A Midsummer Night's Dream
Act I
scene III
Act II
scene III
Act IV
scene III
Act V
scene I
mainCont width actsCont width
mainCont left actsCont left
mainCont right actsCont right
selAct left selAct right
  absolutní levá pozice
  acts cont padding (l/r) 3%

First folio
Modern text

Definitions

Key line

Enter King of Pharies, solus.Enter Oberon, King of Fairies MND III.ii.1
Ob. OBERON 
I wonder if Titania be awak't;I wonder if Titania be awaked; MND III.ii.1
Then what it was that next came in her eye,Then what it was that next came in her eye, MND III.ii.2
Which she must dote on, in extremitie.Which she must dote on, in extremity. MND III.ii.3
Here comes my messenger:Here comes my messenger. MND III.ii.4.1
Enter Pucke.Enter Puck MND III.ii.4
how now mad spirit,How now, mad spirit? MND III.ii.4.2
What night-rule now about this gaunted groue?What night-rule now about this haunted grove?night-rule (n.)night-time activity, nocturnal diversionMND III.ii.5
Puck. PUCK 
My Mistris with a monster is in loue,My mistress with a monster is in love. MND III.ii.6
Neere to her close and consecrated bower,Near to her close and consecrated bower,close (adj.)private, secluded, sequesteredMND III.ii.7
While she was in her dull and sleeping hower,While she was in her dull and sleeping hour, MND III.ii.8
A crew of patches, rude Mcehanicals,A crew of patches, rude mechanicalsmechanical (n.)
old form: Mcehanicals
manual worker, craftsman, menial
MND III.ii.9
rude (adj.)ignorant, unlearned, uneducated
rude (adj.)uncivilized, uncultivated, unrefined
patch (n.)fool, clown; rogue, knave
That worke for bread vpon Athenian stals,That work for bread upon Athenian stalls, MND III.ii.10
Were met together to rehearse a Play,Were met together to rehearse a play MND III.ii.11
Intended for great Theseus nuptiall day:Intended for great Theseus' nuptial day. MND III.ii.12
The shallowest thick-skin of that barren sort,The shallowest thickskin of that barren sort,barren (adj.)stupid, empty-headed, dullMND III.ii.13
sort (n.)pack, crowd, gang
thickskin, thick-skin (n.)brutishly built, dullard, blockhead
Who Piramus presented, in their sport,Who Pyramus presented, in their sportsport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentMND III.ii.14
Forsooke his Scene, and entred in a brake,Forsook his scene and entered in a brake,brake (n.)bush, thicketMND III.ii.15
scene (n.)stage, performing area
When I did him at this aduantage take,When I did him at this advantage take. MND III.ii.16
An Asses nole I fixed on his head.An ass's nole I fixed on his head.nole (n.)noddle, headMND III.ii.17
Anon his Thisbie must be answered,Anon his Thisbe must be answered,anon (adv.)soon, shortly, presentlyMND III.ii.18
And forth my Mimmick comes: when they him spie,And forth my mimic comes. When they him spy – mimic (n.)
old form: Mimmick
burlesque actor, performer, thespian
MND III.ii.19
As Wilde-geese, that the creeping Fowler eye,As wild geese that the creeping fowler eye, MND III.ii.20
Or russed-pated choughes, many in sortOr russet-pated choughs, many in sort,chough (n.)
old form: choughes
jackdaw
MND III.ii.21
russet-pated (adj.)with reddish-brown head; or: grey-headed
sort (n.)pack, crowd, gang
(Rising and cawing at the guns report)Rising and cawing at the gun's report, MND III.ii.22
Seuer themselues, and madly sweepe the skye:Sever themselves and madly sweep the sky –  MND III.ii.23
So at his sight, away his fellowes flye,So at his sight away his fellows fly, MND III.ii.24
And at our stampe, here ore and ore one fals;And at our stamp here o'er and o'er one falls. MND III.ii.25
He murther cries, and helpe from Athens cals.He ‘ Murder!’ cries, and help from Athens calls. MND III.ii.26
Their sense thus weake, lost with their feares thus strong,Their sense thus weak, lost with their fears thus strong, MND III.ii.27
Made senselesse things begin to do them wrong.Made senseless things begin to do them wrong. MND III.ii.28
For briars and thornes at their apparell snatch,For briars and thorns at their apparel snatch,apparel (n.)
old form: apparell
clothes, clothing, dress
MND III.ii.29
Some sleeues, some hats, from yeelders all things catch,Some sleeves, some hats. From yielders all things catch.yielder (n.)
old form: yeelders
one who gives up, conceder
MND III.ii.30
catch (v.)seize, get hold of, capture
I led them on in this distracted feare,I led them on in this distracted fear, MND III.ii.31
And left sweete Piramus translated there:And left sweet Pyramus translated there;translate (v.)transform, change, alterMND III.ii.32
When in that moment (so it came to passe)When in that moment – so it came to pass –  MND III.ii.33
Tytania waked, and straightway lou'd an Asse.Titania waked, and straightway loved an ass. MND III.ii.34
Ob. OBERON 
This fals out better then I could deuise:This falls out better than I could devise! MND III.ii.35
But hast thou yet lacht the Athenians eyes,But hast thou yet latched the Athenian's eyeslatch (v.)
old form: lacht
fasten, secure; or: moisten [leach]
MND III.ii.36
With the loue iuyce, as I bid thee doe?With the love juice, as I did bid thee do? MND III.ii.37
Rob. PUCK 
I tooke him sleeping (that is finisht to)I took him sleeping – that is finished too; MND III.ii.38
And the Athenian woman by his side,And the Athenian woman by his side, MND III.ii.39
That when he wak't, of force she must be eyde.That when he waked of force she must be eyed. MND III.ii.40
Enter Demetrius and Hermia.Enter Demetrius and Hermia MND III.ii.41
Ob. OBERON 
Stand close, this is the same Athenian.Stand close. This is the same Athenian. MND III.ii.41
Rob. PUCK 
This is the woman, but not this the man.This is the woman, but not this the man. MND III.ii.42
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
O why rebuke you him that loues you so?O, why rebuke you him that loves you so?rebuke (v.)repress, put down, checkMND III.ii.43
Lay breath so bitter on your bitter foe.Lay breath so bitter on your bitter foe.breath (n.)utterance, speech, voiceMND III.ii.44
Her. HERMIA  
Now I but chide, but I should vse thee worse.Now I but chide; but I should use thee worse,chide (v.), past form chidscold, rebuke, reproveMND III.ii.45
For thou (I feare) hast giuen me cause to curse,For thou, I fear, hast given me cause to curse. MND III.ii.46
If thou hast slaine Lysander in his sleepe,If thou hast slain Lysander in his sleep, MND III.ii.47
Being oreshooes in bloud, plunge in the deepe,Being o'er shoes in blood, plunge in the deep, MND III.ii.48
and kill me too:And kill me too. MND III.ii.49
The Sunne was not so true vnto the day,The sun was not so true unto the day MND III.ii.50
As he to me. Would he haue stollen away,As he to me. Would he have stolen away MND III.ii.51
From sleeping Hermia? Ile beleeue as sooneFrom sleeping Hermia? I'll believe as soon MND III.ii.52
This whole earth may be bord, and that the MooneThis whole earth may be bored, and that the moonwhole (adj.)unbroken, sound, intactMND III.ii.53
May through the Center creepe, and so displeaseMay through the centre creep, and so displeasecentre (n.)
old form: Center
centre of the Earth, axis
MND III.ii.54
Her brothers noonetide, with th' Antipodes.Her brother's noontide with the Antipodes. MND III.ii.55
It cannot be but thou hast murdred him,It cannot be but thou hast murdered him. MND III.ii.56
So should a mutrherer looke, so dead, so grim.So should a murderer look; so dead, so grim.dead (adj.)deadly, death-dealing, murderousMND III.ii.57
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
So should the murderer looke, and so should I,So should the murdered look, and so should I, MND III.ii.58
Pierst through the heart with your stearne cruelty:Pierced through the heart with your stern cruelty. MND III.ii.59
Yet you the murderer looks as bright as cleare,Yet you, the murderer, look as bright, as clear,clear (adj.)
old form: cleare
serene, cheerful, unclouded
MND III.ii.60
As yonder Venus in her glimmering spheare.As yonder Venus in her glimmering sphere.Venus (n.)planet particularly associated with love, beauty, and fertilityMND III.ii.61
sphere (n.)
old form: spheare
celestial globe in which a heavenly body was thought to move, orbit
Her. HERMIA  
What's this to my Lysander? where is he?What's this to my Lysander? Where is he? MND III.ii.62
Ah good Demetrius, wilt thou giue him me?Ah, good Demetrius, wilt thou give him me? MND III.ii.63
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
I'de rather giue his carkasse to my hounds.I had rather give his carcass to my hounds. MND III.ii.64
Her. HERMIA  
Out dog, out cur, thou driu'st me past the boundsOut, dog! Out, cur! Thou drivest me past the bounds MND III.ii.65
Of maidens patience. Hast thou slaine him then?Of maiden's patience. Hast thou slain him then? MND III.ii.66
Henceforth be neuer numbred among men.Henceforth be never numbered among men. MND III.ii.67
Oh, once tell true, euen for my sake,O, once tell true – tell true, even for my sake. MND III.ii.68
Durst thou a lookt vpon him, being awake?Durst thou have looked upon him being awake? MND III.ii.69
And hast thou kill'd him sleeping? O braue tutch:And hast thou killed him sleeping? O, brave touch!brave (adj.)
old form: braue
noble, worthy, excellent
MND III.ii.70
touch (n.)
old form: tutch
act, action, deed
Could not a worme, an Adder do so much?Could not a worm, an adder do so much?worm (n.)
old form: worme
serpent, snake
MND III.ii.71
An Adder did it: for with doubler tongueAn adder did it; for with doubler tonguedouble (adj.)forked, dividedMND III.ii.72
Then thine (thou serpent) neuer Adder stung.Than thine, thou serpent, never adder stung. MND III.ii.73
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
You spend your passion on a mispris'd mood,You spend your passion on a misprised mood.mood (n.)anger, fury, frenzy, fit of temperMND III.ii.74
misprised (adj.)
old form: mispris'd
mistaken, misguided, erroneous
passion (n.)fit of anger, feeling of rage
spend (v.)expend, express, give vent to
I am not guiltie of Lysanders blood:I am not guilty of Lysander's blood. MND III.ii.75
Nor is he dead for ought that I can tell.Nor is he dead, for aught that I can tell.aught (n.)
old form: ought
anything, [with negative word] nothing
MND III.ii.76
Her. HERMIA  
I pray thee tell me then that he is well.I pray thee, tell me then that he is well. MND III.ii.77
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
And if I could, what should I get therefore?An if I could, what should I get therefore?an if (conj.)ifMND III.ii.78
Her. HERMIA  
A priuiledge, neuer to see me more;A privilege never to see me more; MND III.ii.79
And from thy hated presence part I: And from thy hated presence part I so. MND III.ii.80
see me no more / Whether he be dead or no. See me no more, whether he be dead or no. MND III.ii.81
Exit.Exit MND III.ii.81
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
There is no following her in this fierce vaine,There is no following her in this fierce vein. MND III.ii.82
Here therefore for a while I will remaine.Here therefore for a while I will remain. MND III.ii.83
So sorrowes heauinesse doth heauier grow:So sorrow's heaviness doth heavier growheavy (adj.)
old form: heauier
pressing, weighty, overpowering
MND III.ii.84
For debt that bankrout slip doth sorrow owe,For debt that bankrupt sleep doth sorrow owe, MND III.ii.85
Which now in some slight measure it will pay,Which now in some slight measure it will pay, MND III.ii.86
If for his tender here I make some stay. If for his tender here I make some stay.tender (n.)offer, offeringMND III.ii.87
Lie downe.He lies down and sleeps MND III.ii.88
Ob. OBERON 
What hast thou done? Thou hast mistaken quiteWhat hast thou done? Thou hast mistaken quite, MND III.ii.88
And laid the loue iuyce on some true loues sight:And laid the love juice on some true love's sight. MND III.ii.89
Of thy misprision, must perforce ensueOf thy misprision must perforce ensuemisprision (n.)mistake, error, misunderstanding, misconceptionMND III.ii.90
perforce (adv.)of necessity, with no choice in the matter
Some true loue turn'd, and not a false turn'd true.Some true love turned, and not a false turned true.false (adj.)sham, spurious, not genuine, artificialMND III.ii.91
turn (v.)
old form: turn'd
change, transform, alter
Rob. PUCK 
Then fate ore-rules, that one man holding troth,Then fate o'errules, that, one man holding truth, MND III.ii.92
A million faile, confounding oath on oath.A million fail, confounding oath on oath. MND III.ii.93
Ob. OBERON 
About the wood, goe swifter then the winde,About the wood go swifter than the wind, MND III.ii.94
And Helena of Athens looke thou finde.And Helena of Athens look thou find. MND III.ii.95
All fancy sicke she is, and pale of cheere,All fancy-sick she is and pale of cheercheer (n.)
old form: cheere
face, look, expression
MND III.ii.96
fancy-sick (adj.)
old form: fancy sicke
love-sick, infatuated, pining
With sighes of loue, that costs the fresh bloud deare.With sighs of love, that costs the fresh blood dear. MND III.ii.97
By some illusion see thou bring her heere,By some illusion see thou bring her here.illusion (n.)deception, delusion, deceitMND III.ii.98
Ile charme his eyes against she doth appeare.I'll charm his eyes against she do appear. MND III.ii.99
Robin. PUCK 
I go, I go, looke how I goe,I go, I go – look how I go –  MND III.ii.100
Swifter then arrow from the Tartars bowe. Swifter than arrow from the Tartar's bow.Tartar (n.)someone from Tartary, C Asia; known for pitilessness; also, a stereotype of dark complexionMND III.ii.101
Exit.Exit MND III.ii.101
Ob. OBERON 
Flower of this purple die,Flower of this purple dye, MND III.ii.102
Hit with Cupids archery,Hit with Cupid's archery,Cupid (n.)[pron: 'kyoopid] Roman god of love, son of Venus and Mercury; a winged, blindfolded boy with curved bow and arrowsMND III.ii.103
Sinke in apple of his eye,Sink in apple of his eye.apple (n.)pupil, centreMND III.ii.104
He squeezes the flower on Demetrius's eyes MND III.ii.105
When his loue he doth espie,When his love he doth espy, MND III.ii.105
Let her shine as gloriouslyLet her shine as gloriously MND III.ii.106
As the Venus of the sky.As the Venus of the sky.Venus (n.)planet particularly associated with love, beauty, and fertilityMND III.ii.107
When thou wak'st if she be by,When thou wakest, if she be by, MND III.ii.108
Beg of her for remedy.Beg of her for remedy. MND III.ii.109
Enter Pucke.Enter Puck MND III.ii.110
Puck. PUCK 
Captaine of our Fairy band,Captain of our fairy band, MND III.ii.110
Helena is heere at hand,Helena is here at hand, MND III.ii.111
And the youth, mistooke by me,And the youth mistook by me, MND III.ii.112
Pleading for a Louers fee.Pleading for a lover's fee.fee (n.)payment, reward, recompenseMND III.ii.113
Shall we their fond Pageant see?Shall we their fond pageant see?pageant (n.)show, scene, spectacle, tableauMND III.ii.114
fond (adj.)foolish, trifling, frivolous
Lord, what fooles these mortals be!Lord, what fools these mortals be! MND III.ii.115
Ob. OBERON 
Stand aside: the noyse they make,Stand aside. The noise they make MND III.ii.116
Will cause Demetrius to awake.Will cause Demetrius to awake. MND III.ii.117
Puck. PUCK 
Then will two at once wooe one,Then will two at once woo one –  MND III.ii.118
That must needs be sport alone:That must needs be sport alone;sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentMND III.ii.119
And those things doe best please me,And those things do best please me MND III.ii.120
That befall preposterously.That befall preposterously.befall (v.), past forms befallen, befellhappen, occur, take place, turn outMND III.ii.121
preposterously (adv.)out of the normal course of events, unnaturally, perversely
Enter Lysander and Helena.Enter Lysander and Helena MND III.ii.122
Lys. LYSANDER 
Why should you think yt I should wooe in scorn?Why should you think that I should woo in scorn? MND III.ii.122
Scorne and derision neuer comes in teares:Scorn and derision never come in tears. MND III.ii.123
Looke when I vow I weepe; and vowes so borne,Look when I vow, I weep; and vows so born,look when (conj.)
old form: Looke
whenever, as soon as
MND III.ii.124
In their natiuity all truth appeares.In their nativity all truth appears. MND III.ii.125
How can these things in me, seeme scorne to you?How can these things in me seem scorn to you, MND III.ii.126
Bearing the badge of faith to proue them true.Bearing the badge of faith to prove them true? MND III.ii.127
Hel. HELENA 
You doe aduance your cunning more & more,You do advance your cunning more and more.advance (v.)
old form: aduance
display, present, promote
MND III.ii.128
When truth kils truth, O diuelish holy fray!When truth kills truth, O devilish-holy fray! MND III.ii.129
These vowes are Hermias. Will you giue her ore?These vows are Hermia's. Will you give her o'er?give over (v.)
old form: giue ore
desert, leave, abandon
MND III.ii.130
Weigh oath with oath, and you will nothing weigh.Weigh oath with oath, and you will nothing weigh. MND III.ii.131
Your vowes to her, and me, (put in two scales)Your vows to her and me, put in two scales, MND III.ii.132
Will euen weigh, and both as light as tales.Will even weigh, and both as light as tales.tale (n.)false rumour, story, tittle-tattleMND III.ii.133
Lys. LYSANDER 
I had no iudgement, when to her I swore.I had no judgement when to her I swore. MND III.ii.134
Hel. HELENA 
Nor none in my minde, now you giue her ore.Nor none in my mind now you give her o'er. MND III.ii.135
Lys. LYSANDER 
Demetrius loues her, and he loues not you. Demetrius loves her, and he loves not you. MND III.ii.136
Dem.DEMETRIUS  
Awa. (wakes) MND III.ii.137
O Helen, goddesse, nimph, perfect, diuine,O Helena, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine –  MND III.ii.137
To what my, loue, shall I compare thine eyne!To what, my love, shall I compare thine eyne?eyne (n.)[archaism] eyesMND III.ii.138
Christall is muddy, O how ripe in show,Crystal is muddy! O, how ripe in showripe (adj.)red and full like ripe fruitMND III.ii.139
Thy lips, those kissing cherries, tempting grow!Thy lips – those kissing cherries – tempting grow! MND III.ii.140
That pure congealed white, high Tauruss now,That pure congealed white, high Taurus' snow,Taurus (n.)[pron: 'tawrus] Turkish mountain rangeMND III.ii.141
Fan'd with the Easterne winde, turnes to a crow,Fanned with the eastern wind, turns to a crow MND III.ii.142
When thou holdst vp thy hand. O let me kisseWhen thou holdest up thy hand. O, let me kiss MND III.ii.143
This Princesse of pure white, this seale of blisse.This princess of pure white, this seal of bliss!princess (n.)
old form: Princesse
paragon, sovereign form, ideal
MND III.ii.144
seal (n.)
old form: seale
pledge, promise, token, sign
Hell. HELENA 
O spight! O hell! I see you are all bentO spite! O hell! I see you all are bentbent (adj.)determined, intent, resolvedMND III.ii.145
To set against me, for your merriment:To set against me for your merriment.set against (v.)be hostile to, make an attack onMND III.ii.146
If you were ciuill, and knew curtesie,If you were civil and knew courtesycourtesy, cur'sy, curtsy (n.)
old form: curtesie
courteous service, polite behaviour, good manners
MND III.ii.147
You would not doe me thus much iniury.You would not do me thus much injury.injury (n.)
old form: iniury
insult, affront, slight
MND III.ii.148
Can you not hate me, as I know you doe,Can you not hate me – as I know you do –  MND III.ii.149
But you must ioyne in soules to mocke me to?But you must join in souls to mock me too? MND III.ii.150
If you are men, as men you are in show,If you were men – as men you are in show –  MND III.ii.151
You would not vse a gentle Lady so;You would not use a gentle lady so,gentle (adj.)well-born, honourable, nobleMND III.ii.152
To vow, and sweare, and superpraise my parts,To vow, and swear, and superpraise my parts,part (n.)quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]MND III.ii.153
When I am sure you hate me with your hearts.When, I am sure, you hate me with your hearts. MND III.ii.154
You both are Riuals, and loue Hermia;You both are rivals, and love Hermia; MND III.ii.155
And now both Riuals to mocke Helena.And now both rivals to mock Helena. MND III.ii.156
A trim exploit, a manly enterprize,A trim exploit, a manly enterprise – trim (adj.)fine, excellent, smartMND III.ii.157
To coniure teares vp in a poore maids eyes,To conjure tears up in a poor maid's eyesconjure up (v.)
old form: coniure vp
bring about [as if by magic], cause to appear
MND III.ii.158
With your derision; none of noble sort,With your derision. None of noble sortsort (n.)class, level, social rankMND III.ii.159
Would so offend a Virgin, and extortWould so offend a virgin, and extortextort (v.)torture, abuse, wringMND III.ii.160
A poore soules patience, all to make you sport.A poor soul's patience, all to make you sport.sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentMND III.ii.161
Lysa. LYSANDER 
You are vnkind Demetrius; be not so,You are unkind, Demetrius. Be not so, MND III.ii.162
For you loue Hermia; this you know I know;For you love Hermia – this you know I know. MND III.ii.163
And here with all good will, with all my heart,And here: with all good will, with all my heart, MND III.ii.164
In Hermias loue I yeeld you vp my part;In Hermia's love I yield you up my part. MND III.ii.165
And yours of Helena, to me bequeath,And yours of Helena to me bequeath, MND III.ii.166
Whom I do loue, and will do to my death.Whom I do love, and will do till my death. MND III.ii.167
Hel. HELENA 
Neuer did mockers wast more idle breth.Never did mockers waste more idle breath. MND III.ii.168
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
Lysander, keep thy Hermia, I will none:Lysander, keep thy Hermia. I will none. MND III.ii.169
If ere I lou'd her, all that loue is gone.If e'er I loved her all that love is gone. MND III.ii.170
My heart to her, but as guest-wise soiourn'd,My heart to her but as guestwise sojourned,sojourn (v.)
old form: soiourn'd
travel, journey, go to stay
MND III.ii.171
guestwise (adv.)
old form: guest-wise
in the manner of a guest, as a visitor
And now to Helen it is home return'd,And now to Helen is it home returned, MND III.ii.172
There to remaine.There to remain. MND III.ii.173.1
Lys. LYSANDER 
It is not so.Helen, it is not so. MND III.ii.173.2
De. DEMETRIUS 
Disparage not the faith thou dost not know,Disparage not the faith thou dost not know, MND III.ii.174
Lest to thy perill thou abide it deare.Lest to thy peril thou aby it dear.aby (v.)suffer for, pay for, atone forMND III.ii.175
Looke where thy Loue comes, yonder is thy deare.Look where thy love comes: yonder is thy dear. MND III.ii.176
Enter Hermia.Enter Hermia MND III.ii.177
Her. HERMIA  
Dark night, that from the eye his function takes,Dark night that from the eye his function takes MND III.ii.177
The eare more quicke of apprehension makes,The ear more quick of apprehension makes.apprehension (n.)perception, auditory receptionMND III.ii.178
Wherein it doth impaire the seeing sense,Wherein it doth impair the seeing sense MND III.ii.179
It paies the hearing double recompence.It pays the hearing double recompense. MND III.ii.180
Thou art not by mine eye, Lysander found,Thou art not by mine eye, Lysander, found; MND III.ii.181
Mine eare (I thanke it) brought me to that sound.Mine ear – I thank it – brought me to thy sound. MND III.ii.182
But why vnkindly didst thou leaue me so? But why unkindly didst thou leave me so? MND III.ii.183
Lysan.LYSANDER 
Why should hee stay whom Loue doth presse (to go?Why should he stay whom love doth press to go? MND III.ii.184
Her. HERMIA  
What loue could presse Lysander from my side?What love could press Lysander from my side? MND III.ii.185
Lys. LYSANDER 
Lysanders loue (that would not let him bide)Lysander's love, that would not let him bide: MND III.ii.186
Faire Helena; who more engilds the night,Fair Helena, who more engilds the nightengild (v.)gild, brighten, illuminateMND III.ii.187
Then all yon fierie oes, and eies of light.Than all you fiery oes and eyes of light,O (n.)
old form: oes
circle, orb, sphere
MND III.ii.188
Why seek'st thou me? Could not this make thee know,Why seekest thou me? Could not this make thee know MND III.ii.189
The hate I bare thee, made me leaue thee so?The hate I bear thee made me leave thee so? MND III.ii.190
Her. HERMIA  
You speake not as you thinke; it cannot be.You speak not as you think. It cannot be. MND III.ii.191
Hel. HELENA 
Loe, she is one of this confederacy,Lo, she is one of this confederacy. MND III.ii.192
Now I perceiue they haue conioyn'd all three,Now I perceive they have conjoined all three MND III.ii.193
To fashion this false sport in spight of me.To fashion this false sport in spite of me.sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentMND III.ii.194
spite (n.)
old form: spight
annoyance, vexation, irritation
false (adj.)unfair, unjust, double-crossing
fashion (v.)arrange, contrive, manage
Iniurous Hermia, most vngratefull maid,Injurious Hermia, most ungrateful maid, MND III.ii.195
Haue you conspir'd, haue you with these contriu'dHave you conspired, have you with these contrived MND III.ii.196
To baite me, with this foule derision?To bait me with this foul derision?bait (v.)
old form: baite
harass, persecute, torment
MND III.ii.197
Is all the counsell that we two haue shar'd,Is all the counsel that we two have shared –  MND III.ii.198
The sisters vowes, the houres that we haue spent,The sisters' vows, the hours that we have spent MND III.ii.199
When wee haue chid the hasty footed time,When we have chid the hasty-footed timechide (v.), past form chidscold, rebuke, reproveMND III.ii.200
For parting vs; O, is all forgot?For parting us – O, is all forgot? MND III.ii.201
All schooledaies friendship, child-hood innocence?All schooldays' friendship, childhood innocence? MND III.ii.202
We Hermia, like two Artificiall gods,We, Hermia, like two artificial godsartificial (adj.)
old form: Artificiall
showing creative artistry, artistically skilful
MND III.ii.203
Haue with our needles, created both one flower,Have with our needles created both one flower, MND III.ii.204
Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion,Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion, MND III.ii.205
Both warbling of one song, both in one key;Both warbling of one song, both in one key,key (n.)accord, rapport, mindMND III.ii.206
As if our hands, our sides, voices, and mindesAs if our hands, our sides, voices, and minds MND III.ii.207
Had beene incorporate. So we grew together,Had been incorporate. So we grew togetherincorporate (adj.)united in one body, combined in one entityMND III.ii.208
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,Like to a double cherry, seeming parted MND III.ii.209
But yet a vnion in partition,But yet an union in partition, MND III.ii.210
Two louely berries molded on one stem,Two lovely berries moulded on one stem, MND III.ii.211
So with two seeming bodies, but one heart,So with two seeming bodies but one heart, MND III.ii.212
Two of the first life coats in Heraldry,Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,coat (n.)coat-of-armsMND III.ii.213
first (n.)[heraldry] first tincture in a blazon
Due but to one and crowned with one crest.Due but to one, and crowned with one crest.crest (n.)heraldic device placed above the shield and helmet in a coat-of-armsMND III.ii.214
And will you rent our ancient loue asunder,And will you rent our ancient love asunder,rent (v.)rend, tear, pull to piecesMND III.ii.215
To ioyne with men in scorning your poore friend?To join with men in scorning your poor friend? MND III.ii.216
It is not friendly, 'tis not maidenly.It is not friendly, 'tis not maidenly. MND III.ii.217
Our sexe as well as I, may chide you for it,Our sex as well as I may chide you for it,chide (v.), past form chidscold, rebuke, reproveMND III.ii.218
Though I alone doe feele the iniurie.Though I alone do feel the injury. MND III.ii.219
Her. HERMIA  
I am amazed at your passionate words,I am amazed at your passionate words. MND III.ii.220
I scorne you not; It seemes that you scorne me.I scorn you not; it seems that you scorn me. MND III.ii.221
Hel. HELENA 
Haue you not set Lysander, as in scorneHave you not set Lysander, as in scorn, MND III.ii.222
To follow me, and praise my eies and face?To follow me and praise my eyes and face? MND III.ii.223
And made your other loue, DemetriusAnd made your other love, Demetrius –  MND III.ii.224
(Who euen but now did spurne me with his foote)Who even but now did spurn me with his foot – spurn (v.)
old form: spurne
kick, strike, stamp [on], dash
MND III.ii.225
To call me goddesse, nimph, diuine, and rare,To call me goddess, nymph, divine and rare, MND III.ii.226
Precious, celestiall? Wherefore speakes he thisPrecious, celestial? Wherefore speaks he this MND III.ii.227
To her he hates? and wherefore doth LysanderTo her he hates? And wherefore doth Lysander MND III.ii.228
Denie your loue (so rich within his soule)Deny your love, so rich within his soul, MND III.ii.229
And tender me (forsooth) affection,And tender me forsooth affection,forsooth (adv.)in truth, certainly, truly, indeedMND III.ii.230
But by your setting on, by your consent?But by your setting on, by your consent?set on (v.)encourage, urge, inciteMND III.ii.231
What though I be not so in grace as you,What though I be not so in grace as you, MND III.ii.232
So hung vpon with loue, so fortunate?So hung upon with love, so fortunate, MND III.ii.233
(But miserable most, to loue vnlou'd)But miserable most, to love unloved: MND III.ii.234
This you should pittie, rather then despise.This you should pity rather than despise. MND III.ii.235
Her. HERMIA  
I vnderstand not what you meane by this.I understand not what you mean by this. MND III.ii.236
Hel. HELENA 
I, doe, perseuer, counterfeit sad lookes,Ay, do! Persever, counterfeit sad looks,counterfeit (v.)pretend, feign, make believeMND III.ii.237
persever (v.)
old form: perseuer
persevere, persist, keep at it
sad (adj.)serious, grave, solemn
Make mouthes vpon me when I turne my backe,Make mouths upon me when I turn my back, MND III.ii.238
Winke each at other, hold the sweete iest vp:Wink each at other, hold the sweet jest up.hold up (v.)
old form: vp
continue, keep going, carry on
MND III.ii.239
This sport well carried, shall be chronicled.This sport well carried shall be chronicled.carry (v.)carry out, manage, conductMND III.ii.240
chronicle (v.)enter into a chronicle, record in history
sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainment
If you haue any pittie, grace, or manners,If you have any pity, grace, or manners, MND III.ii.241
You would not make me such an argument:You would not make me such an argument.argument (n.)subject, point, theme, targetMND III.ii.242
But fare ye well, 'tis partly mine owne fault,But fare ye well. 'Tis partly my own fault,fare ... well (int.)goodbye [to an individual]MND III.ii.243
Which death or absence soone shall remedie.Which death or absence soon shall remedy. MND III.ii.244
Lys. LYSANDER 
Stay gentle Helena, heare my excuse,Stay, gentle Helena, hear my excuse,gentle (adj.)soft, tender, kindMND III.ii.245
My loue, my life, my soule, faire Helena.My love, my life, my soul, fair Helena! MND III.ii.246
Hel. HELENA 
O excellent!O excellent! MND III.ii.247.1
Her. HERMIA  
(to Lysander) MND III.ii.247
Sweete, do not scorne her so.Sweet, do not scorn her so. MND III.ii.247.2
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
If she cannot entreate, I can compell.If she cannot entreat, I can compel. MND III.ii.248
Lys. LYSANDER 
Thou canst compell, no more then she entreate.Thou canst compel no more than she entreat. MND III.ii.249
Thy threats haue no more strength then her weak praise.Thy threats have no more strength than her weak prayers. MND III.ii.250
Helen, I loue thee, by my life I doe;Helen, I love thee. By my life, I do. MND III.ii.251
I sweare by that which I will lose for thee,I swear by that which I will lose for thee MND III.ii.252
To proue him false, that saies I loue thee not.To prove him false that says I love thee not.false (adj.)wrong, mistakenMND III.ii.253
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
I say, I loue thee more then he can do.I say I love thee more than he can do. MND III.ii.254
Lys. LYSANDER 
If thou say so, with-draw and proue it too.If thou say so, withdraw, and prove it too. MND III.ii.255
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
Quick, come.Quick, come. MND III.ii.256.1
Her. HERMIA  
Lysander, whereto tends all this?Lysander, whereto tends all this? MND III.ii.256.2
Lys. LYSANDER 
Away, you Ethiope.Away, you Ethiope!Ethiop, Ethiope (adj./n.)Ethiopian, African, person with a dark countenanceMND III.ii.257.1
Dem.DEMETRIUS 
No, no, Sir, No, no. He'll MND III.ii.257.2
seeme to breake loose; / Take on as you would follow,Seem to break loose, take on as he would follow,take on (v.)behave, act; or: rage, rantMND III.ii.258
But yet come not: you are a tame man, go.But yet come not. (To Lysander) You are a tame man, go. MND III.ii.259
Lys. LYSANDER 
Hang off thou cat, thou bur; vile thing let loose,Hang off, thou cat, thou burr! Vile thing, let loose,bur, burr (n.)clinger, person difficult to shake offMND III.ii.260
hang off (v.)leave hold, stop clinging
Or I will shake thee from me like a serpent.Or I will shake thee from me like a serpent. MND III.ii.261
Her. HERMIA  
Why are you growne so rude? / What change is this Why are you grown so rude? What change is this, MND III.ii.262
sweete Loue?Sweet love? MND III.ii.263.1
Lys. LYSANDER 
Thy loue? out tawny Tartar, out;Thy love? – out, tawny Tartar, out;Tartar (n.)someone from Tartary, C Asia; known for pitilessness; also, a stereotype of dark complexionMND III.ii.263.2
Out loathed medicine; O hated poison hence.Out, loathed medicine! O hated potion, hence!potion (n.)poison, deadly drinkMND III.ii.264
Her. HERMIA  
Do you not iest?Do you not jest? MND III.ii.265.1
Hel. HELENA 
Yes sooth, and so do you.Yes, sooth, and so do you.sooth (n.)truth [in exclamations, emphasizing an assertion]MND III.ii.265.2
Lys. LYSANDER 
Demetrius: I will keepe my word with thee.Demetrius, I will keep my word with thee. MND III.ii.266
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
I would I had your bond: for I perceiueI would I had your bond; for I perceivebond (n.)deed, contract, pledgeMND III.ii.267
A weake bond holds you; Ile not trust your word.A weak bond holds you. I'll not trust your word.bond (n.)[physical] tie, restraint, constraintMND III.ii.268
Lys. LYSANDER 
What, should I hurt her, strike her, kill her dead?What? Should I hurt her, strike her, kill her dead? MND III.ii.269
Although I hate her, Ile not harme her so.Although I hate her, I'll not harm her so. MND III.ii.270
Her. HERMIA  
What, can you do me greater harme then hate?What? Can you do me greater harm than hate? MND III.ii.271
Hate me, wherefore? O me, what newes my Loue?Hate me? Wherefore? O me, what news, my love? MND III.ii.272
Am not I Hermia? Are not you Lysander?Am not I Hermia? Are not you Lysander? MND III.ii.273
I am as faire now, as I was ere while.I am as fair now as I was erewhile.erewhile (adv.)
old form: ere while
a short time ago, a while before
MND III.ii.274
Since night you lou'd me; yet since night you left me.Since night you loved me; yet since night you left me.since (adv.)agoMND III.ii.275
Why then you left me (O the gods forbidWhy then, you left me – O, the gods forbid! –  MND III.ii.276
In earnest, shall I say?In earnest, shall I say? MND III.ii.277.1
Lys. LYSANDER 
I, by my life;Ay, by my life; MND III.ii.277.2
And neuer did desire to see thee more.And never did desire to see thee more. MND III.ii.278
Therefore be out of hope, of question, of doubt;Therefore be out of hope, of question, of doubt, MND III.ii.279
Be certaine, nothing truer: 'tis no iest,Be certain. Nothing truer – 'tis no jest MND III.ii.280
That I doe hate thee, and loue Helena.That I do hate thee and love Helena. MND III.ii.281
Her. HERMIA  
O me, you iugler, you canker blossome,O me, you juggler, you canker-blossom,canker-blossom (n.)
old form: canker blossome
grub that destroys the blossom [of love]
MND III.ii.282
juggler (n.)
old form: iugler
trickster, deceiver, fraud
You theefe of loue; What, haue you come by night,You thief of love! What, have you come by night MND III.ii.283
And stolne my loues heart from him?And stolen my love's heart from him? MND III.ii.284.1
Hel. HELENA 
Fine yfaith:Fine, i'faith. MND III.ii.284.2
Haue you no modesty, no maiden shame,Have you no modesty, no maiden shame, MND III.ii.285
No touch of bashfulnesse? What, will you teareNo touch of bashfulness? What, will you tear MND III.ii.286
Impatient answers from my gentle tongue?Impatient answers from my gentle tongue?gentle (adj.)peaceful, calm, free from violenceMND III.ii.287
Fie, fie, you counterfeit, you puppet, you.Fie, fie, you counterfeit, you puppet, you!counterfeit (n.)impostor, pretender, shamMND III.ii.288
Her. HERMIA  
Puppet? why so? I, that way goes the game.Puppet? Why so? – Ay, that way goes the game. MND III.ii.289
Now I perceiue that she hath made compareNow I perceive that she hath made comparecompare (n.)comparison, simile, analogyMND III.ii.290
Betweene our statures, she hath vrg'd her height,Between our statures. She hath urged her height, MND III.ii.291
And with her personage, her tall personage,And with her personage, her tall personage, MND III.ii.292
Her height (forsooth) she hath preuail'd with him.Her height, forsooth, she hath prevailed with him.forsooth (adv.)in truth, certainly, truly, indeedMND III.ii.293
And are you growne so high in his esteeme,And are you grown so high in his esteem MND III.ii.294
Because I am so dwarfish, and so low?Because I am so dwarfish and so low? MND III.ii.295
How low am I, thou painted May-pole? Speake,How low am I, thou painted maypole? Speak! MND III.ii.296
How low am I? I am not yet so low,How low am I? – I am not yet so low MND III.ii.297
But that my nailes can reach vnto thine eyes.But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes. MND III.ii.298
Hel. HELENA 
I pray you though you mocke me, gentlemen,I pray you, though you mock me, gentlemen, MND III.ii.299
Let her not hurt me; I was neuer curst:Let her not hurt me. I was never curst.curst (adj.)bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, crossMND III.ii.300
I haue no gift at all in shrewishnesse;I have no gift at all in shrewishness. MND III.ii.301
I am a right maide for my cowardize;I am a right maid for my cowardice!right (adj.)typical, true, classicMND III.ii.302
Let her not strike me: you perhaps may thinke,Let her not strike me. You perhaps may think MND III.ii.303
Because she is something lower then my selfe,Because she is something lower than myselfsomething (adv.)somewhat, ratherMND III.ii.304
That I can match her.That I can match her.... MND III.ii.305.1
Her. HERMIA  
Lower? harke againe.Lower? Hark, again! MND III.ii.305.2
Hel. HELENA 
Good Hermia, do not be so bitter with me,Good Hermia, do not be so bitter with me. MND III.ii.306
I euermore did loue you Hermia,I evermore did love you, Hermia; MND III.ii.307
Did euer keepe your counsels, neuer wronged you,Did ever keep your counsels, never wronged you, MND III.ii.308
Saue that in loue vnto Demetrius,Save that in love unto Demetrius MND III.ii.309
I told him of your stealth vnto this wood.I told him of your stealth unto this wood.stealth (n.)stealing away, furtive journey, clandestine actMND III.ii.310
He followed you, for loue I followed him,He followed you. For love I followed him. MND III.ii.311
But he hath chid me hence, and threatned meBut he hath chid me hence, and threatened mechide (v.), past form chidbrusquely command, drive [away] with harsh wordsMND III.ii.312
To strike me, spurne me, nay to kill me too;To strike me, spurn me – nay, to kill me too.spurn (v.)
old form: spurne
kick, strike, stamp [on], dash
MND III.ii.313
And now, so you will let me quiet go,And now, so you will let me quiet go, MND III.ii.314
To Athens will I beare my folly backe,To Athens will I bear my folly back MND III.ii.315
And follow you no further. Let me go.And follow you no further. Let me go. MND III.ii.316
You see how simple, and how fond I am.You see how simple and how fond I am.fond (adj.)foolish, trifling, frivolousMND III.ii.317
Her. HERMIA  
Why get you gone: who ist that hinders you?Why, get you gone! Who is't that hinders you? MND III.ii.318
Hel. HELENA 
A foolish heart, that I leaue here behinde.A foolish heart that I leave here behind. MND III.ii.319
Her. HERMIA  
What, with Lysander?What, with Lysander? MND III.ii.320.1
Her. HELENA 
With Demetrius.With Demetrius. MND III.ii.320.2
Lys. LYSANDER 
Be not afraid, she shall not harme thee Helena.Be not afraid; she shall not harm thee, Helena. MND III.ii.321
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
No sir, she shall not, though you take her part.No, sir, She shall not, though you take her part. MND III.ii.322
Hel. HELENA 
O when she's angry, she is keene and shrewd,O, when she is angry she is keen and shrewd.shrewd (adj.)shrewish, bad-tempered, difficultMND III.ii.323
keen (adj.)
old form: keene
sharp, cutting, severe
She was a vixen when she went to schoole,She was a vixen when she went to school, MND III.ii.324
And though she be but little, she is fierce.And though she be but little, she is fierce. MND III.ii.325
Her. HERMIA  
Little againe? Nothing but low and little?Little again? Nothing but low and little? MND III.ii.326
Why will you suffer her to flout me thus?Why will you suffer her to flout me thus? MND III.ii.327
Let me come to her.Let me come to her. MND III.ii.328.1
Lys. LYSANDER 
Get you gone you dwarfe,Get you gone, you dwarf, MND III.ii.328.2
You minimus, of hindring knot-grasse made,You minimus of hindering knot-grass made,minimus (n.)tiniest of creatures, insignificant beingMND III.ii.329
knot-grass (n.)
old form: knot-grasse
species of creeping weed
You bead, you acorne.You bead, you acorn.bead (n.)tiny thing, smallest of objectsMND III.ii.330.1
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
You are too officious,You are too officious MND III.ii.330.2
In her behalfe that scornes your seruices.In her behalf that scorns your services. MND III.ii.331
Let her alone, speake not of Helena,Let her alone. Speak not of Helena, MND III.ii.332
Take not her part. For if thou dost intendTake not her part; for if thou dost intend MND III.ii.333
Neuer so little shew of loue to her,Never so little show of love to her, MND III.ii.334
Thou shalt abide it.Thou shalt aby it.aby (v.)suffer for, pay for, atone forMND III.ii.335.1
Lys. LYSANDER 
Now she holds me not,Now she holds me not. MND III.ii.335.2
Now follow if thou dar'st, to try whose right,Now follow – if thou darest – to try whose right MND III.ii.336
Of thine or mine is most in Helena.Of thine or mine is most in Helena. MND III.ii.337
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
Follow? Nay, Ile goe with thee cheeke by iowle. Follow? Nay, I'll go with thee, cheek by jowl. MND III.ii.338
Exit Lysander and Demetrius.Exeunt Demetrius and Lysander MND III.ii.338
Her. HERMIA  
You Mistris, all this coyle is long of you.You, mistress – all this coil is 'long of you.coil (n.)
old form: coyle
turmoil, disturbance, fuss
MND III.ii.339
Nay, goe not backe.Nay – go not back. MND III.ii.340.1
Hel. HELENA 
I will not trust you I,I will not trust you, I, MND III.ii.340.2
Nor longer stay in your curst companie.Nor longer stay in your curst company.curst (adj.)bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, crossMND III.ii.341
Your hands then mine, are quicker for a fray,Your hands than mine are quicker for a fray. MND III.ii.342
My legs are longer though to runne away.My legs are longer, though, to run away! MND III.ii.343
Exit MND III.ii.343
HERMIA  
I am amazed, and know not what to say! MND III.ii.344
Exit MND III.ii.344
Enter Oberon and Pucke.Oberon and Puck come forward MND III.ii.345.1
Ob. OBERON 
This is thy negligence, still thou mistak'st,This is thy negligence. Still thou mistakest,still (adv.)constantly, always, continuallyMND III.ii.345
Or else committ'st thy knaueries willingly.Or else committest thy knaveries wilfully.knavery (n.)
old form: knaueries
roguish trick, rouguery, trickery
MND III.ii.346
Puck. PUCK 
Beleeue me, King of shadowes, I mistooke,Believe me, King of shadows, I mistook.shadow (n.)
old form: shadowes
spirit, phantom, spectre, ghost
MND III.ii.347
Did not you tell me, I should know the man,Did not you tell me I should know the man MND III.ii.348
By the Athenian garments he hath on?By the Athenian garments he had on? MND III.ii.349
And so farre blamelesse proues my enterprize,And so far blameless proves my enterprise MND III.ii.350
That I haue nointed an Athenians eies,That I have 'nointed an Athenian's eyes. MND III.ii.351
And so farre am I glad, it so did sort,And so far am I glad it so did sort,sort (v.)turn out, fall out, come aboutMND III.ii.352
As this their iangling I esteeme a sport.As this their jangling I esteem a sport.sport (n.)subject of sportMND III.ii.353
Ob. OBERON 
Thou seest these Louers seeke a place to fight,Thou seest these lovers seek a place to fight. MND III.ii.354
Hie therefore Robin, ouercast the night,Hie therefore, Robin, overcast the night.hie (v.)hasten, hurry, speedMND III.ii.355
The starrie Welkin couer thou anon,The starry welkin cover thou anonanon (adv.)soon, shortly, presentlyMND III.ii.356
welkin (n.)sky, firmament, heavens
With drooping fogge as blacke as Acheron,With drooping fog as black as Acheron,Acheron (n.)[pron: 'akeron] Underworld abyss and river, which souls of the dead must crossMND III.ii.357
And lead these testie Riuals so astray,And lead these testy rivals so astray MND III.ii.358
As one come not within anothers way.As one come not within another's way. MND III.ii.359
Like to Lysander, sometime frame thy tongue,Like to Lysander sometime frame thy tongue, MND III.ii.360
Then stirre Demetrius vp with bitter wrong;Then stir Demetrius up with bitter wrong,wrong (n.)insult, offence, slightMND III.ii.361
And sometime raile thou like Demetrius;And sometime rail thou like Demetrius;sometime (adv.)sometimes, now and thenMND III.ii.362
rail (v.)
old form: raile
rant, rave, be abusive [about]
And from each other looke thou leade them thus,And from each other look thou lead them thus MND III.ii.363
Till ore their browes, death-counterfeiting, sleepeTill o'er their brows death-counterfeiting sleepbrow (n.)
old form: browes
forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]
MND III.ii.364
With leaden legs, and Battie-wings doth creepe:With leaden legs and batty wings doth creep.batty (adj.)
old form: Battie
bat-like
MND III.ii.365
Then crush this hearbe into Lysanders eie,Then crush this herb into Lysander's eye –  MND III.ii.366
Whose liquor hath this vertuous propertie,Whose liquor hath this virtuous property,virtuous (adj.)
old form: vertuous
potent, powerful, efficacious
MND III.ii.367
To take from thence all error, with his might,To take from thence all error with his might, MND III.ii.368
And make his eie-bals role with wonted sight.And make his eyeballs roll with wonted sight.wonted (adj.)accustomed, usual, customaryMND III.ii.369
When they next wake, all this derisionWhen they next wake, all this derision MND III.ii.370
Shall seeme a dreame, and fruitlesse vision,Shall seem a dream and fruitless vision, MND III.ii.371
And backe to Athens shall the Louers wendAnd back to Athens shall the lovers wend MND III.ii.372
With league, whose date till death shall neuer end.With league whose date till death shall never end.date (n.)duration, period of existenceMND III.ii.373
Whiles I in this affaire do thee imply,Whiles I in this affair do thee employ MND III.ii.374
Ile to my Queene, and beg her Indian Boy;I'll to my Queen and beg her Indian boy, MND III.ii.375
And then I will her charmed eie releaseAnd then I will her charmed eye releasecharmed (adj.)bewitched, enchanted, placed under a spellMND III.ii.376
From monsters view, and all things shall be peace.From monster's view, and all things shall be peace. MND III.ii.377
Puck. PUCK 
My Fairie Lord, this must be done with haste,My fairy lord, this must be done with haste, MND III.ii.378
For night-swift Dragons cut the Clouds full fast,For night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast, MND III.ii.379
And yonder shines Auroras harbinger;And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger,Aurora (n.)[pron: aw'rawra] Roman goddess of the dawnMND III.ii.380
harbinger (n.)forerunner, herald, precursor
At whose approach Ghosts wandring here and there,At whose approach ghosts wandering here and there MND III.ii.381
Troope home to Church-yards; damned spirits all,Troop home to churchyards. Damned spirits all MND III.ii.382
That in crosse-waies and flouds haue buriall,That in crossways and floods have burialcrossway (n.)
old form: crosse-waies
cross-road
MND III.ii.383
Alreadie to their wormie beds are gone;Already to their wormy beds are gone. MND III.ii.384
For feare least day should looke their shames vpon,For fear lest day should look their shames upon MND III.ii.385
They wilfully themselues dxile from light,They wilfully themselves exile from light, MND III.ii.386
And must for aye consort with blacke browd night.And must for aye consort with black-browed night.aye (adv.)always, ever, for eternityMND III.ii.387
consort (v.)accompany, attend, go with
Ob. OBERON 
But we are spirits of another sort:But we are spirits of another sort.sort (n.)class, level, social rankMND III.ii.388
I, with the mornings loue haue oft made sport,I with the morning's love have oft made sport,oft (adv.)oftenMND III.ii.389
sport (n.)sexual recreation, intercourse, amorous dalliance
And like a Forrester, the groues may tread,And like a forester the groves may tread MND III.ii.390
Euen till the Easterne gate all fierie red,Even till the eastern gate all fiery red MND III.ii.391
Opening on Neptune, with faire blessed beames,Opening on Neptune with fair blessed beamsNeptuneRoman water-god, chiefly associated with the sea and sea-weatherMND III.ii.392
Turnes into yellow gold, his salt greene streames.Turns into yellow gold his salt green streams. MND III.ii.393
But notwithstanding haste, make no delay:But notwithstanding, haste, make no delay; MND III.ii.394
We may effect this businesse, yet ere day.We may effect this business yet ere day. MND III.ii.395
Exit MND III.ii.395
Puck. PUCK 
Vp and downe, vp and downe,Up and down, up and down, MND III.ii.396
I will leade them vp and downe:I will lead them up and down. MND III.ii.397
I am fear'd in field and towne.I am feared in field and town. MND III.ii.398
Goblin, lead them vp and downe:Goblin, lead them up and down. MND III.ii.399
here comes one.Here comes one. MND III.ii.400
Enter Lysander.Enter Lysander MND III.ii.401
Lys. LYSANDER 
Where art thou, proud Demetrius? Speake thou now.Where art thou, proud Demetrius? Speak thou now. MND III.ii.401
Rob. PUCK  
(in Demetrius's voice) MND III.ii.402.1
Here villaine, drawne & readie. Where art thou?Here, villain, drawn and ready! Where art thou?drawn (adj.)with sword drawnMND III.ii.402
Lys. LYSANDER 
I will be with thee straight.I will be with thee straight.straight (adv.)straightaway, immediately, at onceMND III.ii.403.1
Rob. PUCK 
(in Demetrius's voice) MND III.ii.403
Follow me thenFollow me then MND III.ii.403.2
to plainer ground.To plainer ground. MND III.ii.404.1
Exit Lysander MND III.ii.404
Enter Demetrius.Enter Demetrius MND III.ii.404
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
Lysander, speake againe;Lysander, speak again. MND III.ii.404.2
Thou runaway, thou coward, art thou fled?Thou runaway, thou coward – art thou fled? MND III.ii.405
Speake in some bush: Where dost thou hide thy head?Speak. In some bush? Where dost thou hide thy head? MND III.ii.406
Rob. PUCK  
(in Lysander's voice) MND III.ii.407
Thou coward, art thou bragging to the stars,Thou coward, art thou bragging to the stars, MND III.ii.407
Telling the bushes that thou look'st for wars,Telling the bushes that thou lookest for wars, MND III.ii.408
And wilt not come? Come recreant, come thou childe,And wilt not come? Come, recreant. Come, thou child,recreant (n.)coward, faint-hearted individualMND III.ii.409
Ile whip thee with a rod. He is defil'dI'll whip thee with a rod. He is defiled MND III.ii.410
That drawes a sword on thee.That draws a sword on thee. MND III.ii.411.1
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
Yea, art thou there?Yea, art thou there? MND III.ii.411.2
Ro. PUCK  
(in Lysander's voice) MND III.ii.412
Follow my voice, we'l try no manhood here. Follow my voice. We'll try no manhood here. MND III.ii.412
Exit.Exeunt Puck and Demetrius MND III.ii.412
Enter Lysander MND III.ii.413.1
Lys. LYSANDER 
He goes before me, and still dares me on,He goes before me, and still dares me on;dare (v.)challenge, confront, defyMND III.ii.413
still (adv.)constantly, always, continually
When I come where he cals, then he's gone.When I come where he calls, then he is gone. MND III.ii.414
The villaine is much lighter heel'd then I:The villain is much lighter-heeled than I. MND III.ii.415
I followed fast, but faster he did flye; shifting places.I followed fast, but faster he did fly, MND III.ii.416
That fallen am I in darke vneuen way,That fallen am I in dark uneven way, MND III.ii.417
And here wil rest me. Come thou gentle day: lye down.And here will rest me. (He lies down) Come, thou gentle day,gentle (adj.)courteous, friendly, kindMND III.ii.418
For if but once thou shew me thy gray light,For if but once thou show me thy grey light MND III.ii.419
Ile finde Demetrius, and reuenge this spight.I'll find Demetrius and revenge this spite.spite (n.)
old form: spight
annoyance, vexation, irritation
MND III.ii.420
He sleeps MND III.ii.421.1
Enter Robin and Demetrius.Enter Puck and Demetrius MND III.ii.421.2
Rob. PUCK  
(in Lysander's voice) MND III.ii.421
Ho, ho, ho; coward, why com'st thou not?Ho, ho, ho, coward! Why comest thou not? MND III.ii.421
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
Abide me, if thou dar'st. For well I wot,Abide me if thou darest, for well I wotabide (v.)endure, undergo, faceMND III.ii.422
wot (v.)learn, know, be told
Thou runst before me, shifting euery place,Thou runnest before me, shifting every place, MND III.ii.423
And dar'st not stand, nor looke me in the face.And darest not stand nor look me in the face.stand (v.)stand still, stop, cease movingMND III.ii.424
Where art thou?Where art thou now? MND III.ii.425.1
Rob. PUCK  
(in Lysander's voice) MND III.ii.425
Come hither, I am here.Come hither; I am here. MND III.ii.425.2
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
Nay then thou mock'st me; thou shalt buy this deere,Nay, then thou mockest me. Thou shalt buy this dearbuy (v.)pay for, suffer the consequences ofMND III.ii.426
If euer I thy face by day-light see.If ever I thy face by daylight see. MND III.ii.427
Now goe thy way: faintnesse constraineth me,Now, go thy way. Faintness constraineth me MND III.ii.428
To measure out my length on this cold bed,To measure out my length on this cold bed. MND III.ii.429
By daies approach looke to be visited.By day's approach look to be visited. MND III.ii.430
He lies down and sleeps MND III.ii.431.1
Enter Helena.Enter Helena MND III.ii.431.2
Hel. HELENA 
O weary night, O long and tedious night,O weary night! O long and tedious night, MND III.ii.431
Abate thy houres, shine comforts from the East,Abate thy hours, shine comforts from the East,abate (v.)shorten, lessen, reduceMND III.ii.432
That I may backe to Athens by day-light,That I may back to Athens by daylight MND III.ii.433
From these that my poore companie detest;From these that my poor company detest. MND III.ii.434
And sleepe that sometime shuts vp sorrowes eie,And sleep, that sometimes shuts up sorrow's eye, MND III.ii.435
Steale me a while from mine owne companie. Steal me awhile from mine own company. MND III.ii.436
Sleepe. She lies down and sleeps MND III.ii.437
Rob. PUCK 
Yet but three? Come one more,Yet but three? Come one more, MND III.ii.437
Two of both kindes makes vp foure.Two of both kinds makes up four. MND III.ii.438
Here she comes, curst and sad,Here she comes, curst and sad.curst (adj.)bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, crossMND III.ii.439
sad (adj.)dismal, morose, sullen
Cupid is a knauish lad,Cupid is a knavish lad MND III.ii.440
Thus to make poore females mad.Thus to make poor females mad. MND III.ii.441
Enter Hermia.Enter Hermia MND III.ii.442
Her. HERMIA  
Neuer so wearie, neuer so in woe,Never so weary, never so in woe, MND III.ii.442
Bedabbled with the dew, and torne with briars,Bedabbled with the dew, and torn with briars –  MND III.ii.443
I can no further crawle, no further goe;I can no further crawl, no further go. MND III.ii.444
My legs can keepe no pace with my desires.My legs can keep no pace with my desires. MND III.ii.445
Here will I rest me till the breake of day,Here will I rest me till the break of day. MND III.ii.446
Heauens shield Lysander, if they meane a fray.Heavens shield Lysander, if they mean a fray. MND III.ii.447
She lies down and sleeps MND III.ii.448
Rob. PUCK 
On the ground On the ground MND III.ii.448
sleepe sound,Sleep sound. MND III.ii.449
Ile applyI'll apply MND III.ii.450
your eie To your eye, MND III.ii.451
gentle louer, remedy.Gentle lover, remedy.gentle (adj.)soft, tender, kindMND III.ii.452
He squeezes the juice on Lysander's eyes MND III.ii.453
When thou wak'st,When thou wakest, MND III.ii.453
thou tak'stThou takest MND III.ii.454
True delightTrue delight MND III.ii.455
in the sightIn the sight MND III.ii.456
of thy former Ladies eye,Of thy former lady's eye. MND III.ii.457
And the Country Prouerb knowne,And the country proverb known, MND III.ii.458
That euery man should take his owne,That every man should take his own, MND III.ii.459
In your waking shall be showne.In your waking shall be shown. MND III.ii.460
Iacke shall haue Iill,Jack shall have Jill; MND III.ii.461
nought shall goe ill.Naught shall go ill.ill (adv.)badly, adversely, unfavourablyMND III.ii.462
The man shall haue his Mare againe, and all shall bee well.The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be well.act (n.)play interval, interludeMND III.ii.463
They sleepe all the Act. Exit MND III.ii.463
 Previous Act III, Scene II Next  
SHAKESPEARE'S WORDS © 2018 DAVID CRYSTAL & BEN CRYSTAL