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Two housholds, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
A pair of star-croft lovers take their life;
Do, with their death, bury their parents' strife.
And the continuance of their parents'rage,
Is now the two hours' traffick of our stage;
i This prologue, after the first copy was published in 1597, received several alterations, both in respect of correctness and versification. In the folio it is omitted. The play was originally performed by ibe Rigbo Honourable tbe Lord of Hunsdon bis servants.
In the first of K. James I. was made an act of parliament for some restraint or limitation of noblemen in the protection of players, or of players under their sanction. STEEVENS.
Únder the word PROLOGUE, in the copy of 1599 is printed Chorus,
Two household frends, alike in dignitie,
In faire Verona, where we lay our scene,
Whose civill warre makes civill hands uncleane,
A paire of starre-croft lovers tooke their life;
(Through the continuing of their fathers' ftrife,
Is now the two howres traffique of our stage,
What here we want, wce'll studie to amend, MALONE,
Escalus, Prince of Verona.
Gregory;}Servants 10 Capulet
Abram, servant to Montague.
Lady Montague, Wife to Montague.
Citizens of Verona ; several Men and Women, relations to
both houses; Maskers, Guards, Citizens, Watchmen, and Aitendants.
SCENE during the greater part of the play, in Verona :
once in the fifth Act a: Mantua.