Romeo and Juliet


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Nurse goes to curtains
fast (adj.) 6 fast asleep
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


Mistress! What, mistress! Juliet! Fast, I warrant her, she.

Why, lamb! Why, lady! Fie, you slug-a-bed!
slug-abed (n.) lazy-bones

Why, love, I say! Madam! Sweetheart! Why, bride!

What, not a word? You take your pennyworths now.
pennyworth, penn'orth (n.) 4 small amount, little bit

Sleep for a week. For the next night, I warrant,

The County Paris hath set up his rest
set up one's rest (n.) [in primero] venture one's final stake, stake all

That you shall rest but little. God forgive me!

Marry, and amen! How sound is she asleep!

I must needs wake her. Madam, madam, madam!

Ay, let the County take you in your bed.

He'll fright you up, i'faith. Will it not be?
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count

What, dressed, and in your clothes, and down again?
down (adv.) 2 in bed

I must needs wake you. Lady! lady! lady!

Alas, alas! Help, help! My lady's dead!

O weraday that ever I was born!
weraday (int.) well-a-day, alas See Topics: Regrets

Some aqua vitae, ho! My lord! My lady!
aqua-vitae (n.) spirits, alcohol, strong drink, brandy

Enter Lady Capulet


What noise is here?


                         O lamentable day!


What is the matter?
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count


                         Look, look! O heavy day!


O me, O me! My child, my only life!

Revive, look up, or I will die with thee!

Help, help! Call help.

Enter Capulet


For shame, bring Juliet forth. Her lord is come.


She's dead, deceased. She's dead, alack the day!


Alack the day, she's dead, she's dead, she's dead!


Ha! let me see her. Out alas! she's cold,

Her blood is settled, and her joints are stiff.
settled (adj.) 5 not flowing, still, congealed

Life and these lips have long been separated.

Death lies on her like an untimely frost
untimely (adj.) premature, coming before its time

Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.


O lamentable day!


                         O woeful time!


Death, that hath ta'en her hence to make me wail,

Ties up my tongue and will not let me speak.

Enter Friar Laurence and the County Paris


Come, is the bride ready to go to church?


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.


Have I thought long to see this morning's face,

And doth it give me such a sight as this?


Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!

Most miserable hour that e'er time saw

In lasting labour of his pilgrimage!
lasting (adj.) unceasing, ongoing, everlasting

But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,

But one thing to rejoice and solace in,
solace (v.) 1 take comfort, be happy, cheer [oneself]

And cruel death hath catched it from my sight.
catch (v.) 1 seize, get hold of, capture


O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!

Most lamentable day, most woeful day

That ever, ever I did yet behold!

O day, O day, O day! O hateful day!

Never was seen so black a day as this.

O woeful day! O woeful day!


Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!
beguile (v.) 1 cheat, deceive, trick

Most detestable Death, by thee beguiled,

By cruel, cruel thee quite overthrown.

O love! O life! – not life, but love in death!


Despised, distressed, hated, martyred, killed!

Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now
uncomfortable (adj.) 1 comfortless, inconsolable, heartbreaking

To murder, murder our solemnity?
solemnity (n.) 1 celebration, jubilation, festivity

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.


Peace, ho, for shame! Confusion's cure lives not
confusion (n.) 2 calamity, disaster, catastrophe

In these confusions. Heaven and yourself
confusion (n.) 4 outburst, disorder, commotion

Had part in this fair maid. Now heaven hath all,

And all the better is it for the maid.

Your part in her you could not keep from death,

But heaven keeps his part in eternal life.

The most you sought was her promotion,
promotion (n.) advancement in life, social betterment

For 'twas your heaven she should be advanced.

And weep ye now, seeing she is advanced

Above the clouds, as high as heaven itself?

O, in this love, you love your child so ill

That you run mad, seeing that she is well.

She's not well married that lives married long,

But she's best married that dies married young.

Dry up your tears, and stick your rosemary

On this fair corse, and, as the custom is,
corse (n.) corpse, dead body See Topics: Frequency count

In all her best array bear her to church.

For though fond nature bids us all lament,
fond (adj.) 3 tender, loving, affectionate

Yet nature's tears are reason's merriment.


All things that we ordained festival

Turn from their office to black funeral.
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function

Our instruments to melancholy bells;

Our wedding cheer to a sad burial feast;
cheer (n.) 1 entertainment, fare, food and drink
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy

Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change;
dirge (n.) funeral song, song of mourning
sullen (adj.) 1 gloomy, dismal, melancholy, mournful

Our bridal flowers serve for a buried corse;
corse (n.) corpse, dead body See Topics: Frequency count

And all things change them to the contrary.


Sir, go you in; and, madam, go with him;

And go, Sir Paris. Every one prepare

To follow this fair corse unto her grave.
corse (n.) corpse, dead body See Topics: Frequency count

The heavens do lour upon you for some ill.
ill (n.) 1 wrong, injury, harm, evil
lour, lower (v.) frown, scowl, look dark and threatening

Move them no more by crossing their high will.
move (v.) 2 move to anger, provoke, exasperate

Exeunt all except the Nurse, casting

rosemary on her and shutting the curtains

Enter Musicians
put up (v.) 3 pack up, put away


Faith, we may put up our pipes and be gone.


Honest good fellows, ah, put up, put up!

For well you know this is a pitiful case.
case (n.) 1 state, plight, situation, circumstance


Ay, by my troth, the case may be amended.

Exit Nurse

Enter Peter


Musicians, O musicians, ‘ Heart's ease,’ ‘ Heart's

ease ’! O, an you will have me live, play ‘ Heart's ease.’


Why ‘ Heart's ease ’?


O musicians, because my heart itself plays ‘ My

heart is full.’ O play me some merry dump to comfort
dump (n.) 2 tune, melody



Not a dump we! 'Tis no time to play



You will not then?




I will then give it you soundly.
soundly (adv.) 2 thoroughly, properly, in full


What will you give us?


No money, on my faith, but the gleek. I will give
give (v.) 8 call, nickname
gleek (n.) taunt, gibe, insult

you the minstrel.
minstrel (n.) [derisive term for] musician


Then I will give you the
give (v.) 8 call, nickname
serving-creature (n.) [derisive term for] serving-man



Then will I lay the serving-creature's dagger on

your pate. I will carry no crotchets. I'll re you, I'll fa you.
carry (v.) 4 endure, put up with
crotchet (n.) strange notion, perverse idea, whimsical fancy
pate (n.) head, skull See Topics: Frequency count

Do you note me?


An you re us and fa us, you note us.
note (v.) 1 observe, pay attention [to], take special note [of]


Pray you put up your dagger, and

put out your wit.
put out (v.) 2 display, exhibit, show forth
wit (n.) 2 mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuity See Topics: Frequency count


Then have at you with my wit! I will dry-beat you
dry-beat (v.) cudgel, thrash, beat soundly

with an iron wit, and put up my iron dagger. Answer me

like men.

‘ When griping grief the heart doth wound,

And doleful dumps the mind oppress,
dump (n.) 1 plaintive melody, mournful song

Then music with her silver sound ’ –

Why ‘ silver sound ’? Why ‘ music with her silver sound ’?

What say you, Simon Catling?


Marry, sir, because silver hath a sweet



Pretty! What say you, Hugh Rebeck?


I say ‘ silver sound ’ because musicians

sound for silver.


Pretty too! What say you, James Soundpost?


Faith, I know not what to say.


O, I cry you mercy! You are the singer. I will say

for you. It is ‘ music with her silver sound ’ because musicians

have no gold for sounding.
sounding (n.) 1 playing, making music

‘ Then music with her silver sound

With speedy help doth lend redress.’

Exit Peter


What a pestilent knave is this same!
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count


Hang him, Jack! Come, we'll in here,
Jack (n.) 1 Jack-in-office, ill-mannered fellow, lout, knave
redress (n.) 1 relief, assistance, help, comfort

tarry for the mourners, and stay dinner.
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger


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