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A MIDSUMMER-NIGHT'S DREAM.] This play was entered at Stationers' Hall, O&. 8, 1600, by Thomas Fisher. It is probable that the hint for it was received from Chaucer's Knight's Tale.
There is an old black letter pamphlet by W. Bettie, called Titana and Thefeus, entered at Stationers' Hall, in 1608; but Shakspeare has taken no hints from it. Titania is alfo the name of the Queen of the Fairies in Decker's Whore of Babylon, 1607. STEEVENS.
The Midfummer-Night's Dream I fuppofe to have been written in 1592. See An attempt to ascertain the order of Shakspeare's Plays, Vol. II. MALONE.
Philoftrate, Mafter of the Revels to Thefeus.
Quince, the Carpenter.
Snug, the Joiner.
Bottom, the Weaver.
Flute, the Bellows-mender.
Starveling, the Tailor.
Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Thefeus.
Hermia, Daughter to Egeus, in love with Lyfander. Helena, in love with Demetrius.
Oberon, King of the Fairies.
Titania, Queen of the Fairies.
Puck, or Robin-goodfellow, a Fairy.
Characters in the Interlude
Other Fairies attending their King and Queen. Attendants on Thefeus and Hippolyta. SCENE, Athens, and a Wood not far from it. The enumeration of perfons was first made by Mr. Rowe.