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The back-ground of this design represents the houses join in the fray : but the Prince entering, his church of Santa Maria Antica , as also part of the attendants, separate the combatants. Capulet and Piazza, in Verona, with the domestics of the Ca- | Montague, who had come out, are ordered, the pulets and of the Montagues, quarrelling and fight- former to attend the Prince immediately; and the ing. The fore-ground represents Benvolio, Monta- latter to come, the same evening, to the palace. All gue’s nephew, who has interposed, with his drawn present are then commanded to disperse, on pain sword, to force the servants to part; when of death. It is after this broil that Romeo appears; « The fiery Tybalt, with his sword prepar'd,»
whilst Montague is discussing with his nephew, arrives, and ever-ready to breathe defiance to any of his frequent visiting
Benvolio , the cause of his son's present grief, and of the Montagues, exclaims furiously
The grove of sycamore,
That westward rooteth from the city's side, -
Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sigls : for the « beartless hinds » around, sufficiently points
But all so soon as the all-cheering sun
Should in the furthest east begin to draw
The shady curtains from Aurora's bed,
And private in his chamber pens bimself;
Shuts up his windows, locks fair day light out,
And makes himself an artificial night:
Black and portentous must this humour prove ,
Benvolio accosts Romeo, and finally succeeds in
making his cousin acknowledge the cause of the They fight, and several of the followers of both deep-rooted sorrow that has so altered him.
ROMEO AND JULIET.
ACT I. SCENE 2.
The friends of Montague, anxious to wean Romeo from a fruitless flame, use various means to divert his attention from it : amongst other devices, they have induced him to go, under favour of a disguise, to a masked ball, given by Capulet; that he may thus have an opportunity, as Benvolio has already said to him, of comparing Rosaline with other beauties of Verona; and more particularly with one, he will show him;
Shining at this feast,
«0, then, I see, queen Mab hath been with you.
Her chariot is an empty hazel-nat,
My mind misgives,