Imatges de pÓgina

Cap. Go, begone.

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

140 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 mer.

ry look.

you, and

Cap. How now, my head-strong ? where have you

been gadding?
Jul. Where I have learnt me to repent the sin
Of disobedient opposition

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

150 Cap. Send for the county; go, teil him of this; I'll have this knot knit up to-mcrrow morning.

Jul. I met the youthful lord at Lawrence' cell;
And gave him what becomed love I might,
Not stepping o'er the bounds of modesty.

Cap. Why, I am glad on't; this is well; stand up:
This is as't should be.- -Let me see the county;
Ay, marry, go, I say, and fetch hiin hither.--
Now, afore God, this reverend holy friar,
All our whole city is much bound to him. 160

Jul. 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? La. Cap. No, not ’till Thursday; there is time

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

[Exeunt Juliet, and Nurse. La. Cap. We shall be short in our provision ; 'Tis now near night.

Cap. 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 tomorrow : my heart is wondrous light,
Since this same wayward girl is so reclaim'd.

[Exeunt CAPULET, and Lady CAPULET.


Juliet's Chamber. Enter Juliet, and Nurse. Jul. Ay, those attires are best :-But, gentle nurse, 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, 180 Which, well thou know'st, is cross and full of sin.


Enter Lady Capulet. La. Cap. What, are you busy? do you need my

Jul. No, madam ; we have cullid 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.

La. Cap. Good night!
Get thee to bed, and rest; for thou hast need,


[Exeunt Lady, and Nurse. Jul. Farewel! God knows, when we shall meet

I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins,
That almost freezes up the heat of life:
I'll call them back again to comfort me;
Nurse!-What should she do here?
My dismal scene I needs must act alone.
Come, phial.
What if this mixture do not work at all ?
Shall I of force be married to the count?
No, no;--this shall forbid it :-lie thou there.

[Laying down a dagger.
What if it be a poison, which the friar
Subtly hath minister'd to have me dead;
Lest in this marriage he should be dishonour'd,
Because he married me before to Romeo?
I fear, it is : and yet, methinks; it should not,

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For he hath still been tried a holy man:
I will not entertain so bad a thought.-
How if, when I am laid into the tomb,
I wake before the time that Romeo
Come to redeem me? there's a fearful point !
Shall I not then be stifled in the vault,
To whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes

And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes?
Or, if I live, is it not very like,
The horrible conceit of death and night,
Together with the terror of the place,
As in a vault, an ancient receptacle,
Where, for these many hundred years, the bones.
Of all my buried ancestors are pack'd ;
Where bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth,
Lies festring in his shroud; where, as they say,
At some hours in the night spirits resort ;-
Alack, alack! is it not like, that I,
So early waking,—what with loathsome smells;
And shrieks like mandrakes torn out of the earth,
That living mortals, hearing them, run mad-
O! if I wake, shall I not be distraught,
Environed with all these hideous fears ?
And madly play with my forefathers' joints ? 229
And pluck the mangled Tybalt from his shroud ?,
And, in this rage, with some great kinsman's bone,
As with a club, dash out my desperate brains ?
Ó, look! methinks, I see my cousin's ghost
Seeking out Romeo, that did spit his body



Upon a rapier's point:-Stay, Tybalt, stay!
Romeo, I come ! this do I drink to thee.

She throws herself on the bed.


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Capulet's Hall. 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.

Cap. Come, stir, stir, stir! the second cock hath

The curfew bell hath rung, 'tis three o'clock :-
Look to the bak'd meats, good Angelica :
Spare not for cost.

Nurse. Go, you cot-quean, go,
Get you to bed ; 'faith, you'll be sick to-morrow
For this night's watching.

Cap. No, not a whit; What! I have watch'd ere


All night for a less cause, and ne'er been sick.
La. Cap. Ay, you have been a mouse-

e-hunt in your
But I will watch you from such watching now.

'[ Exeunt Lady CAPULET, and Nurse. Cap. A jealous-hood, a jealous-hood !-Now, fellow, What's there

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