you draw not iron, for my beart Is true as steel : leave you your power to draw, And I shall have no power to follow you.
Dem. Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair?
I do not, nor I cannot, love you?
Dem. Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit; For I am sick when I do look on thee.
Hel. Aud I am sick, when I look not on you.
Dem. You do impeach your modesty too much,
To trust the opportunity of night,
Hel. Your virtue is my privilege for that.
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 Demetrius and Helena, R. Obe. (Advances to c.) Fare thee well, nymph: ere he
do leave this grove,
Re-enter Puck, L. s. e.
Puck. Ay, there it is.
I pray thee give it me.
And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes,
SCENE III. - Another Part of the Wood.-Titania's Bower, L., decorated with Flowers--the Duke's Oak. c.
TITANIA and her Train discovered. Tit. (c.) 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.
[Goes to bower and lies down, R. J. E. First Fai. You spotted snakes, with double tongue,
Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen ;
Come not near our fairy queen:
Philomel, with melody,
Sing in our sweet lullaby ;
Never harm, nor spell, nor charm,
So, good night, with lullaby.
Hence, you long-legg'd spinners, hence: Beetles black, approach not near;
Worm, nor snail, do no offence. Cho. Philomel, with melody, &c.
First F. Hence, away; now all is well :
One, aloof, stand sentinel.
[Exeunt Fairies, R. and L. U. E.-- ---Titania sleeps. Enter OBERON, L, s. E., and crosses to Titania who sleeps
on the Bank, R. U. E.
[Squeezes the flower on Titania's eyelids.
Wake, when some vile thing is near. (Exit, R.U. E. Enter LYSANDER and HERMIA, R.-Stage partly dark. Lys. Fair love, you faint with wand'ring in the wood;
And, to speak troth, I have forgot our way;
And tarry for the comfort of the day.
[Reclines on bank, L. U. E. 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,
Lys. O, take the sense, sweet, of my innocence!
Her. Lysander riddles very prettily:
Lys. Amen, amen, to that fair prayer, say I; And then end life, when I end loyalty ! Here is my bed ; [Reclines on bank, R. 8. E.] sleep give
thee all his rest! Her. With half that wish the wisher's eyes be press'd!
[They sleep. Enter Puck, L. Puck. Through the forest have I gone,
But Athenian found I none,
[Dropping the juice in Lysander's eye.
(Exit Demetrius, L. Hel. 0, I am out of breath in this fond chase ! The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace. Happy is Hermia, wheresoe'r 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 wasb'd than hers, No, no, I am as ugly as a bear; For beasts that meet me run away for fear: Therefore, no inarvel, though Demetrius Do, as a monster fly my presence thus.