William Painter: The second tome of the Palace of pleasure



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time, vntill Fortune had prouided sure occasion vn|fearfully to manifest their mariage to yt whole world. And thus a month or twaine, they continued their ioy|full mindes to their incredible satisfaction, vntill Lady fortune enuious of their  hir  to tumble them into such a botto~lesse pit, as they payed hir vsury for their plesures past, by a certain most  and pitiful death, as you shall vnderstand héereafter by ye discourse that foloweth. Now as we haue before declared, the Capellets & the Montesches were not so wel reconciled by the Lord of Verona, but that there rested in them such sparkes of ancient displeasures, as either partes waited but for some light occasion to draw to|githers, which they did in the Easter holy dayes, (as bloudy men commo~ly be most willingly disposed after a good time to commit some nefarious déede) bisides the gate of Boursarie leading to the olde castell of Verona,  troupe of the  rencountred with certain of the Montesches, and without other woordes began to set vpon them. And the Capellets had for chief of their glo|rious one called Thibault cosin Germaine to Iulietta, a yong man strongly made, and of good ex|perience in armes, who exhorted his Companions with stout stomakes to represse the boldnesse of the , that there should from that time forth no memorie of them be left at all. And the rumoure of this fray was increased throughoute all the cor|ners of Verona, that succoure should come from all partes of the Citie to departe the same. Whereof Rhomeo aduertized, who walked alonges the Citie with certaine of his companions, hasted him spedily to the place where the slaughter of his Parents and alies were committed: and after he had well aduised & beholden many wounded & hurt on both sides, he sayd

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to his companions:

My friends let vs part the~, for they be so flesht one vpon an other, as they wil all be  to pieces before the game be done. And saying so, thrust himself amids the troupe, and did no more but part the blowes on either side, crying vpo~ them aloud. My friends, no more it is time henceforth yt our quarel cease. For bisides the prouocation of Gods iust wrath, our two families be slaunderous to the whole world, and cause this common wealth to grow vnto disorder.

But they were so egre and furious one against the o|ther, as they gaue no audience to Rhomeo his councel, and bent themselues to kill, disme~ber, and teare eche other in pieces. And the fight was so cruell and outra|gious betwene them, as they which looked on, were a|mased to sée them endure those blowes, for the ground was al couered with armes, legges, thighs, and bloud, wherein no signe of cowardnesse appeared, and main|tained their fight so long, that none was able to iudge who had the better, vntill that Thibault cousin toIuli|etta inflamed with ire and rage, turned towards Rho|meo, thinking with a foine to run him through. But he was so well armed and defended with a priuie coate which he wore ordinarily for the doubt hée had of the Capellets, as the pricke rebounded: vnto whom Rhomeo made answer:

Thibault thou maist know by the paci|ence which I haue had vntill this present time, that I came not hither to fight with thée or thine, but to peace and attoneme~t betwene vs, and if thou thinkest that for default of corage I haue failed mine endeuor, thou doest great wrong to my reputation. And impute this my suffrance to some other perticular respect, ra|ther than to wa~t of stomake. Wherfore abuse me not, but be content with this great effusion of bloud, and murders already committed, and prouoke me not I

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beséeche thée to passe the bounds of my good wil & mind. Ah Traitor, sayde Thibault, thou thinkest to saue thy self by the plot of thy pleasant tong, but sée that thou defend thy selfe, else presently I will make thée féele that thy tong shall not garde thy corpse, nor yet be the buckler to defend the same from present death.

And saying so, he gaue him a blowe with such furie, as had not other warded the same, he had cut of his head from his shoulders. And the one was no readier to lend, but the other incontinently was able to pay againe, for he being not only wroth with the blow that he had receiued, but offended with the iniurie which the other had done, began to pursue his enimie with such courage and viuacitie, as at the third blow with his sweard, he caused him to fall backewarde starke deade vpon the grounde, with a pricke vehemently thrust into his throte, which he followed till his swearde appeared through the hinder parte of the same, by reason where|of the conflict ceased. For bisides thatThibault was the chief of his companie, he was also borne of one of the Noblest houses within the Citie, which caused the potestate to assemble his Soldiers with diligence for the apprehension and imprisonment of Rhomeo, who séeing yl fortune at hand, in secrete wise conueyed him self to Frier Laurence, at the Friers Franciscanes. And the Frier vnderstanding of his [illeg.] facte , kept him in a cer|taine secrete place of his Couent, vntil Fortune did otherwise prouide for his safe going abrode. The brute spred throughout the Citie, of this chaunce done vpon the Lord Thibault, the Capellets in mourning wéedes caused the dead body to be caried before the signory of Verona, so well to moue them to pitie, as to demaund iustice for the murder: before whome came also theMontesches, declaring the innocencie of Rhomeo, and

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the wilful assault of the other. The Counsel assembled & witnesses heard on both parts, a straight co~maunde|ment was giuen by the Lord of the Citie to giue ouer their weapons, and touching the offense of Rhomeo bi|cause he had killed the other in his owne , he was banished Verona for . This co~mon missortune pub|lished throughout the Citie, was generally sorowed and lamented. Some complained the death of the Lord Thibault, so well for his dexteritie in armes, as for the hope of his great good seruice in time to come, if he had not bene preuented by such cruell death. Other bewai|led (specially the Ladies and Gentlewomen) the ouer|throw of yong Rhomeo,) who bisides his beautie & good grace wherwith he was enriched, had a certaine natu|rall allurement, by vertue whereof he drew vnto him the hearts of eche man, like as the stony Adamant doth the cancred iron, in such wise as the whole nation and people of Verona lamented his mischance: but aboue al, infortunateIulietta, who aduertised both of the death of hir cosin Thibault, and of the banishment of hir hus|bande, made the aire sound with infinite numbre of mornefull plaints and miserable lamentations. Then féeling hir selfe too much outraged with extreme passi|on, she went into hir chamber, and ouercome with so|row threw hir self vpon hir bed, where she began to reinforce hir dolor after so strange fashion, as the most constant would haue bene moued to pitie. Then like one oute of hir wittes, she gazed héere and there, and by Fortune beholding the window whereat Rho|meo was wont to enter into hir chamber, cried out:

Oh vnhappy windowe, Oh entry most vnlucky, wherein were wouen the bitter toyle of my former missehaps, if by thy meanes I haue receiued at other times some

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