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Obe. Then, my queen, in silence sad,
Tita. Come, my lord; and in our flight,
[Horns sound within
Enter THESEUS, HIPPOLYTA, EGEUS, and Train.
The. Go, one of you, find out the forester ;-
Hip. I was with Hercules, and Cadmus, once,
The. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,
i Sad here signifies only grave, serious.
3 Chiding means here the cry of hounds. To chide is used sometimes for to sound, or make a noise, without any reference to scolding.
4 The flews are the large chaps of a deep-mouthed hound.
5 Sanded means of a sandy color, which is one of the true denotements of a blood-hound.
Was never hollaed to, nor cheered with horn,
The. No doubt, they rose up early, to observe
Ege. It is, my lord.
Horns and shout within. DEMETRIUS, LYSANDER, no HERMIA, and HELENA, wake and start up. The. Good-morrow, friends. Saint Valentine is
past; Begin these wood-birds but to couple now? Lys. Pardon, my lord.
[He and the rest kneel to THESEUS.
I pray you all stand up.
Lys. My lord, I shall reply amazedly,
Ege. Enough, enough, my lord ; you have enough I beg the law, the law, upon his head.
They would have stolen away, they would, Demetrius,
Dem. My lord, fair Helen told me of their stealth,
The. Fair lovers, you are fortunately met. Of this discourse we more will hear anon.Egeus, I will overbear your will ; For in the temple, by and by with us, These couples shall eternally be knit. And, for the morning now is something worn, Our purposed hunting shall be set aside.Away, with us, to Athens. Three and three, We'll hold a feast in great solemnity. Come, Hippolyta. [Exeunt The., Hip., EGE. and Train.
Dem. These things seem small and undistinguishable, Like far-off mountains turned into clouds.
Her. Methinks I see these things with parted eye,
So methinks ;
· Fancy is here love or affection, and is opposed to fury.
Star. He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt, he is transported.
Flu. If he come not, then the play is marred. It goes not forward, doth it?
Quin. It is not possible. You have not a man in all Athens able to discharge Pyramus but he
Flu. No; he hath simply the best wit of any handicraft man in Athens.
Quin. Yea, and the best person too; and he is a very paramour for a sweet voice.
Flu. You must say, paragon. A paramour is, God bless us, a thing of nought.
Enter Snug. Snug. Masters, the duke is coming from the temple, and there is two or three lords and ladies more married. If our sport had gone forward, we had all been made men.
Flu. O sweet bully Bottom! Thus hath he lost sixpence a-day during his life. He could not have 'scaped sixpence a-day; an the duke had not given him sixpence a-day for playing Pyramus, I'll be hanged ; he would have deserved it. Sixpence a-day, in Pyramus, or nothing
Quin. Bottom !_0 most courageous day! O most happy hour!
Bot. Masters, I am to discourse wonders; but ask me not what; for, if I tell you, I am no true Athenian. I will tell you every thing, right as it fell out.
Quin. Let us hear, sweet Bottom.
Bot. Not a word of me. All that I will tell you, is, that the duke hath dined. Get your apparel together; good strings to your beards, new ribands to your pumps; meet presently at the palace ; every man look o'er his part; for the short and the long is, our play is preferred. In any case, let Thisby have clean linen; and let not him, that plays the lion, pare his nails, for they