The Prince of Verona is putting a stop to an emerging fight between two feuding families: the Capulets and the Montagues. He chastises them for bringing violence to the streets three times already. He tells them that if they ever disturb the peace again, the penalty will be death.
AuthorName: William Shakespeare
Eras: 1601-1700, 1501-1600
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Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel,-- Will they not hear? What, ho! you...View Full Monologue Text
Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace,
Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel,--
Will they not hear? What, ho! you men, you beasts,
That quench the fire of your pernicious rage
With purple fountains issuing from your veins,
On pain of torture, from those bloody hands
Throw your mistemper'd weapons to the ground,
And hear the sentence of your moved prince.
Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word,
By thee, old Capulet, and Montague,
Have thrice disturb'd the quiet of our streets,
And made Verona's ancient citizens
Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments,
To wield old partisans, in hands as old,
Canker'd with peace, to part your canker'd hate:
If ever you disturb our streets again,
Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.
For this time, all the rest depart away:
You Capulet; shall go along with me:
And, Montague, come you this afternoon,
To know our further pleasure in this case,
To old Free-town, our common judgment-place.
Once more, on pain of death, all men depart.
PlayName: Romeo and Juliet
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain
Age Range: 20s - Late, 30s - Early, 30s - Late, 40s - Early
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English