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And this same progeny of evils comes
Obe. Do you amend it then ; it lies in you:
Set your heart at rest;
Obe. How long within this wood intend you stay?
Tita. Perchance, till after Theseus' wedding-day. If you will patiently dance in our round, And see our moon-light revels, go with us ; If not, shun me, and I will spare your haunts.
Obe. Give me that boy, and I will go with thee. Tita. Not for thy kingdom.-Fairies, away: We shall chide down-right, if I longer stay,
(Exeunt TITANIA, and her train.
Obe. Well, go thy way: thou shalt not from
Till I torment thee for this injury.-
wound, And maidens call it, love-in-idleness. Fetch me that flower : the herb I show'd thee
The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid,
1 Exempt from love.
Puck. I'll put a girdle round about the earth In forty minutes.
[Exit Puck. Obe.
Having once this juice,
page to me. But who comes here? I am invisible; And I will over-hear their conference.
Enter DEMETRIUS, HELENA following him. Dem. 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 2 within this wood, Because I cannot meet with Hermia. Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more.
Hel. You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant; But yet you draw not iron, for my
heart 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 ? Or, rather, do I not in plainest truth Tell
you-I do not, nor I cannot love you? ... Hel. And even for that do I love you the more. I am your spaniel ; and, Demetrius, The more you beat me, I will fawn on you:
% Mad, raving
Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me,
Hel. And I am sick, when I look not on you.
Dem. You do impeach your modesty too much,
Hel. Your virtue is my privilege for that.
my respect, are all the world : Then how can it be said, I am alone, When all the world is here to look on me?
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. Run when you will, the story shall be chang'd;.. Apollo flies, and Daphne holds the chase; The dove pursues the griffin; the mild Makes speed to catch the tiger : Bootless speed ! When cowardice pursues, and valour flies.
Dem. I will not stay thy questions; let me go : Or, if thou follow me, do not believe But I shall do thee mischief in the wood,
3 Bring in question.
Hel. Ay, in the temple, in the town, the field, You do me mischief. Fie, Demetrius! Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex : We cannot fight for love, as men may do; . We should be woo'd, and were not made to woo. I'll follow thee, and make a heaven of hell, To die upon4 the hand I love so well.
[Exeunt DEM. and Hel. Obe. Fare thee well, nymph : ere he do leave Thou shalt fly him, and he shall seek thy love..
Hast thou the flower there? Welcome, wanderer.
Puck. Ay, there it is.
pray thee, give it me. I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, Where ox-lips 5 and the nodding violet grows; Quite over-canopied with lush 6 woodbine, With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania, some time of the night, Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight; And there the snake throws her enamell’d skin, Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in: And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes, And make her full of hateful fantasies. Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove: A sweet Athenian lady is in love With a disdainful youth: anoint his eyes ; But do it, when the next thing he espies May be the lady: Thou shalt know the man By the Athenian garments he hath on.
5 The greater cowslip.