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La. Cap. Verona's summer hath not such a flower.
Nurse. Nay he's a flower, in faith a very flower. #
La. Cap. Speak briefly, can you like of Paris' love?

Jul. I'll look to like, if looking liking move.
But no more deep will I ingage mine eye,
Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.

Enter a Servant. Ser. Madam, the guests are come, supper servid up, you callid, my young lady ask'd for, the nurse curst in the pantry, and every thing in extremity; I must hence to wait, I beseech you follow.*

[Exeunt. S CE N E V.

Enter Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio, with five or fix

other maskers, torch-bearers.
Rom. What, shall this speech be spoke for our excuse?
Or shall we on without apology?

Ben. The date is out of such prolixity.
We'll have no Cupid hood-wink'd with a scarf,
Bearing a Tartar's painted bow of lath,
Scaring the ladies like a crow-keeper.
† Nor a without-book prologue faintly spoke
After the prompter, for our eaterance.
But let them measure us by what they will,
We'll measure them a measure, and be gone.

Rom. Give me a torch, I am not for this ambling.
Mer. Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance.

# In the common editions here follows a ridiculous speech, which is entirely added fince the first.

I beseech you follow.
La. Cap. We follow thee. Juliet, the county stays.
Nurse. Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days.
+ The two following lines are inserted from the first edition.
Kk 2

Rom.

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Rom. Not I, believe me ; you have dancing shoes
With nimble soles, I have a soul of lead,
So stakes me to the ground I cannot move. +

Mer. Give me a cafe to put my visage in,
A visor for a visor; what care I
What curious eye doth quote deformities,
Here are the beetle-brows shall blush for me.

Rom. A torch for me. Let wantons, light of heart,
Tickle the senseless rushes with their heels;
For I am proverbid with a grand-fire phrase;
I'll be a candle-holder, and look on.
I dreamt a dream to-night.

Mer. And so did I.
Rom. Well; what was yours?
Mer. That dreamers often lie.
Rom. In bed asleep; while they do dream things true.
Mer. 'O then I see queen Mab bath been with you.
• She is the fairies mid-wife, and she comes
• In shape no bigger than an agat-stone
• On the fore-finger of an alderman,
< Drawn with a team of little atomies,
Athwart mens noses as they lye asleep:
+ Other lines follow here which are not to be found in the firft edition.

and look on,
The game was ne'er so fair, and I am done.

Mer. Tut, dun's the moufe, the constable's own word;
If thou art dun, we'll draw thee from the mire ;
Or, save your reverence, love, wherein thơu ftickelt
Up to the ears: come, we burn day-light, ho.

Rom. Nay, that's not so.

Mer. I mean, Sir, we delay.
We burn our lights by night, like lamps by day. (ed. 1.]
Take our good meaning, for our judgment fits
Five times a day, ere once in her right wits. (ed. 1]

Rom. And we mean well in going to this mask;
But 'tis no wit to go.

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Mer. Why, may one ask?
Rom. I dreamt á dream, &c.

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' Her waggon-spokes made of long spinners legs;
· The cover, of the wings of grashoppers;
· The traces, of the smalleft fpider's web;
. The collars, of the moonshine's watry beams;

Her whip, of cricket's bone; the lash, of film,; « Her waggoner a small grey-coated gnat, « Not half so big as a round little worm, « Pricke from the lazy finger of a maid. « Her chariot is an empty hazel-out, « Made by the joyner squirrel or old grub, < Time out of mind the fairies coach-makers : · And in this state she gallops night by night, · Through lovers brains, and then they dream of love: . On courriers knees, that dream on curtsies strait : O’er lawyers fingers, who strait dream on fees : • O'er ladies lips, who ftrait on kisses dream, " Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues, " Because their breaths with sweet-meats tainted are. • Sometimes she gallops o'er a 'lawyer's nose, · And then dreams he of smelling out a suit: · And sometimes comes she with a tith-pig's tail, • Tickling a parson as he lies asleep; " Then dreams he of another benefice. "Sometimes she driveth o’er a soldier's neck, • And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats, • Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades, • Of healths five fathom deep; and then anon • Drums in his ears, at which he starts and wakes,

And being thus frighted, swears a prayer or two, • And Neeps again. This is that very Mab " That plats the manes of horses in the night,

And 8 cakes the elf-locks in foul fluttish hairs, • Which once ** untangled, much misfortune bades.

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" This is the hag, when maids lye on their backs, · That presses them, and learns them first to bear,

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Rom. Peace, peace, Mercutip, peace;
Thou talk’st of nothing.

Mer. True, I talk of dreams;
Which are the children of an idle brain,
Begot of nothing, but vain phantasie,
Which is as thin of substance as the air,
And more unconstant than the wind; who wooes
Ev’n now the frozen bosom of the north,
And being anger'd puffs away from thence,
Turning his face to the dew-dropping south.

Ben. This wind you talk of blows us from our selves;
Supper is done, and we shall come too late.

Rom. I fear too early; for my mind misgives
Some consequence, still hanging in the stars,
Shall bitterly begin his fearful date
With this night's revels; and expire the term
Of a despised life clos’d in my breast,
By some vile forfeit of untimely death.
But he char hath the steerage of my course,
Direct

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suit! On, lusty gentlemen. Ben. Strike, drum. They march about the stage, and Servants come forth

with their napkins. 1 Ser. Where's Potpan, that he helps not to take away? he shift a trencher! he scrape a trencher!

2 Ser. When good manners shall lye all in one or two mens hands, and they unwash'd too, 'cis a foul thing. Ser. Away with the joint-stools, remove the court-cup-board,

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look to the plate: good thou, save me a peice of march-pane; and as thou lovest me, let the porter let in Susan Grindtone, and Nell, Anthony, and Potpan.

2 Ser. Ay, boy, ready.

I Ser. You are look'd for, callid for, ask'd for, and sought for, in the great chamber.

2 Ser. We cannot be here and there too; chearly boys; be brisk a while, and the longer liver take all.

[Exeunt. S CE N E VI.

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Pris gone;

Enter all the guests and ladies to the maskers. .
1 Cap. Welcome gentlemen. Ladies that have your feet
Unplagu'd with corns,

we'll have a bout with you.
Ah me, my mistresses, which of you all
Will now deny to dance ? she that makes dainty
I'll swear hath corns; am I come near ye now?
Welcome all gentlemen, I've seen the day
That I have worn a visor, and could tell
A whispering tale in a fair lady's ear,
Šuch as would please: 'tis gone;

'cis gone!

[Musick plays, and they dance. More light ye knaves, and turn the tables up; And quench the fire, the room is grown too hot. Ab, Sirrah, this unlook’d-for sport comes well. Nay fit, nay fit, good cousin Capulet, For you and I are past our dancing days: How long is't now since last your self and I Were in a mask ?

2 Cap. By'r lady, thirty years.

1 Cap. What, man! 'tis not so much, 'tis not so much; 'Tis since the nuptial of Lucentio, Come Pentecost as quickly as it will,

Some i will walk about with you.

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