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Have been deceived; for they swore you did. | nied Beatrice, that I might have cudgelled thee Beat. Do not you love me?
out of thy single life, to make thee a double dealer; The
ve the flower cups. Twilight, moonshine, ' interwoven, that they seem necessary to each other for
the formation of a whole. Oberon is desirous of relier. Hippolita are, as it were, a splendid frame for the pic-
* Lectures on Dramatic Literature, ToL i-pr176.
OBERON, King of the Fairies.
TITANIA, Queen of the Fairies.
Puck, or ROBIN-GOODFELLOW, a Fairy.
Characters in the Interlude pe
formed by the Clowns.
Other Fairies attending their King and Queen.
Attendants on Theseus and Hippolyta.
SCENE, Athens, and a Wood not far from it.
Stand forth, Demetrius ;-My noble lord,
This man hath my consent to marry her:
This hath bewitch'd the bosom of my child :
Thou, thou, Lysander, thou hast given her rhymes Theseus.
And interchang'd love tokens with my child :
Thou hast by moon-light at her window sung,
Knacks, trifles, nosegays, sweet-meats; messengers
Turn'd her obedience, which is due to me,
Be it so she will not here before your grace
I beg the ancient privilege of Athens;
As she is mine, I may dispose of her:
Which shall be either to this gentleman,
Immediately provided in that case.
The. What say you, Hermia ? be advis'd, fair (Exit PaiLOSTRATE.
To you your father should be as a god;
One that compos'd your beauties ; yea, and one
To whom you are but as a form in wax,
To leave the figure, or disfigure it.
Her. So is Lysander.
In himself he is : The. Thanks, good Egeus : What's the news But, in this kind, wanting your father's voice, with thee?
The other must be held the worthier.
The. Rather your eyes must with his judgment
¿ luk, !!! ?old language, was used for a leader 4 Baubles, toys, trifles.
5 This line has a smack of legal common place. 3 The old copies read, 'This man hath bewitched.' Shakspeare is supposed to have been placed while a The alteration was made in the second folio for the sake boy in an attorney's ofice; at least he often displays of the metre ; but a redundant syllable at the commence that he was well acquainted with the phraseology of ment of a verse perpetually occurs in our old dramas. ' lawyers.
Her. I do entreat your grace to pardon me. Lys. How now, my love? Why is your cheek I know not by what power I am made bold;
so pale ?
How chance the roses there do ade so fast ?
Lys. Ah me! for aught that ever I could read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
But, either it was different in blood;
Lys. Or else it stood upon the choice of friends:
Her. O hell! to choose love by another's eye!
Lys. Or, if there were a sympathy in choice,
Swift as a shadow, short as any dream;
Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
Her. So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord, The jaws of darkness do devour it up;
So quick bright things come to confusion.
Her. If then true lovers have been ever cross'd,
It stands as an edict in destiny:
Because it is a customary cross;,
Wishes, and tears, poor fancy's' followers.
Lys. A good persuasion; therefore, hear me,
I bave a widow aunt, a dowager
Of great revenue, and she haih no child:
From Athens is her house remote seven leagues ; Dem. Relent, sweet Hermia ;-And, Lysander, And she respects me as her only son. yield
There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee; rhy crazed title to my certain right.
And to that place the sharp Athenian law
Ege. Scornful Lysander ! true, he hath my love, And in the wood, a league without the town
There will I stay for thee
My good Lysander!
By his best arrow with the golden head;
By the simplicity of Venus' doves;
And by that fire which burn'd the Carthage queen,"
By all the vows that ever men have broke,
In nuniber more than women ever spoke ;-
To-morrow truly will I meet with thee.
Lys. Keep promiso, love: Look, here comes
Her. God speed fair Helena! Whither away?
More tuneable than lark to shepherd's ear,
When wheat is green, when hawthorn buds appear. (Which by no means we may extenuate)
Sickness is catching; 0, were favour!! so!
Yours would I catch, fair Hermia, ere I go ;
My tongue should catch your tongue's sweet me-
lody. Against our nuptial; and confer with you Were the world mine, Demetrius being bated, of something nearly that concerns yourselves. The rest I'll give to be to you translated. 12 Ege. With duty and desire we follow you. [Exeunt Theseus, Hippolyta, Egeus, 7 Fancy is love. So afterwards in this play: DEMETRIUS, and Train.
"Fair Helena in fancy following me.' 8 Shakspeare forgot that Theseus performed his ex
ploits before the Trojan war, and consequently long be1 Ever.
Tore the death of Dido. 2 Earthlier happy for earthly happier, which Capel 9 Fair for fairness, beauty. Very common in writers proposed to substitute.
of Shakspeare's age. 3' As spotless is innocent, so spotted is wicked. 10 The lode-star is the leading or guling star, that is 4 Be tow, give, afford, or deign to allow.
the polar star. The magnet is for tit matintola o cal. 5 Momentary.
led the lode-stone. 6 Blackened, as with smut, coal, &c.; figuratively, 11 Countenance, feature. Junkened. See Othello, Act ii. Sc. 3.
12 i. e. changed, transformed