Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Roger Apfelbaum
Peer Reviewed

Romeo and Juliet (Quarto 2, 1599)


of Romeo and Iuliet.
205Rom. Tut I haue lost my selfe, I am not here,
This is not Romeo, hees some other where.
Ben. Tell me in sadnesse, who is that you loue?
Ro. What shall I grone and tell thee?
Ben. Grone, why no: but sadly tell me who?
210Ro. A sicke man in sadnesse makes his will:
A word ill vrgd to one that is so ill:
In sadnesse Cozin, I do loue a woman.
Ben. I aymde so neare, when I supposde you lou'd.
Ro. A right good mark man, and shees faire I loue.
215Ben. A right faire marke faire Coze is soonest hit.
Romeo. Well in that hit you misse, sheel not be hit
With Cupids arrow, she hath Dians wit:
And in strong proofe of chastitie well armd,
From loues weak childish bow she liues vncharmd.
220Shee will not stay the siege of louing tearmes,
Nor bide th'incounter of assailing eies.
Nor ope her lap to sainct seducing gold,
O she is rich, in bewtie onely poore,
That when she dies, with bewtie dies her store.
225 Ben. Thē she hath sworn, that she wil stil liue chaste?
Ro. She hath, and in that sparing, make huge waste:
For bewtie steru'd with her seueritie,
Cuts bewtie off from all posteritie.
She is too faire, too wise, wisely too faire,
230To merit blisse by making me dispaire:
Shee hath forsworne to loue, and in that vow,
Do I liue dead, that liue to tell it now.
Ben. Be rulde by me, forget to thinke of her.
Ro. O teach me how I should forget to thinke.
235Ben. By giuing libertie vnto thine eyes,
Examine other bewties.
Ro. Tis the way to call hers (exquisit) in question more,
These happie maskes that kis faire Ladies browes,
Being black, puts vs in mind they hide the faire:
240He that is strooken blind, cannot forget
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