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La. Cap. I will, and know her mind early to-morrow; To-night she's mew'd up to her heaviness.
Cap. Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender Of my child's love: I think, she will be rul'd In all respects by me; nay more, I doubt it not. Wife, go you to her ere you go to bed; Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love, And bid her, mark you me, on Wednesday next — But, soft! What day is this?
Par. Monday, my lord.
Cap. Monday? ha, — ha, — Well, Wednesday is too soon; 0' Thursday let it be : — o' Thursday, tell her, She shall be married to this noble earl. — Will you be ready? do you like this haste? We'll keep no great ado, — a friend, or two; For hark you, Tybalt being slain so late, It may be thought we held him carelessly, Being our kinsman, if we revel much. Therefore, we'll have some half a dozen friends, And there an end. But what say you to Thursday?
Par. My lord, I would that Thursday were tomorrow.
Cap. Well, get you gone: o' Thursday be it then. — Go you to Juliet, ere you go to bed, Prepare her, wife, against this wedding day. — Farewell, my lord. — Light to my chamber, ho! Afore me! it is so very late, that we May call it early by and by. — Good night. [Exeunt. Scene V.
Juliet's Bed Chamber; a Window open upon the Balcony.
Romeo and Juliet discovered.
Jul. Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day: It was the nightingale, and not the lark, That pierc'd the fearful hollow of thine ear; Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate tree. Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.
Rom. It was the lark, the herald of the morn, No nightingale: look, love, what envious streaks Do lace the severing clouds in yonder East. Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops: I must be gone and live, or stay and die.
Jul. Yon light is not day-light; I know it, I: It is some meteor that the sun exhales, To be to thee this night a torch-bearer, And light thee on thy way to Mantua: Therefore, stay yet; thou need'st not to be gone.
Rom. Let me be ta'en, let me be put to death; I am content, so thou wilt have it so. I'll say, yon grey is not the morning's eye, 'Tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia's brow; Nor that is not the lark, whose notes do beat The vaulty heaven so high above our heads: I have more care to stay, than will to go : — Come, death, and welcome! Juliet wills it so. — How is't, my soul? let's talk, it is not day.
Jul. It is, it is; hie hence, be gone, away! It is the lark that sings so out of tune, Straining harsh discords, and unpleasing sharps.
Some say, the lark makes sweet division;
Nurse. Your lady mother's coming to youi chamber: The day is broke; be wary, look about. [_Exit Nurse.
Jul. Then, window, let day in, and let life out. [They go upon the Balcony.
Rom. Farewell, farewell! one kiss, and I'll descend. [romeo descends.
Jul. Art thou gone so? love, lord! ay, husband, friend! I must hear from thee every day in the hour, For in a minute there are many days: O, by this count I shall be much in years, Ere I again behold my Romeo.
Rom. Farewell! I will omit no opportunity That may convey my greetings, love, to thee.
Jul. O, think'st thou, we shall ever meet again?
Rom. I doubt it not; and all these woes shall serve For sweet discourses in our time to come.
Jul. 0 God! I have an ill-divining soul:
Rom. And trust me, love, in my eye so do you: Dry sorrow drinks our blood. Adieu! adieu!
Jul. O Fortune, Fortune! all men call thee fickle: If thou art fickle, what dost thou with him That is renown'd for faith? Be fickle, Fortune; For, then, I hope thou wilt not keep him long, But send him back.
La. Cap. [Within.'] Ho! daughter, are you up?
Jul. Who is't that calls? is it my lady mothef? Is she not down so late, or up so early? What unaccustomed cause procures her hither?
[Returns to her Chamber.
Enter Lady Capulet.
La. Cap. Why, how now, Juliet?
Jul. Madam, I am not well.
La. Cap. Evermore weeping for your cousin's death? What! wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears? An if thou could'st, thou could'st not make him live; Therefore, have done. Some grief shews much of love; But much of grief shews still some want of wit.
Jul. Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss.
La. Cap. So shall you feel the loss, but not the friend Which you weep for.
Jul. Feeling so the loss,
I cannot choose but ever weep the friend.
La. Cap. Well, girl, thou weep'st not so much for his death, As that the villain lives which slaughter'd him.
Jul. What villain, madam?
La. Cap. That same villain, Romeo
Jul. Villain and he are many miles asunder. God pardon [him !] I do, with all my heart; And yet no man, like he, doth grieve rny heart.
La. Cap. That is, because the traitor murtherer lives.
Jul. Ay, madam, from the reach of these my hands. Would none but I might venge my cousin's death!
La. Cap. We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not: Then weep no more. I'll send to one in Mantua,— Where that same banish'd runagate doth live, — Shall give him such an unaccustom'd dram That he shall soon keep Tybalt company; And then, I hope, thou wilt be satisfied.
Jul. Indeed, I never shall be satisfied With Romeo, till I behold him—dead — Is my poor heart so for a kinsman vex'd. — Madam, if you could find out but* a man To bear a poison, I would temper it, That Romeo should upon receipt thereof Soon sleep in quiet. — 0, how my heart abhors To hear him nam'd, — and cannot come to him,— To wreak the love I bore my cousin Upon his body that hath slaughter'd him!
La. Cap. Find thou the means, and I'll find such a man. But now I'll tell thee joyful tidings, girl.
Jul. And joy comes well in such a needy time. What are they, I beseech your ladyship?
La. Cap. Well, well, thou hast a careful father, child; One who, to put thee from thy heaviness, Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy, That thou expect'st not, nor I look'd not for.
Jul. Madam, in happy time, what day is this?
La. Cap. Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn,