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Rom. Gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier up.
Rom. Draw, Benvolio;
[Exeunt Tybalt and his partisans.
What, art thou hurt ?
'tis enough.-Where is my page!--Go, villain, fetch a surgeon.
[Exit Page. Rom. Courage, man; the hurt cannot be much.
Mer. No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but 'tis enough, 'twill serve ; ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man.' I am peppered, I warrant, for this world.--A plague o' both your houses !--Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a cat, to scratch a man to death! a braggart, a rogue, a villain, that fights by the book of arithmetic !-Why the devil came you between us? I was hurt under your arm.
Rom. I thought all for the best.
Mer. Help me into some house, Benvolio,
[Exeunt Mercurio and BENVOLIO.
1 After this, the quarto, 1597, continues Mercutio's speech as follows
pox o'both your houses! I shall be fairly mounted upon four men's shoulders for your house of the Montagues and the Capulets : and then some peasantly rogue, some sexton, some base slave, shall write my epitaph, that Tybalt came and broke the prince's laws, and Mercutio was slain for the first and second cause.
Where's the surgeon? “ Boy. He's come, sir.
“ Mer. Now he'll keep a mumbling in my guts on the other side.Come, Benvolio, lend me thy hand: a pox o'both your houses !”
ROMEO AND JULIET.
Rom. This gentleman, the prince's near ally,
Ben. O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio's dead;
Rom. This day's black fate on more days doth
This but begins the woe, others must end.
Ben. Here comes the furious Tybalt back again.
Rom. Alive! in triumph! and Mercutio slain !
, take the villain back again,
[They fight; TYBALT falls. Ben. Romeo, away, be gone!
1 We never use the verb aspire without some particle, as to and after There are numerous ancient examples of a similar use of it with that in the text.
2 This day's unhappy destiny hangs over the days yet to come. There will yet be more mischief.
35 Respective” is considerative.” 4 Conduct for conductor.
The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain.
Rom. O! I am fortune's fool! I
Why dost thou stay?
[Exit Romeo. Enter Citizens, &-c. 1 Cit. Which way ran he that killed Mercutio ? Tybalt, that murderer, which way ran he?
Ben. There lies that Tybalt.
Up, sir, go with me; I charge thee in the prince's name, obey.
Enter Prince, attended; MONTAGUE, CAPULET, their
wives, and others. Prin. Where are the vile beginners of this fray?
Ben. O noble prince, I can discover all
Prin. Benvolio, who began this bloody fray ?
1 In the first quarto, “0! I am fortune's slave."
With piercing steel at bold Mercutio's breast;
La. Cap. He is a kinsman to the Montague.
Prin. Romeo slew him, he slew Mercutio ;
And, for that offence,
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Bear hence this body, and attend our will;
SCENE II. A Room in Capulet's House.
Jul. Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds, Towards Phoebus mansion ; such a wagoner As Phaeton would whip you to the west, And bring in cloudy night immediately. :Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night! That runaway's eyes may wink; 3 and Romeo Leap to these arms, untalked of, and unseen !-Lovers can see to do their amorous rites By their own beauties; or, if love be blind, It best agrees with night.-Come, civil 4 night, Thou sober-suited, matron, all in black, And learn me how to lose a winning match, Played for a pair of stainless maidenhoods; Hood my unmanned blood bating in my cheeks, With thy black mantle ; till strange love, grown bold, Think true love acted, simple modesty. Come, night!--Come, Romeo! come, thou day in
night! For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night
1 The sentiment here enforced is different from that found in the first edition, 1597. There the prince concludes his speech with these words:
“ Pity shall dwell, and govern with us still ;
Mercy to all but murderers,---pardoning none that kill.” 2 Here ends this speech in the original quarto. The rest of the scene has likewise received considerable alterations and additions.
3 i. e. that the eyes of prying persons, who run away as soon as observed, may wink, i. e. see imperfectly. Much ingenious criticism has been bestowed in endeavoring to explain this passage. The runaway has been supposed to refer to the sun, to night, to Juliet, to Romeo, and to Fame. There is most probably some typographical error in the lines.
4 Civil is grave, solemn.
5 These are terms of falconry. An unmanned hawk is one that is not brought to endure company. Bating is fluttering or beating the wings as striving to fly away.