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Thou art not by mine eye, Lysander, found;
Lys. Why should he stay whom love doth press to go?
Lys. Lysander's love, that would not let him bide; Fair Helena ; who more engilds the night Than all yon fiery oes & and eyes of light. Why seek'st thou me? could not this make thee know, The hate I bare thee made me leave thee so?
Her. You speak not as you think; it cannot be.
Hel. Lo, she is one of this confederacy!
b There is a double comparison here--Ist, Of the two bodies, compared to two coats of heraldry; and, 2ndly, of the one 6 Our
And will you rent our ancient love asunder,
Her. I am amazed at your passionate words : I scorn you not ; it seems that you scorn me.
Hel. Have you not set Lysander, as in scorn, To follow me, and praise my eyes and face? And made your other love, Demetrius, (Who even but now did spurn me with his foot,) To call me goddess, nymph, divine, and rare, Precious, celestial ? Wherefore speaks he this To her he hates ? and wherefore doth Lysander Deny your love, so rich within his soul, And tender me, forsooth, affection; But by your setting on, by your consent ? What though I be not so in grace as you, So hung upon with love, so fortunate; But miserable most, to love unlov’d! This
you should pity, rather than despise. Her. I understand not what you mean by this. Hel. Ay, do, persever, counterfeit sad looks, Make mouths upon me when I turn my back; Wink each at other ; hold the sweet jest up: This sport, well carried, shall be chronicled. If
you have any pity, grace, or manners, You would not make me such an argument. But, fare ye well : 't is partly mine own fault; Which death, or absence, soon shall remedy.
Lys. Stay, gentle Helena ; hear my excuse; My love, my life, my soul, fair Helena !
Hel. O, excellent !
heart, compared to the one crest and the one owner. bodies are two, but they are as united under one heart, as two coats of arms (when quartered or impaled) are borne by one person under one crest.'
Sweet, do not scorn her so. Dem. If she cannot entreat, I can compel.
Lys. Thou canst compel no more than she entreat ; Thy threats have no more strength than her weak
him false that says I love thee not.
Lysander, whereto tends all this?
No, no, sir :Seem to break loose; take on, as you would follow ; But yet come not : You are a tame man, go! Lys. Hang off, thou cat, thou burr : vile thing, let
loose; Or I will shake thee from me, like a serpent. Her. Why are you grown so rude? what change is
this, Sweet love?
Lys. Thy love? out, tawny Tartar, out!
Her. Do you not jest ?
Yes, 'sooth; and so do you. Lys. Demetrius, I will keep my word with thee.
Dem. I would I had your bond; for I perceive A weak bond holds you; I 'll not trust your
word. Lys. What, should I hurt her, strike her, kill her
dead ? Although I hate her, I 'll not harm her so.
Her. What, can you do me greater harm than hate ? Hate me! wherefore ? O me! what news, my love ? Am not I Hermia ? Are not you Lysander ? I am as fair now as I was erewhile. Since night you lov'd me; yet, since night you left me :
Why then you left me,-0, the gods forbid !
Ay, by my life;
Her. O me! you juggler! you canker-blossom!
Fine, i' faith!
Hel. I pray you, though you mock me, gentlemen,
Lower ! hark, again.
Did ever keep your counsels, never wrong'd you ;
Her. Why, get you gone: Who is 't that hinders you?
Her. Little again ? nothing but low and little?
Get you gone, you dwarf;
You are too officious
Now she holds me not ; a Knot-grass-a low reptant herb.
b Intend. This word is explained by pretend; but the meaning is rather to direct. Aby it-suffer for it.