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ESCALUS, Prince of Verona.
to the Prince. Montague, 1 Two Lords of antient families, Enemies to
each other. Romeo, Son to Montague. Mercurio, Kinsman to the Prince, and Friend to Romeo. Benvolio, Kinsman and Friend to Romeo. Tybalt, Kinsman to Capulet. Friar Lawrence. Friar John. Balthasar, Servant to Romeo. Page to Paris. Sampson, Gregory,
} Servants to Capulet. Abram, Servant to Montague.
Apothecary. Simon Catling, Hugh Rebeck, 3 Musicians. Samuel Soundboard, Peter, Servant to the Nurse. Lady Montague, Wife to Montague. Lady Capulet, Wife to Capulet. Juliet, Daughter to Capulet, in love with Romeo. Nurse to Juliet. CHORUS. Citizens of Verona, several men and women relations to
Capulet, Maskers, Guards, Watch, and other Ato
tendants. The SCENE, in the beginning of the fifth Act,
is in Mantua ; during all the rest of the Play, in and near Verona,
ROMEO and JULIET.
A C T I. SCENE I.
The Street, in VERONA.
Enter Sampson and Gregory, (with swords and bucklers,)
two servants of the Capulets.
Greg. No, for then we should be colliers.
draw. Greg. Ay, while you live, draw your Neck out of the Collar.
Sam. I strike quickly, being mov'd.
Greg. To move, is to stir; and to be valiant, is to stand: therefore, if thou art mov'd, thou runn'st away.
Sam. A dog of that House shall move me to itand: I will take the wall of any man, or maid of Montague's.
I we'll not carry coals. ] A phrase then in use, to fignify the bearing injuries.
Greg, Greg. That shews thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to the wall.
Sam. True, and therefore women, being the weakest, are ever thrust to the wall:
therefore I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall.
Greg. The quarrel is between our masters, and us their men.
Sam. 'Tis all one, I will shew myself a tyrant : when I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the maids, and cut off their heads.
Greg. The heads of the maids ?
Sam. Ay, the heads of the maids, or the maidenheads, take it in what sense thou wilt.
Greg. 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.
Greg. 'Tis well thou art not fish: if thou hadft, thou hadît been Poor John. Draw thy tool, here comes of the House of the Montagues.
Enter Abram and Balthasar. Sam. My naked weapon is out; quarrel, I will back thee.
Greg. How, turn thy back and run ?
Sam. Let us take the law of our sides : let them begin.
Greg. I will frown as I pafs by, and let them take it as they lift.
Sam. Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them, which is a disgrace to them if they bear it.
Abr. Do you bite your thumb at us, Sir?
bite your thumb at us, Sir ? Sam. Is the law on our side, if I say, ay?
Sam. No, Sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, Sir: but I bite my thumb, Sir.
Greg. Do you quarrel, Sir?
Såm. If you do, Sir, I am for you; I serve as good a man, as you.
Abr. No better.
• Enter Benvolio. Greg. Say, better : here comes one of my master's kinsmen.
Sam. Yes, better, Sir.
Sam. Draw, if you be men. Gregory, remember thy swashing blow.
[They fight. Ben. Part, fools, put up your swords, you know not what you do.
Enter Tybalt. Tyb. What art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death.
Ben. I do but keep the peace : put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me. Tyb. What drawn, and talk of peace ? I hate the
word As I hate hell, all Montagues and thee: Have at thee, coward.
[Fight. Enter three or four citizens with clubs. Offi. Clubs, bills, and partisans! strike! beat them
down! Down with the Capulets, down with the Montagues !
2 Enter Benvolio.] Much of this scene is added since the first edition ; but probably by Shakespear, since we find it in that of the year 1599
Enter old Capulet in bis gown, and lady Capulet.
Enter old Montague, and Lady Montague.
Enter Prince with Attendants.