A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare (1600)

Act 1 Scene 1

Lysander - Male, Under 25 yrs

Scene partner - Demetrius and Egeus

Monologue - Comedic, Under 1:00 min

Lysander:

You have her father's love, Demetrius;
Let me have Hermia's: do you marry him.

[Egeus: Scornful Lysander! true, he hath my love,
And what is mine my love shall render him.
And she is mine, and all my right of her
I do estate unto Demetrius.]

I am, my lord, as well derived as he,
As well possess'd; my love is more than his;
My fortunes every way as fairly rank'd,
If not with vantage, as Demetrius';
And, which is more than all these boasts can be,
I am beloved of beauteous Hermia:
Why should not I then prosecute my right?
Demetrius, I'll avouch it to his head,
Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,
And won her soul; and she, sweet lady, dotes,
Devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry,
Upon this spotted and inconstant man.

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