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Two households, both alike in dignity,

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Leah Gillis

on 16 March 2016

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Transcript of Two households, both alike in dignity,

Two households,
both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona,
where we lay our

Two families,
both very similar,
In the beautiful city of Verona,
where our story takes place,

From ancient grudge
break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood
makes civil hands

A history of hatred
with new violence,
And citizens
even outside the family die.

From forth the fatal loins
of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers
take their

The children
from these hate-filled families
Fall in love
and commit suicide;

Whose misadventur’d
piteous overthrows
Doth with their death
bury their parents’

Many things
keep the two apart
And their final death
causes the families to end their hate.

The fearful passage
of their death-mark’d love,
And the continuance
of their parents’

The events
that lead to their suicide,
And the hate
between their parents’,

Which, but their children’s end,
nought could remove,
Is now the two hours’ traffic
on our

Which nothing but their children’s death could end,
Is now a performance for you these next two hours;

The which if you
with patient ears
What here shall miss,
our toil shall strive to

If you
listen patiently;
What is missing in this introduction,
the play will explain.
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