Jill L. Levenson (ed.), The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
pg 393 3.1
Enter Benvolio, Mercutio, and Mercutio's page1
benvolio I prithee, good Mercutio, let's retire;
2The day is hot, the Capels are abroad.3
mercutio Thou art like one of those that, when he comes into the Link 4confines of a tavern, claps me his rapier on the board and says, Link 5'God send me no need of thee'; and, by the operation of the next Link 6cup of wine, he draws it on the drawer, when indeed there is no 7need.8
benvolio Am I like such a one?9
mercutio Go to, thou art as hot a jack, being moved, and as soon 10moved to be moody, and as soon moody to be moved.11
benvolio And what to?12
mercutio Nay, an there were two such, we should have none 13shortly. Didst not thou fall out with a man for cracking nuts, Link 14having no other reason but because thou hadst hazel eyes? 15What eye but such an eye would have picked out such a quar- 16rel? With another for coughing, because he waked thy dog that 17lay asleep in the sun? With a tailor for wearing his new doublet 18before Easter, and with another for tying his new shoes with old 19ribbons? And yet thou wilt forbid me of quarrelling!20Enter Tybalt
benvolio By my head, here comes a Capulet.21
mercutio By my heel, I care not.22
tybalt Gentlemen, a word with one of you.23
mercutio But one word with one of us? You had best couple it Link 24with somewhat, and make it a word and a blow.25
tybalt I am apt enough to that if I have occasion.26
mercutio Could you not take occasion?27
tybalt Mercutio, thou consorts with Romeo.28Enter Romeo
mercutio 'Consort'! Zounds, 'consort'! The slave will make fid- 29dlers of us. If you do, sirrah, look for nothing but discord, for 30here's my fiddlestick.Editor’s Note31
tybalt Well, peace be with you, here comes my man.32
mercutio But I'll be hanged if he wear your livery. Marry, go be 33fore into the field, and he may be your follower; so in that sense 34your worship may call him 'man'.pg 394 35
tybalt Romeo, the hate I bear to thee can afford
36No better words than these: thou art a villain.37
romeo Tybalt, the love I bear to thee
Link 38Doth excuse the appertaining rage
39To such a word. Villain am I none.
40Therefore I well perceive thou knowst me not.41
tybalt Base boy, this cannot serve thy turn, and therefore draw.Link 42
romeo I do protest I never injured thee,
Link 43But love thee better than thou canst devise
44Till thou shalt know the reason of my love.Link 45
mercutio O dishonourable, vile submission!
46Alla stoccado carries it away.
Link 47You rat-catcher, come back, come back.48
tybalt What wouldst with me?Link 49
mercutio Nothing, king of cats, but borrow one of your nine 50lives. Therefore come draw your rapier out of your scabbard, 51lest mine be about your ears ere you be aware.52Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm and flies
romeo Stay, Tybalt! Hold, Mercutio! Benvolio, beat down their 53weapons.54
mercutio Is he gone? Hath he nothing? A pox on your houses!55
romeo What, art thou hurt, man? The wound is not deep.56
mercutio No, not so deep as a well, not so wide as a barn-door, 57but it will serve, I warrant. What meant you to come between 58us? I was hurt under your arm.59
romeo I did all for the best.Editor’s Note Link 60
mercutio A pox of your houses, I am fairly dressed.
61Sirrah, go fetch me a surgeon.62
page I go, my lord.Exit63
mercutio I am peppered for this world, I am sped i'faith. He hath Link 64made worms' meat of me. An ye ask for me tomorrow, you 65shall find me a grave man. A pox of your houses! I shall be 66fairly mounted upon four men's shoulders—for your house of 67the Montagues and the Capulets—and then some peasantly 68rogue, some sexton, some base slave shall write my epitaph: pg 39569That Tybalt came and broke the Prince's laws, 70And Mercutio was slain for the first and second cause.
71Where's the surgeon?72
page (returning) He's come, sir.73
mercutio Now he'll keep a-mumbling in my guts—on the other 74side—come, Benvolio, lend me thy hand. A pox of your 75houses! ⌈Exit Mercutio with Benvolio⌉Link 76
romeo This gentleman, the Prince's near ally,
77My very friend, hath ta'en this mortal wound
78In my behalf; my reputation stained
79With Tybalt's slander—Tybalt, that an hour
80Hath been my kinsman. Ah Juliet,
81Thy beauty makes me thus effeminate,
82And in my temper softens valour's steel.Enter Benvolio83
benvolio Ah Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio is dead.
Link 84That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds,
85Which too untimely scorned the lowly earth.86Enter Tybalt
romeo This day's black fate on more days doth depend;
87This but begins what other days must end.88
benvolio Here comes the furious Tybalt back again.89They fight. Tybalt falls
romeo Alive in triumph and Mercutio slain?
Link 90Away to heaven, respective lenity,
91And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now.
92Now, Tybalt, take the 'villain' back again
93Which late thou gav'st me; for Mercutio's soul
94Is but a little way above the clouds
95And stays for thine to bear him company.
96Or thou or I, or both, shall follow him.97
benvolio Romeo, away! Thou seest that Tybalt's slain.
98The citizens approach—away, be gone!—
99Thou wilt be taken.Enter Citizens
romeo Ah, I am fortune's slave. Exit Romeopg 396 100
watchman Where's he that slew Mercutio, Tybalt, that villain?Critical Apparatus101
benvolio There is that Tybalt.Enter the Prince and Capulet's Wife
⌈watchman⌉ Up, sirrah, go with us.Link 102
prince Where be the vile beginners of this fray?Link 103
benvolio Ah noble Prince, I can discover all
104The most unlucky manage of this brawl.
105Here lies the man, slain by young Romeo,
106That slew thy kinsman, brave Mercutio.107
capulet's wife Tybalt, Tybalt, O my brother's child,
108Unhappy sight! Ah, the blood is spilled
109Of my dear kinsman! Prince, as thou art true,
110For blood of ours shed blood of Montague.111
prince Speak, Benvolio, who began this fray?112
benvolio Tybalt, here slain, whom Romeo's hand did slay—
113Romeo, who spake him fair, bid him bethink
114How nice the quarrel was.
115But Tybalt, still persisting in his wrong,
116The stout Mercutio drew to calm the storm,
117Which Romeo, seeing, called 'Stay, gentlemen!',
118And on me cried, who drew to part their strife;
Link 119And with his agile arm young Romeo,
120As fast as tongue cried 'Peace!', sought peace to make.
121While they were interchanging thrusts and blows,
122Under young Romeo's labouring arm to part,
123The furious Tybalt cast an envious thrust
124That rid the life of stout Mercutio.
125With that he fled, but presently returned,
126And with his rapier bravèd Romeo,
127That had but newly entertained revenge;
128And ere I could draw forth my rapier
129To part their fury, down did Tybalt fall,
130And this way Romeo fled.131
capulet's wife He is a Montague and speaks partial.
pg 397132Some twenty of them fought in this black strife,
133And all those twenty could but kill one life.
134I do entreat, sweet Prince, thou'lt justice give:
135Romeo slew Tybalt; Romeo may not live.136Exeunt
prince And for that offence
Link 137Immediately we do exile him hence.
138I have an interest in your hate's proceeding;
139My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding.
140But I'll amerce you with so large a fine,
141That you shall all repent the loss of mine.
Link 142I will be deaf to pleading and excuses;
Editor’s Note143Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase for abuses.
144Pity shall dwell and govern with us still;
145Mercy to all but murd'rers, pardoning none that kill.