Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Roger Apfelbaum
Not Peer Reviewed

Romeo and Juliet (Quarto 1, 1597)


Enter Frier Iohn.
Iohn: VVhat Frier Laurence, Brother, ho?
Laur:This same should be the voyce of Frier Iohn.
VVhat newes from Mantua, what will Romeo come?
Iohn:Going to seeke a barefoote Brother out,
2825One of our order to associate mee,
Here in this Cittie visiting the sick,
VVhereas the infectious pestilence remaind:
And being by the Searchers of the Towne
2830Found and examinde, we were both shut vp.
Laur:VVho bare my letters then to Romeo?
Iohn:I haue them still, and here they are.
Laur:Now by my holy Order,
The letters were not nice, but of great weight.
Goe get thee hence, and get me presently
2840A spade and a mattocke.
Iohn:Well I will presently go fetch thee them. Exit.
Laur:Now must I to the Monument alone,
2843.1Least that the Ladie should before I come
Be wakde from sleepe. I will hye
To free her from that Tombe of miserie.
Exit.