Romeo and Juliet (excerpts): Care keeps his watch in every old man’s eye

Original Text: 

Mr William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies (London: Printed by Isaac Jaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623), sig. ffr (p. 677) / STC (2nd ed.) 22273


1] Friar Lawrence contrasts the sleep of the elderly and the young in Act two. Back to Line
2] care: anxiety (here personified as an alert night-watchman). Back to Line
3] unbruised: unbattered by experience / unstuff'd: care-free Back to Line
4] couch: relax Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Christopher Matusiak
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