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La. Cap. So shall you feel the loss, but not the friend

Which you weep for. Jul.

Feeling so the loss, I cannot choose but ever weep the friend. La. Cap. Well, girl, thou weep'st not so much for his death

As that the villain lives which slaughter'd him. 80 Jul. What villain, madam ?

That same villain, Romeo. Jul. [ Aside] Villain and he be many miles asunder.

God pardon him ! I do, with all my heart;

And yet no man like he doth grieve my heart. La. Cap. That is because the traitor murderer lives. Jul. Ay, madam, from the reach of these my hands :

Would none but I might venge my cousin's death! La. Cap. We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not: Then weep no more.

I'll send to one in Mantua,
Where that same banish'd runagate doth live, 90
Shall give him such an unaccustom'd dram
That he shall soon keep Tybalt company :

And then, I hope, thou wilt be satisfied.
Jul. Indeed, I never shall be satisfied

With Romeo, till I behold him-dead-
Is my poor heart so for a kinsman vex’d.
Madam, if you could find out but a man
To bear a poison, I would temper it,
That Romeo should, upon receipt thereof,
Soon sleep in quiet. O, how my heart abhors
To hear him named, and cannot come to him,
To wreak the love I bore my cousin

Upon his body that hath slaughter'd him!
La. Cap. Find thou the means, and I'll find such

But now I'll tell thee joyful tidings, girl.



Jul. And joy comes well in such a needy time:

What are they, I beseech your ladyship?
La. Cap. Well, well, thou hast a careful father, child;

One who, to put thee from thy heaviness,
Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy,

That thou expect’st not, nor I look'd not for.
Jul. Madam, in happy time, what day is that?
La. Cap. Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn,

The gallant, young, and noble gentleman,
The County Paris, at Saint Peter's Church,

Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride.
Jul. Now, by Saint Peter's Church, and Peter too,

He shall not make me there a joyful bride.
I wonder at this haste; that I must wed
Ere he that should be husband comes to woo.

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I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam,
I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear,
It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate,

Rather than Paris. These are news indeed !
La. Cap. Here comes your father, tell him so yourself,

And see how he will take it at your hands.

Enter Capulet and Nurse.
Cap. When the sun sets, the air doth drizzle dew;
But for the sunset of my

brother's son
It rains downright.
How now! a conduit, girl? what, still in tears ? 130
Evermore showering ? In one little body
Thou counterfeit'st a bark, a sea, a wind :
For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea,
Do ebb and flow with tears; the bark thy body is,
Sailing in this salt flood; the winds, thy sighs :

Who raging with thy tears, and they with them,
Without a sudden calm will overset
Thy tempest-tossed body. How now, wife!

Have you deliver'd to her our decree?
La. Cap. Ay, sir; but she will none, she gives you thanks.

I would the fool were married to her grave ! 141 Cap. Soft! take me with you, take me with you, wife.

How! will she none ? doth she not give us thanks ?
Is she not proud ? doth she not count her blest,
Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought

So worthy a gentleman to be her bridegroom?
Jul. Not proud, you have, but thankful that you have:

Proud can I never be of what I hate;
But thankful even for hate that is meant love.

149 Cap. How, how! how, how! chop-logic! What is this?

Proud,' and I thank you,' and I thank you not';
And yet not proud’: mistress minion, you,
Thank me no thankings, nor proud me no prouds,
But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next,
To go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church,
Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.
Out, you green-sickness carrion! out, you baggage !
You tallow-face!

Fie, fie! what, are you mad?
Jul. Good father, I beseech you on my knees,

Hear me with patience but to speak a word. 160 Cap. Hang thee, young baggage ! disobedient wretch !

I tell thee what : get thee to church o' Thursday,
Or never after look me in the face :
Speak not, reply not, do not answer me;
My fingers itch. Wife, we scarce thought us blest
That God had lent us but this only child ;

La. Cap.

But now I see this one is one too much,
And that we have a curse in having her :

Out on her, hilding!
Nur se.

God in heaven bless her!
You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so. 170
Cap. And why, my lady wisdom ? hold your tongue,

Good prudence; smatter with your gossips, go.
Nurse. I speak no treason.

0, God ye god-den.
Nurse. May not one speak ?

Peace, you mumbling fool!
Utter your gravity o'er a gossip's bowl ;

For here we need it not.
La. Cap.

You are too hot.
Cap. God's bread! it makes me mad :

Day, night, hour, tide, time, work, play,
Alone, in company, still my care hath been
To have her match'd : and having now provided
A gentleman of noble parentage,

Of fair demesnes, youthful, and nobly train'd,
Stuff'd, as they say, with honourable parts,
Proportioned as one's thought would wish a man;
And then to have a wretched puling fool,
A whining mammet, in her fortune's tender,
To answer “I'll not wed; I cannot love,
I am too young ; I pray you, pardon me.'
But, an you will not wed, I'll pardon you :
Graze where you will, you shall not house with me:
Look to't, think on't, I do not use to jest. 191
Thursday is near ; lay hand on heart, advise :
An you be mine, I'll give you

you to my friend;
An you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets,

For, by my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee,
Nor what is mine shall never do thee good :

Trust to't, bethink you; I'll not be forsworn. [Exit. Jul. Is there no pity sitting in the clouds,

That sees into the bottom of my grief?
O, sweet my mother, cast me not away!

Delay this marriage for a month, a week;
Or, if you do not, make the bridal bed

In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.
La. Cap. Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word:
Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.

[Exit. Jul. O God !-O nurse, how shall this be prevented ?

My husband is on earth, my faith in heaven;
How shall that faith return again to earth,
Unless that husband send it me from heaven
By leaving earth ? comfort me, counsel me. 210
Alack, alack, that heaven should practise stratagems
Upon so soft a subject as myself!
What say'st thou ? hast thou not a word of joy?

Some comfort, nurse.

Faith, here it is.
Romeo is banish'd, and all the world to nothing,
That he dares ne'er come back to challenge you ;
Or, if he do, it needs must be by stealth.
Then, since the case so stands as now it doth,
I think it best you married with the county.
O, he's a lovely gentleman !
Romeo's a dishclout to him: an eagle, madam,
Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye
As Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart,
I think you are happy in this second match,
For it excels your first : or if it did not,


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