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The. No epilogue, I pray you; for your play needs no excuse. Never excuse; for when the players are all dead, there need none to be blamed. Marry, if he that writ it, had play’d Pyramus, and hang'd himself in Thisbe's garter, it would have been a fine tragedy : and so it is, truly; and very notably discharg’d. But come, your Bergomask: let your

epilogue alone. [Here a Dance of Clowns. The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve;— Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time. 364

I fear, we shall out-sleep the coming morn,
As much as we this night have overwatch'd.
This palpable-gross play hath well beguil'd
The heavy gait of night.—Sweet friends, to bed.—

A fortnight hold we this solemnity,

In nightly revels, and new jollity. [Exeunt.

SCENE II.

Enter PUck.

Puck. Now the hungry lion roars, 371
And the wolf beholds the moon;
Whilst the heavy ploughman snores,
All with weary task fordone.
Now the wasted brands do glow,
Whilst the scritch-owl, scritching loud,
Puts the wretch, that lies in woe,
In remembrance of a shrotid,
Now
Now it is the time of night,
That the graves, all gaping wide, 380
Every one lets forth his spright,
In the church-way paths to glide :
And we fairies, that do run
By the triple Hecat's team,
From the presence of the sun,
Following darkness like a dream,
Now are frolick; not a mouse
Shall disturb this hallow’d house:
I am sent, with broom, before,
To sweep the dust behind the door. 390

Enter King and Queen of Fairies, with their Train.

00. Through this house give glimmering
light,
By the dead and drowsy fire :

Every elf, and fairy sprite,

Hop as light as bird from brier;
And this ditty, after me,
Sing and dance it trippingly.

Tit. First, rehearse this song by rote :
To each word a warbling note,
Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place. . 4Oo

Sox G and DAN ce.

05. Now, until the break of day, Through this house each fairy stray.

To the best bride-bed will we, Which by us shall blessed be; And the issue, there create, Ever shall be fortunate. So shall all the couples three Ever true in loving be: And the blots of nature's hand Shall not in their issue stand ; 410 Never mole, hare-lip, nor scar, Nor mark prodigious, such as are Despised in nativity, Shall upon their children be.— With this field-dew consecrate, Every fairy take his gate; And each several chamber bless, Through this palace, with sweet peace: Ever shall it safely rest, And the owner of it blest. 42c Trip away; Make no stay ; Meet me all by break of day." - [Exeunt King, Queen, and Train. Puck. If we shadows have offended, Think but this (and all is mended), That you have but slumber'd here, While these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding but a dream, Gentles, do not reprehend; 432 If you pardon, we will mend.

And, as I'm an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends, ere long :
Else the Puck a liar call.
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends. 439
[Exit.

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B Y SAM. 70HNSON & CEO. STEEVENS, - A N d THE VARIOUS COMMENTATORS, U P O N

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