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And that same dew, which sometime on the buds.
Was wont to swell, like round and orient pearls
Stood now within the pretty flouriet's

Li e tears that did their own disgrace bewail.
When I had at my.pleasure taunted her,
And she in mild terms begg'd iny patience,
I then did ak of her her changeling child,
Which strait she gave me, and her Fairy fent:
To bear him to my bower in Fairy-land.
And now I have the boy, I will undo
This hateful imperfection of her eyes :
And, gentle Puck, take this transformed fcalp
From off the head of this Athenian swain ;
That, he, awaking, when the others do,
May all to Athens back again repair;
And think no more of this night's accidents,
But as the fierce vexation of a dream.
But, first, I will release the Fairy Queen ;

Be, as thou wale wont to be
See, as thou wast wont to fee :
Dian's bud o'er Cupid's flower

Hath such force and blessed power. (24)
Now, my Titania, wake you, my sweet Queen.

Queen. My. Oberon! what vifions have I leen!
Methought, I was enamour'd of an ass.
Ob. There lies your

(24) Dian's bud, or Cupid's flow'r.) Thus all the editions had
fupidly exhibited this passage. The ingenious Dr. Thirlby gave me
The correction, which I have inserted in the text, and which, doubt
Je's, reftorcs us the Author. Oberon in Act the ad, where he first
proposes : enchant his Queen's eyes and sense, tells us, he has an
antidote to take off the charm.

And e'er I take this charm from off her fight,

As I can take it with another berb, &c.,
And again, towards the end of the 3d Act, where he is giving
Fuck directions for disenchanting Lysander, he says;

Then crush this berb into Lysander's eye,
Whore liquor hath this virtuous property,
To take from thence all error with its might,
And make his eye-balls rowl with, wanted fight,


Queen. How came these things to pass ?
Oh, how mine eyes do loath this visage now!

Ob. Silence, a while; Robin, take off his head;
Titania, mufick call; and Atrike more dead (25)
Than common sleep of all these five the sense.
Queen. Mufick, ho, mufick ; such as charmech fleep.

Still Mufick. Puck. When thou awak'ft, with thineown fool's eyes peep. Ob.Sound, mufick; come, my Queen, take hand with me, And rock the ground whereon these sleepers be.. Now thou and I are new in amity; And will to-morrow midnight solemnly Dance in Duke Theseus' house triumphantly And bless it to all fair pofterity : There shall these pairs of faithful lovers be Wedded, with Theseus, all in jollity. : Puck. Fairy King, attend and mark ;

lark. 06. Then, my Queen, in filence fade ; (26) Trip we after the night's shade; We the globe can compass foon, Swifter than the wand'ring moon.

Queen, Come, my Lord, and in our fight Tell me how it came this nights,

I do hear the morning

(25) Titania, mufick call, and strike more dead

Than common Beep. Of all these fine the sense.] This, mot certainly, is both corrupt in the text, and pointing. Would musick, that was to strike them into a deeper sleep than ordinary, contribute to fine (or, refine) their senses? My emendation, I am persuaded, · needs no juftification. The five, that lay aseep on the frage, were, Demetrius, Lysander, Hermia, Helena, and Bottom.-) ought to acknouledge, that Dr. Thirlby likewise ftarted and communicated this very correction.

(26) Tben, my Queen, in filence fad,] Why, sad? Fairies, accordo ing to the receiv'd notion, are plezsd to follow night. For that reason, and for bettering the rhyme, I think it very probable that our Author wrote ;-in silence fade ; ;i. e. vanish, retreat.

In which fense our Author bas elsewhere employ'd this word. As in Ilarr.let, speaking of the gboft's disappearing It foded at the crowing of the cock,


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That I neeping here was found, (Sleepers lie Aill

. With these mortals on the ground.


[Wind borns within Enter Thefeus, Egeus, Hippolita, and all bis Trair.

Tbe. Go one of you, find out the forefter,
For now our observation is perform’d,
And since we have the vaward of the day,
My love shall hear the mufick of my

Uncouple in the western valley, go,
Dispatch, I say, and find the forefter.
We will, fair Queen, up to the mountain's top,
And mark the mufical confusion
Of hounds and echo in conjunction.

Hip. I was with Hercules and Cadmus once,
When in a wood of Creet chey bay'd the bear
With hounds of Sparta; never did I hear
Such gallant chiding. For befides the groves,
The kies, the fountains, ev'ry region near, (27)

(27) The skies, the fountains, ev'ry region near,

Seim'd all one murual cry.] It has been propos'd to me, that the Author probably wrote mountains, from whence an echo rather proceeds than, froin fruntuins : but as we have the authority of the ancieriis fer lakes, rivers, and fountains returning a found, I have brez diffident to difturb the text. To give a few instances that occur at prefint. Cvid. Meam. I. 3. ver. 500.

Ultina roux foitam fuit hæc fpc&tantis in undam,
" Hou frut: a dilete puer !" tuiidi mque remißt

Verba lacus,
For so Burmann has corrected it: the common editions have locuba
Virgil Æneid : 12. verf. 886,

Tam vero exoritur clamor, rifæque lacusque

Refponfant circà, & cælum torat omne tumultua Auson. in Mofellâ. vers. 167.

auftrepit ollis Et rupes, & silva tremens, & concavus amnis. And again, veif, 296.

Refonantia utrimque
Verba refert, mediis concurrit Auct. bus Echo.
Propert. lib. 1. E'og. 20. verf. 49.

(ui procul Alcides iterat responsa ; sed illi
Numen ab extremis fontibus aura refert,


Seem'd all one mutual cry. I never heard
So musical a discord, such sweet thunder.

Thes. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,
So flew'd, so sanded, and their heads are hung.
"With ears that sweep away the morning dew;
Crook-knee'd, and dew-lap'd, like Thessalian bulls ;
Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouth like bells,
Each under each. A cry more tuneable
Was never hallo'd to, nor cheer'd with horn,
In Creet, in Sparta, nor in Thesaly:
Judge, when

you hear. But soft, what nymphs are these i
Ege. My Lord, this is my daughter here asleef,
And this Lyfander, this Demetrius is,
This Helena, old Nedar's Helena ;
I wonder at their being here together.

. No doubt, they rose up early to observe
The rite of May; and hearing our intenty
Came here in grace of our solemnity.
But speak, Egeus, is not this the day,
That Hermia îould give answer of her choice ?
Ege. It is, my Lord.

. Go bid the huntsmen wake them with their horns. Horns and fhout within ; Demetrius, Lysander, Hermia,

and Helena, wake and fart up. Thef

. Good' morrow, friends ; Saint Valentine is paftos Begin these wood-birds but to couple now ?

Lyf. Pardon, my Lord.

. I pray you all, stand up :
I know, you two are rival enemies.
How comes this gentle concord in the world,
That hatred is fo far from jealousy,
To sleep by hate, and fear no enmity ?

Lyf. My Lord, I shall reply. amazedly,
Half sleep, half waking. But as yet, I swear,
I cannot truly say how I came here :
But as I think, (for truly would I speak,)
And now I do bethink me, so it is ;
I came with Hermia hither. Our intent


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Was to be gone from Athens, where we might be
Without the peril of thAthenian law.

Ege. Enough, enough; my Lord, you have enough;
I beg the law, the law upon his head:
They would have stoll'n away, they would, Demetrius,.
Thereby to have defeated you and me ;
You, of your wife; and me, of my

consent; Of my consent, that she should be your wife.

Dem. My Lord, fair Helen told me of their stealth,
of this their purpose hither to this wood;
And I in fury hither follow'd them;
Fair Helena in fancy following me :
But, my good Lord, I wot not by what power,
Bụt by some power it is, my love to Hermia
Js melted as the snow; seems to me now
As the remembrance of an idle gaude,
Which in my childhood I did doat upon :
And all the faith, the virtue of my heart,
The object and the pleasure of mine eye,
Is only Helena. To her, my Lord,
Was I betrothed ere I Hermia saw;
But like a sickness did I loath this food;
But, as in health come to my natural taste,
Now do I wish it, love it, long for it ;.
And will for evermore be true to it.

Tbel. Fair lovers, you are fortunately met
Of this discourse we shall hear more anon.
Egeus, I will over-bear your will;
For in the temple, by and by with us,
These couples shall eternally be knit;
And for the morning now is something worn,
Our purpos'd hunting shall be set aside.
Away with us to Athens ; three and three,
We'll hold a feast in great folemnity.
Come, Hippolita.

[Exe. Duke, Hippol. and Train. Dem. These things seem small and undiftinguithable, Like far-off mountains turned into clouds.

Her. Methinks, I see these things with parted eye ; When every thing seems double.

Hel. So, methinks ;


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