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A Midsummer Night's Dream
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  • But earthlier happy is the rose distill’d
    Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn,
    Grows, lives, and dies, in single blessedness.
  • I jest to Oberon, and make him smile, When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile, Neighing in likeness of a filly foal; And sometime lurk I in a gossip’s bowl, In very likeness of a roasted crab; And, when she drinks, against her lips I bob, And on her withered dewlap pour the ale.
  • ] THESEUS Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour Draws on apace; four happy days bring in Another moon; but, oh, methinks, how slow This old moon wanes! she lingers my desires, Like to a step-dame or a dowager, Long withering out a young man’s revenue.

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  • The grapes withered on the vine.
  • Her confidence withered under the criticism.

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