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Enter JULIET.

that you

Pa. Happily met, my lady, and my wife!
Ju. That may be, sir, when I

may

be a wife. Pa. That may be, must be, love, on Thursday

next. Ju. What must be shall be. F. Lau.

That's a certain text. Pa. Come you to make confession to this father? Ju. To answer that were to confess to you. Pa. Do not deny to him, love me. Ju. I will confess to you, that I love him. Pa. So will you,

I am sure, that

you

love me. Ju. If I do so, it will be of more price, Being spoke behind your back, than to your face. Pa. Poor soul, thy face is much abused with

tears. Ju. The tears have got small victory by that ; For it was bad enough before their spite. Pa. Thou wrong'st it, more than tears, with that

report. Ju. That is no slander, sir, that is a truth; And what I spake, I spake it to my face.

Pa. Thy face is mine, and thou hast slander'd it.

Ju. It may be so, for it is not mine own.Are you at leisure, holy father, now; Or shall I come to you at evening mass ? F. Lau. My leisure serves me, pensive daughter,

now. My lord, we must entreat the time alone.

Pa. God shield, I should disturb devotion ! Juliet, on Thursday early will I rouse you : Till then, adieu ! and keep this holy kiss.

[Exit Paris. Ju. 0, shut the door; and when thou hast done

So, Come weep with me; past hope, past cure, past

help! F. Lau. Ah, Juliet, I already know thy grief; It strains me past the compass

of my

wits. I hear thou must, and nothing must prorogue it, On Thursday next be married to this county.

Ju. Tell me not, friar, that thou hear'st of this, Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it. If, in thy wisdom, thou canst give no help, Do thou but call my resolution wise, And with this knife I'll help it presently. God join'd my heart and Romeo's, thou our hands ; And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo seal'd, Shall be the label to another deed, Or my true heart with treacherous revolt Turn to another, this shall slay them both : Therefore, out of thy long-experienced time, Give me some present counsel; or, behold, 'Twixt my extremes and me this bloody knife Shall play the umpire; arbitrating that, Which the commission 1 of thy years and art Could to no issue of true honor bring.

1 Authority, power.

Be not so long to speak; I long to die,
If what thou speak'st speak not of remedy.
F. Lau. Hold, daughter: I do spy a kind of

hope,
Which craves as desperate an execution
As that is desperate which we would prevent.
If, rather than to marry county Paris,
Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself;
Then is it likely, thou wilt undertake
A thing like death to chide away this shame,
That copest with death himself to scape from it ;
And, if thou darest, I'll give thee remedy.

Ju. O, bid me leap, rather than marry Paris,
From off the battlements of yonder tower;
Or walk in thievish ways; or bid me lurk
Where serpents are; chain me with roaring bears ;
Or shut me nightly in a charnel-house,
O'ercover'd quite with dead men's rattling bones,
With reeky shanks, and yellow chapless sculls ;
Or bid me go into a new-made grave,
And hide me with a dead man in his shroud ;
Things that, to hear them told, have made me

tremble; And I will do it without fear or doubt, To live an unstain'd wife to my sweet love. F. Lau. Hold, then; go home; be merry; give

consent To

marry Paris : Wednesday is to-morrow :
To-morrow night look that thou lie alone;
Let not thy nurse lie with thee in thy chamber.
Take thou this phial, being then in bed,

And this distilled liquor drink thou off ;
When, presently, through all thy veins shall run
A cold and drowsy humor, which shall seise
Each vital spirit; for no pulse shall keep
His natural progress, but surcease to beat :
No warmth, no breath shall testify thou livest ;
The roses in thy lips and cheeks shall fade
To paly ashes; thy eyes' windows fall,
Like death, when he shuts up the day of life;
Each part, deprived of supple government,
Shall stiff, and stark, and cold, appear

like death;
And in this borrow'd likeness of shrunk death
Thou shalt remain full two and forty hours,
And then awake as from a pleasant sleep.
Now, when the bridegroom in the morning comes
To rouse thee from thy bed, there art thou dead :
Then, as the manner of our country is,
In thy best 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,
Abate thy valor in the acting it.

Ju. Give me, give me! O, tell me not of fear.
F. Lau. Hold; get you gone; be strong and
In this resolve: I'll send a friar with speed
To Mantua, with my letters to thy lord.
Ju. Love, give me strength! and strength shall

prosperous

help afford. Farewell, dear father!

[Exeunt.

SCENE II.

A room in Capulet's house. Enter CAPULET,

LADY CAPULET, NURSE, and

SERVANTS.
Cap. So many guests invite as here are writ.-

[Exit Servant. Sirrah,

go hire me twenty cunning cooks. 2 Ser. You shall have none ill, sir ; for I'll try if they can lick their fingers.

Cap. How canst thou try them so ?

2 Ser. Marry, sir, 'tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers; therefore he that cannot lick his fingers goes not with me. Cap. Go; be gone.

[Exit Servant. We shall be much unfurnish'd for this time.What, is my daughter gone to friar Láurence?

Nurse. Ay, forsooth.
Cap. Well, he may chance to do some good on

her :

A peevish self-will’d barlotry it is.

Enter JULIET. Nurse. See, where she comes from shrift with

merry look.

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