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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

    2915Heape not another sinne vpon my head
    By sheding of thy bloud, I doe protest
    I loue thee better then I loue my selfe:
    For I come hyther armde against my selfe.
    Par:I doe defie thy coniurations:
    And doe attach thee as a fellon heere.
    Rom:What dost thou tempt me, then haue at thee boy.

    2923.1They fight.

    Boy:O Lord they fight, I will goe call the watch.
    2925Par:Ah I am slaine, if thou be mercifull
    Open the tombe, lay me with Iuliet.
    Rom:Yfaith I will, let me peruse this face,
    Mercutios kinsman, noble County Paris?
    What said my man, when my betossed soule
    2930Did not regard him as we past a long.
    Did he not say Paris should haue maried
    Iuliet? eyther he said so, or I dreamd it so.
    2932.1But I will satisfie thy last request,
    For thou hast prizd thy loue aboue thy life.
    2940Death lye thou there, by a dead man interd,
    How oft haue many at the houre of death
    Beene blith and pleasant? which their keepers call
    A lightning before death But how may I
    Call this a lightning. Ah deare Iuliet,
    2944.1How well thy beauty doth become this graue?
    O I beleeue that vnsubstanciall death,
    2956.1Is amorous, and doth court my loue.
    Therefore will I, O heere, O euer heere,
    Set vp my euerlasting rest
    With wormes, that are thy chamber mayds.
    Come desperate Pilot now at once runne on
    2975The dashing rockes thy sea-sicke weary barge.
    Heers to my loue. O true Apothecary:
    Thy drugs are swift: thus with a kisse I dye. Falls.