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Dem. I will not stay thy questions; let me gos
Hel. Ay, in the temple, in the town, the field,
S Ç E N E IV. : Ob. Fare thee well, nymph; ere he doth leave this
Ob. I pray thee, "give it me;
Effect it with some care, that he may prove
Thorny bedgehogs, be not seen;
Come not near our fairy Queen.
7 Then, for the third part of A MINUTE, hence ; ] We Should read third part of THE MIDNIGHT. The common reading is nonsense. Possibly Shakespear might have used the French word Minuit.
8 - our queine s PIRIT 8.-] We should read SPORT S.
2 Fairy. Weaving Spiders come not here ; Hence, you long-leg'd spinners, bence :
Beetles black, approach not near, Worm, nor snail, do no offence, Philomel with melody, &c.
..! Fairy. Hence, away ; now all is well : One, aloof, stand Centinel.
[Exeunt Fairies. The Queen peeps.
Enter Oberon. Ob. What thou seest, when thou doft wake, Do it for thy true love take: Love and languish for his fake ; Be it ounce, or cat, or bear, Pard, or boar with bristled hair, In thy eye that shall appear, When thou wak'st, it is thy dear; Wake, when some vile thing is near. [Exit Oberon.
S CE N E VI.
Enter Lysander and Hermia. Lyf. Fair love, you faint with wandring in the wood; And, to speak troth, I have forgot our way : We'll rest us, Hermia, if thou think it good, And tarry for the comfort of the day.
Her. Be't so, Lysander ; find you out a bed, For I upon this bank will rest my head.
Lyf. One turf shall serve as pillow for us both, One heart, one bed, two bosoms, and one troth.
Her. Nay, good Lysander ; for my fake, my dear, Lye further off yet, do not lye so near.
Lyf. : O take the sense, sweet, of my conference;'
Her. Lysander riddles very prettily ;
Lyf. Amen, amen, to that fair prayer, fay I;
[They feep. Enter Puck. Puck. Through the forest have I gone, But Atbenian found I none, On whose eyes I might approve This flower's force in stirring love :
90 take the sense, fweet, of my innocence;
Love takes the meaning in love's conference.] Here, by fome mischance or other, Innocence and Conference have been jombled into one another's places, and thereby deprived a very senable reply of all kind of meaning. Rellore each to its right place and che sense will be this ; when ne had interpreted his words to an evil meaning, he replies,
O take the sense, Sweet, of my conference; j. l. judge of my meaning by the drift of my whole speech,
Night and filence! who is here?
S CE NE VII.
Enter Demetrius and Helena running: Hel. Stay, tho' thou kill me, sweet Demetrius ! Dem. I charge thee, hence, and do not haunt me
thus. Hel. O, wilt thou darkling leave me? do not fo. Dem. Stay, on thy peril; i alone will go.
[Exit Demetrius. Hel. O, I am out of breath in this fond chace ; The more my prayer, the lefser is my grace. Happy is Hermia, wherefoe'er the lies; For she hath blessed, and attractive, eyes. How came her eyes so bright? not with salt tears ; If so, my eyes are oftner wash'd than hers :
and do not pervert the sense of an ambiguous word to a meaning quite foreign to the discourse. Besides, says he,
Love takes the meaning in love's innocence. i. e. The innocence of your love inay teach you to discover the innocence of mine. These are the fentiments, which were quite loft in this aukward transpofition.