Romeo and Juliet
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Enter Capulets Wife and Nurse.Enter Lady Capulet and Nurse RJ I.iii.1
Wife LADY CAPULET 
Nurse wher's my daughter? call her forth to me.Nurse, where's my daughter? Call her forth to me. RJ I.iii.1
Nurse. NURSE 
Now by my Maidenhead, at twelue yeare oldNow, by my maidenhead at twelve year old,maidenhead (n.)virginityRJ I.iii.2
I bad her come, what Lamb: what Ladi-bird,I bade her come. What, lamb! What, ladybird! –  RJ I.iii.3
God forbid, / Where's this Girle? what Iuliet?God forbid! – Where's this girl? What, Juliet! RJ I.iii.4
Enter Iuliet.Enter Juliet RJ I.iii.5
Iuliet. JULIET 
How now, who calls?How now? who calls? RJ I.iii.5
Nur. NURSE 
Your Mother.Your mother. RJ I.iii.6
Iuliet. JULIET 
Madam I am heere, what is your will?Madam, I am here. What is your will? RJ I.iii.7
Wife. LADY CAPULET 
This is the matter: Nurse giue leaue awhile,This is the matter – Nurse, give leave awhile.matter (n.)affair(s), business, real issueRJ I.iii.8
we must talke in secret. Nurse come backe againe,We must talk in secret. – Nurse, come back again. RJ I.iii.9
I haue remembred me, thou'se heare our counsell.I have remembered me, thou's hear our counsel.'s (pron.)contracted form of ‘shall’RJ I.iii.10
remember (v.)
old form: remembred
recollect, recall, call to mind
Thou knowest my daughter's of a prety age.Thou knowest my daughter's of a pretty age. RJ I.iii.11
Nurse. NURSE 
Faith I can tell her age vnto an houre.Faith, I can tell her age unto an hour. RJ I.iii.12
Wife. LADY CAPULET 
Shee's not fourteene.She's not fourteen. RJ I.iii.13.1
Nurse. NURSE 
Ile lay fourteene of my teeth,I'll lay fourteen of my teeth –  RJ I.iii.13.2
And yet to my teene be it spoken, / I haue but foure, And yet, to my teen be it spoken, I have but four – teen (n.)
old form: teene
trouble, grief, suffering
RJ I.iii.14
shee's not fourteene. / How long is it nowShe is not fourteen. How long is it now RJ I.iii.15
to Lammas tide?To Lammastide?Lammastide (n.)harvest festival, 1 AugustRJ I.iii.16.1
Wife. LADY CAPULET 
A fortnight and odde dayes.A fortnight and odd days. RJ I.iii.16.2
Nurse. NURSE 
Euen or odde, of all daies in the yeareEven or odd, of all days in the year, RJ I.iii.17
come Lammas Eue at night shall she be fourteene. Come Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen.Lammas Eveday before harvest festival, 31 JulyRJ I.iii.18
Susan & she, God rest all Christian soules,Susan and she – God rest all Christian souls! –  RJ I.iii.19
were of an age. Well Susan is with God, Were of an age. Well, Susan is with God. RJ I.iii.20
she was too good for me. But as I said,She was too good for me. But, as I said, RJ I.iii.21
on Lamas Eue at night shall she be fourteene,On Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen. RJ I.iii.22
that shall she marie, I remember it well.That shall she, marry! I remember it well.marry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryRJ I.iii.23
'Tis since the Earth-quake now eleuen yeares,'Tis since the earthquake now eleven years; RJ I.iii.24
and she was wean'd I neuer shall forget it,And she was weaned – I never shall forget it –  RJ I.iii.25
of all the daies of the yeare, vpon that day:Of all the days of the year, upon that day. RJ I.iii.26
for I had then laid Worme-wood to my Dug For I had then laid wormwood to my dug,wormwood (n.)
old form: Worme-wood
absinthe plant, known for its bitter taste
RJ I.iii.27
dug (n.)nipple, teat, breast
sitting in the Sunne vnder the Douehouse wall,Sitting in the sun under the dovehouse wall. RJ I.iii.28
my Lord and you were then at Mantua, My lord and you were then at Mantua. RJ I.iii.29
nay I doe beare a braine. But as I said,Nay, I do bear a brain. But, as I said, RJ I.iii.30
when it did tast the Worme-wood on the nippleWhen it did taste the wormwood on the nipple RJ I.iii.31
of my Dugge, and felt it bitter, pretty foole,Of my dug and felt it bitter, pretty fool, RJ I.iii.32
to see it teachie, and fall out with the Dugge,To see it tetchy and fall out wi' th' dug!tetchy, teachy (adj.)
old form: teachie
irritable, peevish, fretful
RJ I.iii.33
Shake quoth the Doue-house, 'twas no neede I trowShake, quoth the dovehouse! 'Twas no need, I trow,quoth (v.)saidRJ I.iii.34
trow (v.)think, be sure
to bid mee trudge:To bid me trudge.trudge (v.)go away, depart, leaveRJ I.iii.35
and since that time it is a eleuen yeares,And since that time it is eleven years. RJ I.iii.36
for then she could stand alone, nay bi'th' roode For then she could stand high-lone. Nay, by th' rood,high-lone (adv.)upright by oneself, without supportRJ I.iii.37
rood (n.)cross
she could haue runne, & wadled all about:She could have run and waddled all about. RJ I.iii.38
for euen the day before she broke her brow,For even the day before she broke her brow.brow (n.)forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]RJ I.iii.39
break (v.)graze, bruise, cut open
& then my Husband God be with his soule,And then my husband – God be with his soul! RJ I.iii.40
a was a merrie man, tooke vp the Child,'A was a merry man – took up the child. RJ I.iii.41
yea quoth hee, doest thou fall vpon thy face?‘ Yea,’ quoth he, ‘ dost thou fall upon thy face? RJ I.iii.42
thou wilt fall backeward when thou hast more wit,Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit.wit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental abilityRJ I.iii.43
wilt thou not Iule? And by my holy-dam,Wilt thou not, Jule?’ And, by my holidam,holidam / holidame, by mywhat I hold holy; or: Our LadyRJ I.iii.44
the pretty wretch lefte crying, & said I:The pretty wretch left crying and said ‘ Ay.’ RJ I.iii.45
to see now how a Iest shall come about.To see now how a jest shall come about!come about (v.)turn out to be true, be fulfilledRJ I.iii.46
I warrant, & I shall liue a thousand yeares,I warrant, an I should live a thousand years,and, an (conj.)if, even ifRJ I.iii.47
warrant (v.)assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
I neuer should forget it: wilt thou not Iulet quoth he?I never should forget it. ‘ Wilt thou not, Jule?’ quoth he, RJ I.iii.48
and pretty foole it stinted, and said I.And, pretty fool, it stinted and said ‘ Ay.’stint (v.)cease, stop shortRJ I.iii.49
Old La. LADY CAPULET 
Inough of this, I pray thee hold thy peace.Enough of this. I pray thee hold thy peace. RJ I.iii.50
Nurse. NURSE 
Yes Madam, yet I cannot chuse but laugh,Yes, madam. Yet I cannot choose but laugh RJ I.iii.51
to thinke it should leaue crying, & say I:To think it should leave crying and say ‘ Ay.’ RJ I.iii.52
and yet I warrant it had vpon it brow,And yet, I warrant, it had upon it browbrow (n.)forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]RJ I.iii.53
a bumpe as big as a young Cockrels stone?A bump as big as a young cockerel's stone,stone (n.)testicleRJ I.iii.54
A perilous knock, and it cryed bitterly.A perilous knock. And it cried bitterly. RJ I.iii.55
Yea quoth my husband, fall'st vpon thy face,‘ Yea,’ quoth my husband, ‘ fallest upon thy face? RJ I.iii.56
thou wilt fall backward when thou commest to age:Thou wilt fall backward when thou comest to age. RJ I.iii.57
wilt thou not Iule? It stinted: and said I.Wilt thou not, Jule?’ It stinted, and said ‘ Ay.’ RJ I.iii.58
Iule. JULIET 
And stint thou too, I pray thee Nurse, say I.And stint thou too, I pray thee, Nurse, say I.stint (v.)cease, stop shortRJ I.iii.59
Nur. NURSE 
Peace I haue done: God marke thee too his gracePeace, I have done. God mark thee to his grace! RJ I.iii.60
thou wast the prettiest Babe that ere I nurst,Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nursed. RJ I.iii.61
and I might liue to see thee married once,An I might live to see thee married once,once (adv.)one day, some timeRJ I.iii.62
and, an (conj.)if, whether
I haue my wish.I have my wish. RJ I.iii.63
Old La. LADY CAPULET 
Marry that marry is the very theameMarry, that ‘ marry ’ is the very theme RJ I.iii.64
I came to talke of, tell me daughter Iuliet,I came to talk of. Tell me, daughter Juliet, RJ I.iii.65
How stands your disposition to be Married?How stands your dispositions to be married?disposition (n.)inclination, mood, frame of mindRJ I.iii.66
Iuli. JULIET 
It is an houre that I dreame not of.It is an honour that I dream not of. RJ I.iii.67
Nur. NURSE 
An houre, were not I thine onely Nurse,An honour! Were not I thine only nurse, RJ I.iii.68
I would say thou had'st suckt wisedome from thy teat.I would say thou hadst sucked wisdom from thy teat. RJ I.iii.69
Old La. LADY CAPULET 
Well thinke of marriage now, yonger then youWell, think of marriage now. Younger than you, RJ I.iii.70
Heere in Verona, Ladies of esteeme,Here in Verona, ladies of esteem RJ I.iii.71
Are made already Mothers. By my countAre made already mothers. By my count, RJ I.iii.72
I was your Mother, much vpon these yearesI was your mother much upon these years RJ I.iii.73
That you are now a Maide, thus then in briefe:That you are now a maid. Thus then in brief: RJ I.iii.74
The valiant Paris seekes you for his loue.The valiant Paris seeks you for his love. RJ I.iii.75
Nurse. NURSE 
A man young Lady, Lady, such a manA man, young lady! Lady, such a man RJ I.iii.76
as all the world. Why hee's a man of waxe.As all the world – why, he's a man of wax.man of wax
old form: waxe
faultless, perfect [as of a wax model]
RJ I.iii.77
Old La. LADY CAPULET 
Veronas Summer hath not such a flower.Verona's summer hath not such a flower. RJ I.iii.78
Nurse. NURSE 
Nay hee's a flower, infaith a very flower.Nay, he's a flower; in faith, a very flower. RJ I.iii.79
Old La: LADY CAPULET 
What say you, can you loue the Gentleman?What say you? Can you love the gentleman? RJ I.iii.80
This night you shall behold him at our Feast,This night you shall behold him at our feast. RJ I.iii.81
Read ore the volume of young Paris face,Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face, RJ I.iii.82
And find delight, writ there with Beauties pen:And find delight writ there with beauty's pen. RJ I.iii.83
Examine euery seuerall liniament,Examine every married lineament,married (adj.)joined in harmony, well-proportionedRJ I.iii.84
lineament (n.)
old form: liniament
line, feature, characteristic, attribute
And see how one another lends content:And see how one another lends content.content (n.)pleasure, satisfaction, happinessRJ I.iii.85
And what obscur'd in this faire volume lies,And what obscured in this fair volume lies RJ I.iii.86
Find written in the Margent of his eyes.Find written in the margent of his eyes.margent (n.)margin [of a page, where an explanatory note would be found]RJ I.iii.87
This precious Booke of Loue, this vnbound Louer,This precious book of love, this unbound lover, RJ I.iii.88
To Beautifie him, onely lacks a Couer.To beautify him only lacks a cover. RJ I.iii.89
The fish liues in the Sea, and 'tis much prideThe fish lives in the sea, and 'tis much pride RJ I.iii.90
For faire without, the faire within to hide:For fair without the fair within to hide. RJ I.iii.91
That Booke in manies eyes doth share the glorie,That book in many's eyes doth share the glory, RJ I.iii.92
That in Gold claspes, Lockes in the Golden storie:That in gold clasps locks in the golden story. RJ I.iii.93
So shall you share all that he doth possesse,So shall you share all that he doth possess, RJ I.iii.94
By hauing him, making your selfe no lesse.By having him making yourself no less. RJ I.iii.95
Nurse. NURSE 
No lesse, nay bigger: women grow by men.No less? Nay, bigger! Women grow by men. RJ I.iii.96
Old La. LADY CAPULET 
Speake briefly, can you like of Paris loue?Speak briefly, can you like of Paris' love? RJ I.iii.97
Iuli. JULIET 
Ile looke to like, if looking liking moue.I'll look to like, if looking liking move. RJ I.iii.98
But no more deepe will I endart mine eye,But no more deep will I endart mine eyeendart (v.)embed, bury, send in [as an arrow]RJ I.iii.99
Then your consent giues strength to make flye.Than your consent gives strength to make it fly. RJ I.iii.100
Enter a Seruing man.Enter Servingman RJ I.iii.100
Ser. SERVANT 
Madam, the guests are come, supper seru'dMadam, the guests are come, supper served RJ I.iii.101
vp, you cal'd, my young Lady askt for, the Nurseup, you called, my young lady asked for, the Nurse RJ I.iii.102
cur'st in the Pantery, and euery thing in extremitie: Icursed in the pantry, and everything in extremity. I RJ I.iii.103
must hence to wait, I beseech you follow straight. must hence to wait. I beseech you follow straight.straight (adv.)straightaway, immediately, at onceRJ I.iii.104
wait (v.)be in attendance, do service
Mo. LADY CAPULET 
We follow thee, We follow thee. RJ I.iii.105.1
Exit.Exit Servingman RJ I.iii.105
Iuliet, the Countie staies.Juliet, the County stays.county (n.)[title of rank] countRJ I.iii.105.2
stay (v.)linger, tarry, delay
Nurse. NURSE 
Goe Gyrle, seeke happie nights to happy daies.Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days. RJ I.iii.106
Exeunt.Exeunt RJ I.iii.106
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