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    A Midsummer Nights Dream

    by William Shakespeare
    MFFE script v5.22 CloudReader v1.05
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  • Act Three Scene Two

    A3S1>>> bring him silently.
    Enter King of Fairies, alone.
    A3S1--- bring him silently.
    I wonder if Titania be awaked;
    Then, what it was that next came in her eye,
    Which she must dote on in extremity.
    >>> on in extremity.
    Enter Puck.
    Here comes my messenger. How now, mad spirit?
    What night-rule now about this haunted grove?
    --- this haunted grove?
    My Mistress with a monster is in love.
    Near to her close and consecrated bower,
    While she was in her dull and sleeping hour,
    A crew of patches, rude Mechanicals,
    That work for bread upon Athenian stalls,
    Were met together to rehearse a Play
    Intended for great Theseus' nuptial day.
    The shallowest thick-skin of that barren sort,
    Who Pyramus presented in their sport,
    Forsook his Scene, and entered in a brake,
    When I did him at this advantage take:
    An Ass's nole I fixed on his head.
    Anon, his Thisbe must be answered,
    And forth my Mimic comes. When they him spy -
    As Wild-geese that the creeping Fowler eye,
    Or russet-pated choughs, many in sort,
    Rising and cawing at the gun's report,
    Sever themselves, and madly sweep the sky
    So, at his sight, away his fellows fly;
    And at our stamp, here o'er and o'er one falls;
    He murder cries, and help from Athens calls.
    Their sense thus weak, lost with their fears thus strong,
    Made sensless things begin to do them wrong:
    For briars and thorns at their apparel snatch;
    Some sleeves, some hats, from yielders all things catch.
    I led them on in this distracted fear,
    And left sweet Pyramus translated there;
    When in that moment, so it came to pass,
    Titania waked, and straightway loved an Ass.
    --- loved an Ass.
    This falls out better than I could devise.
    But hast thou yet latched the Athenian's eyes
    With the love juice, as I bid thee do?
    --- bid thee do?
    I took him sleeping - that is finished too -
    And the Athenian woman by his side,
    That when he waked, of force she must be eyed.
    >>> must be eyed.
    Enter Demetrius and Hermia.
    --- must be eyed.
    Stand close: this is the same Athenian.
    --- the same Athenian.
    This is the woman, but not this the man.
    >>> this the man.
    Oberon and Puck stand apart.
    --- this the man.
    O why rebuke you him that loves you so?
    Lay breath so bitter on your bitter foe.
    --- your bitter foe.
    Now I but chide, but I should use thee worse,
    For thou, I fear, hast given me cause to curse.
    If thou hast slain Lysander in his sleep,
    Being o'er shoes in blood, plunge in the deep,
    And kill me too.
    The Sun was not so true unto the day,
    As he to me. Would he have stolen away,
    From sleeping Hermia? I'll believe as soon
    This whole earth may be bored, and that the Moon
    May through the Centre creep, and so displease
    Her brother's noon-tide, with th' Antipodes.
    It cannot be but thou hast murdered him:
    So should a murderer look, so dead, so grim.
    --- dead, so grim.
    So should the murdered look, and so should I,
    Pierced through the heart with your stern cruelty;
    Yet you, the murderer, look as bright, as clear,
    As yonder Venus in her glimmering sphere.
    --- her glimmering sphere.
    What's this to my Lysander? Where is he?
    Ah, good Demetrius, wilt thou give him me?
    --- give him me?
    I'd rather give his carcase to my hounds.
    --- to my hounds.
    Out dog! Out cur! Thou driv'st me past the bounds
    Of maiden's patience. Hast thou slain him then?
    Henceforth be never numbered among men.
    Oh, once tell true; even for my sake,
    Durst thou have looked upon him, being awake,
    And hast thou killed him sleeping? O brave touch!
    Could not a worm, an Adder do so much?
    An Adder did it; for with doubler tongue
    Than thine, thou serpent, never Adder stung!
    --- never Adder stung!
    You spend your passion on a misprised mood:
    I am not guilty of Lysander's blood;
    Nor is he dead, for ought that I can tell.
    --- I can tell.
    I pray thee tell me then that he is well.
    --- he is well.
    And if I could, what should I get therefor?
    --- I get therefor?
    A privilege, never to see me more.
    And from thy hated presence part I so:
    See me no more, whether he be dead or no.
    >>> dead or no.
    Exit Hermia.
    --- dead or no.
    There is no following her in this fierce vain;
    Here therefore for a while I will remain.
    So sorrow's heaviness doth heavier grow
    For debt that bankrupt sleep doth sorrow owe;
    Which now in some slight measure it will pay,
    If for his tender here I make some stay.
    >>> make some stay.
    Lies down and sleeps.
    Oberon and Puck come forward.
    --- make some stay.
    What hast thou done? Thou hast mistaken quite,
    And laid the love juice on some true love's sight;
    Of thy misprision, must perforce ensue
    Some true love turned, and not a false turned true.
    --- false turned true.
    Then fate o'er-rules, that, one man holding troth,
    A million fail, confounding oath on oath.
    --- oath on oath.
    About the wood go swifter than the wind,
    And Helena of Athens look thou find;
    All fancy sick she is, and pale of cheer
    With sighs of love, that costs the fresh blood dear.
    By some illusion see thou bring her here.
    I'll charm his eyes against she do appear.
    --- she do appear.
    I go, I go, look how I go!
    Swifter than arrow from the Tartar's bow.
    >>> the Tartar's bow.
    Exit Puck.
    --- the Tartar's bow.
    Squeezing flower juice on Demetrius' eyes.
    Flower of this purple dye,
    Hit with Cupid's archery,
    Sink in apple of his eye,
    When his love he doth espy,
    Let her shine as gloriously
    As the Venus of the sky.
    When thou wak'st if she be by,
    Beg of her for remedy.
    >>> her for remedy.
    Enter Puck.
    --- her for remedy.
    Captain of our Fairy band,
    Helena is here at hand;
    And the youth, mistook by me,
    Pleading for a Lover's fee.
    Shall we their fond Pageant see?
    Lord, what fools these mortals be!
    --- these mortals be!
    Stand aside. The noise they make,
    Will cause Demetrius to awake.
    --- Demetrius to awake.
    Then will two at once woo one:
    That must needs be sport alone;
    And those things do best please me
    That befall preposterously.
    >>> That befall preposterously.
    Oberon and Puck stand aside.
    Enter Lysander and Helena.
    --- That befall preposterously.
    Why should you think that I should woo in scorn?
    Scorn and derision never comes in tears.
    Look when I vow, I weep; and vows so born,
    In their nativity all truth appears.
    How can these things in me, seem scorn to you,
    Bearing the badge of faith to prove them true?
    --- prove them true?
    You do advance your cunning more and more.
    When truth kills truth, O devilish holy fray!
    These vows are Hermia's: will you give her o'er?
    Weigh oath with oath, and you will nothing weigh:
    Your vows to her and me, put in two scales,
    Will even weigh, and both as light as tales.
    --- light as tales.
    I had no iudgement when to her I swore.
    --- her I swore.
    Nor none, in my mind, now you give her o'er.
    --- give her o'er.
    Demetrius loves her, and he loves not you.
    --- loves not you.
    O Helen, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine!
    To what, my love, shall I compare thine eye!
    Chrystal is muddy. O how ripe in show,
    Thy lips, those kissing cherries, tempting grow!
    That pure congealed white, high Taurus' snow,
    Fanned with the Eastern wind, turns to a crow
    When thou holdst up thy hand. O let me kiss
    This Princess of pure white, this seal of bliss.
    --- seal of bliss.
    O spite! O hell! I see you are all bent
    To set against me, for your merriment.
    If you were civil, and knew courtesy,
    You would not do me thus much injury.
    Can you not hate me, as I know you do,
    But you must join in souls to mock me too?
    If you are men, as men you are in show,
    You would not use a gentle Lady so:
    To vow, and swear, and superpraise my parts,
    When I am sure you hate me with your hearts.
    You both are Rivals, and love Hermia;
    And now both Rivals to mock Helena.
    A trim exploit, a manly enterprise,
    To conjure tears up in a poor maid's eyes
    With your derision! None of noble sort
    Would so offend a Virgin, and extort
    A poor soul's patience, all to make you sport,
    --- make you sport,
    You are unkind; Demetrius; be not so,
    For you love Hermia; this you know I know:
    And here, with all good will, with all my heart,
    In Hermia's love I yield you up my part;
    And yours of Helena to me bequeath,
    Whom I do love, and will do to my death.
    --- to my death.
    Never did mockers waste more idle breath.
    --- more idle breath.
    Lysander, keep thy Hermia; I will none.
    If e'er I loved her, all that love is gone.
    My heart to her but as guest-wise sojourned,
    And now to Helen it is home returned,
    There to remain.
    --- There to remain.
    Helen, it is not so.
    --- is not so.
    Disparage not the faith thou dost not know,
    Lest to thy peril thou abide it dear.
    Look where thy Love comes; yonder is thy dear.
    >>> is thy dear.
    Enter Hermia.
    --- is thy dear.
    Dark night, that from the eye his function takes,
    The ear more quick of apprehension makes;
    Wherein it doth impair the seeing sense,
    It pays the hearing double recompense.
    Thou art not by mine eye, Lysander, found;
    Mine ear, I thank it, brought me to that sound.
    But why unkindly didst thou leave me so?
    --- leave me so?
    Why should he stay whom Love doth press to go?
    --- press to go?
    What love could press Lysander from my side?
    --- from my side?
    Lysander's love, that would not let him bide -
    Fair Helena, who more engilds the night
    Than all yon fiery oes, and eyes of light.
    Why seek'st thou me? Could not this make thee know,
    The hate I bare thee made me leave thee so?
    --- leave thee so?
    You speak not as you think; it cannot be!
    --- it cannot be.
    Lo, she is one of this confederacy!
    Now I perceive they have conjoined all three
    To fashion this false sport in spite of me.
    Injurous Hermia! Most ungrateful maid!
    Have you conspired, have you with these contrived,
    To bait me with this foul derision?
    Is all the counsel that we two have shared,
    The sisters' vows, the hours that we have spent
    When we have chid the hasty footed time,
    For parting us - O, is all forgot?
    All schooldays' friendship, childhood innocence?
    We, Hermia, like two Artificial gods,
    Have with our needles created both one flower,
    Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion,
    Both warbling of one song, both in one key,
    As if our hands, our sides, voices and minds
    Had been incorporate. So we grew together,
    Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
    But yet an union in partition,
    Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
    So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart;
    Two of the first, like coats in Heraldry,
    Due but to one, and crowned with one crest.
    And will you rent our ancient love asunder
    To join with men in scorning your poor friend?
    It is not friendly, 'tis not maidenly;
    Our sex, as well as I, may chide you for it,
    Though I alone do feel the injury.
    --- feel the injury.
    I am amazed at your passionate words:
    I scorn you not; it seems that you scorn me.
    --- you scorn me.
    Have you not set Lysander, as in scorn,
    To follow me, and praise my eyes and face;
    And made your other love, Demetrius
    Who even but now did spurn me with his foot,
    To call me goddess, nymph, divine, and rare,
    Precious, celestial? Wherefore speaks he this
    To her he hates? And wherefore doth Lysander
    Deny your love, so rich within his soul,
    And tender me, forsooth, affection,
    But by your setting on, by your consent?
    What though I be not so in grace as you,
    So hung upon with love, so fortunate,
    But miserable most, to love unloved?
    This you should pity rather than despise.
    --- rather than despise.
    I understand not what you mean by this.
    --- mean by this.
    Ay, do! Persevere: counterfeit sad looks,
    Make mouths upon me when I turn my back,
    Wink each at other; hold the sweet jest up;
    This sport, well carried, shall be chronicled.
    If you have any pity, grace, or manners,
    You would not make me such an argument.
    But fare ye well; 'tis partly mine own fault,
    Which death, or absence, soon shall remedy.
    --- soon shall remedy.
    Stay, gentle Helena, hear my excuse;
    My love, my life, my soul, fair Helena!
    --- soul, fair Helena!
    O excellent!
    --- O excellent!
    Sweet, do not scorn her so.
    --- scorn her so.
    If she cannot entreat, I can compel.
    --- I can compel.
    Thou canst compel no more than she entreat;
    Thy threats have no more strength than her weak prayers.
    Helen, I love thee, by my life I do;
    I swear by that which I will lose for thee
    To prove him false that says I love thee not.
    --- love thee not.
    I say I love thee more than he can do.
    --- he can do.
    If thou say so, withdraw and prove it too.
    --- prove it too.
    Quick, come!
    --- Quick, come!
    Lysander, whereto tends all this?
    --- tends all this?
    Away, you Ethiope!
    --- Away, you Ethiope!
    No, no; Sir, seem
    To break loose;
    To Lysander.
    take on as you would follow,
    But yet come not! You are a tame man, go!
    --- tame man, go!
    Hang off, thou cat, thou burr! Vile thing, let loose,
    Or I will shake thee from me like a serpent.
    --- like a serpent.
    Why are you grown so rude? What change is this
    Sweet Love?
    --- this sweet Love?
    Thy love? Out, tawny Tartar, out!
    Out, loathed medicine! O hated poison, hence!
    --- hated poison, hence!
    Do you not jest?
    --- you not jest?
    Yes sooth, and so do you.
    --- so do you.
    Demetrius, I will keep my word with thee.
    --- word with thee.
    I would I had your bond, for I perceive
    A weak bond holds you; I'll not trust your word.
    --- trust your word.
    What, should I hurt her, strike her, kill her dead?
    Although I hate her, I'll not harm her so.
    --- harm her so.
    What, can you do me greater harm than hate?
    Hate me? wherefor? O me! what news, my Love?
    Am not I Hermia? Are not you Lysander?
    I am as fair now as I was ere while.
    Since night you loved me; yet since night you left me.
    Why, then you left me  - O the gods forbid -
    In earnest, shall I say?
    --- shall I say?
    Ay, by my life!
    And never did desire to see thee more.
    Therefore, be out of hope, of question, of doubt;
    Be certain, nothing truer; 'tis no jest
    That I do hate thee, and love Helena.
    --- and love Helena.
    O me,
    To Helena.
    You juggler! You canker-blossom!
    You thief of love! What, have you come by night,
    And stol'n my love's heart from him?
    --- heart from him?
    Fine, i'faith!
    Have you no modesty, no maiden shame,
    No touch of bashfulness? What, will you tear
    Impatient answers from my gentle tongue?
    Fie, fie, you counterfeit! You puppet you!
    --- You puppet you!
    'Puppet'! Why, so? Ay, that way goes the game!
    Now I perceive that she hath made compare
    Between our statures; she hath urg'd her height;
    And with her personage, her tall personage,
    Her height, forsooth, she hath prevailed with him.
    And are you grown so high in his esteem,
    Because I am so dwarfish and so low?
    How low am I, thou painted Maypole? Speak:
    How low am I? I am not yet so low
    But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes.
    --- unto thine eyes.
    I pray you though you mock me, gentlemen,
    Let her not hurt me. I was never curst;
    I have no gift at all in shrewishness;
    I am a right maid for my cowardice;
    Let her not strike me. You perhaps may think,
    Because she is something lower than myself,
    That I can match her.
    --- can match her.
    'Lower'? Hark, again!
    --- 'Lower'? Hark, again!
    Good Hermia, do not be so bitter with me.
    I evermore did love you, Hermia,
    Did ever keep your counsels, never wronged you,
    Save that, in love unto Demetrius,
    I told him of your stealth unto this wood.
    He followed you; for love I followed him;
    But he hath chid me hence, and threatened me
    To strike me, spurn me, nay to kill me too:
    And now, so you will let me quiet go,
    To Athens will I bear my folly back,
    And follow you no further. Let me go:
    You see how simple and how fond I am.
    --- fond I am.
    Why get you gone! Who is't that hinders you?
    --- that hinders you?
    A foolish heart, that I leave here behind.
    --- leave here behind.
    What! with Lysander?
    --- What, with Lysander?
    With Demetrius.
    --- With Demetrius.
    Be not afraid; she shall not harm thee, Helena.
    --- harm thee, Helena.
    No sir, she shall not, though you take her part.
    --- take her part.
    O, when she's angry, she is keen and shrewd;
    She was a vixen when she went to school,
    And though she be but little, she is fierce.
    --- she is fierce.
    'Little' again? Nothing but 'low' and 'little'?
    Why will you suffer her to flout me thus?
    Let me come to her.
    --- come to her.
    Get you gone, you dwarf;
    You minimus, of hindering knot-grass made;
    You bead, you acorn.
    --- bead, you acorn.
    You are too officious
    In her behalf that scorns your services.
    Let her alone; speak not of Helena;
    Take not her part; for if thou dost intend
    Never so little show of love to her,
    Thou shalt abide it.
    --- shalt abide it.
    Now she holds me not:
    Now follow, if thou dar'st, to try whose right,
    Of thine or mine, is most in Helena.
    --- most in Helena.
    Follow? Nay, I'll go with thee, cheek by jowl.
    >>> cheek by jowl.
    Exeunt Lysander and Demetrius.
    --- cheek by jowl.
    You Mistress, all this coil is long of you.
    Nay, go not back.
    --- go not back.
    I will not trust you, I,
    Nor longer stay in your curst company.
    Your hands than mine are quicker for a fray:
    My legs are longer though, to run away.
    >>> to run away.
    Exit Helena.
    --- to run away.
    I am amazed, and know not what to say.
    >>> what to say.
    Exit Hermia.
    Oberon and Puck come forward.
    --- what to say.
    This is thy negligence: still thou mistak'st,
    Or else committ'st thy knaveries willingly.
    --- thy knaveries willingly.
    Believe me, King of shadows, I mistook.
    Did not you tell me I should know the man
    By the Athenian garments he hath on?
    And so far blameless proves my enterprise
    That I have 'nointed an Athenian's eyes:
    And so far am I glad it so did sort,
    As this their jangling I esteem a sport.
    --- esteem a sport.
    Thou seest these Lovers seek a place to fight.
    Hie therefore, Robin, overcast the night;
    The starry Welkin cover thou anon
    With drooping fog, as black as Acheron,
    And lead these testy Rivals so astray
    As one come not within another's way.
    Like to Lysander sometime frame thy tongue,
    Then stir Demetrius up with bitter wrong;
    And sometime rail thou like Demetrius:
    And from each other look thou lead them thus,
    Till o'er their brows death-counterfeiting sleep
    With leaden legs and Batty-wings doth creep.
    Then crush this herb into Lysander's eye,
    Whose liquor hath this virtuous property,
    To take from thence all error with his might,
    And make his eye-balls roll with wonted sight.
    When they next wake, all this derision
    Shall seem a dream and fruitless vision;
    And back to Athens shall the Lovers wend,
    With league whose date till death shall never end.
    Whiles I in this affair do thee employ,
    I'll to my Queen, and beg her Indian Boy;
    And then I will her charmed eye release
    From monster's view, and all things shall be peace.
    --- shall be peace.
    My Fairy Lord, this must be done with haste,
    For night-swift Dragons cut the Clouds full fast;
    And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger,
    At whose approach, Ghosts wandering here and there,
    Troop home to Church-yards. Damned spirits all,
    That in cross-ways and floods have burial,
    Already to their wormy beds are gone,
    For fear lest day should look their shames upon:
    They wilfully themselves exile from light,
    And must for aye consort with black-browed night.
    --- with black-browed night.
    But we are spirits of another sort:
    I with the morning's love have oft made sport;
    And like a Forester the groves may tread
    Even till the Eastern gate, all fiery red,
    Opening on Neptune with fair blessed beams,
    Turns into yellow gold his salt green streams.
    But not withstanding, haste, make no delay;
    We may effect this business, yet ere day.
    >>> yet ere day.
    Exit Oberon.
    --- yet ere day.
    Up and down, up and down,
    I will lead them up and down;
    I am fear'd in field and town:
    Goblin, lead them up and down.
    Here comes one.
    >>> Here comes one.
    Enter Lysander.
    --- Here comes one.
    Where art thou, proud Demetrius? Speak thou now.
    --- Speak thou now.
    Here, villain, drawn and ready. Where art thou?
    --- Where art thou?
    I will be with thee straight.
    --- with thee straight.
    Follow me then
    To plainer ground.
    >>> to plainer ground.
    Exit Lysander.
    Enter Demetrius.
    --- to plainer ground.
    Lysander, speak again.
    Thou runaway, thou coward, art thou fled?
    Speak! In some bush? Where dost thou hide thy head?
    --- hide thy head?
    Thou coward, art thou bragging to the stars,
    Telling the bushes that thou look'st for wars,
    And wilt not come? Come, recreant, come thou child!
    I'll whip thee with a rod; he is defil'd
    That draws a sword on thee.
    --- sword on thee.
    Yea, art thou there?
    --- art thou there?
    Follow my voice; we'll try no manhood here.
    >>> no manhood here.
    Exeunt Demetrius and Puck.
    Enter Lysander.
    --- no manhood here.
    He goes before me, and still dares me on;
    When I come where he calls, then he is gone.
    The Villain is much lighter-heeled than I:
    I followed fast; but faster he did fly, 
    That fallen am I in dark uneven way,
    And here will rest me.
    Lies down.
    Come thou gentle day: 
    For if but once thou show me thy gray light,
    I'll find Demetrius, and revenge this spite.
    >>> revenge this spite.
    Lysander sleeps.
    Enter Puck and Demetrius.
    --- revenge this spite.
    Ho, ho, ho! Coward, why com'st thou not?
    --- com'st thou not?
    Abide me if thou dar'st, for well I wot,
    Thou runn'st before me, shifting every place,
    And dar'st not stand, nor look me in the face.
    Where art thou?
    --- Where art thou?
    Come hither; I am here.
    --- I am here.
    Nay, then, thou mock'st me; thou shalt buy this dear
    If ever I thy face by day-light see:
    Now go thy way. Faintness constraineth me,
    To measure out my length on this cold bed.
    Lies down.
    By day's approach look to be visited.
    >>> to be visited.
    Demetrius falls asleep.
    Enter Helena.
    --- to be visited.
    O weary night, O long and tedious night,
    Abate thy hours! Shine, comforts, from the East,
    That I may back to Athens by daylight,
    From these that my poor company detest.
    And sleep, that sometime shuts up sorrow's eye,
    Steal me awhile from mine own company.
    >>> mine own company.
    Helena lies down and sleeps.
    --- mine own company.
    Yet but three? Come one more,
    Two of both kinds makes up four.
    Here she comes, curst and sad,
    Cupid is a knavish lad,
    >>> a knavish lad,
    Enter Hermia.
    Thus to make poor females mad!
    --- poor females mad.
    Never so weary, never so in woe,
    Bedabbled with the dew, and torn with briars,
    I can no further crawl, no further go;
    My legs can keep no pace with my desires.
    Here will I rest me till the break of day,
    Lies down.
    Heavens shield Lysander, if they mean a fray.
    >>> mean a fray.
    Hermia sleeps.
    --- mean a fray.
    On the ground sleep sound,
    I'll apply your eye gentle lover, remedy.
    Applies flower juice on Lysander's eyes.
    When thou wak'st, thou tak'st
    True delight in the sight of thy former Lady's eye,
    And the Country Proverb known,
    That every man should take his own,
    In your waking shall be shown.
    Jack shall have Jill, nought shall go ill.
    The man shall have his Mare again, and all shall be well.
    >>> shall be well.
    They sleep all the [next] Act.
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