In the forest, Titania, Queen of the Fairies, sleeps as Oberon, her husband, puts on her eyes the magical flower that will make her fall in love with the first living being she sees, to get her to give him a changeling boy they have been fighting over.
Wake when some vile thing is near!
Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, Hermia and Lysander, two star-crossed Athenian lovers, stop for the night on their way from Athens to another town, where they plan to elope.
Oh, no! Sleep over there, please!
Can we rest, Lysander?
Of course, Hermia. Let me sleep next to you.
While they sleep, Puck, Oberon's servant, mistakes Lysander for the Athenian man Oberon told him to find, and puts the flower on Lysander's eyes.
These must be the Athenians Oberon told me to find!
Nearby, Demetrius, an Athenian man in love with Hermia, is being pursued relentlessly by Helena, who is in love with him.
Don't leave me, Demetrius!
Leave me aloooone!
Helena stumbles across Lysander, asleep.
Oh no! Lysander! Are you dead?!
... What?! Are you tricking me?
Oh, Helena, my love!
Whew! She didn't see Hermia. I hate Hermia so much! I hope I never see her again!