What final words does the Prince address to Lord Capulet and Lord Montague?

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At the end of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet the Prince has entered Capulet's tomb, learning of Romeo and Juliet's fate. Friar Lawrence details the couple's plans and his role in their actions. His story is corroborated by Romeo's suicide letter. The Prince ultimately becomes quite angry and addresses Lord Capulet and Lord Montague, blaming them for not only the deaths of their daughter and son but also for the deaths of Mercutio and Paris:

See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,
That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love,
And I, for winking at your discords too,
Have lost a brace of kinsmen. All are punished.
A "scourge" is something which causes great suffering. It definitely applies to the feud between the Montagues and Capulets as it has caused the deaths of six people in only a few days during the course of the play. Two of the dead, Mercutio and Paris, were the Prince's relatives. Finally, in the last words of the play the Prince advises the families to further "talk of these sad things" and that some will be pardoned and some will be punished.    

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