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Romeo. Pardon good Mercutio, my businesse was great, and in such a case as mine, a man may straine curtesie.

Mer. That as much as to say, such a case as yours con-
Itrains a man to bow in the hams.

Romeo. Meaning to cursie.
Mer. Thou hast most kindly hit it.
Rom. A most curteous expofition.
Mer, Nay I am the very pincke of curtesie :
Romeo. Pinck for flower.
Mer. Right.
Rom. Why then is my pump well flowered.

Mer. Sure wit, follow me this ieast, now till thou hart worne out thy pump, that when the single sole of it is worne, the ieast may remaine after the wearing, soly fingular.

Ro. O single solde ieast, soly singular for the singlenesse,
Mer. Come betweene vs good Benuolio, my wits * faints.
Ro. Swits and spurs, swits and spurs, or Ile crie a match.

Mer. Nay, if our wits run the wild goose chase, I am done : for thou hast more of the wild goose in one of thy wits, then I am sure I haue in my whole fiue. Was I with you there for the goose?

Ro. Thou wast neuer with mee for any thing, when thou wart not there for the goose.

Mer. I will bite thee by the care for that ieast.
Re. Nay good goose bite not.

Mer. Thy wit is a very bitter sweting, it is a most sharp fawce.

Ro. And is it not well seru'd in to a sweet goose?

Mer. Oh here's a wit of cheuerell, that stretches from an ynch narrow, to an ell broad.

Ro. I stretch it out for that word, broad, which added to the goose, proues thee farre and wide, a broad goose.

Mer. Why is not this better now, then groning for loue, now art thou sociable, now art thou Romeo : now art thou what thou art, by art as well as by nature, for this driueling loue is like a great naturali, that runs lolling vp and downe to hide his bable in a hole.


Ben. Stop there, stop there.
Mer. Thou desirest me to stop in my tale against the haire.
Ben, Thou wouldst else haue made thy tale large.

Mer. O thou art deceiu'd, I would haue made it short, for I was come to the whole depth of my tale, and meant indeed to occupie the argument no longer.

Enter Nurse and her man.
Ro. Heres goodly geare.
A sayle, a fayle.

Mer. Two, two, a shirt and a smocke.
Nur. Peter :
Peter. Anon.
Nur. My fan Peter.

Mer. Good Peter to hide her face, for her fans the fairer face.

Nurs. God ye good morrow gentlemen.
Mer. God ye gooden faire gentlewoman.
Mur. Is it good den ?

Mer. Tis no lesse I tell you, for the bawdy hand of the dyall is now vpon the pricke of noone.

Nur. Out vpon you, what a man are you?
Ro. One gentlewomā, that God hath made, himselfe to


Nur. By my troth it is well said, for himselfe ro mar quath a : gētlemē cā any of you tel me wher I may find the yong Romeo ?

Rs. I can tell you, but young Romeo will be older when you haue found him, then he was when you fought him: I am the youngert of that game, for fault of a worse.


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Nur. You say well.
Mer. Yea is the worst wel, very wel took, ifaith, wisely, wisely.
Nur. If you * be he fir, I desire fome confidence with you.
Ben. She will endite him to some supper.
Mer. A baud, a baud, a baud. So ho.
Ro. What hast thou found ?

Mer. No hare fir, vnleite a hare fir in a lenten pie, that is something stale and hoare ere it be spent.

An old hare hoare, and an old hare hoare is very good meat in lent.

But a hare that is hore + is too much for a score, when it
hores I ere it be spent,
Romeo will you come to your fathers? weele to dinner thither,

Ro. I wiil follow you.
Mer. Farewell auncient lady, farewell lady, lady, lady.

Exeunt. Nur. I pray you sir, what sawcie merchant was this that was so full of his roperie?

Romeo. A gentleman nurse, that loues to heare himselfe talke, and will speake more in a minute, then he will Ntand to in a moneth.

Nur. And a speake any thing against me, Ile take him down, and a were lustier then he is, and twentie such lacks : and if I carnot, Ile finde those that shall: scuruie knaue, I am none of his Aurt gils, I am none of his skaines mates, and thou must stand by too and suffer euery knaue to vse mee at his pleasure.

Pet. I saw no man vse you at his pleasure : if I had, my weapon should quickly haue been out, I warrant you, I dare draw assoone as another man, if I see occafion in a good quar rell, and the law on my side.

Nur. Now afore God, I am so vext, that euery part about me quiuers, skuruy knaue : pray you sir a word : and as I


+ boar.

I boares.


told you, my young lady bid me enquire you out, what she bid me say, I will keepe to my felfe: but first let me tell ye, if ye should leade her in a fooles paradise, as they say it were a very grosse kind of behaviour as they say : for the gentlewoman is yong: and therefore, if you should deale double with her, truely it were an ill thing to be offered to any gentlewoman, and very weake dealing.

Rom. Nurse commend me to thy lady and mistrisse, 1 protest

vnto thee.

Nur. Good heart, and yfaith I will tell her as much : lord, lord she will bee a joyfuti woman.

Re. What wilt thou tell her nurse? thou doelt not marke me?

Nur. I will tell her fir, that you doe protest, which as I take it, is a gentlemanlike offer. Rom. Bid her devise some meanes to come to shrift this af

And there she shall at frier Lawrence cell
Be shrived and married : here is for thy paines.

Nur. No truly fir not a penny.
Rom. Go too, I say you shall.
Nur. This afternoone sir, well she shall be there.

Rom. And stay good nurle behind the abbey wall,
Within this houre my man shall be with thee,
And bring thee cords made like a tackled* ftaire,
Which to the high top gallant of my ioy,
Must be my conuoy in the secret night.
Farewell be trustie and Ile quite thy paines :
Farewell, commend me to thy mistresse.
Nurse. Now God in heauen blesse thee, harke


fir. Ro. What faist thou my deare nurse?

Nurse. Is your man secret, did you nere here say, two may keepe counsell putting one away.

Ro. Warrant thee my mans as true as steele.

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Nur. Well fir, my mistresse is the sweetest lady, Lord, Lord, when twas a little prating thing Othere is a noble man in towne one Paris, that would faine lay knife : boord: but the good soule had as leeue see a tode, a very tode as see him : I anger her sometimes, and tell her that Paris is the properer man, but Ile warant you, when I say so, shee lookes as pale as any clout in the versall world, doth not rosemarie and Romeo begin both with a letter.

Ro. I nurse, what of that ? Both with an R.

Nur. A mocker that the dogs name. R. is for the no, I know it begins with some other letter, and she hath the prettiest sententious of it, of you and rosemary, that it would do you good to heare it.

Rom. Commend me to thy lady.
Nur. I a thousand times. Peter ?
Pet. Anon.
Nur. Before and apace. ·


Enter Juliet.

lu. The clocke strooke nine when I did fend the nurse,
In halfe an houre lne promised to returne,
Perchance she cannot meete him, thats not so:
Oh she is lame, loues heraulds should be thoughts,
Which ten times faster glides then the sunnes beames,
Driuing back shadowes ouer lowring hills.
Therefore do nimble piniond doues draw loue,
And therefore hath the wind-swift Cupid wings :
Now is the sun vpon the highmost hill
Of this daies iourney, and from nine till twelue,
Is three long houres, yet she is not come,
Had the affections and warme youthfull bloud,
She would be as swift in motion as a ball,
My words would bandy her to my sweete loue,

M. Aad

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