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At a fair vestal," throned by the west;
Puck. I'll put a girdle round about the earth In forty minutes.
[Exit Puck. Obe.
Having once this juice,
1 It is well known that a compliment to Queen Elizabeth was intended in this very beautiful passage. Warburton has attempted to show, that by the mermaid, in the preceding lines, Mary Queen of Scots was intended. It is argued with his usual fanciful ingenuity, but will not bear the test of examination, and has been satisfactorily controverted. It appears to have been no uncommon practice to introduce a compliment to Elizabeth in the body of a play.
2 Exempt from the power of love.
3 The tricolored violet, commonly called pansies, or hearts’ ease, is here meant; one or two of its petals are of a purple color. It has other fanciful and expressive names.
Enter DEMETRIUS, Helena following him.
Hel. You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant; ? But yet you draw not iron, for my
Dem. Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair ?
Hel. And even for that do I love you the more.
your dog ? Dem. Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit; For I am sick when I do look on thee.
Hel. And I am sick when I look not on you.
Dem. You do impeach your modesty too much
1 Mad, raving. Wud is the synonymous Scotch term.
2 « There is now a dayes a kind of adamant which draweth unto it fleshe, and the same so strongly, that it hath power to knit and tie together two mouthes of contrary persons, and draw the heart of a man out of his bodie without offending any part of him.” Certaine Secrete Wonders of Nature, by Edward Fenton, 1569.
3 i. e. bring it into question.
And the ill counsel of a desert place,
Hel. Your virtue is my privilege for that.
Dem. I'll run from thee, and hide me in the brakes, And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts.
Hel. The wildest hath not such a heart as you.
Dem. I will not stay thy questions. Let me go;
Hel. Ay, in the temple, in the town, the field,
[Exeunt Dem. and Hel. Obe. Fare thee well, nymph. Ere he do leave this
Puck. Ay, there it is.
I pray thee, give it me.
1 The greater cowslip.
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
SCENE II. Another Part of the Wood.
Enter TITANIA, with her Train. Tita. Come, now a roundel,' and a fairy song, Then, for the third part of a minute, hence; Some, to kill cankers in the musk-rose buds; Some, war with rear-mice” for their leathern wings, To make my small elves coats; and some, keep back The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots, and wonders At our quaint spirits.3 Sing me now asleep; Then to your offices, and let me rest.
Thorny hedge-hogs, be not seen ;
Come not near our fairy queen. 1 The roundel, or round, as its name implies, was a dance in a ring. 3 Bats. 3 Sports.
CHORUS. Philomel, with melody,
Sing in our sweet lullaby;
Never harm, nor spell nor charm,
2 Fai. Weaving spiders, come not here;
Hence, you long-legg'd spinners, hence.
Worm, nor snail, do no offence.
[Exeunt Fairies. TITANIA sleeps.
[Squeezes the flower on Titania's eyelids.
Enter LYSANDER and HERMIA.
Her. Be it so, Lysander; find you out a bed,