Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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NURSE
Honest good fellows, ah, put up, put up,
For, well you know, this is a pitiful case.
NURSE
Honest good boys, ah, put 'em away, put 'em away. As you know, this is a sad case.
Exit
The NURSE exits.
FIRST MUSICIAN
100Ay, by my troth, the case may be amended.
FIRST MUSICIAN
Yes, well, things could get better.
Enter PETER
PETER enters.
PETER
Musicians, O musicians, “Heart’s Ease,” “Heart’s Ease.” O, an you will have me live, play “Heart’s Ease.”
PETER
Musicians, oh, musicians, play “Heart’s Ease,” “Heart’s Ease.” Oh, I’ll die if you don’t play “Heart’s Ease.”
FIRST MUSICIAN
Why “Heart’s ease?”
FIRST MUSICIAN
Why “Heart’s Ease”?
PETER
O musicians, because my heart itself plays “My Heart is Full.” O, play me some merry dump to comfort me.
PETER
Oh, musicians, because my heart is singing “My
Heart is Full of Woe.” Oh, play me some happy sad song to comfort me.
FIRST MUSICIAN
Not a dump, we. 'Tis no time to play now.
FIRST MUSICIAN
No, not a sad song. It’s not the right time to play.
PETER
105You will not then?
PETER
You won’t, then?
FIRST MUSICIAN
No.
FIRST MUSICIAN
No.
PETER
I will then give it you soundly.
PETER
Then I’ll really give it to you.
FIRST MUSICIAN
What will you give us?
FIRST MUSICIAN
What will you give us?
PETER
No money, on my faith, but the gleek. I will give you the minstrel.
PETER
No money, I swear. But I’ll play a trick on you. I’ll call you a minstrel.
FIRST MUSICIAN
110Then I will give you the serving creature.
FIRST MUSICIAN
Then I’ll call you a serving-creature.