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Having fome business, do intreat her eyes
Jul. Ay me!
Rom. She speaks :5 Oh, speak again, bright angel! for thou art As glorious to this fight, being o'er my head, As is a winged messenger of heaven, Unto the white-upturned wond'ring eyes Of mortals, that fall back to gaze on him, When he bestrides the lazy-pacing clouds, And fails upon the bofom of the air. Jul. O Romeo, Romeo! -wherefore art thou
Romeo? Deny thy father, and refuse thy name : Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I'll no longer be a Capulet. Rom. Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?
[-Afide. Jul. 'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
4 O that I were a glove upon that hand,] This passage appears to have been ridiculed by Shirley in The School of Compliments, a comedy, 1637,
“ Oh that I were a fea upon that lip,” &c. Steevens. s 0, Speak again, bright angel! for thou art
As glorious to this night, ] Though all the printed copies concur in this reading, yet the latter part of the fimile seems to require,
As glorious to this fight ;and therefore I have ventured to alter the text fo. THEOBALD. 6
the lazy-pacing clouds,] Thus corrected from the firit edition, in the other lazy-puffing. POPE.
7 Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
Rom. I take thee at thy word :
Rom. By a name
Jul. My ears have yet not drunk a hundred words Of that tongue's uttering, yet I know the found : Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague ?
Rom. Neither, fair saint, if either thee dislike.
? Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.] i. 1. you would be just what you are, although you were not of the House of Montague. WARBURTON. I think the true reading is,
Thou art thyself, then not a Montague. Thou art a being of peculiar excellence, and hast none of the malignity of the family, from which thou hast thy name. Hanmer reads,
Thour't not thyself so, though a Montague. JOHNSON. This line is wanting in the cider quarto; ali the other editions concur in one reading. I think the passage will support Dr. Johnson's explanation withont his proposed alteration. STEVENS. 8 The elder quarto reads, Take all I have. STEEVENS.
Jul. How cam'st thou hither? tell me; and where-,
Jul. If they do see thee, they will murder thee.
Rom. Alack! there lies more peril in thine eye, Than twenty of their swords ; look thou but sweet, And I am proof against their enmity.
Jul. I would not for the world, they saw thee here.
Jul. By whose direct in thou out this place?
Rom. By love, that f: 'prompt me to enquire ; He lent me counsel, and I 10.it him eyes. I am no pilot; yet wert thou as far As that vast shore, wash'd with the farthest fea, I would adventure for such merchandise.
Jul. Thou know'st the mask of night is on my Else would a maiden-blush bepaint my check For that which thou hast heard me speak to-night. Fain would I dwell on form; fain, fain, deny What I have spoke :- but farewell compliment ! Doft thou love me? I know, thou wilt say, ay; And I will take thy word:-yet if thou swear'st, Thou may'st prove false ; at lovers' perjuries They say Jove laughs. Oh, gentle Romeo, If thou doft love, pronounce it faithfully; Or if thou think it I ain too quickly won,
I'll frown, and be perverse, and say thee nay,
Rom. Lady, by yonder blessed moon I vow,
Jul. O swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled orb; Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
Rom. What shall I swear by ?
Jul. Do not swear at all ;
Rom. If my true heart's love
Jul. Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee, I have no joy of this contract to-night: It is too rash, too unadvis'd, too sudden; Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be, Ere one can say,—it lightens. Sweet, good night. This bud of love by summer's ripening breath May prove a beauteous flower, when next we meet. Good night, good night!-as sweet repose and rest Come to thy heart, as that within my breaft!
Rom. O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied ?
9.-oying to be frange.] For coying, the modern editions have cunning. JOHNSON.
Cunning is the reading of the elder quarto, and I have restored it. STEVENS.
All the intermediate lines from Sweet, good night, to Stay but a little, &c, were added after the first copy. STSEVENS. VOL. X.
Jul. What satisfaction canst thou have to-night? Rom. The exchange of thy love's faithful vow for
mine. Jul. I gave thee mine before thou didst request it: And yet I would, it were to give again. Rom. Wouldst thou withdraw it? for what
purpose, love? Jul. But to be frank, and give it thee again. And yet I wish but for the thing I have : My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite. I hear some noise within. Dear love, adieu !
[Nurse calls within. Anon, good nurse !-Sweet Montague, be true. Stay but a little, I will come again.
[Exit. Rom. O blessed, blessed night! I am afraid, Being in night, all this is but a dream, Too flattering-sweet to be substantial.
Re-enter Juliet above. Jul. Three words, dear Romeo, and good-night,
indeed. If that thy bent of love be honourable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow, By one that I'll procure to come to thee, Where, and what time, thou wilt perform the rite ; And all my fortunes at thy foot I’li lay, And follow thee, my lord, throughout the world.
[Within : Madam. I come, anon-but if thou mean'st not well, I do beseech thee-[1Vithin : Madam.] By and by,
Rom. So thrive my soul,