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Set your heart at rest,
Obe. How long within this wood intend you stay?
Tita. Perchance, till after Theseus' wedding-day. If you will patiently dance in our round, And see our moon-light revels, go with us; If not, shun me, and I will spare your haunts.
Obe. Give me that boy, and I will go with thee.
Tita. Not for thy kingdom.-Fairies, away: We shall chide down-right, if I longer stay.
(Ereunt Titania, and her train. Obe. Well, go thy way: thou shalt not from this
Cupid all arm'd: a certain aim he took
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 pot. Where is Lysander, and fair Hermia? The one I'll slay, the other slayeth me.
* Exempt from love.
Thou told'st me, they were stol'n into this wood.
Hel. You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant;
Dem. Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair? Or rather, do I not in plainest truth Tell you-I do not, nor I cannot love you?
Hel. Avd even for that do I love you the more. I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius, The more you beat me, I will fawn on you: Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me, Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave, Unworthy as I am, to follow you. What worser place can I beg in your love (Aud yet a place of high respect with me), Than to be used as you use your dog?
Dem. Tempt not too much the hatred of my 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 impeacht your modesty too much, To leave the city, and commit yourself Into the hands of one that loves you not; To trust the opportunity of night, And the ill counsel of a desert place, With the rich worth of your virginity.
Hel. Your virtue is my privilege for that. It is not night, when I do see your face, Therefore I think I am not in the pight: Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company; For you, in my respect, are all the world : Then how can it be said, I am alone, When all the world is here to look on me? Dem. l'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 Makes speed to catch the tiger: bootless spee When cowardice pursues, and valour flies.
Dem. I will not stay thy questions; let me go : Or, if thou follow me, do not believe But I shall do thee mischief in the wood.
Hel. Ay, in the temple, in the town, the field, You do me miscbicf. Fy, Demetrius ! Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex: We cannot fight for love, as men may do; We should be woo'd, and were not made to woo. I'll follow thee, and make a heaven of hell, To die upon the band I love so well.
(Ereunt Dem, and Hel. Obe. Fare thee well, nyinph : ere he do leave this
grove, Thou shalt fy him, and he shall seek thy love.
Hast thou the Aower there? Welcome, wauderer
Puck. Ay, there it is.
I pray thee, give it me.
The greater cowslip.
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-micet for 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 1: 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 kind of dance. + Bats. Efts.