Romeo and Juliet


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Romeo and Juliet aloft, at the window


JULIET

Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day.

It was the nightingale, and not the lark,

That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear.
fearful (adj.) 1 timid, timorous, frightened, full of fear

Nightly she sings on yond pomegranate tree.

Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.


ROMEO

It was the lark, the herald of the morn;
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count

No nightingale. Look, love, what envious streaks
envious (adj.) malicious, spiteful, vindictive, full of enmity See Topics: Frequency count

Do lace the severing clouds in yonder East.

Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day
jocund (adj.) merry, joyful, cheerful

Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.

I must be gone and live, or stay and die.


JULIET

Yond light is not daylight; I know it, I.

It is some meteor that the sun exhales
exhale (v.) 1 cause to flow, draw out, draw up
meteor (n.) aurora, luminous emanation, atmospheric effect

To be to thee this night a torchbearer

And light thee on thy way to Mantua.

Therefore stay yet. Thou needest not to be gone.


ROMEO

Let me be ta'en, let me be put to death.

I am content, so thou wilt have it so.
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count

I'll say yon grey is not the morning's eye;

'Tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia's brow.
brow (n.) 3 eyebrow
reflex (n.) reflection, image, shadow

Nor that is not the lark whose notes do beat

The vaulty heaven so high above our heads.
vaulty (adj.) 1 resembling a vault, arched, domed

I have more care to stay than will to go.
care (n.) 7 desire, inclination, concern
will (n.) 1 desire, wish, liking, inclination

Come, death, and welcome! Juliet wills it so.

How is't, my soul? Let's talk. It is not day.


JULIET

It is, it is! Hie hence, be gone, away!
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count

It is the lark that sings so out of tune,

Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.
sharp (n.) high-pitched note, shrill sound

Some say the lark makes sweet division.
division (n.) 2 [music] variation, modulation

This doth not so, for she divideth us.

Some say the lark and loathed toad change eyes.
change (v.) 1 exchange, trade

O, now I would they had changed voices too,

Since arm from arm that voice doth us affray,
affray (v.) scare, startle, frighten away

Hunting thee hence with hunt's-up to the day.
hunt's-up (n.) daybreak song to wake huntsmen [or a newly married wife]

O, now be gone! More light and light it grows.


ROMEO

More light and light: more dark and dark our woes.
dark (adj.) 1 sad, melancholic, gloomy

Enter Nurse hastily


NURSE

Madam!


JULIET

Nurse?


NURSE

Your lady mother is coming to your chamber.

The day is broke. Be wary. Look about.

Exit Nurse


JULIET

Then, window, let day in, and let life out.


ROMEO

Farewell, farewell! One kiss, and I'll descend.

He goes down
aye (adv.) always, ever, for eternity
husband-friend (n.) husband as well as lover


JULIET

Art thou gone so, love-lord, aye husband-friend?

I must hear from thee every day in the hour,

For in a minute there are many days.

O by this count I shall be much in years
count (n.) 1 account, reckoning

Ere I again behold my Romeo.


ROMEO

Farewell!

I will omit no opportunity

That may convey my greetings, love, to thee.


JULIET

O, thinkest thou we shall ever meet again?


ROMEO

I doubt it not; and all these woes shall serve

For sweet discourses in our times to come.


JULIET

O God, I have an ill-divining soul!
ill-divining (adj.) giving premonitions of harm, ominously prophesying

Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low,
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.

Either my eyesight fails, or thou lookest pale.


ROMEO

And trust me, love, in my eye so do you.

Dry sorrow drinks our blood. Adieu, adieu!

Exit Romeo


JULIET

O Fortune, Fortune! All men call thee fickle.

If thou art fickle, what dost thou with him

That is renowned for faith? Be fickle, Fortune,

For then I hope thou wilt not keep him long

But send him back.

She goes down from the window

Enter Juliet's mother


LADY CAPULET

                         Ho, daughter! Are you up?


JULIET

Who is't that calls? It is my lady mother.

Is she not down so late, or up so early?
down (adv.) 2 in bed

What unaccustomed cause procures her hither?
procure (v.) 1 bring, induce, make come
unaccustomed (adj.) unusual, strange, unfamiliar


LADY CAPULET

Why, how now, Juliet?


JULIET

                         Madam, I am not well.


LADY CAPULET

Evermore weeping for your cousin's death?

What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears?

An if thou couldst, thou couldst not make him live.

Therefore have done. Some grief shows much of love;

But much of grief shows still some want of wit.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count


JULIET

Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss.
feeling (adj.) 1 deeply felt, heartfelt, acutely sensed


LADY CAPULET

So shall you feel the loss, but not the friend
friend (n.) 2 relation, relative, kinsman

Which you weep for.


JULIET

                         Feeling so the loss,

I cannot choose but ever weep the friend.
friend (n.) 1 lover, sweetheart, suitor


LADY CAPULET

Well, girl, thou weepest not so much for his death

As that the villain lives which slaughtered him.


JULIET

What villain, madam?


LADY CAPULET

                         That same villain Romeo.


JULIET

(aside)

Villain and he be many miles asunder. –

God pardon! I do, with all my heart.

And yet no man like he doth grieve my heart.


LADY CAPULET

That is because the traitor murderer lives.


JULIET

Ay, madam, from the reach of these my hands.

Would none but I might venge my cousin's death!
venge (v.) avenge, revenge


LADY CAPULET

We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not.

Then weep no more. I'll send to one in Mantua,

Where that same banished runagate doth live,
runagate (n.) 1 runaway, vagabond, fugitive

Shall give him such an unaccustomed dram
dram (n.) 2 [small dose of] poison

That he shall soon keep Tybalt company.

And then I hope thou wilt be satisfied.


JULIET

Indeed I never shall be satisfied

With Romeo till I behold him – dead –

Is my poor heart so for a kinsman vexed.
vex (v.) afflict, trouble, torment

Madam, if you could find out but a man

To bear a poison, I would temper it –
temper (v.) 1 blend, mix, concoct, compound

That Romeo should, upon receipt thereof,

Soon sleep in quiet. O, how my heart abhors

To hear him named and cannot come to him,

To wreak the love I bore my cousin
wreak (v.) 2 inflict, deliver, bestow

Upon his body that hath slaughtered him!


LADY CAPULET

Find thou the means, and I'll find such a man.

But now I'll tell thee joyful tidings, girl.


JULIET

And joy comes well in such a needy time.

What are they, beseech your ladyship?


LADY CAPULET

Well, well, thou hast a careful father, child:
careful (adj.) 2 provident, caring, solicitous

One who, to put thee from thy heaviness,
heaviness (n.) 1 sadness, grief, sorrow

Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy
sort out (v.) arrange, contrive, prepare
sudden (adj.) 3 immediate, early, prompt

That thou expects not nor I looked not for.


JULIET

Madam, in happy time! What day is that?
happy time, in 2 coming just at the right time


LADY CAPULET

Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count

The gallant, young, and noble gentleman,

The County Paris, at Saint Peter's Church,

Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride.


JULIET

Now by Saint Peter's Church, and Peter too,

He shall not make me there a joyful bride!

I wonder at this haste, that I must wed

Ere he that should be husband comes to woo.

I pray you tell my lord and father, madam,

I will not marry yet; and when I do, I swear

It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate,

Rather than Paris. These are news indeed!


LADY CAPULET

Here comes your father. Tell him so yourself,

And see how he will take it at your hands.

Enter Capulet and Nurse


CAPULET

When the sun sets the earth doth drizzle dew,

But for the sunset of my brother's son

It rains downright.
downright (adj.) 2 directed straight down, coming from above

How now? A conduit, girl? What, still in tears?
conduit (n.) 3 channel, outflowing, water-spout, fountain

Evermore showering? In one little body

Thou counterfeitest a bark, a sea, a wind.
bark, barque (n.) ship, vessel
counterfeit (v.) 1 copy, imitate, simulate See Topics: Frequency count

For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea,

Do ebb and flow with tears. The bark thy body is,

Sailing in this salt flood. The winds, thy sighs,

Who, raging with thy tears and they with them,

Without a sudden calm will overset
overset (v.) 2 overturn, capsize, overwhelm

Thy tempest-tossed body. How now, wife?

Have you delivered to her our decree?
decree (n.) 2 arrangement, decision, resolve
deliver (v.) 1 report [to], communicate [to], tell, describe


LADY CAPULET

Ay, sir. But she will none, she gives you thanks.

I would the fool were married to her grave!


CAPULET

Soft! Take me with you, take me with you, wife.
take me with you I don't understand you

How? Will she none? Doth she not give us thanks?

Is she not proud? Doth she not count her blest,

Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought
work (v.), past form wrought 1 bring about, arrange, effect

So worthy a gentleman to be her bride?
bride (n.) bridegroom, spouse


JULIET

Not proud you have, but thankful that you have.

Proud can I never be of what I hate,

But thankful even for hate that is meant love.


CAPULET

How, how, how, how, chopped logic? What is this?
chopped logic (n.) contentious arguer, disputatious wretch

‘ Proud ’ – and ‘ I thank you ’ – and ‘ I thank you not ’ –

And yet ‘ not proud ’? Mistress minion you,
minion (n.) 2 hussy, jade, minx

Thank me no thankings, nor proud me no prouds,

But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next
fettle (v.) make ready, put in order

To go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church,

Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.
hurdle (n.) cart, frame [as used for dragging traitors to execution]

Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage!
baggage (n.) good-for-nothing woman, harlot
carrion (n.) 1 carcass, wretch, worthless beast
green-sickness (adj.) affected by green-sickness

You tallow-face!
tallow-face (n.) [contemptuous] face as pale as wax


LADY CAPULET

                         Fie, fie! What, are you mad?


JULIET

Good father, I beseech you on my knees,

Hear me with patience but to speak a word.


CAPULET

Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch!

I tell thee what – get thee to church a' Thursday

Or never after look me in the face.

Speak not, reply not, do not answer me!

My fingers itch. Wife, we scarce thought us blest

That God had lent us but this only child.

But now I see this one is one too much,

And that we have a curse in having her.

Out on her, hilding!
hilding (n.) good-for-nothing, worthless individual


NURSE

                         God in heaven bless her!

You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so.
blame, to to be blamed, blameworthy
rate (v.) 1 berate, reproach, rebuke, scold


CAPULET

And why, my Lady Wisdom? Hold your tongue,

Good Prudence. Smatter with your gossips, go!
gossip (n.) 3 tattler, chatterer, idle talker
smatter (v.) prattle, chatter, babble away


NURSE

I speak no treason.


CAPULET

                         O, God-i-good-e'en!


NURSE

May not one speak?


CAPULET

                         Peace, you mumbling fool!

Utter your gravity o'er a gossip's bowl,
gossip (n.) 4 old woman, gossiping woman
gravity (n.) 3 wisdom, sage advice

For here we need it not.
hot (adj.) 1 hot-tempered, angry, passionate


LADY CAPULET

                         You are too hot.


CAPULET

God's bread! It makes me mad.

Day, night; hour, tide, time; work, play;
tide (n.) 1 season, date, time [of year]

Alone, in company; still my care hath been
care (n.) 2 responsibility, duty, matter of concern
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

To have her matched. And having now provided
match (v.) 1 join in marriage, make a match

A gentleman of noble parentage,

Of fair demesnes, youthful, and nobly trained,
demesne (n.) (plural) territories, lands, dominions

Stuffed, as they say, with honourable parts,
part (n.) 1 quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]
stuffed (adj.) 1 full, complete, proven, stored up

Proportioned as one's thought would wish a man –

And then to have a wretched puling fool,
puling (n./adj.) 1 whimpering, whining, complaining

A whining mammet, in her fortune's tender,
mammet (n.) doll, puppet
tender (n.) 2 proposal of marriage, offer of betrothal

To answer ‘ I'll not wed, I cannot love;

I am too young, I pray you pardon me ’!

But, an you will not wed, I'll pardon you!

Graze where you will, you shall not house with me.

Look to't, think on't. I do not use to jest.
use (v.) 1 be accustomed, make a habit [of]

Thursday is near. Lay hand on heart. Advise.
advise, avise (v.) 1 consider, take thought, reflect

An you be mine, I'll give you to my friend.

An you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets,

For, by my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee,

Nor what is mine shall never do thee good.

Trust to't. Bethink you. I'll not be forsworn.
bethink (v.), past form bethought 1 call to mind, think about, consider, reflect See Topics: Frequency count
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 3 deny, repudiate, refuse to admit See Topics: Frequency count

Exit Capulet


JULIET

Is there no pity sitting in the clouds

That sees into the bottom of my grief?

O sweet my mother, cast me not away!

Delay this marriage for a month, a week.

Or if you do not, make the bridal bed

In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.


LADY CAPULET

Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word.

Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.

Exit Lady Capulet


JULIET

O God! – O Nurse, how shall this be prevented?

My husband is on earth, my faith in heaven.

How shall that faith return again to earth

Unless that husband send it me from heaven

By leaving earth? Comfort me, counsel me.

Alack, alack, that heaven should practise stratagems
stratagem (n.) 1 scheme, device, cunning plan
subject (n.) 3 object, thing, creature

Upon so soft a subject as myself!

What sayest thou? Hast thou not a word of joy?

Some comfort, Nurse.


NURSE

                         Faith, here it is.

Romeo is banished; and all the world to nothing
nothing, all the world to the odds are a million to one

That he dares ne'er come back to challenge you.
challenge (v.) 1 demand as a right, claim, call for, insist on

Or if he do, it needs must be by stealth.

Then, since the case so stands as now it doth,
case (n.) 1 state, plight, situation, circumstance

I think it best you married with the County.
county (n.) 1 [title of rank] count

O, he's a lovely gentleman!

Romeo's a dishclout to him. An eagle, madam,
dishclout (n.) dishcloth, rag

Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye

As Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart,
beshrew, 'shrew (v.) 1 curse, devil take, evil befall See Topics: Frequency count

I think you are happy in this second match,

For it excels your first; or if it did not,

Your first is dead – or 'twere as good he were

As living here and you no use of him.


JULIET

Speakest thou from thy heart?


NURSE

And from my soul too. Else beshrew them both.
beshrew, 'shrew (v.) 1 curse, devil take, evil befall See Topics: Frequency count


JULIET

Amen!


NURSE

What?


JULIET

Well, thou hast comforted me marvellous much.
marvellous (adv.) very, extremely, exceedingly See Topics: Frequency count

Go in; and tell my lady I am gone,

Having displeased my father, to Laurence' cell,

To make confession and to be absolved.


NURSE

Marry, I will; and this is wisely done.

Exit Nurse


JULIET

Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend!

Is it more sin to wish me thus forsworn,
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word See Topics: Frequency count

Or to dispraise my lord with that same tongue
dispraise (v.) disparage, belittle, denigrate

Which she hath praised him with above compare
compare, above beyond comparison

So many thousand times? Go, counsellor!

Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain.
bosom (n.) 2 inward thoughts, personal counsel
twain (adj.) separated, not united, estranged

I'll to the Friar to know his remedy.

If all else fail, myself have power to die.

Exit

 
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