Romeo and Juliet
ROMEO AND JULIET
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ∗
by William Shakespeare
PERSONS REPRESENTE D
Escalus, Prince of Verona.
Paris, a young Nobleman, kinsman to the Prince.
Montague, Heads of two Houses at variance with each other.
An Old Man, Uncle to Capulet.
Romeo, Son to Montague.
Mercutio, Kinsman to the Prince, and Friend to Romeo.
Benvolio, Nephew to Montague, and Friend to Romeo.
Tybalt, Nephew to Lady Capulet.
Friar Lawrence, a Franciscan.
Friar John, of the same Order.
Balthasar, Servant to Romeo.
Sampson, Servant to Capulet.
Gregory, Servant to Capulet.
Peter, Servant to Juliet’s Nurse.
Abraham, Servant to Montague.
Page to Paris; another Page.
Lady Montague, Wife to Montague.
Lady Capulet, Wife to Capulet.
Juliet, Daughter to Capulet.
Nurs e to Juliet.
Citizens of Verona; several Men and Women, relations to both
houses; Maskers, Guards, Watchmen, and Attendants.
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SCENE.–During the greater part of the Play in
Verona; once, in
the Fifth Act, at Mantua.
Two households, bot h 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 fort h the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
Whose misadventur’d piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love,
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
Which but their children’s end naught could remove,
Is now the two hours’ traﬃc of our stage;
The which, if you wit h patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.