A Midsummer Night’s Dream – By William Shakespeare
Performed by David Milton Jones
Full text of the monologue
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here....
While these 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 ‘scape 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.
About the monologue
Midsummer Night’s Dream – is a romantic comedy written in 1595/6 by William Shakespeare. It is one of his most popular plays performed around the world. The play takes place in a forest beside Athens on a summer night, under the moon light. It portrays the events around the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens to Hippolyta the former queen of the Amazons. The play contains three interconnected stories of four young Athenians that are interrelated with complicated love relationships, of fairies that live in the forest and of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies.
Puck, the character in the video (also called “Robin Good fellow”) is from the fairies kingdom. He is a naughty fellow full with plots and tricks, most of which are a result of his joyfulness and his affection for human beings. The video and the text above contain his last monologue that ends the play.
About the author
William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) was a poet, playwright and actor born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire England, and is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. His work consists of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and more. His plays, translated into most languages, are studied and performed widely all over the world.
Shakespeare wrote most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were primarily comedies and historical plays, and regarded as some of the best work ever written in these genres. Later he focused more on tragedies, among them Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. In his last years he wrote tragicomedies and collaborated with other playwrights.
About the location
The video above was recorded in Rosh-Pina, a small town in the upper Galilee in the north of Israel. The town is located in an important junction that, in ancient periods, connected Lebanon in the north to Tiberias and the Jordan valley in the south, Damascus and the Golan Heights in the east, and linked Safed (Tzfat) in the west. Running along side the town is the Waddi of the Rosh-Pina stream with magnificent old olive trees growing along the banks. The city was created in 1882 as an agricultural village, due to the relatively fertile land around it. However, owing to it’s location and topographical virtues, there has been a shift and today it serves more as a tourist center. Among other attractions Rosh-Pina sits on the slopes of the mountains facing the Jordan valley and the Golan heights, and lies under a bird migration path, enabling enthusiast to follow flocks of migratory birds during their annual journey.