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Would imitate ; and sail upon the land,
stay? Tit. Perchance, till after Theseus' wedding-day. If
you will patiently dance in our round, And see our moonlight revels, go If not, shun me, and I will spare your haunts.
Obe. Give me that boy, and I will go with thee.
Tit. Not for thy fairy kingdom.-Fairies, away : We shall chide downright, if I longer stay.
[Exeunt Titania, and her train. Obe. Well, go thy way: thou shalt not from this
grove, Till I torment thee for this injury. My gentle Puck, come hither. Thou remember'st Since once I sat upon a promontory, And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin's back, Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, That the rude sea grew civil at her song ; And certain stars shot madly from their spheres, To hear the sea-maid's music. Puck,
I remember. Obe. That very time I saw, (hut thou couldst not) Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid all arm’d: a certain aim he took
At a fair vestal, throned by the west;
Puck. I'll put a girdle round about the earth
[Exit Puck. Obe.
Having once this juice,
? Exempt from love.
(As I can take it with another herb)
page to me. But who comes here? I am invisible; And I will overhear their conference.
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 stolen into this wood, And here am I, and wood1 within this wowd, Because I cannot meet with Hermia. Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more.
Hel. You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant : But yet you 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 ? Or, rather, do I not in plainest truth Tell you—I do not, nor I cannot love you?
Hel. And 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, (And yet a place of high respect with me)
Than to be used as you do use your dog?
Hel. And I am sick when I look not on you.
Dem. You do impeach 1 your modesty too much,
Hel. Your virtue is my privilege for that.
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. I'll run from thee, and hide me in the
Hel. The wildest hath not such a heart as you.
Den. I will not stay thy questions : let me go :
i Bring into question.
Or, if thou follow me, do not believe
Hel. Ay, in the temple, in the town, and field,
[Exeunt Dem. and Hel. Obe. Fare thee well, nymph: ere he do leave this
grove, Thou shalt fly him, and he shall seek thy love.
Hast thou the flower there? Welcome, wanderer.
Puck. Ay, there it is.
I pray thee, give it me.
2 The ox-lip is the greater cowslıp.