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A Room in Capulet's House.
Cap. Things have fallen out, sir, so unluckily,
Par. These times of woe afford no time to wo: Madam, good night: commend me to your daughter. La. Cap. I will, and know her mind early to
morrow; To-night she's mew'd up to her heaviness.
Cap. Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender 8 Of my child's love: I think, she will be rul'd In all respects by me; nay more, I doubt it not. Wife, go you to her ere you go to bed; Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love; And bid her, mark you me, on Wednesday nextBut, soft; What day is this? Par.
Monday, my lord.
7 mew'd up-] This is a phrase from falconry. A meru was a place of confinement for hawks.
8 Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender -] Desperate means only bold, adventurous, as if he had said in the vulgar phrase, I will speak a bold word, and venture to promise you my daughter,
We'll keep no great ado;-a friend, or two:
Enter Romeo and Juliet. Jul. Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day: It was the nightingale, and not the lark, That pierc'd the fearful hollow of thine ear; Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate tree:: Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.
Rom. It was the lark, the herald of the morn, No nightingale: look, love, what envious streaks Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east: Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops;
9 Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate tree:] This is not merely a poetical supposition. It is observed of the nightingale, that, if undisturbed, she sits and sings upon the same tree for many weeks together.
I must be gone and live, or stay and die.
Jul. Yon light is not day-light, I know it, I:
Rom. Let me be ta’en, let me be put to death;
Jul. It is, it is, hie hence, be gone, away;
- dark our woes.
— the pale reflex_-] The appearance of a cloud opposed to the moon.
% I have more care to stay,-] Care for inclination.
3- sweet division;] Division seems to have been the technical phrase for the pauses or parts of a musical composition.
+ Hunting thee hence with hunts up to the day.] The hunts-up was the name of the tune anciently played to wake the hunters, and collect them together. But a huntsup also signified a morning song to a new-married woman, the day after her marriage, and is used here in that sense.
Enter Nurse. Nurse. Madam! Jul. Nurse? Nurse. Your lady mother's coming to your
chamber: The day is broke; be wary, look about.
Exit Nurse. Jul. Then, window, let day in, and let life out. Rom. Farewell, farewell! one kiss, and I'll descend.
Romeo descends. Jul. Art thou gone so? my love! my lord! my
Rom. Farewell! I will omit no opportunity
Jul. O, think'st thou, we shall ever meet again?
Rom. I doubt it not; and all these woes shall serve For sweet discourses in our time to come.
Jul. O God! I have an ill-divining soul:
Rom. And trust me, love, in my eye so do you: Dry sorrow drinks our blood. Adieu! adieu !
[Exit ROMEO. Jul. O fortune, fortune! all men call thee fickle: If thou art fickle, what dost thou with him That is renown'd for faith?5 Be fickle, fortune;
s That is renown'd for faith?] This Romeo, so renown'd for faith, was but the day before dying for love of another woman : yet this is natural. Romeo was the darling object of Juliet's love, and Romeo was, of course, to have every excellence.
For then, I hope, thou wilt not keep him long,
La. Cap. [Within.] Ho, daughter! are you up?
Jul. Who is't that calls ? is it my lady mother? Is she not down so late, or up so early? What unaccustom'd cause procures her hither?6
Enter Lady Capulet.
Madam, I am not well.
death? What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with
tears? An if thou could'st, thou could'st not make him live; Therefore, have done: Some grief shows much of
love; But much of grief shows still some want of wit. .
Jul. Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss.
friend Which you weep for. Jul.
Feeling so the loss, I cannot choose but ever weep the friend. La. Cap. Well, girl, thou weep'st not so much
for his death,
Jul. What villain, madam?
That same villain, Romeo.
procures her hither?] Procures for brings.