What is the Prince saying in Act 1 Scene 1? Right after he breaks up the fight between Montague and Capulet.

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Lines 79-101 are the Prince's attempt to chastise his subjects. He orders them to behave in a manner besetting their status and restore peace. If they fail to do so, the penalty is death:

By thee, old Capulet, and Montague,
Have thrice disturb'd the quiet of our streets..

If you ever disturb our streets again
Your lives will pay the forfeit of the peace.

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