A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 1

page Act 3 Scene 1 Page 8

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Enter four fairies: PEASEBLOSSOM, COBWEB, MOTH, and MUSTARDSEED
Four fairies—PEASEBLOSSOM, COBWEB, MOTH, and MUSTARDSEED—enter.

PEASEBLOSSOM

Ready.

PEASEBLOSSOM

Ready.

COBWEB

 And I.

COBWEB

Me too.

MOTH

  And I.

MOTH

Me too.

MUSTARDSEED

    And I.

MUSTARDSEED

And me too.

ALL

85Where shall we go?

ALL

Where should we go?

TITANIA

Be kind and courteous to this gentleman.
Hop in his walks and gambol in his eyes.
Feed him with apricoks and dewberries,
With purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries.
90The honey bags steal from the humble-bees,
And for night tapers crop their waxen thighs
And light them at the fiery glowworms' eyes
To have my love to bed and to arise.
And pluck the wings from painted butterflies
95To fan the moonbeams from his sleeping eyes.
Nod to him, elves, and do him courtesies.

TITANIA

Be kind and polite to this gentleman. Follow him around. Leap and dance for him. Feed him apricots and blackberries, with purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries. Steal honey from the bumblebees, and make candles out of the bees' wax. Light them with the light of glowworms, so my love will have light when he goes to bed and wakes up. Pluck off colorful butterfly wings, and use them to fan moonbeams away from his eyes as he sleeps. Bow to him, fairies, and curtsy to him.

PEASEBLOSSOM

Hail, mortal.

PEASEBLOSSOM

Hello, mortal!

COBWEB

  Hail.

COBWEB

Hello!

MOTH

    Hail.

MOTH

Hello!

MUSTARDSEED

      Hail.

MUSTARDSEED

Hello!

BOTTOM

I cry your worships' mercy, heartily.—I beseech your worship’s name.

BOTTOM

I beg your pardon, sirs.—Please tell me your name, sir?