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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)

    Enter Frier Iohn to Frier Lawrence.
    Iohn. Holy Franciscan Frier, Brother, ho?
    Enter Frier Lawrence.
    Law. This same should be the voice of Frier Iohn.
    Welcome from Mantua, what sayes Romeo?
    Or if his mind be writ, giue me his Letter.
    Iohn. Going to find a bare-foote Brother out,
    2825One of our order to associate me,
    Here in this Citie visiting the sick,
    And finding him, the Searchers of the Towne
    Suspecting that we both were in a house
    Where the infectious pestilence did raigne,
    2830Seal'd 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 beshrew 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, clos'd in a dead mans Tombe,