Speeches (Lines) for Apothecary in "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 V / 1
  • Who calls so loud?
  • Who calls so loud?
  • Romeo. No matter: get thee gone,
    And hire those horses; I'll be with thee straight.
    [Exit BALTHASAR]
    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 late 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 account of empty boxes,
    Green earthen pots, bladders and musty seeds,
    Remnants of packthread and old cakes of roses,
    Were thinly scatter'd, to make up a show.
    Noting 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 caitiff wretch 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!

    Apothecary. Who calls so loud?

2 V / 1
  • Such mortal drugs I have; but Mantua's law
    Is death to any he that utters th...
  • Such mortal drugs I have; but Mantua's law
    Is death to any he that utters them.
  • Romeo. Come hither, man. I see that thou art poor:
    Hold, there is forty ducats: let me have
    A dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear
    As will disperse itself through all the veins
    That the life-weary taker may fall dead
    And that the trunk may be discharged of breath
    As violently as hasty powder fired
    Doth hurry from the fatal cannon's womb.

    Apothecary. Such mortal drugs I have; but Mantua's law
    Is death to any he that utters them.

3 V / 1
  • My poverty, but not my will, consents.
  • My poverty, but not my will, consents.
  • Romeo. Art thou so bare and full of wretchedness,
    And fear'st to die? famine is in thy cheeks,
    Need and oppression starveth in thine eyes,
    Contempt and beggary hangs upon thy back;
    The world is not thy friend nor the world's law;
    The world affords no law to make thee rich;
    Then be not poor, but break it, and take this.

    Apothecary. My poverty, but not my will, consents.

4 V / 1
  • Put this in any liquid thing you will,
    And drink it off; and, if you had the...
  • Put this in any liquid thing you will,
    And drink it off; and, if you had the strength
    Of twenty men, it would dispatch you straight.
  • Romeo. I pay thy poverty, and not thy will.

    Apothecary. Put this in any liquid thing you will,
    And drink it off; and, if you had the strength
    Of twenty men, it would dispatch you straight.

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