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Hefcus, Duke of Athens.
Hippolita, Princess of the Amazons, betrothed to Thefeus.
Hermia, Daughter to Egeus, in love with Lyfander.
Helena, in love with Demetrius.
Oberon, King of the Fairies.
Puck, or Robin-goodfellow, a Fairy.
Other Fairies attending on the King and Queen.
SCENE Athens, and a Wood not far from it.
ACT I SCENE I.
Enter Thefeus and Hippolita, with Attendants.
OW, fair Hippolita, our Nuptial Hour
Like to a Step-dame, or a Dowager,
Long withering out a young Man's Revenue.
Hip. Four Days will quickly fteep themselves in Nights, Four Nights will quickly dream away the Time: And then the Moon, like to a Silver Bow, New bent in Heaven, fhall behold the Night Of our Solemnities.
The. Go, Philoftrate,
Stir up the Athenian Youth to Merriments,
The pale Companion is not for our Pomp.
With Cunning haft thou filch'd my Daughter's Heart,
The. What fay you, Hermia? be advis'd, fair Maid.