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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 sick 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: she'll not be
hit With Cupid's arrow, she hath Dian's wit; And, in strong proof of chastity well arm’d, From love's weak childish bow she lives unharm d. She will not stay the siege of loving terms, Nor bide the encounter of assailing eyes, Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold: 0, she is rich in beauty; only poor, That, when she dies, with beauty dies her store. Ben. Then she hath sworn, that she will still live
chaste? Rom. She hath, and in that sparing makes huge
Ben. Be ruld hy me, forget to think of her.
Rom. O, teach me how I should forget to think.
Ben. By giving liberty unto thine eyes;
'Tis the way
Enter Capulet, Paris, and Servant. Cap. And Montague is bound as well as I, In penalty alike; and 'tis not hard, I think, For men so old as we to keep the peace,
Par. Of honourable reckoning are you both; And pity ’tis, you liv’d at odds so long. But now, my lord, what say you to my suit?
Cap. But saying o'er what I have said before: My child is yet a stranger in the world, She hath not seen the change of fourteen years; Let two more summers wither in their pride, Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.
Par. Younger than she are happy mothers made. Cap. And too soon marr'd are those so early
made. The earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she, She is the hopeful lady of my earth: But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart, My will to her consent is but a part; An she agree, within her
of choice Lies my consent and fair according voice. This night I hold an old accustom'd feast, Whereto I have invited many a guest, Such as I love; and you, among the store, One more, most welcome, makes my number more. At my poor house, look to behold this night Earth-treading stars, that make dark heaven light; Such comfort as do lusty young men feel When well-apparell’d April on the heel Of limping winter treads, even such delight Among fresh female buds shall you this night Inherit at my house; hear all, all see, And like her most, whose merit most shall be: Such, amongst view of many, mine, being one, May stand in number, though in reckoning none. Come, go with me;-Go, sirrah, trudge about Through fair Verona; find those persons out, Whose names are written there, [gives a paper.]
and to them say, My house and welcome on their pleasure stay.
[Ereunt Capulet and Paris. Serv. Find them out whose names are written here? It is written—that the shoemaker should meddle with his yard, and the tailor with his last,
the fisher with his pencil, and the painter with his nets; but I am sent to find those persons, whose names are here writ, and can never find what names the writing person hath here writ. I must to the learned:- In good time.
Enter Benvolio and Romeo.
Ben. Tut, man! one fire burns out another's
burning, One pain is lessen'd by another's anguish; Turn giddy, and be holp by backward turning; One desperate grief cures with another's lan
Rom. Your plantain leaf is excellent for that.
For your broken shin.
up in prison, kept without my food, Whipp'd, and tormented, and-Good-e'n, good
fellow. Serv. God gi' good e'en.-I pray, sir, can you read?
Rom. Ay, mine own fortune in my misery.
Serv. Perhaps you have learned it without book: But I pray, can you read any thing you see?
Rom. Ay, if I know the letters, and the language. Serv. Ye say honestly; Rest you merry!
Rom. Stay, fellow; I can read.
[reads. Signior Martino, and his wife, and daughters; County Anselme, and his beauteous sisters; The lady widow of Vitruvio; Signior Placentio, and his lovely nieces; Mercutio, and his brother Valentine; Mine uncle Capulet, his wife, and daughters; My fair niece Rosaline; Livia; Signior Valentio, and his cousin Tybalt; Lucio, and the lively Helena. A fair assembly; [gives back the note.] Whither
should they come? Sero. Up. Rom. Whither? Serv, To supper; to our house. Rom. Whose house? Serv. My master's. Rom. Indeed, I should have ask'd you that be
fore. Sero. Now I'll tell you without asking: My master is the great rich Capulet; and if you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray, come and crush a cup of wine. Rest you merry.
[Erit. Ben. At this same ancient feast of Capulet's Sups the fair Rosaline, whom thou so lov'st; With all the admired beauties of Verona: Go thither; and, with unattainted eye, Compare her face with some that I shall show, And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.
Rom. When the devout religion of mine eye Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to
fires ! And these,—who, often drown'd, could never die,
Transparent hereticks, be burnt for liars !