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Enter TITANIA, with her train. Tita. 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-mices 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 :9 Sing me now asleep; Then to your offices, and let me rest.
Thorny hedge-hogs, be not seen ;
Come not near our fairy queen :
Sing in our sweet lullaby ;
7 A kind of dance.
8 Bats. 9 Sports. 2 Slow-worms.
Never harn, nor spell nor charm,
2 Fai. Weaving spiders, come not here;
Hence, you long-legg'd spinners, hence:
Worm, nor snail, do no offence,
[Exeunt Fairies. TITANIA sleeps.
(Squeezes the flower on TITANIA's eye-lids.
Enter LYSANDER and HERMIA.
3 The small tiger.
Her. Be it so, Lysander: find you out a bed, For I upon this bank will rest my head.
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, Lie further off yet, do not lie so near.
Lys. O, take the sense, sweet, of my innocence; Love takes the meaning, in love's conference. I
my heart unto yours is knit; So that but one heart we can make of it: Two bosoms interchained with an oath; So then, two bosoms, and a single troth. Then, by your side no bed-room me deny; For, lying so, Hermia, I do not lie.
Her. Lysander riddles very prettily :Now much beshrew my manners and my pride, If Hermia meant to say, Lysander lied. But, gentle friend, for love and courtesy Lie further off; in human modesty Such separation, as, may well be said, Becomes a virtuous bachelor and a maid : So far be distant: and good night, sweet friend: Thy love ne'er alter, till thy sweet life end !
Lys. Amen, amen, to that fair prayer, say I ; And then end life, when I end loyalty ! Here is my bed : Sleep give thee all his rest! Her. With half that wish the wisher's eyes be press'd!
Puck. Through the forest have I gone,
But Athenian found I none,
Night and silence ! who is here?
this charm doth owe : 4
Enter DEMETRIUS and Helena, running. Hel. Stay, though thou kill me, sweet De
metrius. Dem. I charge thee, hence, and do not haunt
me thus. Hel. O, wilt thou darkling 5 leave me? do not so. Dem. Stay, on thy peril; I alone will go.
[Exit DEMETRIUS. Hel. O, I am out of breath in this fond chase ! The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace. Happy.is Hermia, wheresoe'er 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 wash'd than hers. No, no, I am as ugly as a bear; For beasts that meet me, run away for fear: Therefore, no marvel, though Demetrius Do, as a monster, fly my presence thus.
5 In the dark.
What wicked and dissembling glass of mine
[Waking. Transparent Helena; Nature here shows art, That through thy bosom
makes me see thy heart. Where is Demetrius? O, how fit a word Is that vile name, to perish on my sword!
Hel. Do not say so, Lysander; say not so: What though he love your Hermia? Lord, what
though? Yet Hermia still loves you: then be content.
Lys. Content with Hermia ? No: I do repent The tedious minutes I with her have spent. Not Hermia, but Helena I love : Who will not change a raven for a dove? The will of man is by his reason sway'd; And reason says you are the worthier maid. Things growing are not ripe until their season: So I, being young, till now ripe not to reason ; And touching now the point of human skill, Reason becomes the marshal to my will, And leads me to your eyes; where I o'erlook Love's stories, written in love's richest book." Hel. Wherefore was I to this keen mockery
born ? When, at your hands, did I deserve this scorn ? Is't not enough, is't not enough, young man, That I did never, no, nor never can, Deserve a sweet look from Demetrius' eye, But you must flout my insufficiency? Good troth, you do me wrong, good sooth, you do, In such disdainful manner me to woo.