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THESEUS, Duke of Athens.
in love with Hermia.
PHILOSTRATE, Master of the Revels to Theseus.
QUINCE, the Carpenter.
SNUG, the Joiner.
BOTTOм, the Weaver.
FLUTE, the Bellows-mender.
SNOUT, the Tinker.
STARVELING, the Tailor.
HIPPOLYTA, Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Theseus.
Other Fairies attending their King and Queen. Attendants on
Theseus and Hippolyta.
SCENE. Athens, and a Wood not far from il
SCENE I. Athens. A Room in the Palace of Theseus.
Enter THESEUS, HIPPOLYTA, PHILOSTRATE and
Theseus. Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
This old moon wanes! She lingers my desires,
Long withering out a young man's revenue.
Hip. Four days. will quickly steep themselves in nights;
Four nights will quickly dream away the time;
And then the moon, like to a silver bow
New bent in heaven, shall behold the night
Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword,
With pomp, with triumph, and with revelling.
Enter EGEUS, HERMIA, LYSANDER, and DEMETRIUS. Ege. Happy be Theseus, our renowned duke!
The. Thanks, good Egeus. What's the news with thee? Ege. Full of vexation come I, with complaint Against my child, my daughter Hermia.Stand forth, Demetrius;-my noble lord, This man hath my consent to marry her.
Stand forth, Lysander;-and, my gracious duke,
With cunning hast thou filched my daughter's heart;
To stubborn harshness;-And, my gracious duke,
I beg the ancient privilege of Athens,
The. What say you, Hermia? Be advised, fair maid. To you your father should be as a god;
One that composed your beauties; yea, and one
To whom you are but as a form in wax,
By him imprinted, and within his power
In himself he is:
But, in this kind, wanting your father's voice,
Her. I would my father looked but with my eyes.
In such a presence here, to plead my thoughts;
The. Either to die the death, or to abjure
Therefore, fair Hermia, question your desires,