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Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows
Do, with their death, bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Is now the two hours' traffick of our stage;
ESCALUS, Prince of Verona.
GREGORY,} servants to Capulet.
ABRAM, servant to Montague.
Lady MONTAGUE, Wife to Montague.
Citizens of Verona ; several Men and Women, relations to both
houses; Maskers, Guards, Watchmen, and Attendants.
SCENE during the greater part of the play, in Verona: once
in the fifth Ast at Mantua.
ROMEO AND JULIET.
ACT I. SCENE I.
A publick Place,
Enter SAMPSON and GreGORY, armed with swords and
Gre. No, for then we should be colliers.
Gre. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of the collar.
Sam. I strike quickly, being moved.
Gre, To move, is--to ftir; and to be valiant, is to stand to it: therefore, if thou art moved, thou run'st zway.
Sam. A dog of that house shall move me to stand : I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's.
Gre. That shows thee a weak flave; for the weakest goes to the wall.
Sam. 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
Sam. '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 ?
Sam. 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.
Sam. Me they shall feel, while I am able to stand : and, 'tis known, I am a pretty piece of Aelh.
Gre. 'Tis well, thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thou hadit been Poor John. Draw thy tool; here comes two of the house of the Montagues.
Enter ABRAM and BALTHASAR.
Sam. My naked weapon is out; quarrel, I will back thee.
Gre. How? turn thy back, and run?
Gre. I will frown, as I pass by; and let them take it as they list.
Sam. 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, fir?
Sam. No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, fir; but I bite my thumb, fir.
Gre. Do you quarrel, sir?
Sam. If you do, fir, I am for you; I serve as good a man as you.
Abr. No better.
Enter Benvolio, at a distance. Gre. Say_better; here comes one of my master's kins
Sam. Yes, better, sir.
Sam. Draw, if you be men.--Gregory, remember thy swashing blow.
[They fight. Ben. Part, fools; put up your swords ; you know not what you do.
[beats down their swords.
Tyb. 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,
these men with me.
Enter several Parlizans of both houses, who join the fray;
then enter Citizens, with Clubs. 1. Cit. Clubs, bills, and partizans! strike! beat them
down! Down with the Capulets ! down with the Montagues !
Enter CAPULET, in bis gown; and Lady CAPULET. Cap. What noise is this ?-Give me my long sword, ho! La.Cap. A crutch, a crutch!-Why call you for a sword ?