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What wicked and dissembling glass of mine
Hel. Do not say so, Lysander; say not so:
Lys. Content with Hermia ? No: I do repent
Hel. Wherefore was I to this keen mockery born ?
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,
me ! do thy best,
END OF ACT II.
SCENE I.--The Wood, Bower, and Duke's Oak- The
Queen of Fairies lying asleep on a Bank, R. V. E. Enter QUINCE, SNUG, BOTTOM, Flute, SNOUT, and
STARVELING, L. U. E. Bot. (R. C.) Are we all met?
Qui. 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-
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?
Sno. By’rlakin, a parlous fear.
Sta. 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 Bot« tom the weaver:" this will put them out of fear.
Qui. Well, we will have such a prologue ; and it shall be written in eight and six.
Bot. No, make it two more; let it be written in eight and eight.
Sno. Will not the ladies be afeard of the lion ?
Bot. Masters, you ought to consider with yourselves : to bring in, God shield us! a lion among ladies is a most dreadful thing; for there is not a more fearful wild fowl than your lion living; and we ought to look to it.
Sno. Therefore, another prologue must tell he is not a lion.
Bot. Nay, you must name his name, and half his face must be seen through the lion's neck; and he himself must speak through, saying thus, or to the same defect, -Ladies, or fair ladies, I would wish you, or I would request you, or I would entreat you, not to fear, not to tremble: my life for yours. If you think I come hither as a lion, it were pity of my life: no, I am no such thing; I am a man as other men are: and there, indeed, let him name his name, and tell them plainly, he is Snug the joiner.
Qui. Well, it shall be so. But there is two hard things; that is, to bring the moonlight into a chamber : for you know, Pyramus and Thisby meet by moonlight.
Snug. Doth the moon shine, that night we play our play?
Bot. A calendar, a calendar! look in the almanack; find out moonshine, find out moonshine.
Qui. Yes, it doth shine that night.
Bot. Why, then you may leave a casement of the great chamber window, where we play, open; and the moou may sbine in at the casement.
Qui. Ay; or else one must come in with a bush of thorns and a lanthorn, and say, he comes to disfigure, or to present, the person of moonshine. Then there is another thing : we must have a wall in the great chamber; for Pyramus and Thisby, says the story, did talk through the chinks of a wall.
Snug. You never can bring in a wall.--What say you, Bottom ?
Bot. Some man or other must present wall : and let him have some plaster, or some lome, or some rough. cast about him, to signify wall; or let him hold his finger thus, and through that cranny shall Pyramus and Thisby whisper.
Qui. If that may be, then all is well. Come, sit down, every mother's son, and rehearse your parts. Pyramus, you begin : when you have spoken your speech, enter into that brake, and so every one according to his cue.
Enter Puck, L.
Qui. Speak, Pyramus :—Thisby, stand forth.
So doth thy breath, my dearest Thisby dear.-
And by and by I will to thee appear.' [Exit, l. Puck. (Aside.) A stranger Pyramus than e'er play'd here !
[Erit, R. Thi. Must I speak now?
Qui. Ay, marry, must you : for you must understand, he goes but to see a noise that he heard, and is to come again. Thi.“ Most radiant Pyramus, most lily-white of hue,
Of colour like the red-rose on triumphant brier, Most briskly juveual, and eke most lovely Jew,
As true as truest horse, that yet would never tire, I'll meet thee, Pyramus, at Ninny's tomb.'
Qui. Ninus' tomb, man : why you must not speak that yet; that you answer to Pyramus: you speak all your part at once, cues and all.-Pyramus enter; your cue is past; it is, never tire,' Re-enter Puck and BOTTOM, with an ass's head, R. U. E. Thi. 0,- As true as truest horse, that yet wonld
never tire Pyr. ' If I were fair, Thisby, I were only thine.'
Qui. O monstrous ! 0, strange, we are haunted.
Puck. I'll follow you, I'll lead you about a round,
Sometime a horse I'll be, sometime a hound,
A hog, a headless bear, sometime a fire ;
Bot. Why do they run away? this is a knavery of them, to make me afeard.
Re-enter Snout, L. Sno. 0, Bottom, thou art changed ! what do I see on thee ?
Bot. What do you see? you see an ass's head of your own; do you?
Re-enter QUINCE, R. Qui. Bless thee, Bottom ! bless thee! thou art trapslated.
[Exit, L. Bot. I see their knavery : this is to make an ass of me; to fright me, if they could. But I will not stir from this place, do what they can. I will walk up and down here, and I will sing, that they shall hear I am bot afraid.
AIR – BOTTOM.
With orange-tawney bill,
The wren with little quill;
[Advancing from bower, unseen by Bottom. Bot. The finch, the sparrow, and the lark,
The plain-song cuckoo gray,
And dares not answer, nay ;-
Tit. I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again : Mine ear is much enamour'd of thy note,