Who blesses Theseus and Hippolyta with a magical charm at the end of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

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Jessica Akcinar eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the beginning of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the reader is told that fairies have come from India to bless Hippolyta and Theseus on their wedding day. In act 5, after the love potion ordeal, Titania and Oberon are finally able to bestow their blessings on the couple:

TITANIA: First, rehearse your song by rote,
To each word a warbling note;
Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place.(395)

OBERON: Now, until the break of day,
        Through this house each fairy stray.
        To the best bride-bed will we,
        Which by us shall blessed be;
        And the issue there create(400)

In fact, the fairies not only bless Theseus and Hippolyta, but also bestow their blessings on all the couples in the play, wishing them love and happiness, healthy children, and safety.

lit24 | Student

In Act V Sc.1 Oberon the king of the fairies, pronounces a blessing on the house of Theseus in the following words and commands his fairies to:

"With this field-dew consecrate,
Every fairy take his gait;
And each several chamber bless,
Through this palace, with sweet peace;
And the owner of it blest
Ever shall in safety rest.
Trip away; make no stay;
Meet me all by break of day."

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