Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Roger Apfelbaum
Peer Reviewed

Romeo and Juliet (Quarto 2, 1599)

The most lamentable Tragedie
1210Mer. God ye goodden faire gentlewoman.
Nur. Is it good den?
Mer. Tis no lesse I tell yee, for the bawdie hand of the dyal,
is now vpon the prick of noone.
Nur. Out vpon you, what a man are you?
1215 Ro. One gentlewoman, that Godhath made, himself to mar.
Nur. By my troth it is well said, for himselfe to mar quoth a?
Gētlemē any of you tel me wher I may find the yong Romeo?
1220Ro. I can tell you, but young Romeo will be older when you
haue found him, then he was when you sought him: I am the
youngest of that name, for fault of a worse.
Nur. You say well.
Mer. Yea is the worst wel, very wel took, ifaith, wisely, wisely.
Nur. If you be he sir, I desire some confidence with you.
Ben. She will endite him to some supper.
Mer. A baud, a baud, a baud. So ho.
1230Ro. What hast thou found?
Mer. No hare sir, vnlesse a hare sir in a lenten pie, that is some-
thing stale and hoare ere it be spent.
An old hare hoare, and an old hare hoare is very good meate in
1235But a hare that is hore, is too much for a score, when it hores ere
it be spent.
Romeo, will you come to your fathers? weele to dinner thither.
Ro. I will follow you.
1240 Mer. Farewell auncient Lady, farewell Lady, Lady, Lady.
Nur. I pray you sir, what sawcie merchant was this that was
so full of his roperie?
1245 Ro. A gentleman Nurse, that loues to heare himselfe talke,
and will speake more in a minute, then hee will stand too in a
Nur. And a speake any thing against me, Ile take him downe,
and a were lustier then he is, and twentie such Iacks: and if I
1250cannot, ile finde those that shall: scuruie knaue, I am none
of his flurt gills, I am none of his skaines mates, and thou must