A Midsummmer Nights Dream

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Act 1, Scene 1 | Original Text | Modern Text | | Enter THESEUS, HIPPOLYTA, and PHILOSTRATE, with others | THESEUS and HIPPOLYTA enter withPHILOSTRATE and others. |

5 | THESEUSNow, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hourDraws on apace. Four happy days bring inAnother moon. But oh, methinks how slowThis old moon wanes! She lingers my desires,Like to a stepdame or a dowagerLong withering out a young man’s revenue. | THESEUSOur wedding day is almost here, my beautiful Hippolyta. We’ll be getting married in four days, on the day of the new moon. But it seems to me that the days are passing too slowly—the old moon is taking too long to fade away! That old, slow moon is keeping me from getting what I want, just like an old widow makes her stepson wait to get his inheritance. |

10 | HIPPOLYTAFour days will quickly steep themselves in night.Four nights will quickly dream away the time.And then the moon, like to a silver bowNew bent in heaven, shall behold the nightOf our solemnities. | HIPPOLYTANo, you’ll see, four days will quickly turn into four nights. And since we dream at night, time passes quickly then. Finally the new moon, curved like a silver bow in the sky, will look down on our wedding celebration. |

15 | THESEUS Go, Philostrate,Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments.Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth.Turn melancholy forth to funerals.The pale companion is not for our pomp. | THESEUSGo, Philostrate, get the young people of Athens ready to celebrate and have a good time. Sadness is only appropriate for funerals. We don’t want it at our festivities. | | Exit PHILOSTRATE | PHILOSTRATE exits. | | Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my swordAnd won thy love doing thee injuries.But I will wed thee in another key,With pomp, with triumph, and with reveling. | Hippolyta, I wooed you with…...

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