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ROMEO AND JULIET.

ACT I.

SCENE I.

A public place. Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, armed with swords and

bucklers.

Samp. Gregory, o'my word, we'll not carry coals. 1

Gre. No, for then we should be colliers.
Samp. I mean, an we be in choler, we 'll draw.

Gre. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of the collar.

Samp. I strike quickly, being moved.
Gre. But thou art not quickly moved to strike.
Samp. A dog of the house of Montague moves

me.

Gre. To move is to stir, and to be valiant is to stand to it: therefore, if thou art moved, thou runnest away.

Samp. A dog of that house sball move me to

"A phrase formerly in use to signify the bearing of injuries.

stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's.

Gre. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to the wall.

Samp. True; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall.

Gre. The quarrel is between our masters, and us their men.

Samp. 'Tis all one; I will show myself a tyrant : when I have fought with the men I will be cruel with the maids ; I will cut off their heads.

Gre. The heads of the maids ?

Samp. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads; take it in what sense thou wilt.

Gre. They must take it in sense, that feel it.

Samp. Me they shall feel, while I am able to stand; and, 'tis known, I am a pretty piece of flesh.

Gre. 'Tis well, thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thou hadst been poor John. Draw thy tool; here comes two of the house of the Montagues.

Enter ABRAM and BALTHASAR. Samp. My naked weapon is out: quarrel ; I will back thee.

Gre. How? turn thy back, and run ?
Samp. Fear me not.
Gre. No, marry : I fear thee !

i Poor John is bake, dried and salted.

Abr. Do you

Samp. Let us take the law of our sides ; let them begin.

Gre. I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they list.

Samp. Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it.

Abr. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir ?
Samp. I do bite my thumb, sir.

bite
your

thumb at us, sir ? Samp. Is the law on our side, if I say Ay? Gre. No.

Samp. No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir; but I bite my thumb, sir.

Gre. Do you quarrel, sir?
Abr. Quarrel, sir ? no, sir.

Samp. If you do, sir, I am for you; I serve as good a '

man as you. Abr. No better. Samp. Well, sir.

Enter BENVOLIO, at a distance. Gre. Say, better; here comes one of my master's kinsmen.

Samp. Yes, better, sir.
Abr. You lie.

Samp. Draw, if you be men.-Gregory, remember the swashing 1 blow.

(they fight.

I Noisy.

Ben. Part, fools; put up your swords : you know not what you do. [beats down their swords.

Enter TYBALT.
Ty. What, art thou drawn among these heartless

hinds ?
Turn thee, Benvolio; look upon thy death.

Ben. I do but keep the peace; put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me. Ty. What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the

word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee: Have at thee, coward.

[they fight.

Enter several Partisans of both houses, who join the

fray; then enter CITIZENS, with clubs. i Cit. Clubs, bills, and partisans !1 strike! beat

them down! Down with the Capulets! down with the Mon

tagues !

Enter CAPULET, in his gown ; and LADY CAPULET. Cap. What noise is this ?-Give me my long

sword, ho! L. Cap. A crutch, a crutch !—Why call you for a

sword ? Cap. My sword, I say !-Old Montague is come,

1 A bill is a battle-axe, and a partisan a kind of pike.

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