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Romeo and Juliet (Quarto 1, 1597)


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AN
EXCELLENT
conceited Tragedie
OF
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Romeo and Iuliet.
As it hath been often (with great applause)
plaid publiquely, by the right Ho-
nourable the L. of Hunsdon
his Seruants.
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LONDON,
Printed by Iohn Danter.
1597.
The Prologue.
Tvvo houshold Frends alike in dignitie,
.15(In faire Verona, where we lay our Scene)
From ciuill broyles broke into enmitie,
VVhose ciuill warre makes ciuill hands vncleane.
From forth the fatall loynes of these two foes,
A paire of starre-crost Louers tooke their life:
VVhose misaduentures, piteous ouerthrowes,
.20(Through the continuing of their Fathers strife,
And death-markt passage of their Parents rage)
Is now the two howres traffique of our Stage.
The which if you with patient eares attend,
VVhat here we want wee'l studie to amend.
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The most excellent Tragedie of
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Romeo and Iuliet.
Enter 2. Seruing-men of the Capolets.
5GRegorie, of my word Ile carrie no coales.
2 No, for if you doo, you should be a Collier.
1 If I be in choler, Ile draw.
2 Euer while you liue, drawe your necke out of the
the collar.
10 1 I strike quickly being moou'd.
2 I, but you are not quickly moou'd to strike.
1 A Dog of the house of the Mountagues moues me.
2 To mooue is to stirre, and to bee valiant is to stand
to it: therefore (of my word) if thou be mooud thou't
14.1runne away.
1 There's not a man of them I meete, but Ile take
16.1the wall of.
2 That shewes thee a weakling, for the weakest goes
to the wall.
1 Thats true, therefore Ile thrust the men from the
wall, and thrust the maids to the walls: nay, thou shalt
21.1see I am a tall peece of flesh.
2 Tis well thou art not fish, for if thou wert thou
wouldst be but poor Iohn.
1 Ile play the tyrant, Ile first begin with the maids, &
off with their heads.
2 The heads of the maids?
1 I the heades of their Maides, or the Maidenheades,
take it in what sence thou wilt.
30 2 Nay let them take it in sence that feele it, but heere
comes two of the Mountagues.
Enter two Seruingmen of the Mountagues.
1 Nay feare not me I warrant thee.
40 2 I feare them no more than thee, but draw.
1 Nay let vs haue the law on our side, let them begin
first. Ile tell thee what Ile doo, as I goe by ile bite my
thumbe, which is disgrace enough if they suffer it.
44.1 2 Content, goe thou by and bite thy thumbe, and ile
come after and frowne.
1 Moun: Doo you bite your thumbe at vs?
50 1 I bite my thumbe.
2 Moun: I but i'st at vs?
1 I bite my thumbe, is the law on our side?
48.1 2 No.
1 I bite my thumbe.
55 1 Moun: I but i'st at vs?
Enter Beneuolio.
2 Say I, here comes my Masters kinsman.
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They draw, to them enters Tybalt, they fight, to them the
Prince, old Mountague, and his wife, old Capulet and
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his wife, and other Citizens and part them.
Prince: Rebellious subiects enemies to peace,
On paine of torture, from those bloody handes
Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground.
Three Ciuell brawles bred of an airie word,
By the old Capulet and Mountague,
Haue thrice disturbd the quiet of our streets.
If euer you disturbe our streets againe,
Your liues shall pay the ransome of your fault:
100For this time euery man depart in peace.
Come Capulet come you along with me,
and Mouutague, come you this after noone,
To know our farther pleasure in this case,
To old free Towne our common iudgement place,
105Once more on paine of death each man depart.
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Exeunt
M: wife. Who set this auncient quarrel first abroach?
Speake Nephew, were you by when it began?
Benuo: Here were the seruants of your aduersaries,
And yours close fighting ere I did approch.
VVife: Ah where is Romeo, saw you him to day?
Right glad I am he was not at this fray.
120 Ben: Madame, an houre before the worshipt sunne
Peept through the golden window of the East,
A troubled thought drew me from companie:
Where vnderneath the groue Sicamoure,
That Westward rooteth from the Citties side,
125So early walking might I see your sonne.
I drew towards him, but he was ware of me,
And drew into the thicket of the wood:
I noting his affections by mine owne,
That most are busied when th'are most alone,
Pursued my honor, not pursuing his.
Moun: Black and portentious must this honor proue,
Vnlesse good counsaile doo the cause remooue.
145 Ben: Why tell me Vncle do you know the cause?
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Enter Romeo
Moun: I neyther know it nor can learne of him.
Ben: See where he is, but stand you both aside,
160Ile know his grieuance, or be much denied.
Mount: I would thou wert so happie by thy stay
To heare true shrift. Come Madame lets away.
Benuo: Good morrow Cosen.
Romeo: Is the day so young?
165 Ben: But new stroke nine.
Romeo: Ay me, sad hopes seeme long.
Was that my Father that went hence so fast?
Ben: It was, what sorrow lengthens Romeos houres?
Rom: Not hauing that, which hauing makes them
170 Ben: In loue.
Ro: Out.
Ben: Of loue.
Ro: Out of her fauor where I am in loue.
Ben: Alas that loue so gentle in her view,
175Should be so tyrranous and rough in proofe.
Ro: Alas that loue whose view is muffled still,
Should without lawes giue path-waies to our will:
Where shall we dine? Gods me, what fray was here?
Yet tell me not for I haue heard it all,
180Heres much to doe with hate, but more with loue.
Why then, O brawling loue, O louing hate,
O anie thing, of nothing first create!
O heauie lightnes serious vanitie!
Mishapen Caos of best seeming thinges,
185Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sicke health,
Still waking sleepe, that is not what it is:
This loue feele I, which feele no loue in this.
Doest thou not laugh?
Ben: No Cose I rather weepe.
190 Rom: Good hart at what?
Ben: At thy good hearts oppression.
Ro: Why such is loues transgression,
Griefes of mine owne lie heauie at my hart,
Which thou wouldst propagate to haue them prest
195With more of thine, this griefe that thou hast showne,
Doth ad more griefe to too much of mine owne:
Loue is a smoke raisde with the fume of sighes
Being purgde, a fire sparkling in louers eyes:
Being vext, a sea raging with a louers teares.
200What is it else? A madnes most discreet,
A choking gall, and a preseruing sweet. Farewell Cose.
Ben: Nay Ile goe along.
And if you hinder me you doo me wrong.
205Ro: Tut I haue lost my selfe I am not here,
This is not Romeo, hee's some other where.
Ben: Tell me in sadnes whome she is you loue?
Ro: What shall I grone and tell thee?
Ben: Why no, but sadly tell me who.
210Ro: Bid a sickman in sadnes make his will.
Ah word ill vrgde to one that is so ill.
In sadnes Cosen I doo loue a woman.
Ben: I aimde so right, when as you said you lou'd.
Ro: A right good mark-man, and shee's faire I loue.
215Ben: A right faire marke faire Cose is soonest hit.
Ro: But in that hit you misse, shee'le not be hit
With Cupids arrow, she hath Dianaes wit,
And in strong proofe of chastitie well arm'd:
Gainst Cupids childish bow she liues vnharm'd,
220Shee'le not abide the siedge of louing tearmes,
Nor ope her lap to Saint seducing gold,
Ah she is rich in beautie, only poore,
That when she dies with beautie dies her store.
Exeu.
Enter Countie Paris, old Capulet.
Of honorable reckoning are they both,
And pittie tis they liue at ods so long:
But leauing that, what say you to my sute?
Capu: What should I say more than I said before,
255My daughter is a stranger in the world,
Shee hath not yet attainde to fourteene yeares:
Let two more sommers wither in their pride,
Before she can be thought fit for a Bride.
Paris: Younger than she are happie mothers made.
260Cap: But too soone marde are these so early maried:
But wooe her gentle Paris, get her heart,
My word to her consent is but a part.
This night I hold an old accustom'd Feast,
Whereto I haue inuited many a guest,
Such as I loue: yet you among the store,
270One more most welcome makes the number more.
At my poore house you shall behold this night,
Earth treadding stars, that make darke heauen light:
Such comfort as doo lusty youngmen feele,
When well apparaild Aprill on the heele
275Of lumping winter treads, euen such delights
Amongst fresh female buds shall you this night
Inherit at my house, heare all, all see,
And like her most, whose merite most shalbe.
Such amongst view of many myne beeing one,
280May stand in number through in reckoning none.
280.1
Enter Seruingman.
Where are you sirra, goe trudge about
Through faire Verona streets, and seeke them out:
Whose names are written here and to them say,
My house and welcome at their pleasure stay.
284.1
Exeunt.
285Ser: Seeke them out whose names are written here,
290and yet I knowe not who are written here: I must to
the learned to learne of them, that's as much to say, as
the Taylor must meddle with his Laste, the Shoomaker
with his needle, the Painter with his nets, and the Fisher
288.1with his Pensill, I must to the learned.
Enter Benuolio and Romeo.
Ben: Tut man one fire burnes out anothers burning,
One paine is lessned with anothers anguish:
295Turne backward, and be holp with backward turning,
One desperate griefe cures with anothers languish.
Take thou some new infection to thy eye,
And the ranke poyson of the old will die.
Romeo: Your Planton leafe is excellent for that.
300Ben: For what?
Romeo: For your broken shin.
Ben: Why Romeo art thou mad?
Rom: Not mad, but bound more than a mad man is.
Shut vp in prison, kept without my foode,
305Whipt and tormented, and Godden good fellow.
Ser: Godgigoden, I pray sir can you read,
Rom: I mine owne fortune in my miserie.
Ser: Perhaps you haue learned it without booke:
but I pray can you read any thing you see?
310Rom: I if I know the letters and the language.
Seru: Yee say honestly, rest you merrie.
Rom: Stay fellow I can read.
He reads the Letter.
SEigneur Martino and his wife and daughters, Countie
315Anselme and his beauteous sisters, the Ladie widdow of
Vtruuio, Seigneur Placentio, and his louelie Neeces,
316.1Mercutio and his brother Valentine, mine vncle Capu-
let his wife and daughters, my faire Neece Rosaline and
Liuia, Seigneur Valentio and his Cosen Tibalt, Lucio
and the liuelie Hellena.
320A faire assembly, whether should they come?
Ser: Vp.
Ro: Whether to supper?
Ser: To our house.
Ro: Whose house?
325Ser: My Masters.
Ro: Indeed I should haue askt thee that before.
Ser: Now il'e tell you without asking. My Master is
the great rich Capulet, and if you be not of the house of
Mountagues, I pray come and crush a cup of wine. Rest
330you merrie.
Ben: At this fame auncient feast of Capulets,
Sups the faire Rosaline whom thou so loues:
With all the admired beauties of Verona,
Goe thither and with vnattainted eye,
335Compare her face with some that I shall shew,
And I will make thee thinke thy swan a crow.
Ro: When the deuout religion of mine eye
Maintaines such falshood, then turne teares to fire,
And these who often drownde could neuer die,
340Transparent Heretiques be burnt for liers.
One fairer than my loue, the all seeing sonne
Nere saw her match, since first the world begun.
Ben: Tut you saw her faire none els being by,
Her selfe poysd with her selfe in either eye:
345But in that Cristall scales let there be waide,
Your Ladyes loue, against some other maide
That I will shew you shining at this feast,
And she shall scant shew well that now seemes best.
Rom: Ile goe along no such sight to be showne,
350But to reioyce in splendor of mine owne.
Enter Capulets wife and Nurce.
VVife: Nurce wher's my daughter call her forth to
352.1mee.
Nurce:Now by my maiden head at twelue yeare old I
bad her come, what Lamb, what Ladie bird, God forbid.
355VVher's this girle? what Iuliet.
Enter Iuliet.
Iuliet: How now who cals?
Nurce:Your Mother.
Iul: Madame I am here, what is your will?
360VV: This is the matter. Nurse giue leaue a while, we
must talke in secret. Nurce come back again I haue re-
membred me, thou'se heare our counsaile. Thou know
est my daughters of a prettie age.
Nurce:Faith I can tell her age vnto a houre.
365VVife: Shee's not fourteene.
Nnrce: Ile lay fourteene of my teeth, and yet to my
teene be it spoken, I haue but foure, shee's not fourteene.
How long is it now to Lammas-tide?
370VVife: A fortnight and odde dayes.
Nurce: Euen or odde, of all dayes in the yeare come
Lammas Eue at night shall she be fourteene. Susan and she
God rest all Christian soules were of an age. VVell Susan is
with God, she was too good for me: But as I said on Lam-
375mas Eue at night shall she be fourteene, that shall shee ma-
rie I remember it well. Tis since the Earth-quake nowe e-
leauen yeares, and she was weand I neuer shall forget it, of
all the daies of the yeare vpon that day: for I had then laid
wormewood to my dug, sitting in the sun vnder the Doue-
380housewall. My Lord and you were then at Mantua, nay I
do beare a braine: But as I said, when it did tast the worm-
wood on the nipple of my dug, & felt it bitter, pretty foole
to see it teachie and fall out with Dugge. Shake qucth the
Doue-house twas no need I trow to bid me trudge, and since
385that time it is a leauen yeare: for then could Iuliet stande
high lone, nay by the Roode, shee could haue wadled vp and
downe, for euen the day before shee brake her brow, and then
my husband God be with his soule, hee was a merrie man:
390Dost thou fall forward Iuliet? thou wilt fall backward when
thou hast more wit: wilt thou not Iuliet? and by my holli-
dam, the pretty foole left crying and said I. To see how a
ieast shall come about, I warrant you if I should liue a hun-
dred yeare, I never should forget it, wilt thou not Iuliet?
395and by my troth she stinted and cried I.
405Iuliet: And stint thou too, I prethee Nurce say I.
Nurce:VVell goe thy waies, God marke thee for his
grace, thou wert the prettiest Babe that euer I nurst, might
I but liue to see thee married once, I haue my wish.
VVife: And that same marriage Nurce, is the Theame
410I meant to talke of: Tell me Iuliet, how stand you af-
fected to be married:
Iul: It is an honor that I dreame not off.
Nurce: An honor! were not I thy onely Nurce, I
would say thou hadst suckt wisedome from thy Teat.
420VVife: Well girle, the Noble Countie Paris seekes
420.1thee for his Wife.
Nurce: A man young Ladie, Ladie such a man as all
the world, why he is a man of waxe.
VVife: Veronaes Summer hath not such a flower
Nurce: Nay he is a flower, in faith a very flower.
425VVife: Well Iuliet, how like you of Paris loue.
Iuliet: Ile looke to like, if looking liking moue,
But no more deepe will I engage mine eye,
445Then your consent giues strength to make it flie.
Enter Clowne.
Clowne: Maddam you are cald for, supper is readie
the Nurce curst in the Pantrie, all thinges in extreamitie,
make hast for I must be gone to waite.
Enter Maskers with Romeo and a Page.
Ro: What shall this speech bee spoke for our excuse?
Or shall we on without Apologie.
Benuoleo: The date is out of such prolixitie
Weele haue no Cupid hudwinckt with a Scarfe,
460Bearing a Tartars painted bow of lath,
Scaring the Ladies like a crow-keeper:
461.1Nor no without booke Prologue faintly spoke
After the Prompter, for our entrance.
But let them measure vs by what they will;
Weele measure them a measure and be gone.
Rom: A torch for me I am not for this aumbling,
465Beeing but heauie I will beare the light.
Mer: Beleeue me Romeo I must haue you daunce.
Rom: Not I beleeue me you haue dancing shooes
With nimble soles, I have a soule of lead
So stakes me to the ground I cannot stirre.
Mer: Giue me a case to put my visage in,
A visor for a visor, what care I
What curious eye doth coate deformitie.
Rom: Giue me a Torch, let wantons light of hart
Tickle the senceles rushes with their heeles:
490For I am prouerbd with a Grandsire phrase,
Ile be a candleholder and looke on,
The game was nere so faire and I am done.
Mer: Tut dun's the mouse, the Cunstables old word,
If thou beest Dun, weele draw thee from the mire
495Of this surreuerence loue wherein thou stickst.
Leaue this talke, we burne day light here.
Rom: Nay thats not so. Mer: I meane sir in delay,
We burne our lights by night, like Lampes by day,
500Take our good meaning for our iudgement fits
Three times a day, ere once in her right wits.
Rom: So we meane well by going to this maske:
But tis no wit to goe.
Mer: Why Romeo may one aske?
505Rom: I dreamt a dreame tonight.
Mer: And so did I.
Rom: Why what was yours!
Mer: That dreamers often lie.
Rom: In bed a sleepe while they doe dreame things
510Mer: Ah then I see Queene Mab hath bin with you.
510.1Ben: Queene Mab whats she?
She is the Fairies Midwife and doth come
In shape no bigger than an Aggat stone
512.1On the forefinger of a Burgomaster,
Drawne with a teeme of little Atomi,
A thwart mens noses when they lie a sleepe.
514.1Her waggon spokes are made of spinners webs,
515The couer, of the winges of Grashoppers,
The traces are the Moone-shine watrie beames,
The collers crickets bones, the lash of filmes,
Her waggoner is a small gray coated flie,
Not halfe so big as is a little worme,
519.1Pickt from the lasie finger of a maide,
And in this sort she gallops vp and downe
523.1Through Louers braines, and then they dream of loue:
O're Courtiers knees: who strait on cursies dreame
526.1O're Ladies lips, who dreame on kisses strait:
Which oft the angrie Mab with blisters plagues,
Because their breathes with sweet meats tainted are:
Sometimes she gallops ore a Lawers lap,
And then dreames he of smelling out a sute,
530And sometime comes she with a tithe pigs taile,
530.1Tickling a Parsons nose that lies a sleepe,
And then dreames he of another benefice:
Sometime she gallops ore a souldiers nose,
And then dreames he of cutting forraine throats,
Of breaches ambuscados, countermines,
534.1Of healthes fiue fadome deepe, and then anon
535Drums in his eare: at which he startes and wakes,
And sweares a Praier or two and sleepes againe.
This is that Mab that makes maids lie on their backes,
And proues them women of good cariage.
This is the verie Mab that plats the manes of Horses in
And plats the Elfelocks in foule sluttish haire,
Which once vntangled much misfortune breedes.
545Rom: Peace, peace, thou talkst of nothing.
Mer: True I talk of dreames,
Which are the Chi dren of an idle braine,
Begot of nothing but vaine fantasie,
550Which is as thinne a substance as the aire,
And more inconstant than the winde,
551.1Which wooes euen now the frosē bowels of the north,
And being angred puffes away in haste,
Turning his face to the dew-dropping south.
555Ben: Come, come, this winde doth blow vs from our
Supper is done and we shall come too late.
Ro: I feare too earlie, for my minde misgiues
Some consequence is hanging in the stars,
Which bitterly begins his fearefull date
560With this nights reuels, and expiers the terme
Of a dispised life, closde in this breast,
By some vntimelie forfet of vile death:
But he that hath the steerage of my course
Directs my saile, on lustie Gentlemen.
Enter old Capulet with the Ladies.
585Capu: Welcome Gentlemen, welcome Gentlemen,
Ladies that haue their toes vnplagud with Corns
Will haue about with you, ah ha my Mistresses,
Which of you all will now refuse to dance?
Shee that makes daintie, shee Ile sweare hath Corns.
590Am I come neere you now, welcome Gentlemen, wel-
More lights you knaues, & turn these tables vp,
And quench the fire the roome is growne too hote.
600Ah sirra, this vnlookt for sport comes well,
Nay sit, nay sit, good Cosen Capulet:
For you and I are past our standing dayes,
How long is it since you and I were in a Maske?
605Cos: By Ladie sir tis thirtie yeares at least.
Cap: Tis not so much, tis not so much.
Tis since the mariage of Lucentio,
Come Pentecost as quicklie as it will,
Some fiue and twentie yeares, and then we maskt.
610Cos: Tis more, tis more, his sonne is elder far.
Cap: Will you tell me that it cannot be so,
His sonne was but a Ward three yeares agoe,
613.1Good youths I faith. Oh youth's a iolly thing.
Rom: What Ladie is that that doth inrich the hand
615Of yonder Knight? O shee doth teach the torches to
burne bright!
It seemes she hangs vpon the cheeke of night,
Like a rich iewell in an Aethiops eare,
620Beautie too rich for vse, for earth too deare:
So shines a snow-white Swan trouping with Crowes,
As this faire Ladie ouer her fellowes showes
The measure done, ile watch her place of stand,
And touching hers, make happie my rude hand
625Did my heart loue till now? Forsweare it sight,
I neuer saw true beautie till this night.
Tib: This by his voice should be a Mountague,
Fetch me my rapier boy. What dares the slaue
Come hither couer'd with an Anticke face,
630To scorne and ieere at our solemnitie?
Now by the stocke and honor of my kin,
To strike him dead I hold it for no sin.
Ca: Why how now Cosen, wherefore storme you so.
635Ti: Vncle this is a Mountague our foe,
A villaine that is hether come in spight,
To mocke at our solemnitie this night.
Ca: Young Romeo, is it not?
Ti: It is that villaine Romeo.
640Ca: Let him alone, he beares him like a portly gentle-
And to speake truth, Verona brags of him,
As of a vertuous and well gouern'd youth:
I would not for the wealth of all this towne,
645Here in mv house doo him disparagement:
Therefore be quiet take no note of him,
Beare a faire presence, and put off these frownes,
An ill beseeming semblance for a feast.
650Ti: It fits when such a villaine is a guest,
Ile not indure him.
Ca: He shal be indured, goe to I say, he shall,
Am I the Master of the house or you?
655You'le not indure him? God shall mend my soule
You'le make a mutenie amongst my guests,
You'le set Cocke a hoope, you'le be the man.
Ti: Vncle tis a shame.
Ca: Goe too, you are a saucie knaue.
This tricke will scath you one day I know what.
Well said my hartes. Be quiet:
More light Ye knaue, or I will make you quiet.
Tibalt: Patience perforce with wilfull choller mee-
Makes my flesh tremble in their different greetings:
I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall
Now seeming sweet, conuert to bitter gall.
670Rom: If I prophane with my vnworhie hand,
This holiest shrine, the gentle sinne is this:
My lips two blushing Pilgrims ready stand,
To smooth the rough touch with a gentle kisse.
Iuli: Good Pilgrime you doe wrong your hand too
Which mannerly deuotion shewes in this:
For Saints haue hands which holy Palmers touch,
And Palme to Palme is holy Palmers kisse.
Rom: Haue not Saints lips, and holy Palmers too?
680Iuli: Yes Pilgrime lips that they must vse in praier.
Ro: Why then faire saint, let lips do what hands doo,
They pray, yeeld thou, least faith turne to dispaire.
Iu: Saints doe not mooue though: grant nor praier
forsake.
685Ro: Then mooue not till my praiers effect I take.
Thus from my lips, by yours my sin is purgde.
Iu: Then haue my lips the sin that they haue tooke.
Ro: Sinne from my lips, O trespasse sweetly vrgde!
Giue me my sinne againe.
690Iu: You kisse by the booke.
Nurse: Madame your mother calles.
Rom: What is her mother?
Nurse Marrie Batcheler her mother is the Ladie of the
house, and a good Lady, and a wise, and a vertuous. I nurst
her daughter that you talkt withall, I tell you, he that can
lay hold of her shall haue the chinkes.
Rom: Is she a Mountague ? Oh deare account,
700My life is my foes thrail.
Ca: Nay gentlemen prepare not to be gone,
We have a trifling foolish banquet towards.
704.1
They whisper in his ears,
705I pray you let me intreat you. Is it so?
Well then I thanke you honest Gentlemen,
706.1I promise you but for your company,
I would haue bin a bed an houre agoe:
707.1Light to my chamber hoe.
Exeunt
Iul: Nurse, what is yonder Gentleman?
Nur: The sonne and heire of old Tiberio.
Iul: Whats he that now is going out of dore?
Nur: That as I thinke is yong Petruchio.
715Iul: Whats he that followes there that would not
Nur: I know not.
Iul: Goe learne his name, if he be maried,
My grave is like to be my wedding bed.
Nur: His name is Romeo and a Mountague, the onely
720sonne of your great enemie.
Iul: My onely Loue sprung from my onely hate,
Too early seene vnknowne, and knowne too late:
Prodigious birth of loue is this to me,
That I should loue a loathed enemie.
725Nurse: VVhats this? whats that?
Iul: Nothing Nurse but a rime I learnt even now of
oue I dancst with.
730Nurse: Come your mother staies for you, Ile goe a long
730.1with you.
Exeunt.
Enter Romeo alone.
Ro: Shall I goe forward and my heart is here?
Turne backe dull earth and finde thy Center out.
750
Enter Benuolio Mercutio.
Ben: Romeo, my cosen Romeo.
Mer: Doest thou heare he is wise,
Vpon my life he hath stolne him home to bed.
Ben: He came this way, and leapt this Orchard wall.
755Call good Mercutio.
Mer: Call, nay Ile coniure too.
Romeo, madman, humors, passion, liner, appeare thou in
likenes of a sigh: speek but one rime & I am satisfied, cry
760but ay me. Pronounce but Loue and Doue, speake to
my gossip Venus one faire word, one nickname for her
purblinde sonne and heire young Abraham:Cupid hee
that shot so trim when young King Cophetua loued the
begger wench. Hee heares me not. I coniure thee by
Rosalindes bright eye, high forehead, and scarlet lip, her
prettie foote, straight leg, and quiuering thigh, and the
770demaines that there adiacent lie , that in thy likenesse
thou appeare to vs.
Ben:If he doe heare thee thou wilt anger him.
Mer: Tut this cannot anger him, marrie if one shuld
raise a spirit in his Mistris circle of some strange fashion,
775making it there to stand till she had laid it, and coniurde
it downe, that were some spite. My inuocation is faire
and honest, and in his Mistris name I coniure onely but
to raise vp him.
780Ben: Well he hath hid himselfe amongst those trees,
To be conforted with the humerous night,
Blinde in his loue, and best befits the darke.
Mer: If loue be blind, loue will not hit the marke,
Now will he sit vnder a Medler tree,
785And wish his Mistris were that kinde of fruite,
As maides call Medlers when they laugh alone.
Ah Romeo that she were, ah that she were
An open Et cetera, thou a poprin Peare.
Romeo God night, il'e to my trundle bed:
790This field bed is too cold for mee.
Come lets away, for tis but vaine,
791.1To seeke him here that meanes not to be found.
Ro: He iests at scars that neuer felt a wound:
795But soft, what light forth yonder window breakes?
It is the East, and Iuliet is the Sunne,
Arise faire S nne, and kill the enuious Moone
That is alreadie sicke and pale with griefe:
That thou her maid, art far more faire than she.
800Be not her maide since she is enuious,
Her vestall liuerie is but pale and greene,
And none but fooles doe weare it, cast it off.
She speakes, but she sayes nothing. What of that?
805Her eye discourseth, I will answere it.
I am too bold, tis not to me she speakes,
Two of the fairest starres in all the skies,
Hauing some busines, doe entreat her eyes
To twinckle in their spheares till they returne.
810What if her eyes were there, they in her head,
The brightnes of her cheekes would shame those stars:
As day-light doth a Lampe, her eyes in heauen,
Would through the airie region streame so bright,
That birdes would sing, and thinke it were not night.
815Oh now she leanes her cheekes vpon her hand,
I would I were the gloue to that same hand,
That I might kisse that cheeke.
Iul: Ay me.
Rom: She speakes, Oh speake againe bright Angell:
For thou art as glorious to this night beeing ouer my
As is a winged messenger of heauen
Vnto the white vpturned woondring eyes,
Of mortals that fall backe to gaze on him,
825When he bestrides the lasie pacing cloudes,
and sailes vpon the bosome of the aire.
Iul: Ah Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Denie thy Father, and refuse thy name,
Or if thou wilt not be but sworne my loue,
830And il'e no longer be a Capulet.
Rom: Shall I heare more, or shall I speake to this?
Iul: Tis but thy name that is mine enemie.
Whats Mountague? It is nor hand nor foote,
835Nor arme, nor face, nor any other part.
Whats in a name? That which we call a Rose,
By any other name would smell as sweet:
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo cald,
840Retaine the diuine perfection he owes:
Without that title Romeo part thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee,
Take all I haue.
Rom: I take thee at thy word,
845Call me but loue, and il'e be new Baptisde,
Henceforth I neuer will be Romeo.
Iu: What man art thou, that thus beskrind in night,
Doest stumble on my counsaile?
Ro: By a name I know not how to tell thee.
My name deare Saint is hatefull to my selfe,
Because it is an enemie to thee.
Had I it written I would teare the word.
Iul: My eares haue not yet drunk a hundred words
855Of that tongues vtterance, yet I know the sound:
Art thou not Romeo and a Mountague?
Ro: Neyther faire Saint, if eyther thee displease.
Iu: How camst thou hether, tell me and wherfore?
860The Orchard walles are high and hard to clime,
And the place death considering who thou art,
If any of my kinsmen finde thee here.
Ro: By loues light winges did I oreperch these wals,
865For stonie limits cannot hold loue out,
And what loue can doo,that dares loue attempt,
Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me.
Iul: If they doe finde thee they will murder thee.
Ro: Alas there lies more perrill in thine eyes,
870Then twentie of their swords, looke thou but sweete,
And I am proofe against their enmitie.
Iul: I would not for the world they shuld find thee
Ro: I haue nights cloak to hide thee from their sight,
And but thou loue me let them finde me here:
875For life were better ended by their hate,
Than death proroged wanting of thy loue.
Iu: By whose directions foundst thou out this place.
Ro: By loue, who first did prompt me to enquire,
I he gaue me counsaile and I lent him eyes.
880I am no Pilot: yet wert thou as farre
As that vast shore, washt with the furthest sea,
I would aduenture for such Marchandise.
Iul: Thou knowst the maske of night is on my face,
Els would a Maiden blush bepaint my cheeks:
885For that which thou haste heard me speake to night,
Faine would I dwell on forme, faine faine denie,
What I haue spoke: but farewell complements.
Doest thou loue me? Nay I know thou wilt say I,
And I will take thy word: but if thou swearst,
890Thou maiest proue false:
At Louers periuries they say Ioue smiles.
Ah gentle Romeo, if thou loue pronounce it faithfully:
Or if thou thinke I am too easely wonne,
Il'e frowne and say thee nay and be peruerse,
895So thou wilt wooe: but els not for the world,
In truth faire Mountague, I am too fond,
And therefore thou maiest thinke my hauiour light:
But trust me gentleman Ile proue more true,
Than they that haue more cunning to be strange.
900I should haue bin strange I must confesse,
But that thou ouer-heardst ere I was ware
My true loues Passion: therefore pardon me,
And not impute this yeelding to light loue,
Which the darke night hath so discouered.
905Ro: By yonder blessed Moone I sweare,
That tips with siluer all these fruit trees tops.
Jul: O sweare not by the Moone the vnconstant
That monthlie changeth in her circled orbe,
Least that thy loue proue likewise variable.
910Ro: Now by
Iul: Nay doo not sweare at all,
Or if thou sweare, sweare by thy glorious selfe,
Which art the God of my Idolatrie,
And il'e beleeue thee.
915Ro: If my true harts loue
Iul: Sweare not at al, though I doo ioy in
I haue small ioy in this contract to night,
It is too rash, too sodaine, too vnaduisde,
Too like the lightning that doth cease to bee
920Ere one can say it lightens. I heare some comming,
Deare loue adew, sweet Mountague be true,
940Stay but a little and il'e come againe.
Ro: O blessed blessed night, I feare being night,
All this is but a dreame I heare and see,
Too flattering true to be substantiall.
Iul: Three wordes good Romeo and good night in-
If that thy bent of loue be honourable?
Thy purpose marriage, send me word to morrow
By one that il'e procure to come to thee:
Where and what time thou wilt performe that right,
950And al my fortunes at thy foote il'e lay,
And follow thee my Lord through out the world.
Ro: Loue goes toward loue like schoole boyes from
961.1their bookes,
But loue from loue, to schoole with heauie lookes.
Iul: Romeo, Romeo, O for a falkners voice,
965To lure this Tassell gentle backe againe:
Bondage is hoarse and may not crie aloud,
Els would I teare the Caue where Eccho lies
And make her airie voice as hoarse as mine,
With repetition of my Romeos name.
969.1Romeo?
970Ro: It is my soule that calles vpon my name,
How siluer sweet sound louers tongues in night.
Iul: Romeo?
Ro: Madame.
975Iul: At what a clocke to morrow shall I send?
Ro: At the houre of nine.
Iul: I will not faile, tis twentie yeares till then.
Romeo I haue forgot why I did call thee backe.
980Rom: Let me stay here till you remember it.
Iul: I shall forget to haue thee still staie here,
Remembring how I loue thy companie.
Rom: And il'e stay still to haue thee still forget,
Forgetting any other home but this.
985Iu: Tis almost morning I would haue thee gone,
But yet no further then a wantons bird,
Who lets it hop a little from her hand,
Like a pore prisoner in his twisted giues,
And with a silke thred puls it backe againe,
990Too louing iealous of his libertie.
Ro: Would I were thy bird.
Iul: Sweet so would I,
Yet I should kill thee with much cherrishing thee.
Good night, good night, parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
Rom: Sleepe dwell vpon thine eyes, peace on thy
I would that I were sleep and peace of sweet to rest.
Now will I go to my Ghostly fathers Cell,
His help to craue, and my good hap to tell.
1005
Enter Frier Francis
Frier: The gray ey'd morne smiles on the frowning
Checkring the Easterne clouds with streakes of light,
And flecked darkenes like a drunkard reeles,
From forth daies path, and Titans fierie wheeles:
1010Now ere the Sunne aduance his burning eye,
The world to cheare, and nights darke dew to drie
We must vp fill this oasier Cage of ours,
With balefull weeds, and precious iuyced flowers.
1020Oh mickle is the powerfull grace that lies
In hearbes, plants, stones, and their true qualities:
For nought so vile, that vile on earth doth liue,
But to the earth some speciall good doth giue:
Nor nought so good,but straind from that faire vse,
1025Reuolts to vice and stumbles on abuse:
Vertue it selfe turnes vice being misapplied,
And vice sometimes by action dignified.
Withing the infant rinde of this small flower,
1030Poyson hath residence,and medecine power:
For this being smelt too, with that part cheares ech hart,
Being tafted slaies all sences with the hart.
Two such opposed foes incampe them still,
In man as well as herbes,grace and rude will,
1035And where the worser is predominant,
Full soone the canker death eats vp that plant.
Rom: Good morrow to my Ghostly Confessor.
Fri: Benedicite, what earlie tongue so soone saluteth
1040Yong sonne it argues a distempered head,
So soone to bid good morrow to my bed.
Care keepes his watch in euerie old mans eye,
And where care lodgeth, sleep can neuer lie:
But where vnbrused youth with vnstuft braines
1045Doth couch his limmes, there golden sleepe remaines:
Therefore thy earlines doth me assure,
Thou art vprows'd by some distemperature.
Or if not so, then here I hit it righ
Our Romeo hath not bin a bed to night.
1050Ro: The last was true, the sweeter rest was mine.
Fr: God pardon sin, wert thou with Rosaline?
Ro: With Rosaline my Ghostly father no,
I haue forgot that name,and that names woe.
Fri: Thats my good sonne: but where hast thou bin
1055Ro: I tell thee ere thou aske it me againe,
I have bin feasting with mine enemie:
Where on the sodaine one hath wounded mee
Thats by me wounded, both our remedies
With in thy help and holy phisicke lies,
1060I beare no hatred blessed man : for loe
My interecession likewise steades my foe.
Frier Be plaine my sonne and homely in thy drift,
Ridling confession findes but ridling shrift.
Rom: Then plainely know my harts deare loue is set
1065On the faire daughter of rich Capulet:
As mine on hers,so hers likewise on mine,
And all combind, saue what thou must combine
By holy marriage: where,and when,and how,
We met, we woo'd,and made exchange of vowes,
1070Il'e tell thee as I passe: But this I pray,
That thou consent to marrie vs to day.
Fri: Holy S.Francis, what a change is here?
Is Rosaline whome thou didst loue so deare
So soone forsooke, lo yong mens loue then lies
1075Not truelie in their harts, but in their eyes.
Iesu Maria, what a deale of brine
Hath washt thy sallow cheekes for Rosaline?
How much salt water cast away in waste,
To season loue, that of loue doth not taste.
1080The sunne not yet thy sighes from heauen cleares,
Thy old grones ring yet in my ancient eares,
And loe vpon thy cheeke the staine doth sit,
Of an old teare that is not washt off yet.
If euer thou wert thus, and these woes thine,
1085Thou and these woes were all for Rosaline,
And art thou changde, pronounce this sentence then
Women may fal, when ther's no strength in men.
Rom: Thou chidst me oft for louing Rosaline.
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.
Exeunt
1105
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 answer it.
1115Mer: I, anie man that can write may answere a letter.
Ben: Nay, he will answere the letters master if hee bee
challenged.
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
Tybalt?
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
fightes as you sing pricke-song , keepes time dystance and
proportion, rests me his minum rest one two and the thirde
in your bosome, the very butcher of a silken button, a Duel-
list a Duellist, a gentleman of the very first house of the first
and second cause, ah the immortall Passado, the Punto re-
1130uerso, the Hay.
Ben: The what?
Me: The Poxe of such limping antique affecting fan-
tasticoes these new tuners of accents. By Iesu a very good
blade, a very tall man, a very good whoore. Why graund-
1135sir is not this a miserable case that we should be stil afflicted
with these strange flies: these fashionmongers, these par-
donmees, that stand so much on the new forme, that they
cannot sitte at ease on the old bench. Oh their bones, theyr
bones.
Ben. Heere comes Romeo.
Mer: Without his Roe, like a dryed Hering. O flesh flesh
how art thou fishified. Sirra now is he for the numbers that
Petrarch flowdin : Laura to his Lady was but a kitchin
1145drudg, yet she had a better loue to berime her: Dido a dow-
dy Cleopatra a Gypsie, Hero and Hellen hildings and harle-
tries: Thisbie a gray eye or so, but not to the purpose. Signior
Romeo bon iour, there is a French curtesie to your French
stop: yee gaue vs the counterfeit fairely yesternight.
Rom: What counterfeit I pray you?
Me: The slip the slip, can you not conceiue?
Rom: I cry you mercy my busines was great, and in such
1155a case as mine, a man may straine curtesie.
Mer: Oh thats as much to say as such a case as yours wil
constraine a man to bow in the hams.
Rom: A most curteous exposition.
Me: Why I am the very pinke of curtesie.
Rom: Pinke for flower?
Mer: Right.
Rom: Then is my Pumpe well flour'd:
1165Mer: Well said, follow me nowe that iest till thou hast
worne out thy Pumpe, that when the single sole of it is worn
the iest may remaine after the wearing solie singuler.
Rom: O single soald iest solie singuler for the singlenes.
Me: Come between vs good Benuolio, for my wits faile.
Rom: Swits and spurres, swits & spurres, or Ile cry a match.
Mer: Nay if thy wits runne the wildgoose chase, I haue
1175done: for I am sure thou hast more of the goose in one of
thy wits, than I haue in al my fiue: Was I with you there for
the goose?
Rom: Thou were neuer with me for any thing, when
thou wert not with me for the goose.
1180Me: Ile bite thee by the eare for that iest.
Rom: Nay good goose bite not.
Mer:Why thy wit is a bitter sweeting, a most sharp sauce
Rom: And was it not well seru'd in to a sweet goose?
1185Mer: Oh heere is a witte of Cheuerell that stretcheth
from an ynch narrow to an ell broad.
Rom: I stretcht it out for the word broad, which added to
the goose, proues thee faire and wide a broad goose.
Mer: Why is not this better now than groning for loue?
1190why not art thou sociable, now art thou thy selfe, nowe art
thou what thou art, as wel by arte as nature. This driueling
loue is like a great naturall, that runs vp and downe to hide
his bable in a hole.
Ben: Stop there.
1195Me: Why thou wouldst haue me stopp my tale against
the haire.
Ben: Thou wouldst haue made thy tale too long?
Mer: Tut man thou art deceiued, I meant to make it
short, for I was come to the whole depth of my tale? and
meant indeed to occupie the argument no longer.
Rom: Heers goodly geare.
1200
Enter Nurse and her man.
Mer: A saile, a saile, a saile.
Ben: Two, two, a shirt and a smocke.
Nur: Peter, pree thee giue me my fan.
Mer: Pree thee doo good Peter, to hide her face: for
her fanne is the fairer of the two.
Nur: God ye goodmorrow Gentlemen.
1210Mer: God ye good den faire Gentlewoman.
Nur: Is it godye gooden I pray you.
Mer: Tis no lesse I assure you, for the baudie hand of
the diall is euen now vpon the pricke of noone.
Nur: Fie, what a man is this?
1215Rom: A Gentleman Nurse, that God hath made for
himselfe to marre.
Nur: By my troth well said : for himselfe to marre
quoth he? I pray you can anie of you tell where one maie
finde yong Romeo?
1220Rom: I can : but yong Romeo will bee elder when you
haue found him, than he was when you sought him, I am
the yongest of that name for fault of a worse.
Nur: Well said.
Mer: Yea, is the worst well? mas well noted, wise-
1225ly, wisely.
Nu: If you be he sir, I desire some conference with ye.
Ben: O, belike she meanes to inuite him to supper.
Mer: So ho. A baud, a baud, a baud.
1230Rom: Why what hast found man?
Mer: No hare sir, vnlesse it be a hare in a lenten pye,
that is somewhat stale and hoare ere it be eaten.
1232.1
He walkes by them, and sings.
1233.1And an olde hare hore, and an olde hare hore
is verie good meate in Lent:
1235But a hare thats hoare is too much for a score,
if it hore ere it be spent.
Youl come to your fathers to supper?
Rom: I will.
1240Mer: Farewell ancient Ladie,farewell sweete Ladie.
Exeunt Benuolio, Mercutio.
Nur: Marry farewell. Pray what saucie merchant was
this that was so full of his roperipe?
1245Rom: A gentleman Nurse that loues to heare himselfe
talke, and will speake more in an houre than hee will stand
to in a month.
Nur: If hee stand to anie thing against mee, I'e take
him downe if he were lustier than he is: if I cannot take him
1250down, Ile finde them that shall: I am none of his flurt-
1251.1gills,I am none of his skaines mates.
She turnes to Peter her man.
And thou like a knaue must stand by, and see euerie Iacke
use me at his pleasure.
Pet: I see no bodie vse you at his pleasure, if I had, I
1255would soone haue drawen: you know my toole is as soone
out as anothers if I see time and place.
Nur: Now afore God he hath so vext me, that euerie
member about me quivers: scuruie Iacke. But as I said, my
1260Ladie bad me seeke ye out, and what shee bad me tell yee,
that Ile keepe to my selfe: but if you should lead her into a
fooles paradice as they saye, it were a verie grosse kinde of
behauiour as they say, for the Gentlewoman is yong. Now
1265if you should deale doubly with her, it were verie weake
dealing, and not to be offered to anie Gentlewoman.
Rom: Nurse, commend me to thy Ladie, tell her I pro-
test.
Nur: Goodheart: yfaith Ile tell her so: oh she will be
1270a ioyfull woman.
Rom: Why, what wilt thou tell her?
Nur: That you doo protest: which (as I take it) is a
Gentlemanlike proffer.
1275Rom: Bid her get leaue to morrow morning
To come to shrift to Frier Laurence cell:
And stay thou Nurse behinde the Abbey wall,
My man shall come to thee, and bring along
The cordes, made like a tackled staire,
Which to the hightop-gallant of my ioy
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
1360kinde Gentleman, and an honest, and a vertuous; wheres
your mother?
1375Nur: Marry come vp, cannot you stay a while? is this
the poultesse for mine aking boanes? next arrant youl haue
done, euen doot yourselfe.
Iul: Nay stay sweet Nurse, I doo intreate thee now,
1378.1What sayes my Loue, my Lord, my Romeo?
Nur: Goe, hye you straight to Friar Laurence Cell,
and frame a scuse that you must goe to shrift:
There stayes a Bridegroome to make you a Bride.
Now comes the wanton blood vp in your cheekes,
I must prouide a ladder made of cordes,
With which your Lord must clime a birdes nest soone.
I must take paines to further your delight,
But you must beare the burden soone at night.
1390Doth this newes please you now?
1390.1Iul: How doth her latter words reuiue my hart.
Thankes gentle Nurse, dispatch thy busines,
And Ile not faile to meete my Romeo.
Exeunt
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.
Enter Benuolio, Mercutio.
Ben: I pree thee good Mercutio lets retire,
The day is hot, the Capels are abroad.
Mer: Thou art like one of those, that when hee comes
into the confines of a tauerne, claps me his rapier on the
boord, and sayes, God send me no need of thee: and by
the operation of the next cup of wine, he drawes it on the
1440drawer, when indeed there is no need.
Ben: Am I like such a one?
Mer: Go too, thou art as hot a Iacke being mooude,
and as soone mooude to be moodie, and as soone moodie to
be mooud.
1445Ben: And what too?
Mer: Nay, and there were two such, wee should haue
none shortly. Didst not thou fall out with a man for crack-
1450ing of nuts, hauing no other reason, but because thou hadst
hasill eyes? what eye but such an eye would haue pickt out
such a quarrell? With another for coughing because hee
wakd thy dogge that laye a sleepe in the Sunne ? With a
Taylor for wearing his new dublet before Easter: and
with another for tying his new shoes with ole ribands.
And yet thou wilt forbid me of quarrelling.
1460Ben: By my head heere comes a Capolet.
1465
Enter Tybalt.
Mer: By my heele I care not.
Tyb: Gentlemen a word with one of you.
1470Mer: But one word with one of vs? You had best couple
it with somewhat,and make it a word and a blow.
Tyb: I am apt enough to that if I have occasion.
Mer: Could you not take occasion?
Tyb: Mercutio thou consorts with Romeo?
Mer: Consort Zwounes consort? the slave wil make fid-
lers of vs. If you doe sirra, look for nothing but discord: For
heeres my fiddle-sticke.
Enter Romeo.
Tyb: Well peace be with you, heere comes my man.
Mer: But Ile be hanged if he weare your lyuery: Mary
1490go before into the field, and he may be your follower, so in
that sence your worship may call him man.
Tyb: Romeo the hate I beare to thee can affoord no bet-
ter words then these, thou art a villaine.
Rom: Tybalt the loue I beare to thee, doth excuse the
1495appertaining rage to such a word: villaine am I none, ther-
fore I well perceiue thou knowst me not.
Tyb: Bace boy this cannot serue thy turne, and therefore
drawe.
1500Ro: I doe protest I neuer iniured thee, but loue thee bet-
ter than thou canst deuise, till thou shalt know the reason of
my loue.
1505Mer: O dishonorable vile submission. Allastockado caries
it away. You Ratcatcher, come backe, come backe.
Tyb: What wouldest with me?
Mer: Nothing King of Cates, but borrow one of your
1510nine liues, therefore come drawe your rapier out of your
scabard, least mine be about your eares ere your be aware.
1515Rom: Stay Tibalt, hould Mercutio: Benuolio beate
downe their weapons.
1517.1
Tibalt under Romeos arms thrusts Mer-
cutio, in and flyes.
Mer: Is he gone, hath hee nothing? A poxe on your
1524.1houses.
Rom: What art thou hurt man, the wound is not deepe.
1530Mer: Noe not so deepe as a Well, not so wide as a
barne doore, but it will serue I warrant. What meant you to
come betweene vs? I was hurt vnder your arme.
Rom: I did all for the best.
1540Mer: A poxe of your houses, I am fairely drest. Sirra
goe fetch me a Surgeon.
1528.1Boy: I goe my Lord.
Mer: I am pepperd for this world, I am sped yfaith, he
hath made wormes meate of me, & ye aske for me to mor-
row you shall finde me a graue-man. A poxe of your houses,
1542.1I shall be fairely mounted vpon foure mens shoulders: For
your house of the Mountegues and the Capolets: and then
some peasantly rogue, some Sexton, some base slave shall
write my Epitapth, that Tybalt came and broke the Princes
.5Lawes,and Mercutio was slaine for the first and second
cause. Wher's the Surgeon?
Boy: Hee's come sir.
Mer: Now heele keepe a mumbling in my guts on the
otherside, come Benuolio, lend me thy hand: a poxe of your
.10houses.
Exeunt
Rom: This Gentleman the Princes neere Alie.
My very frend hath tane this mortall wound
1545In my behalfe, my reputation staind
With Tibalts slaunder, Tybalt that an houre
Hath beene my kinsman, Ah Iuliet
Thy beautie makes me thus effeminate,
And in my temper softens valors steele.
1550
Enter Benuolio.
Ben: Ah Romeo Romeo braue Mercutio is dead,
That gallant spirit hath aspir'd the cloudes,
Which too vntimely scornd the lowly earth.
Rom: This daies black fate,on more daies doth depend
1555This but begins what other dayes must end.
Enter Tibalt
Ben: Heere comes the furious Tibalt backe againe.
Rom: A liue in tryumph and Mercutio slaine?
Away to heauen respectiue lenity:
1560And fier eyed fury be my conduct now.
Now Tibalt take the villaine backe againe,
Which late thou gau'st me: for Mercutios soule,
Is but a little way aboue the cloudes,
And staies for thine to beare him company.
1565Or thou, or I, or both shall follow him.
Fight, Tibalt falles.
1570Ben: Romeo away, thou seest that Tibalt's slaine,
The Citizens approach, away, begone
Thou wilt be taken.
Rom: Ah I am fortunes slaue.
Exeunt
Enter Citizens.
Watch: Wher's he that slue Mercutio, Tybalt that vil-
laine?
1580Ben: There is that Tybalt.
Vp sirra goe with vs.
Enter Prince, Capolets wife.
1585Pry: Where be the vile beginners of this fray?
Ben: Ah Noble Prince I can discouer all
The most vnlucky mannage of this brawle.
Heere lyes the man slaine by yong Romeo,
That slew thy kinsman braue Mercutio,
1590M: Tibalt, Tybalt, O my brothers child,
Vnhappie fight? Ah the blood is spilt
Of my deare kinsman, Prince as thou art true:
For blood of ours, shed bloud of Mountagew.
1595Pry: Speake Benuolio who began this fray?
Ben: Tibalt heere slaine whom Romeos hand did slay.
Romeo who spake him fayre bid him bethinke
How nice the quarrell was.
1598.1But Tibalt still persisting in his wrong,
The stout Mercutio drewe to calme the storme,
Which Romeo seeing cal'd stay Gentlemen,
And on me cry'd, who drew to part their strife,
.5And with his agill arme yong Romeo,
As fast as tung cryde peace, fought peace to make.
While they were enterchanging thrusts and blows,
Vnder yong Romeos laboring arme to part,
The furious Tybalt cast an enuious thrust,
That rid the life of stout Mercutio.
With that he fled, but presently return'd,
1614.1And with his rapier braued Romeo:
1615That had but newly entertain'd reuenge,
And ere I could draw forth my rapyer
To part their furie, downe did Tybalt fall,
And this way Romeo fled.
1620M: He is a Mountagew and speakes partiall,
Some twentie of them fought in this blacke strife:
And all those twenty could but kill one life.
I doo intreate sweete Prince thoult iustice giue,
1625Romeo slew Tybalt, Romeo may not liue.
Prin: And for that offence
Immediately we doo exile him hence.
I have an interest in your hates proceeding,
My blood for your rude braules doth lye a bleeding.
1635But Ile amerce you with so large a fine,
That you shall all repent the losse of mine.
I will be deafe to pleading and excuses,
Nor teares nor prayers shall purchase for abuses.
1638.1Pittie shall dwell and gouerne with vs still:
Mercie to all but murdrers, pardoning none that kill.
Exeunt omnes.
Enter Iuliet.
1645Iul: Gallop apace you fierie footed steedes
To Phoebus mansion, such a Waggoner
As Phaeton, would quickly bring you thether,
And send in cloudie night immediately.
Enter Nurse wringing her hands, with the ladder
1676.1
of cordes in her lap.
But how now Nurse: O Lord, why lookst thou sad?
1680What hast thou there, the cordes?
Nur: I, I, the cordes: alacke we are vndone,
We are vndone, Ladie we are vndone.
Iul: What diuell art thou that torments me thus?
Nurs: Alack the day, hees dead, hees dead, hees dead.
Iul: This torture should be roard in dismall hell.
1693.1Can heauens be so enuious?
1695Nur: Romeo can if heauens cannot.
I saw the wound, I saw it with mine eyes,
God saue the sample, on his manly breast:
A bloodie coarse, a piteous bloodie coarse,
All pale as ashes, I swounded at the sight.
1704.1Iul: Ah Romeo, Romeo, what disaster hap
Hath seuerd thee from thy true Iuliet?
Ah why shou'd Heauen so much conspire with Woe,
Or Fate enuie our happie Marriage,
.5So soone to sunder vs by timelesse Death?
Nur: O Tybalt, Tybalt, the best frend I had,
O honest Tybalt, curteous Gentleman.
Iul: What storme is this that blowes so contrarie,
1715Is Tybalt dead, and Romeo murdered:
My deare loude cousen, and my dearest Lord.
Then let the trumpet sound a generall doome,
These two being dead, then liuing is there none.
Nur: Tybalt is dead, and Romeo banished,
1720Romeo that murdered him is banished.
Iul: Ah heauens, did Romeos hand shed Tybalts blood?
Nur: It did, it did, alacke the day it did.
Iul: O serpents hate, hid with a flowring face :
1724.1O painted sepulcher, including filth.
1735Was neuer booke containing so foule matter,
So fairly bound. Ah, what meant Romeo?
Nur: There is no truth, no faith, no honestie in men:
All false, all faithles, periurde, all forsworne.
Shame come to Romeo.
Iul: A blister on that tung, he was not borne to shame:
1745Vpon his face Shame is ashamde to sit.
But wherefore villaine didst thou kill my Cousen?
1755That villaine Cousen would have kild my husband.
All this is comfort. But there yet remaines
VVorse than his death, which faine I would forget:
But ah, it presseth to my memorie,
Romeo is banished. Ah that word Banished
Is worse than death. Romeo is banished,
Is Father, Mother, Tybalt, Iuliet,
All killd, all slaine, all dead, all banished.
Where are my Father and my Mother Nurse?
Nur: VVeeping and wayling ouer Tybalts coarse.
VVill you goe to them?
Iul.I, I, when theirs are spent,
1785Mine shall he shed for Romeos banishment.
Nur.Ladie, your Romeo will be here to night,
1795Ile to him, he is hid at Laurence Cell.
Iul.Doo so, and beare this Ring to my true Knight,
And bid him come to take his last farewell.
Exeunt.
Enter Frier.
1800Fr:Romeo come forth, come forth thou fearfull man,
Affliction is enamourd on thy parts,
And thou art wedded to Calamitie.
1803.1
Enter Romeo.
Rom:Father what newes, what is the Princes doome,
VVhat Sorrow craues acquaintance at our hands,
VVhich yet we know not.
Fr:Too familiar
Is my yong sonne with such sowre companie:
1810I bring thee tidings of the Princes doome.
Rom.VVhat lesse than doomes day is the Princes doome?
Fr:A gentler iudgement vanisht from his lips,
Not bodies death, but bodies banishment.
1815Rom:Ha, Banished? be mercifull, say death:
For Exile hath more terror in his lookes,
Than death it selfe, doo not say Banishment.
Fr:Hence from Verona art thou banished:
Be patient, for the world is broad and wide.
1820Rom:There is no world without Verona walls,
But purgatorie, torture, hell itselfe.
Hence banished, is banisht from the world:
And world exilde is death. Calling death banishment,
1825Thou cutst my head off with a golden axe,
And smilest vpon the stroke that murders me.
Fr:Oh monstrous sinne, O rude vnthankfulnes:
Thy fault our law calls death, but the milde Prince
(Taking thy part) hath rushd aside the law,
1830And turnd that blacke word death to banishment:
This is meere mercie, and thou seest it not.
Rom:Tis torture and not mercie, heauen is heere
Where Iuliet liues: and euerie cat and dog,
And little mouse, euerie vnworthie thing
1835Liue here in heauen, and may looke on her,
But Romeo may not. More validitie,
More honourable state, more courtship liues
In carrion flyes, than Romeo: they may seaze
On the white wonder of faire Iuliets skinne,
1840And steale immortall kisses from her lips;
1845But Romeo may not, he is banished.
1845.1Flies may doo this, but I from this must flye.
Oh Father hadst thou no strong poyson mixt,
No sharpe ground knife, no present meane of death,
Though nere so meane, but banishment
1848.1To torture me withall: ah, banished.
O Frier, the damned vse that word in hell:
1850Howling attends it. How hadst thou the heart,
Being a Diuine, a ghostly Confessor,
A sinne absoluer, and my frend profest,
To mangle me with that word, Banishment?
Fr:Thou fond mad man, heare me but speake a word.
1855Rom:O, thou wilt talke againe of Banishment.
Fr:Ile giue thee armour to beare off this word,
Aduersities sweete milke, philosophie,
To comfort thee though thou be banished.
Rom:Yet Banished? hang vp philosophie,
1860Vnlesse philosophie can make a Iuliet,
Displant a Towne, reuerse a Princes doome,
It helpes not, it preuailes not, talke no more.
Fr:O, now I see that madmen haue no eares.
Rom:How should they, when that wise men haue no
1865eyes.
Fr:Let me dispute with thee of thy estate.
Rom:Thou canst not speak of what thou dost not feele.
Wert thou as young as I, Iuliet thy Loue,
An houre but married, Tybalt murdred.
1870Doting like me, and like me banished,
Then mightst thou speake, then mightst thou teare thy
hayre.
And fall vpon the ground as I doe now,
Taking the measure of an vnmade graue.
1875
Nurse knockes.
Fr:Romeo arise, stand vp thou wilt be taken,
I heare one knocke, arise and get thee gone.
1877.1Nu:Hoe Fryer.
Fr:Gods will what wilfulnes is this?
Shee knockes againe.
Nur:Hoe Fryer open the doore,
1892.1Fr:By and by I come. Who is there?
Nur:One from Lady Iuliet.
1895Fr:Then come neare.
Nur:Oh holy Fryer, tell mee oh holy Fryer,
Where is my Ladies Lord? Wher's Romeo?
Fr:There on the ground, with his owne teares made
drunke.
1900Nur:Oh he is euen in my Mistresse case.
Iust in her case. Oh wofull simpathy,
Pitteous predicament, euen so lyes shee,
Weeping and blubbring, blubbring and weeping:
Stand vp, stand vp, stand and you be a man.
1905For Iuliets sake, for her sake rise and stand,
Why should you fall into so deep an O.
1906.1
He rises.
Rom:Nurse.
Nur:Ah sir, ah sir. Wel death's the end of all.
Rom:Spakest thou of Iuliet, how is it with her?
1910Doth she not thinke me an olde murderer,
Now I haue stainde the childhood of her ioy,
With bloud remou'd but little from her owne?
Where is she? and how doth she? And what sayes
My conceal'd Lady to our canceld loue?
1915Nur:Oh she saith nothing, but weepes and pules,
And now fals on her bed, now on the ground,
And Tybalt cryes, and then on Romeo calles.
Rom.As if that name shot from the deadly leuel of a gun
1920Did murder her, as that names cursed hand
Murderd her kinsman. Ah tell me holy Fryer
In what vile part of this Anatomy
Doth my name lye? Tell me that I may sacke
The hatefull mansion?
1924.1
He offers to stab himselfe, and Nurse snatches
the dagger away.
Nur:Ah?
1925Fr:Hold, stay thy hand: art thou a man? thy forme
Cryes out thou art, but thy wilde actes denote
The vnreasonable furyes of a beast.
Vnseemely woman in a seeming man,
1930Or ill beseeming beast in seeming both.
Thou hast amaz'd me. By my holy order,
I thought thy disposition better temperd,
Hast thou slaine Tybalt? wilt thou slay thy selfe?
And slay thy Lady too, that liues in thee?
Rouse vp thy spirits, thy Lady Iuliet liues,
For whose sweet sake thou wert but lately dead:
There art thou happy. Tybalt would kill thee,
1955But thou sluest Tybalt, there art thou happy too.
A packe of blessings lights vpon thy backe,
Happines Courts thee in his best array:
1960But like a misbehaude and sullen wench
Thou frownst vpon thy Fate that smilles on thee.
Take heede, take heede, for such dye miserable.
Goe get thee to thy loue as was decreed:
Ascend her Chamber Window, hence and comfort her,
1965But looke thou stay not till the watch be set:
For then thou canst not passe to Mantua.
1966.1Nurse prouide all things in a readines,
Comfort thy Mistresse, haste the house to bed,
Which heauy sorrow makes them apt vnto.
Nur:Good Lord what a thing learning is.
I could haue stayde heere all this night
1976.1To heare good counsell. Well Sir,
Ile tell my Lady that you will come.
Rom:Doe so and bidde my sweet prepare to childe,
1979.1Farwell good Nurse.
Nurse offers to goe in and turnes againe.
1980Nur:Heere is a Ring Sir, that she bad me giue you,
Rom:How well my comfort is reuiued by this.
1982.1
Exit Nurse.
Fr:Soiorne in Mantua, Ile finde out your man,
And he shall signifie from time to time:
Euery good hap that doth befall thee heere.
1990Farwell.
Rom:But that a ioy, past ioy cryes out on me,
It were a griefe so breefe to part with thee.
Enter olde Capolet and his Wife, With
1994.1
County Paris.
1995Cap:Thinges haue fallen out Sir so vnluckily,
That we haue had no time to moue my daughter.
Looke yee Sir, she lou'd her kinsman dearely,
And so did I. Well, we were borne to dye,
1998.1Wife wher's your daughter, is she in her chamber?
I thinke she meanes not to come downe to night.
Par:These times of woe affoord no time to wooe,
Maddam farwell, commend me to your daughter.
2003.1
Paris offers to goe in, and Capolet
calles him againe.
Cap:Sir Paris? Ile make a desperate tender of my child.
I thinke she will be rulde in all respectes by mee:
But soft what day is this?
Par:Munday my Lord.
Cap:Oh then Wensday is too soone,
2015On Thursday let it be: you shall be maried.
Wee'le make no great a doe, a frend or two, or so:
For looke ye Sir, Tybalt being slaine so lately,
2020It will be thought we held him careleslye:
If we should reuell much, therefore we will haue
Some halfe a dozen frends and make no more adoe.
But what say you to Thursday.
Par:My Lorde I wishe that Thursday where to mor-
2025row.
Cap:Wife goe you to your daughter, ere you goe to
2027.1bed.
Acquaint her with the County Paris loue,
Fare well my Lord till Thursday next.
2029.1Wife gette you to your daughter. Light to my Chamber.
2030Afore me it is so very very late,
2030.1That we may call it earely by and by.
Exeunt.
Enter Romeo and Iuliet at the window.
Iul:Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet nere day,
It was the Nightingale and not the Larke
2035That pierst the fearfull hollow of thine eare:
Nightly she sings on yon Pomegranate tree,
Beleeue me loue, it was the Nightingale.
Rom:It was the Larke, the Herald of the Morne,
And not the Nightingale. See Loue what enuious strakes
2040Doo lace the seuering clowdes in yonder East.
Nights candles are burnt out, and iocond Day
Stands tiptoes on the mystie mountaine tops.
I must be gone and liue, or stay and dye.
Iul:Yon light is not day light, I know it I:
2045It is some Meteor that the Sunne exhales,
To be this night to thee a Torch-bearer,
And light thee on thy way to Mantua.
Then stay awhile, thou shalt not goe soone.
Rom:Let me stay here, let me be tane, and dye:
2050If thou wilt haue it so, I am content.
Ile say yon gray is not the Mornings Eye,
It is the pale reflex of Cynthias brow.
Ile say it is the Nightingale that beares
The vaultie heauen so high aboue our heads,
2055And not the Larke the Messenger of Morne.
Come death and welcome, Iuliet wils it so.
What sayes my Loue? lets talke, tis not yet day.
Iul:It is, it is, be gone, flye hence away.
It is the Larke that sings so out of tune,
2060Straining harsh Discords and vnpleasing Sharpes.
Some say, the Larke makes sweete Diuision:
This doth not so: for this diuideth vs.
Some say the Larke and loathed Toad change eyes,
I would that now they had changd voyces too:
2065Since arme from arme her voyce doth vs affray,
Hunting thee hence with Huntsvp to the day.
So now be gone, more light and light it growes.
Rom:More light and light, more darke and darke our
woes.
2075Farewell my Loue, one kisse and Ile descend.
He goeth downe.
Iul:Art thou gone so, my Lord, my Loue, my Frend?
I must heare from thee euerie day in the hower:
For in an hower there are manie minutes,
Minutes are dayes, so will I number them:
2080Oh by this count I shall be much in yeares,
Ere I see thee againe.
Rom:Farewell, I will omit no opportunitie
That may conueigh my greetings loue to thee.
Iul:Oh, thinkst thou we shall euer meete againe.
2085Rom:No doubt, no doubt, and all this woe shall serue
For sweete discourses in the time to come.
Iul:Oh God, I haue an ill diuining soule.
Me thinkes I see thee now thou art below
Like one dead in the bottome of a Tombe:
2090Either mine ey-sight failes, or thou lookst pale.
Rom:And trust me Loue, in my eye so doo you,
Drie sorrow drinkes our blood: adieu, adieu.
Exit.
2092.1
Enter Nurse hastely.
Nur:Madame beware, take heed the day is broke,
Your Mother's comming to your Chamber, make all sure.
She goeth downe from the window.
Enter Iuliets Mother, Nurse.
Moth:Where are you Daughter?
2099.1Nur:What Ladie, Lambe, what Iuliet?
2100Iul:How now, who calls?
2100.1Nur:It is your Mother.
Moth:Why how now Iuliet?
Iul:Madam, I am not well.
2105Moth:Where euermore weeping for your Cosens death:
I thinke thoult wash him from his graue with teares.
2110Iul:I cannot chuse, hauing so great a losse.
2115Moth:I cannot blame thee.
But it greeues thee more that Villaine liues.
Iul:What Villaine Madame?
Moth:That Villaine Romeo.
Iul:Villaine and he are manie miles a sunder.
2125Moth:Content thee Girle, if I could finde a man
I soone would send to Mantua where he is,
That should bestow on him so sure a draught,
As he should soone beare Tybalt companie.
Iul:Finde you the meanes, and Ile finde such a man:
For whilest he liues, my heart shall nere be light
Till I behold him, dead is my poore heart.
Thus for a Kinsman vext?
Moth:Well let that passe. I come to bring thee ioyfull
Iul:And ioy comes well in such a needfull time.
2145Moth:Well then, thou hast a carefull Father Girle,
And one who pittying thy needfull state,
Hath found thee out a happie day of ioy.
Iul:What day is that I pray you?
2150Moth:Marry my Childe,
The gallant, yong and youthfull Gentlemen,
The Countie Paris at Saint Peters Church,
2152.1Early next Thursday morning must prouide,
To make you there a glad and ioyfull Bride.
Iul:Now by Saint Peters Church and Peter too,
2155He shall not there make mee a ioyfull Bride.
Are these the newes you had to tell me of?
Marrie here are newes indeed. Madame I will not marrie
2159.1yet.
And when I doo, it shalbe rather Romeo whom I hate,
Then Countie Paris that I cannot loue.
Enter olde Capolet.
Moth:Here comes your Father, you may tell him so.
Capo:Why how now, euermore showring?
2169.1In one little bodie thou resemblest a sea, a barke, a storme:
2170For this thy bodie which I tearme a barke,
Still floating in thy euerfalling teares,
And tost with sighes arising from thy hart:
2172.1Will without succour ship wracke presently.
But heare you Wife, what haue you sounded her, what saies
2176.1she to it?
Moth:I haue, but she will none she thankes ye:
2180VVould God that she were married to her graue.
Capo:What will she not, doth she not thanke vs, doth
she not wexe proud?
Iul:Not proud ye haue, but thankfull that ye haue:
2185Proud can I neuer be of that I hate,
But thankfull euen for hate that is ment loue.
Capo:Proud and I thanke you, and I thanke you not,
And yet not proud. VVhats here, chop logicke.
Proud me no prouds, nor thanke me no thankes,
But settle your fine ioynts on Thursday next
2195To goe with Paris to Saint Peters Church,
Or I will drag you on a hurdle thether.
Out you greene sicknes baggage, out you tallow face.
2200Iu:Good father heare me speake?
2200.1
She kneeles downe.
Cap:I tell thee what, eyther resolue on thursday next
To goe with Paris to Saint Peters Church:
Or henceforth neuer looke me in the face.
2205Speake not, reply not, for my fingers ytch.
Why wife, we thought that we were scarcely blest
That God had sent vs but this onely chyld:
But now I see this one is one too much,
And that we haue a crosse in hauing her.
Nur:Mary God in heauen blesse her my Lord,
You are too blame to rate her so.
Cap.And why my Lady wisedome? hold your tung,
Good prudence smatter with your gossips, goe.
2215Nur:Why my Lord I speake no treason.
Cap:Oh godde godden.
Vtter your grauity ouer a gossips boule,
2220For heere we need it not.
Mo:My Lord ye are too hotte.
Cap:Gods blessed mother wife it mads me,
Day, night, early, late, at home, abroad,
Alone, in company, waking or sleeping,
2225Still my care hath beene to see her matcht.
And hauing how found out a Gentleman,
Of Princely parentage, youthfull, and nobly trainde.
Stuft as they say with honorable parts,
Proportioned as ones heart coulde wish a man:
2230And then to haue a wretched whyning foole,
A puling mammet in her fortunes tender,
To say I cannot loue, I am too yong, I pray you pardon
mee?
But if you cannot wedde Ile pardon you.
2235Graze where you will, you shall not house with me.
Looke to it, thinke ont, I doe not vse to iest.
I tell yee what, Thursday is neere,
2237.1Lay hand on heart, aduise, bethinke your selfe,
If you be mine, Ile giue you to my frend:
If not, hang, drowne, starue, beg,
2240Dye in the streetes: for by my Soule
2240.1Ile neuer more acknowledge thee,
Nor what I haue shall euer doe thee good,
Thinke ont, looke toot, I doe not vse to iest.
Exit.
Iul:Is there no pitty hanging in the cloudes,
That lookes into the bottom of my woes?
2245I doe beseech you Madame, cast me not away,
Defer this mariage for a day or two,
Or if you cannot, make my mariage bed
In that dimme monument where Tybalt lyes.
Moth:Nay be assured I will not speake a word.
2250Do what thou wilt for I haue done with thee.
Exit.
Iul:Ah Nurse what comfort? what counsell canst thou
giue me.
Nur.Now trust me Madame, I know not what to say:
Your Romeo he is banisht, and all the world to nothing
He neuer dares returne to challendge you.
Now I thinke good you marry with this County,
Oh he is a gallant Gentleman, Romeo is but a dishclout
In respect of him. I promise you
I thinke you happy in this second match.
As for your husband he is dead:
Or twere as good he were, for you haue no vse of him.
2275Iul:Speakst thou this from thy heart?
Nur:I and from my soule, of els beshrew them both.
Iul:Amen.
Nur:What say you Madame?
2280Iul:Well, thou hast comforted me wondrous much,
I pray thee goe thy waies vnto my mother
Tell her I am gone hauing displeasde my Father.
To Fryer Laurence Cell to confesse me,
And to be absolu'd.
Nur:I will, and this is wisely done.
2284.1
She lookes after Nurse.
2285Iul:Auncient damnation, O most cursed fiend.
Is it more sinne to wish me thus forsworne,
Or to dispraise him with the selfe same tongue
That thou hast praisde him with aboue compare
So many thousand times? Goe Counsellor,
2290Thou and my bosom henceforth shal be twaine.
Ile to the Fryer to know his remedy,
If all faile els, I haue the power to dye.
2292.1
Exit.
Enter Fryer and Paris.
Fr:On Thursday say ye: the time is very short,
2295Par:My Father Capolet will haue it so,
And I am nothing slacke to slow his hast.
Fr:You say you doe not know the Ladies minde?
Vneuen is the course, I like it not.
Par:Immoderately she weepes for Tybalts death,
2300And therefore haue I little talkt of loue.
For Venus smiles not in a house of teares,
Now Sir, her father thinkes it daungerous:
That she doth giue her sorrow so much sway.
And in his wisedome hasts our mariage,
2305To stop the inundation of her teares,
Which too much minded by her selfe alone
May be put from her by societie.
Now doe ye know the reason of this hast.
Fr.I would I knew not why it should be slowd.
Enter Paris.
2310Here comes the Lady to my cell,
Par:Welcome my loue, my Lady and my wife:
Iu:That may be sir, when I may be a wife,
Par:That may be, must be loue, on thursday next.
2315Iu:What must be shal be.
Fr:Thats a certaine text.
Par:What come ye to confession to the Fryer.
Iu:To tell you that were to confesse to you.
Par:Do not deny to him that you loue me.
2320Iul:I will confesse to you that I loue him,
Par:So I am sure you will that you loue me.
Iu:And if I doe, it wilbe of more price,
Being spoke behinde your backe, than to your face.
Par:Poore soule thy face is much abus'd with teares.
2325Iu:The teares haue got small victory by that,
For it was bad enough before their spite.
Par:Thou wrongst it more than teares by that report.
Iu:That is no wrong sir, that is a truth:
And what I spake I spake it to my face.
2330Par:Thy face is mine and thou hast slaundred it.
Iu:It may be so, for it is not mine owne.
Are you at leasure holy Father now:
Or shall I come to you at euening Masse?
Fr:My leasure serues me pensiue daughter now.
2335My Lord we must entreate the time alone.
Par:God sheild I should disturbe deuotion,
Iuliet farwell, and keep this holy kisse.
2338.1
Exit Paris.
Iu:Goe shut the doore and when thou hast done so,
2340Come weepe with me that am past cure, past help,
Fr:Ah Iuliet I already know thy griefe,
I heare thou must and nothiug may proroge it,
On Thursday next be married to the Countie.
2345Iul:Tell me not Frier that thou hearst of it,
Vnlesse thou tell me how we may preuent it.
Giue me some sudden counsell: els behold
Twixt my extreames and me, this bloodie Knife
Shall play the Vmpeere, arbitrating that
Which the Commission of thy yeares and arte
2360Could to no issue of true honour bring.
Speake not, be briefe: for I desire to die,
If what thou speakst, speake not of remedie.
Fr:Stay Iuliet, I doo spie a kinde of hope,
VVhich craues as desperate an execution,
2365As that is desperate we would preuent.
If rather than to marrie Countie Paris
Thou hast the strength or will to slay thy selfe,
Tis not vnlike that thou wilt vndertake
A thing like death to chyde away this shame,
2370That coapst with death it selfe to flye from blame.
And if thou doost, Ile giue thee remedie.
Iul:Oh bid me leape (rather than marrie Paris)
From off the battlements of yonder tower:
2375Or chaine me to some steepie mountaines top,
2375.1VVhere roaring Beares and sauage Lions are:
Or shut me nightly in a Charnell-house,
VVith reekie shankes, and yeolow chaples sculls:
2380Or lay me in tombe with one new dead:
Things that to heare them namde haue made me tremble;
And I will doo it without feare or doubt,
To keep my selfe a faithfull vnstaind VVife
2383.1To my deere Lord, my deerest Romeo.
Fr:Hold Iuliet, hie thee home, get thee to bed,
Let not thy Nurse lye with thee in thy Chamber:
And when thou art alone, take thou this Violl,
And this distilled Liquor drinke thou off:
2390VVhen presently through all thy veynes shall run
A dull and heauie slumber, which shall seaze
2391.1Each vitall spirit: for no Pulse shall keepe
His naturall progresse, but surcease to beate:
No signe of breath shall testifie thou liust.
And in this borrowed likenes of shrunke death,
2400Thou shalt remaine full two and fortie houres.
And when thou art laid in thy Kindreds Vault,
Ile send in hast to Mantua to thy Lord,
And he shall come and take thee from thy graue.
Iul.Frier I goe, be sure thou send for my deare Romeo.
2422.1
Exeunt.
Enter olde Capolet, his Wife, Nurse, and
Seruingman.
2424.1Capo:Where are you sirra?
Sor:Heere forsooth.
Capo:Goe, prouide me twentie cunning Cookes.
Ser:I warrant you Sir, let me alone for that, Ile knowe
them by licking their fingers.
Capo:How canst thou know them so?
2430Ser:Ah Sir, tis an ill Cooke cannot licke his owne fin-
gers.
Capo:Well get you gone.
2433.1
Exit Seruingman.
But where's this Head-strong?
2437.1Moth:Shees gone (my Lord) to Frier Laurence Cell
To be confest.
Capo:Ah, he may hap to doo some good of her,
A headstrong selfewild harlotrie it is.
Enter Iuliet.
2438.1Moth:See here she commeth from Confession,
Capo:How now my Head-strong, where haue you bin
gadding?
Iul:Where I haue learned to repent the sin
Of froward wilfull opposition
2445Gainst you and your behests, and am enioynd
By holy Laurence to fall prostrate here,
And craue remission of so foule a fact.
2447.1
She kneeles downe.
Moth:Why thats well said.
Capo:Now before God this holy reuerent Frier
All our whole Citie is much bound vnto.
2455Goe tell the Countie presently of this,
For I will haue this knot knit vp to morrow.
Iul:Nurse, will you go with me to my Closet,
2460To sort such things as shall be requisite
Against to morrow.
Moth:I pree thee doo, good Nurse goe in with her
Helpe her to sort Tyres, Rebatoes, Chaines,
And I will come vnto you presently,
Nur:Come sweet hart, shall we goe?
Iul:I pree thee let vs.
2465
Exeunt Nurse and Iuliet.
Moth:Me thinks on Thursday would be time enough.
2450Capo:I say I will haue this dispatcht to morrow,
Goe one and certefie the Count thereof.
2462.1Moth:I pray my Lord, let it be Thursday.
Capo:I say to morrow while shees in the mood.
Moth:We shall be short in our prouision.
Capo:Let me alone for that, goe get you in,
2475Now before God my heart is passing light,
To see her thus conformed to our will.
Exeunt.
Enter Nurse, Iuliet.
2478.1Nur:Come, come, what need you anie thing else?
Iul:Nothing good Nurse, but leaue me to my selfe:
For I doo meane to lye alone to night.
Nur:Well theres a cleane smocke vnder your pillow,
.5and so good night.
Exit.
Enter Mother.
2485Moth:What are you busie, doo you need my helpe?
Iul:No Madame, I desire to lye alone,
2486.1For I haue manie things to thinke vpon.
Moth:Well then good night, be stirring Iuliet,
2492.1The Countie will be earlie here to morrow.
Exit.
Iul:Farewell, God knowes when wee shall meete a-
2495gaine.
Ah, I doo take a fearfull thing in hand.
What if this Potion should not worke at all,
Must I of force be married to the Countie?
This shall forbid it. Knife, lye thou there.
What if the Frier should giue me this drinke
2505To poyson mee, for feare I should disclose
Our former marriage? Ah, I wrong him much,
He is a holy and religious Man:
2509.1I will not entertaine so bad a thought.
What if I should be stifled in the Toomb?
Awake an houre before the appointed time:
2530An then I feare I shall be lunaticke,
And playing with my dead forefathers bones,
Dash out my franticke braines. Me thinkes I see
2535My Cosin Tybalt weltring in his bloud,
Seeking for Romeo: stay Tybalt stay.
Romeo I come, this doe I drinke to thee.
2538.1
She fals vpon her bed within the Curtaines.
Enter Nurse with hearbs, Mother.
2539.1Moth:Thats well said Nurse, set all in redines,
The Countie will be heere immediatly.
2568.1
Enter Oldeman.
Cap:Make hast, make hast, for it is almost day,
The Curfewe bell hath rung, t'is foure a clocke,
Looke to your bakt meates good Angelica.
Nur:Goe get you to bed you cotqueane. I faith you
2550will be sicke anone.
Cap:I warrant thee Nurse I haue ere now watcht all
night, and haue taken no harme at all.
Moth:I you haue beene a mouse hunt in your time.
Enter a Seruingman with Logs & Coales.
2559.1Cap:A Ielous hood, a Ielous hood: Now now sirra?
What haue you there?
Ser:Forsooth Logs.
Cap:Goe, goe choose dryer. Will will tell thee where
thou shalt fetch them.
Ser:Nay I warrant let me alone, I haue a heade Inoe to
choose a Log.
2565
Exit.
Cap:Well goe thy way, thou shalt be logger head.
2566.1Come, come, make hast call vp your daughter,
The Countie will be heere with musicke straight.
Gods me hees come, Nurse call vp my daughter.
Nur:Goe, get you gone. What lambe, what Lady
birde? fast I warrant. What Iuliet? well, let the County take
2580you in your bed, yee sleepe for a weeke now, but the next
night, the Countie Paris hath set vp his rest that you shal rest
but little. What lambe I say, fast still: what Lady, Loue,
what bride, what Iuliet? Gods me how sound she sleeps? Nay
then I see I must wake you indeed. Whats heere, laide on
your bed, drest in your cloathes and down, ah me, alack the
day, some Aqua vitae hoe.
2591.1
Enter Mother.
Moth:How now whats the matter?
Nur:Alack the day, shees dead, shees dead, shees dead.
Moth:Accurst, vnhappy, miserable time.
Enter Oldeman.
2600Cap:Come, come, make hast, wheres my daughter?
Moth:Ah shees dead, shees dead.
Cap:Stay, let me see, all pale and wan.
2603.1Accursed time, vnfortunate olde man.
Enter Fryer and Paris.
Par:What is the bride ready to goe to Church?
Cap:Ready to goe, but neuer to returne.
2615O Sonne the night before thy wedding day,
Hath Death laine with thy bride, flower as she is,
Deflowerd by him, see, where she lyes,
Death is my Sonne in Law, to him I giue all that I haue.
Par:Haue I thought long to see this mornings face,
And doth it now present such prodegies?
Accurst, vnhappy, miserable man,
2623.1Forlorne, forsaken, destitute I am:
Borne to the world to be a slaue in it.
Distrest, remediles, and vnfortunate.
O heauens , O nature, wherefore did you make me,
.5To liue so vile, so wretched as I shall.
Cap:O heere she lies that was our hope, our ioy,
And being dead, dead sorrow nips vs all.
All at once cry out and wring their hands.
All cry:All our ioy, and all our hope is dead,
.10Dead, lost, vndone, absented, wholy fled.
Cap:Cruel, vniust, impartiall destinies,
Why to this day haue you preseru'd my life?
Too see my hope, my stay, my ioy, my life,
Depriude of sence, of life, of all by death,
.15Cruell, vniust, impartiall destinies.
Cap:O sad fac'd sorrow map of misery,
Why this sad time haue I desird to see.
This day, this vniust, this impartiall day
Wherein I hop'd to see my comfort full,
.20To be depriude by suddaine destinie.
Moth:O woe, alacke, distrest, why should I liue?
To see this day, this miserable day.
Alacke the time that euer I was borne,
To be partaker of this destinie.
.25Alacke the day, alacke and welladay.
2645Fr:O peace for shame, if not for charity.
2645.1Your daughter liues in peace and happines,
And it is vaine to wish it otherwise.
Come sticke your Rosemary in this dead coarse,
2660And as the custome of our Country is,
In all her best and sumptuous ornaments,
2661.1Conuay her where her Ancestors lie tomb'd,
Cap:Let it be so, come wofull sorrow mates,
Let vs together taste this bitter fare.
2675
They all but the Nurse goe foorth, casting Rosemary on
2675.1
her and shutting the Curtens.
Enter Musitions.
Nur:Put vp, put vp, this is a wofull case.
Exit.
1.I by my troth Mistresse is it, it had need be mended.
.5
Enter Seruingman.
Ser:Alack alack what shal I doe, come Fidlers play me
2681.1some mery dumpe.
1.A sir, this is no time to play.
Ser:You will not then?
1.No marry will wee.
2690Ser:Then will I giue it you, and soundly to.
1.What will you giue vs?
Ser:The fidler, Ile re you, Ile fa you Ile sol you.
1.If you re vs and fa vs, we will note you.
Ser:I will put vp my Iron dagger, and beate you with
2700my wodden wit. Come on Simon sound Pot, Ile pose you,
2700.11.Lets heare.
2705Ser:When griping griefe the heart doth wound,
2705.1And dolefull dumps the minde oppresse:
Then musique with her siluer sound,
Why siluer sound? Why siluer sound?
1.I thinke because musicke hath a sweet sound.
2710Ser:Pretie, what say you Mathew minikine?
2.I thinke because Musitions sound for siluer.
Ser:Prettie too: come, what say you?
3.I say nothing.
Ser:I thinke so, Ile speake for you because you are the
2715Singer. I saye Siluer sound, because such Fellowes as you
haue sildome Golde for sounding. Farewell Fidlers, fare-
2716.1well.
Exit.
1.Farewell and be hangd: come lets goe.
Exeunt.
Enter Romeo
Rom:If I may trust the flattering Eye of Sleepe,
My Dreame presagde some good euent to come.
2725My bosome Lord sits chearfull in his throne,
And I am comforted with pleasing dreames.
Me thought I was this night alreadie dead:
(Strange dreames that giue a dead man leaue to thinke)
And that my Ladie Iuliet came to me,
2730And breathd such life with kisses in my lips,
That I reuiude and was an Emperour.
Enter Balthasar his man booted.
2735Newes from Verona. How now Balthasar,
How doth my Ladie? Is my Father well?
How fares my Iuliet? that I aske againe:
If she be well, then nothing can be ill.
2740Balt:Then nothing can be ill, for she is well,
Her bodie sleepes in Capels Monument,
And her immortall parts with Angels dwell.
2745Pardon me Sir, that am the Messenger of such bad tidings.
Rom:Is it euen so? then I defie my Starres.
Goe get mee incke and paper, hyre post horse,
2750I will not stay in Mantua to night.
Balt:Pardon me Sir, I will not leaue you thus,
Your lookes are dangerous and full of feare:
I dare not, nor I will not leaue you yet.
2755Rom:Doo as I bid thee, get me incke and paper,
2755.1And hyre those horse: stay not I say.
Exit Balthasar.
Well Iuliet, I will lye with thee to night.
Lets see for meanes. As I doo remember
Here dwells a Pothecarie whom oft I noted
2765As I past by, whose needie shop is stufft
With beggerly accounts of emptie boxes:
2770And in the same an Aligarta hangs,
Olde endes of packthred, and cakes of Roses,
2775Are thinly strewed to make vp a show.
Him as I noted, thus with my selfe I thought:
And if a man should need a poyson now,
(Whose present sale is death in Mantua)
Here he might buy it. This thought of mine
2780Did but forerunne my need: and here about he dwels.
2780.1Being Holiday the Beggers shop is shut.
What ho Apothecarie, come forth I say.
2785
Enter Apothecarie.
Apo:VVho calls, what would you sir?
Rom:Heeres twentie duckates,
Giue me a dram of some such speeding geere,
2790As will dispatch the wearie takers life,
As suddenly as powder being fierd
From forth a Cannons mouth.
2795Apo:Such drugs I haue I must of force confesse,
But yet the law is death to those that sell them.
Rom:Art thou so bare and full of pouertie,
And doost thou feare to violate the Law?
The Law is not thy frend, nor the Lawes frend,
2801.1And therefore make no conscience of the law:
Vpon thy backe hangs ragged Miserie,
And starued Famine dwelleth in thy cheekes.
Apo:My pouertie but not my will consents.
2805Rom:I pay thy pouertie, but not thy will.
Apo:Hold take you this, and put it in anie liquid thing
you will, and it will serue had you the liues of twenty men.
Rom:Hold, take this gold, worse poyson to mens soules
Than this which thou hast giuen me. Goe hye thee hence,
Goe buy the cloathes, and get thee into flesh.
2815Come cordiall and not poyson, goe with mee
To Iuliets Graue: for there must I vse thee.
Exeunt.
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.
Enter Countie Paris and his Page with flowers
2851.1
and sweete Water.
Par:Put out the torch, and lye thee all along
Vnder this Ew-tree, keeping thine eare close to the hollow
2855ground.
And if thou heare one tread within the Churchyard,
Staight giue me notice.
Boy:I will my Lord.
2861.1
Paris strewes the Tomb with flowers.
Par:Sweete Flower, with flowers I strew thy Bridale
2863.1bed:
Sweete Tombe that in thy circuite dost containe,
The perfect modell of eternitie:
Faire Iuliet that with Angells dost remaine,
.5Accept this latest fauour at my hands,
That liuing honourd thee, and being dead
With funerall praises doo adorne thy Tombe.
Boy whistles and calls.My Lord.
Enter Romeo and Balthasar, with a torch, a
2874.1
a mattocke, and a crow of yron.
Par:The boy giues warning, something doth approach.
rd What cursed foote wanders this was to night,
To stay my obsequies and true loues rites?
.5What with a torch, muffle me night a while.
2875Rom:Giue mee this mattooke, and this wrentching I-
2875.1ron.
And take these letters early in the morning,
See thou deliuer them to my Lord and Father.
So get thee gone and trouble me no more.
Why I descend into this bed of death,
Is partly to behold my Ladies face,
But chiefly to take from her dead finger,
A precious ring which I must vse
2885In deare imployment but if thou wilt stay,
Further to prie in what I vndertake,
By heauen Ile teare thee ioynt by ioynt,
And strewe thys hungry churchyard with thy lims.
2890The time and my intents are sauage, wilde.
Balt:Well, Ile be gone and not trouble you.
Rom:So shalt thou win my fauour, take thou this,
2895Commend me to my Father, farwell good fellow.
Balt:Yet for all this will I not part from hence.
2897.1
Romeo opens the tombe.
Rom:Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death,
Gorde with the dearest morsell of the earth.
2900Thus I enforce thy rotten iawes to ope.
Par:This is that banisht naughtie Mountague,
That murderd my loues cosen, I will apprehend him.
Stop thy vnhallowed toyle vile Mountague.
Can vengeance be pursued further then death?
I doe attach thee as a fellon heere.
2910The Law condemnes thee, therefore thou must dye.
Rom:I must indeed, and therefore came I hither.
Good youth begone, tempt not a desperate man.
2915Heape not another sinne vpon my head
By sheding of thy bloud, I doe protest
I loue thee better then I loue my selfe:
For I come hyther armde against my selfe.
Par:I doe defie thy coniurations:
And doe attach thee as a fellon heere.
Rom:What dost thou tempt me, then haue at thee boy.
2923.1
They fight.
Boy:O Lord they fight, I will goe call the watch.
2925Par:Ah I am slaine, if thou be mercifull
Open the tombe, lay me with Iuliet.
Rom:Yfaith I will, let me peruse this face,
Mercutios kinsman, noble County Paris?
What said my man, when my betossed soule
2930Did no regard him as we past a long.
Did he not say Paris should haue maried
Iuliet? eyther he said so, or I dreamd it so.
2932.1But I will satisfie thy last request,
For thou hast prizd thy loue aboue thy life.
2940Death lye thou there, by a dead man interd,
How oft haue many at the houre of death
Beene blith and pleasant? which their keepers call
A lightning before death But how may I
Call this a lightning. Ah deare Iuliet,
2944.1How well thy beauty doth become this graue?
O I beleeue that vnsubstanciall death,
2956.1Is amorous, and doth court my loue.
Therefore will I, O heere, O euer heere,
Set vp my euerlasting rest
With wormes, that are thy chamber mayds.
Come desperate Pilot now at once runne on
2975The dashing rockes thy sea-sicke weary barge.
Heers to my loue. O true Apothecary:
Thy drugs are swift: thus with a kisse I dye.
Falls.
Enter Fryer with a Lanthorne.
How oft to night haue these my aged feete
2980Stumbled at graues as I did passe along.
2980.1Whose there?
Man.A frend and one that knowes you well.
Fr:Who is it that consorts so late the dead,
What light is yon? if I be not deceived,
2985Me thinkes it burnes in Capels monument?
ManIt doth so holy Sir, and there is one
That loues you dearely.
Fr.Who is it?
Man:Romeo.
2990Fr:How long hath he beene there?
Man:Full halfe an houre and more.
Fr:Goe with me thether.
Man:I dare not sir, he knowes not I am heere:
2995On paine of death he chargde me to be gone,
And not for to disturbe him in his enterprize.
Fr:Then must I goe: my minde presageth ill.
2997.1
Fryer stoops and lookes on the blood and weapons.
What blood is this that staines the entrance
Of this marble stony monument?
3005What meanes these maisterles and goory weapons?
Ah me I doubt, whose heere? what Romeo dead?
Who and Paris too? what vnluckie houre
Is accessary to so foule a sinne?
3009.1
Iuliet rises.
3010The Lady sturres.
Ah comfortable Fryer.
I doe remember well where I should be,
And what we talkt of: but yet I cannot see
3013.1Him for whose sake I vndertooke this hazard.
Fr:Lady come foorth. I heare some noise at hand,
We shall be taken, Paris, he is slaine,
3019.1And Romeo dead: and if we heere be tane
We shall be thought to be as accessarie.
3020I will prouide for you in some close Nunery.
Iul:Ah leaue me, leaue me, I will not from hence.
Fr:I heare some noise, I dare not stay, come, come.
Iul:Goe get thee gone.
Whats heere a cup closde in my louers hands?
Ah churle drinke all, and leaue no drop for me.
Enter Watch.
Watch:This way, this way.
Iul:I, noise? then must I be resolute.
O happy dagger thou shalt end my feare,
3035Rest in my bosome, thus I come to thee.
3035.1
She stabs herselfe and falles.
Enter Watch.
Cap:Come looke about, what weapons haue we heere?
See frends where Iuliet two daies buried,
New bleeding wounded, search and see who's neare.
3042.1Attach and bring them to vs presently.
Enter one with the Fryer.
1.Captaine heers a Fryer with tooles about him,
3055Fitte to ope a tombe.
Cap:A great suspition, keep him safe.
Enter one with Romets Man.
30501.Heeres Romeos Man.
Capt:Keepe him to be examinde.
Enter Prince with others.
Prin:What early mischiefe calls vs vp so soone.
Capt:O noble Prince, see here
Where Iuliet that hath lyen intoombed two dayes,
Warme and fresh bleeding, Romeo and Countie Paris
Likewise newly slaine.
Prin:Search seeke about to finde the murderers.
Enter olde Capolet and his Wife.
Capo:What rumor's this that is so early vp?
Moth:The people in the streetes crie Romeo,
And some on Iuliet: as if they alone
3065Had been the cause of such a mutinie.
Capo:See Wife, this dagger hath mistooke:
For (loe) the backe is emptie of yong Mountague,
And it is sheathed in our Daughters breast.
Enter olde Mountague.
Prin:Come Mountague, for thou art early vp,
To see thy Sonne and Heire more early downe.
3085Mount:Dread Souereigne, my Wife is dead to night,
And yong Benuolio is deceased too:
What further mischiefe can there yet be found?
Prin:First come and see, then speake.
Mount:O thou vntaught, what manners is in this
3090To presse before thy Father to a graue.
Prin:Come seale your mouthes of outrage for a while,
And let vs seeke to finde the Authors out
3092.1Of such a hainous and seld seene mischaunce.
Bring forth the parties in suspition.
Fr:I am the greatest able to doo least.
3098.1Most worthie Prince, heare me but speake the truth.
3100And Ile informe you how these things fell out.
Iuliet here slaine was married to that Romeo,
3106.1Without her Fathers or her Mothers grant:
3140The Nurse was priuie to the marriage.
The balefull day of this vnhappie marriage,
VVas Tybalts doomesday: for which Romeo
3110VVas banished from hence to Mantua.
He gone, her Father sought by soule constraint
To marrie her to Paris: but her Soule
(Loathing a second Contract) did refuse
3116.1To giue consent; and therefore did she vrge me
Hither to finde a meanes she might auoyd
What so her Father sought to force her too
Or els all desperately she threatned
3117.1Euen in my presence to dispatch of her selfe.
Then did I giue her, (tutord my mine arte)
A potion that should make her seeme as dead:
And told her that I would with all post speed
Send hence to Mantua for her Romeo,
That he might come and take her from the Toombe,
3125But he that had my Letters (Frier Iohn)
3125.1Seeking a Brother to associate him,
VVhereas the sicke infection remaind,
VVas stayed by the Searchers of the Towne.
But Romeo vnderstanding by his man,
That Iuliet was deceasde, returnde in post
Vnto Verona for to see his loue.
VVhat after happened touching Paris death,
3150Or Romeos is to me vnknowne at all.
But when I came to take the Lady hence,
I found them dead, and she awakt from sleep:
VVhom faine I would haue taken from the tombe,
VVhich she refused seeing Romeo dead.
3155Anone I heard the watch and then I fled,
VVhat after happened I am ignorant of.
And if in this ought haue miscaried
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.