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Am not I Hermia ? Are not you Lysander ?
I am as fair now, as I was erewhile.
Since night, you lov'd me; yet, since night, you left me :
Why, then


left me,- the gods forbid !In earnest, shall I say?

Lys. Ay, by my life;
And never did desire to see thee more.
Therefore, be out of hope, of question, doubt,
Be certain, nothing truer ; 'tis no jest,
That I do hate thee, and love Helena.

Her. O me! you jugler! oh, you canker-blossom!
You thief of love! what, have you come by night,
And stol'n my love's heart from him ?

Hel. Fine, i'faith!
Have you no modesty, no maiden Thame,
No touch of bashfulness? What, will you tear
Impatient answers from my gentle tongue ?
Fie, fie! you counterfeit, you puppet, you !
Her. Puppet! why so! Ay, that way goes


game. Now I perceive that she hath made compare Between our statures, she hath urg'd her height; And with her personage, her tall personage, Her height, forsooth, she hath prevail'd with him.And are you grown so high in his esteem, Because I am so dwarfish, and so low ? How low am I, thou painted maypole ? speak; How low am I? I am not yet so low, But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes.

Hel. I pray you, though you mock me, gentlemen,

canker-blojom! ]—a worm that preys on the buds of Aowers. { touch]-sense ; spice, remain.

“ Hast thou - a touch, a feeling
« Of their amictions."

TEMPEST, AC V, S. 1. Pro.


Let her not hurt me: I was never 8 curst;
I have no gift at all in shrewishness;
I am a right maid for my cowardice;
Let her not strike me : You, perhaps, may think,
Because she's something lower than myself,
That I can match her.

Her. Lower! hark, again.

Hel. Good Hermia, do not be so bitter with me.
I evermore did love you, Hermia,
Did ever keep your counsels, never wrong'd you;
Save that, in love unto Demetrius,
I told him of your stealth unto this wood:
He follow'd you; for love, I follow'd him.
But he hath chid me hence; and threaten'd me
To strike me, spurn me, nay to kill me too:
And now, so you

will let me quiet go,
To Athens will I bear my folly back,
And follow you no further : Let me go :
You see how simple and how " fond I am.

Her. Why, get you gone : Who is't that hinders you?
Hel. A foolish heart, that I leave here behind.
Her. What, with Lysander ?
Hel. With Demetrius.
Lys. Be not afraid ; she shall not harm thee, Helena.
Dem. No, fir; she shall not, though you take her part.
Hel. O, when she's angry, she is keen and shrewd :
She was a vixen, when she went to school;
And, though she be but little, she is fierce.

Her. Little again ? nothing but low and little ?-
Why will you suffer her to fout me thus ?
Let me come to her.

Lyf. Get you gone, you dwarf;






You'minimus, of hind'ring knot-grass made ;
You bead, you acorn.

Dem. You are too officious,
In her behalf that scorns your services.
Let her alone ; speak not of Helena ;
Take not her part : for if thou dost * intend
Never so little shew of love to her,
Thou shalt 'aby it.

Lyf. Now she holds me not ;
Now follow, if thou dar'st, to try whose right,
Or thine or mine, is most in Helena.
Dem. Follow ?

I'll with thee, "cheek by jowl.

[Exit Lysander and Demetrius,
Her. You, mistress, all this coyl is 'long of you:
Nay, go not back.

Hel. I will not trust
Nor longer stay in your curst company.
Your hands, than mine, are quicker for a fray ;
My legs are longer though, to run away.

[Exeunt: Hermia pursuing Helena.
Ob. This is thy negligence : ftill thou mistak'it,
Or else commit’it thy knaveries ' willingly.

Puck. Believe me, king of lhadows, I mistook.
Did not you tell me, I should know the man
By the Athenian garments he had on?
And so far blameless proves my enterprize,
That I have 'nointed an Athenian's eyes :
And so far am I glad it did so fort,
As this their jangling I esteem a sport.

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i You minim, you-you diminutive, you reptile.
k intend]-make tender of.

aby it. ]-pay dearly for it.
n cheek by jowl.)- side by fide.
A coyl is 'long of you:]-disturbance is occasioned by you.
in your curd company.)-in company with such a vixen.
P wilfully,
9 fort,]-fall out.


Ob. Thou seest, these lovers seek a place to fight:
Hie therefore, Robin, overcast the night;
The starry welkin cover thou anon
With drooping fog, as black as Acheron ;
And lead these testy rivals so astray,
As one come not within another's way.
Like to Lysander sometime frame thy tongue,
Then stir Demetrius up with bitter wrong;
And sometimes rail thou like Demetrius;
And from each other look thou lead them thus,
'Till o'er their brows death-counterfeiting sleep
With leaden legs and batty wings doch creep:
Then crush this herb into Lysander's eye ;
Whose liquor hach this 'virtuous property,
To take from thence all error, with his might,
And make his eye-balls roll with wonted sight.
When they next wake, all this ' derision
Shall seem a dream, and fruitless vision ;
And back to Athens shall the lovers 'wend,
With league, whose date 'till death shall never end.
Whiles I in this affair do thee employ,
I'll to my queen, and beg her Indian boy;
And then I will her charmed eye release
From monster's view, and all things shall be peace. .

Puck. My fairy lord, this must be done with hafte ;
For night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast,
And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger ;
At whose approach, ghosts, wandering here and there,
Troop home to church-yards : damned spirits all,
That in cross-ways and foods have burial,
Already to their wormy beds are gone;
For fear lest day should look their shames upon,

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They wilfully themselves exile from light,
And must for aye confort with black-brow'd night.

03. But we are spirits of another fort:
I with the morning's love have oft made sport ;
And, like a forester, the groves may tread,
Even till the eastern gate, all fiery-red,
Opening on Neptune with fair blessed beams,
Turns into yellow gold his falt-green streams.
But, notwithstanding, haste; make no delay:
We may effect this business yet ere day. [Exit 06.

Puck. Up and down, up and down ;
I will lead them up and down :
I am fear'd in field and town;
Goblin, lead them up and down.
Here comes one.

Enter Lysander. Lys. Where art thou, proud Demetrius ? speak thou


Puck. Here, villain ; drawn and ready. Where art thou ? Lys. I will be with thee straight.

Puck. Follow me then To plainer ground. [Lys. goes out, as following Dem.

Enter Demetrius. Dem. Lysander ! speak again. Thou runaway, thou coward, art thou fled? Speak—"In some bush? --where dost thou hide thy head?

Puck. Thou coward, art thou bragging to the stars, Telling the bushes that thou look'st for wars, And wilt not come? Come, recreant; come, thou child


u the morning's love bave oft made sport;]—have oft paid a sportsman's devoirs to the morning ;-or the words may allude to the amours of Tithonus and Aurora-morning light. * In some bujh?]Art thou crept into some bub?

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