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A Midsummer Night's Dream

An extraordinary production of an enduring comedy. The strong cast features Helen Mirren and Peter McEnery
Chapter 1 A Midsummer's Night Dream Act 1
Chapter 2 A Midsummer's Night Dream Act 2
Chapter 3 A Midsummer's Night Dream Act 3
Chapter 4 A Midsummer's Night Dream Act 4
Chapter 5 A Midsummer's Night Dream Act 5
00:01:01Now fair Hippolyta our nuptial hour draws on apace
00:01:05Four happy days bring in another moon
00:01:08but oh methinks how slow this old moon wanes
00:01:12She lingers my desires like to a stepdame or a dowager
00:01:15long withering out a young mans revenue
00:01:19Four days will quickly steep themselves in night
00:01:21Four nights will quickly dream away the time
00:01:24Then the moon like to a silver bow new bent in heaven
00:01:28shall behold the night of our solemnities
00:01:32Go Philostrate stir up the Athenian youth to merriments
00:01:37Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth
00:01:39Turn melancholy forth to funerals
00:01:42The pale companion is not for our pomp
00:01:55Hippolyta I wooed thee with my sword
00:01:58and won thy love doing the injuries
00:02:01But I will wed thee in another key
00:02:04with pomp with triumph and with revelling
00:02:10Happy be Theseus our renowned Duke
00:02:13Thanks good Egeus
00:02:14Whats the news with thee
00:02:16Full of vexation come I
00:02:19with complaint against my child my daughter Hermia
00:02:25My noble lord this man Demetrius hath my consent to marry her
00:02:32And my gracious Duke this man Lysander
00:02:37hath bewitched the bosom of my child
00:02:39Thou thou Lysander thou has given her rhymes
00:02:43and interchanged love tokens with my child
00:02:46Thou hast by moonlight at her window
00:02:48sung with feigning voice verses of feigning love
00:02:51and stolen the impression of her fantasy
00:02:53With cunning hath thou filched my daughters heart
00:02:56turned her obedience which is due to me
00:02:59to stubborn harshness
00:03:03And my gracious Duke be it so she will not here before your grace
00:03:06consent to marry with Demetrius
00:03:08I beg the ancient privilege of Athens
00:03:12As she is mine I may dispose of her
00:03:17which shall be either to this gentleman or to her death
00:03:22according to our law immediately provided in that case
00:03:26What says thou Hermia
00:03:27Be advised fair maid To you your father should be as a god
00:03:31one that composed your beauties
00:03:33yea and one to whom you are but as a form in wax
00:03:36by him imprinted and within his power
00:03:38to leave the figure or disfigure it
00:03:43Demetrius is a worthy gentleman
00:03:44So is Lysander
00:03:46In himself he is
00:03:47But in this kind wanting your fathers voice
00:03:49the other must be held to be the worthier
00:03:51I would my father looked but with my eyes
00:03:54Rather your eyes must with his judgment look
00:03:57I do entreat your grace to pardon me
00:03:59I know not by what power I am made bold
00:04:02nor how it may concern my modesty
00:04:04in such a presence here to plead my thoughts
00:04:06but I beseech your grace that I may know
00:04:09the worst that may befall me in this case
00:04:11if I refuse to wed Demetrius
00:04:13Either to die the death
00:04:15or to abjure forever the society of men
00:04:18Therefore fair Hermia question your desires
00:04:22know of your youth examine well your blood
00:04:24whether if you yield not to your fathers choice
00:04:27you can endure the livery of a nun
00:04:30for aye to be in shady cloister mewed
00:04:33to live a barren sister all your life
00:04:35chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon
00:04:39Thriceblessed they that master so their blood
00:04:44to undergo such maiden pilgrimage
00:04:46but earthlier happy is the rose distilled
00:04:51than that which withering on the virgin thorn grows
00:04:56lives and dies in single blessedness
00:04:59So will I grow so live so die my lord
00:05:05Ere I will yield my virgin patent up unto his lordship
00:05:08whose unwished yoke my soul consents not to give sovereignty
00:05:12Take time to pause and by the next new moon
00:05:16the sealingday betwixt my love and me
00:05:18for everlasting bond of fellowship
00:05:20upon that day either prepare to die
00:05:24for disobedience to your fathers will
00:05:25or else to wed Demetrius as he would
00:05:28or on Dianas altar to protest
00:05:33for aye austerity and single life
00:05:37Relent sweet Hermia
00:05:38And Lysander yield thy crazed title to my certain right
00:05:42You have her fathers love Demetrius
00:05:44Let me have Hermias
00:05:47Do you marry him
00:05:49Scornful Lysander true he hath my love
00:05:52And what is mine my love shall render him
00:05:56And she is mine and all my right of her
00:05:59I do estate unto Demetrius
00:06:01I am my lord as well derived as he
00:06:03as well possessed
00:06:04My love is more than his
00:06:07My fortunes every way as fairly ranked
00:06:10if not with vantage as Demetrius
00:06:12And which is more than all these boasts can be
00:06:15I am beloved of beauteous Hermia
00:06:20Why should not I then prosecute my right
00:06:24Demetrius Ill avouch it to his head
00:06:26made love to Nedars daughter Helena
00:06:29and won her soul
00:06:31And she sweet lady dotes devoutly dotes
00:06:36dotes in idolatry upon this spotted and inconstant man
00:06:40I must confess that I have heard as much
00:06:42and with Demetrius thought to have spoke thereof
00:06:45but being overfull of selfaffairs
00:06:46my mind did lose it
00:06:50But Demetrius come
00:06:51And come Egeus you shall go with me
00:06:54I have some private schooling for you both
00:06:58For you fair Hermia look you arm yourself
00:07:01to fit your fancies to your fathers will
00:07:04or else the law of Athens yields you up
00:07:07which by no means we may extenuate
00:07:10to death or to a vow of single life
00:07:23How now my love
00:07:27Why is your cheek so pale
00:07:30How chance the roses there do fade so fast
00:07:35Belike for want of rain which I could well beteem them
00:07:39from the tempest of my eyes
00:07:42Ay me
00:07:45For aught that I could ever read
00:07:47could ever hear by tale or history
00:07:49the course of true love never did run smooth
00:07:54But either it was different in blood
00:07:56Oh cross
00:07:57too high to be enthralled too low
00:07:59Or else misgraffed in respect of years
00:08:01Oh spite
00:08:03Too old to be engaged to young
00:08:05Or else it stood upon the choice of friends
00:08:07Oh hell
00:08:08To choose love by anothers eyes
00:08:11Or if there were a sympathy in choice
00:08:13war death or sickness did lay siege to it
00:08:16making it momentary as a sound
00:08:19swift as a shadow short as any dream
00:08:21brief as the lightning in the collied night
00:08:24Ere a man hath power to say Behold
00:08:27the jaws of darkness do devour it up
00:08:30So quick bright things come to confusion
00:08:35If then true lovers have been ever crossed
00:08:37it stands as an edict in destiny
00:08:40let us teach our trial patience
00:08:43because it is a customary cross
00:08:45as due to love as thoughts and dreams and sighs
00:08:51wishes and tears poor fancys followers
00:08:56A good persuasion
00:09:01Therefore hear me Hermia
00:09:05I have a widow aunt a dowager of great revenue
00:09:10and she hath no child
00:09:11From Athens is her house remote seven leagues
00:09:14And she respects me as her only son
00:09:17There gentle Hermia may I marry thee
00:09:21And to that place the sharp Athenian law cannot pursue us
00:09:25If thou lovest me then
00:09:28steal forth thy fathers house tomorrow night
00:09:30and in the wood a league without the town
00:09:32where I did meet thee once with Helena
00:09:34to do observance to a morn of May
00:09:37there will I stay for thee
00:09:39My good Lysander
00:09:41I swear to thee by Cupids strongest bow
00:09:44by his best arrow with the golden head
00:09:46by the simplicity of Venus doves
00:09:49by that which knitteth souls and prospers loves
00:09:51and by that fire which burned the Carthage queen
00:09:55when the false Troyan under sail was seen
00:09:57by all the vows that ever men have broke
00:10:00in number more than ever woman spoke
00:10:03At that same place thou hast appointed me
00:10:06tomorrow truly will I meet with thee
00:10:12God speed fair Helena
00:10:24Call you me fair
00:10:28That fair again unsay
00:10:30Demetrius loves your fair
00:10:33Oh happy fair
00:10:36Your eyes are lodestars
00:10:39and your tongues sweet air more tunable
00:10:41than lark to shepherds ear when wheat is green
00:10:44when hawthorn buds appear
00:10:46Sickness is catching
00:10:49Oh were favour so
00:10:50yours would I catch fair Hermia ere I go
00:10:52My ear should catch your voice my eye your eye
00:10:56my tongue should catch your tongues sweet melody
00:10:59Were the world mine Demetrius being bated
00:11:04the rest Id give to be to you translated
00:11:07Oh teach me how you look
00:11:09and with what art you sway the motion of Demetrius heart
00:11:13I frown upon him yet he loves me still
00:11:15Oh that your frowns would teach my smiles such skill
00:11:19I give him curses yet he gives me love
00:11:21Oh that my prayers could such affection move
00:11:23The more I hate the more he follows me
00:11:26The more I love the more he hateth me
00:11:30His folly Helena is no fault of mine
00:11:32None but your beauty
00:11:35Oh would that fault were mine
00:11:38Take comfort He no more shall see my face
00:11:40Lysander and myself shall fly this place
00:11:44Before the time I did Lysander see
00:11:46seemed Athens as a paradise to me
00:11:48Oh then what graces in my love do dwell
00:11:51that he hath turned a heaven unto a hell
00:11:55Helen to you our minds we will unfold
00:12:01Tomorrow night when Phoebe doth behold
00:12:03her silver visage in the watery glass
00:12:06decking with liquid pearl the bladed grass
00:12:09a time that lovers flights doth still conceal
00:12:13through Athens gates we have devised to steal
00:12:15And in that wood
00:12:17where often you and I upon faint primrose beds were wont to lie
00:12:19emptying our bosoms of their counsel sweet
00:12:21there my Lysander and myself shall meet
00:12:24and thence from Athens turn away our eyes
00:12:27to seek new friends and stranger companies
00:12:35Farewell sweet playfellow
00:12:37Pray thou for us
00:12:41And good luck grant thee thy Demetrius
00:12:44How happy some oer other some can be
00:12:48Through Athens I am thought as fair as she
00:12:51But what of that
00:12:53Demetrius thinks not so
00:12:55He will not know what all but he do know
00:12:57And as he errs doting on Hermias eyes
00:13:00so I admiring of his qualities
00:13:04Things base and vile holding no quantity
00:13:07love can transpose to form and dignity
00:13:11Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind
00:13:14and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind
00:13:16Nor hath loves mind of any judgment taste
00:13:19Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste
00:13:22And therefore is love said to be a child
00:13:25because in choice he is so oft beguiled
00:13:28As waggish boys in game themselves forswear
00:13:30so the boy Love is perjured everywhere
00:13:40For ere Demetrius looked on Hermias eyne
00:13:43he hailed down oaths that he was only mine
00:13:46And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt
00:13:50so he dissolved and showers of oaths did melt
00:14:00I will go tell him of fair Hermias flight
00:14:05then to the wood will he tomorrow night pursue her
00:14:10And for this intelligence if I have thanks
00:14:13it is a dear expense
00:14:16But herein mean I to enrich my pain
00:14:20to have his sight thither and back again
00:14:27Is all our company here
00:14:29You would best to call them generally
00:14:31man by man according to the script
00:14:34Here is the scroll of every mans name
00:14:37which is thought fit through all Athens
00:14:39to play in our interlude before the duke and the duchess
00:14:42on his wedding day at night
00:14:44First good Peter Quince say what the play treats on
00:14:46then read the names of the actors and so grow to a point
00:14:49Marry our play is the most lamentable comedy
00:14:53and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisbe
00:14:55A very good piece of work I assure you and a merry
00:14:58Now good Peter Quince call forth your actors by the scroll
00:15:01Masters spread yourselves
00:15:02Answer as I call you
00:15:03Nick Bottom the weaver
00:15:06Name what part I am for and proceed
00:15:07You Nick Bottom are set down for Pyramus
00:15:09What is Pyramus a lover or a tyrant
00:15:12A lover that kills himself most gallant for love
00:15:16That will ask some tears in the true performing of it
00:15:19If I do it let the audience look to their eyes
00:15:21I will move storms
00:15:23I will condole in some measure
00:15:25To the rest
00:15:27Yet my chief humour is for a tyrant
00:15:28I could play Ercles rarely or a part to tear a cat in
00:15:31to make all split
00:15:33The raging rocks and shivering shocks
00:15:36shall break the locks of prison gates
00:15:39And Phibbus car shall shine from far
00:15:42and make and mar the foolish fates
00:15:46This was lofty
00:15:47Now name the rest of the players
00:15:48This is Ercles vein a tyrants vein
00:15:50A lover is more condoling
00:15:51Francis Flute the bellowsmaker
00:15:53Here Peter Quince
00:15:54Flute you must take Thisbe on you
00:15:57What is Thisbe a wandering knight
00:16:00It is the lady that Pyramus must love
00:16:03Nay faith let not me play a woman
00:16:05I have a beard coming
00:16:07Thats all one
00:16:09You shall play it in a mask
00:16:10And you may speak as small as you will
00:16:12And I may hide my face
00:16:13Let me play Thisbe too
00:16:14Ill speak in a monstrous little voice
00:16:16Thisne Thisne
00:16:18Ah Pyramus my lover dear
00:16:20Thy Thisbe dear and lady dear
00:16:21No no no you must play Pyramus
00:16:23and Flute you Thisbe
00:16:25Well proceed
00:16:27Robin Starveling the tailor
00:16:28Here Peter Quince
00:16:31Robin Starveling you must play
00:16:36Thisbes mother
00:16:39Tom Snout the tinker
00:16:41Here Peter Quince
00:16:42You Pyramus father
00:16:43and myself Thisbes father
00:16:44Oh and Snug the joiner you the lions part
00:16:46And I hope here is a play fitted
00:16:53Have you the lions part written
00:16:55Pray you if it be give it me for I am slow of study
00:16:58You may do it extempore for its nothing but roaring
00:17:02Let me play the lion too
00:17:03I will roar that it will do any man good to hear me
00:17:05I will roar that it will make the duke say
00:17:07Let him roar again Let him roar again
00:17:10And you should do it too terribly
00:17:12you would fright the duchess and the ladies that they would shriek
00:17:15And that were enough to hang us all
00:17:16That would hang us every mothers son
00:17:18I grant you friends
00:17:19if you should fright the ladies out of their wits
00:17:22they would have no more discretion but to hang us
00:17:24but I will aggravate my voice so that I will roar you
00:17:26as gently as any sucking dove
00:17:28I will roar you an twere any nightingale
00:17:31You can play no part but Pyramus
00:17:37for Pyramus is a sweetfaced man
00:17:41a proper man as one shall see in a summers day
00:17:46a most lovely gentlemanlike man
00:17:52Therefore you must needs play Pyramus
00:17:58Well I will undertake it
00:18:02Masters here are your parts
00:18:04And I am to entreat you request you and desire you
00:18:07to con them by tomorrow night
00:18:08and meet me in the palace wood a mile without the town by moonlight
00:18:12There will we rehearse
00:18:14for if we meet in the city we will be dogged with company
00:18:19and our devices known
00:18:21In the meantime I will draw a bill of properties
00:18:23such as our play wants
00:18:25I pray you fail me not
00:18:27We will meet
00:18:29and there we may rehearse most obscenely and courageously
00:18:33Take pains Be perfect
00:18:38Hold or cut bowstrings
00:18:42How now spirit
00:18:43Whither wander you
00:18:45Over hill over dale thorough bush thorough brier
00:18:47over park over pale thorough flood thorough fire
00:18:50I do wander everywhere swifter than the moons sphere
00:18:53And I serve the fairy queen to dew her orbs upon the green
00:18:56The cowslips tall her pensioners be
00:18:58In their gold coats spots you see
00:19:00Those be rubies fairy favours
00:19:03In those freckles live their savours
00:19:05I must go seek some dewdrops here
00:19:06and hang a pearl in every cowslips ear
00:19:08Farewell thou lob of spirits
00:19:10Ill be gone
00:19:11Our queen and all her elves come here anon
00:19:53The king doth keep his revels here tonight
00:19:56Take heed the queen come not within his sight
00:19:58for Oberon is passing fell and wrath
00:20:01because that she as her attendant
00:20:03hath a lovely boy stolen from an Indian king
00:20:07She never had so sweet a changeling
00:20:10And jealous Oberon would have the child knight of his train
00:20:14to trace the forests wild
00:20:15but she perforce withholds the loved boy
00:20:18crowns him with flowers and makes him all her joy
00:20:21Either I mistake your shape and making quite
00:20:24or else you are that shrewd and knavish sprite
00:20:26called Robin Goodfellow
00:20:28Thou speakest aright
00:20:29I am that merry wanderer of the night
00:20:31I jest to Oberon and make him smile
00:20:33when I a fat and beanfed horse beguile
00:20:36neighing in likeness of a filly foal
00:20:38And sometimes lurk I in a gossips bowl
00:20:41in very likeness of a roasted crab
00:20:43And when she drinks against her lips I bob
00:20:46and on her withered dewlap pour the ale
00:20:49The wisest aunt telling the saddest tale
00:20:51sometime for threefoot stool mistaketh me
00:20:54Then slip I from her bum
00:20:56Down topples she
00:20:57But room fairy here comes Oberon
00:20:59Ill met by moonlight proud Titania
00:21:03Jealous Oberon
00:21:07Fairies skip hence
00:21:08I have forsworn his bed and company
00:21:10Tarry rash wanton
00:21:12Am not I thy lord
00:21:15Then I must be thy lady
00:21:17but I know when thou hast stolen away from fairy land
00:21:22and in the shape of Corin sat all day playing on pipes of corn
00:21:26and versing love to amorous Phillida
00:21:30Why art thou here come from the farthest steppe of India
00:21:34but that forsooth the bouncing Amazon
00:21:36your buskind mistress and your warrior love
00:21:38to Theseus must be wedded
00:21:41and you come to give their bed joy and prosperity
00:21:44How canst thou thus for shame Titania
00:21:46glance at my credit with Hippolyta
00:21:48knowing I know thy love to Theseus
00:21:50Didst thou not lead him through the glimmering night
00:21:53from Perigenia whom he ravished
00:21:54And make him with fair Aegle break his faith
00:21:57with Ariadne and Antiopa
00:21:59These are the forgeries of jealousy
00:22:02And never since the middle summers spring
00:22:06met we on hill in dale forest or mead
00:22:08by paved fountain or by rushy brook
00:22:10or in the beached margent of the sea
00:22:12to dance our ringlets to the whistling wind
00:22:14but with thy brawls thou hast disturbed our sport
00:22:18Therefore the wind piping to us in vain as in revenge
00:22:25have sucked up from the sea contagious fogs
00:22:27which falling in the land
00:22:29have every pelting river made so proud
00:22:31that they have overborne their continents
00:22:35The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain
00:22:37the ploughman lost his sweat
00:22:38and the green corn hath rotted ere his youth attained a beard
00:22:42The fold stands empty in the drowned field
00:22:44and crows are fatted with the murrion flock
00:22:48The nine mens morris is filled up with mud
00:22:51and the quaint mazes in the wanton green for lack of tread
00:22:54are undistinguishable
00:22:57The human mortals want their winter cheer
00:22:59No night is now with hymn or carol blessed
00:23:03Therefore the moon the governess of floods
00:23:09pale in her anger washes all the air
00:23:12that rheumatic diseases do abound
00:23:14And thorough this distemperature we see the seasons alter
00:23:17hoaryheaded frosts far in the fresh lap of the crimson rose
00:23:21and on old Hiems thin and icy crown
00:23:24an odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds
00:23:27is as in mockery set
00:23:29The spring the summer the childing autumn
00:23:31angry winter change their wonted liveries
00:23:33and the mazed world by their increase
00:23:36knows not now which is which
00:23:41And this same progeny of evils comes from our debate
00:23:45from our dissension
00:23:47We are their parents and original
00:23:50Do you amend it then
00:23:51It lies in you
00:23:53Why should Titania cross her Oberon
00:23:55I do but beg a little changeling boy to be my henchman
00:23:59Set your heart at rest
00:24:01The fairy land buys not the child of me
00:24:06His mother was a votaress of my order
00:24:10And in the spiced Indian air by night
00:24:15full often hath she gossiped by my side
00:24:18and sat with me on Neptunes yellow sands
00:24:21marking the embarked traders on the flood
00:24:24where we have laughed to see the sails
00:24:26conceive and grow bigbellied with the wanton wind which she
00:24:30with pretty and with swimming gait following
00:24:34her womb then rich with my young squire
00:24:38would imitate and sail upon the land
00:24:41to fetch me trifles and return again as from a voyage
00:24:44rich with merchandise
00:24:47But she being mortal of that boy did die
00:24:53And for her sake do I rear up her boy
00:24:57And for her sake I will not part with him
00:25:03Give me that boy
00:25:06Not for thy fairy kingdom
00:25:10Fairies away
00:25:11We shall chide downright if I longer stay
00:25:14Well go thy way
00:25:15Thou shalt not from this grove till I torment thee for this injury
00:25:21My gentle Puck come hither
00:25:27Thou rememberest since once I sat upon a promontory
00:25:29and heard a mermaid on a dolphins back
00:25:32uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath
00:25:34that the rude sea grew civil at her song
00:25:37and certain stars shot madly from their spheres
00:25:39to hear the seamaids music
00:25:41I remember
00:25:42That very time I saw but thou couldst not
00:25:45flying between the cold moon and the earth
00:25:47Cupid all armed
00:25:50A certain aim he took at a fair vestal throned by the west
00:25:53and loosed his loveshaft smartly from his bow
00:25:56as it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts
00:25:58But I might see young Cupids fiery shaft
00:26:01quenched in the chaste beams of the watery moon
00:26:04and the imperial votaress passed on in maiden meditation
00:26:12Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid fell
00:26:15It fell upon a little western flower
00:26:18before milkwhite now purple with loves wound
00:26:22And maidens call it loveinidleness
00:26:25Fetch me that flower the herb I shewed thee once
00:26:28The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid
00:26:30will make all man or woman madly dote
00:26:32upon the next live creature that it sees
00:26:34Fetch me this herb and be thou here again
00:26:36ere the leviathan can swim a league
00:26:38Ill put a girdle round about the earth in forty minutes
00:26:42Having once this juice
00:26:44Ill watch Titania when she is asleep
00:26:46and drop the liquor of it in her eyes
00:26:49The next thing then she waking looks upon
00:26:52be it on lion bear or wolf or bull
00:26:56on meddling monkey or on busy ape
00:26:58she shall pursue it with the soul of love
00:27:01And ere I take this charm from off her sight
00:27:03as I can take it with another herb
00:27:06Ill make her render up her page to me
00:27:11Who comes here
00:27:13I am invisible and I will overhear their conference
00:27:17Where is Lysander and fair Hermia
00:27:21Thou toldest me they were stolen unto this wood
00:27:27Hence get thee gone and follow me no more
00:27:46Do I entice you
00:27:48Do I speak you fair
00:27:49Or rather do I not in plainest truth
00:27:51tell you I do not nor I cannot love you
00:27:55And even for that do I love you the more
00:27:59I am your spaniel
00:28:02And Demetrius the more you beat me
00:28:04I will fawn on you
00:28:05Use me but as your spaniel spurn me strike me
00:28:09neglect me lose me
00:28:11Only give me leave unworthy as I am to follow you
00:28:14What worser place can I beg in your love
00:28:17and yet a place of high respect with me
00:28:20than to be used as you use your dog
00:28:23Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit
00:28:26for I am sick when I do look on thee
00:28:28And I am sick when I look not on you
00:28:31You do impeach your modesty too much
00:28:33to leave the city and commit yourself
00:28:35into the hands of one that loves you not
00:28:36to trust the opportunity of night and the ill counsel of a desert place
00:28:40with the rich worth of your virginity
00:28:41Your virtue is my privilege
00:28:44For that it is not night when I do see your face
00:28:47Therefore I think I am not in the night
00:28:49nor doth this wood lack worlds of company
00:28:52for you in my respect are all the world
00:28:55Then how can it be said I am alone
00:28:57when all the world is here to look on me
00:28:59I will not stay thy questions
00:29:02Let me go
00:29:03Or if thou follow me do not believe
00:29:04but I shall do thee mischief in the wood
00:29:06Ay in the temple in the town the field you do me mischief
00:29:10Fie Demetrius
00:29:11Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex
00:29:13We cannot fight for love as men may do
00:29:16We should be wooed and were not made to woo
00:29:18Ill run from thee and hide me in the breaks
00:29:20and leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts
00:29:25Ill follow thee and make a heaven of hell
00:29:29to die upon the hand I love so well
00:29:31Fare thee well nymph
00:29:33Ere he do leave this grove
00:29:34thou shalt fly him and he shall seek thy love
00:29:38Hast thou the flower there
00:29:42Welcome wanderer
00:29:44Ay there it is
00:29:46I pray thee give it me
00:29:50I know a bank where the wild thyme blows
00:29:52where oxlips and the nodding violet grows
00:29:55quite overcanopied with luscious woodbine
00:29:58with sweet muskroses and with eglantine
00:30:02There sleeps Titania sometime of the night
00:30:04lulled in these flowers with dances and delight
00:30:08And there the snake throws her enamelled skin
00:30:10weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in
00:30:15And with the juice of this Ill streak her eyes
00:30:19and make her full of hateful fantasies
00:30:22Take thou some of it and seek through this grove
00:30:25A sweet Athenian lady is in love with a disdainful youth
00:30:28Anoint his eyes
00:30:30but do it when the next thing he espies may be the lady
00:30:33Thou shalt know the man by the Athenian garments he hath on
00:30:37Effect it with some care
00:30:39that he may prove more fond on her
00:30:43than she upon her love
00:30:50Sing me now asleep
00:30:51then to your offices and let me rest
00:30:57You spotted snakes with double tongue
00:31:08Thorny hedgehogs be not seen
00:31:18Newts and blindworms do no wrong
00:31:27Come not near our fairy queen
00:31:33Come not near our fairy queen
00:31:36our fairy queen
00:31:44Philomel with melody sing in our sweet lullaby
00:31:48Lulla lulla lullaby lulla lulla lullaby
00:31:51Never harm nor spell nor charm
00:31:54come our lovely lady nigh
00:31:56So good night with lullaby
00:31:57So good night with lullaby
00:32:00So good night with lullaby
00:32:01So good night
00:32:03with lullaby lullaby lullaby
00:32:07Weaving spiders come not here
00:32:11Hence you longlegged spinners hence
00:32:16Beetles black approach not near
00:32:23Worm nor snail do no offense
00:32:33Worm nor snail do no offense
00:32:42Philomel with melody sing in our sweet lullaby
00:32:46Lulla lulla lullaby lulla lulla lullaby
00:32:50Never harm nor spell nor charm
00:32:52come our lovely lady nigh
00:32:54So good night with lullaby
00:32:56So good night with lullaby
00:32:58So good night with lullaby
00:33:00So good night
00:33:01with lullaby lullaby lullaby
00:33:05Hence away
00:33:06Now all is well
00:33:08One aloof stand sentinel
00:33:21What thou seest when thou dost wake
00:33:22do it for thy truelove take
00:33:25love and languish for his sake
00:33:29be it ounce or cat or bear pard
00:33:33or boar with bristled hair
00:33:34in thy eye that shall appear when thou wakest
00:33:37it is thy dear
00:33:44Wake when some vile thing is near
00:33:51Fair love you faint with wandering in the wood
00:33:55And to speak troth I have forgot our way
00:34:04Well rest us Hermia if you think it good
00:34:06and tarry for the comfort of the day
00:34:09Be it so Lysander
00:34:10Find you out a bed for I upon this bank will rest my head
00:34:14One turf shall serve as pillow for us both
00:34:16one heart one bed two bosoms and one troth
00:34:21Nay good Lysander
00:34:24for my sake my dear lie further off
00:34:26Do not lie so near
00:34:28Oh take the sense sweet of my innocence
00:34:36Love takes the meaning in loves conference
00:34:38I mean that my heart unto yours is knit
00:34:42so that one heart we can make of it
00:34:46two bosoms interchained with an oath
00:34:49so then two bosoms and a single troth
00:34:54Then by your side no bedroom me deny
00:34:56For lying so Hermia I do not lie
00:35:01Lysander riddles very prettily
00:35:03Now much beshrew my manners and my pride
00:35:05if Hermia meant to say Lysander lied
00:35:07But gentle friend for love and courtesy lie further off
00:35:12In human modesty
00:35:13such separation as may well be said
00:35:17becomes a virtuous bachelor and a maid
00:35:20So far be distant
00:35:23And good night sweet friend
00:35:25Thy love neer alter till thy sweet life end
00:35:39Amen amen to that fair prayer say I
00:35:45So end life when I end loyalty
00:35:58Here is my bed
00:36:03Sleep give thee all his rest
00:36:06With half that wish the wishers eyes be pressed
00:36:12Through the forest have I gone
00:36:14but Athenian found I none on whose eyes I might approve
00:36:18this flowers force in stirring love
00:36:21Night and silence
00:36:23Who is here
00:36:24Weeds of Athens he doth wear
00:36:27This is he my master said despised the Athenian maid
00:36:33And here the maiden sleeping sound on the dank and dirty ground
00:36:39Pretty soul
00:36:40She durst not lie near this lacklove this killcourtesy
00:36:44Churl upon thy eyes I throw all the power this charm doth owe
00:36:50When thou wakest let love forbid
00:36:53Sleep his seat on thy eyelid
00:36:57So awake when I am gone for I must now to Oberon
00:37:01Stay though thou kill me sweet Demetrius
00:37:07I charge thee hence and do not haunt me thus
00:37:11Oh wilt thou darkling leave me
00:37:12Do not so
00:37:14Stay on thy peril
00:37:17I alone will go
00:37:32Oh I am out of breath in this fond chase
00:37:39The more my prayer the lesser is my grace
00:37:44Happy is Hermia wheresoeer she lies
00:37:47for she hath blessed and attractive eyes
00:37:53How came her eyes so bright
00:37:55Not with salt tears
00:37:58If so my eyes are oftener washed than hers
00:38:09No no I am as ugly as a bear
00:38:16For beasts that meet me run away for fear
00:38:20Therefore no marvel though Demetrius do
00:38:23as a monster fly my presence thus
00:38:26What wicked and dissembling glass of mine
00:38:29made me compare with Hermias sphery eyne
00:38:37But who is here
00:38:41Lysander on the ground
00:38:45Or asleep
00:38:47I see no blood no wound
00:38:50Lysander if you live good sir awake
00:38:54And run through fire will I for thy sweet sake
00:38:57Transparent Helena
00:38:59Nature shows art
00:39:03that through thy bosom makes me see thy heart
00:39:06Where is Demetrius
00:39:08Oh how fit a word is that vile name to perish on my sword
00:39:12Do not say so Lysander
00:39:16Say not so what though he love your Hermia
00:39:21Lord what though
00:39:22Yet Hermia still loves you then be content
00:39:25Content with Hermia
00:39:28No I do repent the tedious minutes I with her have spent
00:39:35Not Hermia but Helena I love
00:39:39Who will not change a raven for a dove
00:39:43The will of man is by his reason swayed
00:39:46And reason says you are the worthier maid
00:39:48Things growing are not ripe until their season
00:39:51so I being young till now ripe not to reason
00:39:54And touching now the point of human skill
00:39:58reason becomes the marshal to my will
00:40:00and leads me to your eyes
00:40:08where I oerlook loves stories written in loves richest book
00:40:14Wherefore was I to this keen mockery born
00:40:20When at your hand did I deserve this scorn
00:40:23Its not enough its not enough young man
00:40:26that I did never no nor never can
00:40:29deserve a sweet look from Demetrius eye
00:40:32but you must flout my insufficiency
00:40:34Good troth you do me wrong
00:40:35Good sooth you do in such disdainful manner me to woo
00:40:40But fare you well
00:40:41Perforce I must confess
00:40:45I thought you lord of more true gentleness
00:40:51Oh that a lady of one man refused
00:40:54should of another therefore be abused
00:41:00She sees not Hermia
00:41:04Hermia sleep thou there
00:41:06and never mayst thou come Lysander near
00:41:09For all my powers address your love and might
00:41:13to honour Helen and to be her knight
00:41:22Ay me for pity
00:41:24What a dream was here
00:41:27Lysander look how I do quake with fear
00:41:29Methought a serpent ate my heart away
00:41:34and you sat smiling at his cruel pray
00:41:49What removed
00:42:03What out of hearing
00:42:07No sound
00:42:10no word
00:42:13Alack where are you
00:42:15Speak and if you hear
00:42:18speak of all loves
00:42:20I swoon almost with fear
00:42:27Then I well perceive you are not nigh
00:42:32Either death or you Ill find immediately
00:43:19Heres a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal
00:43:22And we will do it in action as we will do it before the duke
00:43:24Peter Quince
00:43:26What sayest thou bully Bottom
00:43:27There are things in this comedy of Pyramus and Thisbe
00:43:29that will never please
00:43:31First Pyramus must draw a sword to kill himself
00:43:34which the ladies cannot abide
00:43:36How answer you that
00:43:37Byr lakin a parlous fear
00:43:38I believe we must leave the killing out when all is done
00:43:41Not a whit I have a device to make all well
00:43:43Write me a prologue
00:43:45Let the prologue seem to say
00:43:46that we will do no harm with our swords
00:43:48and that Pyramus is not killed indeed
00:43:50And for the more better assurance
00:43:51tell them that I Pyramus am not Pyramus
00:43:53but Bottom the weaver
00:43:55This will put them out of fear
00:43:56Well we will have such a prologue
00:43:58and it shall be written in eight and six
00:44:00No let it be two more
00:44:01Let it be written in eight and eight
00:44:03Will the ladies not be afeard of the lion
00:44:05I fear it I promise you
00:44:06Masters you ought to consider with yourselves
00:44:08To bring in God shield us
00:44:10a lion among ladies is a most dreadful thing
00:44:12for there is not a more fearful wildfowl than your lion living
00:44:15And we ought to look to it
00:44:16Therefore another prologue should tell it that hes not a lion
00:44:19Nay you must name his name
00:44:21And half his face must be seen through the lions neck
00:44:23And he himself must speak through
00:44:25saying thus or to the same defect
00:44:27Ladiesor Fair ladies
00:44:29I would wish you or I would request you
00:44:32or I would
00:44:33Entreat you
00:44:34I would entreat you not to fear
00:44:35not to tremble my life for yours
00:44:37If you think I come hither as a lion it were pity of my life
00:44:40No I am no such thing
00:44:41I am a man as other men are
00:44:43And there indeed let him name his name
00:44:44and tell them plainly he is Snug the joiner
00:44:47Well it shall be so
00:44:49But there is two hard things
00:44:51That is to bring the moonlight into a chamber
00:44:58for Pyramus and Thisbe you know meet by moonlight
00:45:01Doth the moon shine that night we play our play
00:45:04A calendar a calendar
00:45:05Look in the almanac
00:45:07Find out moonshine
00:45:08Yes it doth shine that night
00:45:09Why then may you leave a casement
00:45:11of the great chamber window where we play open
00:45:13and the moon may shine in at the casement
00:45:15Ay or else one must come in
00:45:18with a bush of thorns and a lantern
00:45:21and say he comes to disfigure or to present
00:45:23the person of moonshine
00:45:26And there is another thing
00:45:27We must have a wall in the great chamber
00:45:29for Pyramus and Thisbe says the story
00:45:32did talk through the chink of a wall
00:45:34You can never bring in a wall
00:45:36What say you Bottom
00:45:37Some man or other must present wall
00:45:40and let him have some plaster or some loam
00:45:42or some roughcast about him to signify wall
00:45:45And let him hold his fingers thus
00:45:48and through that cranny shall Pyramus and Thisbe whisper
00:45:53If that may be then all is well
00:45:56Come sit down every mothers son and rehearse your parts
00:45:59Now Pyramus you begin
00:46:02When you have spoken your speech
00:46:04enter into that brake
00:46:07and so every one according to his cue
00:46:11What hempen homespuns have we swaggering here
00:46:14so near the cradle of the fairy queen
00:46:17What a play toward
00:46:20Ill be an auditor an actor too perhaps
00:46:22if I see cause
00:46:24Speak Pyramus
00:46:25Thisbe stand forth
00:46:30Thisbe the flowers of odious savours sweet
00:46:37Odorous savors sweet
00:46:40so hath thy breath my dearest Thisbe dear
00:46:43But hark a voice
00:46:46Stay thou but here awhile
00:46:48and by and by I will to thee appear
00:46:51A stranger Pyramus than eer played here
00:46:56Must I speak now
00:46:58Ay marry must you for you must understand
00:47:02he goes but to see a noise that he heard
00:47:03and is to come again
00:47:05Oh most radiant Pyramus most lilywhite of hue
00:47:10of colour like the red rose on triumphant brier
00:47:14most brisky juvenal and eke most lovely Jew
00:47:18as true as truest horse that yet would never tire
00:47:22Ill meet thee Pyramus at Ninnys tomb
00:47:26Ninus tomb man
00:47:29Why you mustnt speak that yet that you answer to Pyramus
00:47:32You speak all your part at once cues and all
00:47:35Pyramus enter
00:47:36Your cue is past
00:47:37It is never tire
00:47:39Oh as true as truest horse that yet would never tire
00:47:43If I were fair fair Thisbe I were only thine
00:47:52Oh monstrous
00:47:54Oh strange
00:47:55We are haunted
00:47:57Pray masters
00:47:58Fly masters
00:48:00Ill follow you Ill lead you about around
00:48:02through bog through bush through brake through brier
00:48:05Sometime a horse Ill be sometime a hound
00:48:07a hog a headless bear sometimes a fire
00:48:09and neigh and bark and grunt and roar and burn
00:48:13like horse hound hog bear fire at every turn
00:48:22I see their knavery
00:48:25This is to make an ass of me to fright me if they could
00:48:52But I will not stir from this place do what they can
00:48:59I will walk up and down here and I will sing
00:49:04that they shall hear I am not afraid
00:49:08The ousel cock so black of hue with orangetawny bill
00:49:16The throstle with his note so true
00:49:20The wren with little quill
00:49:25The finch the sparrow and the lark
00:49:27What angel wakes me from my flowery bed
00:49:29A plainsong cuckoo gray
00:49:32whose note full many a man doth mark
00:49:35and dares not answer nay
00:49:39For indeed who would set his wit to so foolish a bird
00:49:45Who would give a bird the lie though it cry cuckoo never so
00:49:53I pray thee gentle mortal sing again
00:49:55Mine ear is much enamoured of thy note
00:49:58So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape
00:50:04And thy fair virtues force
00:50:06perforce doth move me on the first view
00:50:08to say to swear
00:50:14I love thee
00:50:17Methinks mistress you should have little reason for that
00:50:20And yet to say the truth
00:50:21reason and love keep little company together nowadays
00:50:24The more the pity that some honest neighbours
00:50:26will not make them friends
00:50:29Nay I can gleek upon occasion
00:50:31Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful
00:50:37Not so neither
00:50:38but if I had wit enough to get out of this wood
00:50:41I have enough to serve mine own turn
00:50:43Out of this wood do not desire to go
00:50:44Thou shalt remain here whether thou wilt or no
00:50:47I am a spirit of no common rate
00:50:51The summer still doth tend upon my state
00:50:54And I do love thee
00:50:56Therefore go with me
00:50:58Ill give thee fairies to attend on thee
00:51:00and they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep
00:51:05and sing whilst thou on pressed flowers dost sleep
00:51:08And I will purge thy mortal grossness
00:51:11so that thou shalt like an airy spirit go
00:51:16Peaseblossom Cobweb
00:51:18Moth and Mustardseed
00:51:20Ready And I
00:51:21And I And I
00:51:22Where shall we go
00:51:23Be kind and courteous to this gentleman
00:51:26Hop in his walks and gambol in his eyes
00:51:29Feed him with apricocks and dewberries
00:51:33with purple grapes green figs and mulberries
00:51:36The honeybags steal from the humblebee
00:51:38And for nighttapers crop their waxen thighs
00:51:43and light them at the fiery glowworms eyes
00:51:45to have my love to bed and to arise
00:51:49And pluck the wings from painted butterflies
00:51:52to fan the moonbeams from his sleeping eyes
00:51:56Nod to him elves and do him courtesies
00:52:00Hail Hail
00:52:03Hail Hail
00:52:04I cry your worships mercy heartily
00:52:06I beseech your worships name
00:52:09I shall desire you of more acquaintance
00:52:11good Master Cobweb
00:52:12If I cut my finger I shall make bold with you
00:52:18Your name honest gentleman
00:52:21Good Master Peaseblossom
00:52:23I shall desire you of more acquaintance too
00:52:26Your name I beseech you sir
00:52:28Good Master Mustardseed
00:52:31Your kindred had made my eyes water ere now
00:52:35I desire your more acquaintance good Master Mustardseed
00:52:39Come wait upon him
00:52:41Lead him to my bower
00:52:55The moon methinks looks with a watery eye
00:53:00And when she weeps weeps every little flower
00:53:04lamenting some enforced chastity
00:53:12Tie up my loves tongue
00:53:16Bring him silently
00:53:46How now mad spirit
00:53:48What nightrule now about this haunted grove
00:53:51My mistress with a monster is in love
00:53:56This falls out better than I could devise
00:54:22Oh why rebuke you him that loves you so
00:54:23Lay breath so bitter on your bitter foe
00:54:25Now I but chide but I should use thee worse
00:54:27For thou I fear hast given me cause to curse
00:54:30If thou hast slain Lysander in his sleep
00:54:32being oer shoes in blood
00:54:33plunge in the deep and kill me too
00:54:37The sun was not so true unto the day as he to me
00:54:40Would he have stolen away from sleeping Hermia
00:54:43Ill believe as soon this whole earth may be bored
00:54:45and that the moon may through the centre creep
00:54:48and so displease her brothers noontide with the Antipodes
00:54:50It cannot be but thou hast murdered him
00:54:53So should a murderer look so dead so grim
00:54:57So should the murdered look and so should I
00:54:59pierced through the heart with your stern cruelty
00:55:01Yet you the murderer look as bright as clear
00:55:03as yonder Venus in her glimmering sphere
00:55:06Whats this to my Lysander
00:55:07Where is he
00:55:08Ah good Demetrius wilt thou give him me
00:55:12I had rather give his carcass to my hounds
00:55:16Out dog
00:55:17Out cur
00:55:18Thou drivest me past the bounds of maidens patience
00:55:21Hast thou slain him then
00:55:22Henceforth be never numbered among men
00:55:24Oh once tell true tell true even for my sake
00:55:27Durst thou have looked upon him being awake
00:55:30and hast thou killed him sleeping
00:55:32Oh brave touch
00:55:34Could not a worm an adder do so much
00:55:36An adder did it
00:55:38for with doubler tongue than thine thou serpent never adder stung
00:55:41You spend your passion on a misprised mood
00:55:43I am not guilty of Lysanders blood
00:55:45nor is he dead for aught that I can tell
00:55:46I pray thee tell me then that he is well
00:55:48If I could what should I get therefore
00:55:50A privilege never to see me more
00:55:52And from thy hated presence part I so
00:55:54See me no more whether he be dead or no
00:55:57ierce vein
00:55:59Here therefore for a while I will remain
00:56:07What hast thou done
00:56:08Thou hast mistaken quite and laid the lovejuice
00:56:11on some trueloves sight
00:56:12Of thy misprision must perforce ensue
00:56:14Some true love turned and not a false turned true
00:56:16Then fate oerrules that one man holding troth
00:56:19a million fail confounding oath on oath
00:56:22About the wood go swifter than the wind
00:56:24and Helena of Athens look thou find
00:56:25All fancysick she is and pale of cheer
00:56:27with sighs of love that costs the fresh blood dear
00:56:29By some illusion see thou bring her here
00:56:32Ill charm his eyes against she do appear
00:56:34I go I go
00:56:35Look how I go swifter than arrow from the Tartars bow
00:56:40Flower of this purple dye hit with Cupids archery
00:56:43Sink in apple of his eye
00:56:45When his love he doth espy
00:56:47let her shine as gloriously as the Venus of the sky
00:56:50When thou wakest if she be by
00:56:53beg of her for remedy
00:56:58Captain of our fairy band Helena is here at hand
00:57:01and the youth mistook by me pleading for a lovers fee
00:57:05Shall we their fond pageant see
00:57:07Lord what fools these mortals be
00:57:10Draw aside the noise they make will cause Demetrius to awake
00:57:15Then will two at once woo one
00:57:17That must needs be sport alone
00:57:19And those things do best please me that befall preposterously
00:57:24Why should you think that I should woo in scorn
00:57:28Scorn and derision never come in tears
00:57:30Look when I vow I weep
00:57:33And vows so born in their nativity
00:57:35all truth appears
00:57:37How can these things in me seem scorn to you
00:57:41Bearing the badge of faith to prove them true
00:57:43You do advance your cunning more and more
00:57:46These vows are Hermias
00:57:47Will you give her oer
00:57:48I had no judgment when to her I swore
00:57:50Nor none in my mind now you give her oer
00:57:53Demetrius loves her and loves not you
00:57:56Helena goddess nymph perfect divine
00:58:05To what my love shall I compare thine eyne
00:58:08Crystal is muddy
00:58:10Oh how ripe in show thy lips those kissing cherries
00:58:13tempting grow
00:58:14Oh spite
00:58:15Pure congealed white high Taurus snow
00:58:17Fanned with the eastern wind
00:58:19turns to a crow when thou holdest up thy hand
00:58:21I see you all are bent to set against me for your merriment
00:58:24You are unkind Demetrius
00:58:25Be not so for you love Hermia
00:58:27If you were civil you would not do me this much injury
00:58:29Can you not hate me as I know you do
00:58:31But you must join in souls to mock me too
00:58:33You love Hermia
00:58:34This you know I know
00:58:35And here with all my good will with all my heart
00:58:38In Hermias love I yield you up my part
00:58:40To vow and swear and superpraise my parts
00:58:43when I am sure you hate me with your hearts
00:58:45You both are rivals and love Hermia
00:58:48In Hermias love I yield you up my part
00:58:51And yours of Helena to me bequeath
00:58:53And now both rivals to mock Helena
00:58:55Whom I do love and will do till my death
00:58:58A trim exploit
00:59:01a manly enterprise to conjure tears up
00:59:03in a poor maids eyes with your derision
00:59:06If eer I loved her all that love is gone
00:59:08Dark night that from the eye his function takes
00:59:11the ear more quick of apprehension makes
00:59:13And now to Helen is it home returned
00:59:16There to remain
00:59:17Helen it is not so
00:59:19Never did mockers waste more idle breath
00:59:23Thou art not by mine eye Lysander found
00:59:26Mine ear I thank it brought me to thy sound
00:59:30But why unkindly didst thou leave me so
00:59:33Why should he stay whom love doth press to go
00:59:35What love could press Lysander from my side
00:59:38Lysanders love that would not let him bide
00:59:40fair Helena who more engilds the night
00:59:44Than all you fiery oes and eyes of light
00:59:47Why seekest thou me
00:59:48Could not this make thee know
00:59:51the hate I bear thee made me leave thee so
00:59:53Lo she is one of this confederacy
00:59:57Now I perceive they have conjoined all three
01:00:00to fashion this false sport in spite of me
01:00:03Injurious Hermia
01:00:06most ungrateful maid
01:00:07Have you conspired have you with these contrived
01:00:10to bait me with this foul derision
01:00:13Is all the counsel that we two have shared
01:00:15the sisters vows the hours that we have spent
01:00:17when we have chid the hastyfooted time for parting us
01:00:20Oh is all forgot
01:00:24All schooldays friendship childhood innocence
01:00:28We Hermia have like two artificial gods
01:00:32have with our needles created both one flower
01:00:37both on one sampler sitting on one cushion
01:00:41both warbling of one song both in one key
01:00:46as if our hands our sides
01:00:48voices and minds had been incorporate
01:00:51So we grew together like
01:00:58to a double cherry
01:01:01seeming parted but yet an union in partition
01:01:06two lovely berries moulded on one stem
01:01:09so with two seeming bodies but one heart
01:01:14And will you rent our ancient love asunder
01:01:18to join with men in scorning your poor friend
01:01:21It is not friendly
01:01:24Tis not maidenly
01:01:27Our sex as well as I may chide you for it
01:01:29though I alone do feel the injury
01:01:31I am amazed at your passionate words
01:01:34I scorn you not
01:01:35It seems that you scorn me
01:01:37Have you not set Lysander as in scorn
01:01:40to follow me and praise my eyes and face
01:01:42And made your other love Demetrius
01:01:44who even but now did spurn me with his foot
01:01:46to call me goddess nymph divine and rare
01:01:52precious celestial
01:01:56Wherefore speaks he this to her he hates
01:01:58And wherefore doth Lysander deny your love
01:02:01so rich within his soul
01:02:02and tender me forsooth affection
01:02:05but by your setting on by your consent
01:02:08What though I be not so in grace as you
01:02:12so hung upon with love so fortunate
01:02:16but miserable most to love unloved
01:02:21This you should pity rather than despise
01:02:25I understand not what you mean by this
01:02:32Ay do persever counterfeit sad looks
01:02:37make mouths upon me when I turn my back
01:02:39wink each at other hold the sweet jest up
01:02:42This sport well carried shall be chronicled
01:02:46If you had any pity grace or manners
01:02:50you would not make me such an argument
01:02:52But fare ye well
01:02:54No stay gentle Helena
01:02:55Tis partly my own fault
01:02:56Hear my excuse
01:02:58Which death or absence soon shall remedy
01:03:00My life my love my soul fair Helena
01:03:04Oh excellent
01:03:06Sweet do not scorn her so
01:03:08If she cannot entreat I can compel
01:03:10Thou canst compel no more than she entreat
01:03:12Thy threats have no more strength than her weak prayers
01:03:17Helen I love thee by my life I do
01:03:21I swear by that which I will lose for thee
01:03:23to prove him false that says I love thee not
01:03:25I say I love thee more than he can do
01:03:27If thou say so withdraw and prove it too
01:03:29Quick come
01:03:30Lysander whereto tends all this
01:03:32Away you Ethiope
01:03:33Hang off thou cat thou burr
01:03:35Vile thing let loose or I will shake thee from me like a serpent
01:03:38Thy loveHa
01:03:40Out tawny Tartar out
01:03:43You loathed medicine hated potion hence
01:03:45Do you not jest
01:03:46Yes sooth and so do you
01:03:48Youre a tame man
01:03:50Demetrius I will keep my word with thee
01:03:52I would I had your bond for I perceive a weak bond holds you
01:03:55Ill not trust your word
01:03:56What should I hurt her strike her kill her dead
01:03:58No although I hate her Ill not harm her so
01:04:03What can you do me greater harm than hate
01:04:06Hate me
01:04:09Oh me what news my love
01:04:10Am not I Hermia
01:04:11Are not you Lysander
01:04:13I am as fair now as I was erewhile
01:04:15Since night you loved me yet since night you left me
01:04:18Why then you left me oh the gods forbid
01:04:20in earnest shall I say
01:04:22Ay by my life and never did desire to see thee more
01:04:25Therefore be out of hope of question of doubt
01:04:29Be certain nothing truer tis no jest that I do hate thee
01:04:34and love Helena
01:04:44Oh me
01:04:48You juggler
01:04:52You cankerblossom
01:04:56You thief of love
01:04:58What have you come by night and stolen my loves heart from him
01:05:04What will you tear impatient answers from my gentle tongue
01:05:07Fie fie
01:05:08You counterfeit you puppet you
01:05:14Why so
01:05:15Ay that way goes the game
01:05:19Now I perceive that she hath made compare between our statures
01:05:23She hath urged her height and with her personage
01:05:26her tall personage her height forsooth
01:05:29she hath prevailed with him
01:05:30I pray you though you mock me gentlemen
01:05:32let her not hurt me
01:05:33And are you grown so high in his esteem
01:05:35because I am so
01:05:37And so low
01:05:39I was never cursed
01:05:40I have no gift at all in shrewishness
01:05:42How low am I thou painted maypole
01:05:47How low am I
01:05:49I am a right maid for my cowardice
01:05:51I am not yet so low but that my nails can reach unto thine eyes
01:05:55Let her not strike me
01:05:56You perhaps may think because she is something
01:05:58lower than myself that I can match her
01:06:00Lower Hark again
01:06:01Good Hermia do not be so bitter with me
01:06:03I evermore did love you Hermia did ever keep your counsels
01:06:06never wronged you
01:06:07Save that in love unto Demetrius
01:06:09I told him of your stealth unto this wood
01:06:12He followed you
01:06:14For love I followed him
01:06:15but he hath chid me hence and threatened me
01:06:17to spurn me strike me nay to kill me too
01:06:25And now so you will let me quiet go
01:06:30To Athens will I bear my folly back and follow you no further
01:06:35Let me go
01:06:38You see how simple and how fond I am
01:06:40Why get you gone
01:06:42Who is it that hinders you
01:06:43A foolish heart that I leave here behind
01:06:47What with Lysander
01:06:49No with Demetrius
01:06:50Ooh when shes angry she is keen and shrewd
01:06:53She was a vixen when she went to school
01:06:55and though she be but little she is fierce
01:06:58Little again
01:06:59Nothing but low and little
01:07:00Why will you suffer her to flout me thus
01:07:02Let me come to her
01:07:03Get you gone you dwarf
01:07:05you minimus of hindering knotgrass made
01:07:08you bead you acorn
01:07:12Let her alone
01:07:14Speak not of Helena
01:07:16Take not her part
01:07:18For if thou dost intend never so little show of love to her
01:07:20thou shalt aby it
01:07:21Now she holds me not
01:07:23Now follow if thou darest to try whose right
01:07:26of thine or mine is most in Helena
01:07:30Nay Ill go with thee cheek by jowl
01:07:36You mistress all this coil is long of you
01:07:40I will not trust you I
01:07:43nor longer stay in your cursed company
01:07:46Your hands than mine are quicker for a fray
01:07:50My legs are longer though to run away
01:07:54I am amazed and know not what to say
01:07:57This is thy negligence still thou mistakest
01:08:01or else committest thy knaveries willfully
01:08:07Believe me king of shadows I mistook
01:08:09Did not you tell me I should know the man
01:08:11by the Athenian garments he had on
01:08:13And so far blameless proves my enterprise
01:08:15that I have nointed an Athenians eyes
01:08:18And so far am I glad it so did sort
01:08:21as this their jangling I esteem a sport
01:08:23Thou seest these lovers seek a place to fight
01:08:25Hie therefore Robin overcast the night
01:08:28The starry welkin cover
01:08:30thou anon with drooping fog as black as Acheron
01:08:32and lead these testy rivals so astray
01:08:35as one come not within anothers way
01:08:37Like to Lysander sometime frame thy tongue
01:08:40Then stir Demetrius upwith bitter wrong
01:08:43And sometime rail thou like Demetrius
01:08:45And from each other look thou lead them thus
01:08:47till oer their brows deathcounterfeiting sleep
01:08:49with leaden legs and batty wings doth creep
01:08:52Then crush this herb into Lysanders eye
01:08:55whose liquor hath this virtuous property
01:08:57to take from thence all error with his might
01:09:00and make his eyeballs roll with wonted sight
01:09:02When they next wake all this derision
01:09:05shall seem a dream and fruitless vision
01:09:07and back to Athens shall the lovers wend
01:09:09with league whose date till death shall never end
01:09:12Whiles I in this affair do thee employ
01:09:14Ill to my queen and beg her Indian boy
01:09:16And then I will her charmed eye release
01:09:19from monsters view
01:09:21and all things shall be peace
01:09:23My fairy lord this must be done with haste
01:09:26for nights swift dragons cut the clouds full fast
01:09:29and yonder shines Auroras harbinger
01:09:31at whose approach ghosts wandering here and there
01:09:33troop home to churchyards damned spirits
01:09:36that in crossways and floods have burial
01:09:38already to their wormy beds are gone
01:09:40For fear lest day should look their shames upon
01:09:42they willfully themselves exile from light
01:09:45and must for aye consort with blackbrowed night
01:09:47But we are spirits of another sort
01:09:51I with the mornings love have oft made sport
01:09:53And like the forester the groves may tread
01:09:55even till the eastern gate all fieryred
01:09:58opening on Neptune with fair blessed beams
01:10:00turns into yellow gold his salt green streams
01:10:04But notwithstanding haste
01:10:05Make no delay
01:10:07We may effect this business yet ere day
01:10:10Up and down up and down I will lead them up and down
01:10:16I am feared in field and town
01:10:19Goblin lead them up and down
01:10:23Here comes one
01:10:25Where art thou now proud Demetrius
01:10:27Speak thou now
01:10:28Here villain
01:10:29Drawn and ready
01:10:30Where art thou
01:10:31I will be with thee straight
01:10:33Follow me then to plainer ground
01:10:35Lysander speak again
01:10:37Thou runaway thou coward art thou fled
01:10:41In some bush
01:10:42Where dost thou hide thy head
01:10:44Thou coward art thou bragging to the stars
01:10:47telling the bushes that thou lookest for wars
01:10:49and wilt not come
01:10:50Come recreant Come thou child
01:10:53Ill whip thee with a rod
01:10:55He is defiled that draws a sword on thee
01:10:58Yea art thou there
01:10:59Follow my voice
01:11:00Well try no manhood here
01:11:03He goes before me and still dares me on
01:11:06When I come where he calls then he is gone
01:11:10The villain is much lighterheeled than I
01:11:12I followed fast but faster he did fly
01:11:15that fallen am I in dark uneven way
01:11:19and here will rest me
01:11:23Come thou gentle day
01:11:25For if but once thou show me thy grey light
01:11:29Ill find Demetrius and revenge this spite
01:11:32Ho ho ho
01:11:34Coward why comest thou not
01:11:36Abide me if thou darest for well I wot
01:11:38Thou runnest before me shifting every place
01:11:40and darest not stand nor look me in the face
01:11:42Where art thou now
01:11:44Come hither I am here
01:11:49Nay then thou mockest me
01:11:52Thou shalt buy this dear if ever I thy face by daylight see
01:11:55Now go thy way
01:11:59Faintness constraineth me
01:12:01to measure out my length on this cold bed
01:12:04Oh weary night
01:12:06Oh long and tedious night
01:12:09Abate thy hours
01:12:12Shine comforts from the east
01:12:13that I may back to Athens by daylight
01:12:16from these that my poor company detest
01:12:21And sleep that sometimes shuts up sorrows eye
01:12:24steal me awhile from mine own company
01:12:28Yet but three
01:12:29Come one more
01:12:30Two of both kinds makes up four
01:12:33Here she comes curst and sad
01:12:35Cupid is a knavish lad thus to make poor females mad
01:12:40Never so weary never so in woe
01:12:43Bedabbled with the dew and torn with briers
01:12:46I can no further crawl no further go
01:12:50My legs can keep no pace with my desires
01:12:53Here will I rest me till the break of day
01:12:56Heavens shield Lysander if they mean a fray
01:13:03On the ground sleep sound
01:13:06Ill apply to your eye gentle lover remedy
01:13:14When thou wakest thou takest true delight
01:13:20in the sight of thy former ladys eye
01:13:25And the country proverb known
01:13:29that every man should take his own
01:13:32in your waking shall be shown
01:13:38Jack shall have Jill
01:13:40Nought shall go ill
01:13:42The man shall have his mare again and all shall be well
01:13:48Jack shall have Jill
01:13:51Nought shall go ill
01:13:53The man shall have his mare again
01:13:56and all shall be well
01:14:01Wheres Peaseblossom
01:14:04Scratch my head Peaseblossom
01:14:06Come sit thee down upon this flowery bed
01:14:11while I thy amiable cheeks do coy
01:14:14and stick muskroses in thy sleek smooth head
01:14:18and kiss thy fair large ears my gentle joy
01:14:25Wheres Mounsieur Cobweb
01:14:29Mounsieur Cobweb good mounsieur
01:14:31get you your weapons in your hand
01:14:33and kill me a redhipped humblebee
01:14:35on the top of a thistle
01:14:36And good mounsieur bring me the honeybag
01:14:39Dont fret yourself too much in the action mounsieur
01:14:43And good mounsieur have a care the honeybag break not
01:14:47I would be loath to have you overflown
01:14:50with a honeybag signior
01:14:52Wheres Mounsieur Mustardseed
01:14:56Give me your neaf Mounsieur Mustardseed
01:14:58Pray you leave your courtesy good mounsieur
01:15:00Whats your Will
01:15:02Nothing good mounsieur but to help Cavalery Cobweb to scratch
01:15:07I must to the barbers monsieur
01:15:09for methinks I am marvellous hairy about the face
01:15:12And I am such a tender ass
01:15:15if my hair do but tickle me I must scratch
01:15:31What wilt thou hear some music my sweet love
01:15:41I have a reasonable good ear in music
01:15:43Lets have the tongs and the bones
01:15:44Or say sweet love what thou desirest to eat
01:15:48Truly a peck of provender
01:15:53I could munch your good dry oats
01:15:54Methinks I have a great desire to a bottle of hay
01:15:58Good hay sweet hay hath no fellow
01:16:01I have a venturous fairy
01:16:02that shall seek the squirrels hoard and fetch thee new nuts
01:16:05I had rather have a handful or two of dried peas
01:16:10But let none of your people stir me
01:16:15I have an exposition of sleep come upon me
01:16:18Sleep thou and I will wind thee in my arms
01:16:25Fairies away and be all ways away
01:16:33So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle gently entwist
01:16:40The female ivy so enrings the barky fingers of the elm
01:16:47Oh how I love thee
01:16:51Oh how I dote on thee
01:17:01Seest thou this sweet sight
01:17:06Her dotage now I do begin to pity
01:17:08For meeting her of late behind the wood
01:17:11seeking sweet favours for this hateful fool
01:17:14I did upbraid her and fall out with her
01:17:18For she his hairy temples
01:17:19then had rounded with a coronet of fresh and fragrant flowers
01:17:24And that same dew which sometime on the buds
01:17:27was wont to swell like round and orient pearls
01:17:30stood now within the pretty flowerets eyes
01:17:33like tears that did their own disgrace bewail
01:17:36When I had at my pleasure taunted her
01:17:40and she in mild terms begged my patience
01:17:44I then did ask of her her changeling child
01:17:46which straight she gave me
01:17:48And her fairy sent to bear him to my bower in fairy land
01:17:52And now I have the boy
01:17:55I will undo this hateful imperfection of her eyes
01:17:59And gentle Puck take this transformed scalp
01:18:03from off the head of this Athenian swain
01:18:05That he awaking when the other do
01:18:06may all to Athens back again repair
01:18:09and think no more of this nights accidents
01:18:11but as the fierce vexation of a dream
01:18:18But first I will release the fairy queen
01:18:28Be as thou wast wont to be
01:18:35See as thou wast wont to see
01:18:45Dians bud oer Cupids flower
01:18:49hath such force and blessed power
01:18:53Now my Titania
01:19:02wake you my sweet queen
01:19:12My Oberon
01:19:20What visions have I seen
01:19:29Methought I was enamoured of an ass
01:19:42There lies your love
01:19:54How came these things to pass
01:19:56Oh how mine eyes do loathe his visage now
01:20:00Silence awhile
01:20:01Robin take off this head
01:20:03Titania music call
01:20:04Music music such as charmeth sleep
01:20:10Now when thou wakest with thine own fools eyes peep
01:20:17Sound music
01:20:20Come my queen take hands with me
01:20:21and rock the ground whereon these sleepers be
01:20:27Now thou and I are new in amity
01:20:30and will tomorrow midnight solemnly dance
01:20:33in Duke Theseus house triumphantly
01:20:35and bless it to all fair prosperity
01:20:39There shall the pairs of faithful lovers be wedded
01:20:42with Theseus all in jollity
01:20:46Fairy king attend and mark
01:20:47I do hear the morning lark
01:20:48Then my queen in silence sad
01:20:50trip we after nights shade
01:20:52We the globe can compass soon swifter than the wandering moon
01:20:54Come my lord and in our flight
01:20:56tell me how it came this night that I sleeping here was found
01:21:00with these mortals on the ground
01:21:12I was with Hercules and Cadmus once
01:21:14when in a wood of Crete
01:21:16they bayed the bear with hounds of Sparta
01:21:19Never did I hear such gallant chiding
01:21:22For besides the groves the skies the fountains
01:21:25every region near seemed all one mutual cry
01:21:29I never heard so musical a discord such sweet thunder
01:21:35Good morrow friends
01:21:37Saint Valentine is passed
01:21:39Begin these woodbirds but to couple now
01:21:42But speak Egeus
01:21:43is this not the day
01:21:45that Hermia should give answer of her choice
01:21:47It is my Lord
01:21:48I pray all stand up
01:21:55I know you two are rival enemies
01:21:58How comes this gentle concord in the world
01:22:01that hatred is so far from jealousy
01:22:03to sleep by hate and fear no enmity
01:22:06My lord I shall reply amazedly half sleep half waking
01:22:11but as yet I swear I cannot truly say how I came here
01:22:17But as I think
01:22:18for truly would I speak and now do I bethink me so it is
01:22:23I came hither with Hermia
01:22:25Our intent was to be gone from Athens
01:22:27where we might without the peril of the Athenian law
01:22:30Enough enough my lord
01:22:32You have enough
01:22:33I beg the law the law upon his head
01:22:37They would have stolen away
01:22:39They would Demetrius
01:22:40thereby to have defeated you and me
01:22:43you of your wife and me of my consent
01:22:46of my consent that she should be your wife
01:22:49My lord fair Helen told me of their stealth
01:22:52of this their purpose hither to this wood
01:22:55And I in fury hither followed them
01:22:57fair Helena in fancy following me
01:23:00But my good lord I wot not by what power
01:23:02but by some power it is
01:23:04my love to Hermia melted as the snow
01:23:06seems to me now as the remembrance of an idle gaud
01:23:10which in my childhood I did dote upon
01:23:12All the faith the virtue of my heart
01:23:15the object and the pleasure of mine eye is only Helena
01:23:20To her my lord was I betrothed ere I saw Hermia
01:23:23But like in sickness did I loathe this food
01:23:26But as in health come to my natural taste
01:23:29Now I do wish it love it long for it
01:23:33and will for evermore be true to it
01:23:37Egeus I will overbear your will
01:23:41For in the temple by and by with us
01:23:43these couples shall eternally be knit
01:23:56These things seem small and indistinguishable
01:23:59like far off mountains turned into clouds
01:24:03Methinks I see these things with parted eye
01:24:05when everything seems double
01:24:07So methinks and I have found Demetrius like a jewel
01:24:12mine own and not mine own
01:24:17Are you sure that we are awake
01:24:20It seems to me that yet we sleep we dream
01:24:22Do not you think The duke was here and bid us follow him
01:24:26Yea and my father
01:24:28And Hippolyta
01:24:29And he bid us follow to the temple
01:24:33Why then we are awake
01:24:34Lets follow him and by the way let us recount our dream
01:24:45When my cue comes call me and I will answer
01:24:50My next is Most fair Pyramus
01:24:57Heighho Peter Quince
01:24:58Flute the bellowsmender
01:25:01Snout the tinker
01:25:09Gods my life stolen hence and left me asleep
01:25:18I have had a most rare vision
01:25:21I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was
01:25:27Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream
01:25:31Methought I was there is no man can tell what
01:25:40Methought I was and methought I had
01:25:47but man is but a patched fool
01:25:49if he will offer to say what methought I had
01:25:53The eye of man hath not heard
01:25:55The ear of man hath not seen
01:25:57Mans hand is not able to taste his tongue to conceive
01:26:00nor his heart to report what my dream was
01:26:08I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream
01:26:12It shall be called Bottoms Dream
01:26:18because it hath no bottom
01:26:22And I will sing it in the latter end of a play
01:26:24before the duke
01:26:26Peradventure to make it the more gracious
01:26:29I shall sing it at her death
01:26:36Tis strange my Theseus that these lovers speak of
01:26:39More strange than true
01:26:41I never may believe these antique fables
01:26:46nor these fairy toys
01:26:49Lovers and madmen have such seething brains
01:26:51such shaping fantasies
01:26:53that apprehend more than cool reason ever comprehends
01:26:59The lunatic the lover and the poet
01:27:02are of imagination all compact
01:27:04One sees more devils than vast hell can hold
01:27:08That is the madman
01:27:11The lover all as frantic
01:27:13sees Helens beauty in a brow of Egypt
01:27:16The poets eye in a fine frenzy rolling
01:27:20doth glance from heaven to earth from earth to heaven
01:27:24and as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown
01:27:29The poets pen turns them to shapes
01:27:32and gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name
01:27:38Such tricks hath strong imagination
01:27:42that if it would but apprehend some joy
01:27:45it comprehends some bringer of that joy
01:27:51Or in the night imagining some fear
01:27:54how easy is a bush supposed a bear
01:27:58But all the story of the night told over
01:28:00and all their minds transfigured so together
01:28:03more witnesseth than fancys images
01:28:08and grows to something of great constancy
01:28:11but howsoever strange and admirable
01:28:20Have you sent to Bottoms house
01:28:21Is he come home yet
01:28:23He cannot be heard of
01:28:25Out of doubt he is transported
01:28:27If he come not then the play is marred
01:28:30It goes not forward doth it
01:28:31It is not possible
01:28:33You have not a man in all Athens
01:28:35able to discharge Pyramus but he
01:28:37No he hath simply the best wit of any handicraft man in Athens
01:28:43And the best person too
01:28:46And he is a very paramour for a sweet voice
01:28:49You must say paragon
01:28:51A paramour is God bless us a thing of naught
01:28:54Masters the duke is coming from the temple
01:28:56and there is two or three lords and ladies more married
01:29:00If our sport had gone forward we had all been made men
01:29:04Oh sweet bully Bottom
01:29:08Thus hath he lost sixpence a day during his life
01:29:12He could not have scaped sixpence a day
01:29:14An the duke had not given him sixpence a day
01:29:17for playing Pyramus Ill be hanged
01:29:19He would have deserved it
01:29:23Sixpence a day in Pyramus or nothing
01:29:27Where are these lads
01:29:29Where are these hearts
01:29:38Oh most courageous day
01:29:41Oh most happy hour
01:29:42Masters I am to discourse wonders
01:29:44but ask me not what for if I tell you I am no true Athenian
01:29:47I will tell you every thing right as it fell out
01:29:49Let us hear sweet Bottom
01:29:51Not a word of me
01:29:52All that I will tell you is that the duke hath dined
01:29:55Get your apparel together good strings to your beards
01:29:58new ribbons to your pumps
01:29:59Meet presently at the palace
01:30:01Every man look oer his part
01:30:03For the short and the long is
01:30:05our play is preferred
01:30:08In any case let Thisbe have clean linen
01:30:11and let not him that plays the lion pair his nails
01:30:15for they shall hang out for the lions claws
01:30:17And most dear actors eat no onions nor garlic
01:30:22for we are to utter sweet breath
01:30:24and I do not doubt but to hear them say
01:30:26it is a sweet comedy
01:30:27No more words away
01:30:29Go away
01:30:40Come now what masques what dances shall we have
01:30:42to wear away the long age of three hours
01:30:44between our aftersupper and bedtime
01:30:46Where is our usual manager of mirth
01:30:48What revels are in hand
01:30:51Is there no play to ease the anguish of a torturing hour
01:30:55Call Philostrate
01:30:56Here mighty Theseus
01:30:57Say what abridgement have you for this evening
01:30:59What masque
01:31:01What music
01:31:02How shall we beguile the lazy time if not with some delight
01:31:05There is a brief how many sports are ripe
01:31:08Make choice of which your highness will see first
01:31:11The battle with the Centaurs
01:31:13to be sung By an Athenian eunuch to the harp
01:31:16Well none of that
01:31:17That have I told my love in glory of my kinsman Hercules
01:31:21The riot of the tipsy Bacchanals
01:31:24tearing the Thracian singer in their rage
01:31:26That is an old device and it was played
01:31:29when I from Thebes came last a conqueror
01:31:32The thrice three muses mourning for the death of learning
01:31:37late deceased in beggary
01:31:39That is some satire keen and critical
01:31:41not sorting with a nuptial ceremony
01:31:44A tedious brief scene of young Pyramus and his love Thisbe
01:31:49very tragical mirth
01:31:51Merry and tragical
01:31:53Tedious and brief
01:31:55That is hot ice and wondrous strange snow
01:31:59How shall we find the concord of this discord
01:32:02A play there is my lord some ten words long
01:32:05which is as brief as I have known a play
01:32:07But by ten words my lord it is too long
01:32:10which makes it tedious
01:32:11For in all the play there is not one word apt
01:32:15one player fitted
01:32:16And tragical my noble lord it is
01:32:19For Pyramus therein doth kill himself
01:32:21Which when I saw rehearsed
01:32:22I must confess made mine eyes water
01:32:25but more merry tears the passion of loud laughter never shed
01:32:29What are they that do play it
01:32:31Hardhanded men that work in Athens here
01:32:33which never laboured in their minds till now
01:32:35and now have toiled their unbreathed memories
01:32:38with this same play against your nuptial
01:32:40And we will hear it
01:32:42No my noble lord
01:32:43It is not for you
01:32:45I have heard it over and it is nothing nothing in the world
01:32:49Unless you can find sport in their intents
01:32:53extremely stretched and conned with cruel pain
01:32:55to do you service
01:32:57I will hear that play for never anything can be amiss
01:33:02when simpleness and duty tender it
01:33:05Go bring them in
01:33:06I love not to see wretchedness oer charged
01:33:08and duty in his service perishing
01:33:11Why gentle sweet you shall see no such thing
01:33:14He says they can do nothing in this kind
01:33:16The kinder we to give them thanks for nothing
01:33:19Our sport shall be to take what they mistake
01:33:21And what poor duty cannot do
01:33:23noble respect takes it in might not merit
01:33:26Where I have come great clerks have purposed
01:33:29to greet me with premeditated welcomes
01:33:32where I have seen them shiver and look pale
01:33:34make periods in the midst of sentences
01:33:36throttle their practised accents in their fears
01:33:38and in conclusion dumbly have broke off
01:33:40not paying me a welcome
01:33:42Trust me sweet out of this silence yet I picked a welcome
01:33:47And in the modesty of fearful duty
01:33:50I read as much as in the rattling tongue
01:33:53of saucy and audacious eloquence
01:33:55Love therefore and tonguetied simplicity
01:33:58in least speak most to my capacity
01:34:03So please your grace the Prologue is addressed
01:34:05Let him approach
01:34:13If we offend it is with our good will
01:34:18That you should think we come not to offend
01:34:20but with good will
01:34:22to show our simple skill
01:34:32That is the true beginning of our end
01:34:34Consider then we come but in despite
01:34:37We do not come as minding to content you
01:34:40Our true intent is all for your delight
01:34:42We are not here that you should here repent you
01:34:46The actors are at hand and by their show
01:34:49you shall know all that you are like to know
01:34:52Gentles perchance you wonder at this show
01:34:54But wonder on till truth make all things plain
01:34:57This man is Pyramus if you would know
01:35:01This beauteous lady Thisbe is certain
01:35:04This man with lime and roughcast
01:35:10doth present Wall
01:35:12that vile wall which did these lovers sunder
01:35:19And through Walls chink poor souls
01:35:21they are content to whisper
01:35:23At the which let no man wonder
01:35:30This man with lantern dog and bush of thorn
01:35:35presenteth Moonshine
01:35:39For if you will know by moonshine
01:35:40did these lovers think no scorn to meet at Ninus tomb
01:35:44there there to woo
01:35:47This grisly beast which Lion hight by name
01:35:52the trusty Thisbe coming first by night
01:35:55did scare away or rather did affright
01:35:58And as she fled her mantle she did fall
01:36:01which Lion vile with bloody mouth did stain
01:36:06Anon comes Pyramus sweet youth and tall
01:36:10and finds his trusty Thisbes mantle slain
01:36:15Whereat with blade with bloody blameful blade
01:36:18he bravely broached his boiling bloody breast
01:36:23And Thisbe tarrying in mulberry shade
01:36:26his dagger drew and died
01:36:32For all the rest let Lion Moonshine Wall
01:36:36and lovers twain at large discourse
01:36:38while here they do remain
01:36:49In this same interlude it doth befall that I
01:36:52one Snout by name present a wall
01:36:55And such a wall as I will have you think
01:36:57that had in it a crannied hole or chink
01:37:00through which the lovers Pyramus and Thisbe
01:37:04did whisper often very secretly
01:37:07This loam this roughcast and this stone
01:37:09doth show that I am that same wall
01:37:11The truth is so and this the cranny is
01:37:14right and sinister
01:37:16through which the fearful lovers are to whisper
01:37:21Oh grimlooked night
01:37:23Oh night with hue so black
01:37:25Oh night which ever art when day is not
01:37:28Oh night Oh night
01:37:30Alack alack alack
01:37:32I fear my Thisbes promise is forgot
01:37:36And thou oh wall oh sweet oh lovely wall
01:37:40that standest between her fathers ground and mine
01:37:45Thou wall oh wall oh sweet and lovely wall
01:37:49show me thy chink to blink through with mine eyne
01:37:54Thanks courteous wall
01:37:57Jove shield thee well for this
01:38:00But what see I
01:38:03No Thisbe do I see
01:38:05Oh wicked wall through whom I see no bliss
01:38:08Cursed be thy stones for thus deceiving me
01:38:13The wall methinks being sensible should curse again
01:38:16No in truth sir he should not
01:38:18Deceiving me is Thisbes cue
01:38:20She is to enter now and I am to spy her through the wall
01:38:23You shall see it will fall pat as I told you
01:38:28Oh wall full often hast thou heard my moans
01:38:32for parting my fair Pyramus and me
01:38:34My cherry lips have often kissed thy stones
01:38:38thy stones with lime and hair knit up in thee
01:38:41I see a voice
01:38:42Now will I to the chink to spy
01:38:45An I can hear my Thisbes face
01:38:51My love thou art my love I think
01:38:53Think what thou wilt
01:38:54I am thy lovers grace
01:38:55And like Limander am I trusty still
01:38:58And I like Helen till the Fates me kill
01:39:01Not Shafalus to Procrus was so true
01:39:03As Shafalus to Procrus I to you
01:39:06Oh kiss me through the hole of this vile wall
01:39:13I kiss the walls hole not your lips at all
01:39:17Wilt thou at Ninnys tomb meet me straightway
01:39:21Tide life tide death I come without delay
01:39:26Thus have I Wall my part discharged so
01:39:30And being done thus Wall away doth go
01:39:35This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard
01:39:38The best in this kind are but shadows
01:39:40And the worst are no worse if imagination amend them
01:39:43It must be your imagination then and not theirs
01:39:46If we imagine no worse of them than they of themselves
01:39:49they may pass for excellent men
01:39:51Ladies you whose gentle hearts
01:39:54do fear the smallest monstrous mouse that creeps on floor
01:39:57may now perchance both quake and tremble here
01:40:00when lion rough in wildest rage doth roar
01:40:03Then know that I one Snug the joiner
01:40:05am a lionfell nor else no lions dam
01:40:07For if I should as Lion
01:40:10come in strife into your place
01:40:13twere pity on my life
01:40:16A very gentle beast of a good conscience
01:40:19Let us listen to the moon
01:40:21This lantern doth the horned moon
01:40:25the horned moon present
01:40:28Myself the man in the moon do seem to be
01:40:32This is the greatest error of all the rest
01:40:35The man should be put into the lantern
01:40:36How is it else the man in the moon
01:40:39He dare not come there for the candle
01:40:41For you see it is already in snuff
01:40:42I am aweary of this moon
01:40:44Would it would change
01:40:46It would appear by his small light of discretion
01:40:48that he is in the wane
01:40:50But yet in courtesy in all reason
01:40:52we must stay the time
01:40:58Proceed Moon
01:41:01All that I have to say
01:41:03is to tell you that the lantern is the moon
01:41:05I the man in the moon
01:41:06this thornbush my thornbush
01:41:08and this dog my dog
01:41:13This is old Ninnys tomb
01:41:15Where is my love
01:41:28Well roared Lion
01:41:30Well run Thisbe
01:41:32Well shone Moon
01:41:34Well moused Lion
01:41:37And then came Pyramus
01:41:39And so the lion vanished
01:41:42Sweet moon I thank thee for thy sunny beams
01:41:46I thank thee moon for shining now so bright
01:41:50For by thy gracious golden glittering gleams
01:41:53I trust to take of truest Thisbe sight
01:42:00But stay O spite
01:42:01But mark poor knight what dreadful dole is here
01:42:06Eyes do you see
01:42:08How can it be
01:42:09Oh dainty duck
01:42:11Oh dear
01:42:12Thy mantle good what stained with blood
01:42:19Approach ye Furies fell
01:42:23Oh Fates come come
01:42:25Cut thread and thrum
01:42:27Quail crush conclude and quell
01:42:31Beshrew my heart but I pity the man
01:42:34Oh wherefore Nature didst thou lions frame
01:42:37Since lion vile hath here deflowered my dear
01:42:42which is
01:42:43no no
01:42:44which was the fairest dame
01:42:47that lived that loved that liked
01:42:51that looked with cheer
01:42:54Come tears confound
01:43:00Out sword and wound the pap of Pyramus
01:43:07Ay that left pap where heart doth hop
01:43:12Thus die I thus thus thus
01:43:23Now am I dead
01:43:26Now am I fled
01:43:29My soul is in the sky
01:43:33Tongue lose thy light
01:43:36Moon take thy flight
01:43:43Now diedie
01:44:00How chance Moonshine is gone
01:44:01before Thisbe comes back and finds her lover
01:44:03She will find him by starlight
01:44:07Here she comes
01:44:08And her passion ends the play
01:44:09What dead my dove
01:44:14O Pyramus arise
01:44:15Speak speak
01:44:20Quite dumb
01:44:21Dead dead
01:44:25A tomb must cover thy sweet eyes
01:44:29These lily lips this cherry nose
01:44:32these yellow cowslip cheeks are gone are gone
01:44:36Oh lovers make moan
01:44:41His eyes were green as leeks
01:44:43Oh Sisters three come come to me
01:44:48With hands as pale as milk lay them in gore
01:44:53since you have shore with shears his thread of silk
01:44:57Tongue not a word
01:45:03Come trusty sword
01:45:07Come blade my breast imbrue
01:45:16And farewell friends
01:45:18Thus Thisbe ends
01:45:26Adieu adieu adieu
01:45:34Moonshine and Lion are left to bury the dead
01:45:37Ay and Wall too
01:45:39No I assure you
01:45:41the wall is down that parted their fathers
01:45:43Will it please you to see the epilogue
01:45:46or to hear a Bergomask dance between our company
01:45:49Uh no epilogue I pray you
01:45:50for your play needs no excuse
01:45:52Never excuse
01:45:54for when all the players are dead there need none to be blamed
01:45:57But come your Bergomask
01:45:59Let your epilogue alone
01:46:33The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve
01:46:36Lovers to bed
01:46:39Tis almost fairy time
01:46:42I fear we shall outsleep the coming morn
01:46:46as much as we this night have overwatched
01:46:49This palpablegross play
01:46:51hath well beguiled the heavy gait of night
01:46:53Sweet friends to bed
01:46:57Now the hungry lion roars and the wolf behowls the moon
01:47:02whilst the heavy ploughman snores
01:47:04all with weary task fordone
01:47:06Now the wasted brands do glow
01:47:08whilst the screechowl screeching loud
01:47:11puts the wretch that lies in woe in remembrance of a shroud
01:47:15Now it is the time of night that the graves all gaping wide
01:47:19every one lets forth his sprite
01:47:22in the churchway paths to glide
01:47:24And we fairies that do run by the triple Hecates team
01:47:27from the presence of the sun following darkness like a dream
01:47:31now are frolic
01:47:32Not a mouse shall disturb this hallowed house
01:47:35I am sent with broom before
01:47:37to sweep the dust behind the door
01:47:39Through the house give gathering light
01:47:41By the dead and drowsy fire
01:47:43every elf and fairy sprite hop as light as bird from brier
01:47:46And this ditty after me sing and dance it trippingly
01:47:49First rehearse your song by rote
01:47:51to each word a warbling note
01:47:52Hand in hand with fairy grace will we sing and bless this place
01:47:57Now until the break of day through this house each fairy stray
01:48:01To the best bridebed will we
01:48:03which by us shall blessed be
01:48:05And the issue there create ever shall be fortunate
01:48:09So shall all the couples three ever true in loving be
01:48:14And the blots of Natures hand shall not in their issue stand
01:48:17Never mole hare lip nor scar nor mark prodigious
01:48:22such as are despised in nativity
01:48:24shall upon their children be
01:48:26With this fielddew consecrate every fairy take his gait
01:48:32And each several chamber bless through this palace
01:48:35with sweet peace
01:48:36And the owner of it blessed ever shall in safety rest
01:48:42Trip away
01:48:44Make no stay
01:48:45Meet me all by break of day
01:49:22If we shadows have offended
01:49:24think but this and all is mended
01:49:27that you have but slumbered here while these visions did appear
01:49:31And this weak and idle themeno more yielding but a dream
01:49:35Gentles do not reprehend
01:49:36If you pardon we will mend
01:49:38And as I am an honest Puck if we have unearned luck
01:49:43now to escape the serpents tongue
01:49:45we will make amends ere long else the Puck a liar call
01:49:49So good night unto you all
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1.  All's Well that Ends Well Here Shakespeare uses one of his favorite devices--trickery. The young countess resorts to chicanery to win her husband's respect.
2.  Antony & Cleopatra The star, Jane Lapotaire, not only looks similar to the historical Queen of Egypt, but has the range to capture her many facets
3.  As You Like It Is there a "natural difference" between a duke's daughter and a commoner? Are men really stronger than women? Or is it just society's role? Stars Helen Mirren and Richard Pasco.
4.  The Comedy of Errors Roger Daltrey, lead singer of the band "The Who," stars in Shakespeare's shortest play.
5.  Coriolanus In his last tragedy, Shakespeare studies the character of a soldier. Stars Alan Howard.
6.  Cymbeline King Cymbeline's evil second queen tries to force Princess Imogen to marry her own son. Starring Claire Bloom and Helen Mirren.
7.  Hamlet In this richly costumed production, the greatest tragedy ever written maintains all the tension of a murder mystery. Derek Jacobi is a superb choice as Hamlet.
8.  Henry IV, Part 1 The boisterous Falstaff leads Prince Hal, the heir to the throne, through London's lowlife taverns. Starring Jon Finch, Anthony Quayle.
9.  Henry IV, Part 2 The death of Henry IV, banishment of Falstaff and coronation of Hal as Henry V. Stars Jon Finch, Anthony Quayle, David Gwillim.
10.  Henry V England's most admired national hero, Henry V unites his people, invades France, deals with traitors and cements the peace
11.  Henry VI, Part 1 First of a trilogy, recreating King Henry's early days. Starring Peter Benson, Trevor Peacock.
12.  Henry VI, Part 2 Henry marries Lady Margaret, but she despises his meekness and takes Suffolk as a lover
13.  Henry VI, Part 3 York wins the War of Roses and forces Henry to give him succession.
14.  Henry VIII Filmed at Henry's favorite place, Leeds Castle, enacted in the very rooms the King inhabited, 500 years ago. Stars Claire Bloom, John Stride.
15.  Julius Caesar Breaking dramatic conventions, Shakespeare creates neither a clearcut hero nor a villain. Starring Charles Gray as Caesar.
16.  King John Here Shakespeare rewrote another's work, the only time he uses such a source instead of the chronicles themselves. Stars Claire Bloom
17.  King Lear Crisply paced, with an exemplary cast. Starring Michael Hodern, Anton Lesser.
18.  Love's Labour's Lost A splendid satire -- some of Shakespeare's best early poetry
19.  Macbeth This savage tragedy is one of Shakespeare's most enduringly popular. Starring Nicol Williamson and Jane Lapotaire.
20.  Measure For Measure The trickiest sort of play -- a comedy with tragic relief. The New York Times says "Kate Nelligan is the image idealized faultlessness."
21.  Merchant of Venice This play presents contrasts in the character Shylock. Is he villian, buffoon or tragic hero? Starring Warren Mitchell, Gemma Jones.
22.  Merry Wives of Windsor Queen Elizabeth herself is said to have requested the return of Falstaff. Here he tries to seduce two respectable wives. Stars Ben Kingsley.
23.  A Midsummer Night's Dream An extraordinary production of an enduring comedy. The strong cast features Helen Mirren and Peter McEnery
24.  Much Ado About Nothing The sparring wit of the confirmed bachelor, Benedick, and the haughty lady Beatrice seems to delight audiences more every year.
25.  Othello Perhaps his greatest triumph as a stage play. Evil Iago plants doubt in Othello's mind about Desdemona, and audiences are spellbound. Stars Anthony Hopkins, Bob Hoskins as Iago.
26.  Pericles The Prince of Tyre, who flees upon discovering his King in an incestuous relationship. Starring Mike Gwilym and Amanda Redman.
27.  Richard II A stellar cast includes Derek Jacobi, Sir John Gielgud, and Dame Wendy Hiller.
28.  Richard III A huge success in its day, this play portrays an intricate period in English history.
29.  Romeo and Juliet A "hit" for over 400 years. It expresses love in its infinite variety more than any other work in the English language. Stars Sir John Gielgud.
30.  Taming of the Shrew John Cleese, of Monty Python, portrays Petruchio to unanimous acclaim: "an object lesson in serving Shakespeare to a present-day audience."
31.  The Tempest A timeless stage on an enchanted island. An exiled Duke and two lovers encounter the occult.
32.  Timon of Athens Choice says "recommended version of a difficult yet interesting play." His most cynical work.
33.  Titus Andronicus This tragedy draws on brutal Roman mythology. Stars Eileen Atkins, Trevor Peacock
34.  Troilus & Cressida Says Choice, "This video is simply excellent, valuable to anyone teaching the play." Stars Anton Lesser, Suzanne Burden.
35.  Twelfth Night This is the most subtle of Shakespeare's comedies. Starring Alec McCowen, Trevor Peacock.
36.  Two Gentlemen of Verona Shakespeare's earliest attempt at romantic comedy, two friends fall in love with Silvia. With the characters Valentine, Proteus, Silvia and Julia.
37.  The Winter's Tale A theme that occupied Shakespeare later in life: reconciliation. Wrongs committed by one generation are made right by the next.
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