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  • Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Quarto 1, 1600)
  • Editor: Suzanne Westfall
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-465-3

    Copyright Suzanne Westfall. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Suzanne Westfall
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    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Quarto 1, 1600)


    A Midsommer nightes dreame.
    100Deme. Relent, sweete Hermia, and, Lysander, yeeld
    Thy crazed title to my certaine right.
    Lys. You haue her fathers loue, Demetrius:
    Let me haue Hermias: doe you marry him.
    Egeus. Scornefull Lysander, true, he hath my loue:
    105And what is mine, my loue shall render him.
    And she is mine, and all my right of her
    I doe estate vnto Demetrius.
    Lysand. I am my Lord, as well deriu'd as hee,
    As well possest: my loue is more than his:
    110My fortunes euery way as fairely rankt
    (If not with vantage) as Demetrius:
    And (which is more then all these boastes can be)
    I am belou'd of beautious Hermia.
    Why should not I then prosecute my right?
    115Demetrius, Ile auouch it to his heade,
    Made loue to Nedars daughter, Helena,
    And won her soule: and she (sweete Ladie) dotes,
    Deuoutly dotes, dotes in Idolatry,
    Vpon this spotted and inconstant man.
    120The. I must confesse, that I haue heard so much;
    And, with Demetrius, thought to haue spoke thereof:
    But, being ouer full of selfe affaires,
    My minde did loose it. But Demetrius come,
    And come Egeus, you shall goe with mee:
    125I haue some priuate schooling for you both.
    For you, faire Hermia, looke you arme your selfe,
    To fit your fancies, to your fathers will;
    Or else, the Law of Athens yeelds you vp
    (Which by no meanes we may extenuate)
    130To death, or to a vowe of single life.
    Come my Hyppolita: what cheare my loue?
    Demetrius and Egeus goe along:
    I must employ you in some businesse,
    Against our nuptiall, and conferre with you
    Of