Helena has just entered and is responding to Hermia's greeting of "God speed fair Helena!" Helena is upset that her love, Demetrius, has turned his affections toward Hermia. In this monologue, Helena tells Hermia that she wishes she could be more like her so that Demetrius would love her.
Age Range: 20s - Early, 20s - Late, 30s - Early
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
PlayName: Midsummer Night's Dream, A
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain
Call you me fair? that fair again unsay. Demetrius loves your fair: O happy fair...View Full Monologue Text
Call you me fair? that fair again unsay.
Demetrius loves your fair: O happy fair!
Your eyes are lode-stars; and your tongue's sweet air
More tuneable than lark to shepherd's ear,
When wheat is green, when hawthorn buds appear.
Sickness is catching: O, were favour so,
Yours would I catch, fair Hermia, ere I go;
My ear should catch your voice, my eye your eye,
My tongue should catch your tongue's sweet melody.
Were the world mine, Demetrius being bated,
The rest I'd give to be to you translated.
O, teach me how you look, and with what art
You sway the motion of Demetrius' heart.
AuthorName: William Shakespeare
Eras: 1601-1700, 1501-1600