Midsummer Nights Dream

  • Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 1, Scene 1

  • Athens. A room in the palace of Theseus.

  • (Theseus; Hippolyta; Philostrate; Egeus; Hermia; Lysander; Demetrius; Helena)

  • Enter Theseus, Hippolyta, Philostrate, with others.

  • Profile Picture of Theseus, Duke of Athens in Midsummer Nights Dream

    Theseus, Duke of Athens

    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's revenue.

  • Profile Picture of Hippolyta in Midsummer Nights Dream

    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.

  • Profile Picture of Theseus, Duke of Athens in Midsummer Nights Dream

    Theseus, Duke of Athens

    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.