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And thou dismember'd with thine own defence 11.
What, rouse thee, man! thy Juliet is alive,
For whose dear sake thou wast but lately dead;
There art thou happy: Tybalt would kill thee,
But thou slew’st Tybalt; there art thou happy too:
The law, that threaten’d death, becomes thy friend,
And turns it to exile; there art thou happy:
A pack of blessings lights upon thy back;
Happiness courts thee in her best array;
But, like a misbehav'd and sullen wench,
Thou pout’st upon thy fortune and thy love:
Take heed, take heed, for such die miserable.
Go, get thee to thy love, as was decreed,
Ascend her chamber, hence and comfort her;
But, look, thou stay not till the watch be set,
For then thou canst not pass to Mantua ;
Where thou shalt live, till we can find a time
To blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends,
Beg pardon of the prince, and call thee back
With twenty hundred thousand times more joy
Than thou went'st forth in lamentation.-
Go before, nurse: commend me to thy lady ;
And bid her hasten all the house to bed,
Which heavy sorrow makes them apt unto :
Romeo is coming 12
Nurse. O Lord, I could have staid here all the

night,
To hear good counsel: 0, what learning is ! -
My lord, I'll tell my lady you will come.

Rom. Do so, and bid my sweet prepare to chide.

Nurse. Here, sir, a ring she bid me give you, sir: Hie you, make haste, for it

grows very

late.

[Exit Nurse. 11 And thou torn to pieces with thine own weapons.

12 Much of this speech has also been added since the first edition.

Rom. How well my comfort is reviy'd by this ! Fri. Go hence: Good night! and here stands all

your state 13; Either be gone before the watch be set, Or by the break of day disguis’d from hence: Sojourn in Mantua; I'll find out your man, And he shall signify from time to time Every good hap to you, that chances here : Give me thy hand; 'tis late: farewell; good night.

Rom. But that a joy past joy calls out on me, It were a grief, so brief to part with thee: Farewell.

[Exeunt.

SCENE IV. A Room in Capulet's House. Enter CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, and Paris.

Cap. Things have fallen out, sir, so unluckily, That we have had no time to move our daughter : Look you, she lov'd her kinsman Tybalt dearly, And so did I;- Well, we were born to die.'Tis very late, she'll not come down to-night: I promise you, but for your company, I would have been a-bed an hour ago.

Par. These times of woe afford no time to woo: Madam, good night: commend me to your daughter. La. Cap. I will, and know her mind early to

morrow: To-night she's mew'd up to her heaviness.

Cap. Sir Paris, I will make a desperate1 tender Of

my child's love : I think, she will be rul'd In all respects by me; nay more, I doubt it not.

13 The whole of your fortune depends on this.

1 Desperate means only bold, adventurous, as if he had said in the vulgar phrase, I will speak a bold word, and venture to promise you my daughter.—Johnson. • Witness this desperate tender of mine honour.'

Weakest goes to the Wall, 1600.

Wife, go you to her ere you go to bed ;
Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love;
And bid her, mark you me, on Wednesday next-
But, soft; What day is this?
Par.

Monday, my lord.
Cap. Monday? ha! ha! Well, Wednesday is

too soon,

O'Thursday let it be;-o’Thursday, tell her,
She shall be married to this noble earl :-
Will you be ready? do you like this haste ?
We'll keep no great ado;—a friend, or two :
For hark you, Tybalt being slain so late,
It may be thought we held him carelessly,
Being our kinsman, if we revel much:
Therefore we'll have some half a dozen friends,
And there an end. But what say you to Thursday?

Par. My lord, I would that Thursday were to

morrow.

Cap. Well, get you gone :-O’Thursday be it

then :-
Go
you

to Juliet ere you go to bed,
Prepare her, wife, against this wedding-day.-
Farewell, my lord.—Light to my chamber, ho!
Afore me, it is so very late, that we
May call it early by and by:—Good night .

[Exeunt.

SCENE V. Juliet's Chamber 1,

Enter ROMEO and JULIET. Jul. Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day: It was the nightingale, and not the lark, That pierc'd the fearful hollow of thine ear;

2 The latter part of this scene is a good deal varied from the first quarto.

| l'he stage direction in the first edition is, ' Enter Romeo and

Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate tree?:
Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.

Rom. It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
No nightingale: look, love, what envious streaks
Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east:
Night's candles are burnt out", and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops ;
I must be gone and live, or stay and die.

Jul. Yon light is pot daylight, I know it, I:
It is some meteor that the sun exhales,
To be to thee this night a torch-bearero,

Juliet at a Window. In the second quarto, Enter Romeo and Juliet aloft. They appeared, probably, in the balcony which was erected on the old English stage. See Malone's Account of the Ancient Theatres, in vol. iii. of Boswell's edition of Shakspeare.

2 This is not merely a poetical supposition. It is observable that the nightingale, if andisturbed, sits and sings upon the same tree for many weeks together. [As almost all birds sing only during the period of incubation, this may be accounted for; the male bird sings near where the female is sitting.] What Eustathius has observed relative to a fig-tree mentioned by Homer, in his twelfth Odyssey, may be applied to the passage before us:— These particularities, which seem of no consequence, have a very good effect in poetry, as they give the relation an air of truth and probability. For what can induce a poet to mention such a tree, if the tree were not there in reality.' -Steevens. 3 Thas Sophocles:

άκρας νυκτός, ήνίχ έσπεροι Λαμπητήρες ουκέτ 'ησθον.'

Ajax, 288. * Compare Sidney's Arcadia, 13th edition, p. 109 : The moon, then full (not thinking scorn to be a torch-bearer to such beauty), guided her steps.' And Sir John Davies's Orchestra, st. vii. of the Sun :

· When the great torch-bearer of heaven was gone

Downe in a maske unto the ocean's court.' And Drayton, Eng. Heroic Epist. p. 221, where the moon is described with the stars

Attending on her as her torch-bearers.'

And light thee on thy way to Mantua:
Therefore stay yet, thou need’st not to be gone 5.

Rom. Let me be ta’en, let me be put to death ;
I am content, so thou wilt have it so.
I'll say, yon gray is not the morning's eye,
'Tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia's brow;
Nor that is not the lark, whose notes do beat
The vaulty heaven so high above our heads;
I have more care to stay, than will to go ;-
Come, death, and welcome! Juliet wills it so.-
How is't, my soul ? let's talk, it is not day.
Jul. It is, it is, hie hence, be

gone, away:
It is the lark that sings so out of tune,
Straining harsh discords, and unpleasing sharps.
Some

say, the lark makes sweet division o;
This doth not so, for she divideth us :
Some
say,

the lark and loathed toad chang’d eyes?; 5 The quarto, 1597, reads :

• Then stay awhile, thou shalt not go [so] soon.' The succeeding speech, I think, (says Mr. Boswell) is better in the same copy :

• Let me stay here, let me ta’en, and die;
If thou wilt have it so, I am content.
I'll say yon gray is not the morning's eye,
It is the pale reflex of Cynthia's brow;
I'll say it is the nightingale that beats
The vaulty heaven so far above our heads,
And not the lark, the messenger of morn:
Come, death, and welcome! Juliet wills it so,-

What says my love ? let's talk, 'tis not yet day.' 6 A division, in music, is a variation of melody upon some given fundamental harmony. See King Henry IV. Part 1. Act iii. Sc. 1 :

Sung by a fair queen in a summer's bower,

With ravishing division to her lute.' This verse Mr. Stephen Weston observes might serve for a translation of a line in Horace:

grataque fæminis Imbelli cithara carmina divides.' ? The toad having very fine eyes and the lark very ugly ones,

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