Abridged A Midsummer Night’s Dream/#7/Fantasy/Act 2, Scene 1.2

An upset but composed Oberon says “Puck, come
hither.  Thou rememb’rest since once I
saw upon a promontory and heard a mermaid on a dolphin’s back uttering such a
dulcet and harmonious breath that the rude sea grew civil at her song and
certain stars shot madly from their spheres to hear the sea-maid’s music.”  Robin says “I remember.”  Oberon continues “That very time I saw flying
between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid all armed.  A certain aim he took and loosed his arrow
smartly from his bow as it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts.  Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid
fell.  It fell upon a little western
flower, before, milk-white, now purple with love’s wound, and maidens call it
“love-in-idleness.”  That flower became
the pansy.  “Fetch me that flower.  The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid will
make a man or woman madly dote upon the next live creature that it sees.  Fetch me this herb.”  Robin says “I’ll put a girdle round about the
earth in forty minutes.”   Oberon says to
himself “Having once this juice, I’ll watch Titania when she is asleep and drop
the liquor of it in her eyes.  The next
thing then she, waking, looks upon she shall pursue it with the soul of
love.  But who comes here?  I am invisible, and I will overhear their
conference.”  Demetrius enters, running,
with Helena following him close behind.

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