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Such separation, as, may well be said,
Becomes a virtuous bachelor and a maid:
So far be distant; and good night, sweet friend:
Thy love ne'er alter, till thy sweet life end!

Lys. Amen, amen, to that fair prayer, say I;
And then end life, when I end loyalty!
Here is my bed: Sleep give thee all his rest!
Her. With half that wish the wisher's eyes be
pressd!

[They sleep. Enter Puck. Puck. Through the forest have I gone,

But Athenian found I none,
On whose eyes I might approve
This flower's force in stirring love.
Night and silence! who is here?
Weeds of Athens he doth wear:
This is he, my master said,
Despised the Athenian maid;
And here the maiden, sleeping sound,
On the dank and dirty ground —
Pretty soul! she durst not lie
Near this lack-love, kill-courtesy.
Churl, upon thy eyes I throw
All the power this charm doth owe:
When thou wak’st, let love forbid
Sleep his seat on thy eye-lid.
So awake, when I am gone;
For I must now to Oberon.

[Exit. Enter Demetrius and Helena, running. Hel. Stay, though thou kill me, sweet Deme

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Dem. I charge thee, hence, and do not haunt me

thus. Hel. O, wilt thou darkling leave me? do not so. Dem. Stay, on thy peril; I alone will go.

[Erit Demetrius. Hel. O, I am out of breath, in this fond chace! The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace. Happy is Hermia, wheresoe'er she lies; For she hath blessed, and attractive eyes. How came her eyes so bright? Not with salt tears: If so, my eyes are oftner wash'd than hers. No, no, I am as ugly as a bear; For beasts that meet me, run away for fear: Therefore, no marvel, though Demetrius Do, as a monster, fly my presence thus. What wicked and dissembling glass of mine Made me compare with Hermia's sphery eyne?But who is here? Lysander! on the ground! Dead? or asleep? I see no blood, no wound:Lysander, if you live, good sir, awake. Lys. And run through fire I will, for thy sweet sake.

[IVaking. ransparent Helena! Nature here shows art, That through thy bosom makes me see thy heart. here is Demetrius? O, how fit a word that vile name, to perish on my sword!

Hel. Do not say so, Lysander; say not so: What though he love your

love your Hermia? Lord, what though? et Hermia still loves you: then be content.

Lys. Content with Hermia? No: I do repent he tedious minutes I with her have spent.

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Not Hermia, but Helena I love:
Who will not change a raven for a dove?
The will of man is by his reason sway'd;
And reason says you are the worthier maid.
Things growing are not ripe until their season:
So I, being young, till now ripe not to reason;
And touching now the point of human skill,
Reason becomes the marshal to my will,
And leads me to your eyes; where I o’erlook
Love's stories, written in love's richest book.
Hel. Wherefore was I to this keen mockery

born?
When, at your hands, did I deserve this scorn?
Is't not enough, is't not enough, young man,
That I did never, no, nor never can,
Deserve a sweet look from Demetrius' eye,
But you must flout my insufficiency?
Good troth, you do me wrong, good sooth, you do,
In such disdainful manner me to woo.
But fare you well: perforce I must confess,
I thought you lord of more true gentleness.
O, that a lady, of one man refus’d,
Should, of another, therefore be abus'd! [Erit.
Lys. She sees not Hermia:-Hermia, sleep thou

there;
And never may’st thou come Lysander near!
For, as a surfeit of the sweetest things
The deepest loathing to the stomach brings;
Or, as the heresies, that men do leave,
Are hated most of those they did deceive;
So thou, my surfeit, and my heresy,
Of all be hated; but the most of me!

And all my powers, address your love and might, To honour Helen, and to be her knight! [Exit. Her. [starting.] Help me, Lysander, help me!

do thy best, To pluck this crawling serpent from my breast ! Ah me, for pity!- what a dream was here? Lysander, look, how I do quake with fear: Me thought, a serpent eat my heart away, And you sat smiling at his cruel prey:Lysander! what, remov’d? Lysander! lord! What, out of hearing? gone? no sound, no word? Alack, where are you? speak, an if you hear; Speak, of all loves; I swoon almost with fear. No?—then I well perceive you are not nigh: Either death, or you, I'll find immediately. [Exit.

ACT III. SCENE I.

TIIE SAME. THE QUEEN OF FAIRIES LYING ASLEEP.

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Enter Quince, Snug, Bottom, Flute, Snout, and

Starveling Bot. Are we all met?

Quin. Pat, pat; and here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal: This green plot shall be our stage, this hawthorn-brake our tyring-house; and we will do it in action, as we will do it before the duke.

Bot. Peter Quince,-
Quin. What say'st thou, bully Bottom?

Bot. There are things in this comedy of Pyramus and Thisby, that will never please. First, Pyramus must draw a sword to kill himself; which the ladies cannot abide, How answer you that?

Snout. By’rlakin, a parlous fear.

Star. I believe, we must leave the killing out, when all is done.

Bot. Not a whit; I have a device to make all well. Write me a prologue: and let the prologue seem to say, we will do no harm with our swords; and that Pyramus is not killed indeed: and, for the more better assurance, tell them, that I Pyramus am not Pyramus, but Bottom the weaver: This will put them out of fear.

Quin. Well, we will have such a prologue; and it shall be written in eight and six.

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