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Obe. How long within this wood intend you stay ?
Tita. Perchance, till after Theseus' 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 spare your haunts.
Obe. Give me that boy, and I will go with thee.
Tita. Not for thy kingdom.-Fairies, away: We shall chide down-right, if I longer stay.
[Exeunt TITANIA, and her train. Obe. Well, go thy way: thou shalt not from this
grove, Till I torment thee for this injury. My gentle Puck, come hither : Thou rememberst Since once I sat upon a promontory, And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin's back, Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, That the rude sea grew civil at her song ; And certain stars shot madly from their spheres, To hear the sea-maid's musick. Puck.
I remember. Obe. That very time I saw, (but thou could'st not,) Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid all arm’d: a certain aim he took At a fair vestal, throned by the west; And loos’d his love-shaft smartly from his bow, As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts : But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft Quench'd in the chaste beams of the wat’ry moo ; And the imperial vot’ress passed on, In maiden meditation, fancy-free.' Yet mark'd I where the bolt of Cupid fell:
* Exempt from love.
It fell upon a little western flower,
T Ere the leviathan can swim a league.
Puck. I'll put a girdle round about the earth In forty minutes.
[Erit Pude Obe. Having once this juice,
U I'll watch Titania when she is asleep, And drop the liquor of it in her eyes : The next thing then she waking looks upon, (Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull, On meddling monkey, or on busy ape,)
T She shall pursue it with the soul of love. And ere I take this charm off from her sight,
7 (As I can take it, with another herb,) l'll make her render
page to me. But who comes here? I am invisible;
T And I will over-hear their conference.
Enter DemetRIUS, HELENA following him.
Dem. I love thee not, therefore pursue me not. Where is Lysander, and fair Hermia? The one I'll slay, the other slayeth me. Thou told’st me, they were stol'n into this wood, And here am I, and wood a within this wood, Because I cannot meet with Hermia.
2 Mad, raving.
Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more.
Hel. You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant;
Dem. Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair?
? Hel. And even for that do I love
you am your spaniel ; and, Demetrius, he more you beat me, I will fawn on you : se me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me, Teglect me, lose me; only give me leave,
aworthy as I am, to follow you. • 'hat worser place can I beg in your love,
Ind yet a place of high respect with me,) han to be used as you use your dog?
Dem. Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit; For I am sick, when I do look on thee.
Hel. And I am sick, when I look not on you.
leave the city, and commit yourself
Hel. Your virtue is my privilege for that.
3 Bring in question.
Then how can it be said, I am alone,
Hel. The wildest hath not such a heart as you..
Dem. I will not stay thy questions; let me go ::
Hel. Ay, in the temple, in the town, the field,
[Exeunt Dem, and Hel. Obe. Fare thee well, nymph :. ere he do leave this:
grove, Thou shalt fly him, and he shall seek thy love.
Puck. Ay, there it is.
I pray thee, give it me. I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, Where ox-lips s and the nodding violet grows ; :
5 The greater cowslip.
Quite over-canopied with lush woodbine,
Another part of the Wood. :
Enter TITANIA, with her train.
A kind of dance: