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TWO Houfbolds, 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 star-croft lovers take their life ; Whose mif-adventur'd piteous Overthrows
Do, with their death, bury their Parent's strife. The fearful pasage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their Parent's rage, Which but their children's End nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffick of our stage: The which if you with patient Ears attend, Wbat bere fall miss, our Toil shall
strive to mend.
ESCALU S, Prince of Verona.
Two Lords, Enemies to each other, Romeo, Son to Montague. Mercutio, Kinsman' to the Prince, and Friend to Romeo, Benvolio, Kinsman to Romeo. Tybalt, Kinsman to Capulet. Friar Lawrence. Friar John. Balthasar, Servant to Romeo, Page to Paris. Sampson,
} Servants to Capulet. Gregory, Abram, Servant to Montague. Apotbecary. Simon Catling, Hugh Rebeck, 3 Musicians. Samuel Soundboard, Peter, Servant to the Nurse. Lady Montague, Wife to Montague. Lady Capulet, Wife to Capulet. Juliet, Daughter to Capulet, in love with Romeo, Nurse te Juliet, CHORUS Citizens of Verona, several men and women relations ta Capulet, Maskers, Guards, Watch, and other Attendants. The SCENE, in the beginning of the fifth Aet, is in
Mantua ; during all the rest of the Play, in and near Verona,
Plot from a Novel of Ban. dello. Pope.
This novel is translated in Painters's Palace of Pleasure.
Editions of this Play: 1: 1597: John Dantes
1599. Tho. Crede for Cuthbert Burby.
3. 1637. R. Young for John Smethwick,
4. No date. John Smethwick, I have only the folio.