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Enter Chorus.

Two households, 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 5

A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;

Whose misadventured piteous overthrows

Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.

The fearful passage of their death-marked love

And the continuance of their parents’ rage, 10

Which, but their children’s end, naught could remove,

Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;

The which, if you with patient ears attend,

What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

Chorus exits.


Scene 1

Enter Sampson and Gregory, with swords and bucklers,

of the house of Capulet.

SAMPSON Gregory, on my word we’ll not carry coals.

GREGORY No, for then we should be colliers.

SAMPSON I mean, an we be in choler, we’ll draw.

GREGORY Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of

collar. 5

SAMPSON I strike quickly, being moved.

GREGORY But thou art not quickly moved to strike.

SAMPSON A dog of the house of Montague moves me.

GREGORY To move is to stir, and to be valiant is to

stand. Therefore if thou art moved thou runn’st 10


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