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And, with wild looks, bid me devise some means
Prince. We still have known thee for a holy
Where's Romeo's man? what can he say in this ? Bal. I brought my master news of Juliet's
And then in post he came from Mantua,
Prince. Give me the letter, I will look on it.
grave, And bid me stand aloof, and so I did: Anon, comes one with light to ope the tomb, And, by and by, my master drew on him ; And then I ran away to call the watch. Prince. This letter doth make good the friar's
words, Their course of love, the tidings of her death ; And here he writes, that he did buy a poison Of a poor 'pothecary, and therewithal Came to this vault to die, and lie with Juliet. Where be these enemies ! - Capulet! Montague! See, what a scourge is laid upon your hate, That Heaven find means to kill your joys with love! And I, for winking at your discords, too, Have lost a brace of kinsmen : - all are punish'd.
Cap. O, brother Montague! give me thy hand : This is my daughter's jointure ; for no more Can I demand. Mon.
But I can give thee more ; For I will raise her statue in pure gold ; That, while Verona by that name is known,
19 Mercutio and Paris. Mercutio is expressly called the Prince's kinsman in Act iï. sc. 4; and that Paris was also the Prince's kinsman, may be inferred from what Romeo says: “Let me peruse this face; Mercutio's kinsmun, noble county Paris."
There shall no figure at such rate be set,
Cap. As rich shall Romeo by his lady lie;
brings; 20 The sun for sorrow will not show his head. Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things ; Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished : ? For never was a story of more woe, Than this of Juliet and her Romeo. [Exeunt.
20 The quarto of 1597 reads, “A gloomy peace.” To gloom is an ancient verb, used by Spenser and other old writers.
21 This line has reference to the poem from which the fable is taken ; in which the Nurse is banisbed for concealing the marriage; Romeo's servant set at liberty, because he had only acted in obedience to his master's orders; the Apothecary is banged ; while Friar Laurence was permitted to retire to a hermitage near Verona, where he ended his life in penitence and tranquillity.