1 Have you sent to Bottom's house? is he come home yet?
2 He cannot be heard of. Out of doubt he is 3 transported.
4 If he come not, then the play is marred: it goes 5 not forward, doth it?
6 It is not possible: you have not a man in all 7 Athens able to discharge Pyramus but he.
8 No, he hath simply the best wit of any handicraft 9 man in Athens.
10 Yea and the best person too; and he is a very 11 paramour for a sweet voice.
12 You must say 'paragon:' a paramour is, God bless us, 13 a thing of naught.
14 Masters, the duke is coming from the temple, and 15 there is two or three lords and ladies more married: 16 if our sport had gone forward, we had all been made 17 men.
18 O sweet bully Bottom! Thus hath he lost sixpence a 19 day during his life; he could not have 'scaped 20 sixpence a day: an the duke had not given him 21 sixpence a day for playing Pyramus, I'll be hanged; 22 he would have deserved it: sixpence a day in 23 Pyramus, or nothing.
24 Where are these lads? where are these hearts?
25 Bottom! O most courageous day! O most happy hour!
26 Masters, I am to discourse wonders: but ask me not 27 what; for if I tell you, I am no true Athenian. I 28 will tell you every thing, right as it fell out.
29 Let us hear, sweet Bottom.
30 Not a word of me. All that I will tell you is, that 31 the duke hath dined. Get your apparel together, 32 good strings to your beards, new ribbons to your 33 pumps; meet presently at the palace; every man look 34 o'er his part; for the short and the long is, our 35 play is preferred. In any case, let Thisby have 36 clean linen; and let not him that plays the lion 37 pair his nails, for they shall hang out for the 38 lion's claws. And, most dear actors, eat no onions 39 nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath; and I 40 do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet 41 comedy. No more words: away! go, away!