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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Erin Sadlack
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Romeo and Juliet (Quarto 1, 1597)

of Romeo and Iuliet.

Fr: For doating, not for louing, pupill mine.
1090Rom: And badst me burie loue.
Fr: Not in a graue,
To lay one in another out to haue.
Rom: I pree thee chide not, she whom I loue now
Doth grace for grace, and loue for loue allow:
1095The other did not so.
Fr: Oh she knew well
Thy loue did read by rote, and could not spell,
But come yong Wauerer, come goe with mee,
In one respect Ile thy assistant bee:
1100For this alliaunce may so happie proue,
To turne your Housholds rancour to pure loue.

Enter Mercutio, Benuolio.

Mer: Why whats become of Romeo? came he not
home to night?
Ben: Not to his Fathers, I spake with his man.
Mer: Ah that same pale hard hearted wench, that Ro-
1110Torments him so, that he will sure run mad.
Mer: Tybalt the Kinsman of olde Capolet
Hath sent a Letter to his Fathers House:
Some Challenge on my life.
Ben: Romeo will answere it.
1115Mer: I, anie man that can write may answere a letter.
Ben: Nay, he will answere the letters master if hee bee
Mer: Who, Romeo? why he is alreadie dead: stabd
with a white wenches blacke eye, shot thorough the eare
1120with a loue song, the verie pinne of his heart cleft with the
blinde bow-boyes but-shaft. And is he a man to encounter
Ben: Why what is Tybalt?
Mer: More than the prince of cattes I can tell you. Oh
1125he is the couragious captaine of complements. Catso, he