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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 of 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 :3—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,
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 wilt fall backward, when thou hast more wit;
Wilt thou not, Jule? and, by my holy dam,
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.

3 Nay, I do bear a brain:] That is, I have a perfect remembrance or recollection.

4 it stinted,] i. e. it stopped, it forbore from weeping. VOL. IX.

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Nurse. Yes, madam; yet I cannot choose but

laugh, 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, fallst upon thy face? Thou wilt 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

1. Nurse. Peace, I have done. God mark thee to

his grace!
Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nursid :
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 honour that I dream not of.

Nurse. An honour! were not I thine only nurse, I'd

say, thou hadst suck'd wisdom from thy teat. La. Cap. Well, think of marriage now; younger 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.'

La. Cap. Verona's summer hath not such a flower. Nurse. Nay, he's a flower; in faith, a very flower. La. Cap. What say you ? can you love the gen

tleman ?

than you,

5

a man of wax.] Well made, as if he had been modelled

in wax.

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 obscur'd 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'

love?
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.

men.

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.

the margin of his eyes.] The comments on ancient books were always printed in the margin.

* The fish lives in the sea ; &c.] i. e. is not yet caught.

SCENE IV.

A Street.

Enter Romeo, MERCUTIO, Benvolio, with five or

sir Maskers, Torch-Bearers, 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 hood-wink'd with a scarf, Bearing a Tartar's painted bow of lath, Scaring the ladies like a crow-keeper ; 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, and be gone. Rom. Give me a torch, I am not for this am

bling; Being but heavy, I will bear the light. Ner. 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 a lover; borrow Cupid's wings, And soar with them above a common bound.

Rom. I am too sore enpierced with his shaft, To soar with his light feathers; and so bound,

8 The date is out of such prolixity :] Introductory speeches are out of date or fashion.

9 We'll measure them a measure,] i. e. a dance.

'Give me a torch,] A torch-bearer seems to have been a constant appendage on every troop of masks, and was not reckoned a degrading office.

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

love; Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.Give me a case to pụt my visage in:

(Putting on a Mask. A visor for a visor !--what care I, What curious eye doth quote deformities ?? Here are the beetle-brows, shall blush for me.

Ben. Come, knock, and enter; and no sooner in, But every man betake him to his legs.

Rom. A torch for me: let wantons, light of heart, Tickle the senseless rushes with their heels ;3 For I am proverb'd with a grandsire phrase, — I'll be a candle-holder, and look on,The game was ne'er so fair, and I am done. Mer. Tut! dun's the mouse, the constable's own

word : 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 day-light, ho. Rom. Nay, that's not so. Mer.

I mean, sir, in delay We waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day.

- doth quote deformities?] To quote is to observe. 3 Tickle the senseless rushes with their heels ; ] It has been already observed, that it was anciently the custom to strew rooms with rushes, before carpets were in use. 4 I'll be a candle-holder, and look on,

The game was ne'er so fair, and I am done.] An allusion to an old proverbial saying, which advises to give over when the game is at the fairest.

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