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PROLOGUE.

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WO Houfholds, both alike in Dignity,

In fair Verona, (where we lay our Scene) From ancient Grudge break to new mutiny ;

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes,

A pair of far-croft lovers take their life; Whofe mif-adventur'd piteous Overthrows

Do, with their death, bury their Parents' frife.
The fearful paffage of their death-mark'd love,

And the continuance of their Parents' rage,
Which but their childrens' End nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffick of our stage:
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here fhall mifs, our Toil fhall firive to mend.

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Dramatis Perfonæ.

ESCALUS, Prince of Verona.

Paris, a young Nobleman in love with Juliet, and kinfman to the Prince.

Montague, Two Lords of antient families, Enemies toCapulet, S each other.

Romeo, Son to Montague.

Mercutio, Kinfman to the Prince, and Friend to Romeo.
Benvolio, Kinfman and Friend to Romeo.
Tybalt, Kinfman to Capulet.

Friar Lawrence.

Friar John.

Balthafar, Servant to Romeo.
Page to Paris.
Sampfon,

Servants to Capulet.

Abram, Servant to Montague.
Apothecary.
Simon Catling,
Hugh Rebeck,
Samuel Soundboard,
Peter, Servant to the Nurse.

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3 Muficians.

Lady Montague, Wife to Montague.

Lady Capulet, Wife to Capulet.

Juliet, Daughter to Capulet, in love with Romeo.
Nurfe to Juliet..

CHORUS.

Citizens of Verona, feveral men and women relations to Capulet, Maskers, Guards, Watch, and other Attendants.

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.

АСТ І.

SCENE, The Street, in Verona.

Enter Sampfon and Gregory, (with fwords and bucklers,) two servants of the Capulets.

SAMPSON.

REGORY, on my word, we'll not carry coals.

Greg. No, for then we should be colliers. Sam. I mean, an' we be in Choler, we'll draw.

Greg. Ay, while you live, draw your Neck out of the Collar.

Sam. I ftrike quickly, being mov'd. Greg. But thou art not quickly mov'd to strike. Sam. A dog of the Houfe of Montague moves me. Greg. To move, is to ftir; and to be valiant, is to ftand therefore, if thou art mov'd, thou runn'it away. Sam. A dog of that House fhall move me to ftand: I will take the wall of any man, or maid of Montague's. A 4

Greg.

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