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Sever themselves, and madly sweep the sky;
06. This falls out better, than I could devise. But hast thou yet latch'd the Athenian's eyes With the love-juice, as I did bid thee do?
Puck. I took him sleeping; that is finish'd too;
Enter Demetrius and Hermia. 01. STAN. This is the woman, but not this the man,
Dem. O, why rebuke you him that loves you fo? Lay breath so bitter on your bitter foe.
Her. Now I but chide, but I should use thee worse; For thou, I fear, haft 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 stoll'n away From sleeping Hermia? I'll believe as soon, This whole earth may be bor’d; and that the moon May through the center creep, and so displease
* Her brother's noon-tide i'th' Antipodes:
Dem. So should the murther'd look; and so should I,
Her. What's this to my Lysander ? where is he? Ah, good Demetrius, wilt thou give him me ?
Dem. l'ad rather give his carcase to my hound's Her. Out, dog! out, cur! thou driv’ft me past the
bounds Of maiden's patience. Hast thou slain him then? Henceforth be never number'd among men. O! once tell true, and even for my fake, Durst thou have look'd upon him, being awake? And hast thou kill'd 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.
Dem. You spend your passion on a mispris d mood;
Her. I pray thee, tell me then that he is well.
Her. A privilege never to see me more;
Dem. There is no following her in this fierce vein, Here, therefore, for a while I will remain : So forrow's heaviness doth heavier grow, For debt, that bankrupt sleep doth forrow owe;
* Her brother's noon-tide with th' Antipodes] This the old Reading. She says, she would as soon believe, that the Moon, then shining, could creep through the Centre, and meet the Sun's Light on the Other Side the Globe. It is plain therefore we should read,
i'th' Antipodes, i. to in the Antipodes where the Sun was then shining.
Which now in some flight measure it will pay,
06. What haft thou done? thou hast mistaken quite,
troth, A million fail, confounding oath on oath.
0b. About the wood go swifter than the wind, And Helena of Athens, fee, thou find. All fancy-fick she is, and pale of cheer; With fighs of love, that coft the fresh blood dear; By fome illusion, fee, thou bring her here; I'll charm his eyes, against she doth appear.
Puck. I go, I go; look, how I go;
Ob. Flower of this purple dye,
Ob. Stand afide: the noise, they make,
Puck. Then will two at once woo one; That must needs be sport alone.
And those things do best please me,
S CE N E VI.
Enter Lysander and Helena.
In their nativity all truth appears :
Hel. You do advance your cunning more and more;
When truth kills truih, O devilish, holy, fray ! These vows are Hermia's: will you give her o'er ?
Weigh oath with oath, and you will nothing weigh;
Lys. I had no judgment when to her I swore.
. O spight, О hell! I see you all are bent
* Can you not hate me, as I know
your derision ! none of nobler fort
Lyf. You are unkind, Demetrius; be not so;
death. Hel. Never did mockers waste more idle breath.
Dem. Lyfander, keep thy Hermia, I will none;
Lyf. It is not fo.
Dem. Disparage not the faith, thou doft not know, Left to thy peril thou abide it dear. Look, where thy love comes, yonder is thy dear.
not hate me, as I know you do, But You must join in souls to mock me too?} This is spoken to. Demetrius. The last Line is nonsense. They should be read thus,
you not hate me, as I know you do, But must join insolents to mock me too ? meaning Lysander, who, as she thought, mocked her when he declared his Passion for her,