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"Quail, crush, conclude, and quell!"

The. This passion, and the death of a dear friend, would go near to make a man look sad.

Hip. Beshrew my heart, but I pity the man.

Pyr. "O, wherefore, nature, didst thou lions frame? 66 'Since lion vile hath here deflour'd my dear: "Which is no, no-which was the fairest dame,

"That liv'd, that lov'd, that lik'd, that look'd with cheer." Come, tears, confound:

Out, sword, and wound

"The pap of Pyramus :
"Ay, that left pap,
"Where heart doth hop:
"Thus die I, thus, thus, thus.
"Now am I dead,


"Now am I fled :

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"O fates! come, come;
"Cut thread and thrum;"



My soul is in the sky :


Tongue, lose thy light!

Moon, take thy flight!

"Now die, die, die, die, die.

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[Dies.-Exit Moonshine. Dem. No die, but an ace, for him; for he is but one. Lys. Less than an ace, man; for he is dead; he is nothing.

The. With the help of a surgeon, he might yet recover, and prove an ass.

Hip. How chance moonshine is gone, before Thisbe comes back and finds her lover?

The. She will find him by star-light.-Here she comes; and her passion ends the play.


Hip. Methinks, she should not use a long one, for such a Pyramus: I hope, she will be brief.

• Cut thread and thrum;] Thrum is the end or extremity of a weaver's warp ; it is popularly used for very coarse yarn. The maids now call a mop of yarn a thrum mop.-WARNER.


quell!] i. e. Murther.

1-- cheer.] i. e. Countenance.

Dem. A mote will turn the balance, which Pyramus, which Thisbe, is the better.

Lys. She hath spied him already with those sweet eyes. Dem. And thus she moans, videlicet.

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"Adieu, adieu, adieu."


The. Moonshine and lion are left to bury the dead.

Dem. Ay, and wall too.

Bot. No, I assure you; the wall is down that parted their fathers. Will it please you to see the epilogue, or to hear a Bergomask dance, between two of our company?

The. No epilogue, I pray you; for your play needs no excuse. Never excuse; for when the players are all dead, there need none to be blamed. Marry, if he that writ it, had play'd Pyramus, and hanged himself in Thisbe's garter, it would have been a fine tragedy: and so it is, truly;

xa Burgomask dance,] A dance after the manner of the peasants of Bergomasco, a country in Italy, belonging to the Venetians.

and very notably discharged. But come, your Bergomask :
let your epilogue alone. [Here a dance of Clowns.
The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve :-
Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time.

I fear we shall out-sleep the coming morn,
As much as we this night have overwatch'd.
This palpable-gross play hath well beguil'd
This heavy gait of bed.-Sweet friends, to bed.-
A fortnight hold we this solemnity,
In nightly revels, and new jollity.


Enter PUCK.

Puck. Now the hungry lion roars,
And the wolf behowls the moon:
Whilst the heavy ploughman snores,
All with weary task fordone."
Now the wasted brands do glow,

Whilst the scritch-owl, scritching loud,
Puts the wretch, that lies in woe,
In remembrance of a shroud.
Now it is the time of night,

That the graves, all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite,

In the church-way paths to glide:
And we fairies, that do run

By the triple Hecat's team,
From the presence of the sun,

Following darkness like a dream,
Now are frolick; not a mouse
Shall disturb this hallow'd house:

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I am sent, with broom, before,
To sweep the dust behind the door."

Enter OBERON and TITANIA with their train.

heavy gait-] i. e. Slow progress.


Obe. Through this house give glimmering light,

By the dead and drowsy fire:


・fordone.] i. e. Overcome.

a I am sent, with broom, before,

To sweep the dust behind the door.] Cleanliness is always necessary to invite the residence and the favour of the fairies.-JOHNSON.

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Every elf, and fairy sprite,

Hop as light as bird from brier;
And this ditty, after me,
Sing, and dance it trippingly.

Tita. First, rehearse this song by rote:
To each word a warbling note,
Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place.


Obe. Now, until the break of day,b
Through this house each fairy stray.
To the best bride-bed will we,
Which by us shall blessed be;
And the issue, there create,
Ever shall be fortunate.
So shall all the couples three
Ever true in loving be;
And the blots in nature's hand
Shall not in their issue stand;
Never mole, hare-lip, nor scar,
Nor mark prodigious, such as are
Despised in nativity,

Shall upon their children be.-
With this field-dew consecrate,
Every fairy take his gait;d
And each several chamber bless,
Through this palace with sweet peace:

b Now until, &c.-] This speech, which both the old quartos give to Oberon, is in the edition of 1623, and in all the following printed as the song. I have restored it to Oberon, as it apparently contains not the blessing which he intends to bestow on the bed, but his declaration that he will bless it, and his orders to the fairies how to perform the necessary rites. But where, then, is the song? I am afraid it is gone after many other things of greater value. The truth is, that two songs are lost. The series of the scene is this:-After the speech of Puck, Oberon enters, and calls his fairies to a song, which song is apparently wanting in all the copies. Next, Titania leads another song, which is indeed lost like the former, though the editors have endeavoured to find it. Then Oberon dismisses his fairies to the despatch of the ceremonies. The songs, I suppose, were lost, because they were not inserted in the players' parts, from which the drama was printed.-JOHNSON.

Nor mark prodigious,] Prodigious for portentous.

d take his gait ;] i. e. Take his way.

Ever shall in safety rest,
And the owner of it blest.
Trip away;

Make no stay;

Meet me all by break of day.

[Exeunt OBERON, TITANIA, and train. Puck. If we shadows have offended,

Think but this, (and all is mended,)
That you have but slumber'd here,
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend;
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I'm an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck,
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends, ere long:


Else the Puck a liar call.


So, good night unto

you all.

Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.


unearned luck-] i. e. If we have better fortune than we have deserved.-STEEVENS.

f Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,] That is, if we be dismissed without hisses.-JOHNSON.

8 Give me your hands,] That is, clap your hands. Give us your applause.— JOHNSON.

h Wild and fantastical as this play is, all the parts in their various modes are well written, and give the kind of pleasure which the author designed. Fairies in his time were much in fashion; common tradition had made them familiar, and Spenser's poem had made them great.-JOHNSON.

Thésée et Hippolyte ne sont qu'un cadre magnifique pour le tableau.— SCHLEGEL.

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