Romeo and Juliet By William Shakespeare Act V: Scene 3

JULIET.
Yea, noise? — Then I'll be brief. — O happy dagger!

[Snatching Romeo's dagger.]

This is thy sheath [stabs herself]; there rest, and let me die.

[Falls on Romeo's body and dies.]

[Enter Watch, with the Page of Paris.]

Page.
This is the place; there, where the torch doth burn.

1 WATCH.
The ground is bloody; search about the churchyard:
Go, some of you, whoe'er you find attach.

[Exeunt some of the Watch.]

Pitiful sight! here lies the county slain; —
And Juliet bleeding; warm, and newly dead,
Who here hath lain this two days buried. —
Go, tell the prince; — run to the Capulets, —
Raise up the Montagues, — some others search: —

[Exeunt others of the Watch.]

We see the ground whereon these woes do lie;
But the true ground of all these piteous woes
We cannot without circumstance descry.

[Re-enter some of the Watch with Balthasar.]

2 WATCH.
Here's Romeo's man; we found him in the churchyard.

1 WATCH.
Hold him in safety till the prince come hither.

[Re-enter others of the Watch with Friar Lawrence.]

3 WATCH.
Here is a friar, that trembles, sighs, and weeps:
We took this mattock and this spade from him
As he was coming from this churchyard side.

1 WATCH.
A great suspicion: stay the friar too.

[Enter the Prince and Attendants.]

PRINCE.
What misadventure is so early up,
That calls our person from our morning's rest?

[Enter Capulet, Lady Capulet, and others.]

CAPULET.
What should it be, that they so shriek abroad?

LADY CAPULET.
The people in the street cry Romeo,
Some Juliet, and some Paris; and all run,
With open outcry, toward our monument.

PRINCE.
What fear is this which startles in our ears?

1 WATCH.
Sovereign, here lies the County Paris slain;
And Romeo dead; and Juliet, dead before,
Warm and new kill'd.

PRINCE.
Search, seek, and know how this foul murder comes.

1 WATCH.
Here is a friar, and slaughter'd Romeo's man,
With instruments upon them fit to open
These dead men's tombs.

CAPULET.
O heaven! — O wife, look how our daughter bleeds!
This dagger hath mista'en, — for, lo, his house
Is empty on the back of Montague, —
And it mis-sheathed in my daughter's bosom!

LADY CAPULET.
O me! this sight of death is as a bell
That warns my old age to a sepulchre.

[Enter Montague and others.]

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