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Rom. I take thee at thy word :
Call me but love, and I'll be new baptiz’d,
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.
Jul. What man art thou, that thus befcrean'd in night So stumbleft on my counsel?
Rom. By a name
I know not how to tell thee who I am:
My name, dear saint, is hateful to my self,
Because it is an enemy to thee.
Had I it written, I would tear the word.
Jul. My ears have yet not drunk a hundred words
Of that tongue's uttering yet I know the found.
Art thou not Romeo, and a Mountague ?
Rom. Neither, fair faint, if either thee displease.
Jul. How cam'ft thou hither, tell me, and wherefore?
The orchard walls are high, and hard to climb,
And the place death, considering who thou art,
If any of my kinsmen find thee here.
Rom. *With love's light wings did I o'er-perch these
For stony limits cannot hold love out,
And what love can do, that dares love attempt :
Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me.
ju'. If they do see thee, they will murder thee.
Rom, Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye, *Than twenty of their swords ; look thou but sweet, And I am proof against their enmity.
Jul. I would not for the world they saw thee here.
Rom. I have night's cloak to hide me from their eye.
And but thou love me, let them find me here;
My life were better ended by their bate,
With, &c.] -Which when th’arch felon law,
Due entrance he disdain'd, and in contempt,
At one night bound, high over-leap'd all bound
Of hill, or highest wall, and sheer within
Lights on his feet,
See Parad. loft. Biiv, 7.379.
Than death prorogued, wanting of thy love. *
Jul. By whose direction found'it thou out this place?
Rorn. By love, that first did prompt me to enquire,
He lent me counsel, and I lent him eyes :
I am no pilot, yet wert thou as
As that vast shore, walh'd with the farthest sea,
I would adventure for fuch merchandize.
Jul. Thou know's the mask of night is on my face,
Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek,
For that which thou haft heard me speak to-night;
Fain would I dwell on form ; fain, fain deny
What I have spoke--but farewel compliment:
Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt fay, ay,
And I will take thy word-yet if thou swear't,
Thou may'st prove false ; (4) at lover perjuries
They say Jove laughs. Oh gentle Romeo,
If thou doft love, pronounce it faithfully,
Or if thou think I am too quickly won,
I'll frown, and be perverse, and say thee nay,
So thou wilt wooe, but else not for the world.
In truth, fair Mountague, I am too fond;
And therefore thou may'ít think my 'haviour light;
Than thofe that have more cunning to be strange.
1 should have been more strange, I must confess,
But that thou over-heard'it, ere I was 'ware,
My true loye's paffion; therefore pardon me
(4) At lovers, &c.] This, as Mr. Theobald has observed, our author probably borrowed either from Ovid or Tibullus.
Jupiter ex a'to perjuria ridet amantum.
At lovers perjuries Hove laughs.
Ovid de art, amane
-Perjuria ridet amantum
Jupiter, & ntos irrita ferre jubet.
Tibull. L. 3.c.78
At lovers perjuries Jove laughs away,
And bids the winds the idle tales convey.
And not impate this yielding to light love,
Which the dark night hath fo discovered.se
Rom Lady, by yonder blessed moon I vow,
That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops
Jul. O swear not by the moon, th’inconftant moong s 4
That monthly changes in her circled orb;
Lest that thy love.proye likewise variable,
Rom. What shall I fweer by:5). INS."
Jul. Do not swear at all.
Or if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
Which is the god of my idolatry,
And I'll believe thee.
Rom. If my true heart's love to
Jul. Well, do not fwear- although I joy in thee, : ."
I have no joy of this contract to o-night; in pol
It is too rash, too unadvis'd, too fudden,
* Too like the lightning which doth ceafe to be,
Ere one can say, it lightens sweet, good night.
This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet :
Good night, good night as sweet repose and reft
Come to thy heart, as that within my breast.
Rom. O wilt thou leave me fo unsatisfied ?
Jul. What fatisfaction canst thou have to night?
Rom. Th’exchange of thy. love's faithful vow for
Jul. I gave thee mine before thou didit request it:
And yet I would it were to give again.
Rom. Woulds thou withdraw it? For what purpose,
Ful. But to be frank, and give it thee again.
And yet I wish but for the thing I have: My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
• See Midsummer night's dream. P. 76,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee, ******
The more I have, for both are infinite,
I hear some noise within, dear love, adieu.
[Nurse calls withina
Anon, good nurse-Sweet Mountague be true :
Stay but a little, I will come again.
Rom. O blessed, blessed night. I-am afraid
All this is but dream I hear and fee;
Too flattering sweet to be fubftantial
Re-enfor Juliet above. -
Jul. Three words, dear Romeo, and good night.
If that thy bent of-love be honourable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-norrow,
By one that I'll procure to come to thee,
Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite ;
And all my fortures at thy foot I'll lay,
And follow thee, my love, throughout the world.
I come, anon, but if thou mean'ft not well,
I do beseech thee-[Within : Madam ] By and by
To cease thy suit, and leave me to my grief.
To-morrow will I send.
Rom. So thrive my soul.
Jul A thousand times good night
[Exit. Rom. A thousand times the worse to want thy light.
Enter Juliet again. Jul. Hift! Romeo, hist! O for a falkner's voice, To lure this taffel gentle back againBondage is hoarse, and may not speak aloud, Else would I tear the cave where echo lies And make her airy tongue more hoarse tban mine With repetition of my Romeo.
Rom. It is my love that calls upon my name,
How filver-sweet found lovers tongues by night,
Like softest musick to attending ears !
Jal. Romeo !
Rom. My sweet!
Jul. At what a clock to-morrow
Shall I send to thee ?
Rom. By the hour of nine.
Jul. I will not fail, 'tis twenty years till then,I have forgot why I did call thee back
Rom. Let me stand here till thou remember it,
Jul. I Mall forget to have thee ftill stand there, Remembring how I love thy company.
Rom And I'll still stay to have thee ftill forget,
Forgetting any other home but this.
Jul. 'Tis almost morning. I would have thee gone,
And yet no further than a wanton's bird,
That lets it hop a little from her hand,
Like a poor prisoner in its twisted gyves,
And with a filk thread plucks it back again,
So loving jealous of his liberty.
Rom. I would I were thy bird.
Ful. Sweet, so would I ;
Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing.
Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good-night, till it be morrow. (Exito
Scene v Love's Heralds,
Love's heralds should be thoughts, Which ten times faster glide than ihe sun-beams, Driving back shadows over lowring hills. Therefore do nimble-pinion'd doves draw fove, And therefore hath the wind-swift Cupid wings.