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After leaving Juliet, Romeo goes to Friar Lau-Romeo sooths her and says: rence and confides his passion to him. The latter « Nurse, commend me to thy lady and mistress. I promises his assistance, in the hope that this alliance
protest unto thee, may turn their « households' rancour » to pure love.
Nurse. Good heart and, i' faith, I will tell her as Romeo afterwards meets Benvolio and the vivacious
much: Lord , Lord, she will be a joyful woman. Mercutio. Whilst he is engaged, replying to their
Romeo. What wilt thod tell her, nurse ? thou dost not jests and raillery, Juliet's Nurse, followed by her
you do protest; man Peter, enquires for Romeo, to learn from him
wbich, as I take it, is a gentlemanlike offer. the time, as also the place, of the intended marriage. Romeo. Bid her. deyise some means to come to shrift By drawing the young lover aside, she becomes the This afternoon; butt of Mercutio's pointed wit, and, going off with
And there she shall, at Friar Laurence' cell Benvolio, he sings to her the burden of an old song:
Be shriy'd and married. « Farewell, ancient lady; farewell, lady, lady, lady.» And, stay, good nurse, behind the abbey-wall:
Within this hour my man sball be with thee; The worthy dame is sorely vexed, and gives vent to And bring thee cords made like a tackled stair; her anger in a torrent of abuse, of which
Peter Which to the high top-gallant of my joy receives a fair proportion:
Must be my convoy in the secret night.
Farewell! - Be trusty, and I'll quit thy pains. «Nurse. Now, afore God, I am so vexed, that every part Farewell! Commend me to thy mistress. of me quivers. Scurvy knavel.- Pray you, sir, a word:
(Exit.) and as I told you, niy young lady bade me enquire you
NURSE. Ay, a thousand times. Peter! ont; what she bade me say, I will keep to myself : but
PETER. Anon? first let me tell ye, if ye should lead her into a fool's NURSE. Peter, take
go paradise, as they say, it were a very gross kind of beha- The back-ground of the design represents another and therefore, if you should deai double with her, trung; view of the
church of Santa Maria Antica, given in in were an ill thing to be offered to any gentlewoman; Plate I, with the Equestrian Monument of one of and very weak dealing.»
the Lords Della Scala, who are buried there.
ROMEO AND JULIET.
ACT II. SCENE 6.
Juliet is in the greatest anxiety, during her messenger's absence:
« The clock struck nine, when I did send the nurse;
The cc good sweet nurse » after keeping her impatient mistress, a considerable time, in the most cruel suspense, and fully indulging the loquacity peculiar, « time out of mind, » to all of that same venerable class, at last imparts her joyful tidings, in the following abrupt manner :
« Have you got leave to shrift to day?
The design represents Friar Laurence' cell, in the monastery, where the lovers meet, previously to their being joined in wedlock: as Juliet enters the cell, the holy Father says to Romeo:
« Here comes the lady:- 0, so light a foot