A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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LYSANDER

Proceed, Moon.

LYSANDER

Go ahead, Moon.

MOONSHINE

All that I have to say is to tell you that the lanthorn is the moon; I, the man in the moon; this thornbush, my thornbush; and this dog, my dog.

MOONSHINE

All I wanted to tell you is that the lantern is the moon, I’m the man in the moon, this thornbush is my thornbush, and this dog is my dog.

DEMETRIUS

245Why, all these should be in the lanthorn, for all these are in the moon.—But silence! Here comes Thisbe.

DEMETRIUS

Well, all of these should be in the lantern, because they’re all in the moon. But be quiet, here comes Thisbe.
Enter THISBE
THISBE enters.

THISBE

This is old Ninny’s tomb. Where is my love?

THISBE

This is old Ninny’s tomb. But where is my love?

LION

(roaring) Oh!

LION

(roaring) Hey!
THISBE runs off, dropping her mantle
THISBE runs off, dropping her cloak.

DEMETRIUS

Well roared, Lion!

DEMETRIUS

Good roaring, Lion!

THESEUS

250Well run, Thisbe!

THESEUS

Good running, Thisbe!

HIPPOLYTA

Well shone, Moon!—Truly, the moon shines with a good grace.

HIPPOLYTA

Good shining, Moon!—Really, the Moon shines very well.
LION bloodies THISBE’s mantle
LION shakes THISBE’s cloak around and stains it with blood.

THESEUS

Well moused, Lion!

THESEUS

That’s good, Lion! Shake it around like a cat with a mouse.
Enter PYRAMUS
PYRAMUS enters.