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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

    fightes as you sing pricke-song , keepes time dystance and
    proportion, rests me his minum rest one two and the thirde
    in your bosome, the very butcher of a silken button, a Duel-
    list a Duellist, a gentleman of the very first house of the first
    and second cause, ah the immortall Passado, the Punto re-
    1130uerso, the Hay.
    Ben: The what?
    Me: The Poxe of such limping antique affecting fan-
    tasticoes these new tuners of accents. By Iesu a very good
    blade, a very tall man, a very good whoore. Why graund-
    1135sir is not this a miserable case that we should be stil afflicted
    with these strange flies: these fashionmongers, these par-
    donmees, that stand so much on the new forme, that they
    cannot sitte at ease on the old bench. Oh their bones, theyr
    Ben. Heere comes Romeo.
    Mer: Without his Roe, like a dryed Hering. O flesh flesh
    how art thou fishified. Sirra now is he for the numbers that
    Petrarch flowdin : Laura to his Lady was but a kitchin
    1145drudg, yet she had a better loue to berime her: Dido a dow-
    dy Cleopatra a Gypsie, Hero and Hellen hildings and harle-
    tries: Thisbie a gray eye or so, but not to the purpose. Signior
    Romeo bon iour, there is a French curtesie to your French
    stop: yee gaue vs the counterfeit fairely yesternight.
    Rom: What counterfeit I pray you?
    Me: The slip the slip, can you not conceiue?
    Rom: I cry you mercy my busines was great, and in such
    1155a case as mine, a man may straine curtesie.
    Mer: Oh thats as much to say as such a case as yours wil
    constraine a man to bow in the hams.
    Rom: A most curteous exposition.
    Me: Why I am the very pinke of curtesie.
    Rom: Pinke for flower?
    Mer: Right.
    Rom: Then is my Pumpe well flour'd:
    1165Mer: Well said, follow me nowe that iest till thou hast