Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Roger Apfelbaum
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Romeo and Juliet (Quarto 1, 1597)

The excellent Tragedie

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.