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ESCALUS, Prince of Verona.

PARIS, a young Nobleman, Kinsman to the Prince.
MONTAGUE, Heads of two Houses at variance
with each other.
An old Man, Uncle to Capulet.

ROMEO, Son to Montague.
MERCUTIO, Kinsman to the Prince, and Friend to


BENVOLIO, Nephew to Montague, and Friend to


TYBALT, Nephew to Lady Capulet.
FRIAR LAURENCE, a Franciscan.
FRIAR JOHN, of the same Order.
BALTHAZAR, Servant to Romeo.

GREGORY, Servants to Capulet.

SCENE, during the greater Part of the Play, in Verona; once, in the fifth Act, at Mantua.

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ABRAM, Servant to Montague.
An Apothecary.
Three Musicians.

Gre. The quarrel is between our masters, and us their meni.

Boy, Page to Paris.
PETER, an Officer.


Sam. 'Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant: when I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the maids; I will cut off their heads.

A phrase formerly in use, to signify the bearing injuries.

LADY MONTAGUE, Wife to Montague.
LADY CAPULET, Wife to Capulet.
JULIET, Daughter to Capulet.
Nurse to Juliet.

Citizens of Verona; several Men and Wonen, ela tions to both Houses; Maskers, Guaras, Watch men, and Attendants.

The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, naught could re-


Is now the two-hours' traffic of our stage;
The which, if you with patient ears attend,"
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

Gre. The heads of the maids?

heads; take it in what sense thou wilt.
Sam. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maiden-

Gre. They must take it in sense, that feel it. Sam. Me they shall feel, while I am able to stand: and, 'tis known, I am a pretty piece of flesh.

Gre. 'Tis well, thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thou hadst been poor John.2 Draw thy tool; here comes two of the house of the Montagues.

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Abr. you do, sir, I am for you; I serve as

Gre. D you quarrel, sir? arrel, sir? no, sir.


good a man as you. Abr. No better.

Sam. Well, sir.

Enter BENVOLIO, at a distance.

Gre. Say-better; here comes one of my master's kinsmen.

Sum. Yes, better, sir.

Abr. You lie.

Sam. Draw, if you be men.-Gregory, remember thy swashing blow. [They fight. Ben. Part, fools; put up your swords; you know not what you do. [Beats down their Swords. Enter TYBALT.

Tyb. What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds?

furn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death.

Ben. I do but keep the peace: put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me. Tyb. What, drawn, and talk of peace? the word,

I hate

As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee; Have at thee, coward.

[They fight. Enter several Partizans of both Houses, who join the Fray; then enter Citizens with Clubs.

Cit. Clubs,3 bills, and partizans! strike! beat them down!

Down with the Capulets! down with the Montagues! Enter CAPULET in his Gown, and LADY CAPULET. Cap. What noise is this?-Give me my long sword, ho!

La. Cap. A crutch, a crutch!-Why call you for a sword?

Cap. My sword, I say!-Old Montague is come, And flourishes his blade in spite of me.

Enter MONTAGUE and LADY MONTAGUE. Mon. Thou villain, Capulet,-Hold me not, let me go! La. Mon. Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe. Enter Prince, with Attendants.

Prin. Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, Profaners of this neighbor-stained steel,Will they not hear?-what, ho! you men, you beasts,

That quench the fire of your pernicious rage
With purple fountains issuing from your veins,
On pain of torture, from those bloody hands
Throw your mistemper'd' weapons to the ground
And hear the sentence of your moved prince.-
Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word,
By thee, old Capulet and Montague,

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Have thrice disturb'd the quiet of our streets;
And made Verona's ancient citizens
Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments,
To wield old partizans,5 in hands as old,
Canker'd with peace, to part your canker'd hate.
If ever you disturb our streets again,
Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.
For this time, all the rest depart away:
You, Capulet, shall go along with me;
And, Montague, come you this afternoon,
To know our further pleasure in this case,
To old Free-town, our common judgment-place.
Once more, on pain of death, all men depart.

[Exeunt Prince and Attendants; CAPULET,


Mon. Who set this ancient quarrel new abroach?
Speak, nephew, were you by, when it began?

Ben. Here were the servants of your adversary,
And yours, close fighting ere I did approach:
I drew to part them; in the instant came
The fiery Tybalt, with his sword prepared;
Which, as he breath'd defiance to my ears,
He swung about his head, and cut the winds,
Who, nothing hurt withal, hiss'd him in scorn:
While we were interchanging thrust and blows,
Came more and more, and fought on part and part,
Till the prince came, who parted either part.

Clubs was the usual exclamation at an affray in the
streets, as we Dw call Watch!
A kind of pike.

• Augry.

La. Mon. O, where is Romeo?-saw you him to

Right glad I am, he was not at this fray.

Ben. Madam, an hour before the worshipp'd sun
Peer'd forth the golden window of the east,
A troubled mind drave me to walk abroad;
Where, underneath the grove of sycamore,
That westward rooteth from the city's side,—
So early walking did I see your son:
Towards him I made; but he was 'ware of me
And stole into the covert of the wood:

I, measuring his affections by my own,-
That most are busied when they are most alone,-
Pursued my humor, not pursuing his
And gladly shunn'd who gladly fled from me.

Mon. Many a morning hath he there been seen,
With tears augmenting the fresh morning's dew,
Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighe
But all so soon as the all-cheering sun
Should in the furthest east begin to draw
The shady curtains from Aurora's bed,
Away from light steals home my heavy son,
And private in his chamber pens himself;
Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out,
And makes himself an artificial night:
Black and portentous must this humor prove,
Unless good counsel may the cause remove.

Ben. My noble uncle, do you know the cause!
Mon. I neither know it, nor can learn of him.
Ben. Have you impórtuned him by any means?
Mon. Both by myself and many other friends
But he, his own affections' counsellor,
Is to himself,-I will not say, how true-
But to himself so secret and so close,
So far from sounding and discovery,
As is the bud bit with an envious worm,
Ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air,
Or dedicate his beauty to the sun.
Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow
We would as willingly give cure, as know.
Enter ROMEO, at a distance.

Ben. Sec, where he comes: So please you, step

I'll know his grievance, or be much denied.
Mon. I would, thou wert so happy by thy stay,
To hear true shrift.-Come, madam, let's away.
[Exeunt MONTAGUE and Lady.
Ben. Good-morrow, cousin.

Is the day so young!

Ben. But new struck nine.
Ah me! sad hours seem long.
Was that my father that went hence so fast!
Ben. It was:-What sadness lengthens Romeo's

Rom. Not having that, which having, mal.s

them short.

Ben. In love?
Rom. Out-
Ben. Of love?

Rom. Out of her favor, where I am in love.
Ben. Alas, that love, so gentle in his view,
Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof!

Rom. Alas, that iove, whose view is muffled still.
Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will!
Where shall we dine?-O me!-What fray wa


Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all.
Here's much to do with hate, but more with love:-
Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate!
O any thing, of nothing first create!
O heavy lightness! serious vanity!
Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms!
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!
Still waking sleep, that is not what it is!-
This love feel I, that feel no love in this.
Dost thou not laugh?

No, coz, I rather weep.

Rom. Good heart, at what?
At thy good heart's oppression
Rom. Why, such is love's transgression.-
Griets of mine own lie heavy in my breast;
Which thou wilt propagate, to have it prest
With more of thine: this love, that thou nast

Doth add more grief to too much of mine own.
Love is a smoke rais'd with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes;
being vex'd, a sea nourish'd with lovers' tears:
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What is it else? a madness most discreet,

Inheritat my house; hear all, all see, choking gall, and a preserving sweet.

And like her most, whose merit most shall be: Farewell, my coz.

(Gong. Such, amongst view of many, mine, being one, B-n. Soft, I will go along;

May stand in number, though in reckoning none. An if you leave me so, you do me wrong.

Coine, go with me:-Go, sirrah, trudge about Rom. Tut, I have lost myself; I am not here; Through fair Verona ; find those persons out, This is not Romeo, he's some other where.

Whose names are written there, (Gives a Paper.) Ben. Tell me in sadness who she is vou love.

and to them say, Rom. What, shall I groan, and tell thee! My house and welcome on their pleasure stay. Ben. Groan ? why no;

(Ereunt CAPULET and PARIS. But sadly tell me, who.

Serv. Find them out, whose names are written Rom. Bid a sick man in sadness make his will :- here? It is written-that the shoemaker should Ah, word ill-urged to one that is so ill!

meddle with his yard, and the tailor with his last In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman.

the fisher with his pencil, and the painter with his Ben. I aim'd so near, when I suppos'd you lov’d. i nets; but I am sent to find those persons, whose Rom. A right good marksman !-And she's fair names are here writ, and can vever find what I love.

names the writing person hath here writ. I must Ben. A right fair mark, fair coz, is soonest hit. to the learned :-In good time. Rom. Well, in that hit, you miss: she'll not be hit

Enter BENVOLIO and Roveo. With Cupid's arrow, she hath Dian's wit;

Ben. Tut, man! one fire burns out another's And, in strong proof of chastity well armid,

burning, From love's weak childish bow'she lives unharm.d. One pain is lessen'd by another's anguish; She will not stay the siege of loving terms,

Turn giddy, and be holp by backward turning: Nor bide the encounter of assailing eyes,

One desperate grief cure with another's lanNor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold:

guish: (), she is rich in beauty; only poor,

Take thou some new infection to thy eye, That, when she dies, with beauty dies her store. And the rank poison of the old will die. Ben. Then she hath sworn, that she will still live Rom. Your plantain leaf is excellent for that. chaste!

Ben. For what, I pray thee? Rom. She hath, and in that sparing makes huge Rom.

For your broken shin. waste;

Ben. Why, Romeo, art thou mad? For heauty, starv'd with her severity,

Rom. Not mad, but bound more than a madman Cuts beauty off from all posterity. She is too fair, too wise; wisely ioo fair,

Shut up in prison, kept without my food. To merit bliss by making me despair:

Whipp'd and tormented, and-Good-e'en, good She hath forsworn to love; and in that vow,

fellow. Do I live dead, that live to tell it now.

Serv. God gi' good-e'en.--I pray, sir, can you Ben. Be ruled by me, forget to think of he..

read? Rom. O, teach me how I should forget to think. Rom. Ay, mine own fortune in my misery. Ben. By giving liberty unto thine eyes;

Serv. Perhaps you have learn'd it withoui book: Erainine other beauties.

But I pray, can you read any thing you see? Rom. 'Tis the way

Rom. Ay, if I know the letters, and the lanTo call hers, exquisite, in question more:

guage. These bappy musks, that kiss fair ladies' brows, Serv. Ye say honestly: Rest you merry! Being blach, put us in mind they hide the fair; Rom. Stay, fellow; I can read.

Reads. He, that is struchen blind. cannot forget

Signior Martino, and his wife and daughters; The precious treasure of his eyesight lost:

County Anselme, and his beautemis sisters; The Show me a mistress that is passing fair,

lady widow of Vitruvio; Signier Placentio, and his What doth her beauty serve, but as a note

lovely nieces; Mercutio, and his brother Valentine; Where I may read, who pass'd that passing fair ? Mine uncle Capulet, his wife and daughters ; My Farewell; thou canst not teach me to forget. fair niece Rosaline ; Livia; Signior Valentio, ani Ben. I'll pay that doctrine, or else die in debt. his cousin Tybalt; Lucio, and the lively Helena.

[ Exeunt. A fair assembly; (Gires back the Nute.] Whither

should they come? SCENE II.-A Street.

Serv. Up. Enter CAPCLET, PARIS, and Servant.

Rom. Whither?

Serv. To supper; to our house. Cap. And Montague is bound as well as I,

Rom. Whose house? In penalty alike; and 'tis not hard, I think,

Serv. My master's. For men so old as we to keep the peace.

Rom. Indeed, I should have asked you that bePar. Of honorable reckoningi are you both;

fore. And pity 'tis, you liv'd at odds so long.

Serv. Now I'll tell you without asking: My But now, my lord, what say you to my suit?

master is the great rich Capulet; and if you be not Cap. But saying o'er what I have said before:

of the house of Montagues, I pray,come and crush My child is yet a stranger in the world,

a cup or wine. Rest you merry.

(Exit. She hath not seen the change of fourteen years; Ben. At this same ancient feast of Capulet's Let two more summers wither in their pride, Sups the fair Rosaline, whom thou so lov'st; Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.

With all the admired beauties of Verona. Par. Younger than she are happy mothers made. Go thither; and, with unattainted eye, Cap. And too soon marrd are those so early Compare her face with some that I shall show, made.

And I will make thee think thy swan a crow. The earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she, Rom. When the devout religion of mine eye She is the hopeful lady of my earth:

Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart,

fires ! My will to her consent is but a part;

And these, who, often drown'd, could never die, An she agree, within her scope of choice

Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars ! Les my consent and fair according voice.

One fairer than my love! the all-seeing sun This night I hold an old accustom'd feast,

Ne'er saw her match, since first the world begun. Whereto I have invited many a guest,

Ben. Tut! you saw her fair, none else being by Fuch as I love; and you, among the store,

Herself pois'd' with herself in either eye: One more, most welcome, makes my number

But in those crystal scales, let there be weigh'd

Your lady's love against some other maid At my poor house, look to behold this night

That I will show you, shining at this teast, Farth-treading stars, that make dark heaven light: And she shall scantshow well, that now shows best. Such comfort, as do lusty young men feel When well-apparell'd April on the heel

Rom. I'll go along, no such sight to be shown,

But to rejoice in splendor of mine own. (Exeunt. of limsing winter treads, even such delight Among fresh female birds shall you this night

• To inherit, in the language of Shakspeare. is to possess.

: We still say, in cant language, crack a bottle. Account, estimation.

" Weighed.

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Madam, I am here,


What is your will?
La. Cap. This is the matter:-Nurse, give leave
We must talk in secret.-Nurse, come back again;
I have remember'd me, thou shalt hear our counsel.
Thou know'st, my daughter's of a pretty age.
Nurse. 'Faith, I can tell her age unto an hour.
La. Cap. She's not fourteen.

Nurse. I'll lay fourteen of my teeth,-
And yet, to my teen3 be it spoken, I have but four,-
She is not fourteen: How long is it now
To Lammas-tide?

La. Cap.

A fortnight and odd days.
Nurse. Even or odd, of all days in the year,
Come Lammas-eve at night, shall she be fourteen.
Susan and she,-God rest all Christain souls!-
Were of an age.-Well, Susan is with God;
She was too good for me: But as I said,
On Lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen;
That shall she, marry; I remember it well.
'Tis since the earthquake now eleven years;
And she was wean'd,-I never shall forget it,-
Of all the days in the year, upon that day:
For I had then laid wormwood to my dug,
Sitting in the sun under the dove-house wall,
My lord and you were then at Mantua :-
Nay. I do bear a brain:-But, as I said,
When it did taste the wormwood on the nipple
Of my dug, and felt it bitter, pretty fool!
To see it tetchy, and fall out with the dug.
Shake. quoth the dove-house: 'twas no need, I trow,
To bid me trudge.

And since that time it is eleven years:
For then she could stand alone; nay, by the rood,5
She could have run and waddled all about,
For even the day before, she broke her brow:
And then my husband-God be with his soul!
A was a merry man;-took up the child:
Yea, quoth he, dost thou fall upon thy face?
Thou will fall backward, when thou hast more wit;
Will thou not, Jule? and by my holy dam.6
The pretty wretch left crying, and said-Ay:
To see now, how a jest shall come about!

I warrant, an I should live a thousand years,

I never should forget it; Wilt thou not, Jule? quoth he:

And, pretty fool, it stinted, and said—Ay. La. Cap. Enough of this; I pray thee, hold thy peace.

Nurse. Yes, madam; Yet I cannot choose but

To think it should leave crying, and say-Ay:
And yet I warrant, it had upon its brow
A bump as big as a young cockrel's stone;
A parlous knock; and it cried bitterly.
Yea, quoth my husband, fall'st upon thy face?
Thin will fall backward, when thou com'st to age;
Wilt thou not, Jule? it stinted, and said-Ay.
Jul. And stint thou too, I pray thee, nurse, say I.
Nurse. Peace, I have done. God mark thee to
his grace!

Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nurs'd:
An I might live to see thee married once,
I have my wish.

La. Cap. Marry, that marry is the very theme
I came to talk of:-Tell me, daughter Juliet,
How stands your disposition to be married?
Jul. It is an honor that I dream not of.
Nurse. An honor! were not I thine only nurse,
I'd say, thou had'st suck'd wisdom from thy teat.
La. Cap. Well, think of marriage now; younger
than you,

To my sorrow.

i.. I have a perfect remembrance or recollection. The cross. Holy dame, i. e. the blessed Virgin.

It stopped crying.

Here, in Verona, ladies of esteem,
Are made already mothers: by my count,
I was your mother much upon these years
That you are now a maid. Thus then, in brief:-
The valiant Paris seeks you for his love.

Nurse. A man, young lady! lady, such a man,
As all the world-Why, he's a man of wax.s
La. Cap. Verona's summer hath not such a

Nurse. Nay, he's a flower, in faith, a very flower. La. Cap. What say you? can you love the gentleman?

This night you shall behold him at our feast:
Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face,
And find delight writ there with beauty's pen,
Examine every married lineament,
And see how one another lends content:
And what obscured in this fair volume lies,
Find written in the margin of his eyes.
This precious book of love, this unbound lover,
To beautify him only lacks a cover:
The fish lives in the sea;' and 'tis much pride,
For fair without the fair within to hide:
That book in many's eyes doth share the glory,
That in gold clasps locks in the golden story;
So shall you share all that he doth possess,
By having him, making yourself no less.
Nurse. No less? nay, bigger; women grow by


La. Cap. Speak briefly, can you like of Paris'

Jul. I'll look to like, if looking liking move: But no more deep will I endart mine eye, Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.

Enter a Servant.

Serv. Madam, the guests are come, supper served up, you called, my young lady asked for, the nurse cursed in the pantry, and every thing in extremity. I must hence to wait; I beseech you, follow straight.

La. Cap. We follow thee.-Juliet, the county stays.

Nurse. Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days. [Exeunt.

SCENE IV.-A Street.

Enter ROMEO, MERCUTIO, BENVOLIO, with five or six Maskers, Torchbearers, and others.

Rom. What, shall this speech be spoke for our excuse?

Or shall we on without apology?

Ben. The date is out of such prolixity: We'll have no Cupid hoodwink'd with a scarf, Bearing a Tartar's painted bow of lath, Scaring the ladies like a crow-keeper;2 Nor no without-book prologue, faintly spoke After the prompter, for our entrance: But, let them measure us by what they will, We'll measure them a measure,3 and be gone. Rom. Give me a torch,I am not for this ambling; Being but heavy, I will bear the light.

Mer. Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance.

Rom. Not I, believe me: you have dancing shoes, With nimble soles: I have a soul of lead. So stakes me to the ground, I cannot move.

Mer. You are a lover: borrow Cupid's wings, And soar with them above a common bound.

Rom. I am too sore impierced with his shaft To soar with his light feathers; and so bound, I cannot bound a pitch above dull woe: Under love's heavy burden do I sink.

Mer. And, to sink in it, should you burden love; Too great oppression for a tender thing.

Rom. Is love a tender thing? it is too rough. Too rude, too boist'rous; and it pricks like thorn. Mer. If love be rough with you, be rough with


Well made, as if he had been modelled in wax.

The comments on ancient books were always printe in the margin.

i.e. Is not yet caught, whose skin was wanted to bind


A scare-crow, a figure made up to frighten crows.
A dance.

A torch bearer was a constant appendage to every troop of maskers.

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If thou art dun, we'll draw thee from the mire
Of this (save reverence) love, wherein thou stick'st
Up to the ears.-Come, we burn daylight, ho.
Rom. Nay, that's not so.

I mean, sir, in delay.
We waste our lights in vain. like lamps by day."
Take our good meaning: for our judgment sits
Five times in that, ere once in our five wits.

Rom. And we mean well, in going to this mask; But 'tis no wit to go. Mer. Why, may one ask? Rom. I dreamt a dream to-night. Mer. Rom. Well, what was yours? Mer. That dreamers often lie. Rom. In bed, asleep, while they do dream things

And so did I.


Mer. O, then, I see, queen Mab hath been with


She is the fairies' midwife; and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate-stone
On the fore-finger of an alderman,
Drawn with a team of little atomies7
Athwart men's noses as they lie asleep:
Her waggon-spokes made of long spinners' legs;
The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers;
The traces, of the smallest spider's web;
The collars, of the moonshine's watery beams:
Her whip, of cricket's bone; the lash, of film:
Her waggoner, a small grey-coated gnat,
Not half so big as a round little worm
Prick'd from the lazy finger of a maid:
Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut,
Made by the joiner squirrel, or old grub,
Time out of mind the fairies' coach-makers.
And in this state she gallops night by night
Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of


On courtiers' knees, that dream on court'sies straight:

O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees:
O'er ladies' lips, who straight on kisses dream;
Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues,
Because their breath with sweet-meats tainted are.
Sometime she gallops o'er a courtier's nose,
And then dreams he of smelling out a suit:8
And sometime comes she with a tithe-pig's tail,
Tickling a parson's nose as 'a lies asleep,
Then dreams he of another benetice:
Sometime she driveth o'er a soldier's neck,
And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats,
Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,
Of healths five fathom deep; and then anon
Drums in his ear; at which he starts, and wakes;
And, being thus frighted, swears a prayer or two,
And sleeps again. This is that very Mab,
That plats the manes of horses in the night;
And bakes the elf-locks foul sluttish hairs,
Which once untangled, much misfortune bodes
This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs,
That presses them, and learns them first to bear,
Making them women of good carriage.
This, this is she-

Peace, peace, Mercutio, peace;
Thou talk'st of nothing.

Mer. True, I talk of dreams; Which are the children of an idle brain, 6egot of nothing but vain fantasy; Which is as thin of substance as the air;


It was anciently the custom to strew rooms with rushes. ↑ Atoms. A place in court. i.e. Fairy-locks, locks of hair clotted and tangled in the night.

And more inconstant than the wind, who woos
Even now the frozen bosom of the north,
And, being anger'd, puffs away from thence,
Turning his face to the dew-dropping south.

Ben. This wind you talk of, blows us from ourselves;

Supper is done, and we shall come too late.
Rom. I fear, too early: for my mind misgives,
Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,
Shall bitterly begin his fearful date

With this night's revels; and expire the term
Of a despised life, clos'd in my breast,
By some vile forfeit of untimely death:
But He, that hath the steerage of my course,
Direct my sail!--On, lusty gentlemen.
Ben. Strike, drum.


SCENE V-A Hall in Capulet's House. Musicians waiting. Enter Servants.

1 Serv. Where's Potpan, that he helps not to take away? he shift a trencher! he scrape a trencher! 2 Serv. When good manners shall lie all in one or two men's hands, and they unwashed too, 'tis a foul thing.

1 Serv. Away with the joint stools, remove the court-cupboard, look to the plate:-good thou, save me a piece of march-pane; and, as thou lovest me, let the porter let in Susan Grindstone, and Nell.-Antony! and Potpan!

2 Serv. Ay, boy; ready.

1 Serv. You are looked for, and called for, asked for, and sought for, in the great chamber.

2 Serv. We cannot be here and there too.Cheerly, boys; be brisk a while, and the longer liver take all. [They retire behind. Enter CAPULET, &c., with the Guests and Maskers. Cap. Gentlemen, welcome! ladies, that have their toes

Unplagued with corns, will have a bout with you:-
Ah ha, my mistresses! which of you all
Will now deny to dance? she that makes dainty, she,
I'll swear, hath corns; Am I come near you now?
You are welcome, gentlemen! I have seen the day,
That I have worn a visor; and could tell
A whispering tale in a fair lady's ear,

Such as would please :--'tis gone, 'tis gone, 'tis gone. You are welcome, gentlemen!-Come, musicians, play,

A hall! a hall !3 give room, and foot it, girls.
[Music plays, and they dance.
More light, ye knaves; and turn the tables up,
And quench the fire, the room is grown too hot.-
Ah, sírrah, this unlook'd-for sport comes well.
Nay, sit, nay, sit, good cousin Capulet;
For you and I are past our dancing days:
How long is't now, since last yourself and I
Were in a mask?

2 Cup.

By'r lady, thirty years.

1 Cup. What, man! 'tis not so much, 'tis not so

much: 'Tis since the nuptial of Lucentio, Come Pentecost as quickly as it will,

Some five-and-twenty years; and then we mask'd. 2 Cap. 'Tis more, 'tis more: his son is elder, sir: His son is thirty.

1 Cap. Will you tell me that? His son was but a ward two years ago.

Rom. What lady's that which doth enrich the hand

Of yonder knight?
Serv. I know not, sir.

Rom. O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
Her beauty hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear:
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,
As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make happy my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.

Tyb. This, by his voice, should be a Montague:Fetch me my rapier, boy:-What! dares the slave Come hither, cover'd with an antic face, To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?

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