Internet Shakespeare Editions

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


Enter Romeo, Frier.
1392.1Rom: Now Father Laurence, in thy holy grant
Consists the good of me and Iuliet.
Fr: Without more words I will doo all I may,
To make you happie if in me it lye.
.5Rom: This morning here she pointed we should meet,
And consumate those neuer parting bands,
Witnes of our harts loue by ioyning hands,
1398.1And come she will.
Fr: I gesse she will indeed,
Youths loue is quicke, swifter than swiftest speed.
Enter Iuliet somewhat fast, and embraceth Romeo.
See where she comes.
1409.1So light of foote nere hurts the troden flower:
Of loue and ioy, see see the soueraigne power.
Iul: Romeo.
Rom: My Iuliet welcome. As doo waking eyes
.5(Cloasd in Nights mysts) attend the frolike Day,
So Romeo hath expected Iuliet,
And thou art come.
Iul: I am (if I be Day)
Comme to my Sunne: shine foorth, and make me faire.
.10Rom: All beauteous fairnes dwelleth in thine eyes.
Iul: Romeo from thine all brightnes doth arise.
Fr: Come wantons, come, the stealing houres do passe
Defer imbracements till some fitter time,
Part for a while, you shall not be alone,
.15Till holy Church haue ioynd ye both in one.
Rom: Lead holy Father, all delay seemes long.
Iul: Make hast, make hast, this lingring doth vs wrong.
Fr: O, soft and faire makes sweetest worke they say.
Hast is common hindrer in crosse way.
Exeunt omnes.