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Still Musicki Puck. When thou awak'a, with thine own fool's eyes.

peep. ob, Sound, musick; come, my Queen, take hand And rock the ground whereon these sleepers be. Now thou and I are new in amity; And will to morrow midnight solemnly Dance in Duke Thefeus' house triumphantly, And blefs it to all fair pofterity: There shall these pairs of faithful loyers be Wedded, with Theseus, all in jollity.

Puck. Fairy King, attend and mark; I do hear the

morning

lark.
Ob. Then, my Queen, in silence fade; (19)
Trip we after the night's shade;
We the globe can compass foon,
Swifter than the wand'ring moon.

Queen. Come, my Lord, and in our Aight
Tell me how it came this night,
That I sleeping here was found, [Sleepers lie fill.
With these mortals on the ground.

[Exeunt, [Wind horns within.

Enter Theseus, Egeus, Hippolita, and all his Train.

The. Go one of you, find out the forester,
For now our observation is perform’d,
And since we have the vaward of the day,
My love shall hear the musick of my hounds.
Uncouple in the western valley, go,
Dispatch, I say, and find the forefter.
We will, fair Queen, up to the mountain's top,

(19) Then my Queen in filence fad,] Why, sad? Fairies, according to the received Notion, are pleased to follow Night. For that Reason, and for bettering the Rhyme, I think it very probable that our Author wrote ; -in filence fade; i. e, vanish, retreat, In which Sense our. Author has elsewhere employed this Word.

And

And mark the musical confusion
Of hounds and echo in conjunction.

Hip. I was with Hercules and Cadmus once,
When in a wood of Crete they bay'd the bear
With hounds of Sparta; never did I hear
Such gallant chiding. For besides the groves,
The kies, the fountains, ev'ry region near
Seem'd all one mutual cry. I never heard
So mufical a discord, such sweet thunder.

The. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,
So few'd, fo fanded, and their heads are hung
With ears that sweep away the morning dew;
Crook-knee'd, and dew-lap'd, like Thesalian bulls;
Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouth like bells,
Each under each. A cry more tuneable
Was never hallo'd to, nor cheer'd with horn,
In Crete, in Sparta, por in Theslaly :
Judge, when you hear. But foft, what nymphs are these?

Ege. My lord, this is my daughter here alleep,
And this Lyfander, this Demetrius is,
This Helena, old Nedar's Helena;
I wonder at their being here together.

Tbe. No doubt, they rose up early to observe
The rite of May; and, hearing our intent,
Came here in grace of our folemnity,
But speak, Egeus, is not this the day,
Tbat Hermia should give answer of her choice?

Ege. It is, my lord,

The. Go bid the huntsmen wake them with their horns. Horns, and Shout within ; Demetrius, Lyfander, Hermia,

and Helena, wake and fart up. The. Good-morrow, friends ; Saint Valentine is paft : Begin these wood-birds but to couple now?

Lyf. Pardon, my lord.

Tbe. I pray you all, stand up:
I know, you two are rival enemies.
How comes this gentle concord in the world,
That hatred is so far from jealousy,
To fleep by hate, and fear no enmity?
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Lyf: My lord, I fhall reply amazedly,
Half sleep, half waking. But as yet, I swear,
I cannot truly fay how I came here:
But as I think, (for truly would I speak,y *:14 -17
And now I do bethink me, fo it is
I came with Hermia hither. Our intent'
Was to be gone from Athens, where we might be
Without the peril of th’ Athenian law.

Ege. Enough, enough; my lord, you have enough;
I beg the law, the law 'upon his head :
They would have ftoll'n away, they would, Demetrius,
Thereby to have defeated you and me ;
You, of your wife; and me, of my confent;
Of my consent, that she should be your wife,

Dem, My lord, fair Helen told me of their stealth,
Of this their purpofe hither to this wood ;j.
And I in fury hither follow'd them;
Fair Helena in fancy following me,
But, my good lord, I wot not by what power,
But by some power it is, my love to Hermia
Is melted as the snow ; feems to me now
As the remembrance of

an idle gaude, Which in my childhood I did doat upon : And all the faith, the virtue of

my heart,
The object and the pleasure of mine eye,
Is only Helena. To her, my lord,
Was I betrothed ere I Hermia saw
But like a sickness did I loath this food;
But, as in health, come to my natural taste,
Now do I wish it, love it, long for it;
And will for ever more be true to it.

Tbe. Fair lovers, you are fortunately met:
Of this discourse we shall hear more anon.
Egeus, I will over-bear your will;
For in the temple, by and by with us,
These couples Thall eternally be knit ;
And, for the morning now is something worn, 4 ****
Our purpos'd hunting shall be set aside
Away, with us to Athens ; three and three,
We'l hold a feast in great solemnity.

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Dem. These things seem small and undiftinguishable Like far off mountains, turned into clouds.'

Her. Methinks I see these things with parked eye ;. When every thing seems double.

Hel. So, mechinks ; ni
And I have found Demetrius like a Gemell, (20)
Mine own, and not mine.own.

(20) And I bave found Demetrius like a jewel,

Mine own, and not mine oron.] Hermia had faid, Things appeared double to her, Helena fays, So, methinks ; and then fubjoins, Demetrius was like a Jewel, her own and not her own. According to common Sense and Construction, Demetrius is here compared to something that has the Property of appearing the Same, and yet not being the same and this was a Thought natural enough, upon her declaring her Approbation of what Hermia had said, that every thing seems double. But now, how has a Jewel, or any precious Thing, the Property, rather than a more worthless one of appearing to be the same and yet not the Tame ? This, I believe, won't be easily found out. "I make no doubt therefore, but the true Reading is ;

And I bave found Demetrius like a Gemell, it ito ay
Mine own, and not mixe own.

From Gemellus, a Twin, For Demetrius acted that Night two fuch different Parts, that she could hardly think him one and the same Demetrius : but that there were two Twin-Demetrius's to the acting this Farce, like the two Socia's. This makes good and pertinent Sense of the Whole ; and the Corruption from Gemel to Jewel was fo easy from the fimilar Trace of the Letters, and the Dificulty of the Transcribers understanding the true Word, that, I think it is not to be questioned,

Mr. Warburton If some over-nice Spirits should object to Gemell wanting its Authorities as an English Word, I think fit to observe, in Aid of my Friend's fine Conjecture, that it is no new Thing with Shakespeare to coin and enfranchize Words fairly derived ; and some such as have by the Grammarians been called anag asyquerce, or Words used but once. Again, tho' Gemell be not adopted either by Chaucer, or Spenfer ; nor acknowledged by the Dictionaries; yet both Blount in his Glofography, and Pbilips in his World of Words have Geminels, which they interprec Twins. And lastly, in two or three other Passages, Shakespeare uses the same Manner of Thought.

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Dem. It seems to me,
That yet we feep, we dream.. Do not you think,
The Duke was here, and bid as f

follow him
Her. Yea, and my father.
Hel. And Hippolita.
Lyf. And he did bid us follow to the temple.

Dem. Why then, we are awake; let's follow him; And, by the way, let us recount our dreams. [Exeuni!

As they go out, Bottom quakes. .02 4277 104 Bot. When my cue comes, call me, and I will answer. My next is, Noft fair Pyramus hey, ho, Peter Quince, Flute the bellows-mender! Snout the tinker ! Starveling god's my life ! foll'n, hence, and left me afleep? I have had a moft rare vision. I had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was, there is no man can tell what. Methought I was and methought I had-But man is but a patch'd fool, if he will offer to say what methought I had. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath pot feen; man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was, I will get Perer Qixince to write a ballad of this dream; it shall be called Bottom's Dream, because it hath no bottom; and f-will fing it in the latter end of a play before the Duke ; 421) peradventure, to make it the more gracious, I thall fing ir after Death.

1039" [Exit.

SCENE

(21) Peradventure, to make it the more gracious, I shall fong it at her Detailing at

mention of any She-Creature, to whom this Relative can be coupled. I make not the leaft Scryple, but Betsom, for the fake of a Jeft, and to render his Voluntary, as we may call it, the more gracious and extraordinary, faid

sidene ; and to imiehe promise to rife again at the Conclufion of the Interlude, and give the Duke bis Dream' by way ofSong.wind The Source of the Cotrußtion of the Text is very obvious. The f in after being funk by the vulgar Pronunciation, the Copyis might write it from the sound,

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