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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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Love's mind of judgment rarely hath a taste:
  Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena at I, i)
        [Proverbs]

Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
  Draws on apace. Four happy days bring in
    Another moon; but O, methinks, how slow
      This old moon wanes! She lingers my desires,
        Like to a stepdame or a dowager,
          Long withering our a young man's revenue.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Theseus at I, i)
        [Books (First Lines) : Moon]

O, then, what graces in my love do dwell
  That he hath turned a heaven unto a hell!
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia at I, i)
        [Grace]

Or, if there were a sympathy in choice,
  War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it,
    Making it momentany as a sound,
      Swift as a shadow, short as any dream,
        Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
          That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth,
            And ere a man hath power to say 'Behold!'
              The jaws of darkness do devour it up:
                So quick bright things come to confusion.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Lysander at I, i)
        [Darkness : Storms : Sympathy]

Thou, thou, Lysander, thou hast given her rhymes
  And interchanged love tokens with my child;
    Thou hast by moonlight at her window sung
      With feigning voice verses of feigning love.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Egeus at I, i)
        [Singing]

Thrice blessed they that master so their blood
  To undergo such maiden pilgrimage;
    But earthlier happy is the rose distilled
      Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn,
        Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Theseus at I, i) [Matrimony]

Hold, or cut bowstrings.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Bottom at I, ii) [Action]

I grant you, friends, if you should fright the ladies out of their wits, they would have no more discretion but to hang us; but I will aggravate my voice so that I will roar you as gently as any suckling dove; I will roar you an 'twere any nightingale.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Bottom at I, ii) [Voice]

You can play no part but Pyramus; for Pyramus is a sweet-faced man, a proper man as one shall see in a summer's day, a most lovely gentlemanlike man.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Bottom at I, ii) [Man]

And maidens call it--Love in idleness.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Lucentio at II, i) [Proverbs]

And thorough this distemperature we see
  The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts
    Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose,
      And on old Hiems' thin and icy crown
        An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds
          Is, as in mockery, set.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Titania at II, i) [Roses]

But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft
  Quenched in the chaste beams of the wat'ry moon,
    And the imperial vot'ress passed on,
      In maiden meditation, fancy-free.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Oberon at II, i) [Meditation]

I must go seek some dewdrops here,
  And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fairy at II, i)
        [Dew]

I'll put a girdle round about the earth
  In forty minutes.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck at II, i)
        [Speed]

Set your heart at rest.
  The fairyland buys not the child of me.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Titania at II, i) [Fairies]

The cowslips tall her pensioners be.
  In their gold coats spots you see:
    Those be rubies, fairy favors;
      In those freckles live their savors.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fairy at II, i)
        [Cowslips]

Therefore the moon, the governess of floods,
  Pale in her anger, washes all the air,
    That rheumatic diseases do abound.
      And thorough this distemperature we see
        The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts
          Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose,
            And on old Hiems' thin and icy crown
              An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds
                Is, as in mockery, set.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Titania at II, i) [Moon]

These are the forgeries of jealousy;
  And never, since the middle summer's spring,
    Met we on hill, in dale, forest, or mead,
      By paved fountain or by rushy brook,
        Or in the beached margent of the sea,
          To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind,
            But with thy brawls thou hast disturbed our sport.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Titania at II, i) [Summer]

Thou rememb'rest
  Since once I sat upon a promontory
    And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin's back,
      Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath
        That the rude sea grew civil at her song,
          And certain stars shot madly from their spheres
            To hear the sea-maid's music.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Oberon at II, i) [Mermaids]

Yet marked O where the bolt of Cupid fell.
  It fell upon a little western flower,
    Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound,
      And maidens call it love-in-idleness.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Oberon at II, i) [Pansies]

You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant!
  But yet you draw not iron, for my heart
    Is true as steel.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Helena at II, i) [Fidelity]

Come, now a roundel and a fairy song;
  Then, for the third part of a minute, hence--
    Some to kill canters in the musk-rose buds,
      Some war with reremice for their leathren wings,
        To make my small elves coats, and some keep back
          The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots and wonders
            At our quaint spirits.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Titania at II, ii) [Owls]

For, as a surfeit of the sweetest things
  The deepest loathing to the stomach brings,
    Or as the heresies that men do leave
      Are hated most of those they did deceive,
        So thou, my surfeit and my heresy,
          Of all be hated, but the most of me!
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Lysander at II, ii) [Eating]

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
  Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
    Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
      With sweet must-roses, and with eglantine.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Oberon at II, ii) [Flowers : Thyme]

O, take the sense, sweet, of my innocence
  Love takes the meaning in love's conference.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Lysander at II, ii) [Innocence]


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