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 step dame , or a dowager

Long withering out a young man's revenue .

Four days will quickly steep themselves in night ;

Four nights will quickly dream away the time ;

And then the moon , like to a silver bow

New-bent in heaven , shall behold the night

Of our solemnities .

Go , Philostrate ,

Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments ;

Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth ;

Turn melancholy forth to funerals ;

The pale companion is not for our pomp .

Hippolyta , I woo'd thee with my sword ,

And won thy love doing thee injuries ;

But I will wed thee in another key ,

With pomp , with triumph , and with revelling .

Happy be Theseus , our renowned duke !

Thanks , good Egeus : what's the news with thee ?

Full of vexation come I , with complaint

Against my child , my daughter Hermia .

Stand forth , Demetrius . My noble lord ,

This man hath my consent to marry her .

Stand forth , Lysander : and , my gracious duke ,

This man hath bewitch'd the bosom of my child :

Thou , thou , Lysander , thou hast given her rimes ,

And interchang'd love-tokens with my child ;

Thou hast by moonlight at her window sung ,

With feigning voice , verses of feigning love ;

And stol'n the impression of her fantasy

With bracelets of thy hair , rings , gawds , conceits ,

Knacks , trifles , nosegays , sweetmeats , messengers

Of strong prevailment in unharden'd youth ;

With cunning hast thou filch'd my daughter's heart ;

Turn'd her obedience , which is due to me ,

To stubborn harshness . And , my gracious duke ,

Be it so she will not here before your Grace

Consent to marry with Demetrius ,

I beg the ancient privilege of Athens ,

As she is mine , I may dispose of her ;

Which shall be either to this gentleman ,

Or to her death , according to our law

Immediately provided in that case .

What say you , Hermia ? be advis'd , fair maid .

To you , your father should be as a god ;

One that compos'd your beauties , yea , and one

To whom you are but as a form in wax

By him imprinted , and within his power

To leave the figure or disfigure it .

Demetrius is a worthy gentleman .

So is Lysander .

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 my modesty

In such a presence here to plead my thoughts ;

But I beseech your Grace , that I may know

The 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 desires ;

Know of your youth , examine well your blood ,

Whe'r , if you yield not to your father's choice ,

You can endure the livery of a nun ,

For aye to be in shady cloister mew'd ,

To live a barren sister all your life ,

Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon .

Thrice blessed they that master so their blood ,

To undergo such maidenpilgrimage ;

But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd ,

Than that which withering on the virgin thorn

Grows , lives , and dies , in single blessedness .

So will I grow , so live , so die , my lord ,

Ere I will yield my virginpatent up

Unto his lordship , whose unwished yoke

My soul consents not to give sovereignty .

Take time to pause ; and , by the next new moon ,

The sealing-day betwixt my love and me

For everlasting 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 deriv'd 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 ,

I am belov'd of beauteous Hermia .

Why should not I then prosecute my right ?

Demetrius , I'll avouch it to his head ,

Made love to Nedar's daughter , Helena ,

And won her soul ; and she , sweet lady , dotes ,

Devoutly dotes , dotes in idolatry ,

Upon this spotted and inconstant man .

I must confess that I have heard so much ,

And with Demetrius thought to have spoke thereof ;

But , being over-full of self-affairs ,

My mind did lose it . But , Demetrius , come ;

And come , Egeus ; you shall go with me ,

I have some private schooling for you both .

For you , fair Hermia , look you arm yourself

To fit your fancies to your father's will ,

Or else the law of Athens yields you up ,

Which by no means we may extenuate ,

To death , or to a vow of single life .

Come , my Hippolyta : what cheer , my love ?

Demetrius and Egeus , go along :

I must employ you in some business

Against our nuptial , and confer with you

Of something nearly that concerns yourselves .

With duty and desire we follow you .

How now , my love ! Why is your cheek so pale ?

How chance the roses there do fade so fast ?

Belike for want of rain , which I could well

Beteem them from the tempest of mine eyes .

Ay me ! for aught that ever I could read ,

Could ever hear by tale or history ,

The course of true love never did run smooth ;

But , either it was different in blood ,

O cross ! too high to be enthrall'd to low .

Or else misgraffed in respect of years ,

O spite ! too old to be engag'd to young .

Or else it stood upon the choice of friends ,

O hell ! to choose love by another's eye .

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 .

If then true lovers have been ever cross'd ,

It stands as an edict in destiny :

Then let us teach our trial patience ,

Because it is a customary cross ,

As due to love as thoughts and dreams and sighs ,

Wishes and tears , poor fancy's followers .

A good persuasion : therefore , hear me , Hermia .

I have a widow aunt , a dowager

Of great revenue , and she hath no child :

From Athens is her house remote seven leagues ;

And she respects me as her only son .

There , gentle Hermia , may I marry thee ,

And to that place the sharp Athenian law

Cannot pursue us . If thou lov'st me then ,

Steal forth thy father's house to-morrow night ,

And in the wood , a league without the town ,

Where I did meet thee once with Helena ,

To do observance to a morn of May ,

There will I stay for thee .

My good Lysander !

I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow ,

By his best arrow with the golden head ,

By the simplicity of Venus' doves ,

By that which knitteth souls and prospers loves ,

And by that fire which burn'd the Carthage queen ,

When the false Troyan under sail was seen ,

By all the vows that ever men have broke ,

In number more than ever women spoke ,

In that same place thou hast appointed me ,

To-morrow truly will I meet with thee .

Keep promise , love . Look , here comes Helena .

God speed fair Helena ! Whither away ?

Call you me fair ? that fair again unsay .

Demetrius loves your fair : O happy fair !

Your eyes are lode-stars ! and your tongue's sweet air

More tuneable than lark to shepherd's ear ,

When wheat is green , when hawthorn buds appear .

Sickness is catching : O ! were favour so ,

Yours would I catch , fair Hermia , ere I go ;

My ear should catch your voice , my eye your eye ,

My tongue should catch your tongue's sweet melody .

Were the world mine , Demetrius being bated ,

The rest I'd give to be to you translated .

O ! teach me how you look , and with what art

You sway the motion of Demetrius' heart .

I frown upon him , yet he loves me still .

O ! that your frowns would teach my smiles such skill .

I give him curses , yet he gives me love .

O ! that my prayers could such affection move .

The more I hate , the more he follows me .

The more I love , the more he hateth me .

His folly , Helena , is no fault of mine .

None , but your beauty : would that fault were mine !

Take comfort : he no more shall see my face ;

Lysander and myself will fly this place .

Before the time I did Lysander see ,

Seem'd Athens as a paradise to me :

O ! then , what graces in my love do dwell ,

That he hath turn'd a heaven unto a hell .

Helen , to you our minds we will unfold .

To-morrow night , when Ph be doth behold

Her silver visage in the wat'ry glass ,

Decking with liquid pearl the bladed grass ,

A time that lovers' flights doth still conceal ,

Through Athens' gates have we devis'd to steal .

And in the wood , where often you and I

Upon faint primrose-beds were wont to lie ,

Emptying our bosoms of their counsel sweet ,

There my Lysander and myself shall meet ;

And thence from Athens turn away our eyes ,

To seek new friends and stranger companies .

Farewell , sweet playfellow : pray thou for us ;

And good luck grant thee thy Demetrius !

Keep word , Lysander : we must starve our sight

From lovers' food till morrow deep midnight .

I will , my Hermia .

Helena , adieu :

As you on him , Demetrius dote on you !

How happy some o'er other some can be !

Through Athens I am thought as fair as she ;

But what of that ? Demetrius thinks not so ;

He will not know what all but he do know ;

And as he errs , doting on Hermia's eyes ,

So I , admiring of his qualities .

Things base and vile , holding no quantity ,

Love can transpose to form and dignity .

Love looks not with the eyes , but with the mind ,

And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind .

Nor hath Love's mind of any judgment taste ;

Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste :

And therefore is Love said to be a child ,

Because in choice he is so oft beguil'd .

As waggish boys in game themselves forswear ,

So the boy Love is perjur'd every where ;

For ere Demetrius look'd on Hermia's eyne ,

He hail'd down oaths that he was only mine ;

And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt ,

So he dissolv'd , and showers of oaths did melt .

  • companion [kəm´pæniən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.同伴;同事;伴侣   (初中英语单词)
  • triumph [´traiəmf] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.胜利 vi.得胜,战胜   (初中英语单词)
  • complaint [kəm´pleint] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.抱怨;叫屈   (初中英语单词)
  • gracious [´greiʃəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.和蔼可亲的;任慈的   (初中英语单词)
  • moonlight [´mu:nlait] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.&a.月光(的)   (初中英语单词)
  • impression [im´preʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.印刷;印象;效果   (初中英语单词)
  • cunning [´kʌniŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.&n.狡猾(诡诈)的   (初中英语单词)
  • privilege [´privilidʒ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.特权 vt.给….特权   (初中英语单词)
  • dispose [di´spəuz] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.处置;安排;布置   (初中英语单词)
  • worthy [´wə:ði] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.有价值的;值得的   (初中英语单词)
  • pardon [´pɑ:dən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.&vt.原谅;饶恕;赦免   (初中英语单词)
  • therefore [´ðeəfɔ:] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.&conj.因此;所以   (初中英语单词)
  • endure [in´djuə] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.忍耐,忍受;坚持   (初中英语单词)
  • barren [´bærən] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.贫瘠的;不生育的   (初中英语单词)
  • undergo [,ʌndə´gəu] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.经历(受);遭受   (初中英语单词)
  • maiden [´meidn] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.少女 a.未婚的   (初中英语单词)
  • patent [´peitənt, ´pæ-] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.专利的 n.专利品   (初中英语单词)
  • estate [i´steit] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.财产;庄园;等级   (初中英语单词)
  • confess [kən´fes] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.供认;坦白;承认   (初中英语单词)
  • sympathy [´simpəθi] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.同情,怜悯   (初中英语单词)
  • sickness [´siknis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.生病;呕吐,恶心   (初中英语单词)
  • lightning [´laitniŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.闪电 a.突然的   (初中英语单词)
  • confusion [kən´fju:ʒən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.混乱(状态);骚乱   (初中英语单词)
  • patience [´peiʃəns] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.忍耐(力);耐心;坚韧   (初中英语单词)
  • persuasion [pə´sweiʒən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.说服(力);劝说;见解   (初中英语单词)
  • remote [ri´məut] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.遥远的;偏僻的   (初中英语单词)
  • pursue [pə´sju:] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.追赶;追踪;从事   (初中英语单词)
  • league [li:g] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.同盟;社团   (初中英语单词)
  • affection [ə´fekʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.友爱;慈爱   (初中英语单词)
  • paradise [´pærədais] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.天堂;乐园   (初中英语单词)
  • liquid [´likwid] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.液体 a.流动的   (初中英语单词)
  • conceal [kən´si:l] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.藏;隐瞒   (初中英语单词)
  • counsel [´kaunsəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.商议;劝告;律师   (初中英语单词)
  • thence [ðens] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.从那里;因此   (初中英语单词)
  • farewell [feə´wel] 移动到这儿单词发声  int.再见 n.&a.告别   (初中英语单词)
  • starve [stɑ:v] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.(使)饥饿   (初中英语单词)
  • midnight [´midnait] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.午夜;漆黑   (初中英语单词)
  • dignity [´digniti] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.尊严,尊贵;高官显贵   (初中英语单词)
  • methinks [mi´θiŋks] 移动到这儿单词发声  vi.据我看来   (高中英语单词)
  • revenue [´revinju:] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.税收;收入   (高中英语单词)
  • melancholy [´melənkəli] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.忧郁 a.忧郁的   (高中英语单词)
  • renowned [ri´naund] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.有名的,有声望的   (高中英语单词)
  • obedience [ə´bi:djəns] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.服从;顺从   (高中英语单词)
  • stubborn [´stʌbən] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.顽固的;坚持的   (高中英语单词)
  • athens [´æθinz] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.雅典   (高中英语单词)
  • beseech [bi´si:tʃ] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.恳求,哀求   (高中英语单词)
  • befall [bi´fɔ:l] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.降临;发表(于)   (高中英语单词)
  • virgin [´və:dʒin] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.处女(般)的 n.处女   (高中英语单词)
  • lordship [´lɔ:dʃip] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.贵族权力;阁下   (高中英语单词)
  • everlasting [,evə´lɑ:stiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.永久的,无尽的   (高中英语单词)
  • tempest [´tempist] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.暴风雨   (高中英语单词)
  • devour [di´vauə] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.吞食;毁坏   (高中英语单词)
  • destiny [´destini] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.命运   (高中英语单词)
  • customary [´kʌstəməri] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.通常的;惯例的   (高中英语单词)
  • simplicity [sim´plisiti] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.简单;朴素   (高中英语单词)
  • melody [´melədi] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.悦耳的音调;乐曲   (高中英语单词)
  • motion [´məuʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.手势 vt.打手势   (高中英语单词)
  • nimble [´nimbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.敏捷的;聪明的   (英语四级单词)
  • entreat [in´tri:t] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.恳求,恳请   (英语四级单词)
  • modesty [´mɔdisti] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.谨慎;端庄;羞怯   (英语四级单词)
  • livery [´livəri] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.有肝病征象的   (英语四级单词)
  • cloister [´klɔistə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.修道院;隐居处   (英语四级单词)
  • thrice [θrais] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.三倍地;三次   (英语四级单词)
  • blessed [´blesid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.享福的;神圣的   (英语四级单词)
  • pilgrimage [´pilgrimidʒ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.朝圣;远游;人生历程   (英语四级单词)
  • sovereignty [´sɔvrinti] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.主权;君权   (英语四级单词)
  • fellowship [´feləuʃip] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.团体;伙伴关系;友谊   (英语四级单词)
  • prosecute [´prɔsikju:t] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.彻底进行(调查)   (英语四级单词)
  • observance [əb´zə:vəns] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.遵守;惯例;仪式   (英语四级单词)
  • unfold [ʌn´fəuld] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.展开;显露,表明   (英语四级单词)
  • morrow [´mɔrəu] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.翌日   (英语四级单词)
  • nuptial [´nʌpʃəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.婚姻的 n.婚礼   (英语六级单词)
  • athenian [ə´θi:njən] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.雅典(人)的n.雅典人   (英语六级单词)
  • vexation [vek´seiʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.烦恼(的原因)   (英语六级单词)
  • fantasy [´fæntəsi] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.幻想(曲),想象   (英语六级单词)
  • disfigure [dis´figə] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.损毁(外貌);使丑陋   (英语六级单词)
  • wanting [´wɔntiŋ, wɑ:n-] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.短缺的;不足的   (英语六级单词)
  • relent [ri´lent] 移动到这儿单词发声  vi.发慈悲心;怜悯   (英语六级单词)
  • scornful [´skɔ:nful] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.轻蔑的,藐视的   (英语六级单词)
  • vantage [´vɑ:ntidʒ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.优势;好机会   (英语六级单词)
  • beauteous [´bju:tiəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.美的,美丽的   (英语六级单词)
  • idolatry [ai´dɔlətri] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.偶像崇拜;过度崇信   (英语六级单词)
  • hawthorn [´hɔ:θɔ:n] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.山楂(属)   (英语六级单词)
  • visage [´vizidʒ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.面容,面貌   (英语六级单词)
  • holding [´həuldiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.保持,固定,存储   (英语六级单词)

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