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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
    Not Peer Reviewed

    Romeo and Juliet (Quarto 1, 1597)


    Goe get mee incke and paper, hyre post horse,
    2750I will not stay in Mantua to night.
    Balt:Pardon me Sir, I will not leaue you thus,
    Your lookes are dangerous and full of feare:
    I dare not, nor I will not leaue you yet.
    2755Rom:Doo as I bid thee, get me incke and paper,
    2755.1And hyre those horse: stay not I say.

    Exit Balthasar.

    Well Iuliet, I will lye with thee to night.
    Lets see for meanes. As I doo remember
    Here dwells a Pothecarie whom oft I noted
    2765As I past by, whose needie shop is stufft
    With beggerly accounts of emptie boxes:
    2770And in the same an Aligarta hangs,
    Olde endes of packthred, and cakes of Roses,
    2775Are thinly strewed to make vp a show.
    Him as I noted, thus with my selfe I thought:
    And if a man should need a poyson now,
    (Whose present sale is death in Mantua)
    Here he might buy it. This thought of mine
    2780Did but forerunne my need: and here about he dwels.
    2780.1Being Holiday the Beggers shop is shut.
    What ho Apothecarie, come forth I say.

    2785Enter Apothecarie.

    Apo:Who calls, what would you sir?
    Rom:Heeres twentie duckates,
    Giue me a dram of some such speeding geere,
    2790As will dispatch the wearie takers life,
    As suddenly as powder being fierd
    From forth a Cannons mouth.
    2795Apo:Such drugs I haue I must of force confesse,
    But yet the law is death to those that sell them.