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Those be rubies, Fairy-favours :
Puck. The King doth keep his revels here to night,
Fai. Or I mistake your shape and making quite,
Puck. Thou speak'st aright;
In very likeness of a roasted crab,
S CE N E II.
Enter Oberon King of Fairies at one door with his train,
and the Queen at another with hers. Ob.
Ob. Tarry, rash Wanton; am not I thy lord ?
Queen. Then I must be thy lady; but I know,
Ob. How can'ft thou thus for shame, Titania,
*Didst thou not lead him glimmering, through the From Periguné, whom he ravish'd ;
(night And make him with fair Ægle break his faith, With Ariadne, and Antiopa?
Queen. These are the forgeries of jealousy: And never since that middle summer's spring Met we on hill, in dale, forest, or mead, By paved fountain, or by bushy brook, Or on the beached margent of the sea, To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind, But with thy brawls thou haft disturb'd our sport, Therefore the winds, piping to us in vain, As in revenge, have suck'd up from the sea Contagious fogs; which falling in the land, Have every pelting river made so proud, That they have over-borne their continents. The ox hath therefore stretch'd his yoke in vain, The ploughman lost his sweat; and the green corn Hath rotted, ere its youth attain'd a beard. The fold stands empty in the drowned field, And crows are fatted with the murrain flock; The nine-men's morris is fill'd with mud, And the quaint mazes in the wanton green, For lack of tread, are undistinguishable. The human mortals want their winter heried, No night is now with hymn or carol bleft; Therefore the moon, the governess of floods, Pale in her anger, washes all the air; That rheumatic diseases do abound. And thorough this distemperature, we see The seasons alter ; hoary-headed frosts Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose; And on old Hyems' chin, and icy crown, An od'rous chaplet of sweet summer-buds Is, as in mockery, set. The spring, the summer, The childing autumn, angry winter, change
* DidA thou not lead him glimmering through the night The Meaning is she conduđed him in the Appearance of fire through the dark Night.
Their wonted liveries; and th' amazed world,
Ob. Do you amend it then, it lies in you.
Queen. Set your heart at reft,
And grow big-bellied with the wanton wind:
06. How long within this wood intend you stay?
Mr. Pope. + Which she with pretty and with swimming gate Following (her womb then rich with my young Squire)
Would imitate- ] Some of the ancient Editions read as above. But following what? she did not follow the Ship, whose Motion she imitated : For that failed on the Water, she on the Land. If by following we are to understand imitating, it will be a mere Pleonasm imitating would imitate. From the Poet's Description of the Adions it plainly appears we should read
Would imitate. ie. wantoning in Sport and Gaiety,
Queen. Perchance, 'till after Theseus' wedding-day. If you will patiently dance in our round, And see our moon-light revels, go with us; If not, shun me, and I will spare your haunts.
Ob. Give me that boy, and I will go with thee. Queen. Not for thy fairy kingdom. Elves, away: We shall chide down-right, if I longer stay.
Excunt Queen and her train. Ob. Well, go thy way; thou shalt not from this
Puck. I remember.
time I saw, but thou cou'dft not, Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid alarm'd: a certain aim he took At a fair * Veftal, throned by the west, And loos'd his love-lhaft smartly from his bow, As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts; But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft Quench'd in the chaste beams of the wat’ry moon, And the Imperial Votress passed on, 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; And maidens call it Love in idleness. Fetch me that flow'r; the herb I shew'd thee once; The juice of it, on fleeping eye-lids laid, Will make or man, or woman, madly doat Upon the next live creature that it sées. * A Compliment to Queen Elizabeth.