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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

    This doth not so: for this diuideth vs.
    Some say the Larke and loathed Toad change eyes,
    I would that now they had changd voyces too:
    2065Since arme from arme her voyce doth vs affray,
    Hunting thee hence with Huntsvp to the day.
    So now be gone, more light and light it growes.
    Rom:More light and light, more darke and darke our
    2075Farewell my Loue, one kisse and Ile descend.
    He goeth downe.
    Iul:Art thou gone so, my Lord, my Loue, my Frend?
    I must heare from thee euerie day in the hower:
    For in an hower there are manie minutes,
    Minutes are dayes, so will I number them:
    2080Oh by this count I shall be much in yeares,
    Ere I see thee againe.
    Rom:Farewell, I will omit no opportunitie
    That may conueigh my greetings loue to thee.
    Iul:Oh, thinkst thou we shall euer meete againe.
    2085Rom:No doubt, no doubt, and all this woe shall serue
    For sweete discourses in the time to come.
    Iul:Oh God, I haue an ill diuining soule.
    Me thinkes I see thee now thou art below
    Like one dead in the bottome of a Tombe:
    2090Either mine ey-sight failes, or thou lookst pale.
    Rom:And trust me Loue, in my eye so doo you,
    Drie sorrow drinkes our blood: adieu, adieu.
    Enter Nurse hastely.
    Nur:Madame beware, take heed the day is broke,
    Your Mother's comming to your Chamber, make all sure.
    She goeth downe from the window.