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To move the heavens to smile upon my state, Which, well thou know'st, is cross, and full of fin.
Enter lady Capulet. La.Cap. What, are you busy? do you need my help?
Jul. No, Madam; we have culld such necessarie; 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 your hands full all, In this so sudden business.
La. Cap. Good-night! Get thee to bed and rest, for thou hast need. [Exeunt. Jul. 2 Farewell !
2 Farewell! God knows when we shall
[Laying dozen a dagger.
? This speech received considerable additions after the elder copy was published. STEEVENS.
? Shall I of force be married to the Count?] Thus the eldest quarto. Succeeding quarto's, and the folio read,
Shall I be married then to-morrow morning? Steevers. 4 I will not entertain so bad a thought.] This line I have restored from the quarto, 1597. STEEVENS.
How, if, when I am laid into the tomb,
fore-fathers' joints, s As in a vault, &c.] This idea was probably supplied to our poet by his native place. The charnel at Stratford upon Avon is a very large one, and perhaps contains a greater number of bones than are to be found in any other repository of the same kind in England. - I was furnished with this anecdote by Mr. Murphy, whose very elegant and spirited defence of Shakespeare against the criticisms of Voltaire, is one of the least considerable out of many obligations which he has conferred the literary world. STEEVENS.
is it not like, that I] This speech is confused, and inconsequential, according to the disorder of Juliet's mind. Johns.
run mad-] So in Webster's Dutchess of Malfy, 1623. “ I have this night dig'd up a mandrake,
“ And am grown mad with't.” So in The Atheist's Tragedy, 1611.
• The cries of mandrakes never touch'd the ear
« With more sad horror than that voice does mine." Again, in A Christian turn'd Turk, 1612.
“ Ill rather give an ear to the black shrieks
And pluck the mangled Tybalt from his-shroud ?
[She throws berself on the bed.
SC E N E IV.
Enter lady Capulet and Nurse. La. Cap. Hold, take these keys, and fetch more
spices, Nurse. Nurse. They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.
Enter Capulet. Cap. Come, stir, stir, stir! the second cock hath
Nurse. Go, you cot-quean, go.
Cap. No, not a whit: what! I have watch'd ere
All night for a less cause, and ne'er been fick.
[Exeunt lady Capulet and Nurse.
The curfeu bell-] I know not that the morning-bell is called the curfeu in any other place. JOHNSON,
Cap. A jealous-hood, a jealous-hood!– Now, fellow, What's there?
Enter three or four with spits, and logs, and baskets. Serv. Things for the cook, Sir; but I know not
what. Cap. Make haste, make hafte! Sirrah, fetch drier
logs; Call Peter, he will shew thee where they are.
Serv. I have a head, Sir, that will find out logs, And never trouble Peter for the matter.
Cep. 'Mals, and well said; a merry whoreson! ha, Thou shalt be logger-head. --Good faith, 'tis day. The County will be here with musick straight,
[Play mufick. For so, he said, he would. I hear him near. Nurse! -wife!—what, ho! what, Nurse, I say!
and chat with Paris. Hie, make hafte, Make hafte! the bride-groom he is come already. Make hafte, I say !
(Exeunt Capulet and Nurse, severally.
S C Ε Ν Ε V.
I warrant her:
why, bride! What, ' not a word! You take your pennyworths
now; Sleep for a week; for the next night, I warrant,
The County Paris hath set up his rest,
shall rest but little. --God forgive meMarry, and amen!
-How sound is she aseep!
Enter lady Capulet.
-oh heavy day!
- set up his reft,] This expression, which is frequently employed by the old dramatick writers, is taken from the manner of firing the harquebuss. This was so heavy a gun, that the soldiers were obliged to carry a supporter called a reft, which they fixed in the ground before they levelled to take aim. Decker uses it in his comedy of Old Fortunatus, 1600 :
set your heart at rest, for I have set up my reft,
you go not.'
My reft is up,