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Puck. Up and down, up and down, I can no further crawl, no further go;
I will lead them up and down :

My legs can keep no pace with my desires.
I am fear'd in field and town;

Here will I rest me, till the break of day,
Goblin, lead them up and down.

Heaven shield Lysander, if they mean a fray.
Here comes one.

(Lies down
Puck. On the ground

Sleep sound:
Lys. Where art thou, proud Demetrius ? speak

I'll apply
thou now.


your eye, Puck. Here, villain; drawn ready. Where

Gentle lover, remedy. art thou?

(Squrezing the juice on LYSANDER'S er Lys. I will be with thee straight.

When thou wak'st,
Follow me then

Thou tak'st
To plainer ground. [Exit Lys. as following the voice.

True delight

In the sight

of thy former lady's eye
Lysander! speak again.

And the country proverb known,
Thou runaway, thou coward, art thou fled ?

That every man should take his own,
Speak. In some bush? Where dost thou hide thy

In your waking shall be shown :

Jack shall have Jill;
Puck. Thou coward, art thou bragging to the stars,

Nought shall
Telling the bushes that thou look'st for wars, The man shall have his maro again, and all shall be
And wilt not come ? Come, recreant ; come, thou


[Erit Puck.-DEM. HEL. &-c. sleep.
I'll whip thee with a rod : He is defild,
That draws a sword on thee.


Yea; art thou there? SCENE I. The same. Enter Titania and Bot.
Puck. Follow my voice; we'll try no manhood

TOM, Fairies attending; OPERON behind unseen.

(Exeunt. Re-enter LysandER.

Tita. Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed,

While I thy amiable cheeks do coy,
Lys. He goes before me, and still dares me on ;
When I coine where he calls, then he is gone.

And stick musk-roses in thy sleek smooth head,

And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy. The villain is much lighter heeld than I :



Bot. Where's Peas-blossom?
I follow'd fast, but faster he did Ay;

Peas. Ready.
That fallen am I in dark uneven way,

Bot. Scratch my head, Peas-blossom.-Where's
And here will rest me. Come, thou gentle day!

monsieur Cobweb?
(Lies down.

Cob. Ready.
For if but once thou show me thy gray light, Bot. Monsieur Cobweb; good monsieur, get your
I'll find Demetrius, and revenge this spite. (Sleeps. weapons in your hand, and kill me a red-hipped
Re-enter Puck and DEMETRIUS.

humble-bee on the top of a thistle ; and, good monPuck. Ho, ho ! ho, ho!' Coward, why com’st sieur, bring me the honey-bag. Do not fret yourself thou not?

too much in the action, monsieur; and, good monDem. Abide me, if thou dar’st ; for well I wot, be loath to have you overflown with the honey-bag,

sieur, have a care the honey-bag break not; I would Thou runn'st before me, shifting every place;

signior. Where's monsieur Mustard-seed ?
And dar'st not stand, nor look me in the face.

Must. Ready.
Where art thou ?

Bot. Give me your neif,s monsieur Mustard-seci.
Come hither; I am here.

Pray you, leave
Dem. Nay, then thou mock'st me. Thou shalt

your courtesy, good monsieur.

Must. What's your will ?
buy this dear.2
If ever I thy face by day-light see :

Bot. Nothing, good monsieur, but to help ca

valero Cobweb to scratch. I must to the barber's, Now, go thy way. Faintness constraineth me

monsieur ; for, methinks, I am marvellous hairy To measure out my length on this cold bed.

about the face : and I am such a tender ass, if my By day's approach look to be visited.

hair do but tickle me, I must scratch. (Lies down and sleeps.

Tita. What, wilt thou hear some music, my Enter HELENA.

sweet love?
Hel. O weary night, O long and tedious night,

Bot. I have a reasonable good ear in music: lec
Abate thy hours: shine, comforts from the east; us have the tongs and the bones.
That I may back to Athens by day-light,

Tita. Or say, sweet love, what thou desir'st to eat.
From these that my poor company detest:--

Bot. Truly, a peck of provender; I could munch And, sleep, that sometimes shuts up sorrow's eye,

your good dry oats. Methinks, I have a great dea Suas me awhile from mine own company. [Sleeps. sire to a bottle of hay: good hay, sweet hay, hath Puck. Yet but three? Come one more ;

no fellow, Two of both kinds makes up four.

Tila. I have a venturous fairy that shall seek
Here she comes, curst and sad :-

The squirrel's hoard, and fetch thee new nuts.
Cupid is a knavish lad,

Bot. I had rather have a handful, or two, of drieit
Thus to make poor females inad.

peas. But, I pray you, let none of your people stir

me; I have an exposition of sleep come upon me. Enter HERMIA.

Tita. Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in
Her. Never so weary, never so in woe,

Fairies, be gone, and be all ways away.
Bedabbled with the dew, and torn with briars; So doth the woodbine, the sweet honeysuckle,

Gently entwist,--the female ivy so
1 This exclamation would have been uttered with
more propriety by Puck, if he were not now playing an wood's Epigrams, or Three Hundred Proverbs.
assumed character, which he seems to forget. In the vens thinks we should read still instead of well, for the
old song printed by Percy, in which all his gambols are sake of the rhyme.
related, he concludes every stanza with ho! ho! ho ! 4 To coy, is to stroke or soothe with the hand. The
It was also the established dramatic exclamation given behaviour of Titania on this occasion seems cupied from
to the devil whenever he appeared on the stage, and at that of the lady in Apuleius, lib. viii.
tributed to him whenever he appeared in reality. 5 That is fist. So in K. Henry iy. Part II. Pistol

2 Johnson says, the poet perhaps wrote, thou shalt says: 'Sweet knight, I kiss thy neif.'
by this dear; as in another place, thou shalt aby it.' 6 The old rough rustic music of the longs. The folio
3 These three last lines are to be

Hay. has this stage direction : "Musicke Tongs, Rurall Musia'





my arms



Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.

And since we have the vaward of the day, O, how I love thee! how I dote on thee ! My love shall hear the music of my hounds.

(They sleep. Uncouple in the western valley; go :

Despatch, I say, and find the forester.-
OBERON advances. Enter Puck.

We will, fair queen, up to the mountain's top, Obe. Welcome, good Robin. See'st thou this And mark the musical confusion sweet sight?

Or hounds and echo in conjunction. Her dotage now I do begin to pity.

Hip. I was with Hercules, and Cadmus, once, For meeting her of late behind the wood,

When in a wood of Crete they bay'd the bear Seeking sweet savours for this hateful fool,

With hounds of Sparta: never did I hear I did upbraid her, and fall out with her :

Such gallant chiding;' sor, besides the groves, For she his hairy temples then had rounded The skies, the fountains, every region near With coronet of fresh and fragrant flowers;

Seem'd all one mutual cry: I never heard And that same dew, which sometime on the buds So musical a discord, such sweet thunder. Was wont to swell, like round and orient pearls,

The. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind, Stood now within the pretty flourets' eyes,

So flew'd, so sanded ;' and their heads are hung Like tears, that did their own disgrace bewail. With ears that sweep away the morning dew; When I had, at my pleasure, taunted her,

Crook-knee'd, and dew-lapp'd like Thessalian bulls; And she, in mild terms, begg'd my patience, Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouth like bells, I then did ask of her her changeling child;

Each under each. A cry more tuneable Which straight she gave me, and her fairy sent

Was never holla'd to, nor cheer'd with horn, To bear him to my bower in fairy land.

In Crete, in Sparta, nor in Thessaly : And now I have the boy, I will undo

Judge, when you hear.—But, soft; what nymphs 'This hateful imperfection of her eyes.

are these? And, gentle Puck, take this transformed scalp Ege. My lord, this is my daughter here asleep : From off the head of this Athenian swain ; And this, Lysander; this Demetrius is; That he awaking when the other do,

This Helena, old Nedar's Helena: May all to Athens back again repair;

I wonder of their being here together. And think no more of this night's accidents,

The. No doubt, they rose up early, to observe But as the fierce vexation of a dream.

The rite of May; and, hearing our intent, But first I will release the fairy queen.

Came here in grace of our solemnity:Be, as thou wast wont to be.

But, speak, Egeus ; is not this the day [Touching lier eyes with an herb. That Hermia should give answer of her choice ? See, as thou wast wont to see :

Ege. It is, my lord. Dian's bud' o'er Cupid's flower

The. Go, bid the huntsmen wake them with their Hath such force and blessed power.

horns. Now, my Titania; wake you, my sweet queen,

Horns, and shout within. DEMETRIUS, LYSANDER, Tita. My Oberon! what visions have I seen! HERMIA, and HELENA, wake and start up. Methought I was enamour'd of an ass.

The. Good-morrow, friends. Saint Valentine is Obe. There lies your love.

past; Tita.

How came these things to pass ? Begin these wood-birds but to couple now?
O, how mine eyes do loathe his visage now! Lys. Pardon, my lord.
Obe. Silence, a while.--Robin, take off this head.-

[He and the rest kneel to THESEUS Titania, music call; and strike more dead


I pray you all, stand up Than common sleep, of all these five the sense. I know you are two rival enemies; Tita. Music, ho! music; such as charmeth How comes this gentle concord in the world, slecp.

That hatred is so far from jealousy, Puck. Now, when thou wak’st, with thine own To sleep by hate, and fear no enmity? fool's eyes peep.

Lys. My lord, I shall reply amazedly, Obe. Sound, music[Still music.] Come, my Halt 'sleep, half waking : But as yet, I swear, queen, take hands with me,

I cannot truly say

how I came here : And rock the ground whereon these sleepers be.

But, as I think, (for truly would I speak,Now thou and I are new in amity ;

And now I do bethink me, so it is ;) And will, to-morrow midnight, solemnly,

I came with Hermia hither : our intent Dance in Duke Theseus' house triumphantly,

Was to be gone from Athens, where we might be And bless it to all fair posterity:


the peril of the Athenian law. There shall the pairs of faithful lovers be

Ege. Enough, enough, my lord; you have enough: Wedded, with Theseus, all in jollity.

I beg the law, the law, upon his head.
Puck, Fairy king, amend and mark ;

They would have stol'n away, they would, Demetrius, I do hear the morning lark.

Thereby to have defeated you and me:
Obe. Then, my queen, in silenco sad, You, of your wife ; and me, of my consent ;
Trip we after the night's shade :

Of my consent that she should be your wife.
We the globe can compass soon,

Dem. My lord, fair Holen told me of their stealth, Swifter than the wand'ring moon.

of this their purpose hither, to this wood; Tita. Come, my lord; and in our flight,

And I in fury hither followed them; Tell me how it came this night,

Fair Helena in fancyi" following me. That I sleeping here was found,

But, my good lord, I wot not by what power With these mortals on the ground. (Exeunt. (But by some power it is), my love to Hermia,

(Horns sound within. Melted as doth the snow, seems to me now Enter THESEUS, HIPPOLYTA, EGEUS, and Train. As the remembrance of an idle gawd," The. Go, one of you, find out the forester ;

Which in my childhood I did dote upon : For now our observation is perform’d:5

5 i. e. the honours due to the morning of May. Soin | Steevens says, what Shakspeare seems to mean is a former scene to do observance to a morn of May.' this. So the woodbine, i. e. the sweet honeysuckle doth 6 Forepart gently entwist the barky fingers of the elm, and so doth 7 Chiding means here the cry of hounds. To chide the female ivy enring the same fingers.

is used sometimes for to sound, or make a noise, without 2 This was the phraseology of the time. So in K. any reference to scolding. Henry IV. Part I.-- and unbound the rest, and then Ś The flews are the large chaps of a deep-inoutbed came in the other.'

hound. 3 Dian's bud is the bud of the Agnus Castus, or 9 Sanded means of a sandy colour, which is ore of Chaste Tree. "The vertue of this hearbe is, thai he the true denotement of a blood-hound. will kepe man and woman chaste."

10 Fancy is here love or affec!ion, and is opposed to 4 Sad here signifies ooly grave, serious.


Il Tor.

you sure

And all the faith, the virtue of my heart,

Quin. Yea, and the best person too: and he is a The object, and the pleasure of mine eye,

very paramour, for a swert voteg. Is on.y Helena. To her, my lord,

Flu. You must say, paragon: a paramour is.
Was I betroth'd ere I saw Hermia:

God bless us, a thing of noughi.
But, like in sickness, did I loathe this food :

Enter Snug.
But, as in health, come to my natural taste,
Now do I wish it, love it, long for it,

Snug. Masters, the duke is coming from the tem
And will for evermore be true to it.

ple, and there is two or three lords and ladies more The. Fair lovers, you are fortunately met: married : if our sport had gone forward, we had ali Of this discourse we more will hear anon.

been made men. Egeus, I will overbear your will;

Flu. O sweet bully Bottom! Thus hath he lost For in the temple, by and by with us,

sixpence a-day during his life; he could not have These couples shall eternally be knit.

'scaped sixpence a-day: an the duke had not given And, for the morning now is something worn, him sixpence a-day for playing Pyramus, I'll be Our purpos'd hunting shall be set aside.

hang’d; he would have deserved it: sixpence a-day,
Away, with us, to Athens : Three and three, in Pyramus, or nothing.)
We'll hold a feast in great solemnity.

Come, Hippolyta.

Bot. Where are these lads? where are these hearts?
(Ereunt The. Hip. Ege. and Train.
Dem. These things seem small and undistinguish- happy hour!

Quin. Bottom !-0 most courageous day! O most able, Like far-off' mountains turned into clouds.

Bot. Masters, I am to discourse wonders : but Her. Methinks, I see these things with parted eye, Athenian. I will tell you every thing, right as it

ask me not what; for, if I tell you, I am no true When every thing seems double.

fell out.

So methinks:
And I have found Demetrius like a jewel,

Quin. Let us hear, sweet Bottom.

Bot. Not a word of me. All that I will tell you, Mine own, and not mine own.'

is, that the Duke hath dined: Get your apparel 10Dem.

That we are awake? It seems to me,

gether; good strings to your beards, new ribbons lo That yet we sleep, we dream.—Do not you think,

your pumps; meel presently at the palace; every The duke was here, and bid us follow hiin?

man look o'er his part; for, the short and the long

is, our play is preferred. In any case, let Thishy Her. Yea; and my father. Hel.

And Hippolyta.

have clean linen; and let not lim, that plays the Lys. And he did bid us follow to the temple.

lion, pare his nails, for they shall hang out for the Dem. Why then, we are awake: let's follow him; Lion's claws. And, most dear actors, eat no onions,

nor garlick, for we are to utter sweet breath ; and I And, by the way, let us recount our dreams.


do not doubt, but to hear them say, it is a sweet

comedy. No more words; away; go, away. As they go out, Bottom awakes.

[Ereunt. Bot. When my cue comes, call_me, and I will

ACT V. answer :-my next is, Most fair Pyramus.--Hey, ho!-Peter Quince! Flute, the bellows-mender! SCENE I. The same. An Apartment in the Palace Snout, the tinker! Starveling! God's my life! stolen of Theseus. Enter THESEUS, HIPPOLYTA, Phihence, and left me asleep! I have had a most rare

LOSTRATE, Lords, and Attendants. vision. I have had a dream,-past the wit of man

Hip. 'Tis strange, my Theseus, that these lovers
to say what dream it was : Man is but an ass, if he
go about to expound this dream. Methought I was

speak of.
-there is no man can tell what. Methought I was, These antique fables, nor these fairy toys.

The. More strange than true. I never may believe
and methought I had,-But man is but a patched
, if he will offer to say what methought I had. Lovers, and madmen, have such seething brains,

Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath More than cool reason ever comprehends.
not seen; man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue The lunatick, the lover, and the poet,
to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my
I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of One sees more devils than vast hell can hold;

Are of imagination all compact :S
this dream; it shall be called Bottom's Dream, be- That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantick,
cause it hath no bottom; and I will sing it in the Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt:
latter end of a play, before the duke : Peradventure, The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
to make it the more gracious, I shall sing it at her Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth 10

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heaven; SCENE II. Athens. A Room in Quince's House. And, as imagination bodies forth Enter QUINCE, FLUTE, SNOUT, and STARVE- The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen

Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing Quin. Have you sent to Bottom's house? is he A local habitation, and a name.

Such tricks hath strong imagination ; come home yet?

Star. He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt, he That, if it would but apprehend some joy,
is transported.

It comprehends some bringer of that joy;
Fiu. If he come not, then the play is marred; How easy is a bush suppos’d a bear?

Or, in the night, imagining some fear,
It goes not forward, doth it?
Quin. It is not possible : you have not a man in

Hip. But all the story of the night told over, al! Athens able to discharge Pyramus but he.

And all their minds transfigur'd so together, Flu. No ; he hath simply the best wit of any More witnesseth than fancy's images,

And handicraft man in Athens.

grows to something of great constancy ;*

But, howsoever, strange and admirable. 1 Helena, perhaps, means to say, that having found Demetrius unerpectedly, she considered her property 3 Steevens says that Preston, the actor and author of in him as insecure as that which a person has in a jewel Cambyses, was meant to be ridiculed here. The queen that he has found by accident, which he knows not having bestowed a pension on him of twenty pounds a whether he shall retain, and which therefore may pro- year for the pleasure she received from his acting in the perly enough be called his own and not his own. War. play of Dido, at Cambridge, in 1564. burton proposed to read gemell, i. e. double; and it has

4 So in the Tempest: also been proposed to read gimmal, which signifies a

thy brains, pouble ring.

Now useless, boiled within thy skull." 2 Theobald conjectured, happily brough, that we 5 i. e. are made of mere imagination. should readó after death.'

6 i. e. consistency, stability, certainty.




it is speelt

Enter LYSaxIER, DEMETRIUS, HERMIA, and For never any thing can be amiss,

When simpleness and duty tender it
Pre. Here come the lovers, full of joy and Go, bring them in ;---and take your places, ladies,

[Exit PHILOSTRATE Joy, gentle friends ! joy, and fresh days of love,

Hip. I love not to see wretchedness o'ercharg'd,
Accompany your hearts !

And duty in his service perishing.
More than to us

The. Why, gentle sweet, you shall see no such
Wait on your royal walks, your board, your bed!

thing. Thc. Come now; what masks, what dances shall

Hip. He says they can do nothing in this kind. we have,

The. The kinder we, to give them thanks for no To wear away this long age of three hours,

thing. Between our after-supper, and bed time? Our sport shall be, to take what they mistake: Where is our usual manager of mirth?

And what poor duty cannot do, What revels are in hand ? Is there no play,

Noble respect takes it in might, not merit." To ease the anguish of a torturing hour?

Where I have come, great clerks have purposed Call Philostrate.

To greet me with premeditated welcomes ; Philost. Here, mighty Theseus. Where I have seen them shiver and look pale, The. Say, what abridgment' have you for this Make periods in the midst of sentences, evening?

Throttle their practis'd accent in their fears, What mask? what music? How shall we beguile And, in conclusion, dumbly have broke off, The lazy time, if not with some delight?

Not paying me a welcome : Trust me, sweet,

And in the modesty of fearful duty
Make choice of which your highness will see first. I read as much, as from the rattling tongue

(Giving a paper.

Of saucy and audacious eloquence.
The. (Reads.) The battle with the Centaurs, to be Love, therefore, and tongue-tied simplicity,

In least speak most, to my capacity.
By an Athenian eunuch to the harp.

We'll none of that: that have I told my love, Philost. So please your grace, the prologue 19
In glory of my kinsman Hercules.

addrest, The riot of the tipsy Bacchanals,

The. Let him approach. [Flourish of trumpets.
Tearing the Thracian singer in their rage.
That is an old device; and it was play'd

Enter Prologue.
When I frum Thebes came last a conqueror.

Prol. If we offend, it is with our good will. The thrice three Muses mourning for the death

That you should think we come not to offend, Of learning, late deceas'd in beggary

But with good-will. To shew our simple skill, That is some satire, keen, and critical,

That is the true beginning of our end. Not sorting with a nuptial ceremony.

Consider then, we come but in despite. A tedious brief scene of young Pyramus,

We do not come as minding to content you, And his love Thisbe : very tragical mirth.

Our true intent is. All for your delight, Merry and tragical! Tedious and brief!

We are not here. That you should here repent you. That is, hot ice, and wonderous strange snow.

The actors are at hand : and, by their show, How shall we find the concord of this discord ? You shall know all, that you are like to know. Philost. A play there is, my lord, some ten words

The. This fellow doth not stand upon points.

Lys. He hath rid his prologue, like a rough colt,
Which is as brief as I have known a play; he knows not the stop. A good moral, my lord : It
But by ten words, my lord, it is too long; is not enough to speak, but to speak true.
Which makes it tédious: for in all the play

Hip. Indeed he hath played on this prologue like
There is not one word apt, one player fitted.

a child on a recorder ;10'a sound, but not in governAnd tragical, my noble lord, it is ;

ment. 11 For Pyramus therein doth kill himself


The. His speech was like a tangled chain; noWhich, when I saw rehears'd, I must confess,

thing impaired, but all disordered, "Who is next? Made mine eyes water; but more merry tears Enter Pyramus and Thrsbe, Wall, Moonshine, The passion of loud laughter never shed.

and Lion, as in dumb show. The. What are they that do play it? Philost. Hard-handed men, that work in Athens

Prol. " Gentles, perchance, you wonder at this

show; here,

“But wonder on, till truth make all things plain. Which never labour'd in their minds till now;

“ This man is Pyramus, if you would know; And now have toild their unbreath'd' memories With this same play, against your nuptial.

“ This beauteous lady Thisby is, certain.

“ This man, with lime and rough-cast doth present The. And we will hear it. Philost.

“Wall, that vile wall which did these lovers sunNo, my noble lord,

der: It is not for you: I have heard it over,

" And through wall's chink, poor souls, they are And it is nothing, nothing in the world: Unless vru can find sport in their intents,


“ To whisper; at the which let no man wonder.
Extremely stretch'd, and conn'd with cruel pain, “ This man, with lantern, dog, and bush of thorn
To do you service.
I will hear that play;

“ Presenteth moon-shine ; for, if you will know,

By moon-shine did these lovers think no scorn i Steevens thought, that by abridgment was meant 6 Intents may be put for the object of their attention a dramatic performance which crowds the events of To intend and to attend were anciently synonymous. years into a few hours. Surely the context seems to 7 The sense of this passage appears to be :-"What require a different explanation ; an abridgment appears dutifulness tries to perform without ability, regardful ge to mean some pastime to shorten the tedious evening. nerosity receives with complacency; estimating it, not 2 Short account.

by the actual merit, but according to the power or might 3 This may be an allusion to Spenser's poem: «The of the humble but zealous performers.? Tears of the Muses on the Neglect and Contempt of 8 Ready. Learning;' first printed in 1591.

9 Auciently the prologue entered after the third sound+ It is thought that Shakspeare alludes here to 'cering of the trumpets, or, as we should now say, after the tain good hearted men of Coventry,' who petitioned that third music. they mought renew their old storial shew before the 10 A kind of flageolet. To record anciently sigrified Queen at Kenilworth: where the poet himself may have to modulate; perhaps the name arose from birds being Deen present, as he was then twelve years old. taught to record by it. 5 i. e. unexercised, unpractised.

11 i. e. not regularly, according to the time.

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“ To moct at Ninus' tomb, there, there to woo. This, “I kiss the wall's hole, not your lips at all." “ This ynsly beast, which by name lion hight,' Pyr. “Wit thou al Ninny's tomb meet me " The trusty Thisby, coming first by night,

straightway?“ Did scare away, or rather did affright

This. “ Tide lite, tide death, I come without " And, as she Hed, her mantle she did fall;

delay.". " Which lion

vile with bloody mouth did stain : Wall. “ Thus have I, wall, my part discharged so; “ Anon comes Pyramus, swee youth, and tall, “ And, being done, thus wall away doth " And finds his trusty Thisby's mantle slain :

{Ereunt Wall, PYRAMUS, and Thisbe. “Whereat with blade, with bloody blameful blade, The. Now is the mural down between the two

“ He bravely broach'd his boiling bloodly breast; neighbours. " And, Thisby, tarrying in mulberry shade,

Dem. No remedy, my lord, when walls are so “ His dagger drew, and died. For all the rest, wilful to hear without warning:3 “Let lion, moon-shine, wall, and lovers twain, Hip. This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard. " At large discourse, while here they do remain." The. The best in this kind are but shadows : and

(Ereunt Prol. Thisbe, Lion, and Moonshine. the worst are no worse, if imagination amend them The. I wonder, if the lion be to speak.

Hip. It must be your imagination then, and not Dem. No wonder, my lord: one lion may, when theirs. many asses do.

The. If we imagine no worse of them, than they Wall. “ In this same interlude, it doth befall, of themselves, they may pass for excellent men. “ That I, one Snout by name, present a wall: Here come two noble beasts in, a moon* and a lion. “ And such a wall, as I would have you think,

Enter Lion and Moopshine. “ That had in it a cranny'd hole, or chink,

Lion. “ Through which the lovers, Pyramus and Thisby,

You, ladies, you, whose gentle hearts do

fear ' Did whisper often very secretly,

“ The smallest monstrous mouse that creeps on “ This loam, this rough-cast, and this stone, doth

"That I am that same wall; the truth is so :

“May now, perchance, both quake and tremblo " And this the cranny is, right and sinister,

here, « Through which the fearful lovers are to whisper." “ Then know, that'ì, one Snug the joiner, am

"When lion rough in wildest

doth roar.

The. Would you desire lime and hair to speak “No lion fell, nor else no lion's dam:

Dem. It is the wittiest partition that ever I heard Into this place, 'twere pity on my life.”

“ For if I should as lion come in strife
discourse, my lord.

The. A very gentle beast, and of a good con. The. Pyramus draws near the wall : silence !

science Enter PYRAMUS.

Dem. The very best at a beast, my lord, that e'er Pyr. “ ( grim-look'd night! 0 night with hue I saw. so black į

Lys. This lion is a very fox for his valour. “O night, which ever art, when day is not ! The. True ; and a goose for his discretion. “O nighi, Ó night, alack, alack, alack,

Dem. Not 'so, my lord: for his valour cannot "I fear my Thisby's promise is forgot !-

carry his discretion; and the fox carries the goose, " And thou, 0 wall, O sweet, O lovely wall, The. His discretion, I am sure, cannot carry his " That stand'st between her father's ground and valour; for the goose carries not the fox. It is

well: leave it to his discretion, and let us listen to wall, O sweet, and lovely wall,

the moon. “ Show me thy chínk, to blink through with mine Moon. “ This lantern doth the horned moon pre eyne. (Wall holds up his Fingers.

sent :" " Thanks, courteous wall: Jove shield thee well Dem. He should have worn the horns on his head. for this!

The. He is no crescent, and his horns are invi“ But what see I? No Thisby do I see.

sible within the circumference. " O wicked wall, through whom I see no bliss : Moon. “ This lantern doth the horned moon “Curst be thy stones for thus deceiving me !"

present : The. The wall, methinks, being sensible, should "Mvself the man i'the'moon do seem to be." curse again.

The. This is the greatest error of all the rest: the Pyr. No, in truth, sir, he should not. Deceiving man should be put into the lantern : How is it else me, is Thisby's cue: she is to enter now, and I am the man i'the moon ? to spy her through the wall. You shall see, it will Dem. He dares not come there for the candle ; fall pat as I told you :-Yonder she comes. for, you see, it is already in snuff."

Hip. I am aweary of this moon: Would he Enter ThisBE.

would change! This. O wall, full often hast thou heard my The. It appears, by his small light of discretion, moans,

that he is in the wane: but yet, in courtesy, in all “ For parting my fair Pyramus and me:

reason, we must stay the time. “My cherry lips have often kiss'd thy stones: Lyr. Proceed, moon.

“ Thy stones with lime and hair knit up in thee.” Moon. All that I have to say, is, to tell you, that Pyr." I see a voice : now will I to the chink, the lantern is the moon; 1, the man in the moon;

“To spy an I can hear my Thisby's face. this thorn bush, my thorn bush; and this dog my " Thisby!”

dog. This." My love! thou art my love, I think." Dem. Why, all these should be in the lantern; Py:. “Think what thou wilt, I am thy lover's for they are in the moon. But silence ; here comes grace ;

* And like Limander? am I trusty still,”

Thuis." And I like Helen, till the fates me kill.”
Pyr. “Not Shafalus to Procrus was so true.” This. “ This is old Ninny's tomb: Where is my
This. “As Shafalus to Procrus, I to you."

love ?"
Pyr. O, kiss me through the hole of this vile Lion. “ Oh."

[The Lion roars.

8.-THISRE runs off. 1 Called.

dowon, were it to exercise this faculty without previous 2 Limander and Helen, blunderingly for Leander and warning. Hero, as Shafalus and Prucrus for Cephalus and Pro.

4 The old copies read, a man, &c. The emendation cris,

is by Theobaldi. 3 This allu.les to the proverb, "Walls have ears.' A

5 An equivoque, Smif signifies both the cinder of a wall between almost any two neighbours would soon be candle and hasty anger.


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