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


of Romeo and Iuliet.

By me, or by my meanes let my old life
Be sacrificd some houre before his time.
3160To the most strickest rigor of the Law.
Pry:VVe still haue knowne thee for a holy man,
VVheres Romeos man, what can he say in this?
Balth:I brought my maister word that shee was dead,
And then he poasted straight from Mantua,
Vnto this Toombe. These Letters he deliuered me,
Charging me early giue them to his Father.
Prin:Lets see the Letters, I will read them ouer.
VVhere is the Counties Boy that calld the VVatch?
Boy:I brought my Master vnto Iuliets graue,
But one approaching, straight I calld my Master.
At last they fought, I ran to call the VVatch.
3158.1And this is all that I can say or know.
Prin:These letters doe make good the Fryers wordes,
3165Come Capolet, and come olde Mountagewe.
3165.1VVhere are these enemies? see what hate hath done.
3170Cap:Come brother Mountague giue me thy hand,
There is my daughters dowry: for now no more
Can I bestowe on her, thats all I haue.
Moun:But I will giue them more, I will erect
Her statue of pure golde:
3175That while Verona by that name is knowne.
There shall no statue of such price be set,
As that of Romeos loued Iuliet.
Cap:As rich shall Romeo by his Lady lie,
Poore Sacrifices to our Enmitie.
3180Prin:A gloomie peace this day doth with it bring.
Come, let vs hence,
To haue more talke of these sad things.
Some shall be pardoned and some punished:
Fore nere was heard a Storie of more woe,
3185Than this of Iuliet and her Romeo.

FINIS.