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  • Title: Romeo and Juliet (Quarto 1, 1597)
  • 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 (Quarto 1, 1597)

    of Romeo and Iuliet.

    Too like the lightning that doth cease to bee
    920Ere one can say it lightens. I heare some comming,
    Deare loue adew, sweet Mountague be true,
    940Stay but a little and il'e come againe.
    Ro: O blessed blessed night, I feare being night,
    All this is but a dreame I heare and see,
    Too flattering true to be substantiall.
    Iul: Three wordes good Romeo and good night in-
    If that thy bent of loue be honourable?
    Thy purpose marriage, send me word to morrow
    By one that il'e procure to come to thee:
    Where and what time thou wilt performe that right,
    950And al my fortunes at thy foote il'e lay,
    And follow thee my Lord through out the world.
    Ro: Loue goes toward loue like schoole boyes from
    their bookes,
    But loue from loue, to schoole with heauie lookes.
    Iul: Romeo, Romeo, O for a falkners voice,
    965To lure this Tassell gentle backe againe:
    Bondage is hoarse and may not crie aloud,
    Els would I teare the Caue where Eccho lies
    And make her airie voice as hoarse as mine,
    With repetition of my Romeos name.
    970Ro: It is my soule that calles vpon my name,
    How siluer sweet sound louers tongues in night.
    Iul: Romeo?
    Ro: Madame.
    975Iul: At what a clocke to morrow shall I send?
    Ro: At the houre of nine.
    Iul: I will not faile, tis twentie yeares till then.
    Romeo I haue forgot why I did call thee backe.