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How now spirit, whether wander you?How now, spirit; whither wander you?MND II.i.1
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 wrathMND II.i.20
Because that she, as her attendant, hathBecause that she as her attendant hathMND 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,MND II.i.23
And iealous Oberon would haue the childeAnd jealous Oberon would have the childMND II.i.24
Knight of his traine, to trace the Forrests wilde.Knight of his train, to trace the forests wild.MND II.i.25
But she (perforce) with-holds the loued boy,But she perforce withholds the loved boy,MND II.i.26
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 – MND II.i.29
But they do square, that all their Elues for feareBut they do square, that all their elves for fearMND II.i.30
Creepe into Acorne cups and hide them there.Creep into acorn cups and hide them there.MND II.i.31
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 smileMND II.i.44
When I a fat and beane-fed horse beguile,When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile,MND II.i.45
Neighing in likenesse of a silly foale,Neighing in likeness of a filly foal;MND II.i.46
And sometime lurke I in a Gossips bole,And sometime lurk I in a gossip's bowlMND II.i.47
In very likenesse of a roasted crab:In very likeness of a roasted crab;MND II.i.48
And when she drinkes, against her lips I bob,And when she drinks, against her lips I bob,MND II.i.49
And on her withered dewlop poure the Ale.And on her withered dewlap pour the ale.MND II.i.50
The wisest Aunt telling the saddest tale,The wisest aunt telling the saddest taleMND II.i.51
Sometime for three-foot stoole, mistaketh me,Sometime for three-foot 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,MND II.i.55
And waxen in their mirth, and neeze, and sweare,And waxen in their mirth, and neeze, and swearMND II.i.56
A merrier houre was neuer wasted there.A merrier hour was never wasted there.MND II.i.57
But roome Fairy, heere comes Oberon.But room, Fairy: here comes Oberon.MND II.i.58
I remember.I remember.MND II.i.154.2
Ile put a girdle about the earth,I'll put a girdle round about the earthMND II.i.175
in forty minutes. In forty minutes!MND II.i.176.1
I, there it is.Ay, there it is.MND II.i.248.1
Feare not my Lord, your seruant shall do so. Fear not, my lord; your servant shall do so.MND II.i.268
Through the Forest haue I gone,Through the forest have I gone,MND II.ii.72
But Athenian finde I none,But Athenian found I noneMND II.ii.73
One whose eyes I might approueOn whose eyes I might approveMND II.ii.74
This flowers force in stirring loue.This flower's force in stirring love.MND II.ii.75
Night and silence: who is heere?Night and silence. – Who is here?MND II.ii.76
Weedes of Athens he doth weare:Weeds of Athens he doth wear.MND II.ii.77
This is he (my master said)This is he my master saidMND II.ii.78
Despised the Athenian maide:Despised the Athenian maid;MND II.ii.79
And heere the maiden sleeping sound,And here the maiden, sleeping soundMND II.ii.80
On the danke and durty ground.On the dank and dirty ground.MND II.ii.81
Pretty soule, she durst not lyePretty soul, she durst not lieMND II.ii.82
Neere this lacke-loue, this kill-curtesie.Near this lack-love, this kill-courtesy.MND II.ii.83
Churle, vpon thy eyes I throwChurl, upon thy eyes I throwMND II.ii.84
All the power this charme doth owe:All the power this charm doth owe.MND II.ii.85
When thou wak'st, let loue forbidWhen thou wakest let love forbidMND II.ii.86
Sleepe his seate on thy eye-lid.Sleep his seat on thy eyelid.MND II.ii.87
So awake when I am gone:So awake when I am gone;MND II.ii.88
For I must now to Oberon. For I must now to Oberon.MND II.ii.89
What hempen home-spuns haue we swaggering here,What hempen homespuns have we swaggering hereMND III.i.70
So neere the Cradle of the Faierie Queene?So near the cradle of the Fairy Queen?MND III.i.71
What, a Play toward? Ile be an auditor,What, a play toward! I'll be an auditor – MND III.i.72
An Actor too perhaps, if I see cause.An actor too, perhaps, if I see cause.MND III.i.73
A stranger Piramus, then ere plaid here.A stranger Pyramus than e'er played here.MND III.i.81
Ile follow you, Ile leade you about a Round,I'll follow you, I'll lead you about a round,MND III.i.100
Through bogge, through bush, through brake, through bryer,Thorough bog, thorough bush, thorough brake, thorough briar,MND III.i.101
Sometime a horse Ile be, sometime a hound: Sometime a horse I'll be, sometime a hound,MND III.i.102
A hogge, a headlesse beare, sometime a fire,A hog, a headless bear, sometime a fire,MND III.i.103
And neigh, and barke, and grunt, and rore, and burne,And neigh, and bark, and grunt and roar and burnMND III.i.104
Like horse, hound, hog, beare, fire, at euery turne. Like horse, hound, hog, bear, fire at every turn.MND III.i.105
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,MND 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 mechanicalsMND III.ii.9
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 playMND 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,MND III.ii.13
Who Piramus presented, in their sport,Who Pyramus presented, in their sportMND III.ii.14
Forsooke his Scene, and entred in a brake,Forsook his scene and entered in a brake,MND III.ii.15
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.MND III.ii.17
Anon his Thisbie must be answered,Anon his Thisbe must be answered,MND III.ii.18
And forth my Mimmick comes: when they him spie,And forth my mimic comes. When they him spy – 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,MND III.ii.21
(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,MND III.ii.29
Some sleeues, some hats, from yeelders all things catch,Some sleeves, some hats. From yielders all things catch.MND III.ii.30
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;MND 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
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
This is the woman, but not this the man.This is the woman, but not this the man.MND III.ii.42
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
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.MND III.ii.101
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.MND III.ii.113
Shall we their fond Pageant see?Shall we their fond pageant see?MND III.ii.114
Lord, what fooles these mortals be!Lord, what fools these mortals be!MND III.ii.115
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;MND III.ii.119
And those things doe best please me,And those things do best please meMND III.ii.120
That befall preposterously.That befall preposterously.MND III.ii.121
Beleeue me, King of shadowes, I mistooke,Believe me, King of shadows, I mistook.MND III.ii.347
Did not you tell me, I should know the man,Did not you tell me I should know the manMND 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 enterpriseMND 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,MND III.ii.352
As this their iangling I esteeme a sport.As this their jangling I esteem a sport.MND III.ii.353
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,MND III.ii.380
At whose approach Ghosts wandring here and there,At whose approach ghosts wandering here and thereMND III.ii.381
Troope home to Church-yards; damned spirits all,Troop home to churchyards. Damned spirits allMND III.ii.382
That in crosse-waies and flouds haue buriall,That in crossways and floods have burialMND 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 uponMND 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.MND III.ii.387
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
Here villaine, drawne & readie. Where art thou?Here, villain, drawn and ready! Where art thou?MND III.ii.402
Follow me thenFollow me thenMND III.ii.403.2
to plainer ground.To plainer ground.MND III.ii.404.1
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,MND III.ii.409
Ile whip thee with a rod. He is defil'dI'll whip thee with a rod. He is defiledMND III.ii.410
That drawes a sword on thee.That draws a sword on thee.MND III.ii.411.1
Follow my voice, we'l try no manhood here. Follow my voice. We'll try no manhood here.MND III.ii.412
Ho, ho, ho; coward, why com'st thou not?Ho, ho, ho, coward! Why comest thou not?MND III.ii.421
Come hither, I am here.Come hither; I am here.MND III.ii.425.2
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.MND III.ii.439
Cupid is a knauish lad,Cupid is a knavish ladMND III.ii.440
Thus to make poore females mad.Thus to make poor females mad.MND III.ii.441
On the ground On the groundMND III.ii.448
sleepe sound,Sleep sound.MND III.ii.449
Ile applyI'll applyMND III.ii.450
your eie To your eye,MND III.ii.451
gentle louer, remedy.Gentle lover, remedy.MND III.ii.452
When thou wak'st,When thou wakest,MND III.ii.453
thou tak'stThou takestMND III.ii.454
True delightTrue delightMND III.ii.455
in the sightIn the sightMND 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.MND 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.MND III.ii.463
When thou wak'st, with thine owne fooles eies peepe Now when thou wakest with thine own fool's eyes peep.MND IV.i.83
Faire King attend, and marke,Fairy king, attend, and mark:MND IV.i.92
I doe heare the morning Larke.I do hear the morning lark.MND IV.i.93
Now the hungry Lyons rores,Now the hungry lion roarsMND V.i.361
And the Wolfe beholds the Moone:And the wolf behowls the moon,MND V.i.362
Whilest the heauy ploughman snores,Whilst the heavy ploughman snoresMND V.i.363
All with weary taske fore-done.All with weary task fordone.MND V.i.364
Now the wasted brands doe glow,Now the wasted brands do glowMND V.i.365
Whil'st the scritch-owle, scritching loud,Whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud,MND V.i.366
Puts the wretch that lies in woe,Puts the wretch that lies in woeMND V.i.367
In remembrance of a shrowd.In remembrance of a shroud.MND V.i.368
Now it is the time of night,Now it is the time of nightMND V.i.369
That the graues, all gaping wide,That the graves, all gaping wide,MND V.i.370
Euery one lets forth his spright,Every one lets forth his spriteMND V.i.371
In the Church-way paths to glide,In the churchway paths to glide.MND V.i.372
And we Fairies, that do runne,And we fairies, that do runMND V.i.373
By the triple Hecates teame,By the triple Hecate's team,MND V.i.374
From the presence of the Sunne,From the presence of the sunMND V.i.375
Following darkenesse like a dreame,Following darkness like a dream,MND V.i.376
Now are frollicke; not a MouseNow are frolic. Not a mouseMND V.i.377
Shall disturbe this hallowed house.Shall disturb this hallowed house.MND V.i.378
I am sent with broome before,I am sent with broom beforeMND V.i.379
To sweep the dust behinde the doore.To sweep the dust behind the door.MND V.i.380
If we shadowes haue offended,If we shadows have offended,MND V.i.413
Thinke but this (and all is mended)Think but this, and all is mended:MND V.i.414
That you haue but slumbred heere,That you have but slumbered hereMND V.i.415
While these visions did appeare.While these visions did appear.MND V.i.416
And this weake and idle theame,And this weak and idle theme,MND V.i.417
No more yeelding but a dreame,No more yielding but a dream,MND V.i.418
Centles, doe not reprehend.Gentles, do not reprehend.MND V.i.419
If you pardon, we will mend.If you pardon, we will mend.MND V.i.420
And as I am an honest Pucke,And, as I am an honest Puck,MND V.i.421
If we haue vnearned lucke,If we have unearned luckMND V.i.422
Now to scape the Serpents tongue,Now to 'scape the serpent's tongueMND V.i.423
We will make amends ere long:We will make amends ere long,MND V.i.424
Else the Pucke a lyar call.Else the Puck a liar call.MND V.i.425
So good night vnto you all.So, good night unto you all.MND V.i.426
Giue me your hands, if we be friends,Give me your hands if we be friends,MND V.i.427
And Robin shall restore amends.And Robin shall restore amends.MND V.i.428