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As in revenge, have sucked up from the sea
1 i. e. paltry. The folio reads petty, 2 A rural game, played by making holes in the ground in the angles and sides of a square, and placing stones or other things upon them, according to certain rules. These figures are called nine men's morris, or merrils, because each party playing has nine men; they were generally cut upon turf, and were, consequently, choked up with mud in rainy seasons. 3 Theobald proposed to read “their winter cheer.” 4 Autumn producing flowers unseasonably upon those of summer. 5 Page of honor.
Tita. Set your heart at rest, The fairy land buys not the child of me. His mother was a vot’ress of my order; And, in the spiced Indian air, by night, Full often hath she gossiped by my side, And sat with me on Neptune's yellow sands, Marking the embarked traders on the flood; When we have laughed to see the sails conceive, And grow big-bellied, with the wanton wind; Which she, with pretty and with swimming gait Following, (her womb then rich with my young squire,) Would imitate; and sail upon the land, To fetch me trifles, and return again, As from a voyage, rich with merchandise. But she, being mortal, of that boy did die; And, for her sake, I do rear up her boy; And, for her sake, I will not part with him. Obe. How long within this wood intend you stay P Tita. Perchance, till after Theseus' wedding-day. If you will patiently dance in our round, And see our moon-light revels, go with us; If not, shun me, and I will spare your haunts. Obe. Give me that boy, and I will go with thee. Tita. Not for thy fairy-kingdom.—Fairies, away. We shall chide down-right, if I longer stay. [Eveunt TITANIA and her Train. Obe. Well, go thy way. Thou shalt not from this grove, Till I torment thee for this injury.— My gentle Puck, come hither. Thou remember'st Since once I sat upon a promontory, And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin's back, Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, That the rude sea grew civil at her song; And certain stars shot madly from their spheres, To hear the sea-maid’s music. Puck. I remember. Obe. That very time I saw, (but thou could'st not,) Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid all armed. A certain aim he took
At a fair vestal,' throned by the west;
1 It is well known that a compliment to Queen Elizabeth was intended in this very beautiful passage. Warburton has attempted to show, that by the mermaid, in the preceding lines, Mary Queen of Scots was intended. It is argued with his usual fanciful ingenuity, but will not bear the test of examination, and has been satisfactorily controverted. It appears to have been no uncommon practice to introduce a compliment to Elizabeth in the body of a play.
2 Exempt from the power of love. *.
3 The tricolored violet, commonly called pansies, or hearts' ease, is here meant; one or two of its petals are of a purple color. It has other fanciful and expressive names.
Enter DEMETRIUS, HELENA following him.
Dem. I love thee not, therefore pursue me not. Where is Lysander, and fair Hermia P The one I'll slay, the other slayeth me. Thou told'st me, they were stolen into this wood, And here am I, and wood" 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 P 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, %. yet a place of high respect with me,) han to be used as you do 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 To leave the city, and commit yourself s' Into the hands of one that loves you not; To trust the opportunity of night,
1 Mad, raving. Wud is the synonymous Scotch term.
* “There is now a dayes a kind of adamant which draweth unto it fleshe, and the same so strongly, that it hath power to knit and tie together two mouthes of contrary persons, and draw the heart of a man out of his bodie without offending any part of him.” Certaine Secrete Wonders of Nature, by Edward Fenton, 1569.
3 i.e. bring it into question.
And the ill counsel of a desert place,
Thou shalt fly him, and he shall seek thy love.
Hast thou the flower there F Welcome, wanderer.
I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows,
Where ox-lips' and the nodding violet grows;
1 The greater cowslip.