Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Roger Apfelbaum
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Romeo and Juliet (Quarto 2, 1599)


of Romeo and Iuliet.
Nur. I, I, the cords.
Iu. Ay me what news? Why dost thou wring thy hāds?
Nur. A weraday, hees dead, hees dead, hees dead,
1685We are vndone Lady, we are vndone.
Alack the day, hees gone, hees kild, hees dead.
Iu. Can heauen be so enuious?
Nur. Romeo can,
Though heauen cannot. O Romeo, Romeo,
1690Who euer would haue thought it Romeo?
Iu. What diuell art thou that dost torment me thus?
This torture should be rored in dismall hell,
Hath Romeo slaine himselfe? say thou but I,
1695And that bare vowell I shall poyson more
Then the death arting eye of Cockatrice,
I am not I, if there be such an I.
Or those eyes shot, that makes thee answere I:
If he be slaine say I, or if not, no.
1700Briefe, sounds, determine my weale or wo.
Nur. I saw the wound, I saw it with mine eyes,
God saue the marke, here on his manly brest,
A piteous coarse, a bloudie piteous coarse,
Pale, pale as ashes, all bedawbde in bloud,
1705All in goare bloud, I sounded at the sight.
Iu. O break my hart, poore banckrout break at once,
To prison eyes, nere looke on libertie.
Vile earth too earth resigne, end motion here.
1710And thou and Romeo presse on heauie beare.
Nur. O Tybalt, Tybalt, the best friend I had,
O curteous Tybalt, honest Gentleman,
That euer I should liue to see thee dead.
Iu. What storme is this that blowes so contrarie?
1715Is Romeo slaughtred? and is Tybalt dead?
My dearest Cozen, and my dearer Lord,
Then dreadfull Trumpet sound the generall doome,
For who is liuing, if those two are gone?
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Nur. Tybalt