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Romeo And Juliet


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William Shakespeare

This is the Bookwise complete ebook of Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare, available to read online as an alternative to epub, mobi, kindle, pdf or text only versions. For information about the status of this work, see Copyright Notice.


In Verona, Italy, two families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are in the midst of a bloody feud. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love and struggle to maintain their relationship in the face of familial hatred. After Romeo kills Juliet's cousin Tybalt in a fit of passion, things fall apart. Both lovers eventually commit suicide within minutes of each other, and the feuding families make peace over their recent grief.

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Dramatis Personæ

Dramatis Personæ


Montague, his father

Lady Montague, his mother

Benvolio, their kinsman

Abram, a Montague servingman

Balthasar, Romeo’s servingman


Capulet, her father

Lady Capulet, her mother

Nurse to Juliet

Tybalt, kinsman to the Capulets

Petruchio, Tybalt’s companion

Capulet’s Cousin





Other Servingmen

Escalus, Prince of Verona

Paris, the Prince’s kinsman and Juliet’s suitor

Mercutio, the Prince’s kinsman and Romeo’s friend

Paris’ Page

Friar Lawrence

Friar John


Three or four Citizens

Three Musicians

Three Watchmen


Attendants, Maskers, Torchbearers, a Boy with a drum, Gentlemen, Gentlewomen, Tybalt’s Page, Servingmen.


Enter Chorus.

line 0001Two households, both alike in dignity
line 0002(In fair Verona, where we lay our scene),
line 0003From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
line 0004Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
5line 0005From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
line 0006A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;
line 0007Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
line 0008Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.
line 0009The fearful passage of their death-marked love
10line 0010And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
line 0011Which, but their children’s end, naught could remove,
line 0012Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;
line 0013The which, if you with patient ears attend,
line 0014What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

Chorus exits.


Scene 1

Enter Sampson and Gregory, with swords and bucklers, of the house of Capulet.

line 0015SAMPSONGregory, on my word we’ll not carry coals.
line 0016GREGORYNo, for then we should be colliers.
line 0017SAMPSONI mean, an we be in choler, we’ll draw.
line 0018GREGORYAy, while you live, draw your neck out of
5line 0019collar.
line 0020SAMPSONI strike quickly, being moved.
line 0021GREGORYBut thou art not quickly moved to strike.
line 0022SAMPSONA dog of the house of Montague moves me.
line 0023GREGORYTo move is to stir, and to be valiant is to
10line 0024stand. Therefore if thou art moved thou runn’st
line 0025away.
line 0026SAMPSONA dog of that house shall move me to stand. I
line 0027will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague’s.
line 0028GREGORYThat shows thee a weak slave, for the weakest
15line 0029goes to the wall.
line 0030SAMPSON’Tis true, and therefore women, being the
line 0031weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall. Therefore
line 0032I will push Montague’s men from the wall and
line 0033thrust his maids to the wall.
20line 0034GREGORYThe quarrel is between our masters and us
line 0035their men.
line 0036SAMPSON’Tis all one. I will show myself a tyrant.
line 0037When I have fought with the men, I will be civil
line 0038with the maids; I will cut off their heads.
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 11 25line 0039GREGORYThe heads of the maids?
line 0040SAMPSONAy, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads.
line 0041Take it in what sense thou wilt.
line 0042GREGORYThey must take it in sense that feel it.
line 0043SAMPSONMe they shall feel while I am able to stand,
30line 0044and ’tis known I am a pretty piece of flesh.
line 0045GREGORY’Tis well thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thou
line 0046hadst been poor-john. Draw thy tool. Here comes
line 0047of the house of Montagues.

Enter Abram with another Servingman.

line 0048SAMPSONMy naked weapon is out. Quarrel, I will back
35line 0049thee.
line 0050GREGORYHow? Turn thy back and run?
line 0051SAMPSONFear me not.
line 0052GREGORYNo, marry. I fear thee!
line 0053SAMPSONLet us take the law of our sides; let them
40line 0054begin.
line 0055GREGORYI will frown as I pass by, and let them take it
line 0056as they list.
line 0057SAMPSONNay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at
line 0058them, which is disgrace to them if they bear it.

He bites his thumb.

45line 0059ABRAMDo you bite your thumb at us, sir?
line 0060SAMPSONI do bite my thumb, sir.
line 0061ABRAMDo you bite your thumb at us, sir?
line 0062SAMPSONaside to Gregory Is the law of our side if I
line 0063say “Ay”?
50line 0064GREGORYaside to Sampson No.
line 0065SAMPSONNo, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir,
line 0066but I bite my thumb, sir.
line 0067GREGORYDo you quarrel, sir?
line 0068ABRAMQuarrel, sir? No, sir.
55line 0069SAMPSONBut if you do, sir, I am for you. I serve as
line 0070good a man as you.
line 0071ABRAMNo better.
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 13 line 0072SAMPSONWell, sir.

Enter Benvolio.

line 0073GREGORYaside to Sampson Say “better”; here comes
60line 0074one of my master’s kinsmen.
line 0075SAMPSONYes, better, sir.
line 0076ABRAMYou lie.
line 0077SAMPSONDraw if you be men.—Gregory, remember
line 0078thy washing blow.They fight.
65line 0079BENVOLIOPart, fools!Drawing his sword.
line 0080Put up your swords. You know not what you do.

Enter Tybalt, drawing his sword.

line 0081What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds?
line 0082Turn thee, Benvolio; look upon thy death.
line 0083I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword,
70line 0084Or manage it to part these men with me.
line 0085What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word
line 0086As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.
line 0087Have at thee, coward!They fight.

Enter three or four Citizens with clubs or partisans.

line 0088Clubs, bills, and partisans! Strike! Beat them down!
75line 0089Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!

Enter old Capulet in his gown, and his Wife.

line 0090What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho!
line 0091A crutch, a crutch! Why call you for a
line 0092sword?

Enter old Montague and his Wife.

Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 15 CAPULET
line 0093My sword, I say. Old Montague is come
80line 0094And flourishes his blade in spite of me.
line 0095Thou villain Capulet!—Hold me not; let me go.
line 0096Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe.

Enter Prince Escalus with his train.

line 0097Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace,
line 0098Profaners of this neighbor-stainèd steel—
85line 0099Will they not hear?—What ho! You men, you beasts,
line 0100That quench the fire of your pernicious rage
line 0101With purple fountains issuing from your veins:
line 0102On pain of torture, from those bloody hands
line 0103Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground,
90line 0104And hear the sentence of your movèd prince.
line 0105Three civil brawls bred of an airy word
line 0106By thee, old Capulet, and Montague,
line 0107Have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets
line 0108And made Verona’s ancient citizens
95line 0109Cast by their grave-beseeming ornaments
line 0110To wield old partisans in hands as old,
line 0111Cankered with peace, to part your cankered hate.
line 0112If ever you disturb our streets again,
line 0113Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.
100line 0114For this time all the rest depart away.
line 0115You, Capulet, shall go along with me,
line 0116And, Montague, come you this afternoon
line 0117To know our farther pleasure in this case,
line 0118To old Free-town, our common judgment-place.
105line 0119Once more, on pain of death, all men depart.

All but Montague, Lady Montague, and Benvolio exit.

Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 17 MONTAGUEto Benvolio
line 0120Who set this ancient quarrel new abroach?
line 0121Speak, nephew, were you by when it began?
line 0122Here were the servants of your adversary,
line 0123And yours, close fighting ere I did approach.
110line 0124I drew to part them. In the instant came
line 0125The fiery Tybalt with his sword prepared,
line 0126Which, as he breathed defiance to my ears,
line 0127He swung about his head and cut the winds,
line 0128Who, nothing hurt withal, hissed him in scorn.
115line 0129While we were interchanging thrusts and blows
line 0130Came more and more and fought on part and part,
line 0131Till the Prince came, who parted either part.
line 0132O, where is Romeo? Saw you him today?
line 0133Right glad I am he was not at this fray.
120line 0134Madam, an hour before the worshiped sun
line 0135Peered forth the golden window of the east,
line 0136A troubled mind drove me to walk abroad,
line 0137Where underneath the grove of sycamore
line 0138That westward rooteth from this city side,
125line 0139So early walking did I see your son.
line 0140Towards him I made, but he was ’ware of me
line 0141And stole into the covert of the wood.
line 0142I, measuring his affections by my own
line 0143(Which then most sought where most might not be
130line 0144found,
line 0145Being one too many by my weary self),
line 0146Pursued my humor, not pursuing his,
line 0147And gladly shunned who gladly fled from me.
line 0148Many a morning hath he there been seen,
135line 0149With tears augmenting the fresh morning’s dew,
line 0150Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs.
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 19 line 0151But all so soon as the all-cheering sun
line 0152Should in the farthest east begin to draw
line 0153The shady curtains from Aurora’s bed,
140line 0154Away from light steals home my heavy son
line 0155And private in his chamber pens himself,
line 0156Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out,
line 0157And makes himself an artificial night.
line 0158Black and portentous must this humor prove,
145line 0159Unless good counsel may the cause remove.
line 0160My noble uncle, do you know the cause?
line 0161I neither know it nor can learn of him.
line 0162Have you importuned him by any means?
line 0163Both by myself and many other friends.
150line 0164But he, his own affections’ counselor,
line 0165Is to himself—I will not say how true,
line 0166But to himself so secret and so close,
line 0167So far from sounding and discovery,
line 0168As is the bud bit with an envious worm
155line 0169Ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air
line 0170Or dedicate his beauty to the same.
line 0171Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow,
line 0172We would as willingly give cure as know.

Enter Romeo.

line 0173See where he comes. So please you, step aside.
160line 0174I’ll know his grievance or be much denied.
line 0175I would thou wert so happy by thy stay
line 0176To hear true shrift.—Come, madam, let’s away.

Montague and Lady Montague exit.

Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 21 BENVOLIO
line 0177Good morrow, cousin.
line 0178ROMEOIs the day so young?
165line 0179But new struck nine.
line 0180ROMEOAy me, sad hours seem long.
line 0181Was that my father that went hence so fast?
line 0182It was. What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours?
line 0183Not having that which, having, makes them short.
170line 0184BENVOLIOIn love?
line 0185ROMEOOut—
line 0186BENVOLIOOf love?
line 0187Out of her favor where I am in love.
line 0188Alas that love, so gentle in his view,
175line 0189Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof!
line 0190Alas that love, whose view is muffled still,
line 0191Should without eyes see pathways to his will!
line 0192Where shall we dine?—O me! What fray was here?
line 0193Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all.
180line 0194Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love.
line 0195Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate,
line 0196O anything of nothing first create!
line 0197O heavy lightness, serious vanity,
line 0198Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms,
185line 0199Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,
line 0200Still-waking sleep that is not what it is!
line 0201This love feel I, that feel no love in this.
line 0202Dost thou not laugh?
line 0203BENVOLIONo, coz, I rather weep.
190line 0204Good heart, at what?
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 23 line 0205BENVOLIOAt thy good heart’s oppression.
line 0206ROMEOWhy, such is love’s transgression.
line 0207Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,
line 0208Which thou wilt propagate to have it pressed
195line 0209With more of thine. This love that thou hast shown
line 0210Doth add more grief to too much of mine own.
line 0211Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;
line 0212Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
line 0213Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
200line 0214What is it else? A madness most discreet,
line 0215A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.
line 0216Farewell, my coz.
line 0217BENVOLIOSoft, I will go along.
line 0218An if you leave me so, you do me wrong.
205line 0219Tut, I have lost myself. I am not here.
line 0220This is not Romeo. He’s some other where.
line 0221Tell me in sadness, who is that you love?
line 0222ROMEOWhat, shall I groan and tell thee?
line 0223Groan? Why, no. But sadly tell me who.
210line 0224A sick man in sadness makes his will—
line 0225A word ill urged to one that is so ill.
line 0226In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman.
line 0227I aimed so near when I supposed you loved.
line 0228A right good markman! And she’s fair I love.
215line 0229A right fair mark, fair coz, is soonest hit.
line 0230Well in that hit you miss. She’ll not be hit
line 0231With Cupid’s arrow. She hath Dian’s wit,
line 0232And, in strong proof of chastity well armed,
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 25 line 0233From love’s weak childish bow she lives uncharmed.
220line 0234She will not stay the siege of loving terms,
line 0235Nor bide th’ encounter of assailing eyes,
line 0236Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold.
line 0237O, she is rich in beauty, only poor
line 0238That, when she dies, with beauty dies her store.
225line 0239Then she hath sworn that she will still live chaste?
line 0240She hath, and in that sparing makes huge waste;
line 0241For beauty, starved with her severity,
line 0242Cuts beauty off from all posterity.
line 0243She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair,
230line 0244To merit bliss by making me despair.
line 0245She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow
line 0246Do I live dead, that live to tell it now.
line 0247Be ruled by me. Forget to think of her.
line 0248O, teach me how I should forget to think!
235line 0249By giving liberty unto thine eyes.
line 0250Examine other beauties.
line 0251ROMEO’Tis the way
line 0252To call hers, exquisite, in question more.
line 0253These happy masks that kiss fair ladies’ brows,
240line 0254Being black, puts us in mind they hide the fair.
line 0255He that is strucken blind cannot forget
line 0256The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.
line 0257Show me a mistress that is passing fair;
line 0258What doth her beauty serve but as a note
245line 0259Where I may read who passed that passing fair?
line 0260Farewell. Thou canst not teach me to forget.
line 0261I’ll pay that doctrine or else die in debt.

They exit.

Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 27

Scene 2

Enter Capulet, County Paris, and a Servingman.

line 0262But Montague is bound as well as I,
line 0263In penalty alike, and ’tis not hard, I think,
line 0264For men so old as we to keep the peace.
line 0265Of honorable reckoning are you both,
5line 0266And pity ’tis you lived at odds so long.
line 0267But now, my lord, what say you to my suit?
line 0268But saying o’er what I have said before.
line 0269My child is yet a stranger in the world.
line 0270She hath not seen the change of fourteen years.
10line 0271Let two more summers wither in their pride
line 0272Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.
line 0273Younger than she are happy mothers made.
line 0274And too soon marred are those so early made.
line 0275Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she;
15line 0276She’s the hopeful lady of my earth.
line 0277But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart;
line 0278My will to her consent is but a part.
line 0279And, she agreed, within her scope of choice
line 0280Lies my consent and fair according voice.
20line 0281This night I hold an old accustomed feast,
line 0282Whereto I have invited many a guest
line 0283Such as I love; and you among the store,
line 0284One more, most welcome, makes my number more.
line 0285At my poor house look to behold this night
25line 0286Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light.
line 0287Such comfort as do lusty young men feel
line 0288When well-appareled April on the heel
line 0289Of limping winter treads, even such delight
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 29 line 0290Among fresh fennel buds shall you this night
30line 0291Inherit at my house. Hear all, all see,
line 0292And like her most whose merit most shall be;
line 0293Which, on more view of many, mine, being one,
line 0294May stand in number, though in reck’ning none.
line 0295Come go with me.To Servingman, giving him a list.
35line 0296Go, sirrah, trudge about
line 0297Through fair Verona, find those persons out
line 0298Whose names are written there, and to them say
line 0299My house and welcome on their pleasure stay.

Capulet and Paris exit.

line 0300SERVINGMANFind them out whose names are written
40line 0301here! It is written that the shoemaker should
line 0302meddle with his yard and the tailor with his last, the
line 0303fisher with his pencil and the painter with his nets.
line 0304But I am sent to find those persons whose names
line 0305are here writ, and can never find what names the
45line 0306writing person hath here writ. I must to the learned.
line 0307In good time!

Enter Benvolio and Romeo.

line 0308Tut, man, one fire burns out another’s burning;
line 0309One pain is lessened by another’s anguish.
line 0310Turn giddy, and be helped by backward turning.
50line 0311One desperate grief cures with another’s languish.
line 0312Take thou some new infection to thy eye,
line 0313And the rank poison of the old will die.
line 0314Your plantain leaf is excellent for that.
line 0315For what, I pray thee?
55line 0316ROMEOFor your broken shin.
line 0317BENVOLIOWhy Romeo, art thou mad?
line 0318Not mad, but bound more than a madman is,
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 31 line 0319Shut up in prison, kept without my food,
line 0320Whipped and tormented, and—good e’en, good
60line 0321fellow.
line 0322SERVINGMANGod gi’ good e’en. I pray, sir, can you
line 0323read?
line 0324Ay, mine own fortune in my misery.
line 0325SERVINGMANPerhaps you have learned it without
65line 0326book. But I pray, can you read anything you see?
line 0327Ay, if I know the letters and the language.
line 0328SERVINGMANYou say honestly. Rest you merry.
line 0329ROMEOStay, fellow. I can read.He reads the letter.
line 0330Signior Martino and his wife and daughters,
70line 0331County Anselme and his beauteous sisters,
line 0332The lady widow of Vitruvio,
line 0333Signior Placentio and his lovely nieces,
line 0334Mercutio and his brother Valentine,
line 0335Mine Uncle Capulet, his wife and daughters,
75line 0336My fair niece Rosaline and Livia,
line 0337Signior Valentio and his cousin Tybalt,
line 0338Lucio and the lively Helena.
line 0339A fair assembly. Whither should they come?
line 0340SERVINGMANUp.
80line 0341ROMEOWhither? To supper?
line 0342SERVINGMANTo our house.
line 0343ROMEOWhose house?
line 0344SERVINGMANMy master’s.
line 0345Indeed I should have asked thee that before.
85line 0346SERVINGMANNow I’ll tell you without asking. My
line 0347master is the great rich Capulet, and, if you be not
line 0348of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a
line 0349cup of wine. Rest you merry.He exits.
line 0350At this same ancient feast of Capulet’s
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 33 90line 0351Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so loves,
line 0352With all the admirèd beauties of Verona.
line 0353Go thither, and with unattainted eye
line 0354Compare her face with some that I shall show,
line 0355And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.
95line 0356When the devout religion of mine eye
line 0357Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to fire;
line 0358And these who, often drowned, could never die,
line 0359Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars.
line 0360One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun
100line 0361Ne’er saw her match since first the world begun.
line 0362Tut, you saw her fair, none else being by,
line 0363Herself poised with herself in either eye;
line 0364But in that crystal scales let there be weighed
line 0365Your lady’s love against some other maid
105line 0366That I will show you shining at this feast,
line 0367And she shall scant show well that now seems best.
line 0368I’ll go along, no such sight to be shown,
line 0369But to rejoice in splendor of mine own.

They exit.

Scene 3

Enter Lady Capulet and Nurse.

line 0370Nurse, where’s my daughter? Call her forth to me.
line 0371Now, by my maidenhead at twelve year old,
line 0372I bade her come.—What, lamb! What, ladybird!
line 0373God forbid. Where’s this girl? What, Juliet!

Enter Juliet.

Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 35 5line 0374JULIETHow now, who calls?
line 0375NURSEYour mother.
line 0376Madam, I am here. What is your will?
line 0377This is the matter.—Nurse, give leave awhile.
line 0378We must talk in secret.—Nurse, come back again.
10line 0379I have remembered me, thou ’s hear our counsel.
line 0380Thou knowest my daughter’s of a pretty age.
line 0381Faith, I can tell her age unto an hour.
line 0382LADY CAPULETShe’s not fourteen.
line 0383NURSEI’ll lay fourteen of my teeth (and yet, to my teen
15line 0384be it spoken, I have but four) she’s not fourteen.
line 0385How long is it now to Lammastide?
line 0386LADY CAPULETA fortnight and odd days.
line 0387Even or odd, of all days in the year,
line 0388Come Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen.
20line 0389Susan and she (God rest all Christian souls!)
line 0390Were of an age. Well, Susan is with God;
line 0391She was too good for me. But, as I said,
line 0392On Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen.
line 0393That shall she. Marry, I remember it well.
25line 0394’Tis since the earthquake now eleven years,
line 0395And she was weaned (I never shall forget it)
line 0396Of all the days of the year, upon that day.
line 0397For I had then laid wormwood to my dug,
line 0398Sitting in the sun under the dovehouse wall.
30line 0399My lord and you were then at Mantua.
line 0400Nay, I do bear a brain. But, as I said,
line 0401When it did taste the wormwood on the nipple
line 0402Of my dug and felt it bitter, pretty fool,
line 0403To see it tetchy and fall out with the dug.
35line 0404“Shake,” quoth the dovehouse. ’Twas no need, I
line 0405trow,
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 37 line 0406To bid me trudge.
line 0407And since that time it is eleven years.
line 0408For then she could stand high-lone. Nay, by th’
40line 0409rood,
line 0410She could have run and waddled all about,
line 0411For even the day before, she broke her brow,
line 0412And then my husband (God be with his soul,
line 0413He was a merry man) took up the child.
45line 0414“Yea,” quoth he, “Dost thou fall upon thy face?
line 0415Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit,
line 0416Wilt thou not, Jule?” And, by my holidam,
line 0417The pretty wretch left crying and said “Ay.”
line 0418To see now how a jest shall come about!
50line 0419I warrant, an I should live a thousand years,
line 0420I never should forget it. “Wilt thou not, Jule?”
line 0421quoth he.
line 0422And, pretty fool, it stinted and said “Ay.”
line 0423Enough of this. I pray thee, hold thy peace.
55line 0424Yes, madam, yet I cannot choose but laugh
line 0425To think it should leave crying and say “Ay.”
line 0426And yet, I warrant, it had upon its brow
line 0427A bump as big as a young cock’rel’s stone,
line 0428A perilous knock, and it cried bitterly.
60line 0429“Yea,” quoth my husband. “Fall’st upon thy face?
line 0430Thou wilt fall backward when thou comest to age,
line 0431Wilt thou not, Jule?” It stinted and said “Ay.”
line 0432And stint thou, too, I pray thee, nurse, say I.
line 0433Peace. I have done. God mark thee to his grace,
65line 0434Thou wast the prettiest babe that e’er I nursed.
line 0435An I might live to see thee married once,
line 0436I have my wish.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 39 LADY CAPULET
line 0437Marry, that “marry” is the very theme
line 0438I came to talk of.—Tell me, daughter Juliet,
70line 0439How stands your disposition to be married?
line 0440It is an honor that I dream not of.
line 0441An honor? Were not I thine only nurse,
line 0442I would say thou hadst sucked wisdom from thy
line 0443teat.
75line 0444Well, think of marriage now. Younger than you
line 0445Here in Verona, ladies of esteem,
line 0446Are made already mothers. By my count
line 0447I was your mother much upon these years
line 0448That you are now a maid. Thus, then, in brief:
80line 0449The valiant Paris seeks you for his love.
line 0450A man, young lady—lady, such a man
line 0451As all the world—why, he’s a man of wax.
line 0452Verona’s summer hath not such a flower.
line 0453Nay, he’s a flower, in faith, a very flower.
85line 0454What say you? Can you love the gentleman?
line 0455This night you shall behold him at our feast.
line 0456Read o’er the volume of young Paris’ face,
line 0457And find delight writ there with beauty’s pen.
line 0458Examine every married lineament
90line 0459And see how one another lends content,
line 0460And what obscured in this fair volume lies
line 0461Find written in the margent of his eyes.
line 0462This precious book of love, this unbound lover,
line 0463To beautify him only lacks a cover.
95line 0464The fish lives in the sea, and ’tis much pride
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 41 line 0465For fair without the fair within to hide.
line 0466That book in many’s eyes doth share the glory
line 0467That in gold clasps locks in the golden story.
line 0468So shall you share all that he doth possess
100line 0469By having him, making yourself no less.
line 0470No less? Nay, bigger. Women grow by men.
line 0471Speak briefly. Can you like of Paris’ love?
line 0472I’ll look to like, if looking liking move.
line 0473But no more deep will I endart mine eye
105line 0474Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.

Enter Servingman.

line 0475SERVINGMANMadam, the guests are come, supper
line 0476served up, you called, my young lady asked for, the
line 0477Nurse cursed in the pantry, and everything in
line 0478extremity. I must hence to wait. I beseech you,
110line 0479follow straight.
line 0480We follow thee.Servingman exits.
line 0481Juliet, the County stays.
line 0482Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days.

They exit.

Scene 4

Enter Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio, with five or six other Maskers, Torchbearers, and a Boy with a drum.

line 0483What, shall this speech be spoke for our excuse?
line 0484Or shall we on without apology?
line 0485The date is out of such prolixity.
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 43 line 0486We’ll have no Cupid hoodwinked with a scarf,
5line 0487Bearing a Tartar’s painted bow of lath,
line 0488Scaring the ladies like a crowkeeper,
line 0489Nor no without-book prologue, faintly spoke
line 0490After the prompter, for our entrance.
line 0491But let them measure us by what they will.
10line 0492We’ll measure them a measure and be gone.
line 0493Give me a torch. I am not for this ambling.
line 0494Being but heavy I will bear the light.
line 0495Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance.
line 0496Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoes
15line 0497With nimble soles. I have a soul of lead
line 0498So stakes me to the ground I cannot move.
line 0499You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings
line 0500And soar with them above a common bound.
line 0501I am too sore enpiercèd with his shaft
20line 0502To soar with his light feathers, and so bound
line 0503I cannot bound a pitch above dull woe.
line 0504Under love’s heavy burden do I sink.
line 0505And to sink in it should you burden love—
line 0506Too great oppression for a tender thing.
25line 0507Is love a tender thing? It is too rough,
line 0508Too rude, too boist’rous, and it pricks like thorn.
line 0509If love be rough with you, be rough with love.
line 0510Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.—
line 0511Give me a case to put my visage in.—
30line 0512A visor for a visor. What care I
line 0513What curious eye doth cote deformities?
line 0514Here are the beetle brows shall blush for me.
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 45 BENVOLIO
line 0515Come, knock and enter, and no sooner in
line 0516But every man betake him to his legs.
35line 0517A torch for me. Let wantons light of heart
line 0518Tickle the senseless rushes with their heels,
line 0519For I am proverbed with a grandsire phrase:
line 0520I’ll be a candle holder and look on;
line 0521The game was ne’er so fair, and I am done.
40line 0522Tut, dun’s the mouse, the constable’s own word.
line 0523If thou art dun, we’ll draw thee from the mire—
line 0524Or, save your reverence, love—wherein thou
line 0525stickest
line 0526Up to the ears. Come, we burn daylight, ho!
45line 0527Nay, that’s not so.
line 0528MERCUTIOI mean, sir, in delay
line 0529We waste our lights; in vain, light lights by day.
line 0530Take our good meaning, for our judgment sits
line 0531Five times in that ere once in our five wits.
50line 0532And we mean well in going to this masque,
line 0533But ’tis no wit to go.
line 0534MERCUTIOWhy, may one ask?
line 0535I dreamt a dream tonight.
line 0536MERCUTIOAnd so did I.
55line 0537Well, what was yours?
line 0538MERCUTIOThat dreamers often lie.
line 0539In bed asleep while they do dream things true.
line 0540O, then I see Queen Mab hath been with you.
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 47 line 0541She is the fairies’ midwife, and she comes
60line 0542In shape no bigger than an agate stone
line 0543On the forefinger of an alderman,
line 0544Drawn with a team of little atomi
line 0545Over men’s noses as they lie asleep.
line 0546Her wagon spokes made of long spinners’ legs,
65line 0547The cover of the wings of grasshoppers,
line 0548Her traces of the smallest spider web,
line 0549Her collars of the moonshine’s wat’ry beams,
line 0550Her whip of cricket’s bone, the lash of film,
line 0551Her wagoner a small gray-coated gnat,
70line 0552Not half so big as a round little worm
line 0553Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid.
line 0554Her chariot is an empty hazelnut,
line 0555Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub,
line 0556Time out o’ mind the fairies’ coachmakers.
75line 0557And in this state she gallops night by night
line 0558Through lovers’ brains, and then they dream of love;
line 0559On courtiers’ knees, that dream on cur’sies straight;
line 0560O’er lawyers’ fingers, who straight dream on fees;
line 0561O’er ladies’ lips, who straight on kisses dream,
80line 0562Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues
line 0563Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are.
line 0564Sometime she gallops o’er a courtier’s nose,
line 0565And then dreams he of smelling out a suit.
line 0566And sometime comes she with a tithe-pig’s tail,
85line 0567Tickling a parson’s nose as he lies asleep;
line 0568Then he dreams of another benefice.
line 0569Sometime she driveth o’er a soldier’s neck,
line 0570And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats,
line 0571Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,
90line 0572Of healths five fathom deep, and then anon
line 0573Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes
line 0574And, being thus frighted, swears a prayer or two
line 0575And sleeps again. This is that very Mab
line 0576That plats the manes of horses in the night
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 49 95line 0577And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs,
line 0578Which once untangled much misfortune bodes.
line 0579This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs,
line 0580That presses them and learns them first to bear,
line 0581Making them women of good carriage.
100line 0582This is she—
line 0583ROMEOPeace, peace, Mercutio, peace.
line 0584Thou talk’st of nothing.
line 0585MERCUTIOTrue, I talk of dreams,
line 0586Which are the children of an idle brain,
105line 0587Begot of nothing but vain fantasy,
line 0588Which is as thin of substance as the air
line 0589And more inconstant than the wind, who woos
line 0590Even now the frozen bosom of the north
line 0591And, being angered, puffs away from thence,
110line 0592Turning his side to the dew-dropping south.
line 0593This wind you talk of blows us from ourselves.
line 0594Supper is done, and we shall come too late.
line 0595I fear too early, for my mind misgives
line 0596Some consequence yet hanging in the stars
115line 0597Shall bitterly begin his fearful date
line 0598With this night’s revels, and expire the term
line 0599Of a despisèd life closed in my breast
line 0600By some vile forfeit of untimely death.
line 0601But he that hath the steerage of my course
120line 0602Direct my sail. On, lusty gentlemen.
line 0603BENVOLIOStrike, drum.

They march about the stage and then withdraw to the side.

Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 51

Scene 5

Servingmen come forth with napkins.

line 0604FIRST SERVINGMANWhere’s Potpan that he helps not
line 0605to take away? He shift a trencher? He scrape a
line 0606trencher?
line 0607SECOND SERVINGMANWhen good manners shall lie
5line 0608all in one or two men’s hands, and they unwashed
line 0609too, ’tis a foul thing.
line 0610FIRST SERVINGMANAway with the joint stools, remove
line 0611the court cupboard, look to the plate.—
line 0612Good thou, save me a piece of marchpane, and, as
10line 0613thou loves me, let the porter let in Susan Grindstone
line 0614and Nell.—Anthony and Potpan!
line 0615THIRD SERVINGMANAy, boy, ready.
line 0616FIRST SERVINGMANYou are looked for and called for,
line 0617asked for and sought for, in the great chamber.
15line 0618THIRD SERVINGMANWe cannot be here and there too.
line 0619Cheerly, boys! Be brisk awhile, and the longer liver
line 0620take all.They move aside.

Enter Capulet and his household, all the guests and gentlewomen to Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio, and the other Maskers.

line 0621Welcome, gentlemen. Ladies that have their toes
line 0622Unplagued with corns will walk a bout with
20line 0623you.—
line 0624Ah, my mistresses, which of you all
line 0625Will now deny to dance? She that makes dainty,
line 0626She, I’ll swear, hath corns. Am I come near you
line 0627now?—
25line 0628Welcome, gentlemen. I have seen the day
line 0629That I have worn a visor and could tell
line 0630A whispering tale in a fair lady’s ear,
line 0631Such as would please. ’Tis gone, ’tis gone, ’tis gone.
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 53 line 0632You are welcome, gentlemen.—Come, musicians,
30line 0633play.Music plays and they dance.
line 0634A hall, a hall, give room!—And foot it, girls.—
line 0635More light, you knaves, and turn the tables up,
line 0636And quench the fire; the room is grown too hot.—
line 0637Ah, sirrah, this unlooked-for sport comes well.—
35line 0638Nay, sit, nay, sit, good cousin Capulet,
line 0639For you and I are past our dancing days.
line 0640How long is ’t now since last yourself and I
line 0641Were in a mask?
line 0642CAPULET’S COUSINBy ’r Lady, thirty years.
40line 0643What, man, ’tis not so much, ’tis not so much.
line 0644’Tis since the nuptial of Lucentio,
line 0645Come Pentecost as quickly as it will,
line 0646Some five and twenty years, and then we masked.
line 0647’Tis more, ’tis more. His son is elder, sir.
45line 0648His son is thirty.
line 0649CAPULETWill you tell me that?
line 0650His son was but a ward two years ago.
ROMEOto a Servingman
line 0651What lady’s that which doth enrich the hand
line 0652Of yonder knight?
50line 0653SERVINGMANI know not, sir.
line 0654O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
line 0655It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
line 0656As a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear—
line 0657Beauty too rich for use, for Earth too dear.
55line 0658So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows
line 0659As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows.
line 0660The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand
line 0661And, touching hers, make blessèd my rude hand.
line 0662Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight,
60line 0663For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 55 TYBALT
line 0664This, by his voice, should be a Montague.—
line 0665Fetch me my rapier, boy.Page exits.
line 0666What, dares the slave
line 0667Come hither covered with an antic face
65line 0668To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?
line 0669Now, by the stock and honor of my kin,
line 0670To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.
line 0671Why, how now, kinsman? Wherefore storm you so?
line 0672Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe,
70line 0673A villain that is hither come in spite
line 0674To scorn at our solemnity this night.
line 0675Young Romeo is it?
line 0676TYBALT’Tis he, that villain Romeo.
line 0677Content thee, gentle coz. Let him alone.
75line 0678He bears him like a portly gentleman,
line 0679And, to say truth, Verona brags of him
line 0680To be a virtuous and well-governed youth.
line 0681I would not for the wealth of all this town
line 0682Here in my house do him disparagement.
80line 0683Therefore be patient. Take no note of him.
line 0684It is my will, the which if thou respect,
line 0685Show a fair presence and put off these frowns,
line 0686An ill-beseeming semblance for a feast.
line 0687It fits when such a villain is a guest.
85line 0688I’ll not endure him.
line 0689CAPULETHe shall be endured.
line 0690What, goodman boy? I say he shall. Go to.
line 0691Am I the master here or you? Go to.
line 0692You’ll not endure him! God shall mend my soul,
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 57 90line 0693You’ll make a mutiny among my guests,
line 0694You will set cock-a-hoop, you’ll be the man!
line 0695Why, uncle, ’tis a shame.
line 0696CAPULETGo to, go to.
line 0697You are a saucy boy. Is ’t so indeed?
95line 0698This trick may chance to scathe you. I know what.
line 0699You must contrary me. Marry, ’tis time—
line 0700Well said, my hearts.—You are a princox, go.
line 0701Be quiet, or—More light, more light!—for shame,
line 0702I’ll make you quiet.—What, cheerly, my hearts!
100line 0703Patience perforce with willful choler meeting
line 0704Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting.
line 0705I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall,
line 0706Now seeming sweet, convert to bitt’rest gall.

He exits.

ROMEOtaking Juliet’s hand
line 0707If I profane with my unworthiest hand
105line 0708This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:
line 0709My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
line 0710To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
line 0711Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,
line 0712Which mannerly devotion shows in this;
110line 0713For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch,
line 0714And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.
line 0715Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?
line 0716Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.
line 0717O then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do.
115line 0718They pray: grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.
line 0719Saints do not move, though grant for prayers’ sake.
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 59 ROMEO
line 0720Then move not while my prayer’s effect I take.

He kisses her.

line 0721Thus from my lips, by thine, my sin is purged.
line 0722Then have my lips the sin that they have took.
120line 0723Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged!
line 0724Give me my sin again.He kisses her.
line 0725JULIETYou kiss by th’ book.
line 0726Madam, your mother craves a word with you.

Juliet moves toward her mother.

line 0727What is her mother?
125line 0728NURSEMarry, bachelor,
line 0729Her mother is the lady of the house,
line 0730And a good lady, and a wise and virtuous.
line 0731I nursed her daughter that you talked withal.
line 0732I tell you, he that can lay hold of her
130line 0733Shall have the chinks.Nurse moves away.
line 0734ROMEOaside Is she a Capulet?
line 0735O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt.
line 0736Away, begone. The sport is at the best.
line 0737Ay, so I fear. The more is my unrest.
135line 0738Nay, gentlemen, prepare not to be gone.
line 0739We have a trifling foolish banquet towards.—
line 0740Is it e’en so? Why then, I thank you all.
line 0741I thank you, honest gentlemen. Good night.—
line 0742More torches here.—Come on then, let’s to bed.—
140line 0743Ah, sirrah, by my fay, it waxes late.
line 0744I’ll to my rest.

All but Juliet and the Nurse begin to exit.

Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 61 JULIET
line 0745Come hither, nurse. What is yond gentleman?
line 0746The son and heir of old Tiberio.
line 0747What’s he that now is going out of door?
145line 0748Marry, that, I think, be young Petruchio.
line 0749What’s he that follows here, that would not dance?
line 0750NURSEI know not.
line 0751Go ask his name. The Nurse goes. If he be marrièd,
line 0752My grave is like to be my wedding bed.
150line 0753His name is Romeo, and a Montague,
line 0754The only son of your great enemy.
line 0755My only love sprung from my only hate!
line 0756Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
line 0757Prodigious birth of love it is to me
155line 0758That I must love a loathèd enemy.
line 0759What’s this? What’s this?
line 0760JULIETA rhyme I learned even now
line 0761Of one I danced withal.

One calls within “Juliet.”

line 0762NURSEAnon, anon.
160line 0763Come, let’s away. The strangers all are gone.

They exit.


Enter Chorus.

line 0764Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie,
line 0765And young affection gapes to be his heir.
line 0766That fair for which love groaned for and would die,
line 0767With tender Juliet matched, is now not fair.
5line 0768Now Romeo is beloved and loves again,
line 0769Alike bewitchèd by the charm of looks,
line 0770But to his foe supposed he must complain,
line 0771And she steal love’s sweet bait from fearful hooks.
line 0772Being held a foe, he may not have access
10line 0773To breathe such vows as lovers use to swear,
line 0774And she as much in love, her means much less
line 0775To meet her new belovèd anywhere.
line 0776But passion lends them power, time means, to meet,
line 0777Temp’ring extremities with extreme sweet.

Chorus exits.

Scene 1

Enter Romeo alone.

line 0778Can I go forward when my heart is here?
line 0779Turn back, dull earth, and find thy center out.

He withdraws.

Enter Benvolio with Mercutio.

Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 67 BENVOLIO
line 0780Romeo, my cousin Romeo, Romeo!
line 0781MERCUTIOHe is wise
5line 0782And, on my life, hath stol’n him home to bed.
line 0783He ran this way and leapt this orchard wall.
line 0784Call, good Mercutio.
line 0785MERCUTIONay, I’ll conjure too.
line 0786Romeo! Humors! Madman! Passion! Lover!
10line 0787Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh.
line 0788Speak but one rhyme and I am satisfied.
line 0789Cry but “Ay me,” pronounce but “love” and
line 0790“dove.”
line 0791Speak to my gossip Venus one fair word,
15line 0792One nickname for her purblind son and heir,
line 0793Young Abraham Cupid, he that shot so trim
line 0794When King Cophetua loved the beggar maid.—
line 0795He heareth not, he stirreth not, he moveth not.
line 0796The ape is dead, and I must conjure him.—
20line 0797I conjure thee by Rosaline’s bright eyes,
line 0798By her high forehead, and her scarlet lip,
line 0799By her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering thigh,
line 0800And the demesnes that there adjacent lie,
line 0801That in thy likeness thou appear to us.
25line 0802An if he hear thee, thou wilt anger him.
line 0803This cannot anger him. ’Twould anger him
line 0804To raise a spirit in his mistress’ circle
line 0805Of some strange nature, letting it there stand
line 0806Till she had laid it and conjured it down.
30line 0807That were some spite. My invocation
line 0808Is fair and honest. In his mistress’ name,
line 0809I conjure only but to raise up him.
line 0810Come, he hath hid himself among these trees
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 69 line 0811To be consorted with the humorous night.
35line 0812Blind is his love and best befits the dark.
line 0813If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.
line 0814Now will he sit under a medlar tree
line 0815And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit
line 0816As maids call medlars when they laugh alone.—
40line 0817O Romeo, that she were, O, that she were
line 0818An open-arse, thou a pop’rin pear.
line 0819Romeo, good night. I’ll to my truckle bed;
line 0820This field-bed is too cold for me to sleep.—
line 0821Come, shall we go?
45line 0822BENVOLIOGo, then, for ’tis in vain
line 0823To seek him here that means not to be found.

They exit.

Scene 2

Romeo comes forward.

line 0824He jests at scars that never felt a wound.

Enter Juliet above.

line 0825But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
line 0826It is the East, and Juliet is the sun.
line 0827Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
5line 0828Who is already sick and pale with grief
line 0829That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
line 0830Be not her maid since she is envious.
line 0831Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
line 0832And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off.
10line 0833It is my lady. O, it is my love!
line 0834O, that she knew she were!
line 0835She speaks, yet she says nothing. What of that?
line 0836Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 71 line 0837I am too bold. ’Tis not to me she speaks.
15line 0838Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
line 0839Having some business, do entreat her eyes
line 0840To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
line 0841What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
line 0842The brightness of her cheek would shame those
20line 0843stars
line 0844As daylight doth a lamp; her eye in heaven
line 0845Would through the airy region stream so bright
line 0846That birds would sing and think it were not night.
line 0847See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
25line 0848O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
line 0849That I might touch that cheek!
line 0850JULIETAy me.
line 0851ROMEOaside She speaks.
line 0852O, speak again, bright angel, for thou art
30line 0853As glorious to this night, being o’er my head,
line 0854As is a wingèd messenger of heaven
line 0855Unto the white-upturnèd wond’ring eyes
line 0856Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him
line 0857When he bestrides the lazy puffing clouds
35line 0858And sails upon the bosom of the air.
line 0859O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
line 0860Deny thy father and refuse thy name,
line 0861Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
line 0862And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
40line 0863Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?
line 0864’Tis but thy name that is my enemy.
line 0865Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
line 0866What’s Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
line 0867Nor arm, nor face. O, be some other name
45line 0868Belonging to a man.
line 0869What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 73 line 0870By any other word would smell as sweet.
line 0871So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,
line 0872Retain that dear perfection which he owes
50line 0873Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
line 0874And, for thy name, which is no part of thee,
line 0875Take all myself.
line 0876ROMEOI take thee at thy word.
line 0877Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized.
55line 0878Henceforth I never will be Romeo.
line 0879What man art thou that, thus bescreened in night,
line 0880So stumblest on my counsel?
line 0881ROMEOBy a name
line 0882I know not how to tell thee who I am.
60line 0883My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself
line 0884Because it is an enemy to thee.
line 0885Had I it written, I would tear the word.
line 0886My ears have yet not drunk a hundred words
line 0887Of thy tongue’s uttering, yet I know the sound.
65line 0888Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague?
line 0889Neither, fair maid, if either thee dislike.
line 0890How camest thou hither, tell me, and wherefore?
line 0891The orchard walls are high and hard to climb,
line 0892And the place death, considering who thou art,
70line 0893If any of my kinsmen find thee here.
line 0894With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls,
line 0895For stony limits cannot hold love out,
line 0896And what love can do, that dares love attempt.
line 0897Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me.
75line 0898If they do see thee, they will murder thee.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 75 ROMEO
line 0899Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
line 0900Than twenty of their swords. Look thou but sweet,
line 0901And I am proof against their enmity.
line 0902I would not for the world they saw thee here.
80line 0903I have night’s cloak to hide me from their eyes,
line 0904And, but thou love me, let them find me here.
line 0905My life were better ended by their hate
line 0906Than death proroguèd, wanting of thy love.
line 0907By whose direction found’st thou out this place?
85line 0908By love, that first did prompt me to inquire.
line 0909He lent me counsel, and I lent him eyes.
line 0910I am no pilot; yet, wert thou as far
line 0911As that vast shore washed with the farthest sea,
line 0912I should adventure for such merchandise.
90line 0913Thou knowest the mask of night is on my face,
line 0914Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek
line 0915For that which thou hast heard me speak tonight.
line 0916Fain would I dwell on form; fain, fain deny
line 0917What I have spoke. But farewell compliment.
95line 0918Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say “Ay,”
line 0919And I will take thy word. Yet, if thou swear’st,
line 0920Thou mayst prove false. At lovers’ perjuries,
line 0921They say, Jove laughs. O gentle Romeo,
line 0922If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully.
100line 0923Or, if thou thinkest I am too quickly won,
line 0924I’ll frown and be perverse and say thee nay,
line 0925So thou wilt woo, but else not for the world.
line 0926In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond,
line 0927And therefore thou mayst think my havior light.
105line 0928But trust me, gentleman, I’ll prove more true
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 77 line 0929Than those that have more coying to be strange.
line 0930I should have been more strange, I must confess,
line 0931But that thou overheard’st ere I was ware
line 0932My true-love passion. Therefore pardon me,
110line 0933And not impute this yielding to light love,
line 0934Which the dark night hath so discoverèd.
line 0935Lady, by yonder blessèd moon I vow,
line 0936That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops—
line 0937O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon,
115line 0938That monthly changes in her circled orb,
line 0939Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
line 0940What shall I swear by?
line 0941JULIETDo not swear at all.
line 0942Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
120line 0943Which is the god of my idolatry,
line 0944And I’ll believe thee.
line 0945ROMEOIf my heart’s dear love—
line 0946Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee,
line 0947I have no joy of this contract tonight.
125line 0948It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden,
line 0949Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
line 0950Ere one can say “It lightens.” Sweet, good night.
line 0951This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath,
line 0952May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
130line 0953Good night, good night. As sweet repose and rest
line 0954Come to thy heart as that within my breast.
line 0955O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?
line 0956What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?
line 0957Th’ exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 79 JULIET
135line 0958I gave thee mine before thou didst request it,
line 0959And yet I would it were to give again.
line 0960Wouldst thou withdraw it? For what purpose, love?
line 0961But to be frank and give it thee again.
line 0962And yet I wish but for the thing I have.
140line 0963My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
line 0964My love as deep. The more I give to thee,
line 0965The more I have, for both are infinite.

Nurse calls from within.

line 0966I hear some noise within. Dear love, adieu.—
line 0967Anon, good nurse.—Sweet Montague, be true.
145line 0968Stay but a little; I will come again.She exits.
line 0969O blessèd, blessèd night! I am afeard,
line 0970Being in night, all this is but a dream,
line 0971Too flattering sweet to be substantial.

Reenter Juliet above.

line 0972Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.
150line 0973If that thy bent of love be honorable,
line 0974Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow,
line 0975By one that I’ll procure to come to thee,
line 0976Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite,
line 0977And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay
155line 0978And follow thee my lord throughout the world.
line 0979NURSEwithin Madam.
line 0980I come anon.—But if thou meanest not well,
line 0981I do beseech thee—
line 0982NURSEwithin Madam.
160line 0983JULIETBy and by, I come.—
line 0984To cease thy strife and leave me to my grief.
line 0985Tomorrow will I send.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 81 line 0986ROMEOSo thrive my soul—
line 0987JULIETA thousand times good night.She exits.
165line 0988A thousand times the worse to want thy light.
line 0989Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their
line 0990books,
line 0991But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.


Enter Juliet above again.

line 0992Hist, Romeo, hist! O, for a falc’ner’s voice
170line 0993To lure this tassel-gentle back again!
line 0994Bondage is hoarse and may not speak aloud,
line 0995Else would I tear the cave where Echo lies
line 0996And make her airy tongue more hoarse than mine
line 0997With repetition of “My Romeo!”
175line 0998It is my soul that calls upon my name.
line 0999How silver-sweet sound lovers’ tongues by night,
line 1000Like softest music to attending ears.
line 1001Romeo.
line 1002ROMEOMy dear.
180line 1003JULIETWhat o’clock tomorrow
line 1004Shall I send to thee?
line 1005ROMEOBy the hour of nine.
line 1006I will not fail. ’Tis twenty year till then.
line 1007I have forgot why I did call thee back.
185line 1008Let me stand here till thou remember it.
line 1009I shall forget, to have thee still stand there,
line 1010Rememb’ring how I love thy company.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 83 ROMEO
line 1011And I’ll still stay, to have thee still forget,
line 1012Forgetting any other home but this.
190line 1013’Tis almost morning. I would have thee gone,
line 1014And yet no farther than a wanton’s bird,
line 1015That lets it hop a little from his hand,
line 1016Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves,
line 1017And with a silken thread plucks it back again,
195line 1018So loving-jealous of his liberty.
line 1019I would I were thy bird.
line 1020JULIETSweet, so would I.
line 1021Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing.
line 1022Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet
200line 1023sorrow
line 1024That I shall say “Good night” till it be morrow.

She exits.

line 1025Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast.
line 1026Would I were sleep and peace so sweet to rest.
line 1027Hence will I to my ghostly friar’s close cell,
205line 1028His help to crave, and my dear hap to tell.

He exits.

Scene 3

Enter Friar Lawrence alone with a basket.

line 1029The gray-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night,
line 1030Check’ring the eastern clouds with streaks of light,
line 1031And fleckled darkness like a drunkard reels
line 1032From forth day’s path and Titan’s fiery wheels.
5line 1033Now, ere the sun advance his burning eye,
line 1034The day to cheer and night’s dank dew to dry,
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 85 line 1035I must upfill this osier cage of ours
line 1036With baleful weeds and precious-juicèd flowers.
line 1037The Earth that’s nature’s mother is her tomb;
10line 1038What is her burying grave, that is her womb;
line 1039And from her womb children of divers kind
line 1040We sucking on her natural bosom find,
line 1041Many for many virtues excellent,
line 1042None but for some, and yet all different.
15line 1043O, mickle is the powerful grace that lies
line 1044In plants, herbs, stones, and their true qualities.
line 1045For naught so vile that on the Earth doth live
line 1046But to the Earth some special good doth give;
line 1047Nor aught so good but, strained from that fair use,
20line 1048Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse.
line 1049Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,
line 1050And vice sometime by action dignified.

Enter Romeo.

line 1051Within the infant rind of this weak flower
line 1052Poison hath residence and medicine power:
25line 1053For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each
line 1054part;
line 1055Being tasted, stays all senses with the heart.
line 1056Two such opposèd kings encamp them still
line 1057In man as well as herbs—grace and rude will;
30line 1058And where the worser is predominant,
line 1059Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.
line 1060Good morrow, father.
line 1061FRIAR LAWRENCEBenedicite.
line 1062What early tongue so sweet saluteth me?
35line 1063Young son, it argues a distempered head
line 1064So soon to bid “Good morrow” to thy bed.
line 1065Care keeps his watch in every old man’s eye,
line 1066And, where care lodges, sleep will never lie;
line 1067But where unbruisèd youth with unstuffed brain
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 87 40line 1068Doth couch his limbs, there golden sleep doth
line 1069reign.
line 1070Therefore thy earliness doth me assure
line 1071Thou art uproused with some distemp’rature,
line 1072Or, if not so, then here I hit it right:
45line 1073Our Romeo hath not been in bed tonight.
line 1074That last is true. The sweeter rest was mine.
line 1075God pardon sin! Wast thou with Rosaline?
line 1076With Rosaline, my ghostly father? No.
line 1077I have forgot that name and that name’s woe.
50line 1078That’s my good son. But where hast thou been
line 1079then?
line 1080I’ll tell thee ere thou ask it me again.
line 1081I have been feasting with mine enemy,
line 1082Where on a sudden one hath wounded me
55line 1083That’s by me wounded. Both our remedies
line 1084Within thy help and holy physic lies.
line 1085I bear no hatred, blessèd man, for, lo,
line 1086My intercession likewise steads my foe.
line 1087Be plain, good son, and homely in thy drift.
60line 1088Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift.
line 1089Then plainly know my heart’s dear love is set
line 1090On the fair daughter of rich Capulet.
line 1091As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine,
line 1092And all combined, save what thou must combine
65line 1093By holy marriage. When and where and how
line 1094We met, we wooed, and made exchange of vow
line 1095I’ll tell thee as we pass, but this I pray,
line 1096That thou consent to marry us today.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 89 FRIAR LAWRENCE
line 1097Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here!
70line 1098Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear,
line 1099So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies
line 1100Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.
line 1101Jesu Maria, what a deal of brine
line 1102Hath washed thy sallow cheeks for Rosaline!
75line 1103How much salt water thrown away in waste
line 1104To season love, that of it doth not taste!
line 1105The sun not yet thy sighs from heaven clears,
line 1106Thy old groans yet ringing in mine ancient ears.
line 1107Lo, here upon thy cheek the stain doth sit
80line 1108Of an old tear that is not washed off yet.
line 1109If e’er thou wast thyself, and these woes thine,
line 1110Thou and these woes were all for Rosaline.
line 1111And art thou changed? Pronounce this sentence
line 1112then:
85line 1113Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.
line 1114Thou chid’st me oft for loving Rosaline.
line 1115For doting, not for loving, pupil mine.
line 1116And bad’st me bury love.
line 1117FRIAR LAWRENCENot in a grave
90line 1118To lay one in, another out to have.
line 1119I pray thee, chide me not. Her I love now
line 1120Doth grace for grace and love for love allow.
line 1121The other did not so.
line 1122FRIAR LAWRENCEO, she knew well
95line 1123Thy love did read by rote, that could not spell.
line 1124But come, young waverer, come, go with me.
line 1125In one respect I’ll thy assistant be,
line 1126For this alliance may so happy prove
line 1127To turn your households’ rancor to pure love.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 91 ROMEO
100line 1128O, let us hence. I stand on sudden haste.
line 1129Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.

They exit.

Scene 4

Enter Benvolio and Mercutio.

line 1130Where the devil should this Romeo be?
line 1131Came he not home tonight?
line 1132Not to his father’s. I spoke with his man.
line 1133Why, that same pale hard-hearted wench, that
5line 1134Rosaline,
line 1135Torments him so that he will sure run mad.
line 1136Tybalt, the kinsman to old Capulet,
line 1137Hath sent a letter to his father’s house.
line 1138MERCUTIOA challenge, on my life.
10line 1139BENVOLIORomeo will answer it.
line 1140MERCUTIOAny man that can write may answer a letter.
line 1141BENVOLIONay, he will answer the letter’s master, how
line 1142he dares, being dared.
line 1143MERCUTIOAlas, poor Romeo, he is already dead,
15line 1144stabbed with a white wench’s black eye, run
line 1145through the ear with a love-song, the very pin of his
line 1146heart cleft with the blind bow-boy’s butt shaft. And
line 1147is he a man to encounter Tybalt?
line 1148BENVOLIOWhy, what is Tybalt?
20line 1149MERCUTIOMore than prince of cats. O, he’s the courageous
line 1150captain of compliments. He fights as you sing
line 1151prick-song, keeps time, distance, and proportion.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 93 line 1152He rests his minim rests, one, two, and the third in
line 1153your bosom—the very butcher of a silk button, a
25line 1154duelist, a duelist, a gentleman of the very first house
line 1155of the first and second cause. Ah, the immortal
line 1156passado, the punto reverso, the hay!
line 1157BENVOLIOThe what?
line 1158MERCUTIOThe pox of such antic, lisping, affecting
30line 1159phantasimes, these new tuners of accent: “By
line 1160Jesu, a very good blade! A very tall man! A very good
line 1161whore!” Why, is not this a lamentable thing, grandsire,
line 1162that we should be thus afflicted with these
line 1163strange flies, these fashion-mongers, these “pardon-me” ’s,
35line 1164who stand so much on the new form
line 1165that they cannot sit at ease on the old bench? O their
line 1166bones, their bones!

Enter Romeo.

line 1167BENVOLIOHere comes Romeo, here comes Romeo.
line 1168MERCUTIOWithout his roe, like a dried herring. O
40line 1169flesh, flesh, how art thou fishified! Now is he for the
line 1170numbers that Petrarch flowed in. Laura to his lady
line 1171was a kitchen wench (marry, she had a better love
line 1172to berhyme her), Dido a dowdy, Cleopatra a gypsy,
line 1173Helen and Hero hildings and harlots, Thisbe a gray
45line 1174eye or so, but not to the purpose.—Signior Romeo,
line 1175bonjour. There’s a French salutation to your French
line 1176slop. You gave us the counterfeit fairly last night.
line 1177ROMEOGood morrow to you both. What counterfeit
line 1178did I give you?
50line 1179MERCUTIOThe slip, sir, the slip. Can you not conceive?
line 1180ROMEOPardon, good Mercutio, my business was
line 1181great, and in such a case as mine a man may strain
line 1182courtesy.
line 1183MERCUTIOThat’s as much as to say such a case as
55line 1184yours constrains a man to bow in the hams.
line 1185ROMEOMeaning, to curtsy.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 95 line 1186MERCUTIOThou hast most kindly hit it.
line 1187ROMEOA most courteous exposition.
line 1188MERCUTIONay, I am the very pink of courtesy.
60line 1189ROMEO“Pink” for flower.
line 1190MERCUTIORight.
line 1191ROMEOWhy, then is my pump well flowered.
line 1192MERCUTIOSure wit, follow me this jest now till thou
line 1193hast worn out thy pump, that when the single sole
65line 1194of it is worn, the jest may remain, after the wearing,
line 1195solely singular.
line 1196ROMEOO single-soled jest, solely singular for the
line 1197singleness.
line 1198MERCUTIOCome between us, good Benvolio. My wits
70line 1199faints.
line 1200ROMEOSwitch and spurs, switch and spurs, or I’ll cry
line 1201a match.
line 1202MERCUTIONay, if our wits run the wild-goose chase, I
line 1203am done, for thou hast more of the wild goose in
75line 1204one of thy wits than, I am sure, I have in my whole
line 1205five. Was I with you there for the goose?
line 1206ROMEOThou wast never with me for anything when
line 1207thou wast not there for the goose.
line 1208MERCUTIOI will bite thee by the ear for that jest.
80line 1209ROMEONay, good goose, bite not.
line 1210MERCUTIOThy wit is a very bitter sweeting; it is a most
line 1211sharp sauce.
line 1212ROMEOAnd is it not, then, well served into a sweet
line 1213goose?
85line 1214MERCUTIOO, here’s a wit of cheveril that stretches
line 1215from an inch narrow to an ell broad.
line 1216ROMEOI stretch it out for that word “broad,” which
line 1217added to the goose, proves thee far and wide a
line 1218broad goose.
90line 1219MERCUTIOWhy, is not this better now than groaning
line 1220for love? Now art thou sociable, now art thou
line 1221Romeo, now art thou what thou art, by art as well as
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 97 line 1222by nature. For this driveling love is like a great
line 1223natural that runs lolling up and down to hide his
95line 1224bauble in a hole.
line 1225BENVOLIOStop there, stop there.
line 1226MERCUTIOThou desirest me to stop in my tale against
line 1227the hair.
line 1228BENVOLIOThou wouldst else have made thy tale large.
100line 1229MERCUTIOO, thou art deceived. I would have made it
line 1230short, for I was come to the whole depth of my tale
line 1231and meant indeed to occupy the argument no
line 1232longer.

Enter Nurse and her man Peter.

line 1233ROMEOHere’s goodly gear. A sail, a sail!
105line 1234MERCUTIOTwo, two—a shirt and a smock.
line 1235NURSEPeter.
line 1236PETERAnon.
line 1237NURSEMy fan, Peter.
line 1238MERCUTIOGood Peter, to hide her face, for her fan’s
110line 1239the fairer face.
line 1240NURSEGod you good morrow, gentlemen.
line 1241MERCUTIOGod you good e’en, fair gentlewoman.
line 1242NURSEIs it good e’en?
line 1243MERCUTIO’Tis no less, I tell you, for the bawdy hand of
115line 1244the dial is now upon the prick of noon.
line 1245NURSEOut upon you! What a man are you?
line 1246ROMEOOne, gentlewoman, that God hath made, himself
line 1247to mar.
line 1248NURSEBy my troth, it is well said: “for himself to
120line 1249mar,” quoth he? Gentlemen, can any of you tell me
line 1250where I may find the young Romeo?
line 1251ROMEOI can tell you, but young Romeo will be older
line 1252when you have found him than he was when you
line 1253sought him. I am the youngest of that name, for
125line 1254fault of a worse.
line 1255NURSEYou say well.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 99 line 1256MERCUTIOYea, is the worst well? Very well took, i’
line 1257faith, wisely, wisely.
line 1258NURSEIf you be he, sir, I desire some confidence with
130line 1259you.
line 1260BENVOLIOShe will indite him to some supper.
line 1261MERCUTIOA bawd, a bawd, a bawd. So ho!
line 1262ROMEOWhat hast thou found?
line 1263MERCUTIONo hare, sir, unless a hare, sir, in a Lenten
135line 1264pie that is something stale and hoar ere it be spent.
line 1265Singing. An old hare hoar,
line 1266And an old hare hoar,
line 1267Is very good meat in Lent.
line 1268But a hare that is hoar
140line 1269Is too much for a score
line 1270When it hoars ere it be spent.
line 1271Romeo, will you come to your father’s? We’ll to
line 1272dinner thither.
line 1273ROMEOI will follow you.
145line 1274MERCUTIOFarewell, ancient lady. Farewell, lady, lady,
line 1275lady.Mercutio and Benvolio exit.
line 1276NURSEI pray you, sir, what saucy merchant was this
line 1277that was so full of his ropery?
line 1278ROMEOA gentleman, nurse, that loves to hear himself
150line 1279talk and will speak more in a minute than he will
line 1280stand to in a month.
line 1281NURSEAn he speak anything against me, I’ll take him
line 1282down, an he were lustier than he is, and twenty
line 1283such jacks. An if I cannot, I’ll find those that shall.
155line 1284Scurvy knave, I am none of his flirt-gills; I am none
line 1285of his skains-mates. To Peter. And thou must stand
line 1286by too and suffer every knave to use me at his
line 1287pleasure.
line 1288PETERI saw no man use you at his pleasure. If I had,
160line 1289my weapon should quickly have been out. I warrant
line 1290you, I dare draw as soon as another man, if I
line 1291see occasion in a good quarrel, and the law on my
line 1292side.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 101 line 1293NURSENow, afore God, I am so vexed that every part
165line 1294about me quivers. Scurvy knave! To Romeo. Pray
line 1295you, sir, a word. And, as I told you, my young lady
line 1296bid me inquire you out. What she bid me say, I will
line 1297keep to myself. But first let me tell you, if you
line 1298should lead her in a fool’s paradise, as they say, it
170line 1299were a very gross kind of behavior, as they say. For
line 1300the gentlewoman is young; and therefore, if you
line 1301should deal double with her, truly it were an ill
line 1302thing to be offered to any gentlewoman, and very
line 1303weak dealing.
175line 1304ROMEONurse, commend me to thy lady and mistress.
line 1305I protest unto thee—
line 1306NURSEGood heart, and i’ faith I will tell her as much.
line 1307Lord, Lord, she will be a joyful woman.
line 1308ROMEOWhat wilt thou tell her, nurse? Thou dost not
180line 1309mark me.
line 1310NURSEI will tell her, sir, that you do protest, which, as
line 1311I take it, is a gentlemanlike offer.
line 1312ROMEOBid her devise
line 1313Some means to come to shrift this afternoon,
185line 1314And there she shall at Friar Lawrence’ cell
line 1315Be shrived and married. Here is for thy pains.

Offering her money.

line 1316NURSENo, truly, sir, not a penny.
line 1317ROMEOGo to, I say you shall.
line 1318This afternoon, sir? Well, she shall be there.
190line 1319And stay, good nurse, behind the abbey wall.
line 1320Within this hour my man shall be with thee
line 1321And bring thee cords made like a tackled stair,
line 1322Which to the high topgallant of my joy
line 1323Must be my convoy in the secret night.
195line 1324Farewell. Be trusty, and I’ll quit thy pains.
line 1325Farewell. Commend me to thy mistress.
Act 2 Scene 5 - Pg 103 NURSE
line 1326Now, God in heaven bless thee! Hark you, sir.
line 1327ROMEOWhat sayst thou, my dear nurse?
line 1328Is your man secret? Did you ne’er hear say
200line 1329“Two may keep counsel, putting one away”?
line 1330Warrant thee, my man’s as true as steel.
line 1331NURSEWell, sir, my mistress is the sweetest lady. Lord,
line 1332Lord, when ’twas a little prating thing—O, there is
line 1333a nobleman in town, one Paris, that would fain lay
205line 1334knife aboard, but she, good soul, had as lief see a
line 1335toad, a very toad, as see him. I anger her sometimes
line 1336and tell her that Paris is the properer man, but I’ll
line 1337warrant you, when I say so, she looks as pale as any
line 1338clout in the versal world. Doth not rosemary and
210line 1339Romeo begin both with a letter?
line 1340ROMEOAy, nurse, what of that? Both with an R.
line 1341NURSEAh, mocker, that’s the dog’s name. R is for
line 1342the—No, I know it begins with some other letter,
line 1343and she hath the prettiest sententious of it, of you
215line 1344and rosemary, that it would do you good to hear it.
line 1345ROMEOCommend me to thy lady.
line 1346NURSEAy, a thousand times.—Peter.
line 1347PETERAnon.
line 1348NURSEBefore and apace.

They exit.

Scene 5

Enter Juliet.

line 1349The clock struck nine when I did send the Nurse.
line 1350In half an hour she promised to return.
line 1351Perchance she cannot meet him. That’s not so.
line 1352O, she is lame! Love’s heralds should be thoughts,
5line 1353Which ten times faster glides than the sun’s beams,
Act 2 Scene 5 - Pg 105 line 1354Driving back shadows over louring hills.
line 1355Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love,
line 1356And therefore hath the wind-swift Cupid wings.
line 1357Now is the sun upon the highmost hill
10line 1358Of this day’s journey, and from nine till twelve
line 1359Is three long hours, yet she is not come.
line 1360Had she affections and warm youthful blood,
line 1361She would be as swift in motion as a ball;
line 1362My words would bandy her to my sweet love,
15line 1363And his to me.
line 1364But old folks, many feign as they were dead,
line 1365Unwieldy, slow, heavy, and pale as lead.

Enter Nurse and Peter.

line 1366O God, she comes!—O, honey nurse, what news?
line 1367Hast thou met with him? Send thy man away.
20line 1368NURSEPeter, stay at the gate.Peter exits.
line 1369Now, good sweet nurse—O Lord, why lookest thou
line 1370sad?
line 1371Though news be sad, yet tell them merrily.
line 1372If good, thou shamest the music of sweet news
25line 1373By playing it to me with so sour a face.
line 1374I am aweary. Give me leave awhile.
line 1375Fie, how my bones ache! What a jaunt have I!
line 1376I would thou hadst my bones, and I thy news.
line 1377Nay, come, I pray thee, speak. Good, good nurse,
30line 1378speak.
line 1379Jesu, what haste! Can you not stay awhile?
line 1380Do you not see that I am out of breath?
line 1381How art thou out of breath, when thou hast breath
line 1382To say to me that thou art out of breath?
35line 1383The excuse that thou dost make in this delay
Act 2 Scene 5 - Pg 107 line 1384Is longer than the tale thou dost excuse.
line 1385Is thy news good or bad? Answer to that.
line 1386Say either, and I’ll stay the circumstance.
line 1387Let me be satisfied; is ’t good or bad?
40line 1388NURSEWell, you have made a simple choice. You know
line 1389not how to choose a man. Romeo? No, not he.
line 1390Though his face be better than any man’s, yet his leg
line 1391excels all men’s, and for a hand and a foot and a
line 1392body, though they be not to be talked on, yet they
45line 1393are past compare. He is not the flower of courtesy,
line 1394but I’ll warrant him as gentle as a lamb. Go thy
line 1395ways, wench. Serve God. What, have you dined at
line 1396home?
line 1397No, no. But all this did I know before.
50line 1398What says he of our marriage? What of that?
line 1399Lord, how my head aches! What a head have I!
line 1400It beats as it would fall in twenty pieces.
line 1401My back o’ t’ other side! Ah, my back, my back!
line 1402Beshrew your heart for sending me about
55line 1403To catch my death with jaunting up and down.
line 1404I’ faith, I am sorry that thou art not well.
line 1405Sweet, sweet, sweet nurse, tell me, what says my
line 1406love?
line 1407NURSEYour love says, like an honest gentleman, and a
60line 1408courteous, and a kind, and a handsome, and, I
line 1409warrant, a virtuous—Where is your mother?
line 1410Where is my mother? Why, she is within.
line 1411Where should she be? How oddly thou repliest:
line 1412“Your love says, like an honest gentleman,
65line 1413Where is your mother?”
line 1414NURSEO God’s lady dear,
line 1415Are you so hot? Marry, come up, I trow.
Act 2 Scene 6 - Pg 109 line 1416Is this the poultice for my aching bones?
line 1417Henceforward do your messages yourself.
70line 1418Here’s such a coil. Come, what says Romeo?
line 1419Have you got leave to go to shrift today?
line 1420JULIETI have.
line 1421Then hie you hence to Friar Lawrence’ cell.
line 1422There stays a husband to make you a wife.
75line 1423Now comes the wanton blood up in your cheeks;
line 1424They’ll be in scarlet straight at any news.
line 1425Hie you to church. I must another way,
line 1426To fetch a ladder by the which your love
line 1427Must climb a bird’s nest soon when it is dark.
80line 1428I am the drudge and toil in your delight,
line 1429But you shall bear the burden soon at night.
line 1430Go. I’ll to dinner. Hie you to the cell.
line 1431Hie to high fortune! Honest nurse, farewell.

They exit.

Scene 6

Enter Friar Lawrence and Romeo.

line 1432So smile the heavens upon this holy act
line 1433That after-hours with sorrow chide us not.
line 1434Amen, amen. But come what sorrow can,
line 1435It cannot countervail the exchange of joy
5line 1436That one short minute gives me in her sight.
line 1437Do thou but close our hands with holy words,
line 1438Then love-devouring death do what he dare,
line 1439It is enough I may but call her mine.
line 1440These violent delights have violent ends
Act 2 Scene 6 - Pg 111 10line 1441And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
line 1442Which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honey
line 1443Is loathsome in his own deliciousness
line 1444And in the taste confounds the appetite.
line 1445Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so.
15line 1446Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.

Enter Juliet.

line 1447Here comes the lady. O, so light a foot
line 1448Will ne’er wear out the everlasting flint.
line 1449A lover may bestride the gossamers
line 1450That idles in the wanton summer air,
20line 1451And yet not fall, so light is vanity.
line 1452Good even to my ghostly confessor.
line 1453Romeo shall thank thee, daughter, for us both.
line 1454As much to him, else is his thanks too much.
line 1455Ah, Juliet, if the measure of thy joy
25line 1456Be heaped like mine, and that thy skill be more
line 1457To blazon it, then sweeten with thy breath
line 1458This neighbor air, and let rich music’s tongue
line 1459Unfold the imagined happiness that both
line 1460Receive in either by this dear encounter.
30line 1461Conceit, more rich in matter than in words,
line 1462Brags of his substance, not of ornament.
line 1463They are but beggars that can count their worth,
line 1464But my true love is grown to such excess
line 1465I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth.
35line 1466Come, come with me, and we will make short work,
line 1467For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone
line 1468Till Holy Church incorporate two in one.

They exit.


Scene 1

Enter Mercutio, Benvolio, and their men.

line 1469I pray thee, good Mercutio, let’s retire.
line 1470The day is hot, the Capels are abroad,
line 1471And if we meet we shall not ’scape a brawl,
line 1472For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.
5line 1473MERCUTIOThou art like one of these fellows that, when
line 1474he enters the confines of a tavern, claps me his
line 1475sword upon the table and says “God send me no
line 1476need of thee” and, by the operation of the second
line 1477cup, draws him on the drawer when indeed there is
10line 1478no need.
line 1479BENVOLIOAm I like such a fellow?
line 1480MERCUTIOCome, come, thou art as hot a jack in thy
line 1481mood as any in Italy, and as soon moved to be
line 1482moody, and as soon moody to be moved.
15line 1483BENVOLIOAnd what to?
line 1484MERCUTIONay, an there were two such, we should
line 1485have none shortly, for one would kill the other.
line 1486Thou—why, thou wilt quarrel with a man that
line 1487hath a hair more or a hair less in his beard than
20line 1488thou hast. Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking
line 1489nuts, having no other reason but because thou
line 1490hast hazel eyes. What eye but such an eye would spy
line 1491out such a quarrel? Thy head is as full of quarrels as
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 117 line 1492an egg is full of meat, and yet thy head hath been
25line 1493beaten as addle as an egg for quarreling. Thou hast
line 1494quarreled with a man for coughing in the street
line 1495because he hath wakened thy dog that hath lain
line 1496asleep in the sun. Didst thou not fall out with a tailor
line 1497for wearing his new doublet before Easter? With
30line 1498another, for tying his new shoes with old ribbon?
line 1499And yet thou wilt tutor me from quarreling?
line 1500BENVOLIOAn I were so apt to quarrel as thou art, any
line 1501man should buy the fee simple of my life for an
line 1502hour and a quarter.
35line 1503MERCUTIOThe fee simple? O simple!

Enter Tybalt, Petruchio, and others.

line 1504BENVOLIOBy my head, here comes the Capulets.
line 1505MERCUTIOBy my heel, I care not.
TYBALTto his companions
line 1506Follow me close, for I will speak to them.—
line 1507Gentlemen, good e’en. A word with one of you.
40line 1508MERCUTIOAnd but one word with one of us? Couple it
line 1509with something. Make it a word and a blow.
line 1510TYBALTYou shall find me apt enough to that, sir, an
line 1511you will give me occasion.
line 1512MERCUTIOCould you not take some occasion without
45line 1513giving?
line 1514TYBALTMercutio, thou consortest with Romeo.
line 1515MERCUTIOConsort? What, dost thou make us minstrels?
line 1516An thou make minstrels of us, look to hear
line 1517nothing but discords. Here’s my fiddlestick; here’s
50line 1518that shall make you dance. Zounds, consort!
line 1519We talk here in the public haunt of men.
line 1520Either withdraw unto some private place,
line 1521Or reason coldly of your grievances,
line 1522Or else depart. Here all eyes gaze on us.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 119 MERCUTIO
55line 1523Men’s eyes were made to look, and let them gaze.
line 1524I will not budge for no man’s pleasure, I.

Enter Romeo.

line 1525Well, peace be with you, sir. Here comes my man.
line 1526But I’ll be hanged, sir, if he wear your livery.
line 1527Marry, go before to field, he’ll be your follower.
60line 1528Your Worship in that sense may call him “man.”
line 1529Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford
line 1530No better term than this: thou art a villain.
line 1531Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee
line 1532Doth much excuse the appertaining rage
65line 1533To such a greeting. Villain am I none.
line 1534Therefore farewell. I see thou knowest me not.
line 1535Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries
line 1536That thou hast done me. Therefore turn and draw.
line 1537I do protest I never injured thee
70line 1538But love thee better than thou canst devise
line 1539Till thou shalt know the reason of my love.
line 1540And so, good Capulet, which name I tender
line 1541As dearly as mine own, be satisfied.
line 1542O calm, dishonorable, vile submission!
75line 1543Alla stoccato carries it away.He draws.
line 1544Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk?
line 1545TYBALTWhat wouldst thou have with me?
line 1546MERCUTIOGood king of cats, nothing but one of your
line 1547nine lives, that I mean to make bold withal, and, as
80line 1548you shall use me hereafter, dry-beat the rest of the
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 121 line 1549eight. Will you pluck your sword out of his pilcher
line 1550by the ears? Make haste, lest mine be about your
line 1551ears ere it be out.
line 1552TYBALTI am for you.He draws.
85line 1553Gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier up.
line 1554MERCUTIOCome, sir, your passado.They fight.
line 1555Draw, Benvolio, beat down their weapons.

Romeo draws.

line 1556Gentlemen, for shame forbear this outrage!
line 1557Tybalt! Mercutio! The Prince expressly hath
90line 1558Forbid this bandying in Verona streets.
line 1559Hold, Tybalt! Good Mercutio!

Romeo attempts to beat down their rapiers. Tybalt stabs Mercutio.

line 1560PETRUCHIOAway, Tybalt!

Tybalt, Petruchio, and their followers exit.

line 1561MERCUTIOI am hurt.
line 1562A plague o’ both houses! I am sped.
95line 1563Is he gone and hath nothing?
line 1564BENVOLIOWhat, art thou hurt?
line 1565Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch. Marry, ’tis enough.
line 1566Where is my page?—Go, villain, fetch a surgeon.

Page exits.

line 1567Courage, man, the hurt cannot be much.
100line 1568MERCUTIONo, ’tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as
line 1569a church door, but ’tis enough. ’Twill serve. Ask for
line 1570me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I
line 1571am peppered, I warrant, for this world. A plague o’
line 1572both your houses! Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a
105line 1573cat, to scratch a man to death! A braggart, a rogue, a
line 1574villain that fights by the book of arithmetic! Why the
line 1575devil came you between us? I was hurt under your
line 1576arm.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 123 line 1577ROMEOI thought all for the best.
110line 1578Help me into some house, Benvolio,
line 1579Or I shall faint. A plague o’ both your houses!
line 1580They have made worms’ meat of me.
line 1581I have it, and soundly, too. Your houses!

All but Romeo exit.

line 1582This gentleman, the Prince’s near ally,
115line 1583My very friend, hath got this mortal hurt
line 1584In my behalf. My reputation stained
line 1585With Tybalt’s slander—Tybalt, that an hour
line 1586Hath been my cousin! O sweet Juliet,
line 1587Thy beauty hath made me effeminate
120line 1588And in my temper softened valor’s steel.

Enter Benvolio.

line 1589O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio is dead.
line 1590That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds,
line 1591Which too untimely here did scorn the earth.
line 1592This day’s black fate on more days doth depend.
125line 1593This but begins the woe others must end.

Enter Tybalt.

line 1594Here comes the furious Tybalt back again.
line 1595Alive in triumph, and Mercutio slain!
line 1596Away to heaven, respective lenity,
line 1597And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now.—
130line 1598Now, Tybalt, take the “villain” back again
line 1599That late thou gavest me, for Mercutio’s soul
line 1600Is but a little way above our heads,
line 1601Staying for thine to keep him company.
line 1602Either thou or I, or both, must go with him.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 125 TYBALT
135line 1603Thou wretched boy that didst consort him here
line 1604Shalt with him hence.
line 1605ROMEOThis shall determine that.

They fight. Tybalt falls.

line 1606Romeo, away, begone!
line 1607The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain.
140line 1608Stand not amazed. The Prince will doom thee death
line 1609If thou art taken. Hence, be gone, away.
line 1610O, I am Fortune’s fool!
line 1611BENVOLIOWhy dost thou stay?

Romeo exits.

Enter Citizens.

line 1612Which way ran he that killed Mercutio?
145line 1613Tybalt, that murderer, which way ran he?
line 1614There lies that Tybalt.
line 1615CITIZENto Tybalt Up, sir, go with me.
line 1616I charge thee in the Prince’s name, obey.

Enter Prince, old Montague, Capulet, their Wives and all.

line 1617Where are the vile beginners of this fray?
150line 1618O noble prince, I can discover all
line 1619The unlucky manage of this fatal brawl.
line 1620There lies the man, slain by young Romeo,
line 1621That slew thy kinsman, brave Mercutio.
line 1622Tybalt, my cousin, O my brother’s child!
155line 1623O prince! O cousin! Husband! O, the blood is spilled
line 1624Of my dear kinsman! Prince, as thou art true,
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 127 line 1625For blood of ours, shed blood of Montague.
line 1626O cousin, cousin!
line 1627Benvolio, who began this bloody fray?
160line 1628Tybalt, here slain, whom Romeo’s hand did slay—
line 1629Romeo, that spoke him fair, bid him bethink
line 1630How nice the quarrel was, and urged withal
line 1631Your high displeasure. All this utterèd
line 1632With gentle breath, calm look, knees humbly bowed
165line 1633Could not take truce with the unruly spleen
line 1634Of Tybalt, deaf to peace, but that he tilts
line 1635With piercing steel at bold Mercutio’s breast,
line 1636Who, all as hot, turns deadly point to point
line 1637And, with a martial scorn, with one hand beats
170line 1638Cold death aside and with the other sends
line 1639It back to Tybalt, whose dexterity
line 1640Retorts it. Romeo he cries aloud
line 1641“Hold, friends! Friends, part!” and swifter than his
line 1642tongue
175line 1643His agile arm beats down their fatal points,
line 1644And ’twixt them rushes; underneath whose arm
line 1645An envious thrust from Tybalt hit the life
line 1646Of stout Mercutio, and then Tybalt fled.
line 1647But by and by comes back to Romeo,
180line 1648Who had but newly entertained revenge,
line 1649And to ’t they go like lightning, for ere I
line 1650Could draw to part them was stout Tybalt slain,
line 1651And, as he fell, did Romeo turn and fly.
line 1652This is the truth, or let Benvolio die.
185line 1653He is a kinsman to the Montague.
line 1654Affection makes him false; he speaks not true.
line 1655Some twenty of them fought in this black strife,
line 1656And all those twenty could but kill one life.
line 1657I beg for justice, which thou, prince, must give.
190line 1658Romeo slew Tybalt; Romeo must not live.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 129 PRINCE
line 1659Romeo slew him; he slew Mercutio.
line 1660Who now the price of his dear blood doth owe?
line 1661Not Romeo, Prince; he was Mercutio’s friend.
line 1662His fault concludes but what the law should end,
195line 1663The life of Tybalt.
line 1664PRINCEAnd for that offense
line 1665Immediately we do exile him hence.
line 1666I have an interest in your hearts’ proceeding:
line 1667My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding.
200line 1668But I’ll amerce you with so strong a fine
line 1669That you shall all repent the loss of mine.
line 1670I will be deaf to pleading and excuses.
line 1671Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses.
line 1672Therefore use none. Let Romeo hence in haste,
205line 1673Else, when he is found, that hour is his last.
line 1674Bear hence this body and attend our will.
line 1675Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.

They exit, the Capulet men bearing off Tybalt’s body.

Scene 2

Enter Juliet alone.

line 1676Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
line 1677Towards Phoebus’ lodging. Such a wagoner
line 1678As Phaëton would whip you to the west
line 1679And bring in cloudy night immediately.
5line 1680Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night,
line 1681That runaways’ eyes may wink, and Romeo
line 1682Leap to these arms, untalked of and unseen.
line 1683Lovers can see to do their amorous rites
line 1684By their own beauties, or, if love be blind,
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 131 10line 1685It best agrees with night. Come, civil night,
line 1686Thou sober-suited matron all in black,
line 1687And learn me how to lose a winning match
line 1688Played for a pair of stainless maidenhoods.
line 1689Hood my unmanned blood, bating in my cheeks,
15line 1690With thy black mantle till strange love grow bold,
line 1691Think true love acted simple modesty.
line 1692Come, night. Come, Romeo. Come, thou day in
line 1693night,
line 1694For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night
20line 1695Whiter than new snow upon a raven’s back.
line 1696Come, gentle night; come, loving black-browed
line 1697night,
line 1698Give me my Romeo, and when I shall die,
line 1699Take him and cut him out in little stars,
25line 1700And he will make the face of heaven so fine
line 1701That all the world will be in love with night
line 1702And pay no worship to the garish sun.
line 1703O, I have bought the mansion of a love
line 1704But not possessed it, and, though I am sold,
30line 1705Not yet enjoyed. So tedious is this day
line 1706As is the night before some festival
line 1707To an impatient child that hath new robes
line 1708And may not wear them.

Enter Nurse with cords.

line 1709O, here comes my nurse,
35line 1710And she brings news, and every tongue that speaks
line 1711But Romeo’s name speaks heavenly eloquence.—
line 1712Now, nurse, what news? What hast thou there? The
line 1713cords
line 1714That Romeo bid thee fetch?
40line 1715NURSEAy, ay, the cords.

Dropping the rope ladder.

line 1716Ay me, what news? Why dost thou wring thy hands?
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 133 NURSE
line 1717Ah weraday, he’s dead, he’s dead, he’s dead!
line 1718We are undone, lady, we are undone.
line 1719Alack the day, he’s gone, he’s killed, he’s dead.
45line 1720Can heaven be so envious?
line 1721NURSERomeo can,
line 1722Though heaven cannot. O Romeo, Romeo,
line 1723Whoever would have thought it? Romeo!
line 1724What devil art thou that dost torment me thus?
50line 1725This torture should be roared in dismal hell.
line 1726Hath Romeo slain himself? Say thou but “Ay,”
line 1727And that bare vowel “I” shall poison more
line 1728Than the death-darting eye of cockatrice.
line 1729I am not I if there be such an “I,”
55line 1730Or those eyes shut that makes thee answer “Ay.”
line 1731If he be slain, say “Ay,” or if not, “No.”
line 1732Brief sounds determine my weal or woe.
line 1733I saw the wound. I saw it with mine eyes
line 1734(God save the mark!) here on his manly breast—
60line 1735A piteous corse, a bloody piteous corse,
line 1736Pale, pale as ashes, all bedaubed in blood,
line 1737All in gore blood. I swoonèd at the sight.
line 1738O break, my heart, poor bankrout, break at once!
line 1739To prison, eyes; ne’er look on liberty.
65line 1740Vile earth to earth resign; end motion here,
line 1741And thou and Romeo press one heavy bier.
line 1742O Tybalt, Tybalt, the best friend I had!
line 1743O courteous Tybalt, honest gentleman,
line 1744That ever I should live to see thee dead!
70line 1745What storm is this that blows so contrary?
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 135 line 1746Is Romeo slaughtered and is Tybalt dead?
line 1747My dearest cousin, and my dearer lord?
line 1748Then, dreadful trumpet, sound the general doom,
line 1749For who is living if those two are gone?
75line 1750Tybalt is gone and Romeo banishèd.
line 1751Romeo that killed him—he is banishèd.
line 1752O God, did Romeo’s hand shed Tybalt’s blood?
line 1753It did, it did, alas the day, it did.
line 1754O serpent heart hid with a flow’ring face!
80line 1755Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?
line 1756Beautiful tyrant, fiend angelical!
line 1757Dove-feathered raven, wolvish-ravening lamb!
line 1758Despisèd substance of divinest show!
line 1759Just opposite to what thou justly seem’st,
85line 1760A damnèd saint, an honorable villain.
line 1761O nature, what hadst thou to do in hell
line 1762When thou didst bower the spirit of a fiend
line 1763In mortal paradise of such sweet flesh?
line 1764Was ever book containing such vile matter
90line 1765So fairly bound? O, that deceit should dwell
line 1766In such a gorgeous palace!
line 1767NURSEThere’s no trust,
line 1768No faith, no honesty in men. All perjured,
line 1769All forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.
95line 1770Ah, where’s my man? Give me some aqua vitae.
line 1771These griefs, these woes, these sorrows make me
line 1772old.
line 1773Shame come to Romeo!
line 1774JULIETBlistered be thy tongue
100line 1775For such a wish! He was not born to shame.
line 1776Upon his brow shame is ashamed to sit,
line 1777For ’tis a throne where honor may be crowned
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 137 line 1778Sole monarch of the universal Earth.
line 1779O, what a beast was I to chide at him!
105line 1780Will you speak well of him that killed your cousin?
line 1781Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?
line 1782Ah, poor my lord, what tongue shall smooth thy
line 1783name
line 1784When I, thy three-hours wife, have mangled it?
110line 1785But wherefore, villain, didst thou kill my cousin?
line 1786That villain cousin would have killed my husband.
line 1787Back, foolish tears, back to your native spring;
line 1788Your tributary drops belong to woe,
line 1789Which you, mistaking, offer up to joy.
115line 1790My husband lives, that Tybalt would have slain,
line 1791And Tybalt’s dead, that would have slain my
line 1792husband.
line 1793All this is comfort. Wherefore weep I then?
line 1794Some word there was, worser than Tybalt’s death,
120line 1795That murdered me. I would forget it fain,
line 1796But, O, it presses to my memory
line 1797Like damnèd guilty deeds to sinners’ minds:
line 1798“Tybalt is dead and Romeo banishèd.”
line 1799That “banishèd,” that one word “banishèd,”
125line 1800Hath slain ten thousand Tybalts. Tybalt’s death
line 1801Was woe enough if it had ended there;
line 1802Or, if sour woe delights in fellowship
line 1803And needly will be ranked with other griefs,
line 1804Why followed not, when she said “Tybalt’s dead,”
130line 1805“Thy father” or “thy mother,” nay, or both,
line 1806Which modern lamentation might have moved?
line 1807But with a rearward following Tybalt’s death,
line 1808“Romeo is banishèd.” To speak that word
line 1809Is father, mother, Tybalt, Romeo, Juliet,
135line 1810All slain, all dead. “Romeo is banishèd.”
line 1811There is no end, no limit, measure, bound,
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 139 line 1812In that word’s death. No words can that woe sound.
line 1813Where is my father and my mother, nurse?
line 1814Weeping and wailing over Tybalt’s corse.
140line 1815Will you go to them? I will bring you thither.
line 1816Wash they his wounds with tears? Mine shall be
line 1817spent,
line 1818When theirs are dry, for Romeo’s banishment.—
line 1819Take up those cords.

The Nurse picks up the rope ladder.

145line 1820Poor ropes, you are beguiled,
line 1821Both you and I, for Romeo is exiled.
line 1822He made you for a highway to my bed,
line 1823But I, a maid, die maiden-widowèd.
line 1824Come, cords—come, nurse. I’ll to my wedding bed,
150line 1825And death, not Romeo, take my maidenhead!
line 1826Hie to your chamber. I’ll find Romeo
line 1827To comfort you. I wot well where he is.
line 1828Hark you, your Romeo will be here at night.
line 1829I’ll to him. He is hid at Lawrence’ cell.
155line 1830O, find him!Giving the Nurse a ring.
line 1831Give this ring to my true knight
line 1832And bid him come to take his last farewell.

They exit.

Scene 3

Enter Friar Lawrence.

line 1833Romeo, come forth; come forth, thou fearful man.
line 1834Affliction is enamored of thy parts,
line 1835And thou art wedded to calamity.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 141

Enter Romeo.

line 1836Father, what news? What is the Prince’s doom?
5line 1837What sorrow craves acquaintance at my hand
line 1838That I yet know not?
line 1839FRIAR LAWRENCEToo familiar
line 1840Is my dear son with such sour company.
line 1841I bring thee tidings of the Prince’s doom.
10line 1842What less than doomsday is the Prince’s doom?
line 1843A gentler judgment vanished from his lips:
line 1844Not body’s death, but body’s banishment.
line 1845Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say “death,”
line 1846For exile hath more terror in his look,
15line 1847Much more than death. Do not say “banishment.”
line 1848Here from Verona art thou banishèd.
line 1849Be patient, for the world is broad and wide.
line 1850There is no world without Verona walls
line 1851But purgatory, torture, hell itself.
20line 1852Hence “banishèd” is “banished from the world,”
line 1853And world’s exile is death. Then “banishèd”
line 1854Is death mistermed. Calling death “banishèd,”
line 1855Thou cutt’st my head off with a golden ax
line 1856And smilest upon the stroke that murders me.
25line 1857O deadly sin, O rude unthankfulness!
line 1858Thy fault our law calls death, but the kind prince,
line 1859Taking thy part, hath rushed aside the law
line 1860And turned that black word “death” to
line 1861“banishment.”
30line 1862This is dear mercy, and thou seest it not.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 143 ROMEO
line 1863’Tis torture and not mercy. Heaven is here
line 1864Where Juliet lives, and every cat and dog
line 1865And little mouse, every unworthy thing,
line 1866Live here in heaven and may look on her,
35line 1867But Romeo may not. More validity,
line 1868More honorable state, more courtship lives
line 1869In carrion flies than Romeo. They may seize
line 1870On the white wonder of dear Juliet’s hand
line 1871And steal immortal blessing from her lips,
40line 1872Who even in pure and vestal modesty
line 1873Still blush, as thinking their own kisses sin;
line 1874But Romeo may not; he is banishèd.
line 1875Flies may do this, but I from this must fly.
line 1876They are free men, but I am banishèd.
45line 1877And sayest thou yet that exile is not death?
line 1878Hadst thou no poison mixed, no sharp-ground
line 1879knife,
line 1880No sudden mean of death, though ne’er so mean,
line 1881But “banishèd” to kill me? “Banishèd”?
50line 1882O friar, the damnèd use that word in hell.
line 1883Howling attends it. How hast thou the heart,
line 1884Being a divine, a ghostly confessor,
line 1885A sin absolver, and my friend professed,
line 1886To mangle me with that word “banishèd”?
55line 1887Thou fond mad man, hear me a little speak.
line 1888O, thou wilt speak again of banishment.
line 1889I’ll give thee armor to keep off that word,
line 1890Adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy,
line 1891To comfort thee, though thou art banishèd.
60line 1892Yet “banishèd”? Hang up philosophy.
line 1893Unless philosophy can make a Juliet,
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 145 line 1894Displant a town, reverse a prince’s doom,
line 1895It helps not, it prevails not. Talk no more.
line 1896O, then I see that madmen have no ears.
65line 1897How should they when that wise men have no eyes?
line 1898Let me dispute with thee of thy estate.
line 1899Thou canst not speak of that thou dost not feel.
line 1900Wert thou as young as I, Juliet thy love,
line 1901An hour but married, Tybalt murderèd,
70line 1902Doting like me, and like me banishèd,
line 1903Then mightst thou speak, then mightst thou tear thy
line 1904hair
line 1905And fall upon the ground as I do now,

Romeo throws himself down.

line 1906Taking the measure of an unmade grave.

Knock within.

75line 1907Arise. One knocks. Good Romeo, hide thyself.
line 1908Not I, unless the breath of heartsick groans,
line 1909Mistlike, enfold me from the search of eyes.


line 1910Hark, how they knock!—Who’s there?—Romeo,
line 1911arise.
80line 1912Thou wilt be taken.—Stay awhile.—Stand up.


line 1913Run to my study.—By and by.—God’s will,
line 1914What simpleness is this?—I come, I come.


line 1915Who knocks so hard? Whence come you? What’s
line 1916your will?
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 147 NURSEwithin
85line 1917Let me come in, and you shall know my errand.
line 1918I come from Lady Juliet.
FRIAR LAWRENCEadmitting the Nurse
line 1919Welcome, then.

Enter Nurse.

line 1920O holy friar, O, tell me, holy friar,
line 1921Where’s my lady’s lord? Where’s Romeo?
90line 1922There on the ground, with his own tears made
line 1923drunk.
line 1924O, he is even in my mistress’ case,
line 1925Just in her case. O woeful sympathy!
line 1926Piteous predicament! Even so lies she,
95line 1927Blubb’ring and weeping, weeping and blubb’ring.—
line 1928Stand up, stand up. Stand an you be a man.
line 1929For Juliet’s sake, for her sake, rise and stand.
line 1930Why should you fall into so deep an O?
line 1931ROMEONurse.
100line 1932Ah sir, ah sir, death’s the end of all.
ROMEOrising up
line 1933Spakest thou of Juliet? How is it with her?
line 1934Doth not she think me an old murderer,
line 1935Now I have stained the childhood of our joy
line 1936With blood removed but little from her own?
105line 1937Where is she? And how doth she? And what says
line 1938My concealed lady to our canceled love?
line 1939O, she says nothing, sir, but weeps and weeps,
line 1940And now falls on her bed, and then starts up,
line 1941And “Tybalt” calls, and then on Romeo cries,
110line 1942And then down falls again.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 149 line 1943ROMEOAs if that name,
line 1944Shot from the deadly level of a gun,
line 1945Did murder her, as that name’s cursèd hand
line 1946Murdered her kinsman.—O, tell me, friar, tell me,
115line 1947In what vile part of this anatomy
line 1948Doth my name lodge? Tell me, that I may sack
line 1949The hateful mansion.He draws his dagger.
line 1950FRIAR LAWRENCEHold thy desperate hand!
line 1951Art thou a man? Thy form cries out thou art.
120line 1952Thy tears are womanish; thy wild acts denote
line 1953The unreasonable fury of a beast.
line 1954Unseemly woman in a seeming man,
line 1955And ill-beseeming beast in seeming both!
line 1956Thou hast amazed me. By my holy order,
125line 1957I thought thy disposition better tempered.
line 1958Hast thou slain Tybalt? Wilt thou slay thyself,
line 1959And slay thy lady that in thy life lives,
line 1960By doing damnèd hate upon thyself?
line 1961Why railest thou on thy birth, the heaven, and earth,
130line 1962Since birth and heaven and earth all three do meet
line 1963In thee at once, which thou at once wouldst lose?
line 1964Fie, fie, thou shamest thy shape, thy love, thy wit,
line 1965Which, like a usurer, abound’st in all
line 1966And usest none in that true use indeed
135line 1967Which should bedeck thy shape, thy love, thy wit.
line 1968Thy noble shape is but a form of wax,
line 1969Digressing from the valor of a man;
line 1970Thy dear love sworn but hollow perjury,
line 1971Killing that love which thou hast vowed to cherish;
140line 1972Thy wit, that ornament to shape and love,
line 1973Misshapen in the conduct of them both,
line 1974Like powder in a skilless soldier’s flask,
line 1975Is set afire by thine own ignorance,
line 1976And thou dismembered with thine own defense.
145line 1977What, rouse thee, man! Thy Juliet is alive,
line 1978For whose dear sake thou wast but lately dead:
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 151 line 1979There art thou happy. Tybalt would kill thee,
line 1980But thou slewest Tybalt: there art thou happy.
line 1981The law that threatened death becomes thy friend
150line 1982And turns it to exile: there art thou happy.
line 1983A pack of blessings light upon thy back;
line 1984Happiness courts thee in her best array;
line 1985But, like a misbehaved and sullen wench,
line 1986Thou pouts upon thy fortune and thy love.
155line 1987Take heed, take heed, for such die miserable.
line 1988Go, get thee to thy love, as was decreed.
line 1989Ascend her chamber. Hence and comfort her.
line 1990But look thou stay not till the watch be set,
line 1991For then thou canst not pass to Mantua,
160line 1992Where thou shalt live till we can find a time
line 1993To blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends,
line 1994Beg pardon of the Prince, and call thee back
line 1995With twenty hundred thousand times more joy
line 1996Than thou went’st forth in lamentation.—
165line 1997Go before, nurse. Commend me to thy lady,
line 1998And bid her hasten all the house to bed,
line 1999Which heavy sorrow makes them apt unto.
line 2000Romeo is coming.
line 2001O Lord, I could have stayed here all the night
170line 2002To hear good counsel. O, what learning is!—
line 2003My lord, I’ll tell my lady you will come.
line 2004Do so, and bid my sweet prepare to chide.
line 2005Here, sir, a ring she bid me give you, sir.

Nurse gives Romeo a ring.

line 2006Hie you, make haste, for it grows very late.

She exits.

175line 2007How well my comfort is revived by this!
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 153 FRIAR LAWRENCE
line 2008Go hence, good night—and here stands all your
line 2009state:
line 2010Either be gone before the watch be set
line 2011Or by the break of day disguised from hence.
180line 2012Sojourn in Mantua. I’ll find out your man,
line 2013And he shall signify from time to time
line 2014Every good hap to you that chances here.
line 2015Give me thy hand. ’Tis late. Farewell. Good night.
line 2016But that a joy past joy calls out on me,
185line 2017It were a grief so brief to part with thee.
line 2018Farewell.

They exit.

Scene 4

Enter old Capulet, his Wife, and Paris.

line 2019Things have fallen out, sir, so unluckily
line 2020That we have had no time to move our daughter.
line 2021Look you, she loved her kinsman Tybalt dearly,
line 2022And so did I. Well, we were born to die.
5line 2023’Tis very late. She’ll not come down tonight.
line 2024I promise you, but for your company,
line 2025I would have been abed an hour ago.
line 2026These times of woe afford no times to woo.—
line 2027Madam, good night. Commend me to your
10line 2028daughter.
line 2029I will, and know her mind early tomorrow.
line 2030Tonight she’s mewed up to her heaviness.
line 2031Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender
line 2032Of my child’s love. I think she will be ruled
Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 155 15line 2033In all respects by me. Nay, more, I doubt it not.—
line 2034Wife, go you to her ere you go to bed.
line 2035Acquaint her here of my son Paris’ love,
line 2036And bid her—mark you me?—on Wednesday
line 2037next—
20line 2038But soft, what day is this?
line 2039PARISMonday, my lord.
line 2040Monday, ha ha! Well, Wednesday is too soon.
line 2041O’ Thursday let it be.—O’ Thursday, tell her,
line 2042She shall be married to this noble earl.—
25line 2043Will you be ready? Do you like this haste?
line 2044We’ll keep no great ado: a friend or two.
line 2045For hark you, Tybalt being slain so late,
line 2046It may be thought we held him carelessly,
line 2047Being our kinsman, if we revel much.
30line 2048Therefore we’ll have some half a dozen friends,
line 2049And there an end. But what say you to Thursday?
line 2050My lord, I would that Thursday were tomorrow.
line 2051Well, get you gone. O’ Thursday be it, then.
line 2052To Lady Capulet. Go you to Juliet ere you go to bed.
35line 2053Prepare her, wife, against this wedding day.—
line 2054Farewell, my lord.—Light to my chamber, ho!—
line 2055Afore me, it is so very late that we
line 2056May call it early by and by.—Good night.

They exit.

Scene 5

Enter Romeo and Juliet aloft.

line 2057Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day.
line 2058It was the nightingale, and not the lark,
line 2059That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear.
Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 157 line 2060Nightly she sings on yond pomegranate tree.
5line 2061Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.
line 2062It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
line 2063No nightingale. Look, love, what envious streaks
line 2064Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east.
line 2065Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day
10line 2066Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain-tops.
line 2067I must be gone and live, or stay and die.
line 2068Yond light is not daylight, I know it, I.
line 2069It is some meteor that the sun exhaled
line 2070To be to thee this night a torchbearer
15line 2071And light thee on thy way to Mantua.
line 2072Therefore stay yet. Thou need’st not to be gone.
line 2073Let me be ta’en; let me be put to death.
line 2074I am content, so thou wilt have it so.
line 2075I’ll say yon gray is not the morning’s eye;
20line 2076’Tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia’s brow.
line 2077Nor that is not the lark whose notes do beat
line 2078The vaulty heaven so high above our heads.
line 2079I have more care to stay than will to go.
line 2080Come death and welcome. Juliet wills it so.
25line 2081How is ’t, my soul? Let’s talk. It is not day.
line 2082It is, it is. Hie hence, begone, away!
line 2083It is the lark that sings so out of tune,
line 2084Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.
line 2085Some say the lark makes sweet division.
30line 2086This doth not so, for she divideth us.
line 2087Some say the lark and loathèd toad changed eyes.
line 2088O, now I would they had changed voices too,
line 2089Since arm from arm that voice doth us affray,
line 2090Hunting thee hence with hunt’s-up to the day.
35line 2091O, now begone. More light and light it grows.
Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 159 ROMEO
line 2092More light and light, more dark and dark our woes.

Enter Nurse.

line 2093NURSEMadam.
line 2094JULIETNurse?
line 2095Your lady mother is coming to your chamber.
40line 2096The day is broke; be wary; look about.She exits.
line 2097Then, window, let day in, and let life out.
line 2098Farewell, farewell. One kiss and I’ll descend.

They kiss, and Romeo descends.

line 2099Art thou gone so? Love, lord, ay husband, friend!
line 2100I must hear from thee every day in the hour,
45line 2101For in a minute there are many days.
line 2102O, by this count I shall be much in years
line 2103Ere I again behold my Romeo.
line 2104ROMEOFarewell.
line 2105I will omit no opportunity
50line 2106That may convey my greetings, love, to thee.
line 2107O, think’st thou we shall ever meet again?
line 2108I doubt it not; and all these woes shall serve
line 2109For sweet discourses in our times to come.
line 2110O God, I have an ill-divining soul!
55line 2111Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low,
line 2112As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.
line 2113Either my eyesight fails or thou lookest pale.
line 2114And trust me, love, in my eye so do you.
line 2115Dry sorrow drinks our blood. Adieu, adieu.He exits.
Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 161 JULIET
60line 2116O Fortune, Fortune, all men call thee fickle.
line 2117If thou art fickle, what dost thou with him
line 2118That is renowned for faith? Be fickle, Fortune,
line 2119For then I hope thou wilt not keep him long,
line 2120But send him back.

Enter Lady Capulet.

65line 2121LADY CAPULETHo, daughter, are you up?
line 2122Who is ’t that calls? It is my lady mother.
line 2123Is she not down so late or up so early?
line 2124What unaccustomed cause procures her hither?

Juliet descends.

line 2125Why, how now, Juliet?
70line 2126JULIETMadam, I am not well.
line 2127Evermore weeping for your cousin’s death?
line 2128What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears?
line 2129An if thou couldst, thou couldst not make him live.
line 2130Therefore have done. Some grief shows much of
75line 2131love,
line 2132But much of grief shows still some want of wit.
line 2133Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss.
line 2134So shall you feel the loss, but not the friend
line 2135Which you weep for.
80line 2136JULIETFeeling so the loss,
line 2137I cannot choose but ever weep the friend.
line 2138Well, girl, thou weep’st not so much for his death
line 2139As that the villain lives which slaughtered him.
line 2140What villain, madam?
Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 163 85line 2141LADY CAPULETThat same villain, Romeo.
line 2142Villain and he be many miles asunder.—
line 2143God pardon him. I do with all my heart,
line 2144And yet no man like he doth grieve my heart.
line 2145That is because the traitor murderer lives.
90line 2146Ay, madam, from the reach of these my hands.
line 2147Would none but I might venge my cousin’s death!
line 2148We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not.
line 2149Then weep no more. I’ll send to one in Mantua,
line 2150Where that same banished runagate doth live,
95line 2151Shall give him such an unaccustomed dram
line 2152That he shall soon keep Tybalt company.
line 2153And then, I hope, thou wilt be satisfied.
line 2154Indeed, I never shall be satisfied
line 2155With Romeo till I behold him—dead—
100line 2156Is my poor heart, so for a kinsman vexed.
line 2157Madam, if you could find out but a man
line 2158To bear a poison, I would temper it,
line 2159That Romeo should, upon receipt thereof,
line 2160Soon sleep in quiet. O, how my heart abhors
105line 2161To hear him named and cannot come to him
line 2162To wreak the love I bore my cousin
line 2163Upon his body that hath slaughtered him.
line 2164Find thou the means, and I’ll find such a man.
line 2165But now I’ll tell thee joyful tidings, girl.
110line 2166And joy comes well in such a needy time.
line 2167What are they, beseech your Ladyship?
line 2168Well, well, thou hast a careful father, child,
Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 165 line 2169One who, to put thee from thy heaviness,
line 2170Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy
115line 2171That thou expects not, nor I looked not for.
line 2172Madam, in happy time! What day is that?
line 2173Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn
line 2174The gallant, young, and noble gentleman,
line 2175The County Paris, at Saint Peter’s Church
120line 2176Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride.
line 2177Now, by Saint Peter’s Church, and Peter too,
line 2178He shall not make me there a joyful bride!
line 2179I wonder at this haste, that I must wed
line 2180Ere he that should be husband comes to woo.
125line 2181I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam,
line 2182I will not marry yet, and when I do I swear
line 2183It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate,
line 2184Rather than Paris. These are news indeed!
line 2185Here comes your father. Tell him so yourself,
130line 2186And see how he will take it at your hands.

Enter Capulet and Nurse.

line 2187When the sun sets, the earth doth drizzle dew,
line 2188But for the sunset of my brother’s son
line 2189It rains downright.
line 2190How now, a conduit, girl? What, still in tears?
135line 2191Evermore show’ring? In one little body
line 2192Thou counterfeits a bark, a sea, a wind.
line 2193For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea,
line 2194Do ebb and flow with tears; the bark thy body is,
line 2195Sailing in this salt flood; the winds thy sighs,
140line 2196Who, raging with thy tears and they with them,
line 2197Without a sudden calm, will overset
Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 167 line 2198Thy tempest-tossèd body.—How now, wife?
line 2199Have you delivered to her our decree?
line 2200Ay, sir, but she will none, she gives you thanks.
145line 2201I would the fool were married to her grave.
line 2202Soft, take me with you, take me with you, wife.
line 2203How, will she none? Doth she not give us thanks?
line 2204Is she not proud? Doth she not count her blessed,
line 2205Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought
150line 2206So worthy a gentleman to be her bride?
line 2207Not proud you have, but thankful that you have.
line 2208Proud can I never be of what I hate,
line 2209But thankful even for hate that is meant love.
line 2210How, how, how, how? Chopped logic? What is this?
155line 2211“Proud,” and “I thank you,” and “I thank you not,”
line 2212And yet “not proud”? Mistress minion you,
line 2213Thank me no thankings, nor proud me no prouds,
line 2214But fettle your fine joints ’gainst Thursday next
line 2215To go with Paris to Saint Peter’s Church,
160line 2216Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.
line 2217Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage!
line 2218You tallow face!
line 2219LADY CAPULETFie, fie, what, are you mad?
line 2220Good father, I beseech you on my knees,
165line 2221Hear me with patience but to speak a word.
line 2222Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch!
line 2223I tell thee what: get thee to church o’ Thursday,
line 2224Or never after look me in the face.
line 2225Speak not; reply not; do not answer me.
170line 2226My fingers itch.—Wife, we scarce thought us
line 2227blessed
Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 169 line 2228That God had lent us but this only child,
line 2229But now I see this one is one too much,
line 2230And that we have a curse in having her.
175line 2231Out on her, hilding.
line 2232NURSEGod in heaven bless her!
line 2233You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so.
line 2234And why, my Lady Wisdom? Hold your tongue.
line 2235Good Prudence, smatter with your gossips, go.
180line 2236I speak no treason.
line 2237CAPULETO, God ’i’ g’ eden!
line 2238May not one speak?
line 2239CAPULETPeace, you mumbling fool!
line 2240Utter your gravity o’er a gossip’s bowl,
185line 2241For here we need it not.
line 2242LADY CAPULETYou are too hot.
line 2243CAPULETGod’s bread, it makes me mad.
line 2244Day, night, hour, tide, time, work, play,
line 2245Alone, in company, still my care hath been
190line 2246To have her matched. And having now provided
line 2247A gentleman of noble parentage,
line 2248Of fair demesnes, youthful, and nobly ligned,
line 2249Stuffed, as they say, with honorable parts,
line 2250Proportioned as one’s thought would wish a man—
195line 2251And then to have a wretched puling fool,
line 2252A whining mammet, in her fortune’s tender,
line 2253To answer “I’ll not wed. I cannot love.
line 2254I am too young. I pray you, pardon me.”
line 2255But, an you will not wed, I’ll pardon you!
200line 2256Graze where you will, you shall not house with me.
line 2257Look to ’t; think on ’t. I do not use to jest.
line 2258Thursday is near. Lay hand on heart; advise.
line 2259An you be mine, I’ll give you to my friend.
Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 171 line 2260An you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets,
205line 2261For, by my soul, I’ll ne’er acknowledge thee,
line 2262Nor what is mine shall never do thee good.
line 2263Trust to ’t; bethink you. I’ll not be forsworn.

He exits.

line 2264Is there no pity sitting in the clouds
line 2265That sees into the bottom of my grief?—
210line 2266O sweet my mother, cast me not away.
line 2267Delay this marriage for a month, a week,
line 2268Or, if you do not, make the bridal bed
line 2269In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.
line 2270Talk not to me, for I’ll not speak a word.
215line 2271Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.

She exits.

line 2272O God! O nurse, how shall this be prevented?
line 2273My husband is on Earth, my faith in heaven.
line 2274How shall that faith return again to Earth
line 2275Unless that husband send it me from heaven
220line 2276By leaving Earth? Comfort me; counsel me.—
line 2277Alack, alack, that heaven should practice stratagems
line 2278Upon so soft a subject as myself.—
line 2279What sayst thou? Hast thou not a word of joy?
line 2280Some comfort, nurse.
225line 2281NURSEFaith, here it is.
line 2282Romeo is banished, and all the world to nothing
line 2283That he dares ne’er come back to challenge you,
line 2284Or, if he do, it needs must be by stealth.
line 2285Then, since the case so stands as now it doth,
230line 2286I think it best you married with the County.
line 2287O, he’s a lovely gentleman!
line 2288Romeo’s a dishclout to him. An eagle, madam,
line 2289Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye
line 2290As Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart,
Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 173 235line 2291I think you are happy in this second match,
line 2292For it excels your first, or, if it did not,
line 2293Your first is dead, or ’twere as good he were
line 2294As living here and you no use of him.
line 2295Speak’st thou from thy heart?
240line 2296And from my soul too, else beshrew them both.
line 2297JULIETAmen.
line 2298NURSEWhat?
line 2299Well, thou hast comforted me marvelous much.
line 2300Go in and tell my lady I am gone,
245line 2301Having displeased my father, to Lawrence’ cell
line 2302To make confession and to be absolved.
line 2303Marry, I will; and this is wisely done.She exits.
line 2304Ancient damnation, O most wicked fiend!
line 2305Is it more sin to wish me thus forsworn
250line 2306Or to dispraise my lord with that same tongue
line 2307Which she hath praised him with above compare
line 2308So many thousand times? Go, counselor.
line 2309Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain.
line 2310I’ll to the Friar to know his remedy.
255line 2311If all else fail, myself have power to die.

She exits.


Scene 1

Enter Friar Lawrence and County Paris.

line 2312On Thursday, sir? The time is very short.
line 2313My father Capulet will have it so,
line 2314And I am nothing slow to slack his haste.
line 2315You say you do not know the lady’s mind?
5line 2316Uneven is the course. I like it not.
line 2317Immoderately she weeps for Tybalt’s death,
line 2318And therefore have I little talk of love,
line 2319For Venus smiles not in a house of tears.
line 2320Now, sir, her father counts it dangerous
10line 2321That she do give her sorrow so much sway,
line 2322And in his wisdom hastes our marriage
line 2323To stop the inundation of her tears,
line 2324Which, too much minded by herself alone,
line 2325May be put from her by society.
15line 2326Now do you know the reason of this haste.
line 2327I would I knew not why it should be slowed.—
line 2328Look, sir, here comes the lady toward my cell.

Enter Juliet.

Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 179 PARIS
line 2329Happily met, my lady and my wife.
line 2330That may be, sir, when I may be a wife.
20line 2331That “may be” must be, love, on Thursday next.
line 2332What must be shall be.
line 2333FRIAR LAWRENCEThat’s a certain text.
line 2334Come you to make confession to this father?
line 2335To answer that, I should confess to you.
25line 2336Do not deny to him that you love me.
line 2337I will confess to you that I love him.
line 2338So will you, I am sure, that you love me.
line 2339If I do so, it will be of more price
line 2340Being spoke behind your back than to your face.
30line 2341Poor soul, thy face is much abused with tears.
line 2342The tears have got small victory by that,
line 2343For it was bad enough before their spite.
line 2344Thou wrong’st it more than tears with that report.
line 2345That is no slander, sir, which is a truth,
35line 2346And what I spake, I spake it to my face.
line 2347Thy face is mine, and thou hast slandered it.
line 2348It may be so, for it is not mine own.—
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 181 line 2349Are you at leisure, holy father, now,
line 2350Or shall I come to you at evening Mass?
40line 2351My leisure serves me, pensive daughter, now.—
line 2352My lord, we must entreat the time alone.
line 2353God shield I should disturb devotion!—
line 2354Juliet, on Thursday early will I rouse you.
line 2355Till then, adieu, and keep this holy kiss.He exits.
45line 2356O, shut the door, and when thou hast done so,
line 2357Come weep with me, past hope, past care, past help.
line 2358O Juliet, I already know thy grief.
line 2359It strains me past the compass of my wits.
line 2360I hear thou must, and nothing may prorogue it,
50line 2361On Thursday next be married to this County.
line 2362Tell me not, friar, that thou hearest of this,
line 2363Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it.
line 2364If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help,
line 2365Do thou but call my resolution wise,
55line 2366And with this knife I’ll help it presently.

She shows him her knife.

line 2367God joined my heart and Romeo’s, thou our hands;
line 2368And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo’s sealed,
line 2369Shall be the label to another deed,
line 2370Or my true heart with treacherous revolt
60line 2371Turn to another, this shall slay them both.
line 2372Therefore out of thy long-experienced time
line 2373Give me some present counsel, or, behold,
line 2374’Twixt my extremes and me this bloody knife
line 2375Shall play the umpire, arbitrating that
65line 2376Which the commission of thy years and art
line 2377Could to no issue of true honor bring.
line 2378Be not so long to speak. I long to die
line 2379If what thou speak’st speak not of remedy.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 183 FRIAR LAWRENCE
line 2380Hold, daughter, I do spy a kind of hope,
70line 2381Which craves as desperate an execution
line 2382As that is desperate which we would prevent.
line 2383If, rather than to marry County Paris,
line 2384Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself,
line 2385Then is it likely thou wilt undertake
75line 2386A thing like death to chide away this shame,
line 2387That cop’st with death himself to ’scape from it;
line 2388And if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy.
line 2389O, bid me leap, rather than marry Paris,
line 2390From off the battlements of any tower,
80line 2391Or walk in thievish ways, or bid me lurk
line 2392Where serpents are. Chain me with roaring bears,
line 2393Or hide me nightly in a charnel house,
line 2394O’ercovered quite with dead men’s rattling bones,
line 2395With reeky shanks and yellow chapless skulls.
85line 2396Or bid me go into a new-made grave
line 2397And hide me with a dead man in his shroud
line 2398(Things that to hear them told have made me
line 2399tremble),
line 2400And I will do it without fear or doubt,
90line 2401To live an unstained wife to my sweet love.
line 2402Hold, then. Go home; be merry; give consent
line 2403To marry Paris. Wednesday is tomorrow.
line 2404Tomorrow night look that thou lie alone;
line 2405Let not the Nurse lie with thee in thy chamber.

Holding out a vial.

95line 2406Take thou this vial, being then in bed,
line 2407And this distilling liquor drink thou off;
line 2408When presently through all thy veins shall run
line 2409A cold and drowsy humor; for no pulse
line 2410Shall keep his native progress, but surcease.
100line 2411No warmth, no breath shall testify thou livest.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 185 line 2412The roses in thy lips and cheeks shall fade
line 2413To paly ashes, thy eyes’ windows fall
line 2414Like death when he shuts up the day of life.
line 2415Each part, deprived of supple government,
105line 2416Shall, stiff and stark and cold, appear like death,
line 2417And in this borrowed likeness of shrunk death
line 2418Thou shalt continue two and forty hours
line 2419And then awake as from a pleasant sleep.
line 2420Now, when the bridegroom in the morning comes
110line 2421To rouse thee from thy bed, there art thou dead.
line 2422Then, as the manner of our country is,
line 2423In thy best robes uncovered on the bier
line 2424Thou shalt be borne to that same ancient vault
line 2425Where all the kindred of the Capulets lie.
115line 2426In the meantime, against thou shalt awake,
line 2427Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift,
line 2428And hither shall he come, and he and I
line 2429Will watch thy waking, and that very night
line 2430Shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua.
120line 2431And this shall free thee from this present shame,
line 2432If no inconstant toy nor womanish fear
line 2433Abate thy valor in the acting it.
line 2434Give me, give me! O, tell not me of fear!
FRIAR LAWRENCEgiving Juliet the vial
line 2435Hold, get you gone. Be strong and prosperous
125line 2436In this resolve. I’ll send a friar with speed
line 2437To Mantua with my letters to thy lord.
line 2438Love give me strength, and strength shall help
line 2439afford.
line 2440Farewell, dear father.

They exit in different directions.

Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 187

Scene 2

Enter Father Capulet, Mother, Nurse, and Servingmen, two or three.

line 2441So many guests invite as here are writ.

One or two of the Servingmen exit with Capulet’s list.

line 2442Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.
line 2443SERVINGMANYou shall have none ill, sir, for I’ll try if
line 2444they can lick their fingers.
5line 2445CAPULETHow canst thou try them so?
line 2446SERVINGMANMarry, sir, ’tis an ill cook that cannot lick
line 2447his own fingers. Therefore he that cannot lick his
line 2448fingers goes not with me.
line 2449CAPULETGo, begone.Servingman exits.
10line 2450We shall be much unfurnished for this time.—
line 2451What, is my daughter gone to Friar Lawrence?
line 2452NURSEAy, forsooth.
line 2453Well, he may chance to do some good on her.
line 2454A peevish self-willed harlotry it is.

Enter Juliet.

15line 2455See where she comes from shrift with merry look.
line 2456How now, my headstrong, where have you been
line 2457gadding?
line 2458Where I have learned me to repent the sin
line 2459Of disobedient opposition
20line 2460To you and your behests, and am enjoined
line 2461By holy Lawrence to fall prostrate hereKneeling.
line 2462To beg your pardon. Pardon, I beseech you.
line 2463Henceforward I am ever ruled by you.
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 189 CAPULET
line 2464Send for the County. Go tell him of this.
25line 2465I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning.
line 2466I met the youthful lord at Lawrence’ cell
line 2467And gave him what becomèd love I might,
line 2468Not stepping o’er the bounds of modesty.
line 2469Why, I am glad on ’t. This is well. Stand up.

Juliet rises.

30line 2470This is as ’t should be.—Let me see the County.
line 2471Ay, marry, go, I say, and fetch him hither.—
line 2472Now, afore God, this reverend holy friar,
line 2473All our whole city is much bound to him.
line 2474Nurse, will you go with me into my closet
35line 2475To help me sort such needful ornaments
line 2476As you think fit to furnish me tomorrow?
line 2477No, not till Thursday. There is time enough.
line 2478Go, nurse. Go with her. We’ll to church tomorrow.

Juliet and the Nurse exit.

line 2479We shall be short in our provision.
40line 2480’Tis now near night.
line 2481CAPULETTush, I will stir about,
line 2482And all things shall be well, I warrant thee, wife.
line 2483Go thou to Juliet. Help to deck up her.
line 2484I’ll not to bed tonight. Let me alone.
45line 2485I’ll play the housewife for this once.—What ho!—
line 2486They are all forth. Well, I will walk myself
line 2487To County Paris, to prepare up him
line 2488Against tomorrow. My heart is wondrous light
line 2489Since this same wayward girl is so reclaimed.

They exit.

Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 191

Scene 3

Enter Juliet and Nurse.

line 2490Ay, those attires are best. But, gentle nurse,
line 2491I pray thee leave me to myself tonight,
line 2492For I have need of many orisons
line 2493To move the heavens to smile upon my state,
5line 2494Which, well thou knowest, is cross and full of sin.

Enter Lady Capulet.

line 2495What, are you busy, ho? Need you my help?
line 2496No, madam, we have culled such necessaries
line 2497As are behooveful for our state tomorrow.
line 2498So please you, let me now be left alone,
10line 2499And let the Nurse this night sit up with you,
line 2500For I am sure you have your hands full all
line 2501In this so sudden business.
line 2502LADY CAPULETGood night.
line 2503Get thee to bed and rest, for thou hast need.

Lady Capulet and the Nurse exit.

15line 2504Farewell.—God knows when we shall meet again.
line 2505I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins
line 2506That almost freezes up the heat of life.
line 2507I’ll call them back again to comfort me.—
line 2508Nurse!—What should she do here?
20line 2509My dismal scene I needs must act alone.
line 2510Come, vial.She takes out the vial.
line 2511What if this mixture do not work at all?
line 2512Shall I be married then tomorrow morning?

She takes out her knife and puts it down beside her.

line 2513No, no, this shall forbid it. Lie thou there.
25line 2514What if it be a poison which the Friar
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 193 line 2515Subtly hath ministered to have me dead,
line 2516Lest in this marriage he should be dishonored
line 2517Because he married me before to Romeo?
line 2518I fear it is. And yet methinks it should not,
30line 2519For he hath still been tried a holy man.
line 2520How if, when I am laid into the tomb,
line 2521I wake before the time that Romeo
line 2522Come to redeem me? There’s a fearful point.
line 2523Shall I not then be stifled in the vault,
35line 2524To whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in,
line 2525And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes?
line 2526Or, if I live, is it not very like
line 2527The horrible conceit of death and night,
line 2528Together with the terror of the place—
40line 2529As in a vault, an ancient receptacle
line 2530Where for this many hundred years the bones
line 2531Of all my buried ancestors are packed;
line 2532Where bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth,
line 2533Lies fest’ring in his shroud; where, as they say,
45line 2534At some hours in the night spirits resort—
line 2535Alack, alack, is it not like that I,
line 2536So early waking, what with loathsome smells,
line 2537And shrieks like mandrakes torn out of the earth,
line 2538That living mortals, hearing them, run mad—
50line 2539O, if I wake, shall I not be distraught,
line 2540Environèd with all these hideous fears,
line 2541And madly play with my forefathers’ joints,
line 2542And pluck the mangled Tybalt from his shroud,
line 2543And, in this rage, with some great kinsman’s bone,
55line 2544As with a club, dash out my desp’rate brains?
line 2545O look, methinks I see my cousin’s ghost
line 2546Seeking out Romeo that did spit his body
line 2547Upon a rapier’s point! Stay, Tybalt, stay!
line 2548Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s drink. I drink to
60line 2549thee.She drinks and falls upon her bed within the curtains.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 195

Scene 4

Enter Lady Capulet and Nurse.

line 2550Hold, take these keys, and fetch more spices, nurse.
line 2551They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.

Enter old Capulet.

line 2552Come, stir, stir, stir! The second cock hath crowed.
line 2553The curfew bell hath rung. ’Tis three o’clock.—
5line 2554Look to the baked meats, good Angelica.
line 2555Spare not for cost.
line 2556NURSEGo, you cot-quean, go,
line 2557Get you to bed. Faith, you’ll be sick tomorrow
line 2558For this night’s watching.
10line 2559No, not a whit. What, I have watched ere now
line 2560All night for lesser cause, and ne’er been sick.
line 2561Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time,
line 2562But I will watch you from such watching now.

Lady Capulet and Nurse exit.

line 2563A jealous hood, a jealous hood!

Enter three or four Servingmen with spits and logs and baskets.

15line 2564Now fellow,
line 2565What is there?
line 2566Things for the cook, sir, but I know not what.
line 2567Make haste, make haste.First Servingman exits.
line 2568Sirrah, fetch drier logs.
20line 2569Call Peter. He will show thee where they are.
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 197 SECOND SERVINGMAN
line 2570I have a head, sir, that will find out logs
line 2571And never trouble Peter for the matter.
line 2572Mass, and well said. A merry whoreson, ha!
line 2573Thou shalt be loggerhead.

Second Servingman exits.

25line 2574Good faith, ’tis day.
line 2575The County will be here with music straight,

Play music.

line 2576For so he said he would. I hear him near.—
line 2577Nurse!—Wife! What ho!—What, nurse, I say!

Enter Nurse.

line 2578Go waken Juliet. Go and trim her up.
30line 2579I’ll go and chat with Paris. Hie, make haste,
line 2580Make haste. The bridegroom he is come already.
line 2581Make haste, I say.

He exits.

Scene 5

NURSEapproaching the bed
line 2582Mistress! What, mistress! Juliet!—Fast, I warrant
line 2583her, she—
line 2584Why, lamb, why, lady! Fie, you slugabed!
line 2585Why, love, I say! Madam! Sweetheart! Why, bride!—
5line 2586What, not a word?—You take your pennyworths
line 2587now.
line 2588Sleep for a week, for the next night, I warrant,
line 2589The County Paris hath set up his rest
line 2590That you shall rest but little.—God forgive me,
10line 2591Marry, and amen! How sound is she asleep!
line 2592I needs must wake her.—Madam, madam, madam!
line 2593Ay, let the County take you in your bed,
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 199 line 2594He’ll fright you up, i’ faith.—Will it not be?

She opens the bed’s curtains.

line 2595What, dressed, and in your clothes, and down
15line 2596again?
line 2597I must needs wake you. Lady, lady, lady!—
line 2598Alas, alas! Help, help! My lady’s dead.—
line 2599O, weraday, that ever I was born!—
line 2600Some aqua vitae, ho!—My lord! My lady!

Enter Lady Capulet.

20line 2601What noise is here?
line 2602NURSEO lamentable day!
line 2603What is the matter?
line 2604NURSELook, look!—O heavy day!
line 2605O me! O me! My child, my only life,
25line 2606Revive, look up, or I will die with thee.
line 2607Help, help! Call help.

Enter Capulet.

line 2608For shame, bring Juliet forth. Her lord is come.
line 2609She’s dead, deceased. She’s dead, alack the day!
line 2610Alack the day, she’s dead, she’s dead, she’s dead.
30line 2611Ha, let me see her! Out, alas, she’s cold.
line 2612Her blood is settled, and her joints are stiff.
line 2613Life and these lips have long been separated.
line 2614Death lies on her like an untimely frost
line 2615Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.
35line 2616O lamentable day!
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 201 line 2617LADY CAPULETO woeful time!
line 2618Death, that hath ta’en her hence to make me wail,
line 2619Ties up my tongue and will not let me speak.

Enter Friar Lawrence and the County Paris, with Musicians.

line 2620Come, is the bride ready to go to church?
40line 2621Ready to go, but never to return.—
line 2622O son, the night before thy wedding day
line 2623Hath Death lain with thy wife. There she lies,
line 2624Flower as she was, deflowerèd by him.
line 2625Death is my son-in-law; Death is my heir.
45line 2626My daughter he hath wedded. I will die
line 2627And leave him all. Life, living, all is Death’s.
line 2628Have I thought long to see this morning’s face,
line 2629And doth it give me such a sight as this?
line 2630Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
50line 2631Most miserable hour that e’er time saw
line 2632In lasting labor of his pilgrimage!
line 2633But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,
line 2634But one thing to rejoice and solace in,
line 2635And cruel death hath catched it from my sight!
55line 2636O woe, O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
line 2637Most lamentable day, most woeful day
line 2638That ever, ever I did yet behold!
line 2639O day, O day, O day, O hateful day!
line 2640Never was seen so black a day as this!
60line 2641O woeful day, O woeful day!
line 2642Beguiled, divorcèd, wrongèd, spited, slain!
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 203 line 2643Most detestable death, by thee beguiled,
line 2644By cruel, cruel thee quite overthrown!
line 2645O love! O life! Not life, but love in death!
65line 2646Despised, distressèd, hated, martyred, killed!
line 2647Uncomfortable time, why cam’st thou now
line 2648To murder, murder our solemnity?
line 2649O child! O child! My soul and not my child!
line 2650Dead art thou! Alack, my child is dead,
70line 2651And with my child my joys are burièd.
line 2652Peace, ho, for shame! Confusion’s cure lives not
line 2653In these confusions. Heaven and yourself
line 2654Had part in this fair maid. Now heaven hath all,
line 2655And all the better is it for the maid.
75line 2656Your part in her you could not keep from death,
line 2657But heaven keeps his part in eternal life.
line 2658The most you sought was her promotion,
line 2659For ’twas your heaven she should be advanced;
line 2660And weep you now, seeing she is advanced
80line 2661Above the clouds, as high as heaven itself?
line 2662O, in this love you love your child so ill
line 2663That you run mad, seeing that she is well.
line 2664She’s not well married that lives married long,
line 2665But she’s best married that dies married young.
85line 2666Dry up your tears, and stick your rosemary
line 2667On this fair corse, and, as the custom is,
line 2668And in her best array, bear her to church,
line 2669For though fond nature bids us all lament,
line 2670Yet nature’s tears are reason’s merriment.
90line 2671All things that we ordainèd festival
line 2672Turn from their office to black funeral:
line 2673Our instruments to melancholy bells,
line 2674Our wedding cheer to a sad burial feast,
line 2675Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change,
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 205 95line 2676Our bridal flowers serve for a buried corse,
line 2677And all things change them to the contrary.
line 2678Sir, go you in, and, madam, go with him,
line 2679And go, Sir Paris. Everyone prepare
line 2680To follow this fair corse unto her grave.
100line 2681The heavens do lour upon you for some ill.
line 2682Move them no more by crossing their high will.

All but the Nurse and the Musicians exit.

line 2683Faith, we may put up our pipes and be gone.
line 2684Honest good fellows, ah, put up, put up,
line 2685For, well you know, this is a pitiful case.
105line 2686Ay, by my troth, the case may be amended.

Nurse exits.

Enter Peter.

line 2687PETERMusicians, O musicians, “Heart’s ease,”
line 2688“Heart’s ease.” O, an you will have me live, play
line 2689“Heart’s ease.”
line 2690FIRST MUSICIANWhy “Heart’s ease?”
110line 2691PETERO musicians, because my heart itself plays “My
line 2692heart is full.” O, play me some merry dump to
line 2693comfort me.
line 2694FIRST MUSICIANNot a dump, we. ’Tis no time to play
line 2695now.
115line 2696PETERYou will not then?
line 2698PETERI will then give it you soundly.
line 2699FIRST MUSICIANWhat will you give us?
line 2700PETERNo money, on my faith, but the gleek. I will give
120line 2701you the minstrel.
line 2702FIRST MUSICIANThen will I give you the
line 2703serving-creature.
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 207 line 2704PETERThen will I lay the serving-creature’s dagger on
line 2705your pate. I will carry no crochets. I’ll re you, I’ll fa
125line 2706you. Do you note me?
line 2707FIRST MUSICIANAn you re us and fa us, you note us.
line 2708SECOND MUSICIANPray you, put up your dagger and
line 2709put out your wit.
line 2710PETERThen have at you with my wit. I will dry-beat
130line 2711you with an iron wit, and put up my iron dagger.
line 2712Answer me like men.
line 2713Sings. When griping griefs the heart doth wound
line 2714And doleful dumps the mind oppress,
line 2715Then music with her silver sound—
135line 2716Why “silver sound”? Why “music with her silver
line 2717sound”? What say you, Simon Catling?
line 2718FIRST MUSICIANMarry, sir, because silver hath a
line 2719sweet sound.
line 2720PETERPrates.—What say you, Hugh Rebeck?
140line 2721SECOND MUSICIANI say “silver sound” because musicians
line 2722sound for silver.
line 2723PETERPrates too.—What say you, James Soundpost?
line 2724THIRD MUSICIANFaith, I know not what to say.
line 2725PETERO, I cry you mercy. You are the singer. I will say
145line 2726for you. It is “music with her silver sound” because
line 2727musicians have no gold for sounding:
line 2728Sings. Then music with her silver sound
line 2729With speedy help doth lend redress.

He exits.

line 2730FIRST MUSICIANWhat a pestilent knave is this same!
150line 2731SECOND MUSICIANHang him, Jack. Come, we’ll in
line 2732here, tarry for the mourners, and stay dinner.

They exit.


Scene 1

Enter Romeo.

line 2733If I may trust the flattering truth of sleep,
line 2734My dreams presage some joyful news at hand.
line 2735My bosom’s lord sits lightly in his throne,
line 2736And all this day an unaccustomed spirit
5line 2737Lifts me above the ground with cheerful thoughts.
line 2738I dreamt my lady came and found me dead
line 2739(Strange dream that gives a dead man leave to
line 2740think!)
line 2741And breathed such life with kisses in my lips
10line 2742That I revived and was an emperor.
line 2743Ah me, how sweet is love itself possessed
line 2744When but love’s shadows are so rich in joy!

Enter Romeo’s man Balthasar, in riding boots.

line 2745News from Verona!—How now, Balthasar?
line 2746Dost thou not bring me letters from the Friar?
15line 2747How doth my lady? Is my father well?
line 2748How doth my Juliet? That I ask again,
line 2749For nothing can be ill if she be well.
line 2750Then she is well and nothing can be ill.
line 2751Her body sleeps in Capels’ monument,
20line 2752And her immortal part with angels lives.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 213 line 2753I saw her laid low in her kindred’s vault
line 2754And presently took post to tell it you.
line 2755O, pardon me for bringing these ill news,
line 2756Since you did leave it for my office, sir.
25line 2757Is it e’en so?—Then I deny you, stars!—
line 2758Thou knowest my lodging. Get me ink and paper,
line 2759And hire post-horses. I will hence tonight.
line 2760I do beseech you, sir, have patience.
line 2761Your looks are pale and wild and do import
30line 2762Some misadventure.
line 2763ROMEOTush, thou art deceived.
line 2764Leave me, and do the thing I bid thee do.
line 2765Hast thou no letters to me from the Friar?
line 2766No, my good lord.
35line 2767ROMEONo matter. Get thee gone,
line 2768And hire those horses. I’ll be with thee straight.

Balthasar exits.

line 2769Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight.
line 2770Let’s see for means. O mischief, thou art swift
line 2771To enter in the thoughts of desperate men.
40line 2772I do remember an apothecary
line 2773(And hereabouts he dwells) which late I noted
line 2774In tattered weeds, with overwhelming brows,
line 2775Culling of simples. Meager were his looks.
line 2776Sharp misery had worn him to the bones.
45line 2777And in his needy shop a tortoise hung,
line 2778An alligator stuffed, and other skins
line 2779Of ill-shaped fishes; and about his shelves,
line 2780A beggarly account of empty boxes,
line 2781Green earthen pots, bladders, and musty seeds,
50line 2782Remnants of packthread, and old cakes of roses
line 2783Were thinly scattered to make up a show.
line 2784Noting this penury, to myself I said
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 215 line 2785“An if a man did need a poison now,
line 2786Whose sale is present death in Mantua,
55line 2787Here lives a caitiff wretch would sell it him.”
line 2788O, this same thought did but forerun my need,
line 2789And this same needy man must sell it me.
line 2790As I remember, this should be the house.
line 2791Being holiday, the beggar’s shop is shut.—
60line 2792What ho, Apothecary!

Enter Apothecary.

line 2793APOTHECARYWho calls so loud?
line 2794Come hither, man. I see that thou art poor.

He offers money.

line 2795Hold, there is forty ducats. Let me have
line 2796A dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear
65line 2797As will disperse itself through all the veins,
line 2798That the life-weary taker may fall dead,
line 2799And that the trunk may be discharged of breath
line 2800As violently as hasty powder fired
line 2801Doth hurry from the fatal cannon’s womb.
70line 2802Such mortal drugs I have, but Mantua’s law
line 2803Is death to any he that utters them.
line 2804Art thou so bare and full of wretchedness,
line 2805And fearest to die? Famine is in thy cheeks,
line 2806Need and oppression starveth in thy eyes,
75line 2807Contempt and beggary hangs upon thy back.
line 2808The world is not thy friend, nor the world’s law.
line 2809The world affords no law to make thee rich.
line 2810Then be not poor, but break it, and take this.
line 2811My poverty, but not my will, consents.
80line 2812I pay thy poverty and not thy will.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 217 APOTHECARYgiving him the poison
line 2813Put this in any liquid thing you will
line 2814And drink it off, and if you had the strength
line 2815Of twenty men, it would dispatch you straight.
ROMEOhanding him the money
line 2816There is thy gold, worse poison to men’s souls,
85line 2817Doing more murder in this loathsome world
line 2818Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not
line 2819sell.
line 2820I sell thee poison; thou hast sold me none.
line 2821Farewell, buy food, and get thyself in flesh.

Apothecary exits.

90line 2822Come, cordial and not poison, go with me
line 2823To Juliet’s grave, for there must I use thee.

He exits.

Scene 2

Enter Friar John.

line 2824Holy Franciscan friar, brother, ho!

Enter Friar Lawrence.

line 2825This same should be the voice of Friar John.—
line 2826Welcome from Mantua. What says Romeo?
line 2827Or, if his mind be writ, give me his letter.
5line 2828Going to find a barefoot brother out,
line 2829One of our order, to associate me,
line 2830Here in this city visiting the sick,
line 2831And finding him, the searchers of the town,
line 2832Suspecting that we both were in a house
10line 2833Where the infectious pestilence did reign,
line 2834Sealed up the doors and would not let us forth,
line 2835So that my speed to Mantua there was stayed.
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 219 FRIAR LAWRENCE
line 2836Who bare my letter, then, to Romeo?
line 2837I could not send it—here it is again—

Returning the letter.

15line 2838Nor get a messenger to bring it thee,
line 2839So fearful were they of infection.
line 2840Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood,
line 2841The letter was not nice but full of charge,
line 2842Of dear import, and the neglecting it
20line 2843May do much danger. Friar John, go hence.
line 2844Get me an iron crow and bring it straight
line 2845Unto my cell.
line 2846Brother, I’ll go and bring it thee.He exits.
line 2847Now must I to the monument alone.
25line 2848Within this three hours will fair Juliet wake.
line 2849She will beshrew me much that Romeo
line 2850Hath had no notice of these accidents.
line 2851But I will write again to Mantua,
line 2852And keep her at my cell till Romeo come.
30line 2853Poor living corse, closed in a dead man’s tomb!

He exits.

Scene 3

Enter Paris and his Page.

line 2854Give me thy torch, boy. Hence and stand aloof.
line 2855Yet put it out, for I would not be seen.
line 2856Under yond yew trees lay thee all along,
line 2857Holding thy ear close to the hollow ground.
5line 2858So shall no foot upon the churchyard tread
line 2859(Being loose, unfirm, with digging up of graves)
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 221 line 2860But thou shalt hear it. Whistle then to me
line 2861As signal that thou hearest something approach.
line 2862Give me those flowers. Do as I bid thee. Go.
10line 2863I am almost afraid to stand alone
line 2864Here in the churchyard. Yet I will adventure.

He moves away from Paris.

PARISscattering flowers
line 2865Sweet flower, with flowers thy bridal bed I strew
line 2866(O woe, thy canopy is dust and stones!)
line 2867Which with sweet water nightly I will dew,
15line 2868Or, wanting that, with tears distilled by moans.
line 2869The obsequies that I for thee will keep
line 2870Nightly shall be to strew thy grave and weep.

Page whistles.

line 2871The boy gives warning something doth approach.
line 2872What cursèd foot wanders this way tonight,
20line 2873To cross my obsequies and true love’s rite?
line 2874What, with a torch? Muffle me, night, awhile.

He steps aside.

Enter Romeo and Balthasar.

line 2875Give me that mattock and the wrenching iron.
line 2876Hold, take this letter. Early in the morning
line 2877See thou deliver it to my lord and father.
25line 2878Give me the light. Upon thy life I charge thee,
line 2879Whate’er thou hearest or seest, stand all aloof
line 2880And do not interrupt me in my course.
line 2881Why I descend into this bed of death
line 2882Is partly to behold my lady’s face,
30line 2883But chiefly to take thence from her dead finger
line 2884A precious ring, a ring that I must use
line 2885In dear employment. Therefore hence, begone.
line 2886But, if thou, jealous, dost return to pry
line 2887In what I farther shall intend to do,
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 223 35line 2888By heaven, I will tear thee joint by joint
line 2889And strew this hungry churchyard with thy limbs.
line 2890The time and my intents are savage-wild,
line 2891More fierce and more inexorable far
line 2892Than empty tigers or the roaring sea.
40line 2893I will be gone, sir, and not trouble you.
line 2894So shalt thou show me friendship. Take thou that.

Giving money.

line 2895Live and be prosperous, and farewell, good fellow.
line 2896For all this same, I’ll hide me hereabout.
line 2897His looks I fear, and his intents I doubt.

He steps aside.

ROMEObeginning to force open the tomb
45line 2898Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death,
line 2899Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth,
line 2900Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open,
line 2901And in despite I’ll cram thee with more food.
line 2902This is that banished haughty Montague
50line 2903That murdered my love’s cousin, with which grief
line 2904It is supposèd the fair creature died,
line 2905And here is come to do some villainous shame
line 2906To the dead bodies. I will apprehend him.

Stepping forward.

line 2907Stop thy unhallowed toil, vile Montague.
55line 2908Can vengeance be pursued further than death?
line 2909Condemnèd villain, I do apprehend thee.
line 2910Obey and go with me, for thou must die.
line 2911I must indeed, and therefore came I hither.
line 2912Good gentle youth, tempt not a desp’rate man.
60line 2913Fly hence and leave me. Think upon these gone.
line 2914Let them affright thee. I beseech thee, youth,
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 225 line 2915Put not another sin upon my head
line 2916By urging me to fury. O, begone!
line 2917By heaven, I love thee better than myself,
65line 2918For I come hither armed against myself.
line 2919Stay not, begone, live, and hereafter say
line 2920A madman’s mercy bid thee run away.
line 2921I do defy thy commination
line 2922And apprehend thee for a felon here.
70line 2923Wilt thou provoke me? Then have at thee, boy!

They draw and fight.

line 2924O Lord, they fight! I will go call the watch.

He exits.

line 2925O, I am slain! If thou be merciful,
line 2926Open the tomb; lay me with Juliet.He dies.
line 2927In faith, I will.—Let me peruse this face.
75line 2928Mercutio’s kinsman, noble County Paris!
line 2929What said my man when my betossèd soul
line 2930Did not attend him as we rode? I think
line 2931He told me Paris should have married Juliet.
line 2932Said he not so? Or did I dream it so?
80line 2933Or am I mad, hearing him talk of Juliet,
line 2934To think it was so?—O, give me thy hand,
line 2935One writ with me in sour misfortune’s book!
line 2936I’ll bury thee in a triumphant grave.—

He opens the tomb.

line 2937A grave? O, no. A lantern, slaughtered youth,
85line 2938For here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes
line 2939This vault a feasting presence full of light.—
line 2940Death, lie thou there, by a dead man interred.

Laying Paris in the tomb.

line 2941How oft when men are at the point of death
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 227 line 2942Have they been merry, which their keepers call
90line 2943A light’ning before death! O, how may I
line 2944Call this a light’ning?—O my love, my wife,
line 2945Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath,
line 2946Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.
line 2947Thou art not conquered. Beauty’s ensign yet
95line 2948Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks,
line 2949And death’s pale flag is not advancèd there.—
line 2950Tybalt, liest thou there in thy bloody sheet?
line 2951O, what more favor can I do to thee
line 2952Than with that hand that cut thy youth in twain
100line 2953To sunder his that was thine enemy?
line 2954Forgive me, cousin.—Ah, dear Juliet,
line 2955Why art thou yet so fair? Shall I believe
line 2956That unsubstantial death is amorous,
line 2957And that the lean abhorrèd monster keeps
105line 2958Thee here in dark to be his paramour?
line 2959For fear of that I still will stay with thee
line 2960And never from this palace of dim night
line 2961Depart again. Here, here will I remain
line 2962With worms that are thy chambermaids. O, here
110line 2963Will I set up my everlasting rest
line 2964And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
line 2965From this world-wearied flesh! Eyes, look your last.
line 2966Arms, take your last embrace. And, lips, O, you
line 2967The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
115line 2968A dateless bargain to engrossing death.

Kissing Juliet.

line 2969Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavory guide!
line 2970Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on
line 2971The dashing rocks thy seasick weary bark!
line 2972Here’s to my love. Drinking. O true apothecary,
120line 2973Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.

He dies.

Enter Friar Lawrence with lantern, crow, and spade.

Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 229 FRIAR LAWRENCE
line 2974Saint Francis be my speed! How oft tonight
line 2975Have my old feet stumbled at graves!—Who’s there?
line 2976Here’s one, a friend, and one that knows you well.
line 2977Bliss be upon you. Tell me, good my friend,
125line 2978What torch is yond that vainly lends his light
line 2979To grubs and eyeless skulls? As I discern,
line 2980It burneth in the Capels’ monument.
line 2981It doth so, holy sir, and there’s my master,
line 2982One that you love.
130line 2983FRIAR LAWRENCEWho is it?
line 2984BALTHASARRomeo.
line 2985How long hath he been there?
line 2986BALTHASARFull half an hour.
line 2987Go with me to the vault.
135line 2988BALTHASARI dare not, sir.
line 2989My master knows not but I am gone hence,
line 2990And fearfully did menace me with death
line 2991If I did stay to look on his intents.
line 2992Stay, then. I’ll go alone. Fear comes upon me.
140line 2993O, much I fear some ill unthrifty thing.
line 2994As I did sleep under this yew tree here,
line 2995I dreamt my master and another fought,
line 2996And that my master slew him.
FRIAR LAWRENCEmoving toward the tomb
line 2997Romeo!—
145line 2998Alack, alack, what blood is this which stains
line 2999The stony entrance of this sepulcher?
line 3000What mean these masterless and gory swords
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 231 line 3001To lie discolored by this place of peace?
line 3002Romeo! O, pale! Who else? What, Paris too?
150line 3003And steeped in blood? Ah, what an unkind hour
line 3004Is guilty of this lamentable chance!
line 3005The lady stirs.
line 3006O comfortable friar, where is my lord?
line 3007I do remember well where I should be,
155line 3008And there I am. Where is my Romeo?
line 3009I hear some noise.—Lady, come from that nest
line 3010Of death, contagion, and unnatural sleep.
line 3011A greater power than we can contradict
line 3012Hath thwarted our intents. Come, come away.
160line 3013Thy husband in thy bosom there lies dead,
line 3014And Paris, too. Come, I’ll dispose of thee
line 3015Among a sisterhood of holy nuns.
line 3016Stay not to question, for the watch is coming.
line 3017Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay.
165line 3018Go, get thee hence, for I will not away.

He exits.

line 3019What’s here? A cup closed in my true love’s hand?
line 3020Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end.—
line 3021O churl, drunk all, and left no friendly drop
line 3022To help me after! I will kiss thy lips.
170line 3023Haply some poison yet doth hang on them,
line 3024To make me die with a restorative.She kisses him.
line 3025Thy lips are warm!

Enter Paris’s Page and Watch.

line 3026FIRST WATCHLead, boy. Which way?
line 3027Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O, happy dagger,
175line 3028This is thy sheath. There rust, and let me die.

She takes Romeo’s dagger, stabs herself, and dies.

Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 233 PAGE
line 3029This is the place, there where the torch doth burn.
line 3030The ground is bloody.—Search about the
line 3031churchyard.
line 3032Go, some of you; whoe’er you find, attach.

Some watchmen exit.

180line 3033Pitiful sight! Here lies the County slain,
line 3034And Juliet bleeding, warm, and newly dead,
line 3035Who here hath lain this two days burièd.—
line 3036Go, tell the Prince. Run to the Capulets.
line 3037Raise up the Montagues. Some others search.

Others exit.

185line 3038We see the ground whereon these woes do lie,
line 3039But the true ground of all these piteous woes
line 3040We cannot without circumstance descry.

Enter Watchmen with Romeo’s man Balthasar.

line 3041Here’s Romeo’s man. We found him in the
line 3042churchyard.
190line 3043Hold him in safety till the Prince come hither.

Enter Friar Lawrence and another Watchman.

line 3044Here is a friar that trembles, sighs, and weeps.
line 3045We took this mattock and this spade from him
line 3046As he was coming from this churchyard’s side.
line 3047A great suspicion. Stay the Friar too.

Enter the Prince with Attendants.

195line 3048What misadventure is so early up
line 3049That calls our person from our morning rest?
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 235

Enter Capulet and Lady Capulet.

line 3050What should it be that is so shrieked abroad?
line 3051O, the people in the street cry “Romeo,”
line 3052Some “Juliet,” and some “Paris,” and all run
200line 3053With open outcry toward our monument.
line 3054What fear is this which startles in our ears?
line 3055Sovereign, here lies the County Paris slain,
line 3056And Romeo dead, and Juliet, dead before,
line 3057Warm and new killed.
205line 3058Search, seek, and know how this foul murder
line 3059comes.
line 3060Here is a friar, and slaughtered Romeo’s man,
line 3061With instruments upon them fit to open
line 3062These dead men’s tombs.
210line 3063O heavens! O wife, look how our daughter bleeds!
line 3064This dagger hath mista’en, for, lo, his house
line 3065Is empty on the back of Montague,
line 3066And it mis-sheathèd in my daughter’s bosom.
line 3067O me, this sight of death is as a bell
215line 3068That warns my old age to a sepulcher.

Enter Montague.

line 3069Come, Montague, for thou art early up
line 3070To see thy son and heir now early down.
line 3071Alas, my liege, my wife is dead tonight.
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 237 line 3072Grief of my son’s exile hath stopped her breath.
220line 3073What further woe conspires against mine age?
line 3074PRINCELook, and thou shalt see.
MONTAGUEseeing Romeo dead
line 3075O thou untaught! What manners is in this,
line 3076To press before thy father to a grave?
line 3077Seal up the mouth of outrage for awhile,
225line 3078Till we can clear these ambiguities
line 3079And know their spring, their head, their true
line 3080descent,
line 3081And then will I be general of your woes
line 3082And lead you even to death. Meantime forbear,
230line 3083And let mischance be slave to patience.—
line 3084Bring forth the parties of suspicion.
line 3085I am the greatest, able to do least,
line 3086Yet most suspected, as the time and place
line 3087Doth make against me, of this direful murder.
235line 3088And here I stand, both to impeach and purge
line 3089Myself condemnèd and myself excused.
line 3090Then say at once what thou dost know in this.
line 3091I will be brief, for my short date of breath
line 3092Is not so long as is a tedious tale.
240line 3093Romeo, there dead, was husband to that Juliet,
line 3094And she, there dead, that Romeo’s faithful wife.
line 3095I married them, and their stol’n marriage day
line 3096Was Tybalt’s doomsday, whose untimely death
line 3097Banished the new-made bridegroom from this city,
245line 3098For whom, and not for Tybalt, Juliet pined.
line 3099You, to remove that siege of grief from her,
line 3100Betrothed and would have married her perforce
line 3101To County Paris. Then comes she to me,
line 3102And with wild looks bid me devise some mean
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 239 250line 3103To rid her from this second marriage,
line 3104Or in my cell there would she kill herself.
line 3105Then gave I her (so tutored by my art)
line 3106A sleeping potion, which so took effect
line 3107As I intended, for it wrought on her
255line 3108The form of death. Meantime I writ to Romeo
line 3109That he should hither come as this dire night
line 3110To help to take her from her borrowed grave,
line 3111Being the time the potion’s force should cease.
line 3112But he which bore my letter, Friar John,
260line 3113Was stayed by accident, and yesternight
line 3114Returned my letter back. Then all alone
line 3115At the prefixèd hour of her waking
line 3116Came I to take her from her kindred’s vault,
line 3117Meaning to keep her closely at my cell
265line 3118Till I conveniently could send to Romeo.
line 3119But when I came, some minute ere the time
line 3120Of her awakening, here untimely lay
line 3121The noble Paris and true Romeo dead.
line 3122She wakes, and I entreated her come forth
270line 3123And bear this work of heaven with patience.
line 3124But then a noise did scare me from the tomb,
line 3125And she, too desperate, would not go with me
line 3126But, as it seems, did violence on herself.
line 3127All this I know, and to the marriage
275line 3128Her nurse is privy. And if aught in this
line 3129Miscarried by my fault, let my old life
line 3130Be sacrificed some hour before his time
line 3131Unto the rigor of severest law.
line 3132We still have known thee for a holy man.—
280line 3133Where’s Romeo’s man? What can he say to this?
line 3134I brought my master news of Juliet’s death,
line 3135And then in post he came from Mantua
line 3136To this same place, to this same monument.
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 241 line 3137This letter he early bid me give his father
285line 3138And threatened me with death, going in the vault,
line 3139If I departed not and left him there.
line 3140Give me the letter. I will look on it.—

He takes Romeo’s letter.

line 3141Where is the County’s page, that raised the
line 3142watch?—
290line 3143Sirrah, what made your master in this place?
line 3144He came with flowers to strew his lady’s grave
line 3145And bid me stand aloof, and so I did.
line 3146Anon comes one with light to ope the tomb,
line 3147And by and by my master drew on him,
295line 3148And then I ran away to call the watch.
line 3149This letter doth make good the Friar’s words,
line 3150Their course of love, the tidings of her death;
line 3151And here he writes that he did buy a poison
line 3152Of a poor ’pothecary, and therewithal
300line 3153Came to this vault to die and lie with Juliet.
line 3154Where be these enemies?—Capulet, Montague,
line 3155See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,
line 3156That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love,
line 3157And I, for winking at your discords too,
305line 3158Have lost a brace of kinsmen. All are punished.
line 3159O brother Montague, give me thy hand.
line 3160This is my daughter’s jointure, for no more
line 3161Can I demand.
line 3162MONTAGUEBut I can give thee more,
310line 3163For I will ray her statue in pure gold,
line 3164That whiles Verona by that name is known,
line 3165There shall no figure at such rate be set
line 3166As that of true and faithful Juliet.
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 243 CAPULET
line 3167As rich shall Romeo’s by his lady’s lie,
315line 3168Poor sacrifices of our enmity.
line 3169A glooming peace this morning with it brings.
line 3170The sun for sorrow will not show his head.
line 3171Go hence to have more talk of these sad things.
line 3172Some shall be pardoned, and some punishèd.
320line 3173For never was a story of more woe
line 3174Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

All exit.

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