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Two households, both alike in dignity,
where we lay our scene, 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; Whole mifadventur'd 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 childrens' end, nought could re
hours' traffick of our stage ; The which if you with patient ears attend,
our toil shall strive to mend.
move, Is now the
What here shall miss,
ESCALUS, Prince of Verona.
2 GREGORY, S
servants to CAPULET,
Citizens of Verona ; several Men and Women, relations
to both houses; Maskers, Guards, Watchinen, and Attendants.
SCENE, during the greater part of the play in Verona:
pnce in the fifth Act at Mantua.
ROMEO AND JULIET.
ACT 1. SCENE I. A publick Place. Enter SAMPSON and Gregory, armed with fwords
Sampson. GREGORY, O'my word, we'll not carry coals. Gre. No, for then we should be colliers. Sam. I mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw.
Gre. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of the collar.
Sam. I ftrike quickly, being moved,
to stand to it; therefore, if thou art moved, thou sun'ft away
Sam. A dog of that house shall move me to stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid of Mon. tague's,
Gre. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to the wall.
Sam. True; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ever thruit to the wall :- there. fore will I push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall.
Gre. The quarrel is between our masters, and us their men.
$am, 'Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant ;
when I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the maids ; I will cut off their heads,
Gre. The heads of the maids ?
Sam. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maiden. heads; take it in what sense thou wilt.
Gre. They must take it in sense, that feel it.
Sam. Me they shall feel, while I am able to stand : and, 'tis known, I am a pretty piece of flesh.
Gre. "Tis well, thou art not fith; if thou hadft, thou hadft been Poor John. Draw thy tool; here comes two of the house of the Montagues.
Enter ABRAM and BALTHAZAR. Sam. My naked weapon is out; quarrel, I will back thee.
Gre. How? turn thy back, and run?
Sam. Let us take the law of our fides; let them begin.
Gre. I will frown, as I pass by; and let them take it as they lift. Sam. Nay, as they dare. I will bite
thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it, Abr. Do
thumb at us, sir?
thumb at you, sir; but I bite my thumb, sir.
Gre. Do you quarrel, fir?
Sam. If you do, sir, I am for you; I serve as good a man as you.
- Ibr. No better. Som. Well, sir,