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and Lion, as in dumb Show.

Prol. Gentles, perchance, you wonder at this

" show;

“ But wonder on, till truth make all things plain. " This man is Pyramus, if you would know;

“ This beauteous lady Thisby is, certain. (This man, with lime and rough-cast, doth present " Wall, that vile wall which did these lovers

« sunder: “ And through wall's chink, poor souls, they are

"" content " To whisper ; at the which let no man wonder. " This man, with lantern, dog, and bush of thorn,

“. Presenteth moonshine : for, if you will know, « By moonshine did these lovers think no scorn 141

• To meet at Ninus' tomb, there, there to woo. “ This grisly beast, which by name lion hight, “ The trusty Thisby, coming first by night, “ Did scare away, or rather did affright: “ And as she fled, her mantle she did fall;

“ Which lion vile with bloody mouth did stain : " Anon comes Pyramus, sweet youth, and tall,

" And finds his trusty Thishy's mantle slain : 149 “ Whereat, with blade, with bloody blameful blade,

“ He bravely broach'd his boiling bloody breast i And Thisby, tarrying in mulberry shade,

His dagger drew, and died. For all the rest,

" Let

" Let lion, moon-shine, wall, and lovers twain,
• At large discourse, while here they do remain."

[Exeunt all but Wall. The. I wonder if the lion be to speak.

Dem. No wonder, my lord: one lion may, when many asses do.

Wall. “ In this same interlude, it doth befall, “ That I one Snout by name, present a wall:

160 “ And such a wall, as I would have you think, “ That had in it a cranny'd hole, or chink, « Through which the lovers, Pyramus and Thisby, “ Did whisper often very secretly. « This lome, this rough-cast, and this stone, doth shew " That I am that same wall; the truth is so: “. And this the cranny is, right and sinister, “ Through which the fearful lovers are to whisper :"

The. Would you desire lime and hair to speak better?

Dem. It is the wittiest partition that ever I heard discourse, my lord.

171 The. Pyramus draws near the wall : silencel

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Pyr. “ O grim-look'd night! O night with hue so

" black!
" O night, which ever art, when day is not !
“ O night, О night, alack, alack, alack,

“ I fear my Thisby's promise is forgot!
“ And thou, O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall,


" That 180

" That stand'st between her father's ground and

" mine; “ Thou wall, O wall, O sweet and lovely wall, Shew me thy chink to blink through with mine

eyne. “ Thanks, courteous wall : Jove shield thee well for:

“ this! “ But what see I? No Thisby do I see. “ O wicked wall, through whom I see no bliss ;

“ Curst be thy stones for thus deceiving me!"

The. The wall, methinks, being sensible, should curse again. Pyr. No, in truth, sir, he should not.

Deceiving me, is Thisby's cue ; she is to enter now,

and I am to spy her through the wall. You shall see, it will fall pat as I told you :-Yonder she comes. 190


This. "Owall, full often hast thou heard my moans,

“ For parting my fair Pyramus and me : “ My cherry lips have often kiss'd thy stones :

“ Thy stones with lime and hair knit up in thee." Pyr. I see a voice : now will I to the chink,

To spy an I can hear my Thisby's face. “ Thisby !"

This. “ My love: thou art my love, I think.".
Pyr. “ Think what thou wilt, I am thy lover's

grace ;
“ And like Limander am I trusty still."


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This. " And I like Helen, till the fates me kill."
Pyr. « Not Shafalus to Procrus was so true."
This. « As-Shafalus to Procrus, I to you."
Pyr. “ 0, kiss me through the hole of this vile

« wall." This. “ I kiss the wall's hole, not your lips at all." Pyr.

" Wilt thou at Ninny's tomb meet me

«. straightway?" This. “ Tide life, tide death, I come without de

" lay.” Wall. Thus have I, wall, my part discharged so; “ And, being done, thus wall away

doth [Exeunt WALL, PYRAMUS, and Thisbe. The. · Now is the mural down between the two neighbours.

Dem. No remedy, my lord, when walls are so wilful to hear without warning.

Hip. This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard.

The. The best in this kind are but shadows : and the worst are no worse, if imagination amend them.

Hip. It must be your imagination then, and not theirs.

The. If we imagine no worse of them, than they of themselves, they may pass for excellent men. Here come two noble beasts in, a moon, and a lion.




Enter Lion and MOONSHINE.

Lion. You, ladies, you, whose gentle hearts do fear Hiij

96 The

« The smallest monstrous mouse that creeps on

floor, “ May now, perchance, both quake and tremble here,

" When lion rough in wildest rage doth roar. “ Then know, that I, as Snug the joiner, am " A lion fell, nor else no lion's dam : “ For if I should as lion come in strife “ Into this place, 'twere pity on my life.” 229

The. A very gentle beast, and of a good conscience. Dem. The very best at a beast, my lord, that e'er I



Lys. This lion is a very fox for his valour. ,
The. True; and a goose for his discretion.

Dem. Not so, my lord: for his valour cannot carry his discretion ; and the fox carries the goose.

The. His discretion, I am sure, cannot carry his valour; for the goose carries not the fox. It is well : leave it to his discretion, and let us listen to the

240 Moon. " This lantern doth the horned moon

present :" Dem. He should have worn the horns on his head.

The. He is no crescent, and his horns are invisible within the circumference. Moon. This lantern doth the horned moon pre

sent; Myself the man i’the moon do seein to be." The. This is the greatest error of all the rest; the

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