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Dramatis Personae 


Chorus.

ESCALUS, Prince of Verona.

PARIS, a young Count, kinsman to the Prince.

MONTAGUE, heads of two houses at variance with each other.

CAPULET, heads of two houses at variance with each other.

AN OLD MAN, of the Capulet family.

ROMEO, son to Montague.

TYBALT, nephew to Lady Capulet.

MERCUTIO, kinsman to the Prince and friend to Romeo.

BENVOLIO, nephew to Montague, and friend to Romeo

TYBALT, nephew to Lady Capulet.

FRIAR Laurence, Franciscan.

FRIAR John, Franciscan.

BALTHASAR, servant to Romeo.

ABRAM, servant to Montague.

SAMPSON, servant to Capulet.

GREGORY, servant to Capulet.

PETER, servant to Juliet's nurse.

An Apothecary.

Three Musicians.

An Officer.

LADY MONTAGUE, wife to Montague.

LADY CAPULET, wife to Capulet.

JULIET, daughter to Capulet.

NURSE to Juliet.

Citizens of Verona; Gentlemen and Gentlewomen of both houses;

Maskers, Torchbearers, Pages, Guards, Watchmen, Servants, and

Attendants.

THE PROLOGUE

Enter Chorus.

 CHOR.

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows
Doth 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, naught could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

[Exit.]

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