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I'll whip thee with a rod: he is defiled

That draws a sword on thee.

Dem. Yea; art thou there

Puck. Follow my voice; we'll try no manhood here.

Re-enter LYSANDER, R.

[Exeunt, L.

Lys. He goes before me, and still dares me on;
When I come where he calls, then he is gone.
The villain is much lighter heel'd than I:
I follow'd fast, but faster did he fly;
That fallen am I in dark uneven way,

And here will rest me. Come, thou gentle day!

[Lies down, R.

For if but once thou show me thy gray light,
I'll find Demetrius, and revenge this spite.

Re-enter PUCK and DEMETRIUS. L.


Puck. Ho, ho, ho, ho! Coward, why com'st thou not?
Dem. Abide me, if thou dar'st; for well I wot,

Thou run'st before me, shifting every place;
And dar'st not stand and look me in the face.
Where art thou?

Puck. Come hither, I am here.

Dem. Nay, then thou mock'st me.

this dear,

If ever I thy face by daylight see:

Thou shalt buy

Now go thy way. Faintness constraineth me
To measure out my length on this cold bed.-
By day's approach look to be visited.

[Lies down, L.-sleeps.


Hel. (R.) Oh, weary night, oh long and tedious night,
Abate thy hours: shine comforts, from the east,
That I may back to Athens, by daylight,

From these that my poor company detest.-
And, sleep, that sometimes shuts up sorrow's eye,
Steal me awhile from mine own company.

[Lies down, R.-Sleeps.

Puck. (c.) Yet but three? Come one more;
Two of both kinds makes up four.
Here she comes, curs'd and sad :-
Cupid is a knavish lad,

Thus to make poor females mad.

Enter HERMIA, L.

Her Never so weary, never so in woe, Bedabbled with the dew, and torn with briers; I can no further crawl, no further go;

My legs can keep no pace with my desires. Here will I rest me, till the break of day. Heaven shield Lysander, if they mean a fray


On the ground

Sleep sound:

I'll apply

To your eye,

[Lies down, L.-Sleeps.

Gentle lover, remedy.

[Squeezing the juice on Lysander's eye.
When thou wak'st,
Thou tak'st

True delight

In the sight

Of thy former lady's eye.

And the country proverb known,
That ever man should take his own,
In your waking shall be shown.-
Jack shall have Jill;

Naught shall go ill;

The man shall have his mare again and all shall be well: Exit Puck, L.

Demetrius, Helena, Lysander, and Hermia sleeping.



SCENE I.-The Wood.

Enter TITANIA and BOTTOM, L, attended by FairiesOberon behind, unseen.

Tit. (R.) Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed, While I thy amiable cheeks do coy,

And stick musk roses in thy sleek smooth head,

And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.
Bot. (c.) Where's Peas-blossom?

Pea. Ready.


Bot. Scratch my head, Peasblossom.-Where's Monsieur Cobweb?

Cob. Ready.

Bot. Monsieur Cobweb; good monsieur, get your weapons in your hand, and kill me a red-hipped humblebee on the top of a thistle; and, good monsieur, bring me the honey-bag. Do not fret yourself too much in the action, monsieur; and, good monsieur, have a care the honey-bag break not; I would be loath to have you overflown with a honey-bag, signior-Where's Monsieur Mustard-seed?

Mus. Ready.

Bot. Give me your neif, Monsieur Mustard-seed. Pray you, leave your courtesy, good monsieur.

Mus. What's your will?

Bot. Nothing, good monsieur, but to help Cavalero Cobweb to scratch. I must to the barber's, monsieur; for, methinks, I am marvellous hairy about the face: and I am such a tender ass, if my hair do but tickle me, I must scratch.

Tit. What, wilt thou hear some music, my sweet love? Bot. I have a reasonable good ear in music :-let us have the tongs and the bones.

Tit. Or say, sweet love, what thou desir'st to eat.

Bot. Truly, a peck of provender; I could munch your good dry oats. Methinks, I have a great desire to a bottle of hay-good hay, sweet hay hath no fellow.

Tit. I have a venturous fairy that shall seek

The squirrel's hoard, and fetch thee new nuts.

Bot. I had rather have a handful or two of dried peas. But, I pray you, let none of your people stir me; I have an exposition of sleep come upon me.

Tit. Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my arms. Fairies, begone and be all ways away.

So doth the woodbine, the sweet honeysuckle,

Gently entwist,-the female ivy so

Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.

Oh, how I love thee! how I doat on thee! [They sleep.

Oberon advances, c.-Enter PUCK, R

Obe. Welcome, good Robin. See'st thou this sweet sight?

Her dotage, now, I do begin to pity.

For, meeting her of late, behind the wood,

Seeking sweet savours for this hateful fool,

I did upbraid her, and fall out with her.-
For she his hairy temples then had rounded
With coronet of fresh and fragrant flowers;
And that same dew, which sometime on the bud
Was wont to swell, like round and orient pearls,
Stood now within the pretty flowret's eyes,
Like tears, that did their on disgrace bewail.
When I had, at my pleasure, taunted her,
And she, in mild terms, begg'd my patience
I then did ask of her her changling child;
Which straight she gave me, and her fairy sent
To bear him to my bower in fairy land.
And now I have the boy, I will undo
This hateful imperfection of her eyes.
And, gentle Puck, take this transformed scalp
From off the head of this Athenian swain;
That he awaking when the other do,
May all to Athens back again repair;
And think no more of this night's accidents,
But as the fierce vexation of á dream.
But first I will release the fairy queen.
Be as thou wast wont to be;

[Touching her eyes with an herb.

See, as thou wast wont to see:

Dian's bud o'er Cupid's flower

Hath such force and blessed power.

Now, my Titania; wake you, my sweet queen.
Tit. My Oberon! What visions have I seen!
Methought, I was enamoured of an ass.

Obe. There lies your love.

Tit. How came these things to pass?

O, how mine eyes do loath his visage now!

Obe. Silence, awhile.-Robin, take off this head.Titania, music call; and strike more dead

Than common sleep, of all these five the sense.

Tit. Music, ho! music; such as charmeth sleep. Puc. Now, when thou wak'st, with thine own fool's eyes peep.

Obe. Sound, music. [Still music.] Come, my queen,

take hands with me,

And rock the ground whereon these sleepers be.
Now thou and I are new in amity;

And will, to-morrow midnight, solemnly

Dance in Duke Theseus' house triumphantly,
And bless it to all fair posterity;


There shall the pairs of faithful lovers be
Wedded, with Theseus, all in jollity.
Fairy king, attend, and mark;
I do hear the morning lark.
Obr. Then, my queen, in silence sad,
Trip we after the night's shade :
We the globe can compass soon,
Swifter than the wand'ring noon.
Come, my lord; and in our flight,
Tell me how it came this night,
That I sleeping here was found,
With these mortals, on the ground,


[Exeunt, L-Horns sound within.


The. Go, one of you, find out the forester ;

For now our observation is perform'd :

And since we have the vaward of the day,
My love shall hear the music of my hounds.-
Uncouple in the western valley; go:
Despatch, I say, and find the forester.
We will, fair queen, up to the mountain top,
And mark the musical confusion

Of hounds and echo in conjunction.

Hip. I was with Hercules, and Cadmus, once,
When in a wood of Crete they bay'd the bear
With hounds of Sparta: never did I hear
Such gallant chiding; for, besides the groves,
The skies, the fountains, every region near
Seem'd all one mutual cry; I never heard
So musical a discord, such sweet thunder.

The. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,
So flew'd, so sanded; and their heads are hung
With ears that sweep away the morning dew;
Crook-knee'd and dew-lapp'd like Thessalian bulls;
Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouth like bells,
Each under each. A cry more tuneable

Was never holla'd to, nor cheer'd with horn,

In Crete, in Sparta, nor in Thessaly :

Judge, when you hear.-But, soft; what nymphs are these?

Ege. My lord, this is my daughter here asleep; And this, Lysander; this Demetrius is;

This Helena, old Nedar's Helena :

I wonder of their being here together.

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