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Fetch me that flower; the herb I show'd thee once;
Puck. I'll put a girdle round about the earth
[Exit Puck. Obe.
Having once this juice,
Enter DEMETRIUS, HELENA following him. Dem. I love thee not, therefore pursue me not. Where is Lysander, and fair Hermia? The one I'll slay, the other slayeth me. Thou told'st me, they were stol'n into this wood, And here am I, and wood within this wood, Because I cannot meet with Hermia. Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more. Hel. You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant;
draw not iron, for my heart Is true as steel: Leave you your power to draw, And I shall have no power to follow you.
Dem. Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair?
But yet you
9 and wood within this wood,] Wood, or mad, wild,
Or, rather, do I'not in plainest truth
Hel. And even for that do I love you the more.
spirit; For I am sick, when I do look on thee.
Hel. And I am sick, when I look not on you.
Dem. You do impeach your modesty' too much,
Hel. Your virtue is my privilege for that.”
Dem. I'll run from thee, and hide me in the brakes, And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts.
Hel. The wildest hath not such a heart as you. Run when you will, the story shall be chang’d; Apollo flies, and Daphne holds the chase; The dove pursues the griffin; the mild hind
impeach your modesty-) i.e. bring it into question, for that.) i. e. For leaving the city, &c. TYRWHITT.
Makes speed to catch the tiger: Bootless speed !
Dem. I will not stay thy questions; let me go:
Hel. Ay, in the temple, in the town, the field,
[Exeunt Dem. and Hel. Obe. Fare thee well, nymph: ere he do leave
Thou shalt fly him, and he shall seek thy love.
Puck. Ay, there it is.
pray thee, give it me, I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, Where ox-lips and the nodding violet grows; Quite over-canopied with lush woodbine, With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania, some time of the night, Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight; And there the snake throws her enameli'd skin, Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in: And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes, And make her full of hateful fantasies,
3 To die upon the hand, &c.] To die upon, &c. in our author's language, perhaps, means" to die by the hand.”
Where ox-lips-) The oxlip is the greater cowslip. 5 Quite over-canopied with lush woodbine,] All the old editions read/luscious woodbine ; but both lush and luscious (says Mr. Henley) are words of the same origin.
Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove:
Another part of the Wood.
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-micefor 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: Sing me now asleep; Then to your offices, and let me rest.
Thorny hedge-hogs, be not seen;
Come not near our fairy queen:
a roundel;] Rounds, or roundels, were like the present country dances,
with rear-mice-] A rere-mouse is a bat, a mouse that rears itself from the ground by the aid of wings.
with double tongue,] our author means_orked. 9 Newts, and blind-worms,] The next is the eft, the blind worm is the Cæcilia or slow-worm.
Philomel, with melody,
Sing in our sweet lullaby;
Never harm, nor spell nor charm,
2. Fai. W'eaving spiders, come not here;
Hence, you long-legg'd spinners, hence: Beetles black, approach not near;
Worm, nor snail, do no offence.
2 Fai. Hence, away; now all is well: One, aloof, stand sentinel.
[Exeunt Fairies. TITANIA sleeps.
[Squeezes the flower on TITANIA's eye-lids.
'Be it ounce,] The ounce is a small tiger, or tiger-cat.