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Beetles black, approach not near.
Worm nor snail, do no offense.
Black beetles, don’t come near.
Worms and snails, don’t be bad.

FAIRIES

(sing)
Philomel, with melody
Sing in our sweet lullaby.
Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby.
Never harm
Nor spell nor charm
Come our lovely lady nigh.
So good night, with lullaby.

FAIRIES

(singing)
Nightingale, melodiously
Sing our sweet lullaby.
Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby.
Let no harm
Or spell or charm
Come near our lovely lady.
Say good night with a lullaby.
TITANIA sleeps
TITANIA falls asleep.

SECOND FAIRY

Hence, away! Now all is well.
One aloof stand sentinel.

SECOND FAIRY

Okay, let’s go! Everything’s fine now. One of us will stay and stand guard.
Exeunt FAIRIES
The FAIRIES exit.
Enter OBERON
OBERON enters.

OBERON

15 (squeezing flower juice on TITANIA ’s eyelids)
What thou seest when thou dost wake,
Do it for thy true love take.
Love and languish for his sake.
Be it ounce or cat or bear,
20Pard or boar with bristled hair,
In thy eye that shall appear,
When thou wakest, it is thy dear.
Wake when some vile thing is near.

OBERON

(he squeezes flower juice on TITANIA ’s eyelids)
Whatever you see first when you wake up, think of it as your true love. Love him and yearn for him, even if he’s a lynx, a cat, a bear, a leopard, or a wild boar. Whatever’s there when you wake up will be dear to you. Wake up when something nasty is nearby.
Exit OBERON
OBERON exits.
Enter LYSANDER and HERMIA
LYSANDER and HERMIA enter.

LYSANDER

Fair love, you faint with wandering in the wood.
25And to speak troth, I have forgot our way.

LYSANDER

My love, you look like you’re about to faint from wandering in the woods for so long, and to tell you the truth, I’ve gotten us lost.