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Queen. What, jealous Oberon ? Fairies, skip hence, I have forsworn his bed arid company.
Ober. Why should Titania cross her Oberon ?
I do but beg a little changeling boy.
Queen. The Fairy land buy's not the child of me;
His mother was a votress of my order,
And in the spiced Indian air by night
Full often she hath gossipt by my side;
But she being moital, of that boy did die,
And for her sake I do rear up her child,
And for her sake I will not part with him.
Ober. How long within this wood intend you stay
Queer. Perchance, 'till after Tbeseus' wedding-day,
If you will patiently dance in our round,
And see our moon-light revels go with us :
If not, shun me, and I will sj are your haunts.
Ober. Give me that boy, and I will go with thee.
Queen. Not for thy Fairy kingdom. Elves away.
O'er tbe smootb enamelid green,
W.bere no print of step butb been,
Follow me as I sing,
And touch tbe warbled string:
[E.reunt Queen and train.
Ober. Well, go thy way: thou shall not from this grove
Till I torment thee for this injury-
My gentle Puck, come hither; thou remember'st
I shew'd thee once a flower, fetch me that herb.
The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid,
Will make a man or woman madly doat
Upon the next live creature that it sees.
Puck. I'll put a girdle round about the earth In forty minutes.
[Exit Puck. Ober. Having once this juice, I'll watch Titania when she is asleep, And drop the liquor of it in her eyes : The next thing which she waking looks upon, She shall pursue it with the soul of love; (And ere I take this charm from off her sicht (As I can take it with another herb) I'll make her iender up her page to me.
Come follow, follow me
re fairy elves tbat be,
D'er tops of dewy grass,
So nimbly do we pass,
Tbe young and tender stalk
Ne'er bends wbere we do walk.
A CT II, S CE N E 1.
An open plain bordered witb wood.
HO comes here? I am invisible,
And I will hear their conference.
Enter DEMETRIUS, HELENA following bim.
Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more.
You do impeach your modesty too much,
To leave the city, and commit yourself
Into the hands of one that loves you not,
To trust the opportunity of night,
And the ill counsel of a desart place,
Helen. It is not night when I do see your face,
Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company,
For you, in my respect, are all the World.
Deme. I'll run from thee and hide me in the braker, And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts.
Helen. The wildest hath not such a heart as you ;
Run when you will the story shall be chang'd;
Apollo flies, and Dapbne holds the chase.
Deme. I will not stay thy questions, let me go,
Or if you follow me, do not believe
But I shall do thee mischief in the wood.
Love made the lovely Venus burn,
In vain, and for the cold youth mourn ;
A youth as cold as you, but be
At least pursued no other sbe.
So bave I seen tbe lost Clouds parr,
Into tbe sea a useless shower,
And tbe vexed sailors curse the rain,
For wbich poor sbepberds pray'd in virt.
[Exeunt Dem, and Hele
Ober, Fare thee well, nymph, ere he doth leave this
grove, Thou shalt fly him, and he shall seek thy love,
Welcome wanderer, hast thou the flower there.
Puck. Ay, there it is.
Ober. I pray thee give it me;
I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows,
Th re sleeps Titania, some time of the night;
I with the juice of this will streak her eyes,
And make her full of hateful fantasies,
Take thou some of it, and seek thro' this grove;
A sweet Athenian lacły is in love
With a disdainful vouth ; anoint his eyes,
But do it when the next thing he espies
May be the lady. Thou shalt koow the mari,
Pv the Atbeniun garments he hath on, :
Effect it with some care, that he may prove
More fond of her, than sha upon laer love.
Enter QUEEN witb ber Train.
Come, now a roundel, and a Fairy song:
Then for a third part of a minute hence,
Some to kill cankers in the musk-rose-buds,
Some war with rear-mice for their leathern wings,
To make my small elves coats : And some keep back
The clamorous owl, that nig!lly hoots, and wonders
At our queint spirits.
You spotted snakes with double tongue,
Tborny bedg bogs, be not seen,
Newts and blind worms do no wrong,
Come not near the Fairy Queen.
Phiiomel witb melody,
Sing in your sweet lullaby :
Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby,
Never barm, nor spell nor charm,
Come tbe Fairy's pillow nigh,
So good night with lullaby.
Weiving spiders come not bere ;
Hence, you long-legg'd spinners, bence :
Beetles black approach not near,
Worm nor snail do no offence.
Philomel witb melody
Sing in your sweet lullaby.
Lulia, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby,
Never barm, not spell nor charm
Come the Fairy's pillow nigb,
So good night with lullaby.
Ober. What thou seest when thou dost wake
Do it for thy true love take ;
Love and languish for his sake :
Be it ounce, or cat, or bear,
Pard, or boar, with bristled hair,
In thy eye what shall appear,
When thou wak'st it is thy dear;
Wake when some vile thing is nea..
[OBERON squeezes the juice on her eyes and Exit.
Enter LYSANDER and HERMIA.
Fair love, you're faint with wandering in the wood;
And, to speak truth, I have forgot our way : We'll rest us, Hermia; if thou think it good,
And tarry for the comfort of the day.
Her. Be't so, Lysander ; find you out a bed, For I upon this bank will rest my head,
Lys. One turf shall seive as pillow for us both, One heart, one bed, two bosoms, and one tioth.
Not the silver doves thut fly,
roak'd in Cytherea's car ;
Are so beauteous to the eye,
Are so cboicely match'd by far.
Not tbe wings that bear aloft
Tbe gay sportive God of love,
Are so lovely bright and soft.
Or with more consent do move,
Lys. There will I lie ; sleep give thee all his rest.
Her. With half that wish, the wisher's eyes be prest.
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