from Act I of the English opera A Midsummer Night's Dream
by Benjamin Britten
Libretto: Benjamin Britten
, in love with Demetrius
Voice Part: soprano Fach: lyric soprano
Setting: the wood at twilight, near Athens, Greece
Synopsis: Helena is desperately pursuing the man she loves, Demetrius, into the woods. Demetrius does not return the affection and is, in fact, chasing after Hermia, who has run away with her love Lysander. In an attempt to attract Demetrius's attentions in some way, Helena tells him that the more he treats her like a dog, the more faithful she will be to him.