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And that same dew, which sometime on the buds.
Was wont to swell, like round and orient pearls sa
Stood now within the pretty flourier's eyes,
Lile tears that did their own disgrace bewail.
When I had at my.pleasure taunted her,
And she in mild terms begg'd iny patience,
I then did ask of her her changeling child,
Which strait she gave me, and her. Fairy fent
To bear him to my bower in Fairy-land.
And now I have the boy, I will undo
This hateful imperfection of her eyes :
And, gentle Puck, take this transformed scalp-
From off the head of this Athenian swain ;
That, he, awaking, when the others do,
May all to Athens back again repair ;
And think no more of this night's accidents,
But as the fierce vexation of a dream.
But, fift, I will release the Fairy Queen ;
Be, as thou wait wont to be;
See, as thou wait wont to fee :
Dian's bud o'er Cupid's flower
Hath such force and blessed power. (24)
Now, my Titania, wake you, my sweet Queen.
Queen. My Oberon! what visions have I lèen! Methought, I was enamour'd of an ass.
Ob. There lies your love. (24) Dian's bud, or Cupid's flow'r.) Thus all the editions had Aupidly exhibited this paffage. The ingenious Dr. Tbirlby gave me: the correction, which I have inserted in the text, and which, doubtle's, reffores us the Author. Oberon in Act the 2d, where he first proposes q enchant his Queen's eyes and sense, tells us, he has an antidote to take off the charm.
And e'er I take this charm from off her fight,
As I can take it with another berb, &c.
And again; towards the end of the 3d Act, where he is giving
Burk directions for disenchanting Lysander, he says;
Then crush this berb into Lysander's eye,
Whore liquor hath this virtuous property,
To take from thence all error with its might,
And make his eye-balls rowl with wanted fight,
Queen. How came these things to pass ?
Oh, how mine eyes do loath this visage now!
Ob. Silence, a while; Robin, take off his head ;
Titania, mufick call; and Atrike more dead (25)
Than common sleep of all these five the sense.
Queen. Mufick, ho, mufick ; such as charmeth fleep.
Puck. When thou awak'st, with thineown fool's eyes peep.
Ob.Sound, mufick; come, myQueen, take hand with me,
And rock the ground whereon these fleepers be..
Now thou and I are new in amity ;
And will to-morrow midnight solemnly
Dance in Duke Tbefeur house triumphantly
And bless it to all fair pofterity:
There shall these pairs of faithful lovers be
Wedded, with Theseus, all in jollity:
Puck. Fairy King, attend and mark ;
I do hear the morning lark.
Ob. Then, my Queen, in filence fade ; (26*
Trip we after the night's shade;
We the globe can compass foon,,
Swifter than the wand'ring moon.
Queen. Come, my Lord, and in our flight
Tell me how it came this nights,
(25) Titania, mufick call, and strike more dead
Than common Beep. Of all these fine the sense.] This, mot certainly, is both corrupt in the text, and pointing. Would mulick, that was to strike them into a deeper sleep than ordinary, contribute to fine (or, refine) their senses? My emendation, I am persuaded, needs no juftification. The five, that lay asleep on the stage, were, Demetrius
, Lyfander, Hermia, Helena, and Bottom.-) ought to acknowledge, that Dr. Tbirlby likewise ftarted and communicated this very correction.
(26). Tben, my Queen, in filence fad,] Why, sad? Fairies, accordo ing to the receiv'd notion, are plers'd to follow night. For that reason, and for bettering the rhyme, I think it very probable that our Author wrote ;-in filence fade;;i. e. vanish, retreat.
In which fense our Author bas elsewhere employ'd this word. As in Ilar.ct, speaking of the ghost's disappearing.. It feded at the crowing of the cock,
That I feeping here was found, (Sleepers lie Aill
. With these mortals on the ground.
(Wind borns within Enter The feus, Egeus, Hippolita, and all bis Train.
Tbe. Go one of you, find out the forefter,
For now our observation is perform'd,
And fince we have the vaward of the day,
My love shall hear the mufick of my
Uncouple in the western valley, go,
Dispatch, I say, and find the forefter.
We will, fair Queen, up to the mountain's top,
And mark the musical confusion
Of hounds and echo in conjunction.
Hip. I was with Hercules and Cadmus once,
When in a wood of Creet they bay'd the bear
With hounds of Sparta; never did I hear
Such gallant chiding. For befides the groves,
The kics, the fountains, ev'ry region near, (27)
(27) The Ries, the fountains, ev'ry region near,
Send all one murual cry.] It has been proposid to me, that the Author probably wrote mountains, from whence an echo rather proceeds than from fiuntuins : but as we have the authority of the ancierits fur lakes, rivers, and fountains returning a found, I have bson diffident to difiurb the text. To give a few.instances that occur at prefint. Cvid. Meiam. I. 3. ver. 500.
Ultina tux foitam fuit hæc fpretantis in undam,
" Hou fruft
: a dile&te puer !” turdi mque remist
For so Burmann has corrected it: the common editions have locula
Virgil Æneid : 12. verf. 886,
Tam vero exoritur clamor, rifæque lacusque
Responsant circà, & cælum torat omne tumultua Auson. in Mosellâ. verf. 167.
Et rupes, & silva tremens, & concavus amnis.
And again, verf, 296.
Verba refert, mediis concurrit Auct. bus Echo.
Propert. lib. 1. E'cg. 20. verf. 49.
(ui procul Alcides iteral responsa ; sed illi
Nomen ab extremis fontib aura refert,
I know, you two are rival enemies.
Seem'd all one mutual cry. I never heard
So musical a discord, such sweet ihunder.
Thes. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,
So flew'd, 'To sanded, and their heads are hung.
With ears that sweep away the morning dew;
Crook-knee'd, and dew-lap'd, like Thesalian bulls ;
Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouth like bells,
Each under each. A cry more tuneable
Was never hallo'd to, nor cheer'd with horn,
In Creer, in Sparta, nor in Theffaly :
Judge, when you hear. But soft, what nymphs are there?
. My Lord, this is my daughter here alleef,
And this Lyfander, this Demetrius is,
This Helena, old Nedar's Helena ;
I wonder at their being here together.
. No doubt, they rose up early to observe
The rite of May; and hearing our intent,
Came here in grace of our solemnity.
But speak, Egeus
, is not this the day,
That Hermia ihould give answer of her choice ?
Ege. It is,
Lord. Thes. Gobideke huntsmen wake them with their horns. Horns and shout within ; Demetrius, Lysander, Hermia
and Helena, wake and fart up. Thef. Good' morrow, friends ; Saint Valentine is pafto Begin these wood-birds but to couple now?
Lif. Pardon, my Lord.
Thes. I pray you all, stand up:
How comes this gentle concord in the world,
That hatred is fofar from jealousy,
To sleep by hate, and fear no enmity ?
Lyf. My Lord, I shall reply amazedly,
Half sleep, half
waking. But as yet, i swear,
But as I think, (for truly would I speak,)
And now I do bethink me, so it is ;
I came with Hermia hither.
Was to be gone from Athens, where we might be
Without the peril of th’ Athenian law.
Ege. Enough, enough;, my Lord, you have enough;
I beg the law, the law upon his head :
They would have stoll'n away, they would, Demetrius,.
Thereby to have defeated you and me ;
You, of your wife; and me, of my consent ;
Of my confent, that she should be your wife.
Dem. My Lord, fair Helen told me of their stealth,
Of this their purpose hither to this wood;
And I in fury hither follow'd them;
Fair Helena in fancy following me :
But, my good Lord, I wot not by what power,
But by some power it is, my love to Hermia
Js melted as the snow; seems to me now
As the remembrance of an idle gaude,
Which in my childhood I did doat upon :
And all the faith, the virtue of my heart,
The object and the pleasure of mine eye,
Is only Helena. To her, my Lord,
Was I betrothed ere I Hermia saw;
But like a sickness did I loath this food;
But, as in health come to my natural taste,
Now, do I wish it, love it, long for it;
And will for evermore be true to it.
Tbes. Fair lovers, you are fortunately metan
Of this discourse we shall hear more anon.
Egeus, I will over-bear your will;
For in the temple, by and by with us,
These couples Thall eternally be knit;
And for the morning now is something worn,
Our purpos'd hunting shall be set aside.
Away with us to Athens ; three and three,
We'll hold a feast in great folemnity.
[Exe. Duke, Hippol. and Train. Dem. These things seem small and undistinguishable, Like far-off mountains turned into clouds.
Her. Methinks, I see these things with parted eye ; When every thing seems double.
Hel. So, methinks ;