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mortal
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
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as in: mortal body Define
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
  • Lord, what fools these mortals be!
  • TITANIA Come, my lord; and in our flight, Tell me how it came this night That I sleeping here was found With these mortals on the ground.

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  • …a beard: The fold stands empty in the drowned field, And crows are fatted with the murrion flock; The nine men’s morris is fill’d up with mud; And the quaint mazes in the wanton green, For lack of tread, are undistinguishable: The human mortals want their winter here; No night is now with hymn or carol blest:— Therefore the moon, the governess of floods, Pale in her anger, washes all the air, That rheumatic diseases do abound: And thorough this distemperature we see The seasons…

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  • Don’t expect perfection of a mere mortal.
  • In the story, he was neither a mortal nor a god. He was a demi-god.

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  • But she, being mortal, of that boy did die; And for her sake do I rear up her boy: And for her sake I will not part with him.
  • TITANIA I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again; Mine ear is much enamour’d of thy note.

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  • FIRST FAIRY Hail, mortal!
  • TITANIA Out of this wood do not desire to go; Thou shalt remain here whether thou wilt or no. I am a spirit of no common rate,— The summer still doth tend upon my state; And I do love thee: therefore, go with me, I’ll give thee fairies to attend on thee; And they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep, And sing, while thou on pressed flowers dost sleep: And I will purge thy mortal grossness so That thou shalt like an airy spirit go.

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as in: mortal body Define
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
as in: a mortal wound Define
causing death
as in: felt mortal agony Define
extreme or intense
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