William Painter: The second tome of the Palace of pleasure



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 pleasure or transitorie contentation, thou now makest me pay a tribute so rigorous and painefull, as my tender body not able any longer to support yt same, shall henceforth open the gate to that life where the ghost discharged from this mortall burden, shall séeke in some place else more assured rest. Ah Rhomeo, Rhomeo, when acquaintance first began betwéene vs, and I reclined mine eares vnto thy suborned promis|ses, confirmed with so many othes, I wold neuer haue beleued that in place of our continued amitie, and in appeasing of the hatred of our houses, thou  dest haue sought occasion to breake the same by an acte so vituperious and shamefull, whereby thy fame shall be spotted for euer, and I miserable wretch de|solate of spouse and companion. But if thou haddest bene so greadie after theCapellets bloud, wherefore didst thou spare the deare bloud of mine owne heart when so many times, and in such secrete place the same was at the mercie of thy cruell handes? The victorie which thou shouldest haue gotten ouer me, had it not bene glorious inough for thine ambitious mind, but for more triumphant solempnitie to be crowned with the  of my dearest kinsman? Now get thée hence therefore into sonte other place to deceiue some other, so vnhappy as my selfe. Neuer come againe in place where I am, for no excuse shall héereafter take holde to asswage mine offended minde. In the meane time I shall lament the rest of my heauie life, with such store of teares, as my body dried vp from all hu|miditie, shall shortly search reliefe in earth.

And ha|uing made an ende of those hir woords, hir heart was so grieuously strained, as she could neither wéepe nor speake, and stoode so , as if she had bene

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in a traunce. Then being somewhat come againe vn|to hir self, with  voyce she sayde:

Ah  tong of other mennes , howe  thou so  to speake of him whome his very enimies doe commend and praise? How presumest thou to impute the blame vpon Rhomeo, whose vngiltinesse and inno|cent déede euery man alloweth? Where from hence|forth shal be his refuge? sith she whiche ought to be the only bulwarke, and assured ra~pire of his distresse, doth pursue & defame him? Receiue, receiue then Rhomeo, the satisfactio~ of mine ingratitude by ytsacrifice which I shall make of my proper life, and so the fault which I haue committed against thy loyaltie, shalbe made open to the world, thou being reuenged & my self punished.

And thinking to vse some furder talke, all the powers of hir body failed hir with signes of present death. But the good olde woman which could not imagine ytcause of Iulietta hir long absence, doubted very much that she suffred some passion, and sought hir vp and downe in euery place within hir fathers palace, vntill at length she found hir lying a long vpon hir bed, al the outward parts of hir body so colde as Marble. But the good olde woman which thought hir to be dead, began to cry like one out of hir wittes, saying:

Ah deare daughter and , how much doeth thy deathe now grieue me at the very heart? And as she was séeling all the partes of hir body, she perceiued some sparke of life to be yet within the same, which caused hir to call hir many times by hir name, till at length she brought hir out of hir sounde. Then she sayd vnto hir: Why Iuliet|tamyne own deare dareling, what meane you by this turmoiling of your self? I can not tel from whe~ce this your behauior & that immoderate heauinesse doe pro|cede, but wel I wote that within this houre I thought



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to haue accompanied you to the graue. Alas good mo|ther (aunswered wofull Iulietta) doe you not most eui|dently perceiue and sée what iuste cause I haue to sor|row and complaine, losing at one instant two persons of the worlde which were vnto me moste deare? Me thinke answered the good woman, that it is not semely for a Gentlewoman of your degrée to fall into such ex|tremitie. For in time of tribulation shoulde most preuaile. And if the Lord Thibault be dead, do you thinke to get hym againe by teares? What is he that doth not accuse his ouermuch presumption? would you that Rhomeo had done that wrong to him, & his house, to suffer himselfe outraged & assailed by one, to whome in manhode and prowesse he is not inferiour? Suffi|seth you that Rhomeo is aliue, and his affaires in such estate, who in time may be called home again from ba|nishment, for he is a great lorde, and as you know wel allied and fauored of all men: wherfore arme your self from henceforth with pacience. For albeit that For|tune doth  him from you for a time, yet sure I am, that hereafter shée will restore him vnto you a|gaine with greater ioy and contentation than before. And to the end that we be better assured in what state he is, if you will promise me to giue ouer your heaui|nesse, I will to day knowe of FrierLaurence whether he is gone.

To whiche request Iulietta agréed, and then the good woman repaired to S. Frauncis, where she fou~d Frier Laurence, who told hir that the same nightRho|meo would not faile at his accustomed houre to visite Iulietta, and there to do hir to vnderstand what he pur|posed to doe in time to come. This iorney then fared like the voyages of mariners, who after they haue ben tost by great & troublous tempest, séeing some Sunne  pierce the heauens to lighten the land, assure
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