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  • Title: Romeo and Juliet (Folio 1, 1623)
  • 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 (Folio 1, 1623)

    The Tragedie of Romeo and Iuliet.69

    2065Since arme from arme that voyce doth vs affray,
    Hunting thee hence, with Hunts-vp to the day,
    O now be gone, more light and it light growes.
    Rom. More light & light, more darke & darke our woes.
    Enter Madam and Nurse.
    2070Nur. Madam.
    Iul. Nurse.
    Nur. Your Lady Mother is comming to your chamber,
    The day is broke, be wary, looke about.
    Iul. Then window let day in, and let life out.
    2075Rom. Farewell, farewell, one kisse and Ile descend.
    Iul. Art thou gone so? Loue, Lord, ay Husband, Friend,
    I must heare from thee euery day in the houre,
    For in a minute there are many dayes,
    O by this count I shall be much in yeares,
    2080Ere I againe behold my Romeo.
    Rom. Farewell:
    I will omit no oportunitie,
    That may conuey my greetings Loue, to thee.
    Iul. O thinkest thou we shall euer meet againe?
    2085Rom. I doubt it not, and all these woes shall serue
    For sweet discourses in our time to come.
    Iuilet. O God! I haue an ill Diuining soule,
    Me thinkes I see thee now, thou art so lowe,
    As one dead in the bottome of a Tombe,
    2090Either my eye-sight failes, or thou look'st pale.
    Rom. And trust me Loue, in my eye so do you:
    Drie sorrow drinkes our blood. Adue, adue. Exit.
    Iul. O Fortune, Fortune, all men call thee fickle,
    If thou art fickle, what dost thou with him
    2095That is renown'd for faith? be fickle Fortune:
    For then I hope thou wilt not keepe him long,
    But send him backe.
    Enter Mother.
    Lad. Ho Daughter, are you vp?
    2100Iul: Who ist that calls? Is it my Lady Mother.
    Is she not downe so late, or vp so early?
    What vnaccustom'd cause procures her hither?
    Lad. Why how now Iuliet?
    Iul. Madam I am not well.
    2105Lad. Euermore weeping for your Cozins death?
    What wilt thou wash him from his graue with teares?
    And if thou could'st, thou could'st not make him liue:
    Therefore haue done, some griefe shewes much of Loue,
    But much of griefe, shewes still some want of wit.
    2110Iul. Yet let me weepe, for such a feeling losse.
    Lad. So shall you feele the losse, but not the Friend
    Which you weepe for.
    Iul. Feeling so the losse,
    I cannot chuse but euer weepe the Friend.
    2115La. Well Girle, thou weep'st not so much for his death,
    As that the Villaine liues which slaughter'd him.
    Iul. What Villaine, Madam?
    Lad. That same Villaine Romeo.
    Iul. Villaine and he, be many Miles assunder:
    2120God pardon, I doe with all my heart:
    And yet no man like he, doth grieue my heart.
    Lad. That is because the Traitor liues.
    Iul. I Madam from the reach of these my hands:
    Would none but I might venge my Cozins death.
    2125Lad. We will haue vengeance for it, feare thou not.
    Then weepe no more, Ile send to one in Mantua,
    Where that same banisht Run-agate doth liue,
    Shall giue him such an vnaccustom'd dram,
    That he shall soone keepe Tybalt company:
    2130And then I hope thou wilt be satisfied.
    Iul. Indeed I neuer shall be satisfied
    With Romeo, till I behold him. Dead
    Is my poore heart so for a kinsman vext:
    Madam if you could find out but a man
    2135To beare a poyson, I would temper it;
    That Romeo should vpon receit thereof,
    Soone sleepe in quiet. O how my heart abhors
    To heare him nam'd, and cannot come to him,
    To wreake the Loue I bore my Cozin,
    2140Vpon his body that hath slaughter'd him.
    Mo. Find thou the meanes, and Ile find such a man.
    But now Ile tell thee ioyfull tidings Gyrle.
    Iul. And ioy comes well, in such a needy time,
    What are they, beseech your Ladyship?
    2145Mo. Well, well, thou hast a carefull Father Child?
    One who to put thee from thy heauinesse,
    Hath sorted out a sudden day of ioy,
    That thou expects not, nor I lookt not for.
    Iul. Madam in happy time, what day is this?
    2150Mo. Marry my Child, early next Thursday morne,
    The gallant, young, and Noble Gentleman,
    The Countie Paris at Saint Peters Church,
    Shall happily make thee a ioyfull Bride.
    Iul. Now by Saint Peters Church, and Peter too,
    2155He shall not make me there a ioyfull Bride.
    I wonder at this hast, that I must wed
    Ere he that should be Husband comes to woe:
    I pray you tell my Lord and Father Madam,
    I will not marrie yet, and when I doe, I sweare
    2160It shallbe Romeo, whom you know I hate
    Rather then Paris. These are newes indeed.
    Mo. Here comes your Father, tell him so your selfe,
    And see how he will take it at your hands.

    Enter Capulet and Nurse.

    2165Cap. When the Sun sets, the earth doth drizzle daew
    But for the Sunset of my Brothers Sonne,
    It raines downright.
    How now? A Conduit Gyrle, what still in teares?
    Euermore showring in one little body?
    2170Thou counterfaits a Barke, a Sea, a Wind:
    For still thy eyes, which I may call the Sea,
    Do ebbe and flow with teares, the Barke thy body is
    Sayling in this salt floud, the windes thy sighes,
    Who raging with the teares and they with them,
    2175Without a sudden calme will ouer set
    Thy tempest tossed body. How now wife?
    Haue you deliuered to her our decree?
    Lady. I sir;
    But she will none, she giues you thankes,
    2180I would the foole were married to her graue.
    Cap. Soft, take me with you, take me with you wife,
    How, will she none? doth she not giue vs thanks?
    Is she not proud? doth she not count her blest,
    Vnworthy as she is, that we haue wrought
    2185So worthy a Gentleman, to be her Bridegroome
    Iul. Not proud you haue,
    But thankfull that you haue:
    Proud can I neuer be of what I haue,
    But thankfull euen for hate, that is meant Loue.
    2190Cap. How now?
    How now? Chopt Logicke? what is this?
    Proud, and I thanke you: and I thanke you not.
    Thanke me no thankings, nor proud me no prouds,
    But fettle your fine ioints 'gainst Thursday next,