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Par. That may be, must be, Love, on Thursday next.
Jul. What must be, shall be.
Fri. That's a certain text.
Par. Come you to make confeffion to this father?
Jul. To answer That, were to confess to you.
Par. Do not deny to him, that


love me. Ful. I will confess to you, that I love him. Par. So will ye, I am sure, that you love me,

Jul. If I do so, it will be of more price Being spoke behind your back, than to your face.

Par. Poor soul, thy face is much abus'd with tears.

Jul. The tears have got small victory by that: For it was bad enough before their spight. Par. Thou wrong'it it, more than tears, with that

Jul. That is no slander, Sir, which is but truth,
And what I speak, I speak it to my face.

Par. Thy face is mine, and thou hast slander'd it.
Jul. It may be so, for it is not mine own.
Are leisure, holy father, now,
Or shall I come to you at evening mass ?

Fri. My leisure ferves me, penfive daughter, now. My lord, I must intreat the time alone.

Par. God shield, I should disturb devotion : Juliet, on Thursday early will I rowze you: Till then, adieu ! and keep this holy kiss.

[Exit Paris. Jul. Go, shut the door, and when thou hast done so, Come weep with me, past hope, past cure, paft help.

Fri. O Juliet, I already know thy grief,
It strains me past the Compass of my

I hear, you must, and nothing may prorogue it,
On Thursday next be married to this Count.

Jul. Tell me not, Friar, that thou hear'st of this,
Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it.
If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help,
Do thou but call my resolution wise,
And with this knife I'll help it presently,
God join'd my heart and Romeo's ; thou, our hands ;
And ere this hand, by thee to Romea seald,


Shall be the label to another deed,
Or my true heart with treacherous revolt
Turn to another, this shall say them both :
Therefore out of thy long-experienc'd time,
Give me some present counsel ; or, behold,
'Twixt my extreams and me this bloody knife
Shall play the umpire; arbitrating that,
Which the commission of thy years and art
Could to no issue of true honour bring :
Be not so long to speak; I long to die,
If what thou speak'it speak not of remedy.

Fri. Hold, daughter, I do 'spy a kind of hope,
Which craves as desperate an execution,
As That is desp'rate which we would prevent.
If, rather than to marry County Paris,
Thou hast the strength of will to slay thy self,
Then it is likely, thou wilt undertake
A thing like death to chide away this shame,
That cop'st with death himself, to 'scape from it:
And if tħou dar'lt, I'll give thee remedy.

Jul. O, bid me leap, rather than marry Paris,
From off the battlements of yonder tower :
Or chain me to some feepy mountain's top,
Where roaring bears and favage lions roam;
Or shut me nightly in a charnel house,
O'er-cover'd quite with dead mens' ratling bones,
With reeky shanks, and yellow chapless skulls ;
Or bid me go into à new-made Grave,
And hide me with a dead man in his shroud ;
(Things, that to hear them nam'd, have made me trem:

ble;) 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 lye alone. (Let not thy Nurse lye with thee in thy chamber :) Take thou this vial, being then in Bed, And this distilled liquor drink thou off ; When presently through all thy veins shall run

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A cold

A cold and drowsie humour, which shall seize
Each vital spirit ; for no Pulse shall keep
His nat'ral progress, but surcease to beat.
No warmth, no breath, shall testify thou livest ;
The roses in thy lips and cheeks shall fade
To paly ashes ; thy eyes' windows fall,
Like death, when he shuts up the day of life.;
Each Part, depriv'd of supple Government,
Shall stiff, and stark, and cold appear like Death :
And in this borrowed likeness of shrunk death
Thou shalt continue two and forty hours,
And then awake, as from a pleasant sleep.
Now when the bridegroom in the morning comes
To rowse thee from thy bed, there art thou dead: '
Then, as the manner of our Country is,
In thy best robes uncover'd on the bier,
Be borne to burial in thy kindred's Grave:
Thou shalt be borne to that fame antient vault,
Where all the kindred of the Capulets lye.
In the mean time, against thou shalt awake,
Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift,
And hither shall he come ; and he and I
Will watch thy Waking, and that very night
Shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua;
And This shall free thee from this present Shame,
If no unconftant toy, nor womaniħ fear,
Abate thy valour in the acting it.
Jul. Give me, oh give me, tell me not of fear.

[Taking the vial.
Fri. Hold, get you gone, be strong and prosperous
In this Resolve ; I'll send a Friar with speed
To Mantua, with my letters to thy lord.
Jul. Love, give me strength, and ftrength fhall help

afford. Farewel, dear father!



SCEN E changes to Capulet's House. Enter Capulet, Lady Capulet, Nurse, and two or three


Cap. S


Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks. Ser. You shall have none ill, Sir, for I'll try if they can lick their fingers.

Cap. How canst thou try them fo ?

Ser. Marry, Sir, 'tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers therefore he that cannot liek his fingers, goes not with me.

Cap. Go, be gone.
We shall be much unfurnish'd for this time :
What, is my daughter gone to Friar Lawrence?

Nurse. Ay, for footh.

Cap. Well, he may chance to do some good on her : A peevish self-will’d'harlotry it is.

Enter Juliet.
Nurse. See, where she comes from Shrift with merry

Cap. How now, my head-strong ? where have you

been gadding? Jul. Where I have learnt me to repent the fin of disobedient oppofition To You and your Behefts ; and am enjoin'd By holy Lawrence to fall prostrate here, And beg your pardon : Pardon, I beseech you ! Henceforward I am ever rul'd 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 Lawrence cell,
And gave him what becoming love I might,
Not stepping o'er the bounds of Modesty.

Cap. Why, I am glad on't, this is well, stand up ;
This is as't should be ; let me see the County :
Ay, marry, go, I say, and fetch him hither.


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Now, afore God, this reverend holy Friar,
All our whole city is much bound to him.

Jul. Nurse, will you go with me into my closet,
To help me fort such needful ornaments

think fit to furnish me to morrow? La. Cap. No, not 'till Thursday, there is time enough. Cap. Go, nurse, go with her; we'll to Church to

[Exeunt Juliet and Nurse. La. Cap. We shall be short in our provision ; 'Tis now near night.

Cap. Tush, I will ftir about,
And all things shall be well, I warrant thee, wife:
Go thou to Juliet, help to deck up her,
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


self To County Paris, to prepare


up Against to morrow. My heart's wondrous light, Since this same way.ward girl is so reclaim'd.

[Exeunt Capulet and lady Capulet,

SCENE changes to Juliet's Chamber.

Enter Juliet and Nurse.
Y, those attires are best ; but, gentle nurse,


For I have need of many Orisons
To move the heav'ns to smile upon my State,
Which, well thou know'it, is cross, and full of Sin.

Enter lady Capulet.
La. Cap. What, are you busie, do you need my help?

Jul. No, Madam, we have culld such necessaries
As are behoveful for our state to morrow :
So please you, let me now be left alone,
And let the nurse this night fit up with you :
For, I am sure, you have


hands full all, In this so sudden business, La. Cap. Good night,



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