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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, and DEME
Ege. Happy be Theseus, our renowned duke!
maid: To you your father should be as a god;
One that compos'd your beauties; 'yea, and one
Her. So is Lysander. .
In himself he is:
The. Either to die the death, or to ahjure
? 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 happy.'
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; And what is mine my love shall render him; And she is mine; and all my right of her I da estate unto Demetrius. .
Lys. I am, my lord, as well deriv'd as he, As well possess'd; my love is more than his; My fortunes every way as fairly rank’d, If not with vantage, as Demetrius'; And, which is more than all these boasts can be, I am belov'd of beauteous Hermia: Why should not I then prosecute my right? Demetrius, I'll avouch it to his head, Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena, And won her soul; and she, sweet lady, dotes, Devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry, Upon this spotted and inconstant man.
spotted —] As spotless is innocent, so spotted is wicked.
The. I must confess, that I have heard so much, And with Demetrius thought to have spoke thereof; But, being over-full of self-affairs, My mind did lose it.-But, Demetrius, come; And come, Egeus; you shall go with me, I have some private schooling for you both.For you, fair Hermia, look you arm yourself To fit your fancies to your father's will; Or else the law of Athens holds you up (Which by no means we may extenuate,) To death, or to a vow of single life. Come, my Hippolyta; What cheer, my love? . Demetrius, and Egeus, go along: I must employ you in some business Against our nuptial; and confer with you Of something nearly that concerns yourselves. Ege. With duty, and desire we follow you.
Exeunt Thes. HiP. EGE. Dem. and train. Lys. How now, my love? Why is your cheek so
pale? How chance the roses there do fade so fast? Her. Belike, for want of rain; which I could
well Beteem them from the tempest of mine eyes.
Lys. Ah me! for aught that ever I could read,
Her. O cross! too high to be enthrall’d to low!
Her. O hell! to choose love by another's eye! .. Lys. Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it;
6 Beteem them
] Give them, pour out upon them.