Romeo and Juliet - Act 5, scene 2
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Act 5, scene 2
Friar John enters, bringing with him the letter that he was to have delivered to Romeo. He tells why he was unable to deliver the letter. Friar Lawrence anxiously goes to the tomb to be there when Juliet comes out of her trance.Enter Friar John.
2824 Holy Franciscan friar, brother, ho!
Enter ⌜Friar⌝ Lawrence.
2825 This same should be the voice of Friar John.—
2826 Welcome from Mantua. What says Romeo?
2827 Or, if his mind be writ, give me his letter.
2828 5 Going to find a barefoot brother out,
2829 One of our order, to associate me,
2830 Here in this city visiting the sick,
2831 And finding him, the searchers of the town,
2832 Suspecting that we both were in a house
2833 10 Where the infectious pestilence did reign,
2834 Sealed up the doors and would not let us forth,
2835 So that my speed to Mantua there was stayed.
2836 Who bare my letter, then, to Romeo?
2837 I could not send it—here it is again—
⌜Returning the letter.⌝
2838 15 Nor get a messenger to bring it thee,
2839 So fearful were they of infection.
2840 Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood,
2841 The letter was not nice but full of charge,
2842 Of dear import, and the neglecting it
2843 20 May do much danger. Friar John, go hence.
2844 Get me an iron crow and bring it straight
2845 Unto my cell.
2846 Brother, I’ll go and bring it thee.He exits.
2847 Now must I to the monument alone.
2848 25 Within this three hours will fair Juliet wake.
2849 She will beshrew me much that Romeo
2850 Hath had no notice of these accidents.
2851 But I will write again to Mantua,
2852 And keep her at my cell till Romeo come.
2853 30 Poor living corse, closed in a dead man’s tomb!