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On meddling monkey, or on busy ape,)
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 35 within this wood, Because I cannot meet with Hermia. Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more.
Hel. You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant; But yet you draw not iron, for my heart Is true as steel: Leave you your power to draw, And I shall have no power to follow you.
Dem. Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair? Or, rather, do I not in plainest truth Tell you—I do not, nor I cannot love you ?
Hel. And even for that do I love you the more. I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius, The more you beat me, I will fawn on you: Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me, Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave, Unworthy as I am, to follow you. What worser place can I beg in your love,
(And yet a place of high respect with me,) Than 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.
Dem. You do impeach your modesty too much,
Hel. Your virtue is my privilege for that.
Dem. I'll run from thee, and hide me in the brakes, And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts. "
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,
You do me mischief. Fie, Demetrius !
[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.
Effect it with some care; that he may prove
Another Part of the Wood.
Enter TITANIA with her Train. Tita. Come, now a roundel 36, and a fairy song; Then, for the third part of a minute, hence : Some, to kill cankers in the musk-rose buds; Some, war with rear-mice for their leathern wings, To make my small elves coats; and some, keep back The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots, and wonders At our quaint spirits : Sing me now asleep; Then to your offices, and let me rest.
Thorny hedge-hogs, be not seen ;
Come not near our fairy queen :
Sing in our sweet lullaby;
Never harm, nor spell nor charm,
2 Fai. Weaving spiders, come not here;
Hence, you long-legg'd spinners hence:
Worm, nor snail, do no offence.
1 Fai. Hence, away; now all is well: One, aloof, stand centinel.
[Ereunt Fairies. TITANIA sleeps.
Squeezes the flower on TITANIA's eye-lids.
Enter LYSANDER and HERMIA. Lys. Fair love, you faint with wandering in the
wood: And to speak troth I have forgot our way: We'll rest us, Hermia, if you think it good,
And tarry for the comfort of the day.
Her. Be it so, Lysander; find you out a bed, For I upon this bank will rest my head.