• LYSANDER, DEMETRIUS, HELENA, and HERMIA sleep. Enter TITANIA, Queen of the Fairies; and BOTTOM, with the ass’s head; and fairies PEASEBLOSSOM, COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARDSEED; OBERON the king behind them, unseen

    TITANIA

    (to BOTTOM) Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed
    While I thy amiable cheeks do coy,
    And stick musk roses in thy sleek, smooth head,
    And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.

    BOTTOM

    5Where’s Peaseblossom?

    PEASEBLOSSOM

    Ready.

    BOTTOM

    Scratch my head, Peaseblossom. Where’s Monsieur Cobweb?

    COBWEB

    Ready.

    BOTTOM

    Monsieur Cobweb, good monsieur, get you your weapons in your hand and kill me a red-hipped humble-bee on the top of a thistle. And, good monsieur, bring me the honey bag. Do not fret yourself too much in the action, monsieur. And good monsieur, have a care the honey bag break not. I would be loath to have you overflown with a honey bag, signor.
    Exit COBWEB
    10Where’s Monsieur Mustardseed?

    MUSTARDSEED

    Ready.
  • DEMETRIUS, HELENA, HERMIA, and LYSANDER are still sleeping on the stage. TITANIA enters with BOTTOM, who still has a donkey’s head, and the fairies PEASEBLOSSOM, COBWEB, MOTH, and MUSTARDSEED. OBERON enters behind them, unseen by those onstage.

    TITANIA

    (to BOTTOM) Come over here and sit down on this flowery bed while I caress those lovable cheeks. I’ll put roses on your silky, smooth head and kiss your big, beautiful ears, my gentle darling.

    BOTTOM

    Where’s Peaseblossom?

    PEASEBLOSSOM

    Here.

    BOTTOM

    Scratch my head, Peaseblossom. Where’s Monsieur Cobweb?

    COBWEB

    Here.

    BOTTOM

    Monsieur Cobweb, sir, get out your weapons and kill me a striped bumblebee on a thistle, and bring me its honey. Don’t tire yourself out, monsieur. Oh, and monsieur, be careful not to break the honey-sac. I’d hate to see you drowned in honey, sir.
    COBWEB exits.
    Where’s Monsieur Mustardseed?

    MUSTARDSEED

    Here.