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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
Queen. Come, my Lord, and in our Aight
[Exeunt, [Wind horns within.
Enter Theseus, Egeus, Hippolita, and all his Train.
The. Go one of you, find out the forester,
(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 mark the musical confusion
Hip. I was with Hercules and Cadmus once,
The. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,
Ege. My lord, this is my daughter here alleep,
Tbe. No doubt, they rose up early to observe
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:
Lyf: My lord, I fhall reply amazedly,
Ege. Enough, enough; my lord, you have enough;
Dem, My lord, fair Helen told me of their stealth,
an idle gaude, Which in my childhood I did doat upon : And all the faith, the virtue of
Tbe. Fair lovers, you are fortunately met:
Come, Hippolita. [Exe. Dukee, Hippole and Train.
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
(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
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.
Dem. It seems to me,
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.
(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,