A Plague On Your Houses

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A Plague On Your Houses

A Plague On Your Houses

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Sometimes translated as “A Pox On Your Houses”, this text is not originally a song lyric, but has been set here to music.  This is Mercutio’s death bed speech after he has been mortally wounded. 

Piano Intro

Prologue: (sung by Romeo)
Courage, man, the hurt cannot be much.

Verse 1 (Mercutio)
No, ’tis not so deep as a well,
nor so wide as a church door,
but ’tis enough. ‘Twill serve.
Ask for me tomorrow, and
You shall find me a grave man.
I am peppered, I warrant for this world.

Chorus
A plague on both your houses,
on your houses,
A plague on both your houses!
A plague on both your houses,
on your houses,
A plague on both your houses!
(piano interlude)
(3.1. 99-113)

Verse 2 (Mercutio)
Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse,
A cat to scratch a man to death!
A braggart, a rogue, a villain
That fights by the book of arithmetic!
Why the devil came you between us?
I was hurt under your arm.
Romeo: I thought it all for the best…

Bridge (Mercutio):
Help me into some house, Bevolio
Or I shall faint…

Chorus
A plague on both your houses,
On your houses,
A plague on both your houses!
A plague on both your houses,
On your houses,
A plague on both your houses!

Verse 3 (Mercutio)
They have made worms’ meat of me.
I have it, and soundly too. (pause)

Coda
Your houses! Your houses! Your houses!

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