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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 misadventurd 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' traffic of our stage ;
PERSONS OF THE DRAMA.
Escalus, Prince of Verona.
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 act, at Mantua.