In himself he is;
But in this kind, wanting your father's voice,
The other must be held the worthier.
I would my father look'd but with my eyes.
Rather your eyes must with his judgment look.
I do entreat your grace to pardon me.
I know not by what power I am made bold,
Nor how it may concern
In such a presence here to plead my thoughts;
But I beseech your grace that I may know
worst that may befall me in this case,
If I refuse to wed Demetrius.
Either to die the death or to abjure
For ever the society of men.
Therefore, fair Hermia, question your
Know of your youth, examine well your blood,
Whether, if you yield not to your father's choice,
can endure the livery of a nun,
For aye to be in shady cloister mew'd,
To live a barren sister all your life,
faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon.
Thrice-blessed they that master so their blood,
To undergo such
But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd,
Than that which withering on the virgin thorn
lives and dies in single blessedness.
So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord,
Ere I will my virgin patent up
Unto his lordship, whose unwished
My soul consents not to give sovereignty.
Take time to pause; and, by the nest new moon
The sealing-day betwixt my love and me,
bond of fellowship
Upon that day either prepare to die
For disobedience to your father's will,
Or else to
wed Demetrius, as he would;
Or on Diana's altar to protest
For aye austerity and single life.
Relent, sweet Hermia: and, Lysander, yield
Thy crazed title to my certain right.
You have her father's love, Demetrius;
Let me have Hermia's: do you marry him.
Scornful Lysander! true, he hath my love,
And what is mine my love shall render him.
And she is mine,
and all my right of her
I do estate unto Demetrius.
I am, my lord, as well derived as he,
As well possess'd; my love is more than his;
My fortunes every way
as fairly rank'd,
If not with vantage, as Demetrius';
And, which is more than all these boasts can be,
beloved of beauteous Hermia:
Why should not I then prosecute my right?
Demetrius, I'll avouch it to his
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