Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter NURSE
The NURSE enters.

NURSE

Mistress! What, mistress! Juliet!—Fast, I warrant her, she.—
Why, lamb! Why, lady! Fie, you slug-a-bed.
Why, love, I say. Madam! Sweet-heart! Why, bride!
What, not a word? You take your pennyworths now.
5Sleep for a week, for the next night, I warrant,
The County Paris hath set up his rest
That you shall rest but little.—God forgive me,
Marry, and amen. How sound is she asleep!
I must needs wake her.—Madam, madam, madam!
10Ay, let the county take you in your bed.
He’ll fright you up, i' faith. Will it not be?
(opens the bed curtains)
What, dressed and in your clothes, and down again?
I must needs wake you. Lady, lady, lady!—
15Alas, alas! Help, help! My lady’s dead!—
Oh, welladay, that ever I was born!—
Some aqua vitae, ho!—My lord! My lady!

NURSE

Mistress! Hey, mistress! Juliet! I bet she’s fast asleep. Hey, lamb! Hey, lady! Hey, you lazy bones! Hey, love, I say! Madam! Sweetheart! Hey, bride! What, you don’t say a word? You take your beauty sleep now. Get yourself a week’s worth of sleep. Tomorrow night, I bet, Count Paris won’t let you get much rest. God forgive me. Alright, and amen. How sound asleep she is! I must wake her up. Madam, madam, madam! Yes, let the count take you in your bed. He’ll wake you up, I bet. Won’t he?
(she opens the bed curtains) What? You’re still dressed in all your clothes. But you’re still asleep. I must wake you up. Lady! Lady! Lady! Oh no, oh no! Help, help! My lady’s dead! Oh curse the day that I was born! Ho! Get me some brandy! My lord! My lady!
Enter LADY CAPULET
LADY CAPULET enters.

LADY CAPULET

What noise is here?

LADY CAPULET

What’s all the noise in here?

NURSE

   O lamentable day!

NURSE

Oh, sad day!

LADY CAPULET

What is the matter?

LADY CAPULET

What is the matter?

NURSE

   Look, look. O heavy day!

NURSE

Look, look! Oh, what a sad day!