Internet Shakespeare Editions

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

Enter Frier Iohn to Frier Lawrence.
Ioh. Holy Franciscan Frier, brother, ho.
Enter Lawrence.
Law. This same should be the voyce of Frier Iohn,
Welcome from Mantua, what sayes Romeo?
Or if his minde be writ, giue me his Letter.
Ioh. Going to find a barefoote brother out,
2825One of our order to assotiate me,
Here in this Citie visiting the sicke,
And finding him, the Searchers of the Towne
Suspecting that we both were in a house,
Where the infectious pestilence did raigne,
2830Seald vp the doores, and would not let vs forth,
So that my speed to Mantua there was staid.
Law. Who bare my Letter then to Romeo?
Iohn. I could not send it, here it is againe,
Nor get a messenger to bring it thee,
2835So fearefull were they of infection.
Law. Vnhappie fortune, by my Brotherhood,
The Letter was not nice but full of charge,
Of deare import, and the neglecting it,
May do much danger: Frier Iohn go hence,
2840Get me an Iron Crow and bring it straight
Vnto my Cell.
Iohn. Brother ile go and bring it thee.
Law. Now must I to the Monument alone,
Within this three houres will faire Iuliet wake,
2845Shee will beshrewe me much that Romeo
Hath had no notice of these accidents:
But I will write againe to Mantua,
And keepe her at my Cell till Romeo come,
Poore liuing Coarse, closde in a dead mans Tombe.