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[Here a danc The iron tongue of midnight hath told i Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time. I fear we shall out-sleep the coming moi As much as we this night have overwato This palpable gross play hath well beguí The heavy gait* of night. _Sweet friend A fortnight hold we this solemnity, la nightly revels, and new jollity.

SCENE II.

Enter Puck,

Puck. Now the hungry lion roars,

And the wolf behowls the moon;
Whilst the heavy ploughman snore-

All with weary task fordonet.
Now the wasted brands do glow,

Whilst the scritch-owl, scritching
Puts the wretch, that lies in woe,

In remembrance of a shroud,
Now it is the time of night,

That the graves, all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite,

In the church-way paths to glide
And we fairies, that do run

By the triple Hecat's team,
From the presence of the sun,

Following darkness like a dream,
Now are frolick; not a mouse
Shall disturb this hallow'd house:
I am sent, with broom before,
To sweep the dust behind the door.

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Oberon and Titania, with their Train. arough this house give glimmering light, e dead and drowsy fire: If, and fairy sprite, is light as bird from brier; s ditty, after me, d dance it trippingly. First rehearse this song by rote: word a warbling note, i hand, with fairy grace, sing, and bless this place.

DREAM.
Puck. If we shadows have offended,

Think but this (and all is mended),
That you have but slumber'd here,
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend ;
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I'm an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends, ere long:
Else the Puck a liar call.
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends. (Exit.

SONG AND DANCE. 3. Now, until the break of day, ugh this house each fairy stray. e best bride-bed will we, h by us shall blessed be; the issue, there create, shall be fortunate, all all the couples three true in loving be: the blots of nature's hand not in their issue stand; r mole, hare lip, nor scar, nark prodigious*, such as are ised in nativity, upon their children be.this field-dew consecrate, i fairy take his gaitt; each several chamber bless, ugh this palace with sweet peace: shall it in safety rest, :he owner of it blest.

Trip away;

Make no stay; me all by break of day.

[Exeunt Oberon, Titania, and Train.

Wild and fantastical as this play is, all the parts in their various modes are well written, and give the kind of pleasure which the author designed. Fairies in his time were much in fasbion; common tradition had made them familiar, and Spencer's poem had made them great.

JOHNSON

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