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Thou wilt fall backward, when thou hast more wit: Wilt thou not, Jule? and, by my holy dam, The pretty wretch left crying, and said–Ay: To see now, how a jest shall come about ! ..I warrant, an I should live a thousand years, I never should forget it; Wilt thou not, Jule? quoth he And, pretty fool, it stinted", and said–Ay. LA. CAP. Enough of this; I pray thee, hold thy peace. NURSE. Yes, madam; yet I cannot choose but laugh, To think it should leave crying, and say—Ay: And yet, I warrant, it had upon its brow A bump as big as a young cockrel's stone; A parlous” knock; and it cried bitterly. Yea, quoth my husband, fall'st upon thy face? Thou wilt fall backward, when thou com'st to age; Wilt thou not, Jule? it stinted, and said—Ay. JUL. And stint thou too, I pray thee, nurse, say I. NURSE. Peace, I have done. God mark thee to his grace | Thou wast the prettiest babe that eer I nurs'd : An I might live to see thee married once, I have my wish. LA. CAP. Marry, that marry is the very theme I came to talk of —Tell me, daughter Juliet, How stands your disposition to be married? JUL. It is an honour that I dream not of. NURSE. An honour “l were not I thine only nurse, I'd say, thou hadst suck'd wisdom from thy teat. LA. CAP. Well, think of marriage now; younger than you, Here in Verona, ladies of esteem, Are made already mothers: by my count, I was a mother much upon these years That you are now a maid. Thus, then, in brief;— The valiant Paris seeks you for his love. NURSE. A man, young lady! lady, such a man, * It stinted—it stopped. Thus Gascoigne,— “Then stinted she as if her song were done." To stint is used in an active signification for to stop. Thus in those fine lines in ‘Titus Andronicus, which it is difficult to believe any other than Shakspere wrote, “The eagle suffers little birds to sing, And is not careful what they mean thereby, Knowing that with the shadow of his wing He can at pleasure stint their melody." What a picture of a despot in his intervals of self-satisfying forbearance! * Parlous. A corruption of the word perilous, which word is given in the folio. The parlous
of the earlier copies is more in the Nurse's manner. * So (A). The folio and (C) have hour, both in Juliet's and the Nurse's speeches.
As all the world—Why, he's a man of wax.
Enter a Servant.
SERV. Madam, the guests are come, supper served up, you called, my young lady asked for, the nurse cursed in the pantry, and everything in extremity. I must hence to wait; I beseech you, follow straight.
LA. CAP. We follow thee.—Juliet, the county stays.
NURSE. Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days. - [Eaceunt.
- SCENE IV.-A Street.
Enter Romeo, MERCUTIo, BENvolio, with Five or Sia, Maskers, Torchbearers, and others.
RoM. What, shall this speech be spoke for our excuse;
* The next seventeen lines are wanting in (A). * (B), married; which reading has been adopted by Steevens and Malone, in preference to several in the folio and (C).
TRAGEdies.—WOL. I. B
We'll have no Cupid hoodwink'd with a scarf",
Give me a case to put my visage in : [Putting on a mask.
A visor for a visor –what care I,
* These two lines in (A) are omitted in the subsequent old editions.
* To bound, in folio; so bound, in (C).
MER. I mean, sir, in delay
RoM. And we mean well in going to this mask;
Why, may one ask?
She is the fairies' midwife; and she comes
" (A), like lamps, by day. * (A), burgomaster. * (A), atomy. a Thus (A). (C) and folio, over. * (A), maid; folio and (C), man,—clearly an error in the latter.
suit. A court solicitation was called a suit;-a process, a suit at law.
Sometimes she driveth o'er a soldier's neck,
RoM. Peace, peace, Mercutio, peace,
Which are the children of an idle brain, Begot of nothing but vain fantasy; Which is as thin of substance as the air; And more inconstant than the wind who wooes Even now the frozen bosom of the north, And, being anger'd, puffs away from thence, Turning his face” to the dew-dropping south. BEN. This wind, you talk of blows us from ourselves; Supper is done, and we shall come too late. RoM. I fear, too early: for my mind misgives Some consequence yet hanging in the stars, Shall bitterly begin his fearful date With this might's revels; and expire the term Of a despised life, clos'd in my breast, By some vile forfeit of untimely death: But He, that hath the steerage of my course, Direct my sail"!—On, lusty gentlemen. BEN. Strike drum. [Exeunt.
SCENE W.-A Hall in Capulet's House.
1 SERV. Where's Potpan, that he helps not to take away? he shift a trencher! he scrape a trencher!
* Thus (A). (C) and the folio, side. * Thus (A). (C) and the folio, suit.