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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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LYSANDER, DEMETRIUS, HELENA, and HERMIA sleep. Enter TITANIA, Queen of the Fairies; and BOTTOM, with the ass’s head; and fairies PEASEBLOSSOM, COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARDSEED; OBERON the king behind them, unseen
DEMETRIUS, HELENA, HERMIA, and LYSANDER are still sleeping on the stage. TITANIA enters with BOTTOM, who still has a donkey’s head, and the fairies PEASEBLOSSOM, COBWEB, MOTH, and MUSTARDSEED. OBERON enters behind them, unseen by those onstage.




TITANIA
(to BOTTOM) Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed
While I thy amiable cheeks do coy,
And stick musk roses in thy sleek, smooth head,
And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.
TITANIA
(to BOTTOM) Come over here and sit down on this flowery bed while I caress those lovable cheeks. I’ll put roses on your silky, smooth head and kiss your big, beautiful ears, my gentle darling.

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BOTTOM
Where’s Peaseblossom?
BOTTOM
Where’s Peaseblossom?

PEASEBLOSSOM
Ready.
PEASEBLOSSOM
Here.

BOTTOM
Scratch my head, Peaseblossom. Where’s Monsieur Cobweb?
BOTTOM
Scratch my head, Peaseblossom. Where’s Monsieur Cobweb?

COBWEB
Ready.
COBWEB
Here.

BOTTOM
Monsieur Cobweb, good monsieur, get you your weapons in your hand and kill me a red-hipped humble-bee on the top of a thistle. And, good monsieur, bring me the honey bag. Do not fret yourself too much in the action, monsieur. And good monsieur, have a care the honey bag break not. I would be loath to have you overflown with a honey bag, signor.
BOTTOM
Monsieur Cobweb, sir, get out your weapons and kill me a striped bumblebee on a thistle, and bring me its honey. Don’t tire yourself out, monsieur. Oh, and monsieur, be careful not to break the honey-sac. I’d hate to see you drowned in honey, sir.
Exit COBWEB
COBWEB exits.
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Where’s Monsieur Mustardseed?
Where’s Monsieur Mustardseed?

MUSTARDSEED
Ready.
MUSTARDSEED
Here.

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