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And so did I.
That dreamers often lie. Ro. In bed, asleep, while they do dream things
true. Mer. O, then, I see, queen Mab hath been with
you. She is the fairies' midwife; and she comes In shape no bigger than an agate-stone On the fore-finger of an alderman, Drawn with a team of little atomies 1 Athwart men's noses as they lie asleep: Her waggon-spokes made of long spinners' legs; The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers ; The traces, of the smallest spider's web; The collars, of the moonshine's watery beams : Her whip, of cricket's bone; the lash, of film: Her waggoner, a small gray-coated gnat, Not half so big as a round little worm Prick'd from the lazy finger of a maid : Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut, Made by the joiner squirrel, or old grub, Time out of mind the fairies' coach-makers : And in this state she gallops night by night Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of
love; On courtiers' knees, that dream courtesies
i For atoms.
O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees;
Peace, peace, Mercutio, peace ;
True, I talk of dreams;
1 Court solicitation.
Which is as thin of substance as the air ;
Ro. I fear, too early; for my mind misgives,
A hall in Capulet's house. Musicians waiting. Enter SERVANTS. 1 Ser. Where's Potpan, that he helps not to take away? he shift a trencher! he scrape a trencher!
2 Ser. When good manners shall lie all in one or two men's hands, and they unwashed too, 'tis a foul thing.
1 Ser. Away with the joint-stools; remove the
court-cupboard ;' look to the plate. Good thou, save me a piece of marchpane; 2 and, as thou lovest me, let the porter let in Susan Grindstone, and Nell.-Antony! and Potpan!
2 Ser. Ay, boy; ready.
1 Ser. You are looked for, and called for, asked for, and sought for, in the great chamber.
2 Ser. We cannot be here and there too. Cheerly, boys; be brisk awhile, and the longer liver take all.
(they retire behind.
Enter CAPULET, &c. with the Guests and the
Maskers. Cap. Gentlemen, welcome! ladies, that have
their toes Unplagued with corns, will have a bout with you.Ah ha, my mistresses ! which of you
all Will now deny to dance ? she that makes dainty,
'tis gone. You are welcome, gentlemen !-Come, musicians,
I A sideboard, on which the plate was placed.
A hall! a hall! 1 give room, and foot it, girls.
[music plays, and they dance. More light, ye knaves; and turn the tables up, And quench the fire; the room is grown too hot. Ah, sirrah, this unlook'd-for sport comes well. Nay, sit, nay, sit, good cousin Capulet; For you
and I are past our dancing days. How long is 't now, since last yourself and I Were in a mask ? 2 Cap.
By ’r lady, thirty years. 1 Cap. What, man? 'tis not so much ; 'tis not so
much : 'Tis since the nuptial of Lucentio, Come Pentecost as quickly as it will, Some five and twenty years; and then we mask'd.
2 Cap. 'Tis more, 'tis more : his son is elder, sir ; His son is thirty. 1 Cap.
tell me that? His son was but a ward two years ago. Ro. What lady's that, which doth enrich the
Şer. I know not, sir.
Ti. e. give place, make room.