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I'll bury thee in a triumphant grave,
A grave? O, no; a lantern, slaughter'd youth,
For here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes
This vault a feasting presence full of light,
Death, lie thou there, by a dead man interr'd.

Laying Paris in the Monument.
How oft when men are at the point of death
Have they been merry? which their keepers call
A lightning before death: 0, how may I
Call this a lightning ?-0, my love! my wife!
Death that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath,
Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty :
Thou art not conquer'd; beauty's ensign yet
Is crimson in thy lips, and in thy cheeks,
And death's pale flag is not advanced there.
Tybalt, ly'st thou there in thy bloody sheet ?
O, what more favour can I do to thee,
Than with that hand that cut thy youth in twain,
To sunder his that was thine enemy?
Forgive me, cousin !-Ah, dear Juliet,
Why art thou yet so fair ? Shall I believe
Į will believe (come lie thou in my arms)
That unsubstantial death is amorous;
And that the lean abhorred monster keeps
Thee here in dark to be his paramour.
For fear of that, I will still stay with thee;
And never from this palace of dim night
Depart again : here, here will I remain
With worms that are thy chamber-maids; O, here
Will I set up my everlasting rest;

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And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
From this world-wearied fesh.--Eyes, look your

last !
Arins, take your last embrace! and lips, O you
The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
A dateless bargain to engrossing death!-
Come, bitter conduct come, unsavoury guide!
Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on
The dashing rocks thy sea-sick weary

bark !
Here's to thy health, where'er thou tumblest in : 240
Here's to my love!—[Drinks] 0, true apothecary
Thy drugs are quick.-Thus with a kiss I die. [Dies.

Enter Friar LAWRENCE, with a Lantern, Crow, and

Spade.

Law. Saint Francis be my speed! how oft to.

night Have

my

old feet stumbled at graves ?-Who's there?

Enter BALTHASAR.

Balth. Here's one, a friend, and one that knows

you well.

Law. Bliss be upon you ? Tell me, good my

friend,
What torch is yond', that vainly lends his light
To grubs and eyeless sculls ? as I discern,
It burneth in the Capulets' monument.

Balth. It doth so, holy sir ; and there's my master One that you love.

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Law. Who is it?
Balth. Romeo.
Law. How long hath he been there?
Balth. Full half an hour.
Law, Go with me to the vault.

Balth. I dare pot, sir :
My master knows not, but I am gone hence;
And fearfully did menace me with death,
If I did stay to look on his intents.

260 Law. Stay then, I'll go alone: Fear comes upon

me;

0, much I fear some ill unlucky thing.

Balth. As I did sleep under this yew-tree here,
I dreamt my master and another fought,
And that my master slew him.

Law. Romeo?
Alack, alack, what blood is this, which stains
The stony entrance of this sepulchre -
What mean these imasterless and gory swords
To lie discolour'd by this place of peace ? 270
Romeo! 0, pale!--Who else? what, Paris too ?
And steep'd in blood ?--Ah, what an unkind hour
Is guilty of this lamentable chance !
The lady stirs.
Jul. [waking.) 0, comfortable friar! where is my

lord?
I do remember well where I should be,
And there I am ;-Where is my

Romeo ?
[Noise within.

Law.

[Exit.

Law. I hear some noise.--Lady, come from that

nest Of death, contagion, and unnatural sleep; A greater Power than we can contradict

280 Hath thwarted our intents; come, come away: Thy husband in thy bosom there lies dead; And Paris too; come, I'll dispose of thee Among a sisterhood of holy nuns : Stay not to question, for the watch is coming ; Come, go, good Juliet,--[Noise again.] I dare stay

no longer. Jul. Go, get thee hence, for I will not away : What's here? a cup, clos'd in my true love's hand ? Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end : O churl! drink all; and leave no friendly drop, 290 To help me after?-I will kiss thy lips; Haply, some poison yet doth hang on them, To make me die with a restorative.

[Kisses him. Thy lips are warm! · Watch. [within.] Lead, boy :- Which way? ful. Yea, noise ?—then I'll be brief.-0 happy

dagger! (Snatching Romeo's Dagger, This is thy sheath; [stabs herself.] there rust, and

let me die.

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Enter Watch, with the Page of Paris. Page. This is the place; there; where the torch

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