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Bless thee, Bottom! bless thee! thou art translated.
[Quince, scene i, Act III]
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I see their knavery: this is to make an ass of me; to fright me, if they could.
[Bottom, scene i, Act III]
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And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.
[Bottom, scene i, Act III]
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Lord, what fools these mortals be!
[Puck, scene ii, Act III]
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And those things do best please me,
That do befall preposterously.
[Puck, scene ii,Act III]
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So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted;
But yet a union in partition,
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem.
[Helena, scene ii, Act III]
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I am amazed and know not what to say.
[Hermia, scene ii, Act III]
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I have an exposition of sleep come upon me.
[Bottom scene i, Act IV]
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I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.
[Bottom, scene i, Act IV]
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The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, manís hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was.
[Bottom, scene i, Act IV]
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Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet,
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold ó
That is the madman;
The lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helenís beauty in a brow of Egypt.
The poetís eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And, as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poetís pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
Such tricks hath strong imagination,
That, if it would but apprehend some joy,
It comprehends some bringer of that joy;
Or, in the night, imagining some fear,
How easy is a bush suppos'd a bear.
[Theseus, scene i, Act V]
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But all the story of the night told over,
And their minds transfigur'd so together,
More witnesseth than fancy's images,
And grows to something of great constancy,
But howsoever strange, and admirable.
[Hippolyta, scene i, Act V]
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For never anything can be amiss,
When simpleness and duty tender it.
[Theseus, scene i, Act V]
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The true beginning of our end.
[Quince, scene i, Act V]
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The best in this kind are but shadows; and the worst are no worse, if imagination amend them.
[Theseus, scene i, Act V]
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A very gentle beast, and of a good conscience.
[Theseus, scene i, Act V]
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I am a weary of this moon; would he would change!
[Hippolyta, scene i, Act V]
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Theseus : This passion, and the death of a dear friend, would go near to make a man look sad.
Hippolyta : Beshrew my heart, but I pity the man.
[Scene i, Act V]
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The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve.
[Theseus, scene i, Act V]
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If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding, but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend;
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck,
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long:
Else the Puck a liar call.
So good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.
[Puck, scene ii, Act V]
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