Internet Shakespeare Editions

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


The most lamentable Tragedie
Fri. Let me dispute with thee of thy estate.
Ro. Thou canst not speak of that thou dost not feele,
Wert thou as young as I, Iuliet thy loue,
An houre but married, Tybalt murdered,
1870Doting like me, and like me banished,
Then mightest thou speake,
Then mightst thou teare thy hayre,
And fall vpon the ground as I do now,
Taking the measure of an vnmade graue.
1875
Enter Nurse, and knocke.
Fri. Arise one knocks, good Romeo hide thy selfe.
Ro. Not I, vnlesse the breath of hartsicke grones,
1880Myst-like infold me from the search of eyes.
They knocke.
Fri. Hark how they knock (whose there) Romeo arise,
Thou wilt be taken, stay a while, stand vp.
1885
Slud knock.
Run to my studie by and by, Gods will
What simplenes is this? I come, I come.
Knocke.
Who knocks so hard? whēce come you? whats your will?
Enter Nurse.
Nur. Let me come in, and you shal know my errant:
I come from Lady Iuliet.
1895Fri. Welcome then.
Nur. O holy Frier, O tell me holy Frier,
Wheres my Ladyes Lord? wheres Romeo?
Fri. There on the ground,
With his owne teares made drunke.
1900Nur. O he is euen in my mistresse case,
Iust in her case. O wofull simpathy:
Pitious prediccament, euen so lies she,
Blubbring and weeping, weeping and blubbring,
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 deepe an O?
Rom. Nurse.
Nur. Ah