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Enter Lady CAPULET.
La. Cap. What, are you busy? do


my help? Jul. No, madam ; we have cull’d such necessaries As are behoveful for our state to-morrow : So please you, let me now be left alone, And let the nurse this night sit up with

you; For, I am sure, you


your hands full all,
In this so sudden business.
La. Cap.

Good night!
Get thee to bed, and rest; for thou hast need.

[Exeunt Lady CAPULET and Nurse. Jul. Farewell !--God knows, when we shall meet

I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins,
*That almost freezes up the heat of life :
I'll call them back again to comfort me;-
Nurse!--What should she do here?
My dismal scene I needs must act alone.-
Come, phial.-
What if this mixture do not work at all?
Must I of force be married to the county ?
No, no;—this shall forbid it :--lie thou there.-

[Laying down a Daggcr.
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 a holy man:
I will not entertain so bad a thought.-
How 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 foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in,
And there die 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 ;
Where bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth,
Lies fest'ring in his shroud; where, as they say,
At some hours in the night spirits resort;-
Alack, alack! is it not like, that I,
So early waking,—what with loathsome smells;
And shrieks like mandrakes' torn out of the earth,
That living mortals, hearing them, run mad;'-
0! if I wake, shall I not be distraught,
Enyironed with all these hideous fears?
And madly play with my forefathers' joints ?
And pluck the mangled Tybalt from his shroud ?
And, in this rage, with some great kinsman's bone,
As with a club, dash out my desperate brains ?
O, look! methinks, I see my cousin's ghost
Seeking out Romeo, that did spit his body
Upon a rapier's point:-Stay, Tybalt, stay!-
Romeo, I come! this do I drink to thee.

[She throws herself on the Bed. 1 The fabulous accounts of the plant called a mandrake give it a degree of life, and when it is torn from the ground it groans, which is fatal to him that pulls it up.

2 Distracted.



Capulet's Hall. Enter Lady CAPULET and Nurse. La. Cap. Hold, take these keys, and fetch more

spices, nurse. Nurse. They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.

Cap. Come, stir, stir, stir! the second cock hath

The curfeu bell hath wrung, 'tis three o'clock:
Look to the bak'd meats, good Angelica:
Spare not for cost.

Go, go, you cot-quean, go,

you to bed ; 'faith, you'll be sick to-morrow For this night's watching.

Cap. No, not a whit; What! I have watch'd ere


All night for lesser cause, and ne'er been sick.

La. Cap. Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt 4 in

your time;

But I will watch you from such watching now.

[Exeunt Lady CAPULET and Nurse. Cap. A jealous-hood, a jealous-hood !-Now, fel

low, What's there?

Enter Servants, with Spits, Logs, and Baskets. 1 Serv. Things for the cook, sir; but I know not Cap. Make haste, make haste. [Exit 1 Serv.]-Sir


3 The room where pies were made. 4 Mouse was a term of endearment to a woman.

rah, fetch drier logs; Call Peter, he will show thee where they are.

2 Serv. I have a head, sir, that will find out logs, And never trouble Peter for the matter.

Cap. 'Mass, and well said; A merry whoreson! ha, Thou shalt be logger-head.—Good faith, 'tis day: The county will be here with musick straight,

[Musick within. For so he said he would. I hear him near:Nurse!--Wife! -what, ho!-what, nurse, I say!


Enter Nurse.

Go, waken Juliet, go, and trim her up;

and chat with Paris :-Hie, make haste, Make haste! the bridegroom he is come already: Make haste, I say !



Juliet's Chamber; JULIET on the Bed.

Enter Nurse. Nurse. Mistress !-what, mistress !-Juliet !- fast,

I warrant her, she:Why, lamb!-why, lady!-fye, you slug-a-bed! Why, love, I say !-madam! sweet-heart!-why,

bride! What, not a word ?-you take your pennyworths

now; Sleep for a week: for the next night, I warrant, The county Paris hath set up his rest,

That you

shall rest but little. God forgive me, (Marry and amen!) how sound is she asleep! I needs must wake her:-Madam, madam, madam! Ay, let the county take you in your bed; He'll fright you up, i'faith.-Will it not be? What, drest! and in your clothes! and down again! I must needs wake you: Lady! lady! lady! Alas! alas!--Help! help! my lady's dead !O, well-a-day, that ever I was born!Some aqua-vitæ, ho !-my lord ! my lady!

Enter Lady CAPULET. La. Cap. What noise is here? Nurse.

O lamentable day! La. Cap. What is the matter ? Nurse.

Look, look! O heavy day! La. Cap. O me, O me!-my child, my only life, Revive, look up, or I will die with thee!Help, help!--call help.


Cap. For shame, bring Juliet forth; her lord is


Nurse. She’s dead, deceas'd, she's dead; alack the

day !

La. Cap. Alack the day! she's dead, she's dead,

she's dead. Cap. Ha! let me see her :-Out, alas! she's cold, Her blood is settled; and her joints are stiff; Life and these lips have long been separated : Death lies on her, like an untimely frost Upon the sweetest flower of all the field:

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