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Theseus, Duke of Athens.
Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to
Theseus. Herinia, Daughter to Egeus, in love with Lysander. Helena, in love with Demetrius.
Oberon, King of the Fairies.
Characters in the Interlude perWall,
formed by the Clowns. Moonshine,
Other Fairies attending their King and Queen.
Attendants on Theseus and Hippolyta. SCENE, Athens, and a Wood not far from it. "The enumeration of persons was first made by Mr. Rowe.
ACT I. SCENE I. Athens. A Room
in the Palace of
Enter Theseus, HIPPOLYTA, Philostrate, and
[Exit PHILOSTRATE. Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword, And won thy love, doing thee injuries;
But I will wed thee in another key,
Enter Egeus, HERMIA, LYSANDER, ånd Deme
ge. Furth theepood Egeus:" renowned
Ege. Full of vexation come I, with complaint Against my child, my daughter Hermia.Stand forth, Demetrius;—My noble lord, This man hath my consent to marry her:Stand forth, Lysander ;-and, my gracious duke, This hath bewitch'd the bosom of my child: Thou, thou, Lysander, thou hast given her rhymes, And interchang'd love-tokens with my child: Thou hast by moon-light at her window sung, With feigning voice, verses of feigning love; And stoľn the impression of her fantasy With bracelets of thy hair, rings, gawds, conceits, Knacks, trifles, nosegays, sweet-meats; messengers Of strong prevailment in unharden'd youth: With cunning hast thou filch'd my daughter's heart; Turn'd her obedience, which is due to me, To stubborn harshness:-And, my gracious duke, Be it so she will not here before your grace Consent to marry with Demetrius, I beg the ancient privilege of Athens; As she is mine, I may dispose of her: Which shall be either to this gentleman, Or to her death; according to our law, Immediately provided in that case. The. What say you, Hermia? be advis'd, fair
maid: To you your father should be as a god; '— gawds,] i. e. baubles, toys, trifles.
One that compos’d your beauties; yea, and one
Her. So is Lysander.
In himself he is:
Her. I would, my father look'd but with my eyes.
The. Either to die the death, or to abjure
? To leave the figure, or disfigure it.] i. e. you owe to your father a being which he may at pleasure continue or destroy.
Know of your youth,] Consider your youth. * But earthlier happy - perhaps, earlier; or, earthly huppy.
Grows, lives, and dies, in single blessedness.
Her. So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord, Ere I will yield my virgin patent up Unto his lordship, whose unwished yoke My soul consents not to give sovereignty. The. Take time to pause: and, by the next new
moon (The sealing-day betwixt my love and me, For everlasting bond of fellowship,) Upon that day either prepare to die, For disobedience to your father's will; Or else, to wed Demetrius, as he would: Or on Diana's altar to protest, For aye, austerity and single life. Dem. Relent, sweet Hermia;—And, Lysander,
yield Thy crazed title to my certain right.
Lys. You have her father's love, Demetrius; Let me have Hermia's: do you marry him.
Ege. Scornful Lysander! true, he hath my love ;
Lys. I am, my lord, as well deriv'd as he,
spotted -] As spotless is innocent, so spotted is wicked.