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Bot. I had rather have a handful, or two, on And will, to-morrow midnight, soleinnly, dried pease. But, I pray you, let none of youi Dance in duke Theseus' house triumphantly, people stir me; I have an exposition of sleep! And bless it to all fair posterity: come upon me.

[arıns. There shall these pairs of faithful lovers be Queen. Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my 5 Wedded, with Theseus, all in jollity. Fairies, be gone, and be all ways away'.

Puck. Fairy king, attend and mark;. So doth the woodbine, the sweet honey-suckle, I do hear the morning lark. Gently entwist,--the female ivy so

Ob. Then, my queen, in silence sad, Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.

Trip we after the night's shade:
O, how I love thee! how I dute on thee!

We the globe can compass soon,
Oberon advances. Enter Puck.

Swifter than the wand'ring moon.
Ob. Welcome, good Robin. Seest thou this

Queen. Come, my lord; and in our flight, sweet sight?

Tell me how it came this night, Her dotage now I do begin to pity.

That I sleeping here was found, For meeting her of late, behind the wood,

With these mortals on the ground. [Ereunt. Seeking sweet savours for this hateful tool,

["ind horns within. I did upbraid her, and fall out with her:

Enter Theseus, Egeus, Hippolita, and train. For she his hairy temples then had rounded

The. Go, one of you, find out the forester; With coronet of fresh and fragrant Powers;

For now our observation is perform'd': And that same dew, which sometime on the buds|2014 od

And since we have the vawardt of the day, Was wont to swell, like round and orient pearls,

My love shall hear the musick of my hounds. — Stood now within the pretty flouret's eyes,

Uncouple in the western valley; go:
Like tears, that did their own disgrace bewail.
When I had, at my pleasure, taunted her,

Dispatch, I say, and find the forester.-
And she, in mild terms, begg'd my patience,

We will, fair queen, up to the mountain's top, I then did ask of her her changeling child;

And mark the musical confusion Which strait she gave me, and her fairy sent

Of hounds and echo in conjunction.

| Hip. I was with Hercules, and Cadmus, once, To bear him to my bower in fairy land.

When in a wood of Crete they bay'd the bear And, now I have the boy, I will undo This hateful imperfection of her eyes.

With hounds of Sparta: never did I hear

Such gallant chiding'; for, besides the groves, And, gentle Puck, take this transformed scalp

|The skies, the fountains, every region near From off the head of the Athenian swain;

Seem'd all one mutual cry; I never heard That he awaking when the others do,

So musical a discord, such sweet thunder. [kind, May all to Athens back again repair; And think no more of this night's accidents,

1 The. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan But as the fierce vexation of a dream.

"So flewd', so sanded, and their heads are hung But first I will release the fairy queen;

With ears that sweep away the morning dew;

Crook-knee'd, and dew-lap'd like Thessalian bulls; Be, as thou wast wont to be ;

Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouth like bells, [Touching her eyes with an herb. See, as thou was wont to see:

o Each under each. A cry more tuneable Dian's bud o'er Cupid's flower

Was never halloo'd to, nor cheer'd with horn, Hath such force and blessed power.

In Crete, in Sparta, nor in Thessaly: [are these? Now, my Titania; wake you, my sweet queen.

I Judge, when you hear.—But, soft; what nymphs

| Ege. My lord, this is my daughter here asleep; Queen. My Oberon! what visions have I seen! Methought I was enamoured of an ass.

Tan And this, Lysander; this Demetrius is;

This fielenä, old Nedar's Helena:
Ob. There lies your love.
Queen. How came these things to pass ?

I wonder at their being here together. (serve

| The. No doubt, they rose up early, to obOh, how mine eye doth loath his visage now! Ob. Silence, a while.- Robin, take off this

The rite of May; and hearing our intent, head.

150 Came here in grace of our solemnity.Titania, musick call; and strike more dead

But, speak, Egeus ; is not this the day. Than common sleep, of all these five the sense.

That Hermia should give answer of her choice?

Ege. It is, my lord. Queen. Musick, ho! musick; such as charmeth

The. Go, bid the huntsmen wake them with sleep.

[eyes peep. Puck. When thou awak'st, with thine own fool's155

their horns. Ob. Sound, musick. [Still musick.] Come, my Horns, and shout within; Demetrius, Lysander, queen, take hands with me,

| Hermia, and Helena, wake and start up. And rock the ground whereon these sleepers be. The. Good-morrow, friends. Saint Valentine is Now thou and I are new in amity;

1 (Begin these wood-birds but to couple now? (past; That is, disperse yourselves. ? i. e. grave or sober. 3 Meaning, the honours due to the morning of May. * Vawurd is an obsolete word signifying the fore-part. Chiding means sound. i.e. so mouthed. Flers are the large chaps of a deep-mouthed fround.

Lys. Lys. Pardon, my lord. They all kneel to The Dem. Why then, we are awake: let's follow The. I pray you all, stand up.

(stus. And, by the way, let us recount our dreams.{him; I know, you two are rival enemies;

[Excunt. llow comes this gentle concord in the world,

1 As they go out, Bottom awakes. That hatred is so far from jealousy,

! Bot. When my cue comes, call me, and I will To sleep by hate, and fear no enmity? Luis. My lord, I shall reply amazedly,

answer:--my next is, Most pair Pyrumus:-Hali 'sleep, half waking: But as yet, I swear,

Hey, ho!--Peter Quince! Flute the bellowsI cannot truly say how I came here:

mender! Snout the tinker ! Starveling! God's ply But, as I think, (for truly would I speak,-

Lollite! stol'n hence, and left me asleep! I have had And now I do bezhink me, so it is;)

a most rare vision. I have had a dream,- past the I came with Hermia hither: our intent [be

o wit of man to say what dream it was: Man is but Was, to be gone from Athens, where we might

v an ass, it be go about to expound this dream. Mie

thought I was—there is no man can tell what. Without the peril of the Athenian law. (enough;

Methought I was, and methought I had, But Ege. Enough, enough, my lord; you have 15 I beg the law, the law, upon his head.- (metrius,

q man is but a patch'd fool', if he will offer to say They would have stoln away, they woulu, De.

! what methought I had. The eye of man bath pot Thereby to have defeated you and me:

heard, the ear of man hath not seen ; man's hand You, of your wife; and ne, of my consent;

is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his Of my consent that she should be your wife.

lo heart to report, what my dream was. I will get

120 Dem. My lord, fair Helen to')me of their stealth,

Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream : it Of this their purpose hither, to tbis wood;

shall be call'd Bottom's Dream, because it hath no And I in fury hither follow'd them;

bottom; and I will sing it in the latter end of a Fair Helena in fancy' following me."

play, before the duke: Peradventure, to make it But, my good lord, I wot not by what power,

125 the moregracious, I shall sing it at her death .[Ex, (But by some power it is) y love to Hermia,

SCENE II. Melted as is the snow, seems to me now

Athens. Quince's House. As the remembrance of an idle gawd?,

Enter Quince, Flute, Snout, and Starocling. Which in my childhood I did doat upon:

Quin. Have you sent to Bottom's house? is he And all the faith, the virtue of my heart, The object and the pleasure of mine eye,

come home yet?

| Star. He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt Is only Helena. To her, my lord,

he is transported. Was I betroth'd ere I saw Hermia:

Flu. If he come not, then the play is marrid; But, like a sickness, did I loath this food:

it goes not forward, doth it? But, as in health, come to my natural taste,

Quin. It is not possible: you have not a man in Now do I wish it, love it, long for it,

Jall Athens, able to discharge Pyramus, but he. And will for evermore be true to it.

| Flu. No; he hath simply the best wit of any The. Fair lovers, you are fortunately met:

handy-craft man in Athens. Of this discourse we shall hear more anon.--Egeus, I will over-bear your will;

Quin. Yea, and the best person too: and he is

a very paramour for a sweet voice. For in this temple, by-and-by with us,

I Flu. You must say, paragon: a paramour is, These couples shall eternally be knit.

God bless us! a thing of nought.
And, for the morning now is something worn,
Our purpos'd hunting shall be set aside.

Enter Snug.
Away, with us, to Athens: Three and three, 145 Snug. Masters, the duke is coming from the
We'll hold a teast in great solemnity.- (train. Itemple, and there is two or three lords and ladies
Come, Hippolita. [Eic. Theseus, Flippolita, and more married: if our sport had gone forward, we

Dem. Thesethings seem small, andundistinguish l had all been made men'.
Like far-off mountains turned into ciouds. Īable, Flu. O sweet bully Bottom! Thus hath he lost

Her. Methinks I see these things with parted 50 six-pence a-day during his life; he could not have When every thing seems double.

reve, 'scaped six-pence a-day: an the duke had not Hel. So methinks:

Igiven him sixpence a-day for playing Pyramus, And I have tound Demetrius like a jewel,

I'll be hang'd; he would have deservd it: sixMine own, and not mine oun.

pence a-day, in Pyramus, or nothing. Dem. Are you sure

Entor Bottom. That we are awake?-- It seems to me,

Bot. Where are these lads? where are these That yet we sleep, we dream.-Do not you think, hearts? The duke was here, and bid us tollow him? | Quin. Bottom!--O most courageous day! O Her. Yea; and my father.

most happy hour! Hel And I lippolita.

160 Bot. Masters, I am to discourse wonders: but Lys. And he did bid us follow to the temple. ask me not what ; for, if I tell you, I am no true

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'Fancy here means lore or affection. ? See the note in p. 175. 3i. e. a fool in a party-coloured coat. “This should have been after death, i. e. after having died as Pyramus he would come again and sing the song. Meaning, we had all made our tortunes.

Athenian. Athenian. I will tell you every thing, right as it and the long is, our play is preferr'd. In any case, fell out.

llet Thisby have clean linen; and let not him, that Quin. Let us hear, sweet Bottom.

plays the lion, pare his nails, for they shall hang Bot. Not a word of me. All that I will tell out for the lion's claws. And, most dear actors, you, is, that the duke hath dined: Get your ap- 5 feat no onions nor garlick, for we are to utter parel together; good strings to your beards, new sweet breath; and I do not doubt but to hear ribbons to your pumps; meet presently at the pa-l them say, it is a sweet comedy. No more words; lace; every man look o'er his part; for the short away; go, away.


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To ease the anguish of a torturing hour? : The Palace.

Call Philostrate.

| Philost. Here, mighty Theseus. [evening? Lnter Theseus, Hippolita, Egeus, Philostrate, I TI, Say. what abridgment' have you for this Lords, c.

20 What mash? what musick? How shall we beguile Hip. 'TIS strange, my Theseus, that these The lazy time, if not with some delighit? lovers speak of.

[lievel | Philost. There is a brief, how many sports are The. More strange than true. I never may be

ripe; These antique fables, nor these fairy toys. Make choice of which your highness will see first. Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, 125

[Giving a paper. Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason'ever comprehends.

The. [reads.] “ The battle of the Centaurs, to The lunatick, the lover, and the poet,

be sung Are of imagination all compact':

“ By an Athenian eunuch to the harp." One sees more devils than vast hell can hold; 30 We'll none of that : that I have told my love, That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantick, In glory of my kinsman Hercules. Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt:

" The riot of the tipsy Bacchanals, The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, (heaven; "Tearing the Thracian singer in their rage." Doth glance from heaven to earth, froin earth to That is an old device; and it was play'd And, as inragination bodies forth

35 When I from Thebes came last a conqueror. The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen « The thrice three Muses mourning for the Turns them to slapes, and gives to airy nothing « Of learning, late deceas'd in beggary.”[death A local habitation and a name.

That is some satire, keen and critical', Such tricks hath strong imagination ;

Not sorting with a nuptial ceremony. That, if it would but apprehend some joy, 401“ A tedious brief scene of young Pyramus It comprehends some bringer of that joy;

“ And his love Thisbe; very tragical mirth.” Or, in the night imagining some fear,

Merry and tragical? Tedious and brief? How easy is a bush su ppos'd a bear?

|That is, hot ice, and wonderous strange snow. Hip. But all the story of the night told over, How shall we find the concord of this discord ? And all their minds transfigur'd so together, 45) Philost. A play there is, my lord, some ten More witnesseth than fancy's iinages,

words long; And grows to something of great constancy?: Which is as brief as I have known a play; But, howsoever, strange, and admirable.

But by ten words, my lord, it is too long; Enter Lysander, Demetrius, Hermia, & Helena. Which makes it tedious: for in all the play The. Here come the lovers, full of joy and 50 There is not one word apt, one player titted. mirth.

And tragical, my noble lord it is;
Joy, gentle friends! joy, and fresh days of love, For Pyramus therein doth kill himself.
Accompany your hearts !

Which, when I saw rehears'd, I must confess, Lijs. More than to us .

Made mine eyes water; but more merry tears Wait on your royal walks, your board, your bed! 55 The passion of loud laughter never shed. The. Come now; what masks, what dances | The. What are they, that do play it ? [here, shall we have,

| Philost. Hard-handed men, that work in Athens To wear away this long age of three hours, Which never labour'd in their minds 'till now; Between our after-supper, and bed time?

And now have toil'd their unbreath'd memories Where is our usual manager of mirth?

160 With this same play, against your nuptial. What revels are in hand? Is there no play, L The. And we will hear it.

ii. e. made up. ? i. e. consistency. 3 By abridgment Shakspeare here means a dramatick performance. i. e, a short account. Meaning, criticising, censuring. That is, unexercised memories.


Philost. No, my poble lor),

Enter Pyramus and Thisbe, Wall, Moonshine, It is not for you: I have heard it over,

and Lion, as in duinb shore. And it is nothing nothing in the world;

Prol. “ Gentles, perchance, you wonder at Unless you can find sport in their intents',

“this show; Extremely stretch'd, and conn’d with cruel pain, 51 “But wonder on, till truth make alltbingsplain. To do you service.

“ This man is Pyramus, if you would know; The. I will hear that play:

“ This beauteous lady Thisby is, certain. For never any thing can be amiss,

"This man, with lime and rough-cast,doth present When simpleness and duty tender it. [dies. 1 “Wall, that vile wall which did those lovers Go, bring them in ;-and take your places, la-101 “sunder:

Terit Philost. 1“* And through wall's chink, poor souls, they are Hin. I love not to see wretchedness o'ercharg'd,

“ content And duty in his service perishing.

I « To whisper; at which let no man wonder. The. Why, gentle sweet, you shall see no such “This man with lanthorn, dog, and bush of thorn, thing

115. “Presentetlı moon-shine: for, if you will know, Hip. He says, they can do nothing in this kind. “ By moon-shine did these lovers think no scorn The. The kinder we, to give them thanks for “To meet at Ninus' tomb, there, there to woo. nothing.

| “ This grisly beast, which by name lion hight, Our sport shall be, to take what they mistake:

for The trusty Thisby, coming first by night, And what poor duty cannot do,

120“ Did scare away, or rather did allright: Noble respect takes it in might?. not merit. “ And, as she fled, her mantle she did fall; Where I have come, great clerks have purposed “Which lion vile with bloody mouth did stain: To greet me with premeditated welcomes ;

" Anon comes Pyramus, sweet youth, and tall, Where I have seen them shiver, and look pale, “ And finds his trustv Thisby's mantle slain : Make periods in the midst of sentences,

125“ Whereat, with blade, with bloody blamefulblade, Throttle their practis'd accent in their fears,

“ He bravely broach'd his boiling bloody breast; And, in conclusion, dumbly have broke off, “ And Thisby, tarrying in mulberry shade, Not paying me a welcome: Trust me, sweet,

“ His dagger drew, and died. For all the rest, Out of this silence, vet, I pick'd a welcome;

“ Let lion, moon-shine, wall, and lovers twain, And in the modesty of fearful duty

1301" At large discourse, while here they do remain.” I read as much, as from the rattling tongue

[Ereunt all but Wall. Of saucy and audacious eloquence.

The. I wonder, if the lion be to speak. Love, therefore, and tongue-ty'd simplicity,

Dem. No wonder, my lord: one lion may, In least, speak most, to my capacity:

when many asses do.

135Wall. “In this same interlude, it doth befall, . Enter Philostrate.

“ That I, one Snout by name, present a wall: Philost. So please your grace, the prologue |“ And such a wall, as I would have you think, is addrest?

f" That had in it a cranny'd hole, or chink, The. Let him approach. [Flour. Trum.! ** Through which the lovers, Pyramus and Thisby,

1401“ Did whisper often very secretly. [shew · Enter the Prologue.

“ This lome, this rough-cast, and this stone, doth Prol. « If we offend, it is with our good-will. I " That I am that same wall; the truth is so:

“That you should think, wecome not to offend, " And this the cranny is, right and sinister, [per." “ But with good-will. To shew our simple skill, f. Through which the fearful lovers are to whise

"That is the true beginning of our end. 145 The. Would you desire lime and hair to speak Consider then, we come but in despite.

better? “ We do not come, as ininding to content you, Dem. It is the wittiest partition that ever I Our true intent is. All for your delight, I heard discourse, my lord. “ We are not here. That you should here re- The Pyramus draws near the wall: silence "pent you,


Enter Pyras. " The actors are at hand; and by their show, Pyr. O grim-look'd night! O night with hu You shall know all, that vou are like to know." . " so black!

The. This fellow doth not stand upon points. “ ( night, which ever art, when day is not! .

Lys. He hath rid his prologuelike a rough colt;}" ( night, 0 night, alack, alack, alack, he knows not the stop. A good moral, my lord : 551 “I tear my Thisby's promise is forgot! It is not enough to speak, but to speak true. I " And thou, O wall, o sweet, O lovely wall,

Hip. Indeed he hath play'd on this prologue, “ That stand'st between her father's ground like a child on a recorders: a sound, but not in

" and mine: government'.

f“ Thou wall, () wall, O sweet and lovely wall, The. His speech was like a tangled chain: 10-60 “ Shew me thy chink to blink through with thing impair'd, but all disordered. Who is next?! 1 " mine eyne.

'Intents here means the object of their attention. ? In might, is probably an elliptical expression for what might have been. i.e. ready. A kind of flute,”: Meaning, not regularly.

“ Thanks,

“ Thanks, courteous wall: Jove shield thee well) | The. A very gentle beast,andofa good conscience. “for this!

| Dem. The very best at a beast, my lord, that “ But what see [? No Thishy do I see.

e'er I saw. " () wicked wall, through whom I see no bliss; 1 | Lus. This lion is a very fox for his valour.

“ Curst be thy stones for thus deceiving me!" 5 The. True; and a goose for his discretion.

The. The wall, methinks, being sensible, should Dein. Not so, my lord: for his valour cannot curse again.'

carry his discretion; and the fox carries the goose, Pyr. No, in truth, sir, he should not. Deceit. The. Ilis discretion, I am sure, cannot carry ing me, is Thisby's cue; she is to enter now, and his valour; for the goose carries not the fox. It I ain to spy her through the wall. You shall see, 10 is well: leave it to his discretion, and let us listen it will fall pat as I told you: Yonder she comes. La the moon. Enter Thisby.

lloon. “ This lanthorn doth the horned moon “present:"

[head. This. “ ( wall, full often last thou heard my

Dom. Ile should have worn the horns on his “ moans,

115) The. He is no crescent, and his horns are in“ For parting my fair Pyramus and me:

visible within the circumference. “ My cherry lips have often kiss'd thy stones;

1 Aloon." This lanthorn doth the horned moon "Thy stones with lime and hair knit up in thee.”

“ present; Pyr: “ I see a voice: now will I to the chink,



" Myself the man i'th' moon do seem to be.” To spy an I can hear my Thisby's face. 1201 The. This is the greatest error of all the rest : . Thisby?

the man should be put into the lanthorn; How This.'« My love! thou art iny love, I think."|

lis it else the man i' the moon? Pyr. Think what thou wilt, I am thy lover's

| Dem. Ile dares not come there for the candle: grace; " And like Limander am I trusty still." skill.”lo.

for, you see, it is already in snutt'.

125 Hip. I am a-weary of this moon. Would, he This. And I like Ilelen, tiil the fates mel

15T would change!
Pur.“ Not Shafalus to Procrus was so true.”
This. “ As Shafalus to Procrus, I to you."

1 The. It appears, by his small light of discretion,

Ithat he is in ihe wane: but yet, in courtesy, in Pyr. “ O, kiss me through the hole of this

all reason, we must stay the time.

“ vile wall.”

Lall. 301 Lys. Proceed, moon.
This. " I kiss the wall's hole, not your lips ati t oon. All that I have to say is, to tell you,
Pyr. Wilt thou at Ninny's tomb meet me that the lanthorn is the moon; 1, the man in the
“ straightway?”

moon; this thorn-bush, my thorn-bush; and this This. Tide life, tide death, I come without

dog, my dog.

[so: 2-1"

Dem. Why all these should be in the lanthorn; Wall. Thus have I, wall, my part discharged

used for they are in the moon. But, silence; here “ And, being done, thus wall away doth go.”

comes Thisbe.
[Exeunt Wall, Pyramus, and Tlisbe.
The. Now is the mural down between the two

Enter Thisbe.
Dem. No remedy, my lord, when walls are so *|

re40 This. “This is old Ninny's tomb : Where is

“my love?” wilful to hear without warning.


Lion. “On” [The lion roars. Thisbe runs
Hip. This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard.

Dem. Well roar'd, lion.
The. The best in this kind are but shadows :

The. Well run, Thisbe. and the worst are no worse, if imagination amend as

Hip. Well shone, moon.--Truly, the moort them.

| shines with a good grace. Hip. It must be your imagination then, and! |

The. Well inous'd, lion.' not theirs. The. If we imagine no worse of them, than they oft |

Dem. And then came Pyramus. themselves, they may pass for excellentien. Here

Lys. And so the lion vanish’d.

"1501 come two noble beasts in, a moon and a lion.

Enter Pyramus.
Enter Lion and Moonshine.

Pyr.“ Sweet moon, I thank thee for thy sunny Lion. You, ladies, you, whose gentle hearts “ do fear .

[floor, | “Ithank thee, moon, for shining now so bright: “The smallest monstrous inouse that creeps on 55“ For, by thy gracious, golden, glittering streams, May now, perchance, both quake and tremblei “I trust to taste of truest Thisby's sight. “here,

“But stay ;-0 spight!' " When lion rough in wildest rage doth roar.

“ But mark ;-Poor knight, Then know, that I, as Snug the joiner, am

" What dreadful dole is here! “ A lion fell, nor else no lion's dan:

Eves, do you see? “ For if I should as lion come in strife

“ How can it be? “ Into this place, 'twere pity on my life.” 1

“ O dainty duck! O dear! ,

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