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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)

    The excellent Tragedie

    Rom: My Iuliet welcome. As doo waking eyes
    1409.5(Cloasd in Nights mysts) attend the frolicke Day,
    So Romeo hath expected Iuliet,
    And thou art come.
    Iul: I am (if I be Day)
    Come to my Sunne: shine foorth, and make me faire.
    1409.10Rom: All beauteous fairnes dwelleth in thine eyes.
    Iul: Romeo from thine all brightnes doth arise.
    Fr: Come wantons, come, the stealing houres do passe
    Defer imbracements till some fitter time,
    Part for a while, you shall not be alone,
    1409.15Till holy Church haue ioynd ye both in one.
    Rom: Lead holy Father, all delay seemes long.
    Iul: Make hast, make hast, this lingring doth vs wrong.
    Fr: O, soft and faire makes sweetest worke they say.
    Hast is common hindrer in crosse way.
    Exeunt omnes.

    Enter Benuolio, Mercutio.
    Ben: I pree thee good Mercutio lets retire,
    The day is hot, the Capels are abroad.
    Mer: Thou art like one of those, that when hee comes
    into the confines of a tauerne, claps me his rapier on the
    boord, and sayes, God send me no need of thee: and by
    the operation of the next cup of wine, he drawes it on the
    1440drawer, when indeed there is no need.
    Ben: Am I like such a one?
    Mer: Go too, thou art as hot a Iacke being mooude,
    and as soone mooude to be moodie, and as soone moodie to
    be mooud.
    1445Ben: And what too?
    Mer: Nay, and there were two such, wee should haue
    none shortly. Didst not thou fall out with a man for crack-
    1450ing of nuts, hauing no other reason, but because thou hadst
    hasill eyes? what eye but such an eye would haue pickt out
    such a quarrell? With another for coughing, because hee