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And that same dew, which sometime on the buds.
Be, as thou wale wont to be
Hath such force and blessed power. (24)
Queen. My. Oberon! what vifions have I leen!
And e'er I take this charm from off her fight,
As I can take it with another berb, &c.,
Then crush this berb into Lysander's eye,
Queen. How came these things to pass ?
Ob. Silence, a while; Robin, take off his head;
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,
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,
Hip. I was with Hercules and Cadmus once,
(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,
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.
(ui procul Alcides iterat responsa ; sed illi
Seem'd all one mutual cry. I never heard
Thes. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,
you hear. But soft, what nymphs are these i
. No doubt, they rose up early to observe
. 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 :
Lyf. My Lord, I shall reply. amazedly,
Was to be gone from Athens, where we might be
Ege. Enough, enough; my Lord, you have enough;
consent; Of my consent, that she should be your wife.
Dem. My Lord, fair Helen told me of their stealth,
Tbel. Fair lovers, you are fortunately met
[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 ;