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I was forbid it. That ebb and flow by the moon. When time shall serve, let but the herald cry,


Take them away. And I'll appear again.

(Exit. Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, (thee Alb. Why, fare thee well; I willo'erlook thy paper. The gods themselves throwincense. Have I caughl Re-enter EDMUND.

He that parts us, shall bring a brand from heaven,

And fire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thine eyes ;
Edm. The enemy's in view, draw up your powers. The goujeers shall devour them, flesh and fell,
Here is the guess of their true strength and forces Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see them starve first.
By diligent discovery ;-but your haste

Come. (Exe.nt LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded
Is now urg'd on you.

Edm. Come hither, captain ; hark. (to prison ;

We will greet the time. (Exit. Take thou this note ; (giving a paper.) go, follow them
Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my love ; One step I have advanc'd thee : if thou dost
Each jealous of the other, as the stung

As this intructs thee, thou dost make thy way
Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take ? To noble fortunes : Know thou this,- that men
Both ? one? or neither ? Neither can be enjoy'd, Are as the time is : to be tender-minded
If both remain alive: To take the widow,

Does not become a sword :-Thy great employment
Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril ; Will not bear question ;- either say, thou'lt do't,
And hardly shall I carry out my side,

Or thrive by other means. Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use Off

I'll do't, my lord. His countenance for the battle ; which being done, Edm. About it; and write happy, when thou hast Let her, who would be rid of him, devise

Mark,-1 say, instantly; and carry it so, [done His speedy taking off. As for the mercy,

As I have set it down. Which he intends to Lear, and to Cordelia,

off. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; The battle done, and they within our power, If it be man's work, I will do it.

(Esit Officer Shall never see his pardon : for my state Stands on me to defend, not to debato. [Erit.

Flourish. Enter Albany, GONERIL, REGAN,

Officers, and Attendants.
SCENE II.-A Field between the two Camps. Alb. Sir, you have shewn to-day your valiant strain
Alarum within. Enter, with drums and colours, LEAR, Who were the opposites of this day's strife :

And fortune led you well: You have the captives
CORDELIA, and their Forces; and exeunt.

We do require them of you ; so to use them,

As we shall find their merits and our safety
Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree May equally determine.

Edm. For your good host; pray that the right may thrive :

Sir. I thought it fit If ever I return to you again,

To send the old and miserable king I'll bring you comfort.

To some retention and appointed guard ;
Glo. Grace go with you, sir ! [Exit EDGAR.

Whose has charms in it, waose title more,
To pluck

the common bosom on his side, Alarums ; afterwards a Retreat. Re-enter EDGAR. And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes Edg. Away, old man, give me thy hand, away;

Which do command them. With him. I sent the queen
King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en : My reason all the same ; and they are ready
Give me thy hand, come on.

To-morrow, or at further space, to appear
Glo. No further, sir ; a man may rot even here. Where you shall hold your session. At this time
Edg. What, in ill thoughts again? Men must endure We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost his friend
Their going hence, even as their coming hither : And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd
Ripeness is all: Come on.

By those that feel their sharpness :-
Glo. And that's true too.

[Exeunt. The question of Cordelia, and her father,

Requires a fitter place.

Alb. SCENE III.— The British Camp near Dover.

Sir, by your patience,

I hold you but a subject of this war,
Enter, in conquest, with drum and colours, EDMUND; Not as a brother.
LEAR and CORDELIA, as prisoners ; Officers, Sol-


That's as we list to grace him. diers, &c.

Methinks, our pleasure might have been demanded, Edm. Some officers take them away: good guard; Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers; Until their greater pleasures first be known

Bore the commission of my place and person ; That are to censure them.

The which immediacy may well stand up, Cor.

We are not the first, And call itself your brother. Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the worst.


Not so hot:
For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down ; In his own grace he doth exalt himself,
Myself could else out frown false fortune's frown.- More than in your advancement.
Shall we not see these daughters, and these sisters? Reg.

In my rights,
Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison : By me invested, he compeers the best.
We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage : Gon. That were the most, if he should husband you
When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down, Reg. Jesters do oft prove prophets.
And ask of thee forgiveness : So we'll live,


Holla, holla'
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh That eye, that told you so, look’a but a-squint.
At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues

Reg. Lady, I am not well ; else I should answer
Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too, - From a full-flowing stomach.-General,
Who loses, and who wins; who's in, who's out :- Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony;
And take upon us the mystery of things,

Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine :
As if we were God's spies : And we'll wear out, Witness the world, that I create thee here
lo a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones, My lord and master.



Mean you to enjoy him? My oath, and my profession, protest, Alh The let-alone lies not in your good wil.. Maugre thy strength, youth, place, and eminenca, Lam. Nor in thine, lord.

Despite rrj victor sword, and fire-new fortune, Alb.

Half-blooded fellow, yes. Thy valour, and thy heart, -- thou art a traitor : Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title thine. False to ths, gods, thy brother, and thy tateor.

[ To Edmund. Conspirant 'gainst this high illustrisus yance Alb. Stay yet; hear reason :- Edmund, I arrest And, from the extremest upward of thy nead. Oc capital treason; and, in thy arrest, (thee To the descent and dust beneath thy feet, This gilded serpent: (Pointing to Gon.] — for your A inost toad-spotted traitor. Say thou, No, claim, fair sister,

This sword, this arm, and my best spirits, are non I bar it in the interest of my wife ;

To prove upou thy heart, whereto 1 speak, "Tis she is sub contracted to this lord,

Thou liest. And I, her hushand, contradict your bans.

Edm. In wisdom, 1 should ask thy nume If you will marry, make your love to me,

But, since thy outside looks so fair and warlike, My lady is bespoke.

And that thy tongue some 'say of breeding breathor Gon. An interlude!

What safe and nicely I might well delay Alb. Thou art arm’d, Gloster : - Let the trumpet By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn: If pone appear to prove upon thy person, (sound: Back do I loss these treasons to thy head ; Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons,

With the hell-hated lie o'erwhelm thy heart; There is my pledge; (Throwing down a glove.] I'll Which, (for they yet glance by, and scarcely bruise,) prove it on thy heart,

This sword of mine sball give them instant way, Ere 1 taste bread, thou art in nothing less

Where they shall rest for ever.—Trumpets, speak. Than I have here proclaim'd thee.

(Alarums. They fight. EDMUND falls. Reg.

Sick, 0, sick! Alb. O save him, save him! Gon. If not, I'll ne'er trust poison. [ Aside. Gon.

This is mere practice, Gloster. Edm. There's my exchange : [Throwing down a By the law of arms, thou wast noi bound to answer glove.) what in the world he is

An unknown opposite ; thou art not vanquishid, That names me traitor, villain like he lies :

But cozen'd and beguild. Call by thy trumpet: he that dares approach,


Shut your mouth, damo, On him, on you, (who not ?) I will maintain Or with this paper shall I stop it :-Hold, sir :My truth and honour firmly.

Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil :Alb. A herald, ho ?

No tearing, lady; I perceive you know it.
A herald, ho, a herald !

(Gives the letter to EDMUND. Alb. Trust to thy single virtue ; for thy soldiers, Gon. Say, if I do: the laws are mine, not thine a All levied in my name, have in my name

Who shall arraign me for't? Took their discharge.


Most monstrous ! Reg.

This sickness grows upon me. Know'st thou this paper ?
Enter a Herald.

Gon. Ask me not what I know. (Exit GONERIL.

Alb. Go after her ; she's desperate; govern her. Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent.

(To an Cficer, who goes out. (Erit REGAN, led.

Edm. What you have charg'd ine with, that have Come hither, herald,-Let the trumpet sound,

I done ; And read out this.

And more, much more: the time will bring it out; Of Sound, trumpet. (4 trumpet sounds. 'Tis past, and so am I : But what art thou, Herald reads.

That hast this fortune on me? If thou art noble, If ary man of quality, or degree, within the lists of I do forgive thee. the army, will maintain upon Edmund, supposed earl


Let's exchange charity. of Gloster, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear 1 am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund; at the third sound of the trumpet : He is bold in his If more, the more thou hast wrongd me. defence.

My name is Edgar, and thy father's son. Edm. Sound.

(1 Trumpet.

The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices Her. Again.

12 Trumpet

Make instruments to scourge us : Her. Again.

Is Trumpet.

The dark and vicious place where thee he got,

Cost him his eyes [Trumpet answers within.


Thou hast spoken right, 'tis true; Enter EDGAR, armed, preceded by a trumpet. The wheel is come full circle ; I am here. Alb. Ask hiin his purposes, why he appears Alb. Methought thy very gait did prophesy Upon this call o'the trumpet.

A royal nobleness : I must embrace thee ;

What are you? Let sorrow split my heart, if ever I
Your name, your quality ? and why you answer Did hate thee, or thy father!
This present summions ?


Worthy prince. Edg.

Know, my name is lost; I know it well. By treason's tooth bare gnawn, and canker-bit : Alb.

Where have you hid yourself? Yet am I noble, as the adversary

How have you known the miseries of your father! I come to cope withal.

Edg. By nursing them, my lord. — Lis: a brier Alb. Which is that adversary? (Gloster ? Edg. What's he that speaks for Edmund earl of And, when 'tis told, O, that my heart would tursti-. Edm. Himself ;-What say'st thou to him ? The bloody proclamation to escape, Edg.

Draw thy sword; That follow'd me so near, (O our lives' sweetness That, if my speech offend a noble heart,

That with the pain of death we'd hourly die. Thy alin may do thee justice : here is mine Rather than die at once !) taught me to shift hehold, it is the privilege of inine hocours, luto a mad-man's rags; to assume a semblance

tale ;

That very dogs disdain'd : and in this habit Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send,-
Met I my father with his bleeding rings,

Be brief in it,-to the castle ; for my writ
Their precious stones new lost; became his guide, Is on the life of Lear, and on Cordelia :-
Led him, begg'd for him, sav'd him from despair ; Nay, send in time.
Never (O fault!) reveal’d myself unto him,


Pun, run, 0, runUntil some half hour past, when I was arm’d, Edg. To who, my lord ?-Who has the office ? seod Not sure, though hoping, of this good success, Thy token of reprieve. I ask'd his blessing, and from first to last

Edm. Well thought on ; take my sword, Told him my pilgrimage : But his flaw'd heart, Give it the captain. (Alack, too weak the conflict to support!)

Alb. Haste thee, for thy life. (Exit Eugak. Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief, Edm. He hath commission from thy wife and me Burst smilingly

To hang Cordelia in the prison, and
Edm. This speech of yours hath mov'd me, To lay the blame upon her own despair,
And snall, perchance, do good: but speak you on;

That she fordid herself.
You look as you had something more to say.

Alb. The gods defend her! Bear him hence awhile Alb. If there be more, more woful, hold it in ;

[EDMUND is borne of Por I am alınost ready to dissolve,

Enter LEAR, with CORDELIA dead in his arms : Hearing of this.

EDGAR, Officer, and others.
This would have seem'd a period

Lear. Howl, howl, howl, howl!-0, you are mea To such as love not sorrow; but another,

of stones; To amplify too-much, would make much more,

Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so And top extremity:

That heaven's vault should crack :-0, she is gone Whilst I was big in clamour, came there a man,

for ever! Who having seen me in my worst estate,

I know when one is dead, and when one lives;
Shunn'd my abhorr'd society; but then, finding She's dead as earth :-Lend me a looking-glass;
Who 'twas that so endur'd, with his strong arms If that her breath will mist or stain the stone,
He fasten'd on my neck, and bellow'd out
As he'd burst heaven; threw him on my father :

Why, then she lives.

Is this the promis'd end ? Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him,

Edg. Or image of that horror ? That ever ear receiv'd: which in recounting


Fall, and cease! His grief grew puissant, and the strings of life

Lear. This feather stirs; she lives! if it be so. Began to crack : Twice then the trumpet sounded,

It is a chance that does redeem all sorrows And there I left him tranc'd.

That ever I have felt. Alb.

But vibo wis this?


O my good master! [Kneeling. Edg. Kent, sir, the banish'd Kent; who in disguise

Lear. Pr'ythee, away. Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service


Tis noble Kent, your friend. Improper for a slave.

Lear. A plague upon you, murderers, traitors a!!! Enter a Gentleman hastily, with a blordy knife.

I might have sav'd her; now she's gone for ever!

Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha! Gent. Help! help! O help!

What is't thou say'st ?-Her voice was ever soft, Edg.

What kind of help? Gentle, and low: an excellent thing in woman Alb.

Speak, man. I kill'd the slave that was a hanging thee. Edg. What means that bloody knife ?

Off. 'Tis true, my lords, he did. Gent. 'Tis hot, it sinokes; Lear.

Did I not, fellow? It came even from the heart of

I have seen the day, with may good biting faulchion Alb.

Who, man? speak. I would have made them skip: I am old now, Gent. Your lady, sir, your lady: and her sister

And these same crosses spoil me.- Who are you ! By her is poison'd; she confesses it.

Mine eyes are none o'the best :-I'll tell you straight. Edm. I was contracted to them both; all three

Kens. If fortune brag of two she lov'd and hated, Now marry in an instant.

One of them we behold Alb. Produce their bodies, be they alive or dead !

Lear. This is a dull sight : Are you not Ken:! This judgment of the heavens, that makes us tremble, Kent.

The sans Touches us not with pity. (Exit Gentleman. Your servant Kent: Where is your servant Caius ! Enter Kent.

Lear. He's a good fellow, I can tell you that ;

He'll strike, and quickly too : He's dead and rottea Edg. Here comes Kent, sir.

Kent. No, my good lord ; I am the very maa ;Ilb. 0! it is he.

Lear. I'll see that straight. The time will not allow the compliment,

Kent. That, from your first of difference and decay Which very manners urges.

Have follow'd your sad steps. Kent.

I am come

Lear. You are welcome hither. (deadlyTo bid my king and master aye good night;

Kent. Nor no man else ; all's cheerless, dark, as Is he not here?

Your eldest daughters have fore-doom'd themselves Alb. Great thing of us forgot!

And desperately are dead. Speak, Edmund, where's the king; and where's Cor


Ay, so I think.
See'st thou this object, Kent ?

(Jelia ?-
(The bodies of Gon. and Reg. are brought in. That we present us to him.

Alb. He knows not what he says; and vain it is Kent. Alack, why thus ?


Very bootless. Edm.

Yet Edmund was beloved : The one the other poison'd for my sake,

Enter an Officer. And after slew herself.

Off. Edmund is dead, my lord. Alh. Even so.-Cover their faces.


That's but a trifle hereEdm. I pant for life :-Some good I mean to do, You lords, and noble friends, kno* our intent


797 What comfort to this great decay may come,


Look up, my lord. Shaii be app.iod : Fo: us, we will resign,

Kent. Vex not his ghost: 0, let him pass' be nates During the life of this old majesty,

That would upon the rack of this tough world (hin, To him our absolute power :- You, to your rights; Stretch him out longer. [To Evgar and Kent. Edg.

0, he is zone, indeed. With boot, ang such addition as your honours Kent. The wonder is, he hath endur'd so long : Have more than merited.--All friends shall taste He but usurp'd his life The wages of their virtue, and all foes

Alb. Bear them from hence.- -Our present business The cup of their deservings.-0), see, see !

Is general woe. Friends of iny soul, you iwain Lear. And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life:

[To hunt and EDGAR. Wny should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, Rule in this realm, and the gor'd state sustain. And thou no breath at all? 0, thou wilt come no more. Kent. I have a journey, sir, shortly to go ; Never, never, never, never, never !

My master calis, and I must not say, no. Pray you, undo this button : Thank you, sir.- Alb. The weight of this sad time we must obey; Do

Look on her, look,-her lips,- Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. Look there, look there !

(He dies. The oldest hath borne most: we, that are young, Edg.

He faints !--- My lord, my lord, - Shall never see so much, nor live so long. kent. Break, heart ; I pr’ythee, break!

(Eseunt, with a dead march.

you see this?

THE tragedy of Lear is deservedly celebrated among the dra- | has suffered the virtue of Cordelia to perish in a just cause, mas of Shakspeare. There is perhaps no play which keeps the contrary to the natural ideas of justice, to the hope of the reader, attention so strongly fixed; which so much agitates our passions, and, what is yet more strange, to the faith of chronicles. Yet ud interests our curiosity. The artful involutions of distiuct this conduct is justified by the Spectator, who blames Tate for interests, the striking oppositions of contrary characters, the giving Cordelia

success and happiness in his alteration, acd desudden changes of fortune, and the quick succession of events, clares, that in his opinion, the Tragedy has lost hall its beauty fill the mind with a perpetual tumult of indignation, pity, and Dennis has remarked, whether justly or not, thal, to secure the hope. There is no scene which does not contribute to the ag- favourable reception of Cało, the town eas poisoned with much gravation of the distress or conduct of the action, and scarce a Salse and abominable criticism, and that endeavours had been line which does not conduce to the progress of the scene. So used to discredit and decry poetical justice. A play in which powerful is the current of the poet's imagination, that the mind the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubeless which once ventures within it, is hurried irresistibly along. be good, because it is a just representation of the common events

On the seeding improbability of Lear's conduct, it may be of human life; but sioce all reasonable beings naturally love observed, that he is represented according to histories at that justice, I cannot easily be persuaded, what the observation of uime vulkarly received as true. And, perhaps, if we turn our justice makes a play worse ; or, that if other excellencies are thoughts upon the barbarily, and ignorance of the age to which equal, the audience will not always rise better pleased from the ibis story is referred, it will appear not so unlikely as while we final triumph of persecuted virtue. estimate Lear's manners by our own. Such preference of one In the present case the public has decided. Cordelia, from daughter to another, or resignatiou of dominion on such condi- the time of Tate, has always retired with victory and felicity. tions, would be yet credible, il told of a peuty prince of Guinea And, if my sensations could add any thing to the general suffrage, or Madagascar. Shakspeare, indeed, by the greation of his earls ! might relate, I was many years ago so shocked by Cordelia's and dukes, has given us the idea of times more civilized, and of death, that I know not whether I ever endured to read again life regulated by softer manners; and the truth is, that though the last scenes of the play till I undertook to revise them as an be so nicely discriminates, and so minutely describes the cha- editor. racters of men, be commonly neglects and confounds the charac- There is another controversy, among the critics concerniug iers of ages, by mingling customs ancient and modern, English this play: It is disputed whether the predominant image in and foreigo.

Lear's disordered mind be the loss of his kingdom or the cruMy learned friend, Mr. Warton. (afterwards Dr. Joseph War- elty of his daughters. Mr. Murphy, a very judicious critic, ton, who has in The Adrenturer very minutely criticised this bas evinced by induction of particular passages, that the cru: play, remarks. that the instances of cruelly are too savage and elty of his daughters is the primary source of his distress, and shocking, and that the intervention of Edmund destroys the that the loss of royalty affects him only as a secondary and simplicity of the story. These objections may, I think, be an. suburdinale evil. lle observes, with great justness, that lear

wered. by repeating, that the cruelty of the daughters is au would move our compassion but little, did we not rather con historical fact, to which the poel has added little, having only sider the injured father than the degraded king: drawn it into a series of dialogue and action. But I am not able The story of this play, except the episode of Edmund, which 1. apologise with equal plausibility for the extrusion of Gloster's is derived, I think, from Sidney, is taken osiginally from Geof. eyes, which seems an act too horrid to be endured in dramatic ry of Monmouth, whom Holinished generally copied; but perexhibition, and such as must always compel the mind to relieve haps immediately from an old historical ballad. My reason its distresses by incredulity. Yet let it be reqen.bered that our for believing that the play was posterior to the ballad, rather author well knew what would please the audience for which than the ballad to the play, is, that the ballad has nothing of he wrote.

Shakspeare's nocturnal tempest, which is too striking to have The injury dune by Edmand to the simplicity of the action is beeu omitted, and that it follows the chronicle ; it has the rudiabundantly recompensed by the addition of variety, by the art ments of the play, but none of its amplifications: it first hinted with which he is made to co-operate with the chiel design, and Lear's madness, but did not array it in circumstances. The the poteçnity which he gives the poet of combining perfidy writer of the ballad added something to the history, which is a with joriy, and conpecting the wicked soo with the wicked proof that he would bave added more, if more had occurred to

..uxhiers, to impress this important moral thai villany is gerer his mind, and more must have occurred if he had sceo Shak. mi a stop, that crimes lead to crimes, and at last terminate ja ruin. speare.-JOHNson.

But though this moral be incidentally caforced, Sbakspeare


Or this play there were four quarto editions published during

the life of the anthor, the first of which was published in 1597. The original author of the story was Luigi da Porto, a gentle.

man of Vicenza, who died in 1529. Uis novel did dot appear till some years after his death, being first printed at Venice in 1535. under the title of La Giulietta The stury had been dramatized in this country, before 1562, for

thai year Arthur Brooke published his poemi, called The Trapical Hustory of Romeus and Juliet, and in his advertisemeat to the reader says, that he had seen" the same argument

Lately set forth on the stage with more commendation thu I cu look for." To this obsolete play, and Brooke's poem, Shak speare was most probably indebted for those rade nisterials which he has rendered so valuable by his exquisite skill and inanagement in the tragedy before us. Breval says in the l'ravels, that on a strict inquiry into the bis tories of Verona, he found that Shakspeare had varied very little from the truth, either in the names, characters, ur other circumstances. Malone supposes this play to bave been writ. ten in 1596.


PERSONS REPRESENTED. Sam. I mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw.

Gre. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of Escalus, Prince of Verona.

the collar. Paris, a young nobleman, kinsman to the Prince.

Sam. I strike quickly, being moved. MONTAGUE, | heads of two houses, at variance

Gre. But thou art not quickly moved to strike. Capulet, with each other.

Sam. A dog of the house of Montague moves me
An old Man, uncle to Capulet.

Gre. To move is—to stir; and to be valiant, is
Romeo, son to Montague.
Mercutio, kinsman to the Prince, and friend to Romeo. run'st away.

to stand to it: therefore, if thou art mov'd, thou Benvolio, nephew to Montague, and friend to Romeo.

Sam. A dog of that house shall move me to stand : TYBALT, nephew to Lady Capulet.

I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's. Priar LAURENCE, a franciscan.

Gre. That shews thee a weak slave; for the weakest Friar Joun, of the same order. BALTHAZAR, servant to Romeo.

goes to the wall.

Sam. True; and therefore women, being the weaker SAMPSON, GREGORY, servants to Capulet.

vessels, are ever thrust to the wall :-therefore I will ABRAM, servant to Montague.

push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust bis An Apothecary. Three Musicians.

maids to the wall. Chorus. Boy. Page to Paris. Peter. An Officer.

Gre. The quarrel is between our masters, and us

their men. Lady MONTAGUE, wife to Montague.

Sam. 'Tis all one, I will shew myself a tyrant: Lady Capulet, wife to Capulet.

when I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with Juliet, daughter is Capulet.

the maids; I will cut off their heads. Nurse to Juliet.

Gre. The heads of the maids ? Citisens of Verona ; several Men and Women, relations

Sam. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maiden to both houses, Maskers, Guards, Watchmen, and heads; take it in what sense thou wilt. Attendants.

Gre. They must take it in sense, that feel it.

Sam. Me they shall feel, while I am able to stand: SCENE,—during the greater part of the Play, in and 'tis krwn I am a pretty piece of flesh. VERONA: : once, in the Fifth Act, at Mantua. Gre. 'Tis well, thou art not fish; if thou badet,

thou hadst been poor John. Draw thy tool ; here

comes two . f the house of the Montagues. PROLOGUE.

Enter ABRAM and BALTHASAR. [wo households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

Sam. My naked weapon is out; quarrel, I will

back thee. from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

Gre. How? turn thy back, and run ?
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

Sam. Fear me aot.
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life ; Gre. No, marry: I fear thee!
Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows

Sam. Let us take the law of our sides; loc idca Do, with their death, bury their parents' strife.

begiu. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,

Gre. I will frown, as I pass by; and let them taks And the continuance of their parents' rage,

it as they list. Which, but their children'send, noughtcould remove them ; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it

Sam. Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumba Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage ; The which if you with patient ears attend,

Abr. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
What here shali miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

Sam. I do bite my thumb, sır.
Abr. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir !
Sam. Is the law on our side, if I say-ay!

Gre, No.

Sam. No, sir, I do not bite my thumb ai ou, sir;

but I bite my thumb, sir. SCENE I.-d public Place.

Gre. Do you quarrel, sir?

Abr. Quarrel, sir ? no, sir.
Enter SAMPson and GREGORY, armed with

Sam. If you do, sir, I am for you; I serve as good swords and bucklers.

a man as yoll. Sam. Gregory, o'my word, we'll not carry coals. Abr, No better. Gre. No, for then we should be colliers.

Sun. Well, st.

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