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Cupid all arm'd: a certain aim he took
In maiden meditation, fancy-free*.
Yet mark'd I where the bolt of Cupid fell:
It fell upon a little western flower,
Before, milk-white; now purple with love's wound,—
Fetch me that flower; the herb I show'd thee once;
Puck. I'll put a girdle round about the earth In forty minutes. [Exit Puck.
Having once this juice,
Enter Demetrius, Helena following him.
Dem. I love thee not, therefore pursue me not. Where is Lysander, and fair Hermia? The one I'll slay, the other slayeth me.
* Exempt from love.
Thou told'st me, they were stol'n 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? 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 (And yet a place of high respect with me), Than to be used as you use 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 impeacht your modesty too much,
Hel. Your virtue is my privilege for that.
Dem. I'll run from thee, and hide me in the brakes,
And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts.
• Mad, raving.
+ Bring in question.
Hel. The wildest hath not such a heart as you. Run when you will, the story shall be chang'd; Apollo flies, and Daphne holds the chase; The dove pursues the griffin; the mild hind Makes speed to catch the tiger: bootless speed! When cowardice pursues, and valour flies.
Dem. I will not stay thy questions; let me go : Or, if thou follow me, do not believe
But I shall do thee mischief in the wood.
Hel. Ay, in the temple, in the town, the field, You do me mischief. Fy, Demetrius ! Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex: We cannot fight for love, as men may do ; We should be woo'd, and were not made to woo. I'll follow thee, and make a heaven of hell, To die upon the hand I love so well.
[Exeunt Dem. and Hel. Obe. Fare thee well, nymph: ere he do leave this
Thou shalt fly him, and he shall seek thy love.
Hast thou the flower there? Welcome, wanderer
+ The greater cowslip.
Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove:
With a disdainful youth: anoint his eyes;
Another part of the wood.
Enter Titania, with her train.
Tita. Come, now a roundel*, and a fairy song; Then, for the third part of a minute, hence; Some, to kill cankers in the musk-rose buds; Some, war with rear-micet for their leathern wings, To make my small elves coats; and some, keep back The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots, and wonders At our quaint spirits: sing me now asleep; Then to your offices, and let me rest.
1 Fai. You spotted snakes, with double tongue,
A kind of dance.
Philomel, with melody,
Sing in our sweet lullaby;
So, good night, with lullaby.
Fai. Weaving spiders, come not here;
Hence, you long-legg'd spinners, hence:
Philomel, with melody, &c.
1 Fai. Hence, away; now all is well : One, aloof, stand sentinel.
[Exeunt Fairies. Titania sleeps.
Obe. What thou seest when thou dost wake, [Squeezes the flower on Titania's eye-lids. Do it for thy true love take; Love, and languish for his sake: Be it ounce, or cat, or bear, Pard, or boar with bristled hair, In thy eye that shall appear When thou wak'st, it is thy dear; Wake, when some vile thing is near.
Enter Lysander and Hermia.
Lys. Fair love, you faint with wandering in the wood;
And to speak truth, I have forgot our way; We'll rest us, Hermia, if you think it good, And tarry for the comfort of the day.
Her. Be it so, Lysander: find you out a bed, For I upon this bank will rest my head.
* The small tiger.