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Two households, both alike in dignity,

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life ; Whose misadventurd piteous overthrows

Do, with their death, bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,

And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,

Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage ;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.


Escalus, Prince of Verona.
Paris, a young Nobleman, kinsman to the Prince.
MONTAGUE, 7 heads of two houses, at variance with each
CAPULET, S other.
An old Man, uncle to CAPULET.
Romeo, son to Montague.
Mercurio, kinsman to the Prince, and friend to Romeo.
BENVOLIO, nephew to Montague, and friend to Romeo.
TYBALT, nephew to Lady Capulet.
FriAR LAWRENCE, a Franciscan.
FRIAR John, of the same Order.
BALTHASAR, servant to Romeo.
SAMPSON, 7 Servants to Capulet.
ABRAM, servant to Montague.
An Apothecary.
Three Musicians.
Chorus. Boy; Page to Paris; Peter ; an officer.

Lady MONTAGUE, wife to Montague.
Lady Capulet, wife to Capulet.
Juliet, daughter to Capulet.
Nurse to Julict.

Citizens of Verona ; several men and women, relations to

both houses ; maskers, guards, watchmen, and attendants.

SCENE during the greater part of the play, in Verona :

once in the fifth act, at Mantua.

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