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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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We cannot fight for love, as men may do;
  We should be wooed, and were not made to woo.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Helena at II, ii) [Wooing]

Come, sit down, every mother's son, and rehearse your parts.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Quince at III, i) [Acting]

Most radiant Pyramus, most lily-white of hue,
  Of color like the red rose on triumphant brier,
    Most brisky juvenal, and eke most lovely Jew,
      As true as truest horse, that yet would never tire,
        I'll meet thee, Pyramus, at Ninny's tomb.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Thisby at III, i) [Roses]

The woosel cock so black of hue,
  With orange-tawny bill,
    The throstle with his note so true,
      The wren with little quill--
        . . . .
          The finch, the sparrow, and the lark,
            The plain-song cuckoo grey,
              Whose note full many a man doth mark,
                And dares not answer nay.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Bottom at III, i) [Birds]

And from each other look thou lead them thus
  Till o'er their brows death-counterfeiting sleep
    With leaden legs and batty wings doth creep.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Oberon at III, ii) [Sleep]

Cupid is a knavish lad
  Thus to make poor females mad.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Puck at III, ii) [Gods]

I go, I go, look how I go,
  Swifter than arrow from the Tartar's bow.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Puck at III, ii) [Haste]

Lord, what fools these mortals be!
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Puck at III, ii) [Fools]

My fairy lord, this must be done with haste,
  For night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast,
    And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger;
      At whose approach ghosts, wand'ring here and there,
        Troop home to churchyards; damned spirit all,
          That in crossways and floods have burial,
            Already to their wormy beds are gone.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Puck at III, ii) [Aurora]

Shine comforts from the east,
  That I may back to Athens by daylight
    From these that my poor company detest;
      And sleep, that sometimes shuts up sorrow's eye,
        Steal me awhile from mine own company.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Helena at III, ii) [Sleep]

So we grew together,
  Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
    But yet an union in partition--
      Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
        So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart;
          Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,
            Due but to one, and crowned with one crest.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Helena at III, ii) [Friends : Unity]

When they him spy,
  As wild geese that the creeping fowler eye,
    Or russet-pated choughs, many in sort,
      Rising and cawing at the gun's report,
        Sever themselves and madly sweep the sky;
          So at his sight away his fellows fly,
            And at our stamp here o'er and o'er one falls;
              He murder cries and help from Athens calls.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Puck at III, ii) [Geese]

But I pray you, let none of your people stir me. I have an exposition of sleep come upon me.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Bottom at IV, i) [Sleep]

Good hay, sweet hay, hath no fellow.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Bottom at IV, i) [Proverbs]

I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Bottom at IV, i) [Dreams]

I must to the barber's, monsieur; for methinks I am marvellous hairy about the face, and I am such a tender ass, if my hair do but tickle me, I must scratch.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Bottom at IV, i) [Barber]

Methinks I have a great desire to a bottle of hay. Good hay, sweet hay, hath no fellow.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Bottom at IV, i) [Desire]

My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind:
  So flewed, so sanded, and their heads are hung
    With ears that sweep away the morning dew;
      Crook-kneed, and dewlapped like Thessalian bulls;
        Slow in pursuit, but matched in mouth like bells,
          Each under each.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Theseus at IV, i) [Hounds]

No doubt they rose up early to observe
  The rite of May; and, hearing our intent,
    Came here in grace of our solemnity.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Theseus at IV, i) [May]

Saint Valentine is past.
  Begin these woodbirds but to couple now?
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Theseus at IV, i) [Valentines]

Then, my queen, in silence sad
  Trip we after night's shade.
    We the globe can compass soon,
      Swifter than the wand'ring moon.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Oberon at IV, i) [Fairies]

A play there is, my lord, some ten words long,
  Which is as brief as I have known a play;
    But by ten words, my lord, it is too long,
      Which makes it tedious.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Philostrate at V, i) [Acting]

And, as I am an honest Puck,
  If we have unearned luck
    Now to scape the serpent's tongue,
      We will make amends ere long;
        Else the Puck a liar call.
          So, good night unto you all.
            Give me your hands, if we be friends,
              And Robin shall restore amends.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck at V, i)
        [Books (Last Lines)]

Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show;
  But wonder on, till truth make all things plain.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (prologue at V, i) [Truth]

Love, therefore, and tongue-tied simplicity
  In least speak most, to my capacity.
      - A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Theseus at V, i) [Love]


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