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William Shakespeare (1564–1616). The Oxford Shakespeare. 1914.

Act IV. Scene IV.

Romeo and Juliet

The Same.Hall in CAPULET’S House.

Enter LADY CAPULET and Nurse.

Lady Cap.Hold, take these keys, and fetch more spices, nurse.

Nurse.They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.


Cap.Come, stir, stir, stir! the second cock hath crow’d,

The curfew bell hath rung, ’tis three o’clock:

Look to the bak’d meats, good Angelica:

Spare not for cost.

Nurse.Go, go, you cot-quean, go;

Get you to bed; faith, you’ll be sick to-morrow

For this night’s watching.

Cap.No, not a whit; what! I have watch’d ere now

All night for lesser cause, and ne’er been sick.

Lady Cap.Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time;

But I will watch you from such watching now.[Exeunt LADY CAPULET and Nurse.

Cap.A jealous-hood, a jealous-hood!

Enter three or four Serving-men, with spits, logs, and baskets.

Now, fellow,

What’s there?

First Serv.Things for the cook, sir; but I know not what.

Cap.Make haste, make haste.[Exit first Serving-man.]Sirrah, fetch drier logs:

Call Peter, he will show thee where they are.

Sec. Serv.I have a head, sir, that will find out logs,

And never trouble Peter for the matter.[Exit.

Cap.Mass, and well said; a merry whoreson, ha!

Thou shalt be logger-head. Good faith! ’tis day:

The county will be here with music straight,

For so he said he would.[Music within.]I hear him near.

Nurse! Wife! what, ho! What, nurse, I say!

Re-enter Nurse.

Go waken Juliet, go and trim her up;

I’ll go and chat with Paris. Hie, make haste,

Make haste; the bridegroom he is come already:

Make haste, I say.[Exeunt.