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Be not so long to speak; I long to die,
If what thou speak'st speak not of remedy.
F. Lau. Hold, daughter: I do spy a kind of

Which craves as desperate an execution
As that is desperate which we would prevent.
If, rather than to marry county Paris,
Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself;
Then is it likely, thou wilt undertake
A thing like death to chide away this shame,
That copest with death himself to scape from it ;
And, if thou darest, I'll give thee remedy.

Ju. O, bid me leap, rather than marry Paris,
From off the battlements of yonder tower ;
Or walk in thievish ways; or bid me lurk
Where serpents are; chain me with roaring bears ;
Or shut me nightly in a charnel-house,
O'ercover'd quite with dead men's rattling bones,
With reeky shanks, and yellow chapless sculls;
Or bid me go into a new-made grave,
And hide me with a dead man in his shroud;
Things that, to hear them told, have made me

And I will do it without fear or doubt,
To live an unstain'd wife to my sweet love.
F. Lau. Hold, then; go home; be merry: give

To marry Paris : Wednesday is to-morrow :
To-morrow night look that thou lie alone;
Let not thy nurse lie with thee in thy chamber.
Take thou this phial, being then in bed,

And this distilled liquor drink thou off ;
When, presently, through all thy veins shall run
A cold and drowsy humor, which shall seise
Each vital spirit; for no pulse shall keep
His natural progress, but surcease to beat :
No warmth, no breath shall testify thou livest ;
The roses in thy lips and cheeks shall fade
To paly ashes; thy eyes' windows fall,
Like death, when he shuts up the day of life;
Each part, deprived of supple government,
Shall stiff, and stark, and cold, appear like death ;
And in this borrow'd likeness of shrunk death
Thou shalt remain full two and forty hours,
And then awake as from a pleasant sleep.
Now, when the bridegroom in the morning comes
To rouse thee from thy bed, there art thou dead :
Then, as the manner of our country is,
In thy best robes uncover'd on the bier,
Thou shalt be borne to that same ancient vault,
Where all the kindred of the Capulets lie.
In the mean time, against thou shalt awake,
Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift,
And hither shall he come; and he and I
Will watch thy waking, and that very night
Shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua.
And this shall free thee from this present shame;
If no unconstant toy, nor womanish fear,
Abate thy valor in the acting it.

Ju. Give me, give me! O, tell me not of fear.
F. Laŭ. Hold; get you gone; be strong and


In this resolve: I'll send a friar with speed
To Mantua, with my letters to thy lord.
Ju. Love, give me strength! and strength shall

help afford. Farewell, dear father!



Cap. So

A room in Capulet's house. Enter CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, NURSE, and

SERVANTS. many guests invite as here are writ.

[Exit Servant. Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.

2 Ser. You shall have none ill, sir; for I'll try if they can lick their fingers.

Cap. How canst thou try them so ?

2 Ser. Marry, sir, 'tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers; therefore he that cannot lick his fingers goes not with me. Cap. Go; be gone.

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[Exit Servant. We shall be much unfurnish'd for this time. What, is my daughter gone to friar Laurence ?

Nurse. Ay, forsooth.
Cap. Well, he may chance to do some good on

her :
A peevish self-will'd harlotry it is.

Enter JULIET. Nurse. See, where she comes from shrift with

merry look.

Cap. How now, my headstrong! where have you

been gadding? Ju. Where I have learn'd me to repent the sin Of disobedient opposition To you, and your

behests ; 1 and am enjoin'd
By holy Laurence to fall prostrate here,
And beg your pardon.---Pardon, I beseech you:
Henceforward I am ever ruled by you.

Cap. Send for the county; go tell him of this : I'll have this knot knit up to-morrow morning.

Ju. I met the youthful lord at Laurence' cell ;
And gave him what becomed 2 love I might,
Not stepping o'er the bounds of modesty.
Cap. Why, I am glad on 't; this is well; stand

This is as 't should be.—Let me see the county;
Ay, marry, go, I say, and fetch him hither.-
Now, afore God, this reverend holy friar,
All our whole city is much bound to him.

Ju. Nurse, will you go with me into my closet,
To help me sort such needful ornaments
As you think fit to furnish me to-morrow?
L. Cap. No, not till Thursday; there is time

enough. Cap. Go, nurse, go with her: we ’ll to church

to-morrow. [Exeunt Juliet and Nurse. L. Cap. We shall be short in our provision ; 'Tis now near night.

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Tush! I will stir about, , And all things shall be well, I warrant thee, wife : Go thou to Juliet, help to deck up her ; I'll not to bed to-night;-let me alone; I'll play the housewife for this once.- What, ho!They are all forth : well, I will walk myself To county Paris, to prepare him up Against to-morrow: my heart is wondrous light, Since this same wayward girl is so reclaim'd.



Juliet's chamber.

Ju. Ay, those attires are best :-but, gentle

I pray thee, leave me to myself to-night;
For I have need of many orisons
To move the heavens to smile upon my state,
Which, well thou know'st, is cross and full of sin.

L. Cap. What, are you busy? do you need my

Ju. No, madam ; we have culld such necessaries
As are behoveful for our state to-morrow.
So please you, let me now be left alone,
And let the nurse this night sit up with you ;
For, I am sure, you have your hands full all
In this so sudden business.

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