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THESEUS, Duke of Athens.
Characters in the Interlude performed
by the Clowns. Lion,
Other Fairies attending on the King and Queen,
SCENE, Athens; and a Wood not far from it.
A MIDSUMMER - NIGHT'S
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The Duke's Palace in Athens.
Enter Theseus, Hippolita, Philostrate, with Attendants,
Another moon: but, oh, methinks, how slow
The. Go, Philostrate,
Enter Egeus, Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius.
her. Stand forth, Lysander.-And, my gracious Duke, This man hath witch'd the bosom of
child: Thou, thou, Lysander, thou haft giv'n her rhimes, And interchang'd love-tokens with my child: Thou haft by moonlight at her window sung, With feigning voice, verses of feigning love ; And * stoll'n th' impression of her fantasy, With bracelets of thy hair, rings, gawds, conceits, Knacks, trifles, nosegays, sweet-meats; (mefsengers Of strong prevailment in unharden'd youth) With cunning hast thou filch'd my daughter's heart, Turn'd her obedience, which is due to me, To stubborn harshness: And, my gracious Duke, Be't so, she will not here before your Grace Consent to marry with Demetrius; I beg the ancient privilege of Athens, As she is mine, I may dispose of her: Which shall be either to this gentleman, Or to her death, according to our law, Immediately provided in that case.
The. What say you, Hermia? be advis'd, fạir maid. To you your father should be as a God, One, that compos'd your beauties; yea, and one, To whom you are but as a form in wax By him imprinted; and within his
power * soll'n tho impression of her fantasy,] The expression is clegant and pretty. It alludes to the taking the Impression of a key in Wax, in order to have another made to unlock a Cabinet.