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Theseus (Character)
from A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
Theseus: The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve: Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time.
Oberon: Now, until the break of day / Through this house each fairy stray. / To the best bride-bed will we, / Which by us shall blessed be; / So shall all the couples three / Ever true in loving be; / And the owner of it blest / Ever shall in safety rest. / Trip awa; make no stay; / Meet me all by break of day.

Theseus: [Reveiewing possible plays to be presented] "Battle with the Centaurs," to be sung by an Athenian eunuch to the harp. We'll none of that.

Theseus: Merry and tragical? Tedious and brief? That is hot ice and wonderous strange snow.

Theseus: No epilogue, I pray you, for your play needs no excuse. Never excuse, for when the players are all dead, there need none to be blamed.


A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
Starveling - the Tailor: [Precariously gets up onto a chair, holding up a lantern to speak as the moon, and a thorn bush tied to a dog's collar in his other hand; all cheer as he manages to stand on the chair] This lanthorn doth the horned moon present; Myself the man...
Theseus - Duke of Athens: He should have worn horns on his head.
Starveling - the Tailor: This lanthorn doth the horned moon present; Myself the man i' the moon do seem to be. This do...
Theseus - Duke of Athens: This is the greatest error of all the rest: the man should be put into the lantern.
Starveling - the Tailor: This lan...
Theseus - Duke of Athens: How is it else the man i' the moon?
Starveling - the Tailor: This lantern doth...
Hippolyta - Queen of the Amazons - Betrothed to Theseus: I am so weary of this moon: would he would change!
Starveling - the Tailor: [Near tears] This lantern...
Demetrius, in Love with Hermia: Proceed, Moon.
Starveling - the Tailor: [sighs, then speaks very quickly] All that I have to say, is, to tell you that the lantern is the moon; I, the man in the moon; this thorn-bush, my thorn-bush; and this dog, my dog.

Starveling - the Tailor: [Precariously gets up onto a chair, holding up a lantern to speak as the moon, and a thorn bush tied to a dog's collar in his other hand; all cheer as he manages to stand on the chair] This lantern doth the horned moon present; Myself the man...
Theseus - Duke of Athens: He should have worn horns on his head.
Starveling - the Tailor: This lantern doth the horned moon present; Myself the man i' the moon do seem to be. This do...
Theseus - Duke of Athens: This is the greatest error of all the rest: the man should be put into the lantern.
Starveling - the Tailor: This lan...
Theseus - Duke of Athens: How is it else the man i' the moon?
Starveling - the Tailor: This lantern doth...
Hippolyta - Queen of the Amazons - Betrothed to Theseus: I am so weary of this moon: would he would change!
Starveling - the Tailor: [Near tears] This lantern...
Lysander: Proceed, Moon.
Starveling - the Tailor: [sighs, then speaks very quickly] All that I have to say, is, to tell you that the lantern is the moon; I, the man in the moon; this thorn-bush, my thorn-bush; and this dog, my dog.