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Baktha. Pardon me, Sir, I dare not leave you thus. Your looks are pale and wild, and do import
Rom. Tufh, thou art deceiv'd;
Leave me, and do the thing I bid thee do:
Rom. No matter: get thee gone,
And hire thofe horfes; I'll be with thee ftraight.
And hereabouts he dwells, whem late I noted
Of ill-fhap'd fishes; and about his shelves
Green earthen pots, bladders, and mufty feeds,
Ap. Who calls fo loud?
Rom. Come hither, man; I fee, that thou art poor; Hold, there is forty ducats: let me have
A dram of poison, fuch foon-speeding geer,
As will difperfe itself thro' all the veins,
Doth hurry from the fatal cannon's womb.
Ap. Such mortal drugs I have, but Mantua's law Is death to any he that utters them.
Rom. Art thou fo bare and full of wretchednefs,
Rom. There is thy gold; worfe poifon to men's fouls,
SCENE changes to the Monastery at Verona. Enter Friar John.
John.TTOly Francifcan Friar! brother! ho!
Enter Friar Lawrence to him.
Law. This fame fhould be the voice of Friar John.Welcome from Mantua; what fays Romeo?
Or, if his mind be writ, give me his letter.
One of our order, to affociate me,
Here in this city visiting the fick ;
And finding him, the fearchers of the town,
Law. Unhappy fortune! by my brotherhood,
John. Brother, I'll go and bring it thee.
And keep her at my cell 'till Romeo come.
Poor living coarfe, clos'd in a dead man's tomb! [Exit.
SCENE changes to a Church-yard: In it, a Monument belonging to the Capulets.
Enter Paris, and his Page, with a light.
Ive me thy torch, boy; hence, and ftand aloof. Yet put it out, for I would not be seen: Under yond yew-trees lay thee all along, Laying thy ear close to the hollow ground; So fhall no foot upon the church-yard tread, (Being loofe, unfirm, with digging up of graves) But thou shalt hear it: whiftle then to me, As fignal that thou hear'ft fomething approach. Give me thofe flow'rs. Do as I bid thee; go.
Page. I am almost afraid to ftand alone
Here in the church-yard, yet I will adventure. [Exit. Par. Sweet flow'r! with flow'rs thy bridal bed I strew:
[Strewing flowers. Fair Juliet, that with angels doft remain, Accept this lateft favour at my hand;
That living honour'd thee, and, being dead,
With fun'ral obfequies adorn thy tomb. [The boy whistles.
Enter Romeo and Balthafar with a light, (15)
But chiefly to take thence from her dead finger
In dear employment; therefore, hence, be gone:
(15) Enter Romeo and Peter with a Light.] But Peter was a Servant of the Capulets: befides, he brings the Mattock and Crow to wrench open Juliet's Grave, an Office hardly to be intrufted with a Servant of that Family. We find a little above, at the very Beginning of this Act, Balthafar is the Perfon who brings Romeo the News of his Bride's Death: and yet, at the Clofe of the Play, Peter takes upon him to depofe that he brought thofe Tidings. Utri creditis, Quirites In fhort, We heard Balthafar deliver the Meffage; and therefore Peter is a lying Evidence, fuborned by the blundering Editors. We must therefore cafhier him, and put Balthafar on his proper Duty. The Source of this Error feems eafy to be accounted for; Peter's Character ending in the fourth Act, it is very probable the fame Perfon might play Balthafar, and fo be quoted on in the Prompter's Book as Peter.
In what I further fhall intend to do,
By heaven, I will tear thee joint by joint,
And ftrew this hungry church-yard with thy limbs ;
More fierce and more inexorable far
Than empty tygers, or the roaring fea.
Balth. I will be gone, Sir, and not trouble you. Rom. So fhalt thou fhew me friendship.—Take thon that;
Live and be profp'rous, and farewel, good fellow.
Balth. For all this fame, I'll hide me hereabout; His looks I fear, and his intents I doubt. [Exit Balth. Rom Thou deteftable maw, thou womb of death, Gorg'd with the dearest morfel of the earth,
Thus I inforce thy rotten jaws to open,
[Breaking open the Monument.
And in defpight I'll cram thee with more food.
That murder'd my love's coufin; (with which grief,
It is fuppofed, the fair creature dy'd,)
And here is come to do fome villanous fhame
Rom. I muft, indeed, and therefore came I hither.-