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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare ACT I PROLOGUE

Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

SCENE I. Verona. A public place.
Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, of the house of Capulet, armed with swords and bucklers GREGORY Draw thy tool! here comes two of the house of the Montagues. SAMPSON My naked weapon is out: quarrel, I will back thee. GREGORY How! turn thy back and run? SAMPSON Fear me not. GREGORY
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No, marry; I fear thee! SAMPSON Let us take the law of our sides; let them begin. GREGORY I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they list. SAMPSON Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it. Enter ABRAHAM and BALTHASAR ABRAHAM Do you bite your thumb at us, sir? SAMPSON I do bite my thumb, sir. ABRAHAM Do you bite your thumb at us, sir? SAMPSON [Aside to GREGORY] Is the law of our side, if I say ay? GREGORY No. SAMPSON No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir. GREGORY Do you quarrel, sir? ABRAHAM Quarrel sir! no, sir. SAMPSON If you do, sir, I am for you: I serve as good a man as you. ABRAHAM No better. SAMPSON
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Well, sir. They fight Enter BENVOLIO BENVOLIO Part, fools! Put up your swords; you know not what you do. Beats down their swords Enter TYBALT TYBALT What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death. BENVOLIO I do but keep the peace: put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me. TYBALT What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee: Have at thee, coward! They fight Enter, several of both houses, who join the fray; then enter Citizens, with clubs First Citizen Clubs, bills, and partisans! strike! beat them down! Down with the Capulets! down with the Montagues! Enter CAPULET in his gown, and LADY CAPULET
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That quench the fire of your pernicious rage With purple fountains issuing from your veins. To wield old partisans.CAPULET What noise is this? Give me my long sword. By thee. and Montague. Have thrice disturb'd the quiet of our streets. Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace. ho! you men. from those bloody hands Throw your mistemper'd weapons to the ground. Enter MONTAGUE and LADY MONTAGUE MONTAGUE Thou villain Capulet. bred of an airy word. enemies to peace. Canker'd with peace. LADY MONTAGUE Thou shalt not stir a foot to seek a foe. And flourishes his blade in spite of me. to part your canker'd hate: If ever you disturb our streets again. old Capulet. in hands as old. Three civil brawls. Enter PRINCE. And hear the sentence of your moved prince.-Will they not hear? What. On pain of torture. And made Verona's ancient citizens Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments. I say! Old Montague is come. 4 . a crutch! why call you for a sword? CAPULET My sword. let me go. you beasts. with Attendants PRINCE Rebellious subjects. Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel. ho! LADY CAPULET A crutch.--Hold me not.

nephew. So early walking did I see your son: Towards him I made. close fighting ere I did approach: LADY MONTAGUE O. Where. Pursued my humour not pursuing his. And gladly shunn'd who gladly fled from me. but he was ware of me And stole into the covert of the wood: I. and BENVOLIO MONTAGUE Who set this ancient quarrel new abroach? Speak. Exeunt all but MONTAGUE.For this time. underneath the grove of sycamore That westward rooteth from the city's side. Montague. an hour before the worshipp'd sun Peer'd forth the golden window of the east. LADY MONTAGUE. shall go along with me: And. Unless good counsel may the cause remove. all the rest depart away: You Capulet. our common judgment-place. BENVOLIO Madam. A troubled mind drave me to walk abroad. 5 . To know our further pleasure in this case. Once more. where is Romeo? saw you him to-day? Right glad I am he was not at this fray. measuring his affections by my own. come you this afternoon. To old Free-town. on pain of death. all men depart. MONTAGUE Many a morning hath he there been seen. And yours. That most are busied when they're most alone. were you by when it began? BENVOLIO Here were the servants of your adversary. Black and portentous must his humour prove.

To hear true shrift. let's away. where he comes: so please you. ROMEO Is the day so young? BENVOLIO But new struck nine. Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow. BENVOLIO Have you importuned him by any means? MONTAGUE Both by myself and many other friends. Come. step aside. Was that my father that went hence so fast? BENVOLIO It was. ROMEO Ay me! sad hours seem long. 6 . What sadness lengthens Romeo's hours? ROMEO Not having that. Enter ROMEO BENVOLIO See. having.BENVOLIO My noble uncle. or be much denied. cousin. Exeunt MONTAGUE and LADY MONTAGUE BENVOLIO Good-morrow. makes them short. madam. I'll know his grievance. which. do you know the cause? MONTAGUE I neither know it nor can learn of him. We would as willingly give cure as know. MONTAGUE I would thou wert so happy by thy stay.

such is love's transgression. I rather weep. ROMEO Good heart. coz. Dost thou not laugh? BENVOLIO No. that love. a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes. at what? BENVOLIO At thy good heart's oppression. of nothing first create! O heavy lightness! serious vanity! Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms! Feather of lead. that is not what it is! This love feel I. O brawling love! O loving hate! O any thing. Here's much to do with hate. What is it else? a madness most discreet. for I have heard it all. where I am in love. cold fire. sick health! Still-waking sleep. Being purged. BENVOLIO Alas. Why. 7 . so gentle in his view. but more with love.BENVOLIO In love? ROMEO Out-BENVOLIO Of love? ROMEO Out of her favour. bright smoke. that feel no love in this. then. ROMEO Why. Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs. Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof! ROMEO O me! What fray was here? Yet tell me not.

BENVOLIO I aim'd so near. BENVOLIO Then she hath sworn that she will still live chaste? ROMEO She hath. I do love a woman. he's some other where. And. Examine other beauties. BENVOLIO Tell me in sadness. ROMEO Farewell: thou canst not teach me to forget. ROMEO Well. 8 . ROMEO In sadness. forget to think of her. Farewell. and in that sparing makes huge waste. in that hit you miss: she'll not be hit With Cupid's arrow. you do me wrong. ROMEO A right good mark-man! And she's fair I love. in strong proof of chastity well arm'd. fair coz. From love's weak childish bow she lives unharm'd. BENVOLIO By giving liberty unto thine eyes. is soonest hit. my coz. An if you leave me so. teach me how I should forget to think. I have lost myself. who is that you love. ROMEO Tut. I am not here. This is not Romeo. cousin. ROMEO O. when I supposed you loved. she hath Dian's wit.A choking gall and a preserving sweet. BENVOLIO A right fair mark. BENVOLIO Soft! I will go along. BENVOLIO Be ruled by me.

PARIS. The earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she. Such as I love. This night I hold an old accustom'd feast. Exeunt ACT I SCENE II. In penalty alike. get her heart. And pity 'tis you lived at odds so long. An she agree. Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride. what say you to my suit? CAPULET But saying o'er what I have said before: My child is yet a stranger in the world. For men so old as we to keep the peace. A street. my lord. gentle Paris. My will to her consent is but a part.BENVOLIO I'll pay that doctrine. CAPULET And too soon marr'd are those so early made. Let two more summers wither in their pride. Whereto I have invited many a guest. I think. or else die in debt. and you. among the store. PARIS Younger than she are happy mothers made. within her scope of choice Lies my consent and fair according voice. She is the hopeful lady of my earth: But woo her. and 'tis not hard. and Servant CAPULET But Montague is bound as well as I. But now. PARIS Of honourable reckoning are you both. 9 . Enter CAPULET. She hath not seen the change of fourteen years.

And the rank poison of the old will die. and to them say. find those persons out Whose names are written there. go with me. and can never find what names the writing person hath here writ. I must to the learned. giving a paper Go. and the painter with his nets. To Servant. that the shoemaker should meddle with his yard. My house and welcome on their pleasure stay. BENVOLIO For what. but I am sent to find those persons whose names are here writ. the fisher with his pencil. trudge about Through fair Verona. At my poor house look to behold this night Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light: Come. man.--In good time.One more. I pray thee? ROMEO For your broken shin. most welcome. Exeunt CAPULET and PARIS Servant Find them out whose names are written here! It is written. Enter BENVOLIO and ROMEO BENVOLIO Tut. makes my number more. BENVOLIO 10 . ROMEO Your plaintain-leaf is excellent for that. and the tailor with his last. sirrah. take thou some new infection to thy eye.

to our house. my fair niece Rosaline. I pray.Why. I pray. sir. Lucio and the lively Helena. Signior Placentio and his lovely nieces. good fellow. Signior Valentio and his cousin Tybalt. mine uncle Capulet. Shut up in prison. fellow. can you read? ROMEO Ay. 11 . but bound more than a mad-man is. kept without my food. his wife and daughters. I can read. the lady widow of Vitravio. Whipp'd and tormented and--God-den. Servant God gi' god-den.' A fair assembly: whither should they come? Servant Up. Mercutio and his brother Valentine. ROMEO Whither? Servant To supper. mine own fortune in my misery. Romeo. Servant Perhaps you have learned it without book: but. can you read any thing you see? ROMEO Ay. if I know the letters and the language. County Anselme and his beauteous sisters. art thou mad? ROMEO Not mad. Livia. Servant Ye say honestly: rest you merry! ROMEO Stay. Reads 'Signior Martino and his wife and daughters.

come and crush a cup of wine. And she shall scant show well that now shows best. I pray. and if you be not of the house of Montagues. and. With all the admired beauties of Verona: Go thither. ROMEO I'll go along. BENVOLIO Tut.ROMEO Whose house? Servant My master's. But to rejoice in splendor of mine own. Compare her face with some that I shall show. Herself poised with herself in either eye: But in that crystal scales let there be weigh'd Your lady's love against some other maid That I will show you shining at this feast. 12 . Servant Now I'll tell you without asking: my master is the great rich Capulet. no such sight to be shown. ROMEO One fairer than my love! the all-seeing sun Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun. none else being by. ROMEO Indeed. And I will make thee think thy swan a crow. I should have ask'd you that before. you saw her fair. Rest you merry! Exit BENVOLIO At this same ancient feast of Capulet's Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so lovest. with unattainted eye.

Nurse Now. at twelve year old. thou's hear our counsel. We must talk in secret:--nurse. Thou know'st my daughter's of a pretty age. LADY CAPULET She's not fourteen. Enter LADY CAPULET and Nurse LADY CAPULET Nurse. How long is it now To Lammas-tide? 13 . I can tell her age unto an hour. I bade her come. Nurse I'll lay fourteen of my teeth. give leave awhile. I am here. I have remember'd me. lamb! what. Juliet! Enter JULIET JULIET How now! who calls? Nurse Your mother. come back again. to my teeth be it spoken. by my maidenhead. Nurse Faith.Exeunt ACT I SCENE III.-And yet. I have but four-She is not fourteen. ladybird! God forbid! Where's this girl? What. A room in Capulet's house. JULIET Madam. What is your will? LADY CAPULET This is the matter:--Nurse. where's my daughter? call her forth to me. What.

That shall she. Wilt thou not.LADY CAPULET A fortnight and odd days. as I said. an I should live a thousand years. upon that day: For I had then laid wormwood to my dug. pretty fool. And. For then she could stand alone.--I never shall forget it. Jule?' and. nay. I trow. To bid me trudge: And since that time it is eleven years. Jule?' quoth he.' To see. The pretty wretch left crying and said 'Ay. she broke her brow: And then my husband--God be with his soul! A' was a merry man--took up the child: 'Yea. My lord and you were then at Mantua:-Nay. Sitting in the sun under the dove-house wall. Nurse Even or odd. of all days in the year. For even the day before. by my holidame.-Of all the days of the year. I do bear a brain:--but. I never should forget it: 'Wilt thou not. 'Tis since the earthquake now eleven years. Susan and she--God rest all Christian souls!-Were of an age: well. Susan is with God. When it did taste the wormwood on the nipple Of my dug and felt it bitter. She could have run and waddled all about.' 14 . as I said.' quoth he. it stinted and said 'Ay. To see it tetchy and fall out with the dug! Shake quoth the dove-house: 'twas no need. On Lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen. by the rood. now. pretty fool. 'dost thou fall upon thy face? Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit. She was too good for me: but. I remember it well. how a jest shall come about! I warrant. And she was wean'd. Come Lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen. marry.

LADY CAPULET Enough of this; I pray thee, hold thy peace. Nurse Yes, madam: yet I cannot choose but laugh, To think it should leave crying and say 'Ay.' And yet, I warrant, it had upon its brow A bump as big as a young cockerel's stone; A parlous knock; and it cried bitterly: 'Yea,' quoth my husband,'fall'st upon thy face? Thou wilt fall backward when thou comest to age; Wilt thou not, Jule?' it stinted and said 'Ay.' JULIET And stint thou too, I pray thee, nurse, say I. Nurse Peace, I have done. God mark thee to his grace! Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nursed: An I might live to see thee married once, I have my wish. LADY CAPULET Marry, that 'marry' is the very theme I came to talk of. Tell me, daughter Juliet, How stands your disposition to be married? JULIET It is an honour that I dream not of. Nurse An honour! were not I thine only nurse, I would say thou hadst suck'd wisdom from thy teat. LADY CAPULET Well, think of marriage now; younger than you, Here in Verona, ladies of esteem, Are made already mothers: by my count, I was your mother much upon these years That you are now a maid. Thus then in brief: The valiant Paris seeks you for his love. Nurse
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A man, young lady! lady, such a man As all the world--why, he's a man of wax. LADY CAPULET Verona's summer hath not such a flower. Nurse Nay, he's a flower; in faith, a very flower. LADY CAPULET What say you? can you love the gentleman? This night you shall behold him at our feast; Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face, And find delight writ there with beauty's pen; Examine every married lineament, So shall you share all that he doth possess, By having him, making yourself no less. Nurse No less! nay, bigger; women grow by men. LADY CAPULET Speak briefly, can you like of Paris' love? JULIET I'll look to like, if looking liking move: But no more deep will I endart mine eye Than your consent gives strength to make it fly. Enter a Servant Servant Madam, the guests are come, supper served up, you called, my young lady asked for, the nurse cursed in the pantry, and every thing in extremity. I must hence to wait; I beseech you, follow straight. LADY CAPULET We follow thee. Exit Servant
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Juliet, the county stays. Nurse Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days. Exeunt

ACT I SCENE IV. A street.
Enter ROMEO, MERCUTIO, BENVOLIO, with five or six Maskers, Torch-bearers, and others ROMEO What, shall this speech be spoke for our excuse? Or shall we on without a apology? BENVOLIO Let them measure us by what they will; We'll measure them a measure, and be gone. ROMEO Give me a torch: I am not for this ambling; Being but heavy, I will bear the light. MERCUTIO Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance. ROMEO Not I, believe me: you have dancing shoes With nimble soles: I have a soul of lead So stakes me to the ground I cannot move. MERCUTIO You are a lover; borrow Cupid's wings, And soar with them above a common bound. ROMEO I am too sore enpierced with his shaft To soar with his light feathers, and so bound, I cannot bound a pitch above dull woe: Under love's heavy burden do I sink. MERCUTIO
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I'll be a candle-holder.And. MERCUTIO I mean. to sink in it. and look on. and you beat love down. ho! ROMEO Nay. Too great oppression for a tender thing. Prick love for pricking. MERCUTIO Why. dun's the mouse. and it pricks like thorn. For I am proverb'd with a grandsire phrase. MERCUTIO If love be rough with you. But every man betake him to his legs. wherein thou stick'st Up to the ears. and I am done. the constable's own word: If thou art dun. Too rude. we burn daylight. knock and enter. But 'tis no wit to go. be rough with love. like lamps by day. MERCUTIO Tut. too boisterous. sir. and no sooner in. that's not so. should you burden love. Give me a case to put my visage in: A visor for a visor! BENVOLIO Come. The game was ne'er so fair. ROMEO Is love a tender thing? it is too rough. ROMEO A torch for me: let wantons light of heart Tickle the senseless rushes with their heels. ROMEO And we mean well in going to this mask. Come. we'll draw thee from the mire Of this sir-reverence love. may one ask? 18 . for our judgment sits Five times in that ere once in our five wits. in delay We waste our lights in vain. Take our good meaning.

that dream on court'sies straight. and she comes In shape no bigger than an agate-stone On the fore-finger of an alderman. what was yours? MERCUTIO That dreamers often lie. then. Not so big as a round little worm Prick'd from the lazy finger of a maid. I see Queen Mab hath been with you. The collars of the moonshine's watery beams.ROMEO I dream'd a dream to-night. Drawn with a team of little atomies Athwart men's noses as they lie asleep. The traces of the smallest spider's web. Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub. O'er lawyers' fingers. 19 . who straight on kisses dream. MERCUTIO O. the lash of film. while they do dream things true. Her wagon-spokes made of long spiders' legs. ROMEO Well. And in this state she gallops night by night Through lovers' brains. She is the fairies' midwife. Her wagoner a small grey-coated gnat. and then they dream of love. Her whip of cricket's bone. O'er ladies ' lips. The cover of the wings of grasshoppers. ROMEO In bed asleep. Time out o' mind the fairies' coachmakers. Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are: Sometime she gallops o'er a courtier's nose. MERCUTIO And so did I. Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues. who straight dream on fees. O'er courtiers' knees.

too early: for my mind misgives Some consequence yet hanging in the stars 20 . MERCUTIO True. at which he starts and wakes. peace. And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats. Mercutio. Which are the children of an idle brain. when maids lie on their backs. you talk of. Which is as thin of substance as the air And more inconstant than the wind. That presses them and learns them first to bear. Of healths five-fathom deep. I talk of dreams. Which once untangled. And. Spanish blades. Of breaches. This is that very Mab That plats the manes of horses in the night. And sometime comes she with a tithe-pig's tail Tickling a parson's nose as a' lies asleep. peace! Thou talk'st of nothing. BENVOLIO This wind.And then dreams he of smelling out a suit. Turning his face to the dew-dropping south. he of another benefice: Sometime she driveth o'er a soldier's neck. And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs. ROMEO I fear. Making them women of good carriage: This is she-ROMEO Peace. Begot of nothing but vain fantasy. Then dreams. who wooes Even now the frozen bosom of the north. blows us from ourselves. ambuscadoes. And being thus frighted swears a prayer or two And sleeps again. being anger'd. much misfortune bodes: This is the hag. and then anon Drums in his ear. puffs away from thence. and we shall come too late. Supper is done.

sit. But He. I'll swear. And quench the fire. sit. Direct my sail! On. and turn the tables up. Such as would please: 'tis gone. girls. nay. gentlemen! come. this unlook'd-for sport comes well. play. the room is grown too hot. Nay. drum. good cousin Capulet. A hall. She. you knaves. 'tis gone. Ah. lusty gentlemen. musicians. my mistresses! which of you all Will now deny to dance? she that makes dainty. Enter Servingmen with napkins CAPULET Welcome. hath corns. A hall in Capulet's house. Ah ha. 'tis gone: You are welcome. that hath the steerage of my course. gentlemen! I have seen the day That I have worn a visor and could tell A whispering tale in a fair lady's ear. am I come near ye now? Welcome. BENVOLIO Strike. and they dance More light. sirrah. Musicians waiting. a hall! give room! and foot it.Shall bitterly begin his fearful date With this night's revels and expire the term Of a despised life closed in my breast By some vile forfeit of untimely death. Music plays. gentlemen! ladies that have their toes Unplagued with corns will have a bout with you. Exeunt ACT I SCENE V. For you and I are past our dancing days: 21 .

sir. TYBALT This. his son is elder. CAPULET What. CAPULET Will you tell me that? His son was but a ward two years ago. His son is thirty. 'tis not so much: 'Tis since the nuptials of Lucentio. ROMEO O. should be a Montague. and then we mask'd. cover'd with an antic face. kinsman! wherefore storm you so? 22 . by his voice. Did my heart love till now? forswear it. 'tis more. And. To strike him dead. she doth teach the torches to burn bright! I'll watch her place of stand. What dares the slave Come hither. I hold it not a sin. make blessed my rude hand. thirty years. ROMEO [To a Servingman] What lady is that. touching hers.How long is't now since last yourself and I Were in a mask? Second Capulet By'r lady. CAPULET Why. sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night. man! 'tis not so much. Come pentecost as quickly as it will. To fleer and scorn at our solemnity? Now. Second Capulet 'Tis more. boy. how now. Some five and twenty years. Fetch me my rapier. sir. by the stock and honour of my kin. which doth enrich the hand Of yonder knight? Servant I know not.

that villain Romeo. 'tis a shame. 'tis time. take no note of him: It is my will. when such a villain is a guest: I'll not endure him. to say truth. You'll not endure him! God shall mend my soul! You'll make a mutiny among my guests! You will set cock-a-hoop! you'll be the man! TYBALT Why. Show a fair presence and put off these frowns. or you? go to. To scorn at our solemnity this night. Verona brags of him To be a virtuous and well-govern'd youth: I would not for the wealth of all the town Here in my house do him disparagement: Therefore be patient. let him alone. this is a Montague. Am I the master here. And. uncle. 23 . CAPULET He shall be endured: What. And ill-beseeming semblance for a feast. indeed? This trick may chance to scathe you. CAPULET Young Romeo is it? TYBALT 'Tis he. A villain that is hither come in spite. TYBALT It fits. the which if thou respect. go to. gentle coz. he shall: go to. CAPULET Go to. our foe. He bears him like a portly gentleman.TYBALT Uncle. CAPULET Content thee. goodman boy! I say. I know what: You must contrary me! marry. You are a saucy boy: is't so.

ROMEO O. my hearts! TYBALT Patience perforce with wilful choler meeting Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting. lest faith turn to despair. go: Be quiet. two blushing pilgrims. JULIET Saints do not move. though grant for prayers' sake. dear saint. What. They pray. let lips do what hands do. ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. then. Thus from my lips. or--More light. JULIET Then have my lips the sin that they have took. lips that they must use in prayer. you do wrong your hand too much. my sin is purged. more light! For shame! I'll make you quiet. the gentle fine is this: My lips. Which mannerly devotion shows in this. pilgrim. ROMEO Have not saints lips. Exit ROMEO [To JULIET] If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine. grant thou. while my prayer's effect I take. JULIET Good pilgrim. And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss. my hearts! You are a princox. ROMEO Then move not. For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch. I will withdraw: but this intrusion shall Now seeming sweet convert to bitter gall. 24 . by yours.Well said. and holy palmers too? JULIET Ay. cheerly.

ROMEO Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again. then. Her mother is the lady of the house. JULIET You kiss by the book. good night. What is yond gentleman? Nurse I know not. the more is my unrest. CAPULET Nay. sirrah. BENVOLIO Away. nurse. Exeunt all but JULIET and Nurse JULIET Come hither. so I fear. I thank you all I thank you. it waxes late: I'll to my rest. We have a trifling foolish banquet towards. prepare not to be gone. ROMEO Ay. Is it e'en so? why. the sport is at the best. let's to bed. JULIET 25 . ROMEO Is she a Capulet? O dear account! my life is my foe's debt. Ah. be gone. More torches here! Come on then. bachelor. honest gentlemen. your mother craves a word with you. Nurse Madam. by my fay. ROMEO What is her mother? Nurse Marry. gentlemen.

JULIET My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown. Nurse What's this? what's this? JULIET A rhyme I learn'd even now Of one I danced withal.Go ask his name: if he be married. and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me. With tender Juliet match'd. is now not fair. That I must love a loathed enemy. That fair for which love groan'd for and would die. The only son of your great enemy. One calls within 'Juliet. and a Montague. let's away. 26 . Now Romeo is beloved and loves again. Exeunt ACT II PROLOGUE Enter Chorus Chorus Now old desire doth in his death-bed lie.' Nurse Anon. anon! Come. the strangers all are gone. And young affection gapes to be his heir. Nurse His name is Romeo. My grave is like to be my wedding bed.

her means much less To meet her new-beloved any where: But passion lends them power. hath stol'n him home to bed. A lane by the wall of Capulet's orchard. And. I'll conjure too. He climbs the wall. on my lie. And she as much in love.Alike betwitched by the charm of looks. Exit ACT II SCENE I. And she steal love's sweet bait from fearful hooks: Being held a foe. But to his foe supposed he must complain. MERCUTIO Nay. he may not have access To breathe such vows as lovers use to swear. BENVOLIO He ran this way. good Mercutio. dull earth. Enter ROMEO ROMEO Can I go forward when my heart is here? Turn back. and find thy centre out. and leap'd this orchard wall: Call. and leaps down within it Enter BENVOLIO and MERCUTIO BENVOLIO Romeo! my cousin Romeo! MERCUTIO He is wise. time means. Romeo! humours! madman! passion! lover! Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh: 27 . to meet Tempering extremities with extreme sweet.

O. straight leg and quivering thigh And the demesnes that there adjacent lie. This field-bed is too cold for me to sleep: Come. Exeunt 28 . MERCUTIO If love be blind. By her high forehead and her scarlet lip. that she were An open et caetera. thou a poperin pear! Romeo. for 'tis in vain To seek him here that means not to be found. thou wilt anger him. love cannot hit the mark. And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit As maids call medlars. To be consorted with the humorous night: Blind is his love and best befits the dark. he hath hid himself among these trees. then. shall we go? BENVOLIO Go. BENVOLIO Come. That in thy likeness thou appear to us! BENVOLIO And if he hear thee.Speak but one rhyme. letting it there stand Till she had laid it and conjured it down. By her fine foot. good night: I'll to my truckle-bed. and in his mistres s' name I conjure only but to raise up him. That were some spite: my invocation Is fair and honest. that she were. Now will he sit under a medlar tree. when they laugh alone. and I am satisfied. MERCUTIO This cannot anger him: 'twould anger him To raise a spirit in his mistress' circle Of some strange nature. Romeo.

As daylight doth a lamp. Who is already sick and pale with grief. Enter ROMEO ROMEO He jests at scars that never felt a wound. how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O. it is my love! O. do entreat her eyes To twinkle in their spheres till they return. That thou her maid art far more fair than she: Be not her maid. since she is envious. and Juliet is the sun. Having some business. they in her head? The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars. Arise. her eyes in heaven Would through the airy region stream so bright That birds would sing and think it were not night. It is my lady. I will answer it. That I might touch that cheek! JULIET Ay me! ROMEO 29 . JULIET appears above at a window But. and kill the envious moon. soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east. Her vestal livery is but sick and green And none but fools do wear it. cast it off. that she knew she were! She speaks yet she says nothing: what of that? Her eye discourses. I am too bold. that I were a glove upon that hand.ACT II SCENE II. What if her eyes were there. See. fair sun. Capulet's orchard. 'tis not to me she speaks: Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven. O.

ROMEO I take thee at thy word: Call me but love. And I'll no longer be a Capulet.She speaks: O. though not a Montague. if thou wilt not. were he not Romeo call'd. Retain that dear perfection which he owes Without that title. Henceforth I never will be Romeo. dear saint. I would tear the word. Had I it written. Romeo. be some other name! What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name. ROMEO [Aside] Shall I hear more. Because it is an enemy to thee. 30 . O. or shall I speak at this? JULIET 'Tis but thy name that is my enemy. is hateful to myself. bright angel! for thou art As glorious to this night. Or. JULIET O Romeo. doff thy name. So Romeo would. Nor arm. What's Montague? it is nor hand. nor any other part Belonging to a man. speak again. be but sworn my love. JULIET What man art thou that thus bescreen'd in night So stumblest on my counsel? ROMEO By a name I know not how to tell thee who I am: My name. and I'll be new baptized. nor face. Thou art thyself. And for that name which is no part of thee Take all myself. nor foot.

And I am proof against their enmity. JULIET I would not for the world they saw thee here. ROMEO Alack. ROMEO With love's light wings did I o'er-perch these walls. wanting of thy love. For stony limits cannot hold love out. there lies more peril in thine eye Than twenty of their swords: look thou but sweet. JULIET How camest thou hither. JULIET Thou know'st the mask of night is on my face. and wherefore? The orchard walls are high and hard to climb. And but thou love me. JULIET By whose direction found'st thou out this place? ROMEO By love. fair saint. Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me. tell me. ROMEO I have night's cloak to hide me from their sight. And what love can do that dares love attempt. they will murder thee. considering who thou art. who first did prompt me to inquire. Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek 31 . If any of my kinsmen find thee here. if either thee dislike. JULIET If they do see thee.JULIET My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words Of that tongue's utterance. yet I know the sound: Art thou not Romeo and a Montague? ROMEO Neither. let them find me here: My life were better ended by their hate. And the place death. Than death prorogued.

Too like the lightning. Good night. if thou wilt. Jove laughs. wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied? 32 . Or. do not swear: although I joy in thee. too unadvised. at lovers' perjuries Then say. fain deny What I have spoke: but farewell compliment! Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say 'Ay. the inconstant moon. too sudden. by summer's ripening breath. good night! This bud of love.' And I will take thy word: yet if thou swear'st. And I'll believe thee. ROMEO What shall I swear by? JULIET Do not swear at all. That monthly changes in her circled orb. May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet. good night! as sweet repose and rest Come to thy heart as that within my breast! ROMEO O. O gentle Romeo. Lest that thy love prove likewise variable. swear by thy gracious self. which doth cease to be Ere one can say 'It lightens. Thou mayst prove false. pronounce it faithfully. swear not by the moon.For that which thou hast heard me speak to-night Fain would I dwell on form. fain. ROMEO If my heart's dear love-JULIET Well. Which is the god of my idolatry. by yonder blessed moon I swear That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops-JULIET O. If thou dost love. ROMEO Lady. I have no joy of this contract to-night: It is too rash.' Sweet.

And yet I wish but for the thing I have: My bounty is as boundless as the sea. Thy purpose marriage. dear Romeo. Too flattering-sweet to be substantial.JULIET What satisfaction canst thou have to-night? ROMEO The exchange of thy love's faithful vow for mine. blessed night! I am afeard. Being in night. I will come again. If that thy bent of love be honourable. good nurse! Sweet Montague. and good night indeed. the more I give to thee. be true. all this is but a dream. Nurse calls within I hear some noise within. Stay but a little. adieu! Anon. dear love. The more I have. JULIET I gave thee mine before thou didst request it: And yet I would it were to give again. 33 . for both are infinite. above JULIET Three words. Re-enter JULIET. ROMEO Wouldst thou withdraw it? for what purpose. send me word to-morrow. above ROMEO O blessed. My love as deep. Exit. and give it thee again. love? JULIET But to be frank.

ROMEO So thrive my soul-JULIET A thousand times good night! Exit. above JULIET Romeo! At what o'clock to-morrow Shall I send to thee? 34 .--But if thou mean'st not well. Nurse [Within] Madam! JULIET I come. I come:-To cease thy suit. And all my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay And follow thee my lord throughout the world. and leave me to my grief: To-morrow will I send. to want thy light. anon. I do beseech thee-Nurse [Within] Madam! JULIET By and by. Retiring Re-enter JULIET. above ROMEO A thousand times the worse. toward school with heavy looks. But love from love. Love goes toward love. Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite.By one that I'll procure to come to thee. as schoolboys from their books.

Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves. peace in thy breast! Would I were sleep and peace. JULIET 'Tis almost morning. I have forgot why I did call thee back. to have thee still stand there. And with a silk thread plucks it back again. I would have thee gone: And yet no further than a wanton's bird. So loving-jealous of his liberty. Forgetting any other home but this. good night! parting is such sweet sorrow. JULIET Sweet. Good night. to have thee still forget. so sweet to rest! 35 . Exit above ROMEO Sleep dwell upon thine eyes.ROMEO At the hour of nine. so would I: Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing. ROMEO And I'll still stay. That I shall say good night till it be morrow. JULIET I will not fail: 'tis twenty years till then. ROMEO Let me stand here till thou remember it. JULIET I shall forget. Who lets it hop a little from her hand. Remembering how I love thy company. ROMEO I would I were thy bird.

Many for many virtues excellent. stones. ere the sun advance his burning eye. slays all senses with the heart. The earth that's nature's mother is her tomb. Chequering the eastern clouds with streaks of light. O. The day to cheer and night's dank dew to dry. Being tasted. And from her womb children of divers kind We sucking on her natural bosom find. What is her burying grave that is her womb. with that part cheers each part. grace and rude will. mickle is the powerful grace that lies In herbs. and my dear hap to tell. None but for some and yet all different. being misapplied. Nor aught so good but strain'd from that fair use Revolts from true birth. stumbling on abuse: Virtue itself turns vice. with a basket FRIAR LAURENCE The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night. plants. Now. Enter FRIAR LAURENCE. His help to crave. Two such opposed kings encamp them still In man as well as herbs. I must up-fill this osier cage of ours With baleful weeds and precious-juiced flowers. being smelt. 36 . Friar Laurence's cell.Hence will I to my ghostly father's cell. and their true qualities: For nought so vile that on the earth doth live But to the earth some special good doth give. And vice sometimes by action dignified. Exit ACT II SCENE III. Within the infant rind of this small flower Poison hath residence and medicine power: For this.

My intercession likewise steads my foe. ROMEO That last is true. I have been feasting with mine enemy. FRIAR LAURENCE Be plain. blessed man. the sweeter rest was mine. and that name's woe. FRIAR LAURENCE That's my good son: but where hast thou been. Enter ROMEO ROMEO Good morrow. ere thou ask it me again. ROMEO 37 .And where the worser is predominant. Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift. Our Romeo hath not been in bed to-night. Or if not so. FRIAR LAURENCE Benedicite! What early tongue so sweet saluteth me? Thou art up-roused by some distemperature. FRIAR LAURENCE God pardon sin! wast thou with Rosaline? ROMEO With Rosaline. lo. then here I hit it right. my ghostly father? no. father. I have forgot that name. That's by me wounded: both our remedies Within thy help and holy physic lies: I bear no hatred. good son. Full soon the canker death eats up that plant. for. and homely in thy drift. Where on a sudden one hath wounded me. then? ROMEO I'll tell thee.

38 . young waverer. chide not. we woo'd and made exchange of vow. save what thou must combine By holy marriage: when and where and how We met. Women may fall. go with me. but this I pray. Thou and thy woes were all for Rosaline: And art thou changed? pronounce this sentence then. That thou consent to marry us to-day. And all combined. For this alliance may so happy prove.Then plainly know my heart's dear love is set On the fair daughter of rich Capulet: As mine on hers. so hers is set on mine. But come. ROMEO Thou chid'st me oft for loving Rosaline. come. whom thou didst love so dear. FRIAR LAURENCE Holy Saint Francis. FRIAR LAURENCE Not in a grave. FRIAR LAURENCE For doting. FRIAR LAURENCE O. The other did not so. To turn your households' rancour to pure love. she whom I love now Doth grace for grace and love for love allow. when there's no strength in men. another out to have. So soon forsaken? young men's love then lies Not truly in their hearts. To lay one in. but in their eyes. In one respect I'll thy assistant be. not for loving. ROMEO And bad'st me bury love. I'll tell thee as we pass. pupil mine. what a change is here! Is Rosaline. ROMEO I pray thee. she knew well Thy love did read by rote and could not spell.

MERCUTIO Alas poor Romeo! he is already dead. what is Tybalt? MERCUTIO 39 . Hath sent a letter to his father's house. A street. MERCUTIO Any man that can write may answer a letter. he will answer the letter's master. how he dares. FRIAR LAURENCE Wisely and slow. I spoke with his man. let us hence. on my life.ROMEO O. being dared. that Rosaline. that same pale hard-hearted wench. MERCUTIO A challenge. BENVOLIO Romeo will answer it. MERCUTIO Ah. they stumble that run fast. Enter BENVOLIO and MERCUTIO MERCUTIO Where the devil should this Romeo be? Came he not home to-night? BENVOLIO Not to his father's. the kinsman of old Capulet. BENVOLIO Why. I stand on sudden haste. Torments him so. BENVOLIO Nay. that he will sure run mad. Exeunt ACT II SCENE IV. BENVOLIO Tybalt.

distance. ROMEO A most courteous exposition. O. MERCUTIO Nay. he is the courageous captain of compliments. I can tell you. the slip. a duellist. MERCUTIO Thou hast most kindly hit it. MERCUTIO You gave us the counterfeit fairly last night. and proportion. sir. MERCUTIO Right. such a case as yours constrains a man to bow in the hams. and the third in your bosom: the very butcher of a silk button.More than prince of cats. and in such a case as mine a man may strain courtesy. ROMEO Good morrow to you both. to court'sy. keeps time. of the first and second cause: ah. two. my business was great. rests me his minim rest. MERCUTIO That's as much as to say. the immortal passado! the punto reverso! the hai! BENVOLIO Here comes Romeo. a duellist. 40 . a gentleman of the very first house. good Mercutio. one. ROMEO Meaning. here comes Romeo. can you not conceive? ROMEO Pardon. He fights as you sing prick-song. ROMEO Pink for flower. What counterfeit did I give you? MERCUTIO The ship. I am the very pink of courtesy.

MERCUTIO Good Peter. ROMEO O single-soled jest. MERCUTIO God ye good den. fair gentlewoman. for her fan's the fairer face. MERCUTIO Well said: follow me this jest now till thou hast worn out thy pump. the jest may remain after the wearing sole singular. to hide her face. a sail! BENVOLIO Two. MERCUTIO Come between us. ROMEO Here's goodly gear! Enter Nurse and PETER MERCUTIO A sail.ROMEO Why. two. Nurse God ye good morrow. Nurse Peter! PETER Anon! Nurse My fan. that when the single sole of it is worn. then is my pump well flowered. Peter. Nurse Is it good den? 41 . a shirt and a smock. my wits faint. solely singular for the singleness. good Benvolio. gentlemen.

that is something stale and hoar ere it be spent. unless a hare. it is well said. sir. but young Romeo will be older when you have found him than he was when you sought him: I am the youngest of that name. i' faith. in a lenten pie. Nurse By my troth. is the worst well? very well took. wisely. that God hath made for himself to mar. a bawd. wisely.MERCUTIO 'Tis no less.' quoth a'? Gentlemen. sir. for the bawdy hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noon. MERCUTIO A bawd. gentlewoman. I tell you. BENVOLIO She will indite him to some supper. can any of you tell me where I may find the young Romeo? ROMEO I can tell you. MERCUTIO Yea. I desire some confidence with you. Nurse if you be he. for fault of a worse. Nurse You say well. a bawd! so ho! ROMEO What hast thou found? MERCUTIO No hare. Nurse Out upon you! what a man are you! ROMEO One. 'for himself to mar. sir. Sings 42 .

and. Singing 'lady. and very weak dealing. a word: and as I told you.' Exeunt MERCUTIO and BENVOLIO Nurse Now. will you come to your father's? we'll to dinner. as they say. I protest unto thee-Nurse 43 . ancient lady. that every part about me quivers. ROMEO I will follow you. it were a very gross kind of behavior. lady. And an old hare hoar. sir. truly it were an ill thing to be offered to any gentlewoman. ROMEO Nurse. afore God. farewell. my young lady bade me inquire you out. as they say: for the gentlewoman is young.An old hare hoar. if you should deal double with her. I will keep to myself: but first let me tell ye. therefore. MERCUTIO Farewell. lady. what she bade me say. When it hoars ere it be spent. Romeo. Is very good meat in lent But a hare that is hoar Is too much for a score. if ye should lead her into a fool's paradise. I am so vexed. Scurvy knave! Pray you. thither. commend me to thy lady and mistress.

my dear nurse? Nurse Is your man secret? Did you ne'er hear say. Here is for thy pains. putting one away? ROMEO I warrant thee. that you do protest. Which to the high top-gallant of my joy Must be my convoy in the secret night. And there she shall at Friar Laurence' cell Be shrived and married. not a penny. ROMEO And stay. nurse? thou dost not mark me. ROMEO Bid her devise Some means to come to shrift this afternoon. behind the abbey wall: Within this hour my man shall be with thee And bring thee cords made like a tackled stair. Nurse This afternoon.Good heart. I say you shall. Nurse I will tell her. ROMEO What say'st thou. ROMEO Go to. I will tell her as much: Lord. as I take it. and. she will be a joyful woman. Lord. be trusty. Nurse Now God in heaven bless thee! Hark you. sir. i' faith. she shall be there. Farewell. is a gentlemanlike offer. ROMEO What wilt thou tell her. which. sir? well. and I'll quit thy pains: Farewell. Two may keep counsel. good nurse. my man's as true as steel. commend me to thy mistress. NURSE 44 . Nurse No truly sir. sir.

what of that? both with an R.Well. In half an hour she promised to return. she looks as pale as any clout in the versal world. when I say so. Lord! when 'twas a little prating thing:--O. I anger her sometimes and tell her that Paris is the properer man. had as lief see a toad. one Paris. a thousand times. sir. Nurse Ah. Nurse Ay. O God. R is for the--No. good soul. my mistress is the sweetest lady--Lord. but she. Doth not rosemary and Romeo begin both with a letter? ROMEO Ay. ROMEO Commend me to thy lady. there is a nobleman in town. a very toad. she comes! Enter Nurse and PETER 45 . and from nine till twelve Is three long hours. nurse. yet she is not come. but. of you and rosemary. Capulet's orchard. Now is the sun upon the highmost hill Of this day's journey. ACT II SCENE V. mocker! that's the dog's name. I know it begins with some other letter:--and she hath the prettiest sententious of it. I'll warrant you. that it would do you good to hear it. as see him. that would fain lay knife aboard. Enter JULIET JULIET The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse.

good. What says he of our marriage? what of that? Nurse Lord. speak. come. as gentle as a lamb. Go thy ways. speak. and a body. or bad? answer to that. my back. Nurse Well. If good. yet they are past compare: he is not the flower of courtesy. I'll warrant him. how my head aches! what a head have I! It beats as it would fall in twenty pieces. and for a hand. good nurse. what haste? can you not stay awhile? Do you not see that I am out of breath? JULIET How art thou out of breath. have you dined at home? JULIET No. thou shamest the music of sweet news By playing it to me with so sour a face. yet his leg excels all men's. What.--O Lord. not he. and a foot. what news? Hast thou met with him? Good sweet nurse. no: but all this did I know before. when thou hast breath To say to me that thou art out of breath? Is thy news good. you know not how to choose a man: Romeo! no.--O. give me leave awhile: Fie. My back o' t' other side. though they be not to be talked on. how my bones ache! what a jaunt have I had! JULIET I would thou hadst my bones. Nurse Jesu. yet tell them merrily. wench. I pray thee. serve God. Nurse I am a-weary. though his face be better than any man's. but. and I thy news: Nay.O honey nurse. my back! 46 . you have made a simple choice. why look'st thou sad? Though news be sad.

Is this the poultice for my aching bones? Henceforward do your messages yourself. JULIET Here's such a coil! come. she is within. and a handsome. Sweet. what says my love? Nurse Your love says. sweet nurse. To catch my death with jaunting up and down! JULIET I' faith. what says Romeo? Nurse Have you got leave to go to shrift to-day? JULIET I have. and. I'll to dinner: hie you to the cell. They'll be in scarlet straight at any news. JULIET Hie to high fortune! Honest nurse.Beshrew your heart for sending me about. sweet.--Where is your mother? JULIET Where is my mother! why. Go. There stays a husband to make you a wife: Now comes the wanton blood up in your cheeks. a virtuous. come up. Exeunt 47 . like an honest gentleman. and a courteous. tell me. I warrant. I am sorry that thou art not well. farewell. Nurse Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence' cell. like an honest gentleman. I trow. and a kind. Where should she be? How oddly thou repliest! 'Your love says. Where is your mother?' Nurse O God's lady dear! Are you so hot? marry.

Enter FRIAR LAURENCE and ROMEO FRIAR LAURENCE So smile the heavens upon this holy act. Enter JULIET JULIET Good even to my ghostly confessor. Juliet. Then love-devouring death do what he dare.ACT II SCENE VI. if the measure of thy joy Be heap'd like mine and that thy skill be more To blazon it. That after hours with sorrow chide us not! ROMEO Amen. It cannot countervail the exchange of joy That one short minute gives me in her sight: Do thou but close our hands with holy words. Friar Laurence's cell. Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow. It is enough I may but call her mine. like fire and powder. and let rich music's tongue 48 . FRIAR LAURENCE These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die. FRIAR LAURENCE Romeo shall thank thee. for us both. daughter. long love doth so. Which as they kiss consume: the sweetest honey Is loathsome in his own deliciousness And in the taste confounds the appetite: Therefore love moderately. JULIET As much to him. then sweeten with thy breath This neighbour air. else is his thanks too much. ROMEO Ah. amen! but come what sorrow can.

Page. when indeed there is no need. Brags of his substance. Enter MERCUTIO. BENVOLIO. JULIET Conceit. come with me. more rich in matter than in words. you shall not stay alone Till holy church incorporate two in one. and we will make short work. good Mercutio. is the mad blood stirring. But my true love is grown to such excess I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth. Exeunt ACT III SCENE I. and Servants BENVOLIO I pray thee. the Capulets abroad. by your leaves. BENVOLIO Am I like such a fellow? MERCUTIO 49 . And. we shall not scape a brawl. For. A public place.Unfold the imagined happiness that both Receive in either by this dear encounter. For now. MERCUTIO Thou art like one of those fellows that when he enters the confines of a tavern claps me his sword upon the table and says 'God send me no need of thee!' and by the operation of the second cup draws it on the drawer. if we meet. FRIAR LAURENCE Come. these hot days. not of ornament: They are but beggars that can count their worth. let's retire: The day is hot.

having no other reason but because thou hast hazel eyes: what eye but such an eye would spy out such a quarrel? Thy head is as fun of quarrels as an egg is full of meat. make it a word and a blow. in his beard. for I will speak to them. MERCUTIO The fee-simple! O simple! BENVOLIO By my head. good den: a word with one of you. or a hair less. MERCUTIO And but one word with one of us? couple it with something. BENVOLIO And what to? MERCUTIO Nay. Enter TYBALT and others TYBALT Follow me close. and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg for quarrelling. I care not. TYBALT 50 . for one would kill the other. Thou! why. and as soon moved to be moody. we should have none shortly. an there were two such. MERCUTIO By my heel. thou art as hot a Jack in thy mood as any in Italy. thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more. here come the Capulets.Come. any man should buy the fee-simple of my life for an hour and a quarter. and as soon moody to be moved. BENVOLIO An I were so apt to quarrel as thou art. come. Gentlemen. than thou hast: thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts.

'Zounds. I will not budge for no man's pleasure. dost thou make us minstrels? an thou make minstrels of us. look to hear nothing but discords: here's my fiddlestick. MERCUTIO But I'll be hanged. here's that shall make you dance. ROMEO Tybalt.You shall find me apt enough to that. sir: here comes my man. an you will give me occasion. Enter ROMEO TYBALT Well. he'll be your follower.' TYBALT Romeo. thou consort'st with Romeo. Or else depart. the reason that I have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage 51 . I. the hate I bear thee can afford No better term than this. sir. if he wear your livery: Marry. MERCUTIO Could you not take some occasion without giving? TYBALT Mercutio.--thou art a villain.-MERCUTIO Consort! what. go before to field. peace be with you. and let them gaze. MERCUTIO Men's eyes were made to look. sir. consort! BENVOLIO We talk here in the public haunt of men: Either withdraw unto some private place. And reason coldly of your grievances. Your worship in that sense may call him 'man. here all eyes gaze on us.

this shall not excuse the injuries That thou hast done me. put thy rapier up. therefore turn and draw. vile submission! Alla stoccata carries it away. ROMEO I do protest. Till thou shalt know the reason of my love: And so. nothing but one of your nine lives. They fight 52 . your passado. will you walk? TYBALT What wouldst thou have with me? MERCUTIO Good king of cats. TYBALT Boy. sir. Drawing ROMEO Gentle Mercutio.To such a greeting: villain am I none. dishonourable. MERCUTIO Come.--be satisfied. But love thee better than thou canst devise. Draws Tybalt. you rat-catcher. good Capulet. I never injured thee. TYBALT I am for you. MERCUTIO O calm.--which name I tender As dearly as my own. Therefore farewell. I see thou know'st me not.

to scratch a man to death! a braggart. man. ROMEO 53 . MERCUTIO No. ay. Where is my page? Go. villain. Gentlemen. 'tis enough. a mouse. and you shall find me a grave man. a dog. Exit Page ROMEO Courage. a rat. the prince expressly hath Forbidden bandying in Verona streets: Hold. marry. a scratch. for this world. Tybalt! good Mercutio! TYBALT under ROMEO's arm stabs MERCUTIO. a cat. Benvolio. beat down their weapons. a scratch. that fights by the book of arithmetic! Why the devil came you between us? I was hurt under your arm. 'tis not so deep as a well. I warrant. A plague o' both your houses! I am sped. art thou hurt? MERCUTIO Ay. the hurt cannot be much. I am peppered. for shame. a rogue. and hath nothing? BENVOLIO What. fetch a surgeon. nor so wide as a church-door. but 'tis enough. Is he gone. a villain. A plague o' both your houses! 'Zounds. Mercutio. forbear this outrage! Tybalt.ROMEO Draw. and flies with his followers MERCUTIO I am hurt.'twill serve: ask for me to-morrow.

hath got his mortal hurt In my behalf. That late thou gavest me. in triumph! and Mercutio slain! Now. for Mercutio's soul Is but a little way above our heads. ROMEO Alive. MERCUTIO Help me into some house. brave Mercutio's dead! That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds. take the villain back again.--Tybalt. Or I shall faint. Which too untimely here did scorn the earth. My very friend. Thy beauty hath made me effeminate And in my temper soften'd valour's steel! Re-enter BENVOLIO BENVOLIO O Romeo. that an hour Hath been my kinsman! O sweet Juliet. Romeo. my reputation stain'd With Tybalt's slander.I thought all for the best. BENVOLIO Here comes the furious Tybalt back again. A plague o' both your houses! They have made worms' meat of me: I have it. Benvolio. And soundly too: your houses! Exeunt MERCUTIO and BENVOLIO ROMEO This gentleman. Tybalt. 54 . ROMEO This day's black fate on more days doth depend. others must end. This but begins the woe. the prince's near ally.

go with me. Enter Prince. ROMEO This shall determine that. be gone! The citizens are up. or I. I charge thee in the princes name. Stand not amazed: the prince will doom thee death. MONTAGUE. away. I am fortune's fool! BENVOLIO Why dost thou stay? Exit ROMEO Enter Citizens. and Tybalt slain. be gone. away! ROMEO O. must go with him. their Wives. wretched boy. Shalt with him hence. that murderer. obey. that didst consort him here. attended.Staying for thine to keep him company: Either thou. or both. If thou art taken: hence. TYBALT Thou. CAPULET. which way ran he? BENVOLIO There lies that Tybalt. sir. They fight. TYBALT falls BENVOLIO Romeo. & c First Citizen Which way ran he that kill'd Mercutio? Tybalt. and others 55 . First Citizen Up.

he speaks not true: Some twenty of them fought in this black strife. must give. who began this bloody fray? BENVOLIO Tybalt. I beg for justice. the blood is spilt O my dear kinsman! Prince. whom Romeo's hand did slay. And to 't they go like lightning. I can discover all The unlucky manage of this fatal brawl: There lies the man. cousin! PRINCE Benvolio. An envious thrust from Tybalt hit the life Of stout Mercutio. or let Benvolio die. Romeo that spoke him fair. This is the truth. did Romeo turn and fly. Affection makes him false. for. But by and by comes back to Romeo. but that he tilts With piercing steel at bold Mercutio's breast.PRINCE Where are the vile beginners of this fray? BENVOLIO O noble prince. That slew thy kinsman. And all those twenty could but kill one life. my cousin! O my brother's child! O prince! O cousin! husband! O. brave Mercutio. Who had but newly entertain'd revenge. And. ere I Could draw to part them. O cousin. as thou art true. LADY CAPULET Tybalt. and then Tybalt fled. shed blood of Montague. which thou. Romeo slew Tybalt. prince. Tybalt deaf to peace. PRINCE 56 . slain by young Romeo. LADY CAPULET He is a kinsman to the Montague. as he fell. For blood of ours. was stout Tybalt slain. Romeo must not live. here slain.

Else. he slew Mercutio. And bring in cloudy night immediately. My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding. That runaway's eyes may wink and Romeo Leap to these arms. 57 . pardoning those that kill. But I'll amerce you with so strong a fine That you shall all repent the loss of mine: I will be deaf to pleading and excuses. Who now the price of his dear blood doth owe? MONTAGUE Not Romeo. if love be blind. Enter JULIET JULIET Gallop apace. Bear hence this body and attend our will: Mercy but murders. Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses: Therefore use none: let Romeo hence in haste. untalk'd of and unseen. that hour is his last.Romeo slew him. Spread thy close curtain. love-performing night. Capulet's orchard. prince. or. Exeunt ACT III SCENE II. he was Mercutio's friend. The life of Tybalt. Lovers can see to do their amorous rites By their own beauties. you fiery-footed steeds. His fault concludes but what the law should end. Towards Phoebus' lodging: such a wagoner As Phaethon would whip you to the west. when he's found. PRINCE And for that offence Immediately we do exile him hence: I have an interest in your hate's proceeding.

But not possess'd it. Romeo.It best agrees with night. here comes my nurse. Thou sober-suited matron. Play'd for a pair of stainless maidenhoods: Hood my unmann'd blood. With thy black mantle. JULIET Ay me! what news? why dost thou wring thy hands? Nurse 58 . Take him and cut him out in little stars. the cords. loving. when he shall die. And she brings news. and. nurse. come. O. come. what news? Nurse Ay. O. Think true love acted simple modesty. all in black. with cords Now. thou day in night. civil night. Enter Nurse. Come. ay. Come. bating in my cheeks. night. Come. grown bold. and every tongue that speaks But Romeo's name speaks heavenly eloquence. black-brow'd night. For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night Whiter than new snow on a raven's back. gentle night. And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun. till strange love. Not yet enjoy'd: so tedious is this day As is the night before some festival To an impatient child that hath new robes And may not wear them. I have bought the mansion of a love. Give me my Romeo. though I am sold. and. And learn me how to lose a winning match. come.

that dost torment me thus? Nurse O Tybalt. Shame come to Romeo! JULIET 59 . and my dearer lord? Then. it did! JULIET O serpent heart.Ah. he's dead. he's dead! JULIET Can heaven be so envious? Nurse Romeo can. Tybalt. Romeo! Who ever would have thought it? Romeo! JULIET What devil art thou. it did. he's dead! We are undone. dreadful trumpet. well-a-day! he's dead. he is banished. these woes. Romeo that kill'd him. the best friend I had! O courteous Tybalt! honest gentleman! That ever I should live to see thee dead! JULIET What storm is this that blows so contrary? Is Romeo slaughter'd. and is Tybalt dead? My dear-loved cousin. he's kill'd. alas the day. hid with a flowering face! O that deceit should dwell In such a gorgeous palace! Nurse These griefs. we are undone! Alack the day! he's gone. these sorrows make me old. sound the general doom! For who is living. Though heaven cannot: O Romeo. lady. if those two are gone? Nurse Tybalt is gone. and Romeo banished. JULIET O God! did Romeo's hand shed Tybalt's blood? Nurse It did.

Blister'd be thy tongue For such a wish! he was not born to shame: Upon his brow shame is ashamed to sit. villain. O. Where is my father. for Romeo's banishment. But.' that one word 'banished. didst thou kill my cousin? That villain cousin would have kill'd my husband: Back. and my mother. what a beast was I to chide at him! Nurse Will you speak well of him that kill'd your cousin? JULIET Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband? Ah.' Hath slain ten thousand Tybalts. thy three-hours wife. nurse? Nurse Weeping and wailing over Tybalt's corse: Will you go to them? I will bring you thither. For 'tis a throne where honour may be crown'd Sole monarch of the universal earth. poor my lord. it presses to my memory. My husband lives. and Romeo--banished. 60 . wherefore. Your tributary drops belong to woe.' That 'banished. offer up to joy. what tongue shall smooth thy name. That murder'd me: I would forget it fain. a maid. When theirs are dry. worser than Tybalt's death. that Tybalt would have slain. that would have slain my husband: All this is comfort. JULIET Wash they his wounds with tears: mine shall be spent. I. die maiden-widowed. When I. Which you. wherefore weep I then? Some word there was. O. And Tybalt's dead. have mangled it? But. Like damned guilty deeds to sinners' minds: 'Tybalt is dead. mistaking. back to your native spring. foolish tears.

And death. ROMEO What less than dooms-day is the prince's doom? FRIAR LAURENCE 61 . JULIET O. come forth.Come. nurse. Friar Laurence's cell. And bid him come to take his last farewell. find him! give this ring to my true knight. Enter ROMEO ROMEO Father. Exeunt ACT III SCENE III. That I yet know not? FRIAR LAURENCE Too familiar Is my dear son with such sour company: I bring thee tidings of the prince's doom. your Romeo will be here at night: I'll to him. he is hid at Laurence' cell. take my maidenhead! Nurse Hie to your chamber: I'll find Romeo To comfort you: I wot well where he is. thou fearful man: Affliction is enamour'd of thy parts. And thou art wedded to calamity. Hark ye. I'll to my wedding-bed. Enter FRIAR LAURENCE FRIAR LAURENCE Romeo. come forth. not Romeo. what news? what is the prince's doom? What sorrow craves acquaintance at my hand.

ROMEO Ha.' FRIAR LAURENCE Hence from Verona art thou banished: Be patient. Much more than death: do not say 'banishment. a ghostly confessor. FRIAR LAURENCE But the kind prince. But Romeo may not. hath rush'd aside the law. say 'death. torture. how hast thou the heart. Taking thy part. every unworthy thing. Is death mis-term'd. Hence-banished is banish'd from the world. ROMEO 'Tis torture. and not mercy: heaven is here.A gentler judgment vanish'd from his lips. and my friend profess'd. A sin-absolver. and every cat and dog And little mouse. Not body's death. for the world is broad and wide. banishment! be merciful. And world's exile is death: then banished. but body's banishment. FRIAR LAURENCE 62 . hell itself. ROMEO O.' For exile hath more terror in his look. And turn'd that black word death to banishment: This is dear mercy. Live here in heaven and may look on her. hear me but speak a word. thou wilt speak again of banishment. But purgatory. Being a divine. Where Juliet lives. and thou seest it not. ROMEO There is no world without Verona walls. To mangle me with that word 'banished'? FRIAR LAURENCE Thou fond mad man.

ROMEO How should they. one knocks. To comfort thee. ROMEO Yet 'banished'? Hang up philosophy! Unless philosophy can make a Juliet. though thou art banished. hide thyself. Run to my study. What simpleness is this! I come. good Romeo. I come from Lady Juliet. It helps not. Displant a town. 63 . reverse a prince's doom. then I see that madmen have no ears. FRIAR LAURENCE O. and you shall know my errand. Romeo. ROMEO Thou canst not speak of that thou dost not feel. when that wise men have no eyes? FRIAR LAURENCE Let me dispute with thee of thy estate. philosophy. FRIAR LAURENCE Welcome. I come! Knocking Who knocks so hard? whence come you? what's your will? Nurse [Within] Let me come in. By and by! God's will. then. arise. Knocking within FRIAR LAURENCE Arise.I'll give thee armour to keep off that word: Adversity's sweet milk. it prevails not: talk no more.

with his own tears made drunk. where's Romeo? FRIAR LAURENCE There on the ground. And Tybalt calls. Why should you fall into so deep an O? ROMEO Nurse! Nurse Ah sir! ah sir! Well. Shot from the deadly level of a gun. O. O. friar. holy friar. tell me. 64 . death's the end of all. for her sake. Nurse O. tell me. she says nothing. And now falls on her bed. and then on Romeo cries. tell me. and you be a man: For Juliet's sake. ROMEO Spakest thou of Juliet? how is it with her? Doth she not think me an old murderer. And then down falls again. Stand up. he is even in my mistress' case. and then starts up. rise and stand. Now I have stain'd the childhood of our joy With blood removed but little from her own? Where is she? and how doth she? and what says My conceal'd lady to our cancell'd love? Nurse O. Blubbering and weeping. but weeps and weeps. as that name's cursed hand Murder'd her kinsman.Enter Nurse Nurse O holy friar. ROMEO As if that name. stand up. Where is my lady's lord. stand. sir. weeping and blubbering. Did murder her. Just in her case! O woful sympathy! Piteous predicament! Even so lies she.

Where thou shalt live. But. 65 . hence and comfort her: But look thou stay not till the watch be set. and heaven. which thou at once wouldst lose. and call thee back With twenty hundred thousand times more joy Than thou went'st forth in lamentation. Beg pardon of the prince. There art thou happy: Tybalt would kill thee. there are thou happy too: The law that threaten'd death becomes thy friend And turns it to exile. But thou slew'st Tybalt. reconcile your friends. I thought thy disposition better temper'd. that I may sack The hateful mansion. By doing damned hate upon thyself? Why rail'st thou on thy birth. Drawing his sword FRIAR LAURENCE Hold thy desperate hand: By my holy order. till we can find a time To blaze your marriage. What. rouse thee. Thou pout'st upon thy fortune and thy love. like a misbehaved and sullen wench. and earth. For whose dear sake thou wast but lately dead. For then thou canst not pass to Mantua. Ascend her chamber.In what vile part of this anatomy Doth my name lodge? tell me. man! thy Juliet is alive. Happiness courts thee in her best array. Hast thou slain Tybalt? wilt thou slay thyself? And stay thy lady too that lives in thee. Go. there art thou happy: A pack of blessings lights up upon thy back. the heaven. all three do meet In thee at once. and earth? Since birth. get thee to thy love. as was decreed.

It were a grief. she loved her kinsman Tybalt dearly. Nurse Here. make haste. sir. Nurse O Lord. 'tis late: farewell. and PARIS CAPULET Things have fall'n out. LADY CAPULET. sir: Hie you. ROMEO But that a joy past joy calls out on me. I'll tell my lady you will come. and bid my sweet prepare to chide. Exeunt ACT III SCENE IV. for it grows very late. we were born to die. what learning is! My lord. so unluckily. a ring she bid me give you. good night.Go before. A room in Capulet's house. nurse: commend me to thy lady. so brief to part with thee: Farewell. That we have had no time to move our daughter: Look you. Exit ROMEO How well my comfort is revived by this! FRIAR LAURENCE Go hence. ROMEO Do so. And so did I:--Well. sir. Enter CAPULET. Which heavy sorrow makes them apt unto: Romeo is coming. And bid her hasten all the house to bed. 66 . good night. I could have stay'd here all the night To hear good counsel: O. Give me thy hand.

CAPULET Sir Paris.'Tis very late. against this wedding-day. Light to my chamber. Good night. wife. Will you be ready? PARIS My lord. my lord. Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love. Wife. tell her. I will make a desperate tender Of my child's love: I think she will be ruled In all respects by me. on Wednesday next-But. CAPULET Monday! ha. mark you me. Go you to Juliet ere you go to bed. and know her mind early to-morrow. my lord. Exeunt 67 . O' Thursday let it be: o' Thursday. To-night she is mew'd up to her heaviness. Prepare her. And bid her. good night: commend me to your daughter. I doubt it not. then. soft! what day is this? PARIS Monday. She shall be married to this noble earl. Farewell. CAPULET Well get you gone: o' Thursday be it. she'll not come down to-night: I promise you. PARIS These times of woe afford no time to woo. I would that Thursday were to-morrow. nay. ho! Afore me! it is so very very late. Wednesday is too soon. more. That we may call it early by and by. I would have been a-bed an hour ago. LADY CAPULET I will. Madam. but for your company. ha! Well. go you to her ere you go to bed.

be gone. Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate-tree: Believe me. JULIET Yon light is not day-light. And light thee on thy way to Mantua: Therefore stay yet. let me be put to death. at the window JULIET Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day: It was the nightingale. That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear. I: It is some meteor that the sun exhales. ROMEO Let me be ta'en. my soul? let's talk. ROMEO 68 . O. I know it. and not the lark. Some say the lark makes sweet division. the herald of the morn. now I would they had changed voices too! Since arm from arm that voice doth us affray. To be to thee this night a torch-bearer. and welcome! Juliet wills it so. love. Capulet's orchard. it is: hie hence. it was the nightingale. Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps. more light and light it grows. it is not day. How is't. away! It is the lark that sings so out of tune. for she divideth us: Some say the lark and loathed toad change eyes. so thou wilt have it so.ACT III SCENE V. thou need'st not to be gone. ROMEO It was the lark. O. I am content. This doth not so. I have more care to stay than will to go: Come. JULIET It is. Hunting thee hence with hunt's-up to the day. Enter ROMEO and JULIET above. now be gone. death.

farewell! one kiss. adieu! Exit JULIET 69 . husband. window. lord. be wary. For in a minute there are many days: O. Exit JULIET Then. and let life out. look about. friend! I must hear from thee every day in the hour.More light and light. more dark and dark our woes! Enter Nurse. and I'll descend. to the chamber Nurse Madam! JULIET Nurse? Nurse Your lady mother is coming to your chamber: The day is broke. ROMEO Farewell. He goeth down JULIET Art thou gone so? love. by this count I shall be much in years Ere I again behold my Romeo! ROMEO Farewell! Adieu. let day in. ay.

thou weep'st not so much for his death. with all my heart. LADY CAPULET So shall you feel the loss. girl. JULIET 70 . But send him back. wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears? Some grief shows much of love. I am not well. thou wilt not keep him long. For then. because the traitor murderer lives. JULIET What villain madam? LADY CAPULET That same villain. As that the villain lives which slaughter'd him. JULIET [Aside] Villain and he be many miles asunder. LADY CAPULET That is. fortune. LADY CAPULET Well. Romeo. That is renown'd for faith? Be fickle. JULIET Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss. how now. But much of grief shows still some want of wit.-God Pardon him! I do. but not the friend Which you weep for. what dost thou with him. And yet no man like he doth grieve my heart. I hope. JULIET Feeling so the loss. Juliet! JULIET Madam. LADY CAPULET Why. Cannot choose but ever weep the friend. fortune! all men call thee fickle: If thou art fickle. LADY CAPULET Evermore weeping for your cousin's death? What.O fortune.

I pray you. JULIET Now. my child. It shall be Romeo. at Saint Peter's Church. I will not marry yet. He shall not make me there a joyful bride. Rather than Paris. child. to put thee from thy heaviness. The gallant. thou hast a careful father. whom you know I hate. These are news indeed! 71 . by Saint Peter's Church and Peter too. from the reach of these my hands: Would none but I might venge my cousin's death! LADY CAPULET We will have vengeance for it. tell my lord and father. That he shall soon keep Tybalt company: And then. till I behold him LADY CAPULET But now I'll tell thee joyful tidings. when I do. The County Paris. Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride. Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy. and. JULIET Indeed. girl. early next Thursday morn. JULIET And joy comes well in such a needy time: What are they.Ay. in happy time. I beseech your ladyship? LADY CAPULET Well. One who. madam. JULIET Madam. That thou expect'st not nor I look'd not for. I never shall be satisfied With Romeo. fear thou not: Then weep no more. I'll send to one in Mantua. well. I swear. Where that same banish'd runagate doth live. young and noble gentleman. thou wilt be satisfied. what day is that? LADY CAPULET Marry. Shall give him such an unaccustom'd dram. I hope. madam.

that we have wrought So worthy a gentleman to be her bridegroom? JULIET Not proud. the air doth drizzle dew.' mistress minion. proud me no prouds. still in tears? Evermore showering? How now.' and 'I thank you not. that is meant love. I would the fool were married to her grave! CAPULET Soft! take me with you.LADY CAPULET Here comes your father. Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither. take me with you. How! will she none? doth she not give us thanks? Is she not proud? doth she not count her blest.' And yet 'not proud. wife! Have you deliver'd to her our decree? LADY CAPULET Ay. nor. But for the sunset of my brother's son It rains downright. you. wife. Enter CAPULET and Nurse CAPULET When the sun sets. 72 . but thankful. And see how he will take it at your hands. how now. she gives you thanks.' and 'I thank you. But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next. Thank me no thankings. but she will none. Unworthy as she is. girl? what. How now! a conduit. CAPULET How now. But thankful even for hate. you have. chop-logic! What is this? 'Proud. that you have: Proud can I never be of what I hate. tell him so yourself. sir. To go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church.

still my care hath been To have her match'd: and having now provided A gentleman of noble parentage. CAPULET And why. time. in company. tide. young baggage! disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday. Hear me with patience but to speak a word. my lady wisdom? hold your tongue. we scarce thought us blest That God had lent us but this only child. do not answer me. night. go. Good prudence. reply not. you mumbling fool! LADY CAPULET You are too hot. are you mad? JULIET Good father. you green-sickness carrion! out. to rate her so. fie! what. Nurse I speak no treason. smatter with your gossips. But now I see this one is one too much. Alone. My fingers itch. work. I beseech you on my knees. CAPULET God's bread! it makes me mad: Day. Or never after look me in the face: Speak not. play. 73 . Of fair demesnes. CAPULET Hang thee. hour. youthful. my lord. CAPULET Peace. you baggage! You tallow-face! LADY CAPULET Fie. hilding! Nurse God in heaven bless her! You are to blame. and nobly train'd.Out. And that we have a curse in having her: Out on her. Wife.

LADY CAPULET Talk not to me. pardon me. I'll give you to my friend. And you be not. in her fortune's tender. Exit JULIET Is there no pity sitting in the clouds.' But. die in the streets. with honourable parts. by my soul. starve. think on't. bethink you. Exit JULIET O God!--O nurse. I pray you. I do not use to jest. beg. hang. cast me not away! Delay this marriage for a month. And then to have a wretched puling fool. advise: An you be mine. Thursday is near. To answer 'I'll not wed. Nor what is mine shall never do thee good: Trust to't. if you do not. for I'll not speak a word: Do as thou wilt. as you will not wed. I am too young. For. I'll not be forsworn. Proportion'd as one's thought would wish a man. I'll ne'er acknowledge thee. A whining mammet. sweet my mother. lay hand on heart. nurse. Or.Stuff'd. I'll pardon you: Graze where you will you shall not house with me: Look to't. hast thou not a word of joy? Some comfort. That sees into the bottom of my grief? O. for I have done with thee. a week. I cannot love. as they say. 74 . make the bridal bed In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.

Go in: and tell my lady I am gone. Exit JULIET Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend! Is it more sin to wish me thus forsworn. As living here and you no use of him. so fair an eye As Paris hath. madam. I think you are happy in this second match. JULIET Speakest thou from thy heart? Nurse And from my soul too. and this is wisely done. Beshrew my very heart. To make confession and to be absolved. to Laurence' cell. O. so quick. thou hast comforted me marvellous much. here it is. For it excels your first: or if it did not. Nurse Marry. JULIET Amen! Nurse What? JULIET Well. Your first is dead. Or else beshrew them both. Having displeased my father. or 'twere as good he were. he's a lovely gentleman! Romeo's a dishclout to him: an eagle. Or to dispraise my lord with that same tongue Which she hath praised him with above compare 75 . Hath not so green.Nurse Faith. I think it best you married with the county. I will.

FRIAR LAURENCE 76 . PARIS Immoderately she weeps for Tybalt's death. And I am nothing slow to slack his haste. PARIS My father Capulet will have it so. JULIET What must be shall be. to know his remedy: If all else fail. sir. Exit ACT IV SCENE I. Enter JULIET PARIS Happily met. counsellor. Friar Laurence's cell. PARIS That may be must be.So many thousand times? Go. my lady and my wife! JULIET That may be. I'll to the friar. when I may be a wife. on Thursday next. Enter FRIAR LAURENCE and PARIS FRIAR LAURENCE On Thursday. Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain. love. myself have power to die. And therefore have I little talk'd of love. FRIAR LAURENCE You say you do not know the lady's mind: Uneven is the course. I like it not. sir? the time is very short.

JULIET If I do so. which is a truth. we must entreat the time alone. and thou hast slander'd it. now. JULIET It may be so. My lord. PARIS Thou wrong'st it. more than tears. PARIS So will ye. PARIS 77 . JULIET I will confess to you that I love him. I spake it to my face. JULIET That is no slander. JULIET The tears have got small victory by that. PARIS Do not deny to him that you love me. now. pensive daughter. that you love me. For it was bad enough before their spite. And what I spake. holy father. thy face is much abused with tears. PARIS Thy face is mine. Or shall I come to you at evening mass? FRIAR LAURENCE My leisure serves me. with that report. PARIS Poor soul. PARIS Come you to make confession to this father? JULIET To answer that. Are you at leisure. than to your face. sir. I am sure. I should confess to you. for it is not mine own. it will be of more price. Being spoke behind your back.That's a certain text.

thou canst give no help. bid me leap. rather than marry Paris. Do thou but call my resolution wise.God shield I should disturb devotion! Juliet. As that is desperate which we would prevent. Exit JULIET O shut the door! and when thou hast done so. Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself. I already know thy grief. With reeky shanks and yellow chapless skulls. past cure. past help! FRIAR LAURENCE Ah. From off the battlements of yonder tower. Juliet. and keep this holy kiss. Which craves as desperate an execution. on Thursday early will I rouse ye: Till then. that thou hear'st of this. in thy wisdom. if thou darest. Or walk in thievish ways. O'er-cover'd quite with dead men's rattling bones. Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it: If. Come weep with me. rather than to marry County Paris. friar. Or shut me nightly in a charnel-house. Then is it likely thou wilt undertake A thing like death to chide away this shame. chain me with roaring bears. JULIET Tell me not. That copest with death himself to scape from it: And. adieu. past hope. FRIAR LAURENCE Hold. or bid me lurk Where serpents are. JULIET O. I'll give thee remedy. 78 . And with this knife I'll help it presently. daughter: I do spy a kind of hope. If.

If no inconstant toy. tell not me of fear! FRIAR LAURENCE 79 . Things that. And I will do it without fear or doubt. but surcease: No warmth. against thou shalt awake. And then awake as from a pleasant sleep. Now. give me! O. as the manner of our country is. give consent To marry Paris: Wednesday is to-morrow: To-morrow night look that thou lie alone. Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift. FRIAR LAURENCE Hold. go home. In the mean time. And hither shall he come: and he and I Will watch thy waking. have made me tremble. and that very night Shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua. there art thou dead: Then. Let not thy nurse lie with thee in thy chamber: Take thou this vial.Or bid me go into a new-made grave And hide me with a dead man in his shroud. to hear them told. In thy best robes uncover'd on the bier Thou shalt be borne to that same ancient vault Where all the kindred of the Capulets lie. When presently through all thy veins shall run A cold and drowsy humour. shall testify thou livest. when the bridegroom in the morning comes To rouse thee from thy bed. being then in bed. nor womanish fear. for no pulse Shall keep his native progress. And in this borrow'd likeness of shrunk death Thou shalt continue two and forty hours. be merry. Abate thy valour in the acting it. no breath. JULIET Give me. To live an unstain'd wife to my sweet love. And this shall free thee from this present shame. And this distilled liquor drink thou off. then.

JULIET Love give me strength! and strength shall help afford. Juliet's chamber. CAPULET Send for the county. CAPULET How now. Exeunt ACT IV SCENE III. dear father! Exeunt ACT IV SCENE II. CAPULET Why. And beg your pardon: pardon. with my letters to thy lord.Hold. 80 . Not step o'er the bounds of modesty. and am enjoin'd By holy Laurence to fall prostrate here. my headstrong! where have you been gadding? JULIET Where I have learn'd me to repent the sin Of disobedient opposition To you and your behests. And gave him what becomed love I might. I am glad on't. this is well: stand up: This is as't should be. Hall in Capulet's house. JULIET I met the youthful lord at Laurence' cell. go tell him of this: I'll have this knot knit up to-morrow morning. Farewell. I beseech you! Henceforward I am ever ruled by you. be strong and prosperous In this resolve: I'll send a friar with speed To Mantua. get you gone.

That almost freezes up the heat of life: I'll call them back again to comfort me: Nurse! What should she do here? My dismal scene I needs must act alone. madam. those attires are best: but. I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins. vial. you have your hands full all.Enter JULIET and Nurse JULIET Ay. leave me to my self to-night. For I have need of many orisons To move the heavens to smile upon my state. LADY CAPULET Good night: Get thee to bed. Come. let me now be left alone. we have cull'd such necessaries As are behoveful for our state to-morrow: So please you. ho? need you my help? JULIET No. Enter LADY CAPULET LADY CAPULET What. Exeunt LADY CAPULET and Nurse JULIET Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again. is cross. for thou hast need. Which. gentle nurse. In this so sudden business. and full of sin. I am sure. and rest. And let the nurse this night sit up with you. What if this mixture do not work at all? 81 . I pray thee. are you busy. For. well thou know'st.

when I am laid into the tomb. be stifled in the vault. Together with the terror of the place. alack.-As in a vault. And shrieks like mandrakes' torn out of the earth. in this rage. Lies festering in his shroud. then. the bones Of all my buried ancestors are packed: Where bloody Tybalt. Lest in this marriage he should be dishonour'd. which the friar Subtly hath minister'd to have me dead. methinks. if I live. How if. To whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in. is it not like that I. is it not very like. Because he married me before to Romeo? I fear it is: and yet. For he hath still been tried a holy man.-Alack. as they say. an ancient receptacle. where. And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes? Or.Shall I be married then to-morrow morning? No. if I wake. At some hours in the night spirits resort. Where. what with loathsome smells. yet but green in earth. hearing them. The horrible conceit of death and night. Environed with all these hideous fears? And madly play with my forefather's joints? And pluck the mangled Tybalt from his shroud? And. That living mortals. no: this shall forbid it: lie thou there. 82 . shall I not be distraught. it should not. Laying down her dagger What if it be a poison. run mad:-O. So early waking. for these many hundred years. I wake before the time that Romeo Come to redeem me? there's a fearful point! Shall I not. with some great kinsman's bone.

within the curtains ACT IV SCENE IV. that did spit his body Upon a rapier's point: stay. dress'd! and in your clothes! and down again! I must needs wake you.? ACT IV SCENE V. bride! What. I warrant. that ever I was born! Some aqua vitae. God forgive me. I warrant her. you slug-a-bed! Why. alas! Help. Enter Nurse Nurse Mistress! what. Sleep for a week. i' faith. Madam. mistress! Juliet! fast. Lady! lady! lady! Alas. The County Paris hath set up his rest. That you shall rest but little.As with a club. look! methinks I see my cousin's ghost Seeking out Romeo. He'll fright you up. Juliet's chamber. ho! My lord! my lady! Enter LADY CAPULET 83 . Tybalt. Marry. Hall in Capulet's house. madam! Ay. madam. she: Why. well-a-day. She falls upon her bed. stay! Romeo. not a word? you take your pennyworths now. love. help! my lady's dead! O. let the county take you in your bed. how sound is she asleep! I must needs wake her. for the next night. dash out my desperate brains? O. I come! this do I drink to thee. Will it not be? Undraws the curtains What. I say! madam! sweet-heart! why. lady! fie. lamb! why. and amen.

bring Juliet forth.LADY CAPULET What noise is here? Nurse O lamentable day! LADY CAPULET What is the matter? Nurse Look. help! Call help. that hath ta'en her hence to make me wail. deceased. look up. O me! My child. 84 . Revive. Ties up my tongue. look! O heavy day! LADY CAPULET O me. alas! she's cold. Enter CAPULET CAPULET For shame. she's dead. her lord is come. she's dead! CAPULET Ha! let me see her: out. Nurse O lamentable day! LADY CAPULET O woful time! CAPULET Death. she's dead. she's dead. my only life. or I will die with thee! Help. and will not let me speak. alack the day! LADY CAPULET Alack the day. Nurse She's dead.

Enter FRIAR LAURENCE and PARIS, with Musicians FRIAR LAURENCE Come, is the bride ready to go to church? CAPULET Ready to go, but never to return. O son! the night before thy wedding-day Hath Death lain with thy wife. There she lies, Flower as she was, deflowered by him. Death is my son-in-law, Death is my heir; My daughter he hath wedded: I will die, And leave him all; life, living, all is Death's. PARIS Have I thought long to see this morning's face, And doth it give me such a sight as this? LADY CAPULET Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day! Most miserable hour that e'er time saw In lasting labour of his pilgrimage! But one, poor one, one poor and loving child, But one thing to rejoice and solace in, And cruel death hath catch'd it from my sight! Nurse O woe! O woful, woful, woful day! Most lamentable day, most woful day, That ever, ever, I did yet behold! PARIS Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain! Most detestable death, by thee beguil'd, CAPULET Despised, distressed, hated, martyr'd, kill'd! Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now To murder, murder our solemnity? O child! O child! my soul, and not my child! Dead art thou! Alack! my child is dead; And with my child my joys are buried.
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FRIAR LAURENCE Peace. Sir, go you in; and, madam, go with him; And go, Sir Paris; every one prepare To follow this fair corse unto her grave: The heavens do lour upon you for some ill; Move them no more by crossing their high will. Exeunt CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, PARIS, and FRIAR LAURENCE

ACT V SCENE I. Mantua. A street.
Enter ROMEO ROMEO How now, Balthasar! Dost thou not bring me letters from the friar? How doth my lady? Is my father well? How fares my Juliet? that I ask again; For nothing can be ill, if she be well. BALTHASAR Then she is well, and nothing can be ill: Her body sleeps in Capel's monument, And her immortal part with angels lives. I saw her laid low in her kindred's vault, And presently took post to tell it you: O, pardon me for bringing these ill news, Since you did leave it for my office, sir. ROMEO Is it even so? then I defy you, stars! Thou know'st my lodging: get me ink and paper, And hire post-horses; I will hence to-night.
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BALTHASAR I do beseech you, sir, have patience: Your looks are pale and wild, and do import Some misadventure. ROMEO Tush, thou art deceived: Leave me, and do the thing I bid thee do. Hast thou no letters to me from the friar? BALTHASAR No, my good lord. ROMEO No matter: get thee gone, And hire those horses; I'll be with thee straight. Exit BALTHASAR Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee to-night. Let's see for means: O mischief, thou art swift To enter in the thoughts of desperate men! I do remember an apothecary,-And hereabouts he dwells,--which late I noted. As I remember, this should be the house. Being holiday, the beggar's shop is shut. What, ho! apothecary! Enter Apothecary Apothecary Who calls so loud? ROMEO Come hither, man. I see that thou art poor: Hold, there is forty ducats: let me have A dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear As will disperse itself through all the veins
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worse poison to men's souls. and not thy will. and. consents.That the life-weary taker may fall dead Apothecary Such mortal drugs I have. thou hast sold me none. cordial and not poison. go with me To Juliet's grave. for there must I use thee. it would dispatch you straight. Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell. I sell thee poison. Come. Contempt and beggary hangs upon thy back. Apothecary My poverty. Farewell: buy food. ROMEO I pay thy poverty. Need and oppression starveth in thine eyes. but not my will. And fear'st to die? famine is in thy cheeks. The world affords no law to make thee rich. and take this. ROMEO There is thy gold. but Mantua's law Is death to any he that utters them. Doing more murders in this loathsome world. The world is not thy friend nor the world's law. Exeunt 88 . but break it. And drink it off. and get thyself in flesh. Apothecary Put this in any liquid thing you will. ROMEO Art thou so bare and full of wretchedness. if you had the strength Of twenty men. Then be not poor.

Welcome from Mantua: what says Romeo? Or. if his mind be writ. FRIAR JOHN Going to find a bare-foot brother out One of our order. And finding him. and would not let us forth.--here it is again. FRIAR JOHN 89 . So that my speed to Mantua there was stay'd. the searchers of the town. go hence.-Nor get a messenger to bring it thee. to Romeo? FRIAR JOHN I could not send it. Friar Laurence's cell. Seal'd up the doors. Enter FRIAR JOHN FRIAR JOHN Holy Franciscan friar! brother. ho! Enter FRIAR LAURENCE FRIAR LAURENCE This same should be the voice of Friar John. The letter was not nice but full of charge Of dear import. Friar John. and bring it straight Unto my cell. then. So fearful were they of infection. Here in this city visiting the sick. and the neglecting it May do much danger. Suspecting that we both were in a house Where the infectious pestilence did reign. FRIAR LAURENCE Unhappy fortune! by my brotherhood. give me his letter. FRIAR LAURENCE Who bare my letter. to associate me. Get me an iron crow.ACT V SCENE II.

Enter PARIS. and stand aloof: Yet put it out. PAGE [Aside] I am almost afraid to stand alone Here in the churchyard. in it a tomb belonging to the Capulets. Do as I bid thee.-The Page whistles 90 . boy: hence. Give me those flowers. I'll go and bring it thee. and his Page bearing flowers and a torch PARIS Give me thy torch. Holding thine ear close to the hollow ground. with flowers thy bridal bed I strew. go. So shall no foot upon the churchyard tread. Under yond yew-trees lay thee all along. Retires PARIS Sweet flower. Within three hours will fair Juliet wake: SCENE III. Exit FRIAR LAURENCE Now must I to the monument alone. But thou shalt hear it: whistle then to me. As signal that thou hear'st something approach. with digging up of graves. Being loose. A churchyard. unfirm. yet I will adventure. for I would not be seen.Brother.

And do not interrupt me in my course. Whate'er thou hear'st or seest. early in the morning See thou deliver it to my lord and father. But chiefly to take thence from her dead finger A precious ring. Hold. ROMEO So shalt thou show me friendship. take this letter. sir. thou womb of death. Why I descend into this bed of death. Retires Enter ROMEO and BALTHASAR. I will tear thee joint by joint BALTHASAR I will be gone. dost return to pry By heaven. with a torch. Is partly to behold my lady's face. 91 . I charge thee. a ring that I must use In dear employment: therefore hence. and his intents I doubt. Give me the light: upon thy life. stand all aloof. jealous. I'll hide me hereabout: His looks I fear. and be prosperous: and farewell. Take thou that: Live. mattock. be gone: But if thou. BALTHASAR [Aside] For all this same.The boy gives warning something doth approach. and not trouble you. & c ROMEO Give me that mattock and the wrenching iron. Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth. good fellow. Retires ROMEO Thou detestable maw.

come to do some villanous shame To the dead bodies: I will apprehend him. and therefore came I hither. Good gentle youth. And. I do apprehend thee: Obey. PARIS I do defy thy conjurations. I am slain! 92 . ROMEO Wilt thou provoke me? then have at thee. boy! They fight PAGE O Lord.Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open. And apprehend thee for a felon here. vile Montague! Can vengeance be pursued further than death? Condemned villain. tempt not a desperate man. in despite. ROMEO I must indeed. they fight! I will go call the watch. Comes forward Stop thy unhallow'd toil. Exit PARIS O. and go with me. for thou must die. and leave me. I'll cram thee with more food! Opens the tomb PARIS This is that banish'd haughty Montague. Fly hence.

Laying PARIS in the tomb O my love! my wife! Death. when my betossed soul Did not attend him as we rode? I think He told me Paris should have married Juliet: O. Why art thou yet so fair? shall I believe That unsubstantial death is amorous. Death. I'll bury thee in a triumphant grave. And death's pale flag is not advanced there. Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty: Thou art not conquer'd. give me thy hand. lie thou there. beauty's ensign yet Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks. I will. A grave? O no! a lantern. Let me peruse this face. lay me with Juliet. dear Juliet. And that the lean abhorred monster keeps Thee here in dark to be his paramour? 93 . Open the tomb. and her beauty makes This vault a feasting presence full of light. For here lies Juliet. cousin! Ah. by a dead man interr'd. noble County Paris! What said my man.Falls If thou be merciful. that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath. Dies ROMEO In faith. slaughter'd youth. Tybalt. liest thou there in thy bloody sheet? Forgive me. Mercutio's kinsman.

Dies 94 . here Will I set up my everlasting rest. unsavoury guide! Thou desperate pilot. look your last! Arms. now at once run on The dashing rocks thy sea-sick weary bark! Here's to my love! Drinks O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. O you The doors of breath. seal with a righteous kiss A dateless bargain to engrossing death! Come. take your last embrace! and. come. O. bitter conduct. And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars From this world-wearied flesh. here will I remain With worms that are thy chamber-maids. Thus with a kiss I die. lips. I still will stay with thee.For fear of that. Eyes. And never from this palace of dim night Depart again: here.

come from that nest Of death. Paris too? And steep'd in blood? Ah. Noise again 95 . and spade FRIAR LAURENCE Romeo! Advances Alack. good Juliet. go. which stains The stony entrance of this sepulchre? What mean these masterless and gory swords To lie discolour'd by this place of peace? Enters the tomb Romeo! O. FRIAR LAURENCE. Where is my Romeo? Noise within FRIAR LAURENCE I hear some noise. at the other end of the churchyard. And there I am. and unnatural sleep: Come. with a lantern. JULIET wakes JULIET O comfortable friar! where is my lord? I do remember well where I should be. what blood is this. contagion. Lady. what an unkind hour Is guilty of this lamentable chance! The lady stirs. pale! Who else? what.Enter. crow. alack.

where the torch doth burn. Kisses him Thy lips are warm.I dare no longer stay. Haply some poison yet doth hang on them. O happy dagger! Snatching ROMEO's dagger This is thy sheath. and let me die. JULIET Go. for I will not away. First Watchman [Within] Lead. and dies Enter Watch. Falls on ROMEO's body. noise? then I'll be brief. Exit FRIAR LAURENCE What's here? a cup. 96 . I see. with the Page of PARIS PAGE This is the place. there. Stabs herself there rust. and left no friendly drop To help me after? I will kiss thy lips. To make die with a restorative. boy: which way? JULIET Yea. closed in my true love's hand? Poison. get thee hence. hath been his timeless end: O churl! drunk all.

with BALTHASAR Second Watchman Here's Romeo's man. warm. But the true ground of all these piteous woes We cannot without circumstance descry. Who here hath lain these two days buried. that trembles. First Watchman Hold him in safety. Re-enter others of the Watch. and newly dead. Re-enter some of the Watch. till the prince come hither.First Watchman The ground is bloody. search about the churchyard: Go. That calls our person from our morning's rest? Enter CAPULET. with FRIAR LAURENCE Third Watchman Here is a friar. and others 97 . tell the prince: run to the Capulets: Raise up the Montagues: some others search: We see the ground whereon these woes do lie. Go. some of you. whoe'er you find attach. Enter the PRINCE and Attendants PRINCE What misadventure is so early up. we found him in the churchyard. As he was coming from this churchyard side. sighs and weeps: We took this mattock and this spade from him. First Watchman A great suspicion: stay the friar too. Pitiful sight! here lies the county slain. LADY CAPULET. And Juliet bleeding.

for thou art early up. 98 . and all run. With open outcry toward our monument. PRINCE What fear is this which startles in our ears? First Watchman Sovereign. my liege. dead before. that they so shriek abroad? LADY CAPULET The people in the street cry Romeo.CAPULET What should it be. PRINCE Search. MONTAGUE Alas. First Watchman Here is a friar. Grief of my son's exile hath stopp'd her breath: What further woe conspires against mine age? PRINCE Look. Some Juliet. Enter MONTAGUE and others PRINCE Come. fit to open These dead men's tombs. here lies the County Paris slain. CAPULET O heavens! O wife. and Juliet. and thou shalt see. Warm and new kill'd. That warns my old age to a sepulchre. and know how this foul murder comes. Montague. look how our daughter bleeds! LADY CAPULET O me! this sight of death is as a bell. And Romeo dead. my wife is dead to-night. and some Paris. seek. and slaughter'd Romeo's man. With instruments upon them. To see thy son and heir more early down.

able to do least. their head. both to impeach and purge Myself condemned and myself excused. And lead you even to death: meantime forbear. 99 . Bring forth the parties of suspicion. And know their spring. For whom. to remove that siege of grief from her. And she. Yet most suspected. Juliet pined. Or in my cell there would she kill herself. there dead. so tutor'd by my art. bid me devise some mean To rid her from this second marriage. And here I stand. that Romeo's faithful wife: I married them. with wild looks. And. their true descent. as the time and place Doth make against me of this direful murder.MONTAGUE O thou untaught! what manners is in this? To press before thy father to a grave? PRINCE Seal up the mouth of outrage for a while. PRINCE Then say at once what thou dost know in this. and their stol'n marriage-day Was Tybalt's dooms-day. You. And then will I be general of your woes. Then gave I her. Betroth'd and would have married her perforce To County Paris: then comes she to me. there dead. and not for Tybalt. Till we can clear these ambiguities. FRIAR LAURENCE I am the greatest. whose untimely death Banish'd the new-made bridegroom from the city. was husband to that Juliet. And let mischance be slave to patience. FRIAR LAURENCE I will be brief. Romeo. for my short date of breath Is not so long as is a tedious tale.

And by and by my master drew on him. that raised the watch? Sirrah. I departed not and left him there.A sleeping potion. which wrought on her The form of death: meantime I writ to Romeo. But he which bore my letter. That he should hither come as this dire night. And then in post he came from Mantua To this same place. And threatened me with death. and therewithal Came to this vault to die. 100 . Where is the county's page. PRINCE This letter doth make good the friar's words. Friar John. and so I did: Anon comes one with light to ope the tomb. and yesternight Return'd my letter back. And then I ran away to call the watch. I will look on it. the tidings of her death: And here he writes that he did buy a poison Of a poor 'pothecary. to this same monument. and lie with Juliet. This letter he early bid me give his father. going in the vault. Was stay'd by accident. what a scourge is laid upon your hate. To help to take her from her borrow'd grave. That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love. Where be these enemies? Capulet! Montague! See. Being the time the potion's force should cease. Their course of love. PRINCE Give me the letter. what made your master in this place? PAGE He came with flowers to strew his lady's grave. PRINCE Where's Romeo's man? what can he say in this? BALTHASAR I brought my master news of Juliet's death. And bid me stand aloof.

for sorrow. give me thy hand: This is my daughter's jointure. Exeunt 101 . will not show his head: Go hence. Some shall be pardon'd. Poor sacrifices of our enmity! PRINCE A glooming peace this morning with it brings. MONTAGUE But I can give thee more: For I will raise her statue in pure gold. to have more talk of these sad things. CAPULET As rich shall Romeo's by his lady's lie. and some punished: For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo. There shall no figure at such rate be set As that of true and faithful Juliet.And I for winking at your discords too Have lost a brace of kinsmen: all are punish'd. CAPULET O brother Montague. for no more Can I demand. That while Verona by that name is known. The sun.