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  • Title: Romeo and Juliet (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editor: Roger Apfelbaum
  • ISBN: 1-55058-299-2

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Roger Apfelbaum
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    Romeo and Juliet (Folio 1, 1623)

    The Tragedie of Romeo and Iuliet.

    And keepe her at my Cell till Romeo come,
    Poore liuing Coarse, clos'd in a dead mans Tombe,
    Enter Paris and his Page.

    Par. Giue me thy Torch Boy, hence and stand aloft,
    Yet put it out, for I would not be seene:
    Vnder yond young Trees lay thee all along,
    2855Holding thy eare close to the hollow ground,
    So shall no foot vpon the Churchyard tread,
    Being loose, vnfirme with digging vp of Graues,
    But thou shalt heare it: whistle then to me,
    As signall that thou hearest some thing approach,
    2860Giue me those flowers. Do as I bid thee, go.
    Page. I am almost afraid to stand alone
    Here in the Churchyard, yet I will aduenture.
    Pa. Sweet Flower with flowers thy Bridall bed I strew:
    O woe, thy Canopie is dust and stones,
    2865Which with sweet water nightly I will dewe,
    Or wanting that, with teares destil'd by mones;
    The obsequies that I for thee will keepe,
    Nightly shall be, to strew thy graue, and weepe.
    Whistle Boy.
    2870The Boy giues warning, something doth approach,
    What cursed foot wanders this wayes to night,
    To crosse my obsequies, and true loues right?
    What with a Torch? Muffle me night a while.

    Enter Romeo, and Peter.

    2875Rom. Giue me that Mattocke, & the wrenching Iron,
    Hold take this Letter, early in the morning
    See thou deliuer it to my Lord and Father,
    Giue me the light; vpon thy life I charge thee,
    What ere thou hear'st or seest, stand all aloofe,
    2880And do not interrupt me in my course.
    Why I descend into this bed of death,
    Is partly to behold my Ladies face:
    But chiefly to take thence from her dead finger,
    A precious Ring: a Ring that I must vse,
    2885In deare employment, therefore hence be gone:
    But if thou iealous dost returne to prie
    In what I further shall intend to do,
    By heauen I will teare thee ioynt by ioynt,
    And strew this hungry Churchyard with thy limbs:
    2890The time, and my intents are sauage wilde:
    More fierce and more inexorable farre,
    Then emptie Tygers, or the roaring Sea.
    Pet. I will be gone sir, and not trouble you
    Ro. So shalt thou shew me friendship: take thou that,
    2895Liue and be prosperous, and farewell good fellow.
    Pet. For all this same, Ile hide me here about,
    His lookes I feare, and his intents I doubt.
    Rom. Thou detestable mawe, thou wombe of death,
    Gorg'd with the dearest morsell of the earth:
    2900Thus I enforce thy rotten Iawes to open,
    And in despight, Ile cram thee with more food.
    Par. This is that banisht haughtie Mountague,
    That murdred my Loues Cozin; with which griefe,
    It is supposed the faire Creature died,
    2905And here is come to do some villanous shame
    To the dead bodies: I will apprehend him.
    Stop thy vnhallowed toyle, vile Mountague:
    Can vengeance be pursued further then death?
    Condemned vallaine, I do apprehend thee.
    2910Obey and go with me, for thou must die,
    Rom. I must indeed, and therfore came I hither:
    Good gentle youth, tempt not a desperate man,
    Flie hence and leaue me, thinke vpon those gone,
    Let them affright thee. I beseech thee Youth,
    2915Put not an other sin vpon my head,
    By vrging me to furie. O be gone,
    By heauen I loue thee better then my selfe,
    For I come hither arm'd against my selfe:
    Stay not, be gone, liue, and hereafter say,
    2920A mad mans mercy bid thee run away.
    Par. I do defie thy commisseration,
    And apprehend thee for a Fellon here.
    Ro. Wilt thou prouoke me? Then haue at thee Boy.
    Pet. O Lord they fight, I will go call the Watch.
    2925Pa. O I am slaine, if thon be mercifull,
    Open the Tombe, lay me with Iuliet.
    Rom. In faith I will, let me peruse this face:
    Mercutius kinsman, Noble Countie Paris,
    What said my man, when my betossed soule
    2930Did not attend him as we rode? I thinke
    He told me Paris should haue married Iuliet.
    Said he not so? Or did I dreame it so?
    Or am I mad, hearing him talke of Iuliet,
    To thinke it was so? O giue me thy hand,
    2935One, writ with me in sowre misfortunes booke.
    Ile burie thee in a triumphant graue.
    A Graue; O no, a Lanthorne; slaughtred Youth:
    For here lies Iuliet, and her beautie makes
    This Vault a feasting presence full of light.
    2940Death lie thou there, by a dead man inter'd.
    How oft when men are at the point of death,
    Haue they beene merrie? Which their Keepers call
    A lightning before death? Oh how may I
    Call this a lightning? O my Loue, my Wife,
    2945Death that hath suckt the honey of thy breath,
    Hath had no power yet vpon thy Beautie:
    Thou are not conquer'd: Beauties ensigne yet
    Is Crymson in thy lips, and in thy cheekes,
    And Deaths pale flag is not aduanced there.
    2950Tybalt, ly'st thou there in thy bloudy sheet?
    O what more fauour can I do to thee,
    Then with that hand that cut thy youth in twaine,
    To sunder his that was thy enemie?
    Forgiue me Cozen. Ah deare Iuliet:
    2955Why art thou yet so faire? I will beleeue,
    Shall I beleeue, that vnsubstantiall death is amorous?
    And that the leane abhorred Monster keepes
    Thee here in darke to be his Paramour?
    For feare of that, I still will stay with thee,
    2960And neuer from this Pallace of dym night
    Depart againe: come lie thou in my armes,
    Heere's to thy health, where ere thou tumblest in.
    O true Appothecarie!
    Thy drugs are quicke. Thus with a kisse I die.
    2965Depart againe; here, here will I remaine,
    With Wormes that are thy Chambermaides: O here
    Will I set vp my euerlasting rest:
    And shake the yoke of inauspicious starres
    From this world-wearied flesh: Eyes looke your last:
    2970Armes take your last embrace: And lips, O you
    The doores of breath, seale with a righteous kisse
    A datelesse bargaine to ingrossing death:
    Come bitter conduct, come vnsauoury guide,
    Thou desperate Pilot, now at once run on
    2975The dashing Rocks, thy Sea-sicke wearie Barke:
    Heere's to my Loue. O true Appothecary: