Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Roger Apfelbaum
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Romeo and Juliet (Quarto 1, 1597)


The excellent Tragedie

1285Must be my conduct in the secret night.
1285.1Hold, take that for thy paines.
Nur: No, not a penie truly.
Rom: I say you shall not chuse.
Nur: Well, to morrow morning she shall not faile.
.5Rom: Farewell, be trustie, and Ile quite thy paine.Exit
Nur: Peter, take my fanne, and goe before. Ex. omnes.

1310
Enter Iuliet.

Iul: The clocke stroke nine when I did send my Nursse
In halfe an houre she promist to returne.
Perhaps she cannot finde him..Thats not so.
1313.1Oh she is lazie, Loues heralds should be thoughts,
and runne more swift, than hastie powder fierd,
Doth hurrie from the fearfull Cannonsmouth.
Enter Nurse
Oh now she comes. Tell me gentle Nurse,
1329.1What sayes my Loue?
Nur: Oh I am wearie, let mee rest a while. Lord how
my bones ake. Oh wheres my man? Giue me some aqua
vitae.
Iul: I would thou hadst my bones, and I thy newes.
Nur: Fie, what a iaunt haue I had: and my backe a to-
1339.1ther side. Lord, Lord, what a case am I in.
Iul: But tell me sweet Nurse, what sayes Romeo?
1350Nur: Romeo, nay, alas you cannot chuse a man. Hees
no bodie, he is not the Flower of curtesie, he is not a proper
man: and for a hand, and a foote, and a baudie, wel go thy
1355way wench, thou hast it ifaith, Lord, Lord, how my head
1355.1beates?
Iul: What of all this? tell me what sayes he to our ma-
1358.1riage?
Nur: Marry he sayes like an honest Gentleman, and a
kinde, and I warrant a vertuous : wheres your Mother?
Iul: Lord, Lord, how odly thou repliest? He saies like a
kinde