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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
Romeo and Juliet
Act III. Scene IV.
The Same.  A Room in CAPULET’S House.
  Cap.  Things have fall’n out, sir, so unluckily,
That we have had no time to move our daughter:
Look you, she lov’d her kinsman Tybalt dearly,        5
And so did I: well, we were born to die.
’Tis very late, she’ll not come down to-night:
I promise you, but for your company,
I would have been a-bed an hour ago.
  Par.  These times of woe afford no time to woo.        10
Madam, good-night: commend me to your daughter.
  Lady Cap.  I will, and know her mind early to-morrow;
To-night she’s mew’d up to her heaviness.
  Cap.  Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender
Of my child’s love: I think she will be rul’d        15
In all respects by me; nay, more, I doubt it not.
Wife go you to her ere you go to bed;
Acquaint her here of my son Paris’ love;
And bid her, mark you me, on Wednesday next—
But, soft! what day is this?        20
  Par.        Monday, my lord.
  Cap.  Monday! ha, ha! Well, Wednesday is too soon;
O’ Thursday let it be: o’ Thursday, tell her,
She shall be married to this noble earl.
Will you be ready? do you like this haste?        25
We’ll keep no great ado; a friend or two;
For, hark you, Tybalt being slain so late,
It may be thought we held him carelessly,
Being our kinsman, if we revel much.
Therefore we’ll have some half a dozen friends,        30
And there an end. But what say you to Thursday?
  Par.  My lord, I would that Thursday were to-morrow.
  Cap.  Well, get you gone: o’ Thursday be it then.
Go you to Juliet ere you go to bed,
Prepare her, wife, against this wedding-day.        35
Farewell, my lord. Light to my chamber, ho!
Afore me! it is so very very late,
That we may call it early by and by.
Good-night.  [Exeunt.

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