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We’ll rest us, Hermia, if you think it good.
And tarry for the comfort of the day.
We’ll take a rest, if you think it’s a good idea, and wait until daylight when things will be easier.

HERMIA

Be it so, Lysander. Find you out a bed,
For I upon this bank will rest my head.

HERMIA

Let’s do that, Lysander. Find something to cushion you while you sleep. I’m going to rest my head on this little slope.

LYSANDER

30One turf shall serve as pillow for us both.
One heart, one bed, two bosoms, and one troth.

LYSANDER

We can both sleep together on the grass. We’ll have one heart, one bed, two bodies, and one faithful vow.

HERMIA

Nay, good Lysander. For my sake, my dear,
Lie further off yet. Do not lie so near.

HERMIA

No, Lysander. Please, for my sake, sleep a little farther away. Don’t sleep so close to me.

LYSANDER

O, take the sense, sweet, of my innocence.
35Love takes the meaning in love’s conference.
I mean that my heart unto yours is knit
So that but one heart we can make of it.
Two bosoms interchainèd with an oath—
So then two bosoms and a single troth.
40Then by your side no bed room me deny.
For, lying so, Hermia, I do not lie.

LYSANDER

Oh, sweetheart, I didn’t mean anything naughty when I said that. When lovers talk to each other, their hearts should understand each other. I just meant that our hearts are joined, so we can almost think of them as one heart. Our two bodies are linked together by the promises we’ve made to each other, so there are two bodies and one faithful vow. So let me sleep next to you. If I lie next to you, I won’t lie to you—I’ll be faithful and respect you.

HERMIA

Lysander riddles very prettily.
Now much beshrew my manners and my pride
If Hermia meant to say Lysander lied.
45But, gentle friend, for love and courtesy
Lie further off in human modesty.
Such separation as may well be said
Becomes a virtuous bachelor and a maid.
So far be distant. And, good night, sweet friend.
50Thy love ne'er alter till thy sweet life end!

HERMIA

Lysander’s got a way with words. I would certainly be rude and shameful if I had implied that you were a liar. But please, darling, sleep a little farther away so we can behave properly. It’s only proper for a well-behaved bachelor and a well-behaved girl to be physically separated like this. Stay away for now, and good night, my sweet friend. I hope your love for me remains this strong for your entire life!

LYSANDER

Amen, amen to that fair prayer, say I.
And then end life when I end loyalty!
Here is my bed. Sleep give thee all his rest!

LYSANDER

Amen to that. I hope my life ends before my loyalty to you does. I’ll sleep over here. Sleep well!