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Shall play the umpire;' arbitrating that
Fri. Hold, daughter; I do spy a kind of hope,
Jul. O, bid me leap, rather than marry Paris, From off the battlements of yonder tower ; Or walk in thievish ways; or bid me lurk Where serpents are ; chain me with roaring bears ; Or shut me nightly in a charnel-house, O'er-cover'd quite with dead men's rattling bones, With reeky shanks, and yellow chapless sculls; Or bid me go into a new-made grave, And hide me with a dead man in his shroud ; Things that, to hear them told, have made me
tremble ; And I will do it without fear or doubt, To live an unstain'd wife to my sweet love.
Fri. Hold, then; go home, be merry, give consent To marry Paris : Wednesday is to-morrow; To-morrow night look that thou lie alone, Let not thy nurse lie with thee in thy, chamber : Take thou this phial, being then in bed, And this distilled liquor drink thou off ;
5 Shall play the umpire;] That is, this knife shall decide the struggle between me and
distresses. commiss'on of thy years and art --] Commission is for authority or power.
When, presently, through all thy veins shall run
Jul. Give me, O give me! tell me not of fear.
help afford. Farewell, dear father!
[E.reunt. If no unconstant toy, &c.] If no fickle freak, no light caprice, no change of fancy, hinder the performance.
A Room in Capulet's House.
Enter CAPULET, Lady CAPULET, Nurse, and
Servant. Cap. So many guests invite as here are writ.
[Exit Servant. Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.*
2 Serv. You shall have none ill, sir ; for I'll try if they can lick their fingers.
Cap. How canst thou try them so?
2 Sero. Marry, sir, 'tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers: therefore he, that cannot lick his fingers, goes not with ine. Cap. Go, begone.
[Exit Servant. We shall be much unfurnish'd for this time. What, is my daughter gone to friar Laurence ?
Nurse. Ay, forsooth.
Enter JULIET. Nurse. See, where she comes from shrift with
Cap. How now, my headstrong? where have you
8-go hire me twenty cunning cooks.] Twenty cooks for half a dozen guests! Either Capulet has altered his mind strangely, or our author forgot what he had just made him tell us. See p. 79.
from shrift --] i.e. from confession.
gadding?] The primitive sense of this word was to straggle from house to house, and collect money, under pretence of singing carols to the Blessed Virgin.
Jul. Where I have learn'd me to repent the sin Of disobedient opposition To you,
and your behests; and am enjoin'd By holy Laurence to fall prostrate here, And beg your pardon :-Pardon, I beseech you! Henceforward I am ever ruld by you.
Cap. Send for the county ; go tell him of this I'll have this knot knit up to-morrow morning.
Jul. I met the youthful lord at Laurence' cell; And gave him what becomed love’ I might, Not stepping o'er the bounds of modesty. Cap. Why, I am glad on't; this is well,---stand
I and fetch him hither.
Jul. Nurse, will you go with me into my closet,
enough. Cap. Go, nurse, go with her :-we'll to church to-morrow.
[Exeunt Juliet and Nurse. La. Cap. We shall be short in our provision; 'Tis now near night. Сар.
Tush! I will stir about, And all things shall be well, I warrant thee, wife: Go thou to Juliet, help to deck up I'll not to bed to-night ;-let me alone; I'll play the housewife for this once.—What, ho!-They are all forth : Well, I will walk myself To county. Paris, to prepare
- becomed love -] Becomed for becoming: one participle for the other ;. a frequent practice with our author.
Against to-morrow: my heart is wondrous light,
Enter JULIET and NURSE, Jul. Ay, those attires are best:-But, gentle
nurse, I pray thee, leave me to myself to-night; For I have need of
orisons 3 To move the heavens to smile upon my state, Which, well thou know’st, is cross and full of sin.
Enter Lady CAPULET. La. Cap. What, are you busy? do
Exeunt Lady CAPULET and Nurse. Jul. Farewell!-God knows, when we shall meet
3 For I have need, &c.] Juliet plays most of her pranks under the appearance of religion : perhaps Shakspeare meant to punish her hypocrisy. Johnson.