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Dem. Follow ?

nay,
I'll
go

with thee, cheek by jole.

[Ereunt Lys. and Dem. Her. You, mistress, all this coil is ’long of you : Nay, go not back.

Hel. I will not trust you, I;
Nor longer stay in your curst company.
Your hands, than mine, are quicker for a fray;
My legs are longer though, to run away.

[Exit. Her. I am amaz’d, and know not what to say.

[Exit, pursuing Helena. Obe. This is thy negligence: still thou mistak'st, Or else commit'st thy knaveries wilfully.

Puck. Believe me, king of shadows, I mistook.
Did not you tell me, I should know the man
By the Athenian garments he had on?
And so far blameless proves my enterprize,
That I have 'nointed an Athenian's eyes:
And so far am I glad it so did sort,
As this their jangling I esteem a sport.

Obe. Thou seest, these lovers seek a place to fight:
Hie therefore, Robin, overcast the night;
The starry welkin cover thou anon
With drooping fog, as black as Acheron;
And lead these testy rivals so astray,
As one come not within another's way.
Like to Lysander sometime frame thy tongue,
Then stir Demetrius up with bitter wrong;
And sometime rail thou like Demetrius;
And from each other look thou lead them thus,
Till o'er their brows death-counterfeiting sleep
With leaden legs and batty wings doth creep:
Then crush this herb into Lysander's eye;

Whose liquor hath this virtuous property,
To take from thence all error, with his might,
And make his eye-balls roll with wonted sight.
When they next wake, all this derision
Shall seem a dream, and fruitless vision;
And back to Athens shall the lovers wend,
With league, whose date till death shall never end.
Whiles I in this affair do thee employ,
I'll to my queen, and beg her Indian boy;
And then I will her charmed eye release
From monster's view, and all things shall be peace.

Puck. My fairy lord, this must be done with haste;
For night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast,
And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger;
At whose approach, ghosts, wandering here and there,
Troop home to church-yards; damned spirits all,
That in cross-ways and floods have burial,
Already to their wormy beds are gone;
For fear lest day should look their shames upon,
They wilfully themselves exíle from light,
And must for ay consort with black-brow'd night.

Obe. But we are spirits of another sort ;
I with the morning's love have oft made sport;
And, like a forester, the groves may tread,
Even till the eastern gate, all fiery-red,
Opening on Neptune with fair blessed beams,
Turns into yellow gold his salt-green streams.
But, notwithstanding, haste; make no delay:
We may effect this business yet ere day.

[Exit OBERON.
Puck. Up and down, up and down ;
I will lead them up and down:

I am fear'd in field and town;

Goblin, lead them up and down. Here comes one.

Enter LYSANDER. Lys. Where art thou, proud Demetrius ? speak thou

now. Puck. Here, villain ; drawn and ready. Where art

thou? Lys. I will be with thee straight.

Puck. Follow me then To plainer ground. [Exit Lys. as following the voice.

Enter DEMETRIUS. Dem. Lysander! speak again. Thou runaway, thou coward, art thou fled? Speak. In some bush? Where dost thou hide thy

head ?
Puck. Thou coward, art thou bragging to the stars,
Telling the bushes that thou look’st for wars,
And wilt not come? Come, recreant; come, thou child;
I'll whip thee with a rod: He is defild,
That draws a sword on thee.

Dem. Yea; art thou there?
Puck. Follow my voice; we'll try no manhood here.

[Ereunt.

Re-enter LYSANDER.
Lys. He goes before me, and still dares me on;
When I come where he calls, then he is gone.
The villain is much lighter heeld than 1:
I follow'd fast, but faster he did fly;

That fallen am I in dark uneven way,
And here will rest me. Come, thou gentle day!

[Lies down. For if but once thou show me thy grey light, I'll find Demetrius, and revenge this spite. [Sleeps.

Re-enter Puck and DEMETRIUS.
Puck. Ho, ho! ho, ho! Coward, why com’st thou

not?
Dem. Abide me, if thou dar'st; for well I wot,
Thou runn’st before me, shifting every place;
And dar’st not stand, nor look me in the face.
Where art thou?

Puck. Come hither; I am here.
Dem. Nay, then thou mock'st me. Thou shalt buy

this dear,
If ever I thy face by day-light see :
Now, go thy way. Faintness constraineth me
To measure out my length on this cold bed.-
By day's approach look to be visited.

(Lies down and sleeps.

Enter HELENA.
Hel. O weary night, O long and tedious night,

Abate thy hours : shine, comforts, from the east; That I may back to Athens, by day-light,

From these, that my poor company detest:-
And, sleep, that sometime shuts up sorrow's eye,
Steal me a while from mine own company. [Sleeps,

Puck. Yet but three ? Come one more;
Two of both kinds make up four.
Here she comes, curst and sad :

Cupid is a knavish lad,
Thus to make poor females mad.

Enter HERMIA.
Her. Never so weary, never so in woe,

Bedabbled with the dew, and torn with briers; I can no further crawl, no further go;

My legs can keep no pace with my desires. Here will I rest me, till the break of day. Heavens shield Lysander, if they mean a fray!

[Lies down. Puck. On the ground

Sleep sound:
I'll apply

To your eye,
Gentle lover, remedy.
[Squeezing the juice on LYSANDER'S

cye.
When thou wak'st,
Thou tak'st
True delight

In the sight
Of thy former lady's eye:
And the country proverb known,
That every man should take his own,
In
your waking shall be shown:

Jack shall have Jill;

Nought shall go ill; The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be

well. [Exit Puck.-Dem. Hel &c. sleep.

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