William Painter: The second tome of the Palace of pleasure



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long to these two passioned louers, let other iudge that haue at other times assayed the like: for euery mi|nute of an houre séemed to them a thousand yeares, so that if they had had power to commaunde the heauens (as  did the ) the earth had incontinently bene shadowed with darkest cloudes. The appointed houre come, Rhomeo put on the moste sumptuous ap|parell he had, and conducted by good fortune néere to the place where his heart toke life, was so fully deter|mined of his purpose, as easily hée  vp the gar|den wall. Being arriued hard to the window, he per|ceiued Iulietta, who had already so wel fastned the cor|ded ladder to draw him vp, as without any daunger at all he entred hir chambre, which was so clere as ye day, by reson of the tapers of virgin , which Iulietta had caused to be lighted, yt she myght the better behold hir Rhomeo.  for hir part, was but in hir night ker|chief: who so soon as she perceiued him, colled him about the neck, and after she had kissed & rekissed hym a mil|lion of times, began to imbrace hym betwéene hir ar|mes, hauing no power to speke vnto him, but by sighes onely, holding hir mouth close against his, and being in this traunce beheld him with pitiful eye, wiche made him to liue and die together. And afterwardes some|what come to hir selfe, she sayd with sighes depely fet|ched from the bottom of hir heart:

Ah Rhomeo, the ex|ampler of all vertue and gentlenesse, you be most har|tily welcome to this place, wherin for your lacke and absence, and for feare of your persone, I haue gushed forth so many teares, as the spryng is almost dry: but nowe that I holde you betwéene my armes, let death and fortune doe what they , for I count my selfe more than satisfied of all my sorrowes , by the fa|uour alone of your presence: whom Rhomeo with we|ping

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eye, giuing ouer sile~ce answered: Madame  as I neuer receiued so much of fortunes grace, as to make you féele by liuely experience what power you had ouer me, & the torment euery minute of yt day sustained for your occasion, I do assure you ye least  yt vexeth me for your absence, is a thousa~d times more painful than death, which long time or this had cut of yt thréede of my life, if the hope of this happy  had not bene, which paying me now the iust tribute of wepings past, maketh me better content & more glad, than if the whole world were at my , be|séeching you (without further memory of ancie~t grief) to take aduise in time to come how we may conte~t our passionate hearts, & to sort our affaires with such wise|dome and discretion as our enimies without adua~tage may let vs continue the remnant of our dayes in rest & quiet. And as Iulietta was about to make answer, the olde woman came in the meane time, and sayd vnto them: He that wasteth time in talke, receuereth the same to late. But for so much as either of you hath en|dured such mutuall paines, behold (quod she) a campe which I haue made ready,

(shewing them the field  which she had prepared and furnished,) wherunto they  agréed, and being the~ betwene the shéetes in pri|ny bed, after they had gladded and cherished the~selues with all kinde of delicate  which loue was able to deuise, Rhomeo vnloosing the holy lines of virginity, tooke possession of the place, which was not yet besieged with such ioy and contentation as they ca~ iudge which haue assayed like delites. Their marriage thus  perceiuing the morning make too hastie approach, tooke his leaue, making pro|mise that he would not faile within a day or two to re|sort againe to the place by like meanes and semblable

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