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ESCALUs, Prince of Verona.
Romeo. BENVOL10, Nephew to Montague, and Friend to Romeo. TYBALT, Nephew to Lady Capulet. Friar LAWRENCE, a Franciscan. Friar John, of the same Order. BALTHAZAR, Servant to Romeo. SAMPSON, GREGORY, ABRAM, Servant to Montague. An Apothecary. Three Musicians. Chorus. Boy, Page to Paris. Peter. An Officer. Lady MONTAGUE, Wife to Montague. LADY CAPULET, W'ife to Capulet. JULIET, Daughter to Capulet. Nurse to Juliet.
} Servunts to Capulet.
Citizens of Verona; several Men and Women, Rela
tions to both Houses; Maskers, Guards, Watchmen, and Attendants.
SCENE, during the greater part of the Play, in Ve
rona: once in the Fifth Act, at Mantua.
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
clean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows
Do, with their death, bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which but their children's end nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend, Wbat here shall miss our toil shall strive to mend.