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Ob. Sound, mufic; come, my Queen, take hand
And rock the ground whereon thefe fleepers be.
Puck. Fairy King, attend and mark;
Ob. Then, my Queen, in filence fad; 9
Queen. Come, my lord, and in our flight
Enter Thefeus, Egeus, Hippolita, and all his Train.
The. Go one of you, find out the forefter, For now our obférvation is perform'd, 1
8 Dance in Duke Thefeus' boufe triumphantly, And bless it to all FAIR pofterity;] We should read, to all FAR pofterity. i, e. to the remoteft pofterity. WARBURTON. 9 Then, my Queen, in filence fad, Trip we after the night's fhade.] Mr. Theobald fays, why fad? Fairies are pleafed to follow night. He will have it fade; and fo, to mend the rhime,
[Sleepers lie ftill. [Exeunt. [Wind borns within.
fpoils both the fenfe and gram-
1 Our obfervation is performed.]
And fince we have the vaward of the day,
Of hounds and echo in conjunction.
Hip. I was with Hercules and Cadmus once,
The. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,
Judge, when you hear. But soft, what nymphs are
Ege. My lord, this is my daughter here asleep,
The. No doubt, they rofe up early to obferve
Jummer-Night's Dream, when he fo carefully informs us that it happened on the night preceding May day.
So flewed. That is, fo
mouthed. Flews are the large
The. Go bid the huntfmen wake them with their horns.
Horns, and Shout within: Demetrius, Lyfander, Hermia and Helena, wake and start up.
The. Good morrow, friends; Saint Valentine is
Begin thefe wood-birds but to couple now?
The. I pray you all, ftand up:
I know, you two are rival enemies.
I came with Hermia hither. Our intent
Was to be gone from Athens, where we might be
Ege. Enough, enough; my lord, you have enough; I beg the law, the law upon his head:
They would have ftoll'n away, they would, Demetrius, Thereby to have defeated you and me;
You, of your wife; and me, of my confent;
Of my confent, that the fhould be your wife.
Dem. My lord, fair Helen told me of their stealth, Of this their purpofe hither to this wood; And I in fury hither follow'd them; Fair Helena in fancy following me. 2
2 Fair Helena in fancy following me.] Fancy is here taken for love or affection, and is oppofed to fury, as before.
Sighs and tears poor Fancy's followers.
Some now call that which a man takes particular delight in his
But, my good lord, I wot not by what power,
But like a fickness did I loath this food;
The. Fair lovers, you are fortunately met :
[Exe. Duke, Hippol. and Train. Dem. These things feem fmall and undistinguishable, Like far-off mountains turned into clouds.
Her. Methinks I fee thefe things with parted Eye; When every thing feems double.
Hel. So, methinks;
And I have found Demetrius like a Jewel, 3
Fancy. Flower fancier, for a florist, and Bird fancier, for a lover and feeder of birds, are colloquial words.
3 And I have found Demetrius
like a JEWEL, Mine own, and not mine own.] Hermia had obferv'd that things
appeared double to her. Helena replies, fo methinks; and then fubjoins, that Demetrius was like a jewel, her own and not her own. He is here, then, compared to fome thing which had the property of appearing to be one thing when it was another. Not
Mine own, and not mine own.
That yet we fleep, we dream. Do not you think,
Lyf. And he did bid us follow to the temple.
As they go out, Bottom wakes.
Bot. When my cue comes, call me, and I will anfwer. My next is, moft fair Pyramus ———————— hey, ho, Peter Quince, Flute the bellows-mender! Snout the tinker! Starveling! god's my life! ftoll'n hence, and left me asleep? I have had a moft rare vifion. I had a dream, paft the wit of man to fay what dream it was: man is but an afs, if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was, there is no man can tell what. Methought I was, and methought I had
-But man is but a patch'd fool, 4 if he will offer to say what methought I had. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not feen; man's hand
Not the property fure of a Jewel: or if you will, of none but a falfe one. We should read,
And I have found Demetrius like a GEMELL,
Mine own, and not mine own. From Gemellus a Twin. For Demetrius had that night acted two fuch different parts, that the could hardly think them both played by one and the fame Demetrius; but that there were twin Demetrius's like the two Sofia's in the Farce. From Gemel
lus comes the French, Gemeau or Jumeau, and in the feminine, Gemelle or Jumelle: So in Macon's tranflation of the Decameron of Bocace-Il avoit trois filles plus aage es que les males, des quelles les deux qui estoient juMELLES avoient quinze Quatrieme Jour. Nov. 3. WARBURTON. This emendation is ingenious enough to deferve to be true.
4 Patch'd fool. That is, a fool in a patticoloured coat.