Characters in the Prologue in Heaven
'Tis all your fault; your part you do not bear, No beastliness, no folly.Frosch
Look yonder, what a dainty pair! Here is the maid! the knave is there!(To the beasts)
Ay! and full many a riddle tied anew. But let the great world rave and riot!Here will we house ourselves in quiet. A custom 'tis of ancient date, Ourlesser worlds within the great world to create! Young witches there I see,naked and bare, And old ones, veil'd more prudently. For my sake onlycourteous be! The trouble's small, the sport is rare. Of instruments I hear thecursed din One must get used to it. Come in! come in! There's now no helpfor it. I'll step before And introducing you as my good friend, Confer on youone obligation more. How say you now? 'Tis no such paltry room; Why onlylook, you scarce can see the end. A hundred fires in rows disperse the gloom;They dance, they talk, they cook, make love, and drink: Where could we findaught better, do you think?}
Can I indeed believe my eyes? Is't not mere masquerading? What! Oberon inbeauteous guise, Among the groups parading!