A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare is one of my favorite plays, and I have had a life long connection with this work. I have read it, seen numerous productions, acted in it, directed it, studied it in college and graduate school, written about it, delivered a conference paper on it, and taught the play in college at the Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. So, you can see that I have had quite a relationship with this wonderful play.
As a simple tribute to Shakespeare and this play, I offer a few quotations from A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
“Captain of our fairy band,
Helena is here at hand,
And the youth, mistook by me,
Pleading for a lover’s fee.
Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
(Act 3. Scene 2. Lines 110-115)
“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.”
(Act 4. Scene 2. Lines 203-204)
“If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While this visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend.
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to scrape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call.
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.” (Act 5. Scene 1. Lines 418-433)