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In their nativity all truth appears. How can these things in me feem fcorn to you, Bearing the badge of faith to prove them true? Hel. You do advance your cunning more and more. When truth kills truth, O devilish-holy fray! Thefe vows are Hermia's; Will you give her o'er ? Weigh oath with oath, and you will nothing weigh: Your vows, to her and me, put in two scales,
Will even weigh; and both as light as tales.
To what, my love, shall I compare thine eyne?
Thy lips, thofe kiffing cherries, tempting grow!
you were civil, and knew courtefy,
You would not do me thus much injury.
you muft 'join in foul to mock me too?
you were men, as men you are in show,
You would not use a gentle lady fo;
To vow, and fwear, and fuperpraise my parts,
When, I am fure, you hate me with your hearts.
nativity]-the very manner of their utterance.
4 Taurus]-A range of mountains in Afia.
join in foul]-clofely and earnestly conspire-in fouls; ill fouls; in
You both are rivals, and love Hermia;
To conjure tears up in a poor maid's eyes,
Lyf. You are unkind, Demetrius; be not fo;
Hel. Never did mockers wafte more idle breath.
Lyf. Helen, it is not fo.
Dem. Difparage not the faith thou dost not know, Left, to thy peril, thou aby it dear.
Look, where thy love comes; yonder is thy dear.
Her. Dark night, that from the eye his function takes, The ear more quick of apprehenfion makes;
Wherein it doth impair the feeing sense,
It pays the hearing double recompence :-
Lyf. Why fhould he ftay, whom love doth prefs to go? Her. What love could prefs Lyfander from my fide? Lyf. Lyfander's love, that would not let him bide, Fair Helena; who more engilds the night
Than all yon fiery "o's and eyes of light.
Why feek'st thou me? could not " this make thee know,
The hate I bare thee made me leave thee fo?
Her. You speak not as you think it cannot be.
Is all the counfel that we two have fhar'd,
The fifters' vows, the hours that we have spent,
All school-day friendship, childhood innocence?
Two lovely berries molded on one stem:
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart; *Two of the firft, like coats in heraldry,
x to me.
w this]-Helena's beauty.
Two of the firft,]-two coats of the first houfe, or principal quarterings of a coat, borne in two distinct shields, united at top, and crowned with one crest.
Due but to one, and crowned with one crest.
Our fex, as well as I, may chide you for it;
Her. I am amazed at your paffionate words:
Her. I understand not what you mean by this.
b an argument.]-subject of your mirth.
My love, my life, my foul, fair Helena !
Hel. O excellent!
Her. Sweet, do not fcorn her fo.
Dem. If fhe cannot entreat, I can compel.
Lyf. Thou canst compel no more than she entreat;
I swear by that which I will lofe for thee,
Dem. I fay, I love thee more than he can do.
Her. Lyfander, whereto tends all this?
Lyf. Away, you Ethiop!
Dem. No, no, he'll not come.
Seem to break loofe; take on, as you would follow;
But yet come not: You are a tame man, go!
Ly. Hang off, thou cat, thou burr: vile thing, let loose; Or I will shake thee from me, like a ferpent.
Her. Why are you grown fo rude? what change is this, Sweet love?
Ly. Thy love? out, tawny Tartar, out! Out, loathed medicine! hated potion, hence! Her. Do you not jeft ?
Hel. Yes, 'footh; and so do you.
Ly. Demetrius, I will keep my word with thee. Dem. I would, I had your bond: for, I perceive, A weak bond holds you; I'll not truft your word. Ly. What, fhould I hurt her, ftrike her, kill her dead? Although I hate her, I'll not harm her fo.
Her. What, can you do me greater harm, than hate? Hate me! wherefore? O me! what news, my
take on,]-affect, make flight effort.