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ROMEO AND JULIET.
A deadly feud exists between the noble families of Capulet and Montague, who reside in Verona. Romeo, son of Montague, and Juliet, daughter of Capulet, become violently enamoured with each other, and are privately married, unknown to their friends, by Laurence, a Franciscan friar. Shortly after their marriage, Tybalt, one of the Capulet faction, in a street brawl, kills Mercutio, and is himself killed by Romeo. For this Romeo is exiled by the Prince of Verona, and retires to Mantua. Capuiet and his wife, ignorant of their daughter's marriage, have resolved to unite her to Paris, a young nobleman of Verona. To avoid this marriage, Juliet takes a drug provided for her by Friar Laurence, which produces a death-like lethargy. Her friends, supposing her to be dead, inter her in the tomb of the Capulets. It is intended by the friar that Romeo shall be advised of these events, so that he may be present when Juliet wakes, and take her away to Mantua. By an error, however, Romeo hears that Juliet is dead, on which he procures poison, and enters the monument in which she is entombed; here he meets Paris, who provokes him to fight, and is killed. Romeo then takes the poison. No sooner is he dead than Juliet wakes from her lethargy, and finding her husband dead by her side, stabs herself; and the play concludes with the reconciliation of the Capulets and Montagues.
The Prince of Verona's Charge to Capulet and Montague. REBELLIOUS Subjects, enemies to peace,
Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel,
Will they not hear?—what ho! you men, you beasts,—
And hear the sentence of your moved prince.
Madam, an hour before the worshipp❜d sun
Towards him I made; but he was 'ware of me,
I, measuring his affections by my own,—
And gladly shunn'd who gladly fled from me.
With tears augmenting the fresh morning's dew, Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs:
But all so soon as the all-cheering sun
Black and portentous must this humour prove,
Love is a smoke rais'd with the fume of sighs; Being purg'd, a fire sparkling in lover's eyes : Being vex'd, a sea nourish'd with lover's tears: What is it else? a madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.
Capulet's Description of Juliet's Youth.
My child is yet a stranger in the world, She hath not seen the change of fourteen years; Let two more summers wither in their pride, Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.
Capulet's Consent to the Suit of Paris.
The earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she, She is the hopeful lady of my earth : But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart, My will to her consent is but a part; An she agree, within her scope of choice Lies my consent and fair according voice. This night I hold an old accustom'd feast, Whereto I have invited many a guest, Such as I love; and you, among One more, most welcome, makes
At my poor house, look to behold this night
And like her most whose merit most shall be.
Lady Capulet's Eulogy on Paris.
What say you? can you love the gentleman?
And see how one another lends content;
Mercutio's Speech on Dreams.
O, then, I see, queen Mab hath been with you.
She is the fairies' midwife; and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate stone
On the forefinger of an alderman,
Athwart men's noses as they lie asleep :
The collars, of the moonshine's wat❜ry beams:
Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love :
Sometimes she driveth o'er a soldier's neck,
* A position at court.