take one's time; proceed slowly
O, methinks, how slow
This old moon wanes! she
lingers my desires
Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments;
Awake the pert and nimble spirit of
a humor that was once believed to cause sadness
melancholy forth to funerals;
The pale companion is not for our pomp.
ceremonial elegance and splendor
Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword,
And won thy love, doing thee injuries;
But I will wed thee in another key,
pomp, with triumph and with revelling.
anger produced by some annoying irritation
vexation come I, with complaint
Against my child, my daughter Hermia.
make believe with the intent to deceive
Thou hast by moonlight at her window sung,
feigning voice verses of
crafty artfulness, especially in deception
cunning hast thou filch'd my daughter's heart,
Turn'd her obedience, which is due to me,
To stubborn harshness
ask for or request earnestly
entreat your grace to pardon me.
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief
Either to die the death or to
For ever the society of men.
self-denial, especially refraining from worldly pleasures
Upon that day either prepare to die
For disobedience to your father's will,
Or else to wed Demetrius, as he would;
Or on Diana's altar to protest
austerity and single life.
give in, as to influence or pressure
Relent, sweet Hermia: and, Lysander, yield
Thy crazed title to my certain right.
lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
For you, fair Hermia, look you arm yourself
To fit your fancies to your father's will;
Or else the law of Athens yields you up--
Which by no means we may
To death, or to a vow of single life.
a formal or authoritative proclamation
If then true lovers have been ever cross'd,
It stands as an
edict in destiny:
Then let us teach our trial patience,
Because it is a customary cross
make steady progress
I swear to thee, by Cupid's strongest bow,
By his best arrow with the golden head,
By the simplicity of Venus' doves,
By that which knitteth souls and
an established custom
And in the wood, where often you and I
Upon faint primrose-beds were
wont to lie,
Emptying our bosoms of their counsel sweet,
There my Lysander and myself shall meet;
change the order or arrangement of
Things base and vile, folding no quantity,
transpose to form and dignity
formally reject or disavow
And therefore is Love said to be a child,
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
As waggish boys in game themselves
So the boy Love is perjured every where:
a brief show between the sections of a longer performance
Here is the scroll of every man's name, which is thought fit, through all Athens, to play in our
interlude before the duke and the duchess, on his wedding-day at night.
Marry, our play is, the most
lamentable comedy, and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisby.
having or displaying great dignity or nobility
A lover, that kills himself most
gallant for love.
express one's sympathy on the occasion of someone's death
That will ask some tears in the true performing of it: if I do it, let the audience look to their eyes; I will move storms, I will
condole in some measure.
with little or no preparation or forethought
You may do it
extempore, for it is nothing but roaring.
freedom to act or judge on one's own
I grant you, friends, if that you should fright the ladies out of their wits, they would have no more
discretion but to hang us: but I will aggravate my voice so that I will roar you as gently as any sucking dove; I will roar you as 'twere any nightingale.
having the color of tanned leather
I will discharge it in either your straw-colour beard, your orange-
tawny beard, your purple-in-grain beard, or your French-crown-colour beard, your perfect yellow.
something in an artistic work designed to achieve an effect
But, masters, here are your parts: and I am to entreat you, request you and desire you, to con them by tomorrow night; and meet me in the palace wood, a mile without the town, by moonlight; there will we rehearse, for if we meet in the city, we shall be dogged with company, and our