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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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SNOUT
O Bottom, thou art changed! What do I see on thee?
SNOUT
Oh, Bottom, you’ve changed! What have you got on your head?

BOTTOM
What do you see? You see an ass head of your own, do you?
BOTTOM
What do you think I’ve got on my head? You’re acting like an ass, don’t you think?
Exit SNOUT
SNOUT exits.
Enter QUINCE
QUINCE enters.

QUINCE
Bless thee, Bottom, bless thee. Thou art translated.
QUINCE
God bless you, Bottom, God bless you. You’ve been changed. Reborn.
Exit QUINCE
QUINCE exits.






BOTTOM
I see their knavery: this is to make an ass of me, to fright me if they could. But I will not stir from this place, do what they can. I will walk up and down here and I will sing, that they shall hear I am not afraid.
(sings)
The ouzel cock, so black of hue
With orange-tawny bill,
The throstle with his note so true,
The wren with little quill
BOTTOM
I see what they’re up to. They want to make an ass of me, to scare me if they can. But I won’t leave this spot, no matter what they do. I’ll walk up and down and sing a song, so they’ll know I’m not afraid.
(singing)
The blackbird with its black feathers
And its orange-and-tan beak,
The thrush with its clear voice,
The wren with its small, piping chirp—

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TITANIA
(waking) What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?
TITANIA
(waking up) What angel is this who’s waking me up from my bed of flowers?





BOTTOM
(sings)
The finch, the sparrow, and the lark,
The plainsong cuckoo gray,
Whose note full many a man doth mark
And dares not answer “Nay”
BOTTOM
(singing)
The finch, the sparrow, and the lark,
The gray cuckoo with his simple song
That many men hear
But they don’t dare say no to it—

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