Romeo and Juliet (extrait)
Romeo and Juliet
No matter : get thee gone,
And hire those horses ; i’ll be with thee straight.
Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee to-night.
Let’s see for means : O mischief, thou art swift
To enter in the thoughts of desperate men !
I do remember an apothecary,-
And hereabouts he dwells,-which hate I noted
In tatter’d weeds, with overwhelming brows,
Culling of simples ; meagre were his looks,
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones :
And in his needy shop a tortoise hung,
An alligator stuff’d, and other skins
Of ill-shaped fishes ; and about his shelves
A beggarly accout of empty boxes,
Green earthen pots, bladders and musty seeds,
Remmants pf packthread and old cakes of roses,
Were thinly scatter’d, to make up a show.
Nothing this penury, to myself I said
‘An if a man did need a poison now,
Whose sale is present death in Mantua,
Here lives a caitiffwretch would sell it him.’
O, this same thought did but forerun my need ;
And this same needy man must sell it me.
As I remember, this should be the house.
Being holiday,the beggar’s shop is shut.
What, ho ! apothecary !