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Cap. My fword, I fay!-Old Montague is come, And flourishes his blade in spite of me.

Enter MONTAGUE and Lady MONTAGUE. Mon. Thou villain, Capulet,-Hold me not, let me go. La. Mon. Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe,

Enter Prince, with Attendants. Prin. Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel,Will they not hear?-what ho! you men, you beasts,That quench the fire of your pernicious rage With purple fountains issuing from your veins, On pain of torture, from those bloody hands Throw your mis-temper'd weapons to the ground, And hear the sentence of your moved prince... Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word, By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, Have thrice disturb’d the quiet of our streets ; And made Verona's ancient citizens Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments, To wield old partizans, in hands as old, Canker’d with peace, to part your canker'd hate: If ever you difturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace. For this time, all the rest depart away : You, Capulet, shall go along with me; And, Montague, come you this afternoon, To know our further pleasure in this case, To old Free-town, our coinmon judgement-place, Once more, on pain of death, all men depart. [Exeunt Prince, and Attendants; CAPULET, Lady CAPULET, TYBALT, Citizens, and Servants.

Mon.

Mon. Who set this ancient quarrel new abroach?
Speak, nephew, were you by, when it began?

Ben. Here were the servants of your adversary,
And yours, close fighting ere I did approach :
I drew to part them ; in the instant came
The fiery Tybalt, with his sword prepar'd;
Which, as he breath'd defiance to my ears,
He swung about his head, and cut the winds,
Who, nothing hurt withal, hiss'd him in scorn :
While we were interchanging thrusts and blows,
Came more and more, and fought on part and part,
Till the prince came, who parted either part.

La, Mon. O, where is Romeo !-saw you him to-day? Right glad I am, he was not at this fray.

Ben. Madam, an hour before the worshipp'd fun
Peer'd forth the golden window of the east,
A troubled mind drave me to walk abroad ;
Where,-underneath the grove of fycamore,
That westward rooteth from the city's fide,
So early walking did I see your son :
Towards him I made ; but he was 'ware of
And stole into the covert of the wood :
1, measuring his affections by my own,--
That most are buried when they are most alone,-
Pursu'd my humour, not pursuing his,
And gladly shunn'd who gladly fled from me.

Mon. Many a morning hath he there been seen,
With tears augmenting the fresh morning's dew,
Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep fighs :
But all so soon as the all-cheering sun
Should in the furthelt east begin to draw
The shady curtains from Aurora's bed,
Away froin light steals home my heavy son,
And private in his chamber pens himself;

Shuts

me,

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Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out,
And makes himself an artificial night:
Black and portentous must this humour prove,
Unless good counsel may the cause remove.

Ben. My noble uncle, do you know the cause?
Mon. I neither know it, nor can learn of him.
Ben. Have you importun'd him by any means ?

Mon. Both by myself, and many other friends :
But he, his own affections' counsellor,
Is to himself-I will not say, how true
But to himself so secret and so close,
So far from sounding and discovery,
As is the bud bit with an envious worm,
Ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air,
Or dedicate his beauty to the sun.
Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow,
We would as willingly give cure, as know.

Enter ROMEO, at a distance.
Ben. See, where he comes : So please you, step aside ;
I'll know his grievance, or be much deny'd.

Mon. I would, thou wert so happy by thy stay, To hear true fhrift.--Come, madam, let's away.

[Exeunt MONTAGUE and Lady. Ben. Good morrow, cousin. Rom,

Is the day so
Ben. But new struck nine.
Rom.

Ah me! fad hours seem long,
Was that my father that went hence fo fast?

Ben. It was : -What fadness lengthens Romeo's hours ?
Rom. Not having that, which, having, makes them short.
Ben. In love?
Rom. Out
Ben. Of love?

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Rom. Out of her favour, where I am in love.

Ben. Alas, that love, so gentle in his view, Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof.!

Rom. Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still,
Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will!
Where (hall we dine ?-O me!-What fray was here?
Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all.
Here's much to do with hate, but more with love :-
Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate !
O any thing, of nothing first create !
O heavy lightness ! serious vanity!
Mif-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms !
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, fick health!
Still waking sleep, that is not what it is !-
This love feel I, that feel no love in this.
Dost thou not laugh ?
Ben.

No, coz, I rather weep.
Rom. Good heart, at what?
Ben.

At thy good heart's oppression,
Rom. Why, such is love's tranfgreflion.-
Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my
Which thou wilt propagate, to have it prest
With more of thine : this love, that thou hast shown,
Doth add more grief to too much of mine own.
Love is a finoke rais'd with the fume of sighs;
Being purg'd, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes;
Being vex’d, a sea nourilh'd with lovers' tears :
What is it elfe ? a madness most discreet,
A choaking gall, and a preserving sweet.
Farewell, my coz.

[going Ben.

Soft, I will go along ; An if you leave me so, you do me wrong.

Rom. Tut, I have lost myself; I am not here; This is not Romeo, he's some other where.

Ben.

breast;

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Ben. Tell me in sadness, who she is you love.
Rom. What, shall I groan, and tell thee?
Ben. .

Groan? why, no;
But sadly tell me, who.

Rom. Bid a fick man in sadness make his will:
Ah, word ill urg'd to one that is so ill!
In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman.

Ben. I aim'd so near, when I suppos'd you lov'd.
Rom. A right good marks-man! And she's fair I love,
Ben. A right fair mark, fair coz, is soonest hit.

Rom. Well, in that hit, you miss : fhe'll not be hit
With Cupid's arrow, the hath Dian's wit ;
And, in strong proof of chastity well arm'd,
From love's weak childish bow she lives unharm'de
She will not stay the siege of loving terms,
Nor bide the encounter of affailing eyes,
Nor ope her lap to faint-seducing gold :
0, she is rich in beau'y; only poor,
That, when she dies, with beauty dies her store.

Ben. Then she hath sworn, that she will still live chafte?

Rom. She hath, and in that sparing inakes huge walte ;
For beauty, ftary'd with her severity,
Cuts beauty off from all pofterity.
She is too fair, too wise; wisely too fair,
To merit bliss by making me despair :
She hath forsworn to love; and, in that vow,
Do I live dead, that live to tell it now.

Ben. Be rul'd by me, forget to think of her.
Rom. O, teach me how I should forget to think.

Ben. By giving liberty unto thine eyes;
Examine other beauties.
Rom,

'Tis the way
To call hers, exquisite, in question more :
These happy marks, that kiss fair ladies' brows,

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