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Ob. There lies your love.

Queen. How came these things to pass ?
Oh, how mine eye doth loath his visage now!

Ob. Silence, a while.—Robin, take off this head.
Titania, musick call : and strike more dead
Than common seep, of all these five the sense.

Queen. Musick, ho! musick; such as charmeth sleep.
Puck. When thou awak'st, with thine own fool's eyes

peep. Ob. Sound, musick. [Still snufick.] 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, folemnly,
Dance in duke Theseus' house triumphantly,
And bless it to all "fair pofterity:
There shall these pairs of faithful lovers be
Wedded, with Theseus, all in jollity.

Puck. Fairy king, attend, and mark;
I do hear the morning lark.

Ob. Then my queen, in silence ° sad,
Trip we after the night's shade :
We the globe can compass soon,
Swifter than the wand'ring moon.

Queen, Come, my lord : and in our flight,
Tell me how it came this night,
That I Neeping here was found,
With these mortals, on the ground. (Exeunt.

[Wind borns within,

of ous and fair pofterit

may profper iniz. fair prosperity

* fair pofterity :]—with a numerous and fair pofterity-far pofterity to the remoteft-fair prosperity--to the enjoyment of it, that all things may prosper in it.

: fad, ]-deep, ftill. p Trip we after the night's shade :“ Following darkness as a dream.” A& V, S, 2. Puck.

Enter

Enter Theseus, Egeus, Hippolita, and train.
Tbe. Go, one of you, find out the forester ;
For now 9 our observation is perform'd:
And since we have the 'vaward of the day,
My love shall hear the musick of my hounds.
• Uncouple in the wettern valley ; go :--
Dispatch, I say, and find the forester.
We will, fair queen, up to the mountain's 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 fweet thunder.

The. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,
So 'flew'd, so fanded, and cheir heads are hung
With ears that sweep away the morning dew;
Crook-knee'd, and dew-lap'd like Theffalian bulls ;
Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouch like bells,
Each under each. A cry more tuneable
Was never halloo'd to, nor cheer'd with horn,
In Crete, in Sparta, nor in Thessaly:
Judge, when you hear. ---But, foft; what nymphs are these?

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

! sur ebjervation is performd;]-observance of the time fixed for the nuptials; or the rites of May Day's morning.

' vaward)—the fore part ; the day is yet but young. Uncoupl'd-let them go. 'bay'd the bear]-chas'd the boar. 'gallant chiding ;]-melodious notes.

W mountains. fiew'd, fo fanded, )--deep-mouth'd; of a fandy colour.

This

This Helena, old Nedar's Helena :
I wonder at their being here together.

The. No doubt, they rose up early, to observe
The rite of May; and, hearing our intent,
Came here in grace of our solemnity.
But, speak, Egeus; is not this the day
That Hermia should giye answer of her choice?

Ege. It is, my lord.

Tbe. Go, bid the huntsmen wake them with their horns. Horns, and shout within ; Demetrius, Lysander, Hermia, and

Helena, wake and start up. The. Good-morrow, friends. Saint Valentine is paft; Begin these wood-birds but to couple now?

Lys. Pardon, my lord. [They all kneel to Theseus,

The. I pray you all, stand up.
I know, you two are rival enemies ;
How comes this gentle concord in the world,
That hatred is so far from jealousy,
To neep 2 by hate, and fear no enmity ?

Lyf. My lord, I shall reply amazedly,
Half ’nleep, half waking: But as yet, I swear,
I cannot truly say how I came here ;
But, as I think, (for truly would I speak,
And now I do bethink me, so it is ;)
I came with Hermia hither : our intent
Was to be gone from Athens, where we might be
- Without the peril of the Athenian law.

Ege. Enough, enough, my lord ; you have enough;
I beg the law, the law, upon his head.-
They would have stol'n away, they would, Demetrius,

y Saint Valentine)—the season for pairing.
z by hate,]-the person hated.
à Without the peril]- Beyond the reach.

Thereby

Thereby to have defeated you and me:
You, of your wife; and me, of my consent;
Of my consent that she should be your wife.

Dem. My lord, fair Helen told me of their stealth,
Of this their purpose hither, to this wood; .
And I in fury hither follow'd them;
Fair Helena in fancy following me.
But, my good lord, I wot not by what power,
(But by some power it is) my love to Hermia,
Melted as is the snow, seems to me now
As the remembrance of an idle gawd,
Which in my childhood I did doat upon :
And all the faith, the virtue of my heart,
The object and the pleasure of mine eye,
Is only Helena. To her, my lord,
Was I betroth'd ere I saw Hermia :
But, like a sickness, did I loath this food :
But, as in health, come to my natural taste,
Now do I wish it, love it, long for it,
And will for evermore be true to it.

The. Fair lovers, you are fortunately met :
Of this discourse we shall hear more anon.
Egeus, I will over-bear your will;
For in the temple, by and by with us,
These couples shall eternally be knit.
And, for the morning now is something worn,
Our purpos'd hunting shall be set aside.-
Away, with us, to Athens : Three and three,
We'll hold a feast in great folemnity, -
Come my Hippolita. [Exe. Theseus, Hippolita, and train.

Lyf. These things seem small, and undistinguishable, Like far-off mountains turned into clouds.

in fancy]—from motives of affection.

a fickness, ]—a person fick. turned into)--the form of ; almost lost in.

Her.

Her. Methinks I see these things with parted eye,
When every thing seems double.

Hel. So methinks :
And I have found Demetrius ' like a jewel,
Mine own, and not mine own.

Dem. But are you sure
That we are well awake?-it seems to me,
That yet we neep, we dream.-Do not you think,
The duke was here, and bid us follow him?

Her. Yea, and my father.
Hel. And Hippolita.
Lyf. And he did bid us follow to the temple.

Dem. Why then, we are awake: let's follow him ;
And, by the way, let us recount our dreams. [Exeunt.

As they go out, Bottom awakes. Bot. When my cue comes, call me, and I will answer: my next is, Most fair Pyramus_ Hey, ho!--Peter Quince ! Flute, the bellows-mender! Snout the tinker ! Scarveling! God's my life! ftol'n hence, and left me asleep ! I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream,--past the wit of man to say what dream it was: Man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was—there is no man can tell what. Methought I was, and methought I had,- But man is but a patch'd fool, if he will offer to say what methought I had. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen; man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was. I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream : it shall be call'd Bottom's Dream, because it hath no bottom; and I will

e like a jewel,]-long loft, and so unexpectedly recovered, that I can scarcely credit my own good fortune-discovered by accident, and there. fore of doubtful title-gemell—an actor of a double part. 'a patch'd fool.]-one of the party-colour'd tribe.

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