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Ob. I wonder, if Titania be awak'd : Than what it was that next came in her eye, Which she must doat on in extremity.

Enter Puck.

Here comes my mefienger ! 'how now, mad sprite, What night-rule now about this haunted grove ?

Puck. My mistress with a monster is in love, Near to her close and consecrated bower, While she was in her dull and deeping hour, A crew of patches, 8 rude mechanicals, That work for bread upon Athenian stalls, Were met together to rehearse a play, Intended for great Theseus' nuptial day. The shallow'st thick-skin of that barren sort, Who Pyramus presented, in their sport Forsook his scene, and enter'd in a brake; When I did him at this advantage take, An ass's 9 nowl I fixed on his head ; Anon, his Thisy must be answered, And forth my * minnock 'comes : when they him spy. As wild geefe, that the creeping fowler eye, Or russer-pated choughs, many in sort, Rising and cawing at the gun's report,


8 patches ) Patch was in reading of the old quarto, and I old language used as a term of believe richt, N'inneken, now opprobry; perhaps with much minx, is a nice trifling girl. Min. the same import as we use rag: rock is apparenily a word of congamuffin, or tatterdemalion.

tempt. 9 -- nowl.) A nead. Saxon. 2- fort. Company. So above, * II. Mimick, fo lll. and IV. that barren sor; and in Waller, minnock.] This is the A sort of luffy jkspherds ftrive.


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Sever themselves, and madly sweep the sky;
So at his sight, away his fellows fly;
And, at our 3 stamp, here o'er and o’er one falls;
He murder cries, and help from Athens calls.
Their sense thus weak, lost with their fears thus strong,
Made senseless things begin to do them wrong.
For briars and thorns at their apparel snatch,
* Sone, fleeves; some, hals; from yielders all things

I led them on in this distracted fear,
And left sweet Pyramus translated there :
When in that moment (so it came to pass)
Titania wak’d, and straitway loved an ass.

Ob. This fails out better than I could devise.
But haft chou yet latch'd s the Athenian's eyes
With the love juice, as I did bid thee do?

Prck. I took him sleeping ; that is finish'd too ;
And the Athenian woman by his side,
That when he wakes, of force she must be ey'd.

Fairiis are

So Droyton,

3 And at our famp.] This A stump doth trip him in his feems to be a vicious reading. pace,

, never reprelented Down fell poor Hob upon his face, stamping, or of a fize that should And lameniably tore his caje give force to a stamp, nor could Among the briers and bramble. they have distinguished the lamps

4 Seme sleeves, fome hats.] of Puck from those of their own There is the like image in Draycompanions, I read,

ton of Queen Mab and her Fairies And at a stump bere o er and flying from Hobgoblin. C er one fulls.

Some torea ruf, and fome a


"Gainst one another justling; A pain he in his head-piece feels They ficw about like chaff it' Against a flubbed tree he reels,

wind And up went poor Hobgoblin s

For hafie fome left their majs te. peels;

hind, Alas his brain rvas dizzy..

Some could not say their gloves ta Allathupoa his fiet he gets,

find, Hatgiéliu fumes, Hobgollia frets,

Thire never was such buffling, And as again he forward

jets, 5 latch'd, or letch'd, lick't And through the babes jcram- over, lecher, to lick, French. lics,



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Ob. Stand close, this is the same A!henian.
Puck. This is the woman, but not this the man.

Dem. O, why rebuke you him that loves you so? Lay breath so bitter on your bitter foe.

Her. Now I but chide, but I should use thee worse; For thou, I fear, hast giv'n me cause to curse : If thou lialt Nain Lyfander in his seep, Being o'er shoes in blood, 'plunge in the deep, And kill me too. The sun was not so true unto the day, As he to me. Would he have stoll'n away From sleeping Hermia? I'll believe as soon, This whole carth may be bor'd; and that the moon May through the center creep, and so displease Her brother’s noon-tide with th’Antipodes. It cannot be, but thou haft murder'd him ; So should a murderer look, so * dread, so grim.'

Dem. So should the murder'd look ; and so should I, Pierc'd through the heart with your stern cruelty : Yet you the murderer look as bright, and clear, As yonder Venus in her glimm’ring sphere.

Her. What's this to my Lysander? where is he?
Ah, good Demetrius, wilt thou give him me?

Dem. I'd rather give his carcass to my hounds.
Her. Out, dog! out, cur! thou driv'st me past the

Of maiden's patience. Haft thou Nain him then?
Henceforth be never number'd among men.
O! once tell true even for my fake,
Durst chou have look'd upon him, being awake!

6 Being o'er shoes in blood.) An * I. II. III. IV. all read so allusion to the Proverb, Over dead in my copy of III. fome Jhoes, over boots,

reader has altered dead to dread.


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And hist thou kill'd him sleeping? O brave touch! ?
Could not a worm, an adder do so much ?
An adder did it, for with doubler tongue
Than thine, thou serpent, never adder flung.

Dem. You spend your pasion on a milpris’d mood :
I am not guilty of Lyfunder's blood,
Nor is he dead, for aught that I can tell.

Her. I pray thee, tell me then that he is well. Dem. And if I could, what should I get therefore ?

Her. A privilege never to see me more ; And from thy hated presence part I so: See me no more, whether he's dead or no. [Exit.

Dem. There is no following her in this fierce vein, Here, therefore, for a while I will remain : So Sorrow's heaviness doth heavier grow, For debt, that bankrupt sleep doth forrów owe; Which now in some night measure it will pay, If for his Tender here I make some stay. [Lies down.

Ob. What hadft thou done? thou hast mistaken quite, And laid thy love-juice on some true love's light: Of thy misprision nuit perforce ensue Some true-love turn’d, and not a false turn'd true. Puck. Then fate o’er-rules, that, one man holding

A million fail, confounding oath on oath.

Ob. About the wood go Twifter than the wind,
And Hclena of Athens, fee, thou find.
All fancy-fick she is, and pale of cheer;
With fighs of love, that cost the fresh blood dear;
By some illusion, lee, thou bring her here ;
I'll charm his eyes, againit lhe doth appear.

7 - Obrave touch.] Touch in the shrewd touches of many cursi Shakejpeare's s'me was the same boys, and the small discretion of with our exploit, or rather stroke. may lewd schoolmasters. A bra'c touca, a noble liroke, un grand coup. Mafon was very

* - milpris d.] Miftaken; fo sniriz', picajantly playing both with below misprifion is mistake.



Puck. I go, I go; look, how I go ; Swifter than arrow from the Tartar's bow.

[Exit. Ob. Flower of this purple dye, Hit with Cupid's archery, Sink in apple of his eye! When his love he doch efpy, Let her shine as gloriously As the Venus of the sky. When thou wak't, if she be by, Beg of her for remedy.

Enter Puck.
Puck. Captain of our fairy-band,
Helena is here at hand,
And the youth, miltook by me,
Pleading for a lover's fee.
Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be?

Ob. Stand aside : the noise they make,
Will cause Demetrius to awake.

Puck. Then will two at once woo one ;
That must needs be sport alone.
And those things do best please me,
That befal prepost'rously.

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Enter Lysander and Helena. Lyf. Why should you think, that I should woo in


Scorn and derision never come in tears.
Look, when I vow, I weep; and vows so born,

In their nativity all truth appears :
How can these things in me seem scorn to you,
Bearing the badge of faith, to prove them true ?

Hel. You do advance your cunning more and niore;
When truth kills truth, O devilish, holy, fray!


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