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SCENE II. Friar Laurence's cell.

Enter FRIAR JOHN

FRIAR JOHN

Holy Franciscan friar! brother, ho!

Enter FRIAR LAURENCE

FRIAR LAURENCE

This same should be the voice of Friar John.
Welcome from Mantua: what says Romeo?
Or, if his mind be writ, give me his letter.

FRIAR JOHN

Going to find a bare-foot brother out
One of our order, to associate me,
Here in this city visiting the sick,
And finding him, the searchers of the town,
Suspecting that we both were in a house
Where the infectious pestilence did reign,
Seal'd up the doors, and would not let us forth;
So that my speed to Mantua there was stay'd.

FRIAR LAURENCE

Who bare my letter, then, to Romeo?

FRIAR JOHN

I could not send it,--here it is again,--
Nor get a messenger to bring it thee,
So fearful were they of infection.

FRIAR LAURENCE

Unhappy fortune! by my brotherhood,
The letter was not nice but full of charge
Of dear import, and the neglecting it
May do much danger. Friar John, go hence;
Get me an iron crow, and bring it straight
Unto my cell.

FRIAR JOHN

Brother, I'll go and bring it thee.

Exit

FRIAR LAURENCE

Now must I to the monument alone;
Within three hours will fair Juliet wake:
She will beshrew me much that Romeo
Hath had no notice of these accidents;
But I will write again to Mantua,
And keep her at my cell till Romeo come;
Poor living corse, closed in a dead man's tomb!

Exit

约翰神父上。

约翰喂!师兄在哪里?

劳伦斯神父上。

劳伦斯这是约翰师弟的声音。欢迎你从曼多亚回来!罗密欧怎么说?要是他的意思在信里写明,那么把他的信给我吧。

约翰我临走的时候,因为要找一个同门的师弟作我的同伴,他正在这城里访问病人,不料给本地巡逻的人看见了,疑心我们走进了一家染着瘟疫的人家,把门封锁住了,不让我们出来,所以耽误了我的曼多亚之行。

劳伦斯那么谁把我的信送去给罗密欧了?

约翰我没有法子把它送出去,现在我又把它带回来了;因为他们害怕瘟疫传染,也没有人愿意把它送还给你。

劳伦斯糟了!这封信不是等闲,性质十分重要,把它耽误下来,也许会引起极大的灾祸。约翰师弟,你快去给我找一柄铁锄,立刻带到这儿来。

约翰好师兄,我去给你拿来。(下。)

劳伦斯现在我必须独自到墓地里去;在这三小时之内,朱丽叶就会醒来,她因为罗密欧不曾知道这些事情,一定会责怪我。我现在要再写一封信到曼多亚去,让她留在我的寺院里,直等罗密欧到来。可怜的没有死的尸体,幽闭在一座死人的坟墓里!(下。)