Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 5

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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.