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Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek, The more I have, for both are infinite.
For that which thou hast heard me speak to-night.

[Nurse calls within.
Pain would I dwell on form, fain, fain deny I hear some noise within : dear love, adieu !
What I have spoke. But farewell compliment! Anon, good nurse !-Sweet Montague, be true.
Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say "Ay;" Stay but a little, I will come again. [Exit.
And I will take thy word: yet, if thou swear’st, Rom. O blesséd, blesséd night! I am afeard,
Thou mayst prove false : at lovers' perjuries, Being in night, all this is but a dream,
They say, Jove laughs. O, gentle Romeo, Too flattering-sweet to be substantial.
If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully:
Or, if thou think'st I am too quickly won,

Re-enter Juliet, above. I'll frown and be perverse, and say thee nay,

Jul. Three words, dear Romeo, and good night, So thou wilt woo; but else, not for the world.

indeed. In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond; If that thy bent of love be honourable, And therefore thou mayst think my haviour light: | Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow, But trust me, gentleman, I 'll prove more true By one that I 'll procure to come to thee, Than those that have more cunning to be strange. Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite: I should have been more strange, I must confess, And all my fortunes at thy foot I 'll lay, But that thou overheard'st, ere I was ware, And follow thee my lord throughout the world. My true love's passion : therefore pardon me; Nurse [within). Madam! And not impute this yielding to light love,

Jul. I come anon.-But if thou mean'st not Which the dark night hath so discovered.

Rom. Lady, by yonder blesséd moon I swear. I do beseech thee-
That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops, - Nurse (within). Madam!
Jul. O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant

Jul. By and by I come :-

To cease thy suit, and leave me to my grief. That monthly changes in her circled orb, To-morrow will I send. Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.

Rom. So thrive my soulRom. What shall I swear by ?

Jul. A thousand times good night! [Exit. Jul. Do not swear at all:

Rom. A thousand times the worse to want thy Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,

light.Which is the god of my idolatry,

Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their And I 'll believe thee.

books; Rom. If my heart's dear love

But love from love, toward school with heavy Jul. Well, do not swear. Although I joy in


[Retiring slowly. thee, I have no joy of this contráct to-night:

Re-enter Juliet, above. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden;

Jul. Hist! Romeo, hist!—0, for a falconer's Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be

voice, Ere one can say—“It lightens." Sweet, good To lure this tassel-gentle back again! night!

Bondage is hoarse, and may not speak aloud; This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath,

Else would I tear the cave where echo lies, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet. And make her airy tongue more hoarse than Good night, good night! as sweet repose and rest

Come to thy heart, as that within my breast! With repetition of my Romeo's name.

Rom. O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied ? Rom. It is my soul that calls upon my name:
Jul. What satisfaction canst thou have to-night? How silver-sweet sound lovers' tongues by night;
Rom. The exchange of thy love's faithful vow Like softest music to attending ears !
for mine.

Jul. Romeo !
Jul. I gave thee mine before thou didst re- Rom. My sweet!
quest it:


At what o'clock to-morrow And yet I would it were to give again.

Shall I send to thee?
Rom. Wouldst thou withdraw it? for what Rom. At the hour of nine.

Jul. I will not fail ; 't is twenty years till then.
Jul. But to be frank, and give it thee again. I have forgot why I did call thee back.
And yet I wish but for the thing I have:

Rom. Let me stand here till thou remember it. My bounty is as boundless as the sea,

Jul. I shall forget, to have thee still stand there, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, Remembering how I love thy company.

purpose, love?

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Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear,
So soon forsaken? young men's love, then, lies
Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.
Jesu Maria! what a deal of brine
Hath washed thy sallow cheeks for Rosaline !
How much salt water thrown away in waste,
To season love, that of it doth not taste!
The sun not yet thy sighs from heaven clears,
Thy old groans ring yet in my ancient ears;
Lo, here upon thy cheek the stain doth sit
Of an old tear, that is not washed off yet:
If e'er thou wast thyself, and these woes thine,
Thou and these woes were all for Rosaline :
And art thou changed ? pronounce this sentence,

then“Women may fall, when there is no strength in

Rom. Thou chid'dst me oft for loving Rosaline.
Fri. För doting, not for loving, pupil mine.
Rom. And bad'st me bury love.

Not in a grave
To lay one in, another out to have.

Rom. I pray thee, chide not: she whom I

love now,

Nor aught so good, but, strained from that fair use,
Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse :
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied ;
And vice sometime 's by action dignified.
Within the infant rind of this weak flower
Poison łath residence, and med’cine power:
For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each

Being tasted, slays all senses with the heart.
Two such opposéd Kings encamp them still
In man as well as herbs,—grace and rude will;
And, where the worser is predominant,
Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.

Enter Romeo. Rom. Good morrow, father!

Fri. Benedicite! What early tongue so sweet saluteth me?Young son, it argues a distempered head, So soon to bid good-morrow to thy bed : Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye, And where care lodges, sleep will never lie; But where unbruiséd youth with unstuffed brain Doth couch his limbs, there golden sleep doth

reign : Therefore thy earliness doth me assure Thou art up-roused by some distemperature; Ur if not so, then here I hit it rightOur Romeo hath not been in bed to-night. Rom. That last is true; the sweeter rest was

mine. Fri. God pardon sin! wast thou with Rosaline?

Rom. With Rosaline, my ghostly father? no; I have forgot that name, and that name 's woe. Fri. That's my good son: but where hast

thou been, then? Rom. I 'll tell thee ere thou ask it me again. I have been feasting with mine enemy; Where, on a sudden, one hath wounded me, That's by me wounded : both our remedies Within thy help and holy physic lies. I bear no hatred, blesséd man; for lo, My intercession likewise steads my foe. Fri. Be plain, good son, and homely in thy

drift: Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift. Rom. Then plainly know, my heart's dear

love is set On the fair daughter of rich Capulet: As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine; And all combined, save what thou must combine By holy marriage. When, and where, and how, We met, we wooed, and made exchange of vow, I'll tell thee as we pass : but this I pray, That thou consent to marry us this day. Fri. Holy Saint Francis! what a change is


Doth grace for grace, and love for love allow. The other did not so.

Fri. 0, she knew well Thy love did read by rote, and could not spell. But come, young waverer, come go with me, In one respect I 'll thy assistant be: For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households' rancour to pure love.

Rom. O, let us hence; I stand on sudden haste. Fri. Wisely and slow: they stumble that run fast.


Scene IV.-A Street,

Enter Benvolio and MERCUTIO. Mer. Where the devil should this Romeo be? Came he not home to-night?

Ben. Not to his father's: I spoke with his man. Mer. Ah, that same pale hard-hearted wench,

that Rosaline, Torments him so, that he will sure run mad.

Ben, Tybalt, the kinsman of old Capulet,
Hath sint a letter to his father's house.

Mer. A challenge, on my life.
Ben. Romeo will answer it.

Mer. Any man that can write may answer a letter.

Ben. Nay, he will answer the letter's master, how he dares, being dared.

Mer. Alas, poor Romeo, he is already dead! stabbed with a white wench's black eye; shot through the ear with a love-song; the very pin

goose ?

of his heart cleft with the blind bow-boy's butt- Rom. O single-soled jest, solely singular for shaft:-and is he a man to encounter Tybalt? the singleness ! Ben. Why, what is Tybalt?

Mer. Come between us, good Benvolio; my Mer. More than prince of cats, I can tell you.

wits fail. 0, he is the courageous captain of compliments. Rom. Switch and spurs, switch and spurs; or He fights as you sing prick-song; keeps time, I'll cry a match. distance, and proportion; rests me his minim Mer. Nay, if thy wits run the wildgoose-chace, rest-one, tyro, and the third in your bosom : the I have done; for thou hast more of the wildvery butcher of a silk button; a duellist, a goose in one of thy wits than, I am sure, I have duellist: a gentleman of the very first house ; of in my whole five. Was I with you there for the first and second cause. Ah, the immortal

the goose ? passado! the punto reverso! the hay !

Rom. Thou wast never with me for anything, Ben. The what?

when thou wast not there for the goose. Mer. The pox of such antic, lisping, affecting Mer. I will bite thee by the ear for that jest. fantasticoes; these new tuners of accents! “ By Rom. Nay, good goose, bite not. Jesu, a very good blade!"-"A very tall man!" Mer. Thy wit is a very bitter sweeting; it is -"A very good whore."—Why, is not this a a most sharp sauce. lamentable thing, grandsire, that we should be Rom. And is it not well served in to a sweet thus afflicted with these strange flies, these fashion - mongers, these pardonnez-mois, who Mer. O, here's a wit of cheverel, that stretches stand so much on the new form that they can- from an inch narrow to an ell broad! not sit at ease on the old bench? O, their bons, Rom. I stretch it out for that word “broad :" their bons !

which added to the goose, proves thee far and

wide a broad goose. Enter Romeo.

Mer. Why, is not this better now than groanBen, Here comes Romeo, here comes Romeo. ing for love? Now art thou sociable, now art

Mer. Without his roe, like a dried herring :- thou Romeo; now art thou what thou art, by O, flesh, flesh, how art thou fishified !-Now is art as well as by nature: for this drivelling love he for the numbers that Petrarch flowed in : is like a great natural, that runs lolling up and Laura, to his lady, was but a kitchen-wench ;- down to hide his bauble in a hole. marry, she had a better love to be-rhyme her: Ben. Stop there; stop there. Dido, a dowdy; Cleopatra, a gipsy; Helen and Mer. Thou desirest me to stop in my tale, Hero, hildings and harlots; Thisbé, a grey eye

against the hair. or so, but not to the purpose.-Signior Romeo, Ben. Thou wouldst else have made thy tale bon jour! there's a French salutation to your large. French slop. You gave us the counterfeit fairly Mer. O, thou art deceived; I would have last night.

made it short: for I was come to the whole Rom. Good-morrow to you both. What coun- depth of my tale: and meant, indeed, to occupy terfeit did I give you?

the argument no longer. Mer. The slip, sir, the slip: can you not

Rom. Here's goodly geer! conceive? Rom. Pardon, good Mercutio, my business

Enter Nurse and Peter. was great; and in such a case as mine, a man Mer. A sail, a sail, a sail ! may strain courtesy.

Ben. Two, two; a shirt and a smock. Mer. That's as much as to say, such a case

Nurse. Peter ! as yours constrains a man to bow in the hams. Peter. Anon? Rom. Meaning, to courtesy.

Nurse. My fan, Peter. Mer. Thou hast most kindly hit it.

Mer. Good Peter, to hide her face; for her Rom. A most courteous exposition.

fan 's the fairer face. Mer. Nay, I am the very pink of courtesy. Nurse God ye good morrow, gentlemen. Rom. Pink for flower.

Mer. God ye good den, fair gentlewoman. Mer. Right.

Nurse. Is it good den ? Rom. Why, then is my pump well-flowered. Mer. 'T is no less, I tell you; for the bawdy

Mer. Well said. Follow me this jest now, till hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noor.. thou hast worn out thy pump; that, when the Nurse. Out upon you, what a man are you! single sole of it is worn, the jest may remain, Rom. One, gentlewoman, that God hath made after the wearing, solely singular.

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Nurse. By my troth it is well said; , for himself to mar, quoth’a ?-Gentlemen, can any of you tell me where I may find the young Romeo ?

Rom. I can tell you; but young Romeo will be older when you have found him than he was when you sought him: I am the youngest of that name, for 'fault of a worse.

Nurse. You say well.

Mer. Yea, is the worst well? very well took, i' faith; wisely, wisely.

Nurse. If you be he, sir, I desire some confidence with you.

Ben. She will indite him to some supper.
Mer. A bawd, a bawd, a bawd! So ho!
Rom. What hast thou found ?

Mer. No hare, sir; unless a hare, sir, in a Lenten pie, that is something stale and hoar ere it be spent.

An old hare hoar.

And an old hare hoar,
Is very good meat in Lent:

But a hare that is hoar

Is too much for a score,
When it hoars ere it be spent.-

saucy merchant was this, that was so full of his Romeo, will you come to your fathers ? we'll to

ropery? dinner thither,

Rom. A gentleman, nurse, that loves to hear Rom. I will follow you.

himself talk : and will speak more in a minute Mer. Farewell, ancient lady; farewell, “lady, than he will stand to in a month. lady, lady.” (Exeunt Mercutio and Benvolio. Nurse. An 'a speak anything against me, I'll

Nurse. Marry, farewell !-- I pray you, sir, what take him down an 'a were lustier than he is, and

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