A Midsummer Night's Dream

Act I
scene III
Act II
scene III
Act IV
scene III
Act V
scene I
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Enter Theseus, Hippolita, Enter Theseus, Hippolyta, PhilostrateTheseus (n.)
[pron: 'theesius] legendary king of Athens; killer of the Minotaur; he conquered the Amazons and married their queen, Hippolyta
MND I.i.1.1
Hippolyta (n.)
[pron: hi'polita] queen of the Amazons
with others.and Attendants MND I.i.1.2
NOw faire Hippolita, our nuptiall houreNow, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour MND I.i.1
Drawes on apace: foure happy daies bring inDraws on apace. Four happy days bring inapace (adv.)
quickly, speedily, at a great rate
MND I.i.2
Another Moon: but oh, me thinkes, how slowAnother moon – but O, methinks how slowmethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
MND I.i.3
This old Moon wanes; She lingers my desiresThis old moon wanes! She lingers my desires,linger (v.)
delay, put off, keep waiting
MND I.i.4
Like to a Step-dame, or a Dowager,Like to a stepdame or a dowagerstepdame, step-dame (n.)
MND I.i.5
Long withering out a yong mans reuennew.Long withering out a young man's revenue.wither out (v.)
cause to dwindle, make less
MND I.i.6
revenue (n.)

old form: reuennew
income, yield, profit
Foure daies wil quickly steep thẽselues in nightsFour days will quickly steep themselves in night; MND I.i.7
Foure nights wil quickly dreame away the time:Four nights will quickly dream away the time: MND I.i.8
And then the Moone, like to a siluer bow,And then the moon – like to a silver bow MND I.i.9
Now bent in heauen, shal behold the nightNew-bent in heaven – shall behold the night MND I.i.10
Of our solemnities.Of our solemnities. MND I.i.11.1
Go Philostrate,Go, Philostrate, MND I.i.11.2
Stirre vp the Athenian youth to merriments,Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments. MND I.i.12
Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth,Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth.pert (adj.)
lively, brisk, sprightly
MND I.i.13
Turne melancholy forth to Funerals:Turn melancholy forth to funerals: MND I.i.14
The pale companion is not for our pompe,The pale companion is not for our pomp.pomp (n.)

old form: pompe
pageant, ceremony, procession
MND I.i.15
companion (n.)
rogue, rascal, fellow
Exit Philostrate MND I.i.15
Hippolita, I woo'd thee with my sword,Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword, MND I.i.16
And wonne thy loue, doing thee iniuries:And won thy love doing thee injuries; MND I.i.17
But I will wed thee in another key,But I will wed thee in another key: MND I.i.18
With pompe, with triumph, and with reuelling.With pomp, with triumph, and with revelling.triumph (n.)
public festivity, pageant, display of celebration, tournament
MND I.i.19
Enter Egeus and his daughter Hermia, Lysander,Enter Egeus and his daughter Hermia, and Lysander, MND I.i.20.1
and Demetrius.and Demetrius MND I.i.20.2
Happy be Theseus, our renowned Duke.Happy be Theseus, our renowned Duke. MND I.i.20
Thanks good Egeus: what's the news with thee?Thanks, good Egeus. What's the news with thee? MND I.i.21
Full of vexation, come I, with complaintFull of vexation come I, with complaint MND I.i.22
Against my childe, my daughter Hermia.Against my child, my daughter Hermia. MND I.i.23
Stand forth Demetrius. / My Noble Lord,Stand forth, Demetrius! My noble lord, MND I.i.24
This man hath my consent to marrie her.This man hath my consent to marry her. MND I.i.25
Stand forth Lysander. / And my gracious Duke,Stand forth, Lysander! – And, my gracious Duke, MND I.i.26
This man hath bewitch'd the bosome of my childe:This man hath bewitched the bosom of my child. MND I.i.27
Thou, thou Lysander, thou hast giuen her rimes,Thou, thou, Lysander, thou hast given her rhymes, MND I.i.28
And interchang'd loue-tokens with my childe:And interchanged love-tokens with my child. MND I.i.29
Thou hast by Moone-light at her window sung,Thou hast by moonlight at her window sung MND I.i.30
With faining voice, verses of faining loue,With feigning voice verses of feigning love, MND I.i.31
And stolne the impression of her fantasie,And stolen the impression of her fantasy.fantasy (n.)

old form: fantasie
ardent desire, amorous fancy
MND I.i.32
With bracelets of thy haire, rings, gawdes, conceits,With bracelets of thy hair, rings, gauds, conceits,gaud (n.)

old form: gawdes
gaudy toy, showy plaything, trinket
MND I.i.33
conceit (n.)
trinket, fancy article, bauble
Knackes, trifles, Nose-gaies, sweet meats (messengersKnacks, trifles, nosegays, sweetmeats – messengersknack (n.)

old form: Knackes
trifle, knick-knack, ornament
MND I.i.34
Of strong preuailment in vnhardned youth)Of strong prevailment in unhardened youth – prevailment (n.)

old form: preuailment
prevailing action, power, influence
MND I.i.35
With cunning hast thou filch'd my daughters heart,With cunning hast thou filched my daughter's heart, MND I.i.36
Turn'd her obedience (which is due to me)Turned her obedience which is due to me MND I.i.37
To stubborne harshnesse. And my gracious Duke,To stubborn harshness. And, my gracious Duke, MND I.i.38
Be it so she will not heere before your Grace,Be it so she will not here before your grace MND I.i.39
Consent to marrie with Demetrius,Consent to marry with Demetrius, MND I.i.40
I beg the ancient priuiledge of Athens;I beg the ancient privilege of Athens: MND I.i.41
As she is mine, I may dispose of her;As she is mine, I may dispose of her; MND I.i.42
Which shall be either to this Gentleman,Which shall be either to this gentleman MND I.i.43
Or to her death, according to our Law,Or to her death, according to our law MND I.i.44
Immediately prouided in that case.Immediately provided in that case.immediately (adv.)
directly, instantly, without delay
MND I.i.45
What say you Hermia? be aduis'd faire Maide,What say you, Hermia? Be advised, fair maid: MND I.i.46
To you your Father should be as a God;To you your father should be as a god; MND I.i.47
One that compos'd your beauties; yea and oneOne that composed your beauties – yea, and onecompose (v.)

old form: compos'd
make up, produce, fashion
MND I.i.48
To whom you are but as a forme in waxeTo whom you are but as a form in wax MND I.i.49
By him imprinted: and within his power,By him imprinted, and within his power MND I.i.50
To leaue the figure, or disfigure it:To leave the figure or disfigure it. MND I.i.51
Demetrius is a worthy Gentleman.Demetrius is a worthy gentleman. MND I.i.52
So is Lysander.So is Lysander. MND I.i.53.1
In himselfe he is.In himself he is; MND I.i.53.2
But in this kinde, wanting your fathers voyce.But in this kind, wanting your father's voice,kind (n.)

old form: kinde
respect, regard, particular
MND I.i.54
voice (n.)

old form: voyce
support, approval, good word
want (v.)
lack, need, be without
The other must be held the worthier.The other must be held the worthier. MND I.i.55
I would my father look'd but with my eyes.I would my father looked but with my eyes. MND I.i.56
Rather your eies must with his iudgment looke.Rather your eyes must with his judgement look. MND I.i.57
I do entreat your Grace to pardon me.I do entreat your grace to pardon me. MND I.i.58
I know not by what power I am made bold,I know not by what power I am made bold,power (n.)
force, strength, might
MND I.i.59
Nor how it may concerne my modestieNor how it may concern my modestyconcern (v.)

old form: concerne
befit, suit with, accord with
MND I.i.60
In such a presence heere to pleade my thoughts:In such a presence here to plead my thoughts; MND I.i.61
But I beseech your Grace, that I may knowBut I beseech your grace that I may know MND I.i.62
The worst that may befall me in this case,The worst that may befall me in this casebefall (v.), past forms befallen, befell
happen to, come to
MND I.i.63
If I refuse to wed Demetrius.If I refuse to wed Demetrius. MND I.i.64
Either to dye the death, or to abiureEither to die the death, or to abjure MND I.i.65
For euer the society of men.For ever the society of men. MND I.i.66
Therefore faire Hermia question your desires,Therefore, fair Hermia, question your desires, MND I.i.67
Know of your youth, examine well your blood,Know of your youth, examine well your blood,know (v.)
acknowledge, remember, think [of]
MND I.i.68
blood (n.)
passion, feeling, strong emotion [especially sexual]
Whether (if you yeeld not to your fathers choice)Whether, if you yield not to your father's choice, MND I.i.69
You can endure the liuerie of a Nunne,You can endure the livery of a nun,livery (n.)

old form: liuerie
uniform, costume, special clothing
MND I.i.70
For aye to be in shady Cloister mew'd,For aye to be in shady cloister mewed,mew (v.)

old form: mew'd
coop up, confine, shut up
MND I.i.71
aye (adv.)
always, ever, for eternity
To liue a barren sister all your life,To live a barren sister all your life, MND I.i.72
Chanting faint hymnes to the cold fruitlesse Moone,Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon.cold (adj.)
chaste, modest, lacking sensual passion
MND I.i.73
Thrice blessed they that master so their blood,Thrice blessed they that master so their bloodblood (n.)
passion, feeling, strong emotion [especially sexual]
MND I.i.74
To vndergo such maiden pilgrimage,To undergo such maiden pilgrimage; MND I.i.75
But earthlier happie is the Rose distil'd,But earthlier happy is the rose distilled, MND I.i.76
Then that which withering on the virgin thorne,Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn, MND I.i.77
Growes, liues, and dies, in single blessednesse.Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness. MND I.i.78
So will I grow, so liue, so die my Lord,So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord, MND I.i.79
Ere I will yeeld my virgin Patent vpEre I will my virgin patent uppatent (n.)
privilege, right, title
MND I.i.80
Vnto his Lordship, whose vnwished yoake,Unto his lordship whose unwished yoke MND I.i.81
My soule consents not to giue soueraignty.My soul consents not to give sovereignty. MND I.i.82
Take time to pause, and by the next new MoonTake time to pause, and by the next new moon –  MND I.i.83
The sealing day betwixt my loue and me,The sealing day betwixt my love and mesealing day (n.)
day for confirming a contract, wedding-day
MND I.i.84
For euerlasting bond of fellowship:For everlasting bond of fellowship –  MND I.i.85
Vpon that day either prepare to dye,Upon that day either prepare to die MND I.i.86
For disobedience to your fathers will,For disobedience to your father's will, MND I.i.87
Or else to wed Demetrius as hee would,Or else to wed Demetrius, as he would, MND I.i.88
Or on Dianaes Altar to protestOr on Diana's altar to protestDiana, Dian (n.)
Roman goddess associated with the Moon, chastity, and hunting
MND I.i.89
For aie, austerity, and single life.For aye austerity and single life.aye (adv.)

old form: aie
always, ever, for eternity
MND I.i.90
Relent sweet Hermia, and Lysander, yeeldeRelent, sweet Hermia; and, Lysander, yield MND I.i.91
Thy crazed title to my certaine right.Thy crazed title to my certain right.title (n.)
[legal] right, claim, entitlement
MND I.i.92
crazed (adj.)
flawed, unsound, impaired
You haue her fathers loue, Demetrius:You have her father's love, Demetrius –  MND I.i.93
Let me haue Hermiaes: do you marry him.Let me have Hermia's. Do you marry him. MND I.i.94
Egeus. EGEUS 
Scornfull Lysander, true, he hath my Loue;Scornful Lysander – true, he hath my love; MND I.i.95
And what is mine, my loue shall render him.And what is mine my love shall render him; MND I.i.96
And she is mine, and all my right of her,And she is mine, and all my right of her MND I.i.97
I do estate vnto Demetrius.I do estate unto Demetrius.estate (v.)
endow, settle upon, bestow (up)on
MND I.i.98
I am my Lord, as well deriu'd as he,I am, my lord, as well derived as he,derived (adj.)

old form: deriu'd
descended, in lineage
MND I.i.99
As well possest: my loue is more then his:As well possessed. My love is more than his,possessed (adj.)

old form: possest
propertied, affluent, provided for
MND I.i.100
My fortunes euery way as fairely ranck'dMy fortunes every way as fairly ranked –  MND I.i.101
(If not with vantage) as Demetrius:If not with vantage – as Demetrius'.vantage (n.)
advantageous position, place of vantage, superiority
MND I.i.102
And (which is more then all these boasts can be)And – which is more than all these boasts can be –  MND I.i.103
I am belou'd of beauteous Hermia.I am beloved of beauteous Hermia. MND I.i.104
Why should not I then prosecute my right?Why should not I then prosecute my right? MND I.i.105
Demetrius, Ile auouch it to his head,Demetrius – I'll avouch it to his headhead, to one's
to one's face, frankly, openly
MND I.i.106
avouch (v.)

old form: auouch
declare, assert, affirm
Made loue to Nedars daughter, Helena,Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena, MND I.i.107
And won her soule: and she (sweet Ladie) dotes,And won her soul; and she, sweet lady, dotes, MND I.i.108
Deuoutly dotes, dotes in Idolatry,Devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry MND I.i.109
Vpon this spotted and inconstant man.Upon this spotted and inconstant man.spotted (adj.)
stained, blemished
MND I.i.110
I must confesse, that I haue heard so much,I must confess that I have heard so much, MND I.i.111
And with Demetrius thought to haue spoke thereof:And with Demetrius thought to have spoke thereof; MND I.i.112
But being ouer-full of selfe-affaires,But, being overfull of self affairs, MND I.i.113
My minde did lose it. But Demetrius come,My mind did lose it. But Demetrius, come;lose (v.)
lose sight of, forget
MND I.i.114
And come Egeus, you shall go with me,And come, Egeus. You shall go with me. MND I.i.115
I haue some priuate schooling for you both.I have some private schooling for you both.schooling (n.)
admonition, reproof, counsel
MND I.i.116
For you faire Hermia, looke you arme your selfe,For you, fair Hermia, look you arm yourselfarm (v.)

old form: arme
prepare, get ready
MND I.i.117
To fit your fancies to your Fathers will;To fit your fancies to your father's will; MND I.i.118
Or else the Law of Athens yeelds you vpOr else the law of Athens yields you up –  MND I.i.119
(Which by no meanes we may extenuate)Which by no means we may extenuateextenuate (v.)
mitigate, lessen, tone down
MND I.i.120
To death, or to a vow of single life.To death or to a vow of single life. MND I.i.121
Come my Hippolita, what cheare my loue?Come, my Hippolyta. What cheer, my love? MND I.i.122
Demetrius and Egeus go along:Demetrius and Egeus, go along;go along
come along, come with me
MND I.i.123
I must imploy you in some businesseI must employ you in some business MND I.i.124
Against our nuptiall, and conferre with youAgainst our nuptial, and confer with you MND I.i.125
Of something, neerely that concernes your selues.Of something nearly that concerns yourselves.nearly (adv.)

old form: neerely
closely, particularly, especially
MND I.i.126
concern (v.)

old form: concernes
be important to, be the concern of
With dutie and desire we follow you.With duty and desire we follow you. MND I.i.127
Exeunt / Manet Lysander and Hermia.Exeunt all but Lysander and Hermia MND I.i.127
How now my loue? Why is your cheek so pale?How now, my love? Why is your cheek so pale? MND I.i.128
How chance the Roses there do fade so fast?How chance the roses there do fade so fast? MND I.i.129
Belike for want of raine, which I could wellBelike for want of rain, which I could wellwant (n.)
lack, shortage, dearth
MND I.i.130
belike (adv.)
probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems
Beteeme them, from the tempest of mine eyes.Beteem them from the tempest of my eyes.beteem, beteene (v.)

old form: Beteeme
allow, permit, let, grant
MND I.i.131
For ought that euer I could reade,Ay me! For aught that I could ever read,aught (n.)

old form: ought
anything, [with negative word] nothing
MND I.i.132
Could euer heare by tale or historie,Could ever hear by tale or history, MND I.i.133
The course of true loue neuer did run smooth,The course of true love never did run smooth; MND I.i.134
But either it was different in blood.But either it was different in bloodblood (n.)
nobility, breeding, gentility, good parentage
MND I.i.135
O crosse! too high to be enthral'd to loue.O cross! – too high to be enthralled to low. MND I.i.136
Or else misgraffed, in respect of yeares.Or else misgraffed in respect of years – misgraffed (adj.)
badly grafted, ill-matched, unsuited
MND I.i.137
O spight! too old to be ingag'd to yong.O spite! – too old to be engaged to young. MND I.i.138
Or else it stood vpon the choise of merit.Or else it stood upon the choice of friends – stand upon (v.)

old form: vpon
depend on, rely upon, hinge on
MND I.i.139
O hell! to choose loue by anothers eie.O hell! – to choose love by another's eyes. MND I.i.140
Or if there were a simpathie in choise,Or if there were a sympathy in choice,sympathy (n.)

old form: simpathie
accord, agreement, harmony
MND I.i.141
Warre, death, or sicknesse, did lay siege to it;War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, MND I.i.142
Making it momentarie, as a sound:Making it momentany as a sound,momentany (adj.)
momentary, transitory, fleeting
MND I.i.143
Swift as a shadow, short as any dreame,Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, MND I.i.144
Briefe as the lightning in the collied night,Brief as the lightning in the collied night,collied (adj.)
blackened, darkened, murky
MND I.i.145
That (in a spleene) vnfolds both heauen and earth;That in a spleen unfolds both heaven and earth,spleen (n.)

old form: spleene
impulse, caprice, whim
MND I.i.146
spleen (n.)

old form: spleene
temper, spirit, passion [part of the body seen as the source of both gloomy and mirthful emotions]
unfold (v.)

old form: vnfolds
display, reveal, show
And ere a man hath power to say, behold,And – ere a man hath power to say ‘ Behold!’ –  MND I.i.147
The iawes of darkness do deuoure it vp:The jaws of darkness do devour it up. MND I.i.148
So quicke bright things come to confusion.So quick bright things come to confusion.quick (adj.)

old form: quicke
living, vital, full of life
MND I.i.149
If then true Louers haue beene euer crost,If then true lovers have been ever crossedcross (v.)

old form: crost
prevent, thwart, forestall
MND I.i.150
It stands as an edict in destinie:It stands as an edict in destiny. MND I.i.151
Then let vs teach our triall patience,Then let us teach our trial patience, MND I.i.152
Because it is a customarie crosse,Because it is a customary cross, MND I.i.153
As due to loue, as thoughts, and dreames, and sighes,As due to love as thoughts, and dreams, and sighs, MND I.i.154
Wishes and teares; poore Fancies followers.Wishes, and tears – poor fancy's followers.fancy (n.)
love, amorousness, infatuation
MND I.i.155
A good perswasion; therefore heare me Hermia,A good persuasion. Therefore hear me, Hermia:persuasion (n.)

old form: perswasion
conviction, principle, opinion
MND I.i.156
I haue a Widdow Aunt, a dowager,I have a widow aunt, a dowager, MND I.i.157
Of great reuennew, and she hath no childe,Of great revenue; and she hath no child. MND I.i.158
From Athens is her house remou'd seuen leagues,From Athens is her house remote seven leagues; MND I.i.159
And she respects me, as her onely sonne:And she respects me as her only son. MND I.i.160
There gentle Hermia, may I marrie thee,There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee;gentle (adj.)
soft, tender, kind
MND I.i.161
And to that place, the sharpe Athenian LawAnd to that place the sharp Athenian law MND I.i.162
Cannot pursue vs. If thou lou'st me, thenCannot pursue us. If thou lovest me, then MND I.i.163
Steale forth thy fathers house to morrow night:Steal forth thy father's house tomorrow night, MND I.i.164
And in the wood, a league without the towne,And in the wood, a league without the town –  MND I.i.165
(Where I did meete thee once with Helena,Where I did meet thee once with Helena MND I.i.166
To do obseruance for a morne of May)To do observance to a morn of May – morn (n.)

old form: morne
morning, dawn
MND I.i.167
There will I stay for thee.There will I stay for thee. MND I.i.168.1
My good Lysander,My good Lysander, MND I.i.168.2
I sweare to thee, by Cupids strongest bow,I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow,Cupid (n.)
[pron: 'kyoopid] Roman god of love, son of Venus and Mercury; a winged, blindfolded boy with curved bow and arrows
MND I.i.169
By his best arrow with the golden head,By his best arrow with the golden head, MND I.i.170
By the simplicitie of Venus Doues,By the simplicity of Venus' doves,simplicity (n.)

old form: simplicitie
innocence, harmlessness, guilelessness
MND I.i.171
Venus (n.)
Roman goddess of beauty and love
By that which knitteth soules, and prospers loue,By that which knitteth souls and prospers loves, MND I.i.172
And by that fire which burn'd the Carthage Queene,And by that fire which burned the Carthage queen MND I.i.173
When the false Troyan vnder saile was seene,When the false Trojan under sail was seen,false (adj.)
disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
MND I.i.174
By all the vowes that euer men haue broke,By all the vows that ever men have broke –  MND I.i.175
(In number more then euer women spoke)In number more than ever women spoke, –  MND I.i.176
In that same place thou hast appointed me,In that same place thou hast appointed me MND I.i.177
To morrow truly will I meete with thee.Tomorrow truly will I meet with thee. MND I.i.178
Keepe promise loue: looke here comes Helena.Keep promise, love. Look – here comes Helena. MND I.i.179
Enter Helena.Enter Helena MND I.i.180
God speede faire Helena, whither away?God speed, fair Helena! Whither away? MND I.i.180
Cal you me faire? that faire againe vnsay,Call you me fair? that ‘ fair ’ again unsay. MND I.i.181
Demetrius loues you faire: O happie faire!Demetrius loves your fair. O happy fair!fair (n.)

old form: faire
fair face, beauty
MND I.i.182
Your eyes are loadstarres, and your tongues sweet ayreYour eyes are lodestars, and your tongue's sweet airlodestar (n.)

old form: loadstarres
guiding star, beacon
MND I.i.183
air (n.)

old form: ayre
melody, tune, strain
More tuneable then Larke to shepheards eare,More tuneable than lark to shepherd's eartuneable (adj.)
tuneful, musical, melodious
MND I.i.184
When wheate is greene, when hauthorne buds appeare,When wheat is green, when hawthorn buds appear. MND I.i.185
Sicknesse is catching: O were fauor so,Sickness is catching. O, were favour so,favour (n.)

old form: fauor
[facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks
MND I.i.186
Your words I catch, faire Hermia ere I go,Yours would I catch, fair Hermia, ere I go. MND I.i.187
My eare should catch your voice, my eye, your eye,My ear should catch your voice, my eye your eye, MND I.i.188
My tongue should catch your tongues sweet melodie,My tongue should catch your tongue's sweet melody. MND I.i.189
Were the world mine, Demetrius being bated,Were the world mine, Demetrius being bated,bate (v.)
except, omit, leave out of consideration
MND I.i.190
The rest Ile giue to be to you translated.The rest I'd give to be to you translated.translate (v.)
change, transform, alter
MND I.i.191
O teach me how you looke, and with what artO, teach me how you look, and with what art MND I.i.192
you sway the motion of Demetrius hart.You sway the motion of Demetrius' heart. MND I.i.193
I frowne vpon him, yet he loues me still.I frown upon him, yet he loves me still. MND I.i.194
O that your frownes would teach my smiles such skil.O that your frowns would teach my smiles such skill! MND I.i.195
I giue him curses, yet he giues me loue.I give him curses, yet he gives me love. MND I.i.196
O that my prayers could such affection mooue.O that my prayers could such affection move! MND I.i.197
The more I hate, the more he followes me.The more I hate, the more he follows me. MND I.i.198
The more I loue, the more he hateth me.The more I love, the more he hateth me. MND I.i.199
His folly Helena is none of mine.His folly, Helena, is no fault of mine. MND I.i.200
None but your beauty, wold that fault wer mineNone but your beauty. Would that fault were mine! MND I.i.201
Take comfort: he no more shall see my face,Take comfort. He no more shall see my face. MND I.i.202
Lysander and my selfe will flie this place.Lysander and myself will fly this place. MND I.i.203
Before the time I did Lysander see,Before the time I did Lysander see MND I.i.204
Seem'd Athens like a Paradise to mee.Seemed Athens as a paradise to me. MND I.i.205
O then, what graces in my Loue do dwell,O then, what graces in my love do dwell MND I.i.206
That he hath turn'd a heauen into hell.That he hath turned a heaven unto a hell? MND I.i.207
Helen, to you our mindes we will vnfold,Helen, to you our minds we will unfold. MND I.i.208
To morrow night, when Phoebe doth beholdTomorrow night, when Phoebe doth beholdPhoebe (n.)
one of the titles of the Roman goddess of the Moon
MND I.i.209
Her siluer visage, in the watry glasse,Her silver visage in the watery glass,glass (n.)

old form: glasse
mirror, looking-glass
MND I.i.210
visage (n.)
face, countenance
Decking with liquid pearle, the bladed grasseDecking with liquid pearl the bladed grass – bladed (adj.)
many-bladed, abounding in shoots
MND I.i.211
(A time that Louers flights doth still conceale)A time that lovers' flights doth still conceal – still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
MND I.i.212
Through Athens gates, haue we deuis'd to steale.Through Athens gates have we devised to steal. MND I.i.213
And in the wood, where often you and I,And in the wood, where often you and I MND I.i.214
Vpon faint Primrose beds, were wont to lye,Upon faint primrose beds were wont to lie,wont (v.)
be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of
MND I.i.215
faint (adj.)
pale, lightly coloured
Emptying our bosomes, of their counsell sweld:Emptying our bosoms of their counsel sweet, MND I.i.216
There my Lysander, and my selfe shall meete,There my Lysander and myself shall meet, MND I.i.217
And thence from Athens turne away our eyesAnd thence from Athens turn away our eyes MND I.i.218
To seeke new friends and strange companions,To seek new friends and stranger companies.stranger (n.)
foreigner, alien, outsider
MND I.i.219
company (n.)
companion, associate, comrade
Farwell sweet play-fellow, pray thou for vs,Farewell, sweet playfellow. Pray thou for us; MND I.i.220
And good lucke grant thee thy Demetrius.And good luck grant thee thy Demetrius. MND I.i.221
Keepe word Lysander we must starue our sight,Keep word, Lysander. We must starve our sightstarve (v.)

old form: starue
withhold [from], diet, be sparing with
MND I.i.222
From louers foode, till morrow deepe midnight.From lovers' food till morrow deep midnight.morrow (n.)
MND I.i.223
I will my Hermia. I will, my Hermia. MND I.i.224.1
Exit Hermia. Exit Hermia MND I.i.224
Helena adieu,Helena, adieu! MND I.i.224.2
As you on him, Demetrius dotes on you. As you on him, Demetrius dote on you. MND I.i.225
Exit Lysander. Exit Lysander MND I.i.225
How happy some, ore othersome can be?How happy some o'er other some can be! MND I.i.226
Through Athens I am thought as faire as she.Through Athens I am thought as fair as she. MND I.i.227
But what of that? Demetrius thinkes not so:But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so; MND I.i.228
He will not know, what all, but he doth know,He will not know what all but he do know. MND I.i.229
And as hee erres, doting on Hermias eyes;And as he errs, doting on Hermia's eyes, MND I.i.230
So I, admiring of his qualities:So I, admiring of his qualities. MND I.i.231
Things base and vilde, holding no quantity,Things base and vile, holding no quantity,quantity (n.)
equal amount, same proportion
MND I.i.232
base (adj.)
poor, wretched, of low quality
Loue can transpose to forme and dignity,Love can transpose to form and dignity.transpose (v.)
change, transform, alter
MND I.i.233
Loue lookes not with the eyes, but with the minde,Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, MND I.i.234
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blinde.And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. MND I.i.235
Nor hath loues minde of any iudgement taste:Nor hath Love's mind of any judgement taste; MND I.i.236
Wings and no eyes, figure, vnheedy haste.Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.figure (v.)
symbolize, represent, portray
MND I.i.237
unheedy (adj.)

old form: vnheedy
unheedful, headstrong, reckless
And therefore is Loue said to be a childe,And therefore is love said to be a child MND I.i.238
Because in choise he is often beguil'd,Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.oft (adv.)
MND I.i.239
As waggish boyes in game themselues forsweare;As waggish boys in game themselves forswear,waggish (adj.)
playful, mischievous, impish
MND I.i.240
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore

old form: forsweare
swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word
So the boy Loue is periur'd euery where.So the boy love is perjured everywhere; MND I.i.241
For ere Demetrius lookt on Hermias eyne,For ere Demetrius looked on Hermia's eyneeyne (n.)
[archaism] eyes
MND I.i.242
He hail'd downe oathes that he was onely mine.He hailed down oaths that he was only mine, MND I.i.243
And when this Haile some heat from Hermia felt,And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt, MND I.i.244
So he dissolu'd, and showres of oathes did melt,So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.dissolve (v.)

old form: dissolu'd
melt, liquefy
MND I.i.245
I will goe tell him of faire Hermias flight:I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight. MND I.i.246
Then to the wood will he, to morrow nightThen to the wood will he tomorrow night MND I.i.247
Pursue her; and for his intelligence,Pursue her; and for this intelligenceintelligence (n.)
information, news, communication
MND I.i.248
If I haue thankes, it is a deere expence:If I have thanks it is a dear expense. MND I.i.249
But heerein meane I to enrich my paine,But herein mean I to enrich my pain, MND I.i.250
To haue his sight thither, and backe againe. To have his sight thither, and back again. MND I.i.251
Exit.Exit MND I.i.251
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