I have a reasonable good ear in music. Let's have
the tongs and the bones.
Or say, sweet love, what thou desirest to eat.
Truly, a peck of provender: I could munch your good
dry oats. Methinks I have a great desire to a bottle
hay, sweet hay, hath no fellow.
I have a venturous fairy that shall seek
The squirrel's hoard, and fetch thee new nuts.
I had rather have a handful or two of dried peas.
But, I pray you, let none of your people stir me: I
exposition of sleep come upon me.
Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my arms.
Fairies, begone, and be all ways away.
So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle
Gently entwist; the female ivy so
Enrings the barky fingers
of the elm.
O, how I love thee! how I dote on thee!
[Advancing] Welcome, good Robin.
See'st thou this sweet sight?
Her dotage now I do begin to pity:
meeting her of late behind the wood,
Seeking sweet favours from this hateful fool,
I did upbraid her and
fall out with her;
For she his hairy temples then had rounded
With a coronet of fresh and fragrant flowers;
that same dew, which sometime on the buds
Was wont to swell like round and orient pearls,
within the pretty flowerets' eyes
Like tears that did their own disgrace bewail.
When I had at my pleasure
And she in mild terms begg'd my patience,
I then did ask of her her changeling child;
straight she gave me, and her fairy sent
To bear him to my bower in fairy land.
And now I have the boy, I
This hateful imperfection of her eyes:
And, gentle Puck, take this transformed scalp
From off the
head of this Athenian swain;
That, he awaking when the other do,
May all to Athens back again repair
think no more of this night's accidents
But as the fierce vexation of a dream.
But first I will release the
Be as thou wast wont to be;
See as thou wast wont to see:
Dian's bud o'er Cupid's flower
such force and blessed power.
Now, my Titania; wake you, my sweet queen.
My Oberon! what visions have I seen!
Methought I was enamour'd of an ass.
There lies your love.
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