Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Roger Apfelbaum
Peer Reviewed

Romeo and Juliet (Quarto 2, 1599)

The most lamentable Tragedie
Harke ye, your Romeo will be here at night,
1795Ile to him, he is hid at Lawrence Cell.
Iu. O find him, giue this ring to my true Knight,
And bid him come, to take his last farewell.
Enter Frier and Romeo.

1800Fri. Romeo come forth, come forth thou fearefull man,
Affliction is enamourd of thy parts:
And thou art wedded to calamitie.
Ro. Father what newes? what is the Princes doome?
What sorrow craues acquaintance at my hand,
That I yet know not?
Fri. Too familiar
Is my deare sonne with such sowre companie?
1810I bring thee tidings of the Princes doome.
Ro. What lesse then doomesday is the Princes doome?
Fri. A gentler iudgement vanisht from his lips,
Not bodies death, but bodies banishment.
1815Rom. Ha, banishment? be mercifull, say death:
For exile hath more terror in his looke,
Much more then death, do not say banishment.
Fri. Here from Verona art thou banished:
Be patient, for the world is broad and wide.
1820Ro. There is no world without Verona walls,
But purgatorie, torture, hell it selfe:
Hence banished, is blanisht from the world.
And worlds exile is death. Then banished,
Is death, mistermd, calling death banished,
1825Thou cutst my head off with a golden axe,
And smilest vpon the stroke that murders me.
Fri. O deadly sin, ô rude vnthankfulnes,
Thy fault our law calls death, but the kind Prince
Taking thy part, hath rusht aside the law,
1830And turnd that blacke word death to banishment.