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stances. The writer of the ballad added something to the history, which is a proof that he would have added more, if more had occurred to his mind; and more must have occurred if he had seen Shakspeare.
Escalus, prince o Verona.
Paris, a young nobleman, kinsman to the prince. Montague, heads of two houses, at variance with each other.
An Old Man, uncle to Capulet.
Mercutio, kinsman to the prince, and friend to
Benvolio, nephew to Montague, and friend to
Tybalt, nephew to Lady Capulet.
servants to Capulet.
Abram, servant to Montague.
Chorus. Boy; page to Paris: Peter; an officer.
Lady Montague, wife to Montague.
Lady Capulet, wife to Capulet.
Juliet, daughter to Capulet.
Nurse to Juliet.
Citizens of Verona; several Men and Women, relations to both houses; Maskers, Guards, Watchmen, and Attendants.
Scene, during the greater part of the Play, in Verona: once in the fifth Act, at Mantua.
Two households, both alike in dignity,
Do, with their death, bury their parents' strife.
Is now the two hours' traffick of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.