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of the cock and ere the rosy fingers of the dawn light up the bridal chamber, else death would be his portion.
Juliet importunes him to stay, and says:
"Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day;
"It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
Juliet further implores him to stay:
"Yon light is not daylight, I know it;
Romeo willingly consents:
"Let me be taken, let me be put to death;
Nor that it is not the lark, whose notes do beat
Juliet alarmed exclaims:
"It is, it is, hie hence, begone away;
Romeo descends the ladder, saying his last words to the beautiful Juliet:
And trust me, love, in mine eye so do you,
After the banishment of Romeo, old Capulet and his wife insisted that Juliet marry young Paris, a kinsman of Prince Escalus, and sorrows unnumbered crowded on the new-made secret bride.
To escape marriage with Paris, Juliet consulted Friar Laurence, who gives her a drug to be taken the night before the prearranged marriage, that will dull all life and the body remain as dead for forty-two hours. This scheme of the Friar works.
out favorably until Juliet is laid away with her ancestors in the grand tomb of the Capulets.
But Romeo hears of the whole trouble and hurries back from banishment, dashing his way through all impediments until he kills Paris, grieving at midnight by the grave of Juliet.
Then, tearing his way into the tomb of Juliet throws himself upon the gorgeous bier and exclaims:
"Oh, my love! my wife!
Death that hath sucked the honey of thy breath,
Than with that hand that cut thy youth in twain,
With worms that are thy chambermaids; O, here Will I set up my everlasting rest;
And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars From this world-wearied flesh; eyes, look your last!
Arms, take your last embrace! and lips, O, you,
The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
Thy drugs are quick; thus with a kiss I die!"
Friar Laurence and Balthazar with dark lantern, at this moment approach the tomb to extricate and save Juliet from the sleeping drug. She awakes with the noise in the tomb and views the deadly situation.
The Friar implores her to come, depart at once, as the night watch approach. She says:
"Go, get thee hence, for I will not away;
To help me after? I will kiss thy lips;
Thy lips are warm!
Yea, noise? Then I'll be brief. O happy dagger! (Snatches Romeo's dagger.)
This is thy sheath, there rust and let me die!" (Stabs herself through the heart.)
The Prince, Capulet and Montague family soon discover all, and Friar Laurence tells the true story, punishment follows, and the two contending
houses of Verona clasp hands over the ruin they have wrought, while the Prince exclaims:
"For, never was a story of more woe,
The drop curtain was rung down and up three times, and the storm of applause that greeted Shakspere and Taylor, as the representatives of Romeo and Juliet, was never equaled before at the Blackfriars.
The Queen called William and Jo to the royal box and by her own firm hand presented a signet ring to Romeo and a lace handkerchief to Juliet!
"What fates impose, that men must needs abide; It boots not to resist both wind and tide!"