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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)

    Enter Nurse, Iuliet.
    2478.1Nur:Come, come, what need you anie thing else?
    2480Iul:Nothing good Nurse, but leaue me to my selfe:
    2480.1For I doo meane to lye alone to night.
    Nur:Well theres a cleane smocke vnder your pillow,
    and so good night. Exit.
    Enter Mother.
    2485Moth:What are you busie, doo you need my helpe?
    Iul:No Madame, I desire to lye alone,
    2486.1For I haue manie things to thinke vpon.
    Moth:Well then good night, be stirring Iuliet,
    2492.1The Countie will be earlie here to morrow. Exit.
    Iul:Farewell, God knowes when wee shall meete a-
    Ah, I doo take a fearfull thing in hand.
    What if this Potion should not worke at all,
    Must I of force be married to the Countie?
    This shall forbid it. Knife, lye thou there.
    What if the Frier should giue me this drinke
    2505To poyson mee, for feare I should disclose
    Our former marriage? Ah, I wrong him much,
    He is a holy and religious Man:
    2509.1I will not entertaine so bad a thought.
    What if I should be stifled in the Toomb?
    of Romeo and Iuliet.
    Awake an houre before the appointed time:
    2530An then I feare I shall be lunaticke,
    And playing with my dead forefathers bones,
    Dash out my franticke braines. Me thinkes I see
    2535My Cosin Tybalt weltring in his bloud,
    Seeking for Romeo: stay Tybalt stay.
    Romeo I come, this doe I drinke to thee.
    2538.1She fals vpon her bed within the Curtaines.