Play Script of Midsummer Night Dreams

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 449
  • Published : January 17, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
| Play Script
A Midsummer Night's Dream|
Act I
A Midsummer Night's Dream|
|
| | | | |
|
Script of Act I A Midsummer Night's Dream
 The play by William ShakespeareIntroduction
This section contains the script of Act I of A Midsummer Night's Dream the play by William Shakespeare. The enduring works of William Shakespeare feature many famous and well loved characters. Make a note of any unusual words that you encounter whilst reading the script of AMidsummer Night's Dream and check their definition in the Shakespeare Dictionary The script of A Midsummer Night's Dream is extremely long. To reduce the time to load the script of the play, and for ease in accessing specific sections of the script, we have separated the text of A Midsummer Night's Dream into Acts. Please click A Midsummer Night's Dream Script to access further Acts.Script / Text of Act I A Midsummer Night's DreamACT I SCENE I. Athens. The palace of THESEUS.

Enter THESEUS, HIPPOLYTA, PHILOSTRATE, and Attendants 
THESEUS 
Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
Draws on apace; four happy days bring in
Another moon: but, O, methinks, how slow
This old moon wanes! she lingers my desires,
Like to a step-dame or a dowager
Long withering out a young man revenue.

HIPPOLYTA 
Four days will quickly steep themselves in night;
Four nights will quickly dream away the time;
And then the moon, like to a silver bow
New-bent in heaven, shall behold the night
Of our solemnities.

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.

Exit PHILOSTRATE

Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword,
And won thy love, doing thee injuries;
But I will wed thee in another key,
With pomp, with triumph and with revelling.

Enter EGEUS, HERMIA, LYSANDER, and DEMETRIUS

EGEUS 
Happy be Theseus, our renowned duke!

THESEUS 
Thanks, good Egeus: what's the news with thee?

EGEUS 
Full of vexation come I, with complaint
Against my child, my daughter Hermia.
Stand forth, Demetrius. My noble lord,
This man hath my consent to marry her.
Stand forth, Lysander: and my gracious duke,
This man hath bewitch'd the bosom of my child;
Thou, thou, Lysander, thou hast given her rhymes,
And interchanged love-tokens with my child:
Thou hast by moonlight at her window sung,
With feigning voice verses of feigning love,
And stolen the impression of her fantasy
With bracelets of thy hair, rings, gawds, conceits,
Knacks, trifles, nosegays, sweetmeats, messengers
Of strong prevailment in unharden'd youth:
With cunning hast thou filch'd my daughter's heart,
Turn'd her obedience, which is due to me,
To stubborn harshness: and, my gracious duke,
Be it so she; will not here before your grace
Consent to marry with Demetrius,
I beg the ancient privilege of Athens,
As she is mine, I may dispose of her:
Which shall be either to this gentleman
Or to her death, according to our law
Immediately provided in that case.

THESEUS 
What say you, Hermia? be advised fair maid:
To you your father should be as a god;
One that composed your beauties, yea, and one
To whom you are but as a form in wax
By him imprinted and within his power
To leave the figure or disfigure it.
Demetrius is a worthy gentleman.

HERMIA 
So is Lysander.

THESEUS 
In himself he is;
But in this kind, wanting your father's voice,
The other must be held the worthier.

HERMIA 
I would my father look'd but with my eyes.

THESEUS 
Rather your eyes must with his judgment look.

HERMIA 
I do entreat your grace to pardon me.
I know not by what power I am made bold,
Nor how it may concern my modesty,
In such a presence here to plead my thoughts;
But I beseech your grace that I may know
The worst that may befall me in this case,
If I refuse to wed Demetrius.

THESEUS 
Either to die the death or to abjure
For ever the society of...
tracking img