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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Erin Sadlack
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Romeo and Juliet (Quarto 2, 1599)

of Romeo and Iuliet.
3015Of death, contagion, and vnnaturall sleepe,
A greater power then we can contradict
Hath thwarted our intents, come, come away,
Thy husband in thy bosome there lies dead:
And Paris too, come ile dispose of thee,
3020Among a Sisterhood of holy Nunnes:
Stay not to question, for the watch is comming,
Come go good Iuliet, I dare no longer stay.
Iuli. Go get thee hence, for I will not away.
Whats heere? a cup closd in my true loues hand?
3025Poison I see hath bin his timelesse end:
O churle, drunke all, and left no friendly drop
To help me after, I will kisse thy lips,
Happlie some poyson yet doth hang on them,
To make me dye with a restoratiue.
3030Thy lips are warme.
Enter Boy and Watch.
Watch. Leade boy, which way.
Iuli. Yea noise? then ile be briefe. O happy dagger
3035This is thy sheath, there rust and let me dye.
Watch boy. This is the place there where the torch doth burne.
Watch. The ground is bloudie, search about the Churchyard.
3040Go some of you, who ere you find attach.
Pittifull sight, heere lies the Countie slaine,
And Iuliet bleeding, warme, and newlie dead:
Who heere hath laine this two daies buried.
Go tell the Prince, runne to the Capulets,
3045Raise vp the Mountagues, some others search,
We see the ground whereon these woes do lye,
But the true ground of all these piteous woes
We cannot without circumstance descry.
Enter Romeos man.
3050 Watch. Heres Romeos man, we found him in the Churchyard.
Chief. watch. Hold him in safetie till the Prince come hither.
Enter Frier, and another Watchman.
3. Watch. Here is a Frier that trembles, sighes, and weepes,