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Enter Friar Lawrence and Paris,
FRI A R.
N Thursday, Sir! the time is very short.
Par. My father Capulet will have it so,
And I am nothing slow to slack his halte.
Fri. You say, you do not know the lady's mind :
Uneven in this course, I like it not.
Par. Immoderately she weeps for Tibalt's death,
And therefore have I little talk!d of love,
For Venus smiles no: in a house of tears.
Now, Sir, her father counts it dangerous
That she should give her sorrow so much fway ;
And in his wisdom haftes our marriage,
To stop the inundation of her tears ;
Now do you know the reason of this hafte ?
Fri. I would I knew not why it should be flowd.
Look, Sir, here comes the lady tow'rds my
Par. Welcome my love, my lady,
Jul. That may be, Sir, when I may be a wife.
Par. That may be, muft be, love, on Thursday next.
Jul, What must be, shall be.
Par. Come you to make confessions to this father ?
Jul. To answer that were to confess to you:
Are you at leisure, holy father, now,
Or shall I come to thee at evening mass?
Fri. My leisure ferves me, pensive daughter, now.
My lord, I must intreat the time alone.
Par. Heav'n shield, I should disturb devotion :
Juliet on Thursday early will I rouze.you :
Till then adiea ! and keep this holy kiss.
[Exit Paris. Ç
Jul. Go, shut the door; and when thou hast done fe Come weep with me, past hope, paft cure, paft help.
Fri. O Juliet, I already know thy grief.
Jul. Tell me not, Friar, that thou know'lt my grief,
Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it.
If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help,
Do thou but call my resolution wise,
And with this steel i'll help it presently.
Heav'n join'd my heart and Romeo's į thou our hands,
And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo leald,
Shall be the label to another deed,
Or my true heart with treacherous revolt
Give to another, this shall lay them both :
Therefore out of thy long-experienc'd time,
Give me some present counsel, or behold
'Twixt my extremes and me this bloody dagger
Shall play the umpire ;
Speak now, be brief; for I desire to die,
If what thou speak't speak not of remedy.
Fri. Hold, daughter ; 1 do 'py a kind of hope.
Which craves as desperate an execution,
As that is de perate which we would prevent.
If rather than to marry County Paris
Thou haft the strength or will to play thyself,
Then it is likely thou wilt undertake
A thing like death to free thee from this marriage,
And if thou dar'ft, I'll give thee remedy.
Jul. O bid me leap, rather than marry Paris,
From off the battlements of yonder tower ;
Or chain me to some fteepy mountain's top,
Where roaring bears and savage lions roam;
Or hut me nightly in a charnel-house,
O'er-cover'd quite with dead mens rattling bonet,
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 nam'd, have made me trembic;
And I will do it without fear or doubt,
To live an unstain'd wife to '
my sweet love. Fri. Hold, then go home, be merry, give consent To
marry Paris ; look thou lye alone. (Let not thy nurse lye with thee in thy chamber.)
And when thou art alone, take thou this vial,
And this distilled liquor drink thou off,
When presently through all thy veins shall run
A cold and drowsy humour, which shall seize
Each vital fpirit ; for no pulse hall keep
His nat'ral progress, but furceafe to beat.
No warmth, no breath fhall testify thou liv'it ;
The roles in thy lips and cheeks Thall fade
To paly alhes ; thy eyes' windows fall,
Like death, when he shuts up the day of life
And in this borrow'd likeness of shrunk death
Thou shalt continue 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 awakc,
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 unconftant toy nor womanish fear
Abate thy valoar in the acting it.
Jul. Give me, O give me, tell me not of fear.
[Taking the vial.
Fri. Hold, get you gone, be strong and prosperous
In this resolve; I'll send a Priar with speed
To Mantua, with my letters to thy lord.
Jul. Love, give me frength, and strength shall help
Farewel, dear father -
Enter Capulet, Lady Capulet, and Nurse.
V7 HAT, is my daughter gone to Friar Law-
rence ? Nurse. Ay forsooth.
Cap. Well, he may chance to do some good on her; A peevith self. willd harlotry it is.
Nurse. See, where she comes from Shrift with merry
look! Cap. How now, my head-strong i where have you
been gadding? Ful. Where I have learnt me to repent the fin of disobedient oppofition To you and your behests; and am enjoin'd By holy Lawrence, to fall proftrate here, And beg your pardon ; pardon, I beseech you ! Henceforward I am ever ruld by you
Cap. Send for the County, go tell him of this,
I'll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning.
Jul. I met the youthful lord at Lawrence' cell,
And gave him what becoming love I might,
Not stepping o'er the bounds of modesty.
Cap. Why I am glad on't, this is well ; ftand up;
Now afore heav'n this reverend holy Friar,-
All our whole city is much bound to him.
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, all things shall be well,
Go thou to Juliet, help to deck
I'll not to bed, but walk myself to Paris,
T'appoint him 'gainst to-morrow. My heart's lighe,
Since this fame wayward girl is so reclaim'd.
[Exeunt Capulet and lady Capalet.
S CE N E III.
Enter Juliet and Nurse.
Y, thofe attires are beft; but, gentle Nurfe,
ful. A i pray thee leave me to myself to night :
For I have need of many orisons
To move the heav'ns to smile upon my state,
Which well thou know'it is cross and full of lin.
Enter lady Capulet.
La. Cap. What, are you bufy? do you need my help?
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 fit up
For I am sure you have your hands full all,
In this so sudden business.
La. Cap. Then good night:
Get thee to bed and reft, for thou hast need. [Exeunt.
-heav'n knows, when we shall
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 yet what should they do here?