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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.

    Thy beautie makes me thus effeminate,
    And in my temper softens valors steele.
    Enter Benuolio.
    Ben: Ah Romeo Romeo braue Mercutio is dead,
    That gallant spirit hath aspir'd the cloudes,
    Which too vntimely scornd the lowly earth.
    Rom: This daies black fate,on more daies doth depend
    1555This but begins what other dayes must end.

    Enter Tibalt.

    Ben: Heere comes the furious Tibalt backe againe.
    Rom: A liue in tryumph and Mercutio slaine?
    Away to heauen respectiue lenity:
    1560And fier eyed fury be my conduct now.
    Now Tibalt take the villaine backe againe,
    Which late thou gau'st me: for Mercutios soule,
    Is but a little way aboue the cloudes,
    And staies for thine to beare him company.
    1565Or thou, or I, or both shall follow him.

    Fight, Tibalt falles.
    1570Ben: Romeo away, thou seest that Tibalt's slaine,
    The Citizens approach, away, begone
    Thou wilt be taken.
    Rom: Ah I am fortunes slaue.

    Enter Citizens.

    Watch: Wher's he that slue Mercutio, Tybalt that vil-
    1580Ben: There is that Tybalt.
    Watch: Vp