• Enter LORENZO and JESSICA

    LORENZO

    The moon shines bright. In such a night as this,
    When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees
    And they did make no noise, in such a night
    Troilus methinks mounted the Trojan walls
    5And sighed his soul toward the Grecian tents
    Where Cressid lay that night.

    JESSICA

         In such a night
    Did Thisbe fearfully o'ertrip the dew
    And saw the lion’s shadow ere himself
    And ran dismayed away.

    LORENZO

        In such a night
    10Stood Dido with a willow in her hand
    Upon the wild sea banks, and waft her love
    To come again to Carthage.

    JESSICA

        In such a night
    Medea gathered the enchanted herbs
    That did renew old Æson.
  • LORENZO and JESSICA enter.

    LORENZO

    The moon’s bright tonight. I think that on a night like this, when the wind blew the trees so gently that they didn’t make a sound, Troilus climbed up onto the walls of Troy and sighed for Cressida in the Greek camp.

    Troilus

    Troilus was the son of King Priam of Troy. His lover, Cressida, was sent to the Greek camp, where she betrayed him.

    JESSICA

    On a night like this, Thisbe saw the lion’s shadow and ran away in fear.

    Thisbe

    Thisbe had agreed to meet her lover Pyramus, but was frightened away by a lion. Pyramus killed himself because he thought the lion had eaten her, and Thisbe killed herself when she found Pyramus dead.

    LORENZO

    On a night like this, Dido stood holding a willow branch on the seashore, begging her lover to come back to her in Carthage.

    Dido

    Dido, the queen of Carthage, was abandoned by her lover Aeneas.

    JESSICA

    On a night like this, Medea gathered magic herbs to rejuvenate old Aeson.

    Medea

    Medea used her magic to help her lover, Jason’s father. Later, Jason betrayed her, and she murdered their children in revenge.