"Next door to each other, in the brick-walled city built by Semiramis, lived a boy and girl, Pyramus, a most handsome fellow, Thisbe, Loveliest of all those Eastern girls."
"There was a chink in the wall between the houses, a flaw... the lovers found it... used it to talk through, and the loving whispers went back and forth in safety. They would stand one on each side, listening for each other."
What have I done... I told her to come here. I can't live without her
"That night, when all was quiet, they would fool their guardians, or try to, come outdoors, run away from home, and even leave the city."
"And ran, all scared, to hide herself in a cave, and dropped her veil as she ran. The lioness... came back to the woods, and saw the girl's light veil, and mangled it and mouthed it with bloody jaws."
"Pyramus, coming there too late, saw tracks in the dust, turned pale, and paler seeing the bloody veil. ... 'Drink my blood too!' he cries, and draws his sword."
"Thisbe came out of hiding,...then she saw a quiver of limbs on bloody ground, and started backward..."