Act 4 Scene 1

  1. Enter Titania, Bottom, Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth Mustardseed, and other fairies. Behind them, and unseen by them, Oberon.

  2. Titania:

    Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed,
    While I thy amiable cheeks do coycaress.
    And stick musk-roses in thy sleek smooth head,
    And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.

  3. Bottom:

    Where’s Peaseblossom? (5)

  4. Peaseblossom:

    Ready.

  5. Bottom:

    Scratch my head, Peaseblossom. Where’s Monsieur Cobweb?

  6. Cobweb:

    Ready

  7. Bottom:

    Monsieur Cobweb, good monsieur, get you your (10)
    weapons in your hand, and kill me a red-hipped
    humble-bee on the top of a thistle, and, good
    monsieur, bring me the honey-bag. Do not fret
    yourself too much in the action, monsieur. And good
    monsieur have a care the honey-bag break not, I would (15)
    be loath to have you overflown with a honey-bag
    signior.    [Exit Cobweb.]
    Where’s Monsieur Mustardseed?

  8. Mustardseed:

    Ready.

  9. Bottom:

    Give me your neaffist, Monsieur Mustardseed. Pray you, (20)
    leave your courtesy, good monsieur.

  10. Mustardseed:

    What’s your will?

  11. Bottom:

    Nothing good monsieur, but to help Cavalery Cobweb
    to scratch. I must to the barber’s monsieur, for
    methinks I am marvellous hairy about the face. And I (25)
    am such a tender ass if my hair do but tickle me, I must
    scratch.

  12. Titania:

    What, wilt thou hear some music, my sweet love?

  13. Bottom:

    I have a reasonable good ear in music. Let’s have the
    tongs and the bonesinstruments for crude music. (30)

  14. Simple country music starts.

  15. Titania:

    Or say sweet love, what thou desirest to eat.

  16. Bottom:

    Truly, a peck of provenderdry food. I could munch your good
    dry oats. Methinks I have a great desire to a bottle of
    hay. Good hay, sweet hay hath no fellow.

  17. Titania:

    I have a venturous fairy, (35)
    That shall seek The squirrel’s hoard,
    And fetch thee new nuts.

  18. Bottom:

    I had rather have a handful or two of dried peas. But, I
    pray you, let none of your people stir me, I have an
    exposition of sleep come upon me. (40)

  19. Titania:

    Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my arms.
    Fairies, begone, and be all ways away. [Exit Faries.]
    So doth the woodbine, the sweet honeysuckle,
    Gently entwist. The female ivy so
    Enrings the barky fingers of the elm. (45)
    O, how I love thee! How I dote on thee!
    [They sleep, in a different part of the stage to the lovers.]

  20. Enter Puck, Oberon comes forward.

  21. Oberon:

    Welcome, good Robin. See’st thou this sweet sight?
    Her dotagefoolish love now I do begin to pity.
    For meeting her of late behind the wood,
    Seeking sweet favours from this hateful fool,
    I did upbraidto find fault her and fall out with her. (50)
    For she his hairy temples then had rounded
    With coronet of fresh and fragrant flowers.
    And that same dew which sometime on the buds
    Was wont to swell like round and orient pearls,
    Stood now within the pretty flowerets’ eyes, (55)
    Like tears that did their own disgrace bewail.
    When I had at my pleasure taunted her,
    And she in mild terms begged my patience,
    I then did ask of her her changeling child,
    Which straight she gave me, and her fairy sent (60)
    To bear him to my bowera leafy shelter in Fairy Land.
    And now I have the boy, I will undo
    This hateful imperfection of her eyes.
    And, gentle Puck, take this transformèd scalp, (65)
    From off the head of this Athenian swain,
    That he, awaking when the other do,
    May all to Athens back again repair,
    And think no more of this night’s accidents, (70)
    But as the fierce vexationannoyance of a dream.
    But first I will release the Fairy Queen.
    Be as thou wast wont to be,
    See as thou wast wont to see.
    Dian’s bud, or Cupid’s flower
    Hath such force and blessed power. (75)
    Now my Titania, wake you, my sweet queen.

  22. Titania:

    My Oberon, what visions have I seen!
    Methought I was enamouredto be filled with love of an ass.

  23. Oberon:

    There lies your love.

  24. Titania:

                                   How came these things to pass?
    O, how mine eyes do loathe his visage now! (80)

  25. Oberon:

    Silence awhile. Robin, take off this head.
    Titania, music call; and strike more dead
    Than common sleep of all these five the sense.

  26. Titania:

    Music, ho! Music such as charmeth sleep.

  27. The country music stops.

  28. Puck:

    [Taking off the ass-head.]
    Now, when thou wak’st, with thine own fool’s eyes (85)
    peep.

  29. Oberon:

    Sound, music! [Music starts.]
                         Come, my queen, take hands with me,
    And rock the ground whereon these sleepers be.
    [Oberon and Titania dance.]
    Now, thou and I are new in amityfriendship and harmony,
    And will tomorrow midnight, solemnly
    Dance in Duke Theseus’ house triumphantly, (90)
    And bless it to all fair prosperity.
    There shall the pairs of faithful lovers be
    Wedded, with Theseus, all in jollity.

  30. Puck:

    Fairy king, attend and mark,
    I do hear the morning lark. (95)

  31. Oberon:

    Then my queen, in silence sad,
    Trip we after the night’s shade.
    We the globe can compass soon,
    Swifter than the wandering moon.

  32. Titania:

    Come my lord, and in our flight, (100)
    Tell me how it came this night
    That I sleeping here was found
    With these mortals on the ground.

  33. Exit Oberon, Titania, and Puck.

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