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Nurse. If you be he, sir, I desire some confidence with you. Ben. She will indite him to some supper. Mer. A bawd, a bawd, a bawd! So ho! Rom. What hast thou found 2 Mer. No hare, sir; unless a hare, sir, in a lenten pie, that is something stale and hoar ere it be spent. - An old hare hoar,7 And an old hare hoar, Is very good meat in lent : But a hare that is hoar, Is too much for a score, JWhen it hoars ere it be spent.—
Romeo, will you come to your father's we'll to dinner thither. Rom. I will follow you. Mer. Farewell, ancient lady; farewell, lady, lady," lady. [Ereunt MERCUtio and BEN volio: Nurse. Marry, farewell!—I pray you, sir, what saucy merchant” was this, that was so full of his ropery " Rom. A gentleman, nurse, that loves to hear himself talk; and will speak more in a minute, than he will stand to in a month. Nurse. An 'a speak any thing against me, I'll take him down an 'a were lustier than he is, and twenty such Jacks; and if I cannot, I'll find those that shall. Scurvy knave I am none of his flirtgills; I am none of his skains-mates:*—And thou must stand by too, and suffer every knave to use me at his pleasure ? Pet. I saw no man use you at his pleasure; if I had, my weapon should quickly have been out, I warrant you; I dare draw as soon as another man, if I see occasion in a good quarrel, and the law on my side. Nurse. Now, afore God, I am so vexed, that every part about me quivers. Scurvy knave!—Pray you, sir, a word: and as I told you, my young lady bade me inquire you out; what she bade me say, I will keep to myself: but first let me tell ye, if ye should lead her into a fool's paradise, as they say, it were a very gross kind of behaviour, as they say: for the gentlewoman is young; and, therefore, if you should deal double with her, truly, it were an ill thing to be of. fered to any gentlewoman, and very weak dealing. Rom. Nurse, commend me to thy lady and mistress. I protest unto thee,_ Nurse. Good heart! and, i'faith, I will tell her as much: Lord, lord, she will be a joyful woman. Rom. What wilt thou tell her, nurse? thou dost not mark me. Nurse. I will tell her, sir, that you do protest;. which, as I take it, is a gentlemanlike offer. Rom. Bid her devise some means to come to shrifts This afternoon; And there she shall at friar Laurence' cell Be shriv'd, and married. Here is for thy pains. Nurse. No, truly, sir; not a penny.
7 Hoary, mouldy, 8. The burthen of an old song. 2 A term of disrespect in contradistinction to gentleman. * Roguery.
Rom. Go to ; I say, you shall. Nurse. This afternoon, sir? well, she shall be there. Iłom. And stay, good nurse, behind the abbeywall: Within this hour my man shall be with thee; And bring thee cords made like a tackled stair, Which to the high top-gallant” of my joy Must be my convoy in the secret night. Farewell!—Be trusty, and I'll quit; thy pains. Farewell !—Commend me to thy mistress. Nurse. Now God in heaven bless thee!-Hark you, sir. Rom. What say'st thou, my dear nurse 2 Nurse. Is your man secret? Did you ne'er hear say— Two may keep counsel, putting one away? Rom. I warrant thee; my man's as true as steel. Nurse. Well, sir; my mistress is the sweetest lady—Lord, lord!—when 'twas a little prating thing, —O,-there's a nobleman in town, one Paris, that would fain lay knife aboard; but she, good soul, had as lieve see a toad, a very toad, as see him. I anger her sometimes, and tell her that Paris is the properer man; but, Pll warrant you, when I say so, she looks as pale as any clout in the varsal world. Doth not rosemary and Romeo begin both with a letter? Rom. Ay, nurse; What of that? both with an R. Nurse. Ah, mocker! that's the dog's name. R. is for the dog. No; I know it begins with some other letter: and she hath the prettiest sententious of it, of
“The highest extremity of the mast of a ship. 5 Requite.
you and rosemary, that it would do you good to hear it. Rom. Commend me to thy lady. [Erit. Nurse. Ay, a thousand times.—Peter Pet. Anon 2 Nurse. Peter, Take my fan, and go before. [Ereunt.
Jul. The clock struck nine, when I did send the nurse ;
In half an hour she promis'd to return.
* Drive her, as a ball struck with a bandy i. e. a batt or battledore
Enter Nurse and PETER.
O God, she comes l—O honey nurse, what news? Hast thou met with him 2 Send thy man away. Nurse. Peter, stay at the gate. [Erit PETER. Jul. Now, good sweet nurse, O lord ' why look'st thou sad 2 Though news be sad, yet tell them merrily; If good, thou sham'st the musick of sweet news By playing it to me with so sour a face. Nurse. I am weary, give me leave a while;— Fye, how my bones ache : What a jaunt have I had: Jul. I would, thou hadst my bones, and I thy news: Nay, come, I pray thee, speak;-good, good nurse, speak. Nurse. Jesu. What haste? can you not stay awhile? Do you not see, that I am out of breath Jul. How art thou out of breath, when thou hast breath To say to me—that thou art out of breath? The excuse, that thou dost make in this delay, Is longer than the tale thou dost excuse. Is thy news good, or bad? answer to that; Say either, and I'll stay the circumstance: Let me be satisfied, Is’t good or bad Nurse. Well, you have made a simple choice; you know not how to choose a man: Romeo! no, not he, though his face be better than any man's, yet his leg excels all men's; and for a hand, and a foot, and a body, -though they be not to be talked on, yet they are past compare: He is not the flower of courtesy, but, I'll warrant him, as gentle as a lamb.-Go thy