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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    Not Peer Reviewed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)

    The Prologue.

    TWo houshold Frends alike in dignitie,
    (In faire Verona, where we lay our Scene)
    0.5From ciuill broyles broke into enmitie,
    Whose ciuill warre makes ciuill hands vncleane.
    From forth the fatall loynes of these two foes,
    A paire of starre-crost Louers tooke their life:
    Whose misaduentures, piteous ouerthrowes,
    0.10(Through the continuing of their Fathers strife,
    And death-markt passage of their Parents rage)
    Is now the two howres traffique of our Stage.
    The which if you with patient eares attend,
    What here we want wee'l studie to amend.