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place? Box. By love, that first did prompt me to inquire; He lent me counsel, and I lent him eyes. I am no pilot, yet, wert thou as far As that vast shore wash'd with the farthest sea, I would* adventure for such merchandise. h i- Thou know'st the mask of night is en my face, Dee would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek, For that which thou hast heard me speak to-night. Fun would I dwell on form, fain, fain deny What I have spoke; but farewell compliment !b Dost thou love me ?+ I know, thou wilt say—Ay; And I will take thy word: yet, if thou swear'st, Thou may'st prove fiJse; at lovers' perjuries, They say, Jove laughs. J O, gentle Romeo, I! thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully: Or if thou thmk'st I am too quickly won, Ill frown, and be perverse, and say thee nay, So thou wilt woo; but, else, not for the world. In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond, And therefore thou may'st think my Tumour §
light: i>m trust me, gentleman, 111 prove more true Than those that have more cunning'to be strange."1 I should have been more strange, I must confess, But that thou over-heard'st, ere I was 'ware, My true love's passion: therefore pardon me, -'ad not impute this yielding to light love, » hich the dark night hath so discovered. Bom. Lady, by yonder blessed || moon I vow,
f', Prut folio, ekouU. (f) First folio omits me.
:\) Pirn folio, taught. (4) First folio, bthatiour.
ti) First folio omits blrtsed.
| tU, but lean lore me,— ] That is, unlru thou love me. tut autwell complcmeut!] Away with formality and punc
• Casing-] So the quarto, 1537; later editions, including - ■ tin folio, atimc. P
'J,\u """&■) To be eTamae is to to coir, rucrved. Thus in *«HI. St. 2, of the present Play :— 175
That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops,—
Jul. O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
Rom. "What shall I swear by?
Jul. Do not swear at all;
Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
Rom. If my heart's dear love—
Jul. Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee, I have no joy of this contract to-night: It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden, Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be, Ere one can say—it lightens. Sweet, good night! ° This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet. Good night, good night! as sweet repose and rest Come to thy heart, as that within my breast!
Rom. O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?
Jul. What satisfaction canst thou have to-night?
Rom. The exchange of thy love's faithful vow for mine.
Jul. I gave thee mine before thou didst request it: And yet I would it were to give again.
Rom. Would'st thou withdraw it? fur what purpose, love?
Jul. But to be frank, and give it thee again. And yet I wish but for the thing I have: My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.
[Nurse calls within. I hear some noise within; dear love, adieu! Anon, good nurse.—Sweet Montague, be true. Stay but a little, I will come again. [Exit.
Rom. O blessed, blessed night! I am afeard, Being in night, all this is but a dream, Too flattering-sweet to be substantial.
Re-enter Juliet, above.
Ji^.. Three words, dear Romeo, and good night, indeed. If that thy bent of love be honourable, (2) Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow, By one that I'll procure to come to thee,
"'till strange love, grown bold,
Think true love acted, simple modesty."
Su, too, in Greene's " Mamilia," 1593:—
"is it the fashion in Padua to be so strange with your friends?"
• Sweet, good night!] This, and the intermediate lines down to "Stay but a little," &C., were adued after the printing of the 1597 quartu,
Where, and what time, thou wilt perform the rite;
[nurse. [Within.] Madam! Jul. By and by, I come :—
To cease thy suit," and leave me to my grief:
Rom. So thrive my soul,—
Jul. A thousand times good night! [Exit. Rom. A thousand times the worse, to want thy light.— Love goes toward love, as school-boys from their
books; But love from love, toward school, with heavy looks.
Re-enter Juliet, above.
Jul. Hist! Romeo, hist!—O, for a falconer's voice, To lure this tassel-gentle (3) back again! Bondage is hoarse, and may not speak aloud; Else would I tear the cave where echo lies, And make her airy tongue more hoarse than mine,' With repetition of my Romeo's name.b
Rom. It is my soul, that calls upon my name: How silver-sweet sound lovers' tongues by night, Like softest music to attending ears!
Rom. My dear !c
Jul. What o'clock to-moiTow
Shall I send to thee?
Rom. By the hour of nine.
Jul. I will not fail; 'tis twenty years till then. I have forgot why I did call thee back.
Rom. Let me stand here till thou remember it.
Jul. I shall forget, to have thee still stand there, Remembering how I love thy company.
Rom. And I'll still stay, to have thee still forget,
Forgetting any other home but this.
Jul. 'Tis almost morning; I would have thee gone: And yet, no farther than a wanton's bird; That lets it hop a little from her* hand, Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves, And with a silk f thread plucks it back again, So loving-jealous of his liberty.
Rom. I would, I were thy bird.
Jul. Sweet, so would I:
Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing.
sorrow/ That I shall say—good night, till it be morrow.
Rom. Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast I.-- Would I were sleep and peace, so sweet to rest! Hence will I to my ghostly father's * cell; J His help to crave, and my dear hap to tell. [Exit.
SCENE III.—Friar Laurence's Cell.
Enter Friar Laurence, with a basket.
Fhi. The grey-ey'd morn smiles on the frowning night, Checkering the eastern clouds with streaks of light; And fleckedf darkness like a drunkard reels From forth day's path, and Titan's fiery § wheels:' Now ere the sun advance his burning eye, The day to cheer, and night's dank dew to dry, I must up-fill this osier cage of ours, With baleful weeds, and precious-juiced flowers.W The earth, that's nature's mother, is her tomb ;" What is her burying grave, that is her womb: And from her womb children of divers kind, We sucking on her natural bosom find; Many for many virtues excellent, None but for some, and yet all different. O, mickle is the powerful grace, that lies In plants, herbs, stones, and their true qualities:
(*) First folio omits mine.
• So the undated quarto; the first folio reads strife.
o My Romeo's name.] So the quarto, 1597; that of 1599, and first folio, read only, "of my Borneo."
c My dear!] The quarto, 1597, has madam; that of 1599, and folio, 1623, have My niece, which, in the second folio, was altered to My tweet. Our reading is that of the undated quarto.
a Parting is such sweet sorrow,—] In the folio, 1623, and some of the quartos, this speech is allotted to Romeo, and the first line of the next to Juliet.
e My ghostly father's cell;] My ghostly father is, my spiritual father.
< And flecked darkness—] Flecked, or, as the folio, 1623, spells it, Jleckled. means 'potted, dappled, flaked. We meet with the same image in " Much Ado About Nothing," Act V. Sc. 3:—
"and look, the gentle day,
Before the wheels of Phcebus, round about,
a From forth day's path, and Titan's fiery wheels:] This is the reading of the first quarto, 1597: in the other editions, these
(*) Quarto, 1599, and first folio, hit.
four lines, slightly varied in the concluding couplet, which runt
And darknesse fleckcld like a drunkard reels.
From forth dayes pflMway, made by Titans wheelrs,—
are also printed in the middle of Romeo's speech above. The editor, or printer, of the folio, V!32, thought he was correctin* the blunder by crossing the lines out of the friar's speech, and assigning them to Romeo.
h The earth, that's nature's mother, is her tomb;] So Lucretius ;—
"Omniparens, eadem rerum commune sepulchrum." And our author, in " Pericles," has a parallel idea:—
"Time 's the king of men,
For he's their parent, and he is their grave."
For nought so vile that on the earth doth live,
Being tasted, slays all senses with the heart.
Two such opposed kings encamp them still
In man as well as herbs,—grace and rude will;
And, where the worser is predominant,
Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.
* By action dignified.] After these words the ancient copies, except the first quarto, which has no direction, have,—" Enter Romeo;" but it very frequently happens in old plays that the
Rom. Good morrow, father!
What early tongue so sweet salutcth me ?—
Therefore thy earliness doth me assure,
entrance of a character is marked some time before he really takes part in the scene. Such direction probably meaning that the actor s to be at hand, ready to enter when the cue is given.
Our Romeo hath not been in bed to-night.
Rom. That last is true, the sweeter rest was mine.
Fri. God pardon sin! wast thou with Rosaline?
Rom. With Rosaline, my ghostly father? no; I have forgot that name, and that name's woe.
Fhi. That's my good son: but where hast thou been then?
Rom. I'll tell thee, ere thou ask it me again.
Pel Be plain, good son, and * homely in thy drift; Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift.
Rom. Then plainly know, my heart's dear love is set On the fair daughter of rich Capulet: As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine; And all combin'd, save what thou must combine By holy marriage. When, and where, and how, We met, we woo'd, and made exchange of vow, I 'll tell thee as we pass; but this I pray, That thou consent to marry us to-day.
Fri. Holy saint Francis! what a change is here! Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear, So soon forsaken? young men's love then lies, Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes. Jesu Maria t what a deal of brine Hath wash'd thy sallow cheeks for Rosaline! How much salt water thrown away in waste, To season love, that of it doth not taste! The sun not yet thy sighs from heaven clears, Thy old groans ringt yet in my ancient ears; Lo, here upon thy cheek the stain doth sit Of an old tear that is not wash'd off yet: If e'er thou wast thyself and these woes thine, Thou and these woes were all for Rosaline; And art thou chang'd? pronounce this sentence
then— Women may fall, when there's no strength in men.
Rom. Thou chidd'st me oft for loving Rosaline.
Fri. For doting, not for loving, pupil mine.
Rom. And bad'st me bury love.
Fri. Not in a grave,
To lay one in, another out to have.
(*) First folio, rest homely. (t) Pint folio, yet ringing.
» She whom I love now,—] So the earliest quarto, 1597. The other old copies, including the folio, 1623, read—
"I pray thee, chide me not, her I love now." b I stand on sudden haste.] It imports me much to be speedy. So in " Richard II." Act II. Sc. 3 :—
«* It stands your grace upon, to do him right." Again, in "Richard III." Act IV. Sc. 2:—
«' It stands me much upon,
To stop all hopes whose growth may danger me."
Rom. I pray thee, chide not: she whom I love now," Doth grace for grace, and love for love allow; The other did not so.
Fri. O, she knew well,
Thy love did read by rote, and* could not spell.
Rom. O, let us hence; I stand on sudden haste.b
Fri. Wisely, and slow; they stumble, that run fast. [Exeunt.
SCENE IV.—A Street.
Mkr. Where the devil should this Romeo be ?— Came he not home to night?
Ben. Not to his father's; I spoke with his man.
MKit. Why, that same pale hard-hearted wench, that Rosaline, Torments him so, that he will sure run mad.
Ben. Tybalt, the kinsman to old Capulet, Hath sent a letter to his father's house.
Meh. A challenge, on my life.
Ben. Romeo will answer it.
1if.ii. Any man, that can write, may answer a letter.
Ben. Nay, he will answer the letter's master, how he dares, being dared.
Mkr. Alas, poor Romeo, he is already dead! stabb'd with a white wench's black eye; shot J through the ear with a love-song; the very pine of his heart cleft with the blind bow-boy's butt-shaft; and is he a man to encounter Tybalt?
Ben. Why, what is Tybalt?
Meb. More than prince of cats,(5)
I can tell you.d O, he's the courageous captain of compliments : • he fights as you sing prick-song, keeps time, distance, and proportion; rests me his minim rest,§ one,—two,—and the third in your bosom: the very butcher of a silk button, a duellist, a duellist; a gentleman of the very first house,— of the first and second cause: Ah, the immortal passado! the punto reverso! the hay!—(6)
(e) First folio, thai.
(f) First folio, household.
e The very pin of kit heart cleft—] Sec " The Two Gentlemen of Verona," Act V. Sc. 4, note (b), p. 39 of the present Vol.
<i I can tell you.] These words are found only in the quarto, 1597.
e Captain of complements:] See Act I. Sc. 1, note (r), P . 53 of the present Vol.
Him. The pox of such antic, lisping, affecting fantasticoes ; * these new tuners of accents !—By t Jau, a very good blade !—a very tall man !—a very good whore !—Why, is not this a lamentable thing, grand sire, that we should be thus afflicted with these strange flies, these fashion-mongers, these pardon■:-■■■■;■. who stand so much on the new form, that they cannot sit at ease on the old bench? O, their bom, their bons!
Bex. Here comes Romeo, here comes Romeo. Mkb. Without his roe, like a dried herring:—
O flesh, flesh, how art thou fishified is- now is he for the numbers that Petrarch flowed in: Laura, to his lady, was a kitchen-wench;— marry, she had a better love to be-rhyme her: Dido, a dowdy; Cleopatra, a gipsy; Helen and Hero, hildings and harlots; Thisbc, a grey eye or so, but not to the purpose.— Signior Romeo, bonjour! there's a French salutation to your French slop ; * you gave us the counterfeit fairly last night
Rom. Good morrow to you both; what counterfeit did I give you?
MEn. The slip, sir, the slip;b can you not conceive?
(*) All but the first copy read phantacici.
» Ynr French slop;] The slop id laid to have been a sort of Isaac kneed breeches or trousers.
6 The ilip. air, the slip;] The equivoque here is well explained it, the following passage from Greene's "Thieves falling out, Trae lira come by their Goods :"—"And therefore he went and
got him certain trips, which are counterfeit pieces of money, being brasse, and covered over with silver, which the common people call stips." Again, in Ben Jonson's "Magnetic* Lady," Act III, Sc. 6:—
"I had like t' have been Abus'd i' the business, had the slip slur'd on me, A counterfeit."