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Displant a town, reverse a prince's doom,
Fri. O! then I see that madmen have no ears.
no eyes? Fri. Let me dispute with thee of thy estate. Rom. Thou canst not speak of what thou dost
not feel : Wert thou as young as I, Juliet thy love, An hour but married, Tybalt murdered, Doting like me, and like me banished ; Then might'st thou speak, then might’st thou tear
thy hair, And fall upon the ground, as I do now, Taking the measure of an unmade grave. Fri. Arise; one knocks: good Romeo, hide thyself.
[Knocking within. Rom. Not I; unless the breath of heart-sick
groans, Mist-like, infold me from the search of eyes.
[Knocking Fri. Hark, how they knock !-- Who's there?
Romeo, arise ; Thou wilt be taken. — Stay awhile. — Stand up;
[Knocking Run to my study. - By and by:-— God's will ! What wilfulness is this !—I come, I come.
[Knocking Who knocks so hard ? whence come you ? what's
your will ?
Nurse. [Within.] Let me come in, and you
shall know my errand : I come from Lady Juliet. Fri.
Welcome, then. 10
Enter the Nurse.
O, woful sympathy !
Even so lies she, Blubbering and weeping, weeping and blubbering. Stand
stand up ; stand, an you be a man: For Juliet's sake, for her sake, rise and stand; Why should you fall into so deep an O ?
Rom. Spak’st thou of Juliet ? how is it with her ?
As if that name,
5 The old copies make these words a part of the Nurse's speech. They were assigned to the Friar, at Farmer's suggestion.
6 The epithet concealed is to be understood, not of the person, but of the condition of the lady.
Did murder her; as that name's cursed hand
sack The hateful mansion.
[Drawing his Sword. Fri.
Hold thy desperate hand! Art thou a man? thy form cries out, thou art ; Thy tears are womanish; thy wild acts denote The unreasonable fury of a beast : Unseemly woman, in a seeming man! Or ill-beseeming beast, in seeming both ! Thou hast amaz'd me: by my holy order, I thought thy disposition better temper'd. Hast thou slain Tybalt? wilt thou slay thyself? And slay thy lady too that lives in thee, By doing damned hate upon thyself! Why rail'st thou on thy birth, the heaven, and earth? Since birth and heaven and earth all three do meet In thee at once; which thou at once would'st lose. Fie, fie! thou sham’st thy shape, thy love, thy wit; Which, like an usurer, abound'st in all, And usest none in that true use indeed Which should bedeck thy shape, thy love, thy wit. Thy noble shape is but a form of wax, Digressing from the valour of a man; Thy dear love, sworn, but hollow perjury, Killing that love which thou hast vow'd to cherish; Thy wit, that ornament to shape and love,
? Shakespeare has here followed Brooke's poem :
Thy crying and thy weping eyes denote a womans hart :
Misshapen in the conduct of them both,
8 To understand the force of this allusion, it should be remembered that the ancient English soldiers, using match locks, instead of locks with flints, as at present, were obliged to carry a lighted match hanging at their belts, very near to the wooden flask in which they carried their powder. The same allusion occurs in Humor's Ordinary, an old collection of English Epigrams :
“ When she his flask and touch-box set on fire,
And till this hour the burning is not out.” 9 And thou torn to pieces with thine own weapons.
Which heavy sorrow makes them apt unto :
Rom. Do so, and bid my sweet prepare to chide.
Nurse. Here, sir, a ring she bid me give you, sir. Hie you, make haste, for it grows very late. [Exit.
Rom. How well my comfort is reviv'd by this ! Fri. Go hence: Good night; and here stands all
your state : 10
Either be gone before the watch be set,
Rom. But that a joy past joy calls out on me, It were a grief, so brief to part with thee : Farewell.
SCENE IV. A Room in CAPULET's House.
Enter CAPULET, Lady CAPULET, and Paris.
Cap. Things have fallen out, sir, so unluckily, That we have had no time to move our daughter : Look you, she lov'd her kinsman Tybalt dearly, And so did I:- Well, we were born to die. 'Tis very late, she'll not come down to-night: I promise you, but for your company, I would have been a-bed an hour ago.
10 The whole of your fortune depends on this.