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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

    Each vitall spirit: for no Pulse shall keepe
    His naturall progresse, but surcease to beate:
    No signe of breath shall testifie thou liust.
    And in this borrowed likenes of shrunke death,
    2400Thou shalt remaine full two and fortie houres.
    And when thou art laid in thy Kindreds Vault,
    Ile send in hast to Mantua to thy Lord,
    And he shall come and take thee from thy graue.
    Iul.Frier I goe, be sure thou send for my deare Romeo.

    Enter olde Capolet, his Wife, Nurse, and

    2424.1Capo:Where are you sirra?
    Sor:Heere forsooth.
    Capo:Goe, prouide me twentie cunning Cookes.
    Ser:I warrant you Sir, let me alone for that, Ile knowe
    them by licking their fingers.
    Capo:How canst thou know them so?
    2430Ser:Ah Sir, tis an ill Cooke cannot licke his owne fin-
    Capo:Well get you gone.

    2433.1Exit Seruingman.

    But where's this Head-strong?
    2437.1Moth:Shees gone (my Lord) to Frier Laurence Cell
    To be confest.
    Capo:Ah, he may hap to doo some good of her,
    A headstrong selfewild harlotrie it is.