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Are you at leisure, holy father, now;
Fri. My leisure serves me, pensive daughter, My lord, I must entreat the time alone.
Par. Heav'n shield, I should disturb devotion. Juliet, farewell.
[Exit Paris. Jul. Go, shut the door, and when thou hast done
Fri. O Juliet, I already know thy grief.
resolution wise, And with this steel I'll help it presently. Heav'n join'd my heart and Romeo's; thou, our
Fri. Hold, daughter! I do spy a kind of hope,
Júl. O bid me leap, rather than marry Paris,
Where roaring bears and savage lions roam !
Fri. Hold then, go home, be merry, give consent To marry Paris; look thou lie alone; Let not thy Nurse lie with thee in thy chamber; And when thou art alone, take thou this phial, And this.distilled liquor drink thou off; When presently through all thy veins shall run A cold and drowsy humour, which shall seize Each vital spirit; for no pulse shall keep His natural progress, but surcease to beat, No warmth, no breath, shall testify thou liv'st; The roses in thy lips and cheeks shall fade To paly ashes; And in this borrow'd likeness of shrunk death Thou shalt continue two and forty hours, And then awake, as from a pleasant sleep. Now, when the bridegroom in the morning coines To rouse thee from thy bed, there art thou dead : Then, as the manner of our country is, In thy white robes uncover'd on the bier, Thou shalt be borne to that same ancient vault, Where all the kindred of the Capulets lie. In the mean time, against thou shalt awake, Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift. And hither shall he come: and he and I Will watch thy waking, and that very night Shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua; And this shall free thee from this present shame,
If no unconstant toy, nor womanish fear,
[Taking the Phial.
afford. Farewell, dear father
Enter CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, and NURSE. Cap. What, is my daughter gone to Friar Law
rence ? Nurse. Ay, forsooth. Cap. Well, he may chance to do some good on
A peevish, self-will'd harlotry it is.
Enter JULIET. Nurse. See, where she comes from shrift, with
Cap. How now, my headstrong; where have you
Cap. Send for the County; go tell him of this:
I'll have this knot knit up to-morrow morning.
Jul. I met the youthful lord at Lawrence' cell,
Cap. Why, I'm glad on't; this is well";
into To help me sort such needful ornaments As you
think fit to furnish me to-morrow. Lady C. No, not till Thursday; there is timo
enough. Cap. Go, Nurse, go with her; we'll to church to
[Exeunt JULIET and NURSE. Lady C. We shall be short in our provision; 'Tis now near night.
Cap. Tush, all things shall be well : Go thou to Juliet, help to deck up her; I'll not to bed, but walk myself to Paris, T appoint him 'gainst to-morrow. My heart's light, Since this same wayward girl is so reclaim'd.
Enter JULIET and NURSE. Jul. Ay, those attires are best; but, gentle Nurse, I pray thee leave me to myself to night; For I have need of many orisons, To move the Heav'ns to smile upon my state, Which well thou know'st is cross, and full of sin.
Enter LADY CAPULET. Lady C. What, are you busy? do you need my
help? Jul. No, madam, we have cull’d such necessa ries
As are behoveful for our state to-morrow;
Lady C. Then good night:
[Ereunt LADY CAPULET and NURSE. Jul. Farewell-Heav'n knows when we shall meet
[Takes out a Phial.
[Pointing to a Dagger. What if it be a poison, which the Friar Subtly hath minister’d, to have me dead, Lest in this marriage he should be dishonour'd, Because he married me before to Romeo ? I fear it is; and yet methinks it should not, For he hath still been tried an holy manHow, if when I am laid into the tomb, I wake before the time that Romeo Come to redeem me? there's a fearful point ! Shall I not then be stifled in the vault, To whose fuul mouth no wholesome air breathes in? And there be strangled ere my Romeo comes ? Or, if I live, is it not very like, The horrible conceit of death and night, Together with the terror of the place, As in a vault, an ancient receptacle, Where, for these many hundred years, the bones Of all my buried ancestors are pack’d;