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You ladies, you whose gentle hearts do fear

Snug, as Lion
You ladies, you whose gentle hearts do fear
The smallest monstrous mouse that creeps on floor,
May now perchance both quake and tremble here,
When lion rough in wildest rage doth roar.
Then know that I, as Snug the joiner, am
A lion fell, nor else no lion’s dam;
For if I should as lion come in strife
Into this place, ’twere pity on my life.

I am aweary of this moon. Would he would change.

Theseus
A very gentle beast, and of a good conscience.
Demetrius
The very best at a beast, my lord, that e’er I saw.
Lysander
This lion is a very fox for his valor.
Theseus|
True, and a goose for his discretion.
Demetrius
Not so, my lord, for his valor cannot carry
his discretion, and the fox carries the goose.
Theseus
His discretion, I am sure, cannot carry his valor,
for the goose carries not the fox. It is well. Leave
it to his discretion, and let us listen to the Moon.
Starveling, as Moonshine 
This lanthorn doth the hornèd moon present.
Demetrius
He should have worn the horns on his head.
Theseus
He is no crescent, and his horns are invisible
within the circumference.
Starveling, as Moonshine 
This lanthorn doth the hornèd moon present.
Myself the man i’ th’ moon do seem to be.
Theseus
This is the greatest error of all the rest; the
man should be put into the lanthorn. How is it else
“the man i’ th’ moon”?
Demetrius
He dares not come there for the candle,
for you see, it is already in snuff.
Hippolyta
I am aweary of this moon. Would he would change.
Theseus
It appears by his small light of discretion that
he is in the wane; but yet, in courtesy, in all reason,
we must stay the time.
Lysander
Proceed, Moon.
Starveling, as Moonshine
All that I have to say is to tell you that the lanthorn
is the moon, I the man i’ th’ moon, this thornbush my
thornbush, and this dog my dog.
Demetrius
Why, all these should be in the lanthorn,
for all these are in the moon. But silence. Here
comes Thisbe.

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Act 5
Scene 1
Line 232

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