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        The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

        Juliet: Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.
        I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins
        That almost freezes up the heat of life.
        I'll call them back again to comfort me.
        Nurse!- What should she do here?
        My dismal scene I needs must act alone.
        Come, vial.
        What if this mixture do not work at all?
        Shall I be married then to-morrow morning?
        No, No! This shall forbid it. Lie thou there.
        [Lays down a dagger.]
        What if it be a poison which the friar
        Subtilly hath minist'red to have me dead,
        Lest in this marriage he should be dishonour'd
        Because he married me before to Romeo?
        I fear it is; and yet methinks it should not,
        For he hath still been tried a holy man.
        I will not entertain so bad a thought.
        How if, when I am laid into the tomb,
        I wake before the time that Romeo
        Come to redeem me? There's a fearful point!
        Shall I not then be stifled in the vault,
        To whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in,
        And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes?
        Or, if I live, is it not very like
        The horrible conceit of death and night,
        Together with the terror of the place-
        As in a vault, an ancient receptacle
        Where for this many hundred years the bones
        Of all my buried ancestors are pack'd;
        Where bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth,
        Lies fest'ring in his shroud; where, as they say,
        At some hours in the night spirits resort-
        Alack, alack, is it not like that I,
        So early waking- what with loathsome smells,
        And shrieks like mandrakes torn out of the earth,
        That living mortals, hearing them, run mad-
        O, if I wake, shall I not be distraught,
        Environed with all these hideous fears,
        And madly play with my forefathers' joints,
        And pluck the mangled Tybalt from his shroud.,
        And, in this rage, with some great kinsman's bone
        As with a club dash out my desp'rate brains?
        O, look! methinks I see my cousin's ghost
        Seeking out Romeo, that did spit his body
        Upon a rapier's point. Stay, Tybalt, stay!
        Romeo, I come! this do I drink to thee.
        [She drinks and falls upon her bed within the curtains.]


        Romeo: Forgive me, cousin.' Ah, dear Juliet,
        Why art thou yet so fair? Shall I believe
        That unsubstantial Death is amorous,
        And that the lean abhorred monster keeps
        Thee here in dark to be his paramour?
        For fear of that I still will stay with thee
        And never from this palace of dim night
        Depart again. Here, here will I remain
        With worms that are thy chambermaids. O, here
        Will I set up my everlasting rest
        And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
        From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last!
        Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you
        The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
        A dateless bargain to engrossing death!
        Come, bitter conduct; come, unsavoury guide!
        Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on
        The dashing rocks thy seasick weary bark!
        Here's to my love! [Drinks.] O true apothecary!
        Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.
        Falls.


        Juliet: What's here? A cup, clos'd in my true love's hand?
        Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end.
        O churl! drunk all, and left no friendly drop
        To help me after? I will kiss thy lips.
        Haply some poison yet doth hang on them
        To make me die with a restorative.
        [Kisses him.] Thy lips are warm!
        Yea, noise? Then I'll be brief. O happy dagger!
        [Snatches Romeo's dagger.]
        This is thy sheath; there rest, and let me die.
        [She stabs herself and falls on Romeo's body].

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