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Puck. I took him sleeping,--that is finish'd too,
Enter DEMETRIUs and HERMIA.
Dem. O, why rebuke you him that loves you fo ?
Her. Now I but chide, but I should use thee worse;
Dem. So should the murder'd look; and so should I,
Her. What's this to my Lysander? where is he?
Dem. I had rather give his carcase to my hounds.
8 Being o'er shoes in blood,] An allusion to the proverb, Ooer flats, over boots. JOHNSON.
9-withibe Antipodeso]i.e.on the other side of the globe. EDWARDS, 1-so dead, ) So again in K Henry IV. P. II. Act. I. sc. iii :
“ Evenju b a man, lo faine, So Spiritles,
“ So dull, 5 dead in look, so wiz-begone. STEEVENS. So also in Lodg', Doraftus and Fawnia : “-if thou marry in age, thy wife's freth colours will brced in thee dead thoughts and fufpicion,
Of maiden's patience. Haft thou llain him then?
Dem. You spend your paflion on a mispris'd mood 4 :
Her. I pray thee tell me then that he is well.
Dem. There is no following her in this fierce vein:
Obe. What halt thou done? thou hast mistaken quite,
2 Durft thou have look'd upon bim, being awake,
And bas tbou kill'd bim sleeping ] She means, Halt thou kill'd him Sleeping, whom, when awake, thou didit not dare to look upon?
MALONE. O brave touch ! ] Touch in Shakspeare's time was the same with our explait, or rather stroke. A brave touch, a noble stroke, un grand coup. JOHNSON.
A couch anciently signified a trick. In the old black letter story of Howleglas, it is always used in that sense. STEEVENS. 4 — mispriz’d mood :] Mistaken; fo below misprifion is mistake.
JOHNSON, Mood is anger, or perhaps rather in this place, capricious fancy.
MALONE. part I so:] So, which is not in the old copy, was interted for the sake of both metre and rhime, by Mr. Pope. MALONE.
Puck. Then fate o'er-rules; that, one man holding troth, A million fail, confounding oath on oath.
Obe. About the wood go swifter than the wind,
Puck. I go, I go; look, how I go;
Obe. Flower of this purple dye,
Obe. Stand aside: the noise they make,
Puck. Then will two, at once, woo one ;
Enter LYSANDER, and HELENA.
• Hit with Cupid's arcbery,] This alludes to what was said before :
-the bolt ot Cupid fell: It fell upon a little western flower, Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound, STEIT.
Look, when I vow, I
weep; and vows fo born,
Hel. You do advance your cunning more and more.
When truth kills truth, O devilish-holy fray!
Weigh oath with oath, and you will nothing weigh :
Lys: I had no judgement, when to her I swore.
Hel. O spight! O hell! I see you all are bent
you were civil, and knew courtesy, You would not do me thus much injury. Can
I know do,
you not hate
7 - Taurus' snotu,] Taurus is the name of a range of mountains in Afia. JOHNSON. $ This princess of pure white;-) So in Wyat's poems :
"-of beauty princess chief." STEEVENS. In the Winter's Tale we meet with a similar expression:
--good footh, the is
“ The Queen of curds and cream.” MALONE. 9 --- seal of bliss!) He has in Measure for Measure, the same images
“But my killes bring again,
• Seals of love, but feald in vain.” Johnson. 1 - join in fouls,] i. e.join heartily, unite in the same mind. Shake speare in Henry V. uses an expression not unlike this:
If you were men, as men you are in show,
Lyf. You are unkind, Demetrius ; be not lo ;
you love Hermia; this, you know, I know : And here, with all good will, with all my heart, In Hermia's love I yield you up my part;
“ For we will bear, note, and believe in heart;" i. e. heartily believe; and in Measure for Measure he talks of eleding with special foul. In Troilus
and Cressida, Ulyffes, relating the character of Hector as given him by Æneas, Tays :
with private foul “ Did in great Ilion thus translate him to me." And, in All Fools, by Chapman, 1605, is the same expression as that in the text:
“ Happy, in foul, only by winning her.”
“ Is't not enough thou haft suborn'd these women
« To call him villain ! MALONE. I rather believe the line should be read thus :
But you must join, ill souls, to mock mę too. TYRWHITT.
“ Egregiam vero laudem et spolia ampla refertis,
• Una dolo divům fi fæmina victa duorum eit." STEEVENS.
" Long time I lived in the court,
“ With lords and ladies of great fort." MALONE.. 4 - extort a poor soul's patience,] Harrass, torment. JOHNSON.