A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Enter a Fairie at one doore, and Robin good-fellow Enter a Fairy at one door, and Puck (Robin Goodfellow) MND II.i.1.1
at another. at another MND II.i.1.2
Rob. PUCK 
How now spirit, whether wander you?How now, spirit; whither wander you? MND II.i.1
Fai. FAIRY 
Ouer hil, ouer dale,Over hill, over dale, MND II.i.2
through bush, through briar,Thorough bush, thorough brier, MND II.i.3
Ouer parke, ouer pale,Over park, over pale,pale (n.)fenced land, park, enclosureMND II.i.4
park (n.)
old form: parke
hunting ground
through flood, through fire,Thorough flood, thorough fire –  MND II.i.5
I do wander euerie where, I do wander everywhere MND II.i.6
swifter then ye Moons sphere;Swifter than the moon's sphere,sphere (n.)celestial globe in which a heavenly body was thought to move, orbitMND II.i.7
And I serue the Fairy Queene,And I serve the Fairy Queen, MND II.i.8
to dew her orbs vpon the green.To dew her orbs upon the green.dew (v.)bedew, moisten, waterMND II.i.9
orb (n.)fairy ring, circle
The Cowslips tall, her pensioners bee, The cowslips tall her pensioners be;pensioner (n.)gentleman of the royal bodyguardMND II.i.10
In their gold coats, spots you see,In their gold coats spots you see –  MND II.i.11
Those be Rubies, Fairie fauors,Those be rubies, fairy favours;favour (n.)
old form: fauors
mark of favour, gift, token [often a love-token]
MND II.i.12
In those freckles, liue their sauors,In those freckles live their savours. MND II.i.13
I must go seeke some dew drops heere,I must go seek some dewdrops here, MND II.i.14
And hang a pearle in euery cowslips eare.And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear. MND II.i.15
Farewell thou Lob of spirits, Ile be gon,Farewell, thou lob of spirits; I'll be gone.lob (n.)clown, country lout, yokelMND II.i.16
Our Queene and all her Elues come heere anon.Our Queen and all our elves come here anon.anon (adv.)soon, shortly, presentlyMND II.i.17
Rob. PUCK 
The King doth keepe his Reuels here to night,The King doth keep his revels here tonight. MND II.i.18
Take heed the Queene come not within his sight,Take heed the Queen come not within his sight, MND II.i.19
For Oberon is passing fell and wrath,For Oberon is passing fell and wrathpassing (adv.)very, exceedingly, extremelyMND II.i.20
fell (adj.)cruel, fierce, savage
Because that she, as her attendant, hathBecause that she as her attendant hath MND II.i.21
A louely boy stolne from an Indian King,A lovely boy stolen from an Indian king. MND II.i.22
She neuer had so sweet a changeling,She never had so sweet a changeling,changeling (n./adj.)child taken by fairies, stolen childMND II.i.23
And iealous Oberon would haue the childeAnd jealous Oberon would have the child MND II.i.24
Knight of his traine, to trace the Forrests wilde.Knight of his train, to trace the forests wild.trace (v.)range over, pass through, traverseMND II.i.25
But she (perforce) with-holds the loued boy,But she perforce withholds the loved boy,withhold (v.)
old form: with-holds
detain, keep in possession
MND II.i.26
perforce (adv.)forcibly, by force, violently
Crownes him with flowers, and makes him all her ioy.Crowns him with flowers, and makes him all her joy. MND II.i.27
And now they neuer meete in groue, or greene,And now they never meet – in grove or green, MND II.i.28
By fountaine cleere, or spangled star-light sheene,By fountain clear or spangled starlight sheen – sheen (n.)
old form: sheene
brightness, shining, radiance
MND II.i.29
But they do square, that all their Elues for feareBut they do square, that all their elves for fearsquare (v.)quarrel, fall out, disagreeMND II.i.30
Creepe into Acorne cups and hide them there.Creep into acorn cups and hide them there. MND II.i.31
Fai. FAIRY 
Either I mistake your shape and making quite,Either I mistake your shape and making quite,making (n.)physical appearance, bodily form, buildMND II.i.32
Or else you are that shrew'd and knauish spiritOr else you are that shrewd and knavish spriteshrewd (adj.)
old form: shrew'd
wily, cunning, mischievous
MND II.i.33
Cal'd Robin Good-fellow. Are you not hee,Called Robin Goodfellow. Are not you he MND II.i.34
That frights the maidens of the Villagree,That frights the maidens of the villagery,fright (v.), past form frightedfrighten, scare, terrifyMND II.i.35
villagery (n.)
old form: Villagree
villages
Skim milke, and sometimes labour in the querne,Skim milk, and sometimes labour in the quern,quern (n.)
old form: querne
hand-mill for grinding corn
MND II.i.36
And bootlesse make the breathlesse huswife cherne,And bootless make the breathless housewife churn,bootless (adv.)
old form: bootlesse
fruitlessly, uselessly, unsuccessfully, in vain
MND II.i.37
And sometime make the drinke to beare no barme,And sometime make the drink to bear no barm,barm (n.)
old form: barme
froth on the top of fermenting ale
MND II.i.38
Misleade night-wanderers, laughing at their harme,Mislead night-wanderers, laughing at their harm? MND II.i.39
Those that Hobgoblin call you, and sweet Pucke,Those that ‘ Hobgoblin’ call you, and ‘ Sweet Puck,’ MND II.i.40
You do their worke, and they shall haue good lucke.You do their work, and they shall have good luck. MND II.i.41
Are not you he?Are not you he? MND II.i.42.1
Rob. PUCK 
Thou speak'st aright;Thou speakest aright: MND II.i.42.2
I am that merrie wanderer of the night:I am that merry wanderer of the night. MND II.i.43
I iest to Oberon, and make him smile,I jest to Oberon, and make him smile MND II.i.44
When I a fat and beane-fed horse beguile,When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile,beguile (v.)cheat, deceive, trickMND II.i.45
Neighing in likenesse of a silly foale,Neighing in likeness of a filly foal;filly (adj.)femaleMND II.i.46
And sometime lurke I in a Gossips bole,And sometime lurk I in a gossip's bowlgossip (n.)old woman, gossiping womanMND II.i.47
In very likenesse of a roasted crab:In very likeness of a roasted crab;crab (n.)crab-apple, sour appleMND II.i.48
And when she drinkes, against her lips I bob,And when she drinks, against her lips I bob,bob (v.)knock, bump, bangMND II.i.49
And on her withered dewlop poure the Ale.And on her withered dewlap pour the ale.dewlap, dewlop (n.)folds of loose skin hanging about the neckMND II.i.50
The wisest Aunt telling the saddest tale,The wisest aunt telling the saddest taleaunt (n.)old woman, gossipMND II.i.51
sad (adj.)serious, grave, solemn
Sometime for three-foot stoole, mistaketh me,Sometime for threefoot stool mistaketh me; MND II.i.52
Then slip I from her bum, downe topples she,Then slip I from her bum. Down topples she, MND II.i.53
And tailour cries, and fals into a coffe.And ‘ Tailor ’ cries, and falls into a cough; MND II.i.54
And then the whole quire hold their hips, and loffe,And then the whole choir hold their hips and laugh,choir, quire (n.)company, group, assemblyMND II.i.55
And waxen in their mirth, and neeze, and sweare,And waxen in their mirth, and neeze, and swearneeze (v.)sneezeMND II.i.56
waxen (v.)increase, grow
A merrier houre was neuer wasted there.A merrier hour was never wasted there.waste (v.)pass, spend, while awayMND II.i.57
But roome Fairy, heere comes Oberon.But room, Fairy: here comes Oberon. MND II.i.58
Fair. FAIRY 
And heere my Mistris: / Would that he were gone.And here my mistress. Would that he were gone! MND II.i.59
Enter the King of Fairies at one doore with Enter Oberon, the King of Fairies, at one door, with MND II.i.60.1
his traine, and the Queene at another with hers.his train; and Titania, the Queen, at another with hers MND II.i.60.2
Ob. OBERON 
Ill met by Moone-light. / Proud Tytania.Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania!ill (adv.)badly, adversely, unfavourablyMND II.i.60
Qu. TITANIA 
What, iealous Oberon? Fairy skip hence.What, jealous Oberon? Fairy, skip hence. MND II.i.61
I haue forsworne his bed and companie.I have forsworn his bed and company.forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore
old form: forsworne
abandon, renounce, reject, give up
MND II.i.62
Ob. OBERON 
Tarrie rash Wanton; am not I thy Lord?Tarry, rash wanton! Am not I thy lord?tarry (v.)
old form: Tarrie
stay, remain, linger
MND II.i.63
wanton (n.)wilful creature, obstinate individual
Qu. TITANIA 
Then I must be thy Lady: but I knowThen I must be thy lady. But I know MND II.i.64
When thou wast stolne away from Fairy Land,When thou hast stolen away from Fairyland MND II.i.65
And in the shape of Corin, sate all day,And in the shape of Corin sat all dayCorin (n.)traditional name given to a love-sick shepherdMND II.i.66
Playing on pipes of Corne, and versing louePlaying on pipes of corn, and versing love MND II.i.67
To amorous Phillida. Why art thou heereTo amorous Phillida. Why art thou herePhillida (n.)['filida] traditional name given to a love-sick shepherdessMND II.i.68
Come from the farthest steepe of India?Come from the farthest step of Indiastep (n.)
old form: steepe
limit, distance, reach
MND II.i.69
But that forsooth the bouncing AmazonBut that, forsooth, the bouncing Amazon,Amazon, Amazonian (n.)one of a race of warrior women, said to be descended from Ares, god of warMND II.i.70
forsooth (adv.)in truth, certainly, truly, indeed
Your buskin'd Mistresse, and your Warrior loue,Your buskined mistress and your warrior love,buskined (adj.)
old form: buskin'd
wearing high hunting boots [buskins]
MND II.i.71
To Theseus must be Wedded; and you come,To Theseus must be wedded? – and you come MND II.i.72
To giue their bed ioy and prosperitie.To give their bed joy and prosperity. MND II.i.73
Ob. OBERON 
How canst thou thus for shame Tytania,How canst thou thus, for shame, Titania, MND II.i.74
Glance at my credite, with Hippolita?Glance at my credit with Hippolyta,glance at (v.)pick on, snipe at, cast aspersions onMND II.i.75
Knowing I know thy loue to Theseus?Knowing I know thy love to Theseus? MND II.i.76
Didst thou not leade him through the glimmering nightDidst thou not lead him through the glimmering night MND II.i.77
From Peregenia, whom he rauished?From Perigenia, whom he ravished,Perigenia (n.)[pron: peri'jenia] daughter of a robber, Sinnis; loved by TheseusMND II.i.78
And make him with faire Eagles breake his faithAnd make him with fair Aegles break his faith,Aegles (n.)[pron: 'eegleez] daughter of Panopeus of Phocis, loved by TheseusMND II.i.79
With Ariadne, and Atiopa?With Ariadne and Antiopa?Ariadne (n.)[ari'adnee] daughter of Minos who helped Theseus find his way through the labyrinth, and then fled with him; Theseus abandoned her while she slept at NaxosMND II.i.80
Antiopa, Antiope (n.)[pron: an'tiyopa] Amazon captured or abducted by Theseus
Que. TITANIA 
These are the forgeries of iealousie,These are the forgeries of jealousy; MND II.i.81
And neuer since the middle Summers springAnd never since the middle summer's springspring (n.)first moment, dawn, breakMND II.i.82
Met we on hil, in dale, forrest, or mead,Met we on hill, in dale, forest, or mead,mead (n.)meadowMND II.i.83
By paued fountaine, or by rushie brooke,By paved fountain or by rushy brook,paved (adj.)
old form: paued
with a paved base, pebbled
MND II.i.84
Or in the beached margent of the sea,Or in the beached margent of the seabeached (adj.)having a beach, shingly, sandyMND II.i.85
margent (n.)margin, edge, border
To dance our ringlets to the whistling Winde,To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind,ringlet (n.)fairy dance in a ring, circular danceMND II.i.86
But with thy braules thou hast disturb'd our sport.But with thy brawls thou hast disturbed our sport.sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentMND II.i.87
Therefore the Windes, piping to vs in vaine,Therefore the winds, piping to us in vain, MND II.i.88
As in reuenge, haue suck'd vp from the seaAs in revenge have sucked up from the sea MND II.i.89
Contagious fogges: Which falling in the Land,Contagious fogs which, falling in the land,contagious (adj.)pestilential, harmful, noxiousMND II.i.90
Hath euerie petty Riuer made so proud,Have every pelting river made so proudpelting (adj.)paltry, petty, worthless, insignificantMND II.i.91
proud (adj.)swollen, high, in flood
That they haue ouer-borne their Continents.That they have overborne their continents.continent (n.)bank, embankment, courseMND II.i.92
overbear (v.)
old form: ouer-borne
overwhelm, overcome, overpower
The Oxe hath therefore stretch'd his yoake in vaine,The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain, MND II.i.93
The Ploughman lost his sweat, and the greene CorneThe ploughman lost his sweat, and the green corn MND II.i.94
Hath rotted, ere his youth attain'd a beard:Hath rotted ere his youth attained a beard. MND II.i.95
The fold stands empty in the drowned field,The fold stands empty in the drowned field, MND II.i.96
And Crowes are fatted with the murrion flocke,And crows are fatted with the murrion flock.murrion (adj.)infected with plague [murrain], diseasedMND II.i.97
The nine mens Morris is fild vp with mud,The nine men's morris is filled up with mud,morris, nine men'sarea marked out in squares for playing nine men's morris [a type of open-air game using nine ‘men’ on each side]MND II.i.98
And the queint Mazes in the wanton greene,And the quaint mazes in the wanton greenmaze (n.)arrangement of paths, network of tracksMND II.i.99
wanton (adj.)luxuriant, flourishing, lush, profuse in growth
quaint (adj.)
old form: queint
intricate, elaborate
green (n.)
old form: greene
greenery, grass, vegetation
For lacke of tread are vndistinguishable.For lack of tread are undistinguishable.undistinguishable (adj.)
old form: vndistinguishable
unrecognizable, undetectable, impossible to pick out
MND II.i.100
The humane mortals want their winter heere,The human mortals want their winter cheer.want (v.)lack, need, be withoutMND II.i.101
No night is now with hymne or caroll blest;No night is now with hymn or carol blessed.carol (n.)
old form: caroll
song of joy
MND II.i.102
Therefore the Moone (the gouernesse of floods)Therefore the moon, the governess of floods,governess (n.)
old form: gouernesse
ruler, mistress
MND II.i.103
Pale in her anger, washes all the aire;Pale in her anger, washes all the air,wash (v.)make damp, moisten, wetMND II.i.104
That Rheumaticke diseases doe abound.That rheumatic diseases do abound;rheumatic (adj.)
old form: Rheumaticke
with symptoms of rheum [watery discharge], catarrhal, cold-like
MND II.i.105
And through this distemperature, we seeAnd thorough this distemperature we seedistemperature (n.)disordered condition, inclement state [of weather]MND II.i.106
The seasons alter; hoared headed frostsThe seasons alter; hoary-headed frosts MND II.i.107
Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson Rose,Far in the fresh lap of the crimson rose, MND II.i.108
And on old Hyems chinne and Icie crowne,And on old Hiems' thin and icy crownHiems (n.)
old form: Hyems
winter [personified]
MND II.i.109
An odorous Chaplet of sweet Sommer budsAn odorous chaplet of sweet summer budschaplet (n.)garland, wreathMND II.i.110
Is as in mockry set. The Spring, the Sommer,Is as in mockery set. The spring, the summer, MND II.i.111
The childing Autumne, angry Winter changeThe childing autumn, angry winter changechange (v.)exchange, tradeMND II.i.112
childing (adj.)fertile, fruitful, teeming
Their wonted Liueries, and the mazed world,Their wonted liveries, and the mazed worldmazed (adj.)bewildered, confused, perplexedMND II.i.113
wonted (adj.)accustomed, usual, customary
livery (n.)
old form: Liueries
uniform, costume, special clothing
By their increase, now knowes not which is which;By their increase now knows not which is which.increase (n.)produce, growth, yield, cropMND II.i.114
And this same progeny of euills,And this same progeny of evils MND II.i.115
Comes from our debate, from our dissention,Comes from our debate, from our dissension.debate (n.)quarrel, wrangling, strifeMND II.i.116
We are their parents and originall.We are their parents and original.original (n.)
old form: originall
point of origin, cause, source
MND II.i.117
Ober. OBERON 
Do you amend it then, it lies in you,Do you amend it, then! It lies in you. MND II.i.118
Why should Titania crosse her Oberon?Why should Titania cross her Oberon? MND II.i.119
I do but beg a little changeling boy,I do but beg a little changeling boychangeling (n./adj.)child taken by fairies, stolen childMND II.i.120
To be my Henchman.To be my henchman.henchman (n.)squire, page of honourMND II.i.121.1
Qu. TITANIA 
Set your heart at rest,Set your heart at rest. MND II.i.121.2
The Fairy land buyes not the childe of me,The fairy land buys not the child of me. MND II.i.122
His mother was a Votresse of my Order,His mother was a votaress of my order,votaress (n.)
old form: Votresse
woman under vow, votary, devotee [of an order]
MND II.i.123
And in the spiced Indian aire, by nightAnd in the spiced Indian air by night MND II.i.124
Full often hath she gossipt by my side,Full often hath she gossiped by my side,gossip (v.)
old form: gossipt
be a close companion, talk together
MND II.i.125
And sat with me on Neptunes yellow sands,And sat with me on Neptune's yellow sandsNeptuneRoman water-god, chiefly associated with the sea and sea-weatherMND II.i.126
Marking th'embarked traders on the flood,Marking th' embarked traders on the flood,mark (v.)note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]MND II.i.127
flood (n.)sea, deep, waves, rushing water
trader (n.)trading ship, merchant vessel
When we haue laught to see the sailes conceiue,When we have laughed to see the sails conceive MND II.i.128
And grow big bellied with the wanton winde:And grow big-bellied with the wanton wind;wanton (adj.)sexually hot, passionate, sportiveMND II.i.129
Which she with pretty and with swimming gate,Which she with pretty and with swimming gait MND II.i.130
Following (her wombe then rich with my yong squire)Following – her womb then rich with my young squire – squire (n.)lad, fellow, youngsterMND II.i.131
Would imitate, and saile vpon the Land,Would imitate, and sail upon the land MND II.i.132
To fetch me trifles, and returne againe,To fetch me trifles, and return again MND II.i.133
As from a voyage, rich with merchandize.As from a voyage, rich with merchandise. MND II.i.134
But she being mortall, of that boy did die,But she, being mortal, of that boy did die, MND II.i.135
And for her sake I doe reare vp her boy,And for her sake do I rear up her boy; MND II.i.136
And for her sake I will not part with him.And for her sake I will not part with him. MND II.i.137
Ob. OBERON 
How long within this wood intend you stay?How long within this wood intend you stay? MND II.i.138
Qu. TITANIA 
Perchance till after Theseus wedding day.Perchance till after Theseus' wedding day.perchance (adv.)perhaps, maybeMND II.i.139
If you will patiently dance in our Round,If you will patiently dance in our roundround (n.)circle dance, ringMND II.i.140
And see our Moone-light reuels, goe with vs;And see our moonlight revels, go with us. MND II.i.141
If not, shun me and I will spare your haunts.If not, shun me, and I will spare your haunts.spare (v.)avoid, shun, keep away fromMND II.i.142
Ob. OBERON 
Giue me that boy, and I will goe with thee.Give me that boy and I will go with thee. MND II.i.143
Qu. TITANIA 
Not for thy Fairy Kingdome. Fairies away:Not for thy fairy kingdom! Fairies, away. MND II.i.144
We shall chide downe right, if I longer stay. We shall chide downright if I longer stay.downright (adv.)
old form: downe right
outright, totally, utterly
MND II.i.145
chide (v.), past form chidquarrel, wrangle, fight
Exeunt.Exit Titania with her train MND II.i.145
Ob. OBERON 
Wel, go thy way: thou shalt not from this groue,Well, go thy way. Thou shalt not from this grove MND II.i.146
Till I torment thee for this iniury.Till I torment thee for this injury.injury (n.)
old form: iniury
insult, affront, slight
MND II.i.147
My gentle Pucke come hither; thou remembrestMy gentle Puck, come hither. Thou rememberestgentle (adj.)courteous, friendly, kindMND II.i.148
Since once I sat vpon a promontory,Since once I sat upon a promontory MND II.i.149
And heard a Meare-maide on a Dolphins backe,And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back MND II.i.150
Vttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breathdulcet (adj.)sweet, mild, pleasant, agreeableMND II.i.151
breath (n.)voice, song, sound
That the rude sea grew ciuill at her song,That the rude sea grew civil at her song,rude (adj.)[of wind or water] stormy, turbulent, harshMND II.i.152
And certaine starres shot madly from their Spheares,And certain stars shot madly from their spheressphere (n.)
old form: Spheares
celestial globe in which a heavenly body was thought to move, orbit
MND II.i.153
To heare the Sea-maids musicke.To hear the sea-maid's music?sea-maid (n.)mermaid, sea-nymphMND II.i.154.1
Puc. PUCK 
I remember.I remember. MND II.i.154.2
Ob. OBERON 
That very time I say (but thou couldst not)That very time I saw – but thou couldst not –  MND II.i.155
Flying betweene the cold Moone and the earth,Flying between the cold moon and the earth MND II.i.156
Cupid all arm'd; a certaine aime he tookeCupid all armed. A certain aim he tookCupid (n.)[pron: 'kyoopid] Roman god of love, son of Venus and Mercury; a winged, blindfolded boy with curved bow and arrowsMND II.i.157
certain (adj.)
old form: certaine
sure, unerring, accurate
At a faire Vestall, throned by the West,At a fair vestal throned by the west,vestal (n.)
old form: Vestall
woman vowed to chastity, virgin, priestess
MND II.i.158
And loos'd his loue-shaft smartly from his bow,And loosed his loveshaft smartly from his bowloveshaft (n.)
old form: loue-shaft
love-causing arrow
MND II.i.159
As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts,As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts; MND II.i.160
But I might see young Cupids fiery shaftBut I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft MND II.i.161
Quencht in the chaste beames of the watry Moone;Quenched in the chaste beams of the watery moon, MND II.i.162
And the imperiall Votresse passed on,And the imperial votaress passed onvotaress (n.)
old form: Votresse
woman under vow, votary, devotee [of an order]
MND II.i.163
In maiden meditation, fancy free.In maiden meditation, fancy-free. MND II.i.164
Yet markt I where the bolt of Cupid fell.Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid fell:bolt (n.)[short and thick, crossbow] arrowMND II.i.165
mark (v.)
old form: markt
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
It fell vpon a little westerne flower;It fell upon a little western flower, MND II.i.166
Before, milke-white; now purple with loues wound,Before, milk-white; now purple with love's wound: MND II.i.167
And maidens call it, Loue in idlenesse.And maidens call it ‘ love in idleness.’love in idlenesspansyMND II.i.168
Fetch me that flower; the hearb I shew'd thee once,Fetch me that flower – the herb I showed thee once. MND II.i.169
The iuyce of it, on sleeping eye-lids laid,The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid MND II.i.170
Will make or man or woman madly doteWill make or man or woman madly dote MND II.i.171
Vpon the next liue creature that it sees.Upon the next live creature that it sees. MND II.i.172
Fetch me this hearbe, and be thou heere againe,Fetch me this herb, and be thou here again MND II.i.173
Ere the Leuiathan can swim a league.Ere the leviathan can swim a league.leviathan (n.)
old form: Leuiathan
sea-monster, whale
MND II.i.174
Pucke. PUCK 
Ile put a girdle about the earth,I'll put a girdle round about the earth MND II.i.175
in forty minutes. In forty minutes! MND II.i.176.1
Exit MND II.i.176
Ober. OBERON 
Hauing once this iuyce,Having once this juice MND II.i.176.2
Ile watch Titania, when she is asleepe,I'll watch Titania when she is asleep, MND II.i.177
And drop the liquor of it in her eyes:And drop the liquor of it in her eyes. MND II.i.178
The next thing when she waking lookes vpon,The next thing then she, waking, looks upon –  MND II.i.179
(Be it on Lyon, Beare, or Wolfe, or Bull,Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull, MND II.i.180
On medling Monkey, or on busie Ape)On meddling monkey or on busy ape –  MND II.i.181
Shee shall pursue it, with the soule of loue.She shall pursue it with the soul of love.soul (n.)
old form: soule
driving force, animating principle
MND II.i.182
And ere I take this charme off from her sight,And ere I take this charm from off her sight – sight (n.)eyeMND II.i.183
(As I can take it with another hearbe)As I can take it with another herb –  MND II.i.184
Ile make her render vp her Page to me.I'll make her render up her page to me. MND II.i.185
But who comes heere? I am inuisible,But who comes here? I am invisible, MND II.i.186
And I will ouer-heare their conference.And I will overhear their conference. MND II.i.187
Enter Demetrius, Helena following him.Enter Demetrius, Helena following him MND II.i.188
Deme. DEMETRIUS 
I loue thee not, therefore pursue me not,I love thee not, therefore pursue me not. MND II.i.188
Where is Lysander, and faire Hermia?Where is Lysander, and fair Hermia? MND II.i.189
The one Ile stay, the other stayeth me.The one I'll slay; the other slayeth me. MND II.i.190
Thou toldst me they were stolne into this wood;Thou toldest me they were stolen unto this wood, MND II.i.191
And heere am I, and wood within this wood,And here am I, and wood within this woodwood (adj.)mad, wild, furiousMND II.i.192
Because I cannot meet my Hermia.Because I cannot meet my Hermia. MND II.i.193
Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more.Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more! MND II.i.194
Hel. HELENA 
You draw me, you hard-hearted Adamant,You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant!adamant (n.)legendary substance of great hardness and magnetismMND II.i.195
But yet you draw not Iron, for my heartBut yet you draw not iron: for my heart MND II.i.196
Is true as steele. Leaue you your power to draw,Is true as steel. Leave you your power to draw, MND II.i.197
And I shall haue no power to follow you.And I shall have no power to follow you. MND II.i.198
Deme. DEMETRIUS 
Do I entice you? do I speake you faire?Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair?fair (adv.)
old form: faire
kindly, encouragingly, courteously
MND II.i.199
Or rather doe I not in plainest truth,Or rather do I not in plainest truth MND II.i.200
Tell you I doe not, nor I cannot loue you?Tell you I do not nor I cannot love you? MND II.i.201
Hel. HELENA 
And euen for that doe I loue thee the more;And even for that do I love you the more. MND II.i.202
I am your spaniell, and Demetrius,I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius, MND II.i.203
The more you beat me, I will fawne on you.The more you beat me I will fawn on you. MND II.i.204
Vse me but as your spaniell; spurne me, strike me,Use me but as your spaniel: spurn me, strike me,spurn (v.)
old form: spurne
kick, strike, stamp [on], dash
MND II.i.205
Neglect me, lose me; onely giue me leaueNeglect me, lose me; only give me leave, MND II.i.206
(Vnworthy as I am) to follow you.Unworthy as I am, to follow you. MND II.i.207
What worser place can I beg in your loue,What worser place can I beg in your love –  MND II.i.208
(And yet a place of high respect with me)And yet a place of high respect with me –  MND II.i.209
Then to be vsed as you doe your dogge.Than to be used as you use your dog? MND II.i.210
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit,Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit; MND II.i.211
For I am sicke when I do looke on thee.For I am sick when I do look on thee.sick (adj.)
old form: sicke
full of loathing, full of repugnance
MND II.i.212
Hel. HELENA 
And I am sicke when I looke not on you.And I am sick when I look not on you. MND II.i.213
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
You doe impeach your modesty too much,You do impeach your modesty too much,impeach (v.)discredit, disparage, call into questionMND II.i.214
To leaue the Citty, and commit your selfeTo leave the city and commit yourself MND II.i.215
Into the hands of one that loues you not,Into the hands of one that loves you not; MND II.i.216
To trust the opportunity of night,To trust the opportunity of night MND II.i.217
And the ill counsell of a desert place,And the ill counsel of a desert placeill (adj.)bad, adverse, unfavourableMND II.i.218
With the rich worth of your virginity.With the rich worth of your virginity. MND II.i.219
Hel. HELENA 
Your vertue is my priuiledge: for thatYour virtue is my privilege. For thatvirtue (n.)
old form: vertue
quality, accomplishment, ability
MND II.i.220
It is not night when I doe see your face.It is not night when I do see your face, MND II.i.221
Therefore I thinke I am not in the night,Therefore I think I am not in the night; MND II.i.222
Nor doth this wood lacke worlds of company,Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company, MND II.i.223
For you in my respect are nll the world.For you in my respect are all the world.respect (n.)regard, admiration, favour, opinionMND II.i.224
Then how can it be said I am alone,Then how can it be said I am alone MND II.i.225
When all the world is heere to looke on me?When all the world is here to look on me? MND II.i.226
Dem. DEMETRIUS 
Ile run from thee, and hide me in the brakes,I'll run from thee and hide me in the brakes,brake (n.)bush, thicketMND II.i.227
And leaue thee to the mercy of wilde beasts.And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts. MND II.i.228
Hel. HELENA 
The wildest hath not such a heart as you;The wildest hath not such a heart as you. MND II.i.229
Runne when you will, the story shall be chang'd:Run when you will. The story shall be changed: MND II.i.230
Apollo flies and Daphne holds the chase;Apollo flies, and Daphne holds the chase;Apollo (n.)Greek sun god, who pulls the sun across the sky in a horse-drawn chariot; god of prophecy [speaking through the Delphi oracle, poetry, music, archery, and healingMND II.i.231
Daphne (n.)nymph loved by Apollo; chased by the god, she was saved by being turned into a laurel, which became Apollo's sacred tree
hold (v.)keep, maintain, observe
The Doue pursues the Griffin, the milde HindeThe dove pursues the griffin; the mild hindhind (n.)
old form: Hinde
female deer
MND II.i.232
griffin (n.)fabulous beast, part lion part eagle
Makes speed to catch the Tyger. Bootlesse speede,Makes speed to catch the tiger – bootless speed,bootless (adj.)
old form: Bootlesse
useless, worthless, fruitless, unavailing
MND II.i.233
When cowardise pursues, and valour flies.When cowardice pursues, and valour flies. MND II.i.234
Demet. DEMETRIUS 
I will not stay thy questions, let me go;I will not stay thy questions. Let me go;stay (v.)wait (for), awaitMND II.i.235
Or if thou follow me, doe not beleeue,Or if thou follow me, do not believe MND II.i.236
But I shall doe thee mischiefe in the wood.But I shall do thee mischief in the wood. MND II.i.237
Hel. HELENA 
I, in the Temple, in the Towne, and FieldAy – in the temple, in the town, the field, MND II.i.238
You doe me mischiefe. Fye Demetrius,You do me mischief. Fie, Demetrius, MND II.i.239
Your wrongs doe set a scandall on my sexe:Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex. MND II.i.240
We cannot fight for loue, as men may doe;We cannot fight for love, as men may do; MND II.i.241
We should be woo'd, and were not made to wooe.We should be wooed, and were not made to woo. MND II.i.242
Exit Demetrius MND II.i.242
I follow thee, and make a heauen of hell,I'll follow thee, and make a heaven of hell, MND II.i.243
To die vpon the hand I loue so well. To die upon the hand I love so well. MND II.i.244
Exit.Exit Helena MND II.i.244
Ob. OBERON 
Fare thee well Nymph, ere he do leaue this groue,Fare thee well, nymph. Ere he do leave this grovefare ... well (int.)goodbye [to an individual]MND II.i.245
Thou shalt flie him, and he shall seeke thy loue.Thou shalt fly him, and he shall seek thy love. MND II.i.246
Enter Pucke.Enter Puck MND II.i.247
Hast thou the flower there? Welcome wanderer.Hast thou the flower there? Welcome, wanderer. MND II.i.247
Puck. PUCK 
I, there it is.Ay, there it is. MND II.i.248.1
Ob. OBERON 
I pray thee giue it me.I pray thee give it me. MND II.i.248.2
I know a banke where the wilde time blowes,I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,blow (v.)
old form: blowes
blossom, bloom, flower
MND II.i.249
Where Oxslips and the nodding Violet growes,Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, MND II.i.250
Quite ouer-cannoped with luscious woodbine,Quite overcanopied with luscious woodbine,woodbine (n.)honeysuckleMND II.i.251
With sweet muske roses, and with Eglantine;With sweet muskroses and with eglantine.eglantine (n.)sweet briarMND II.i.252
sweet (adj.)perfumed, scented, fragrant
There sleepes Tytania, sometime of the night,There sleeps Titania sometime of the night, MND II.i.253
Lul'd in these flowers, with dances and delight:Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight. MND II.i.254
And there the snake throwes her enammel'd skinne,And there the snake throws her enamelled skin,enamelled (adj.)
old form: enammel'd
brightly coloured, multi-coloured, kaleidoscopic
MND II.i.255
throw (v.)
old form: throwes
throw off, cast, discard
Weed wide enough to rap a Fairy in.Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in.weed (n.)garment, piece of clothingMND II.i.256
And with the iuyce of this Ile streake her eyes,And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes MND II.i.257
And make her full of hatefull fantasies.And make her full of hateful fantasies.fantasy (n.)imagining, delusion, hallucinationMND II.i.258
Take thou some of it, and seek through this groue;Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove. MND II.i.259
A sweet Athenian Lady is in loueA sweet Athenian lady is in love MND II.i.260
With a disdainefull youth: annoint his eyes,With a disdainful youth – anoint his eyes; MND II.i.261
But doe it when the next thing he espies,But do it when the next thing he espies MND II.i.262
May be the Lady. Thou shalt know the man,May be the lady. Thou shalt know the man MND II.i.263
By the Athenian garments he hath on.By the Athenian garments he hath on. MND II.i.264
Effect it with some care, that he may proueEffect it with some care, that he may prove MND II.i.265
More fond on her, then she vpon her loue;More fond on her than she upon her love.fond (adj.)infatuated, doting, passionateMND II.i.266
And looke thou meet me ere the first Cocke crow.And look thou meet me ere the first cock crow. MND II.i.267
Pu. PUCK 
Feare not my Lord, your seruant shall do so. Fear not, my lord; your servant shall do so. MND II.i.268
Exit.Exeunt Oberon and Puck MND II.i.268
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