A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

page Act 5 Scene 1 Page 15

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LYSANDER

305She hath spied him already with those sweet eyes.

LYSANDER

Look, she’s spotted him with those sweet eyes of hers.

DEMETRIUS

And thus she means, videlicet—

DEMETRIUS

And now she’ll start moaning, of course—

THISBE

Asleep, my love?
What, dead, my dove?
O Pyramus, arise!
310Speak, speak. Quite dumb?
Dead, dead? A tomb
Must cover thy sweet eyes.
These lily lips,
This cherry nose,
315These yellow cowslip cheeks
Are gone, are gone.
Lovers, make moan.
His eyes were green as leeks.
O Sisters three,
320Come, come to me
With hands as pale as milk.
Lay them in gore,
Since you have shore
With shears his thread of silk.
325Tongue, not a word.
Come, trusty sword.
Come, blade, my breast imbrue.(stabs herself)
And, farewell, friends.
Thus Thisbe ends.
330Adieu, adieu, adieu.
(dies)

THISBE

Are you asleep, my love? What, are you dead, my dove? Oh, Pyramus, get up! Speak, speak. Can’t you talk? Dead, dead? The dirt of a grave must cover your sweet eyes! Your lily-white lips, your cherry-red nose, and your buttercup-yellow cheeks are gone, gone forever. Lovers, moan and weep. His eyes were as green as leeks. Oh, Fate, come, come to me, with hands as pale as milk. Soak your hands in blood and gore, since you have cut the thread of his life with scissors. Tongue, do not speak. Come, trusty sword. Come, blade, drench my breast with blood. (she stabs herself) Goodbye, friends! This is how Thisbe comes to an end. Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye. (THISBE dies)

THESEUS

Moonshine and Lion are left to bury the dead.

THESEUS

Moonshine and Lion are left to bury the dead.

DEMETRIUS

Ay, and Wall too.

DEMETRIUS

Yes, and Wall too.