Romeo and Juliet
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Enter Romeo, Mercutio, Benuolio, with fiue or sixeEnter Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio, with five or six RJ I.iv.1.1
other Maskers, Torch-bearers.other maskers, and torchbearers RJ I.iv.1.2
Rom. ROMEO 
What shall this speeh be spoke for our excuse?What, shall this speech be spoke for our excuse? RJ I.iv.1
Or shall we on without Apologie?Or shall we on without apology? RJ I.iv.2
Ben. BENVOLIO 
The date is out of such prolixitie,The date is out of such prolixity.date (n.)time, season, fashionRJ I.iv.3
out (adv.)out-of-date, not in vogue [for]
prolixity (n.)
old form: prolixitie
long-windedness, tedious exposition
Weele haue no Cupid, hood winkt with a skarfe,We'll have no Cupid hoodwinked with a scarf,Cupid (n.)[pron: 'kyoopid] Roman god of love, son of Venus and Mercury; a winged, blindfolded boy with curved bow and arrowsRJ I.iv.4
hoodwink (v.)
old form: hood winkt
blindfold, cover one's eyes
Bearing a Tartars painted Bow of lath,Bearing a Tartar's painted bow of lath,Tartar (n.)someone from Tartary, C Asia; known for pitilessness; also, a stereotype of dark complexionRJ I.iv.5
lath (n.)thin wood
Skaring the Ladies like a Crow-keeper.Scaring the ladies like a crowkeeper;crowkeeper, crow-keeper (n.)scarecrow, farmer's boy, person who keeps crows awayRJ I.iv.6
Nor no without-book prologue, faintly spokefaintly (adv.)weakly, feebly, faintheartedlyRJ I.iv.7
After the prompter, for our entrance. RJ I.iv.8
But let them measure vs by what they will,But, let them measure us by what they will, RJ I.iv.9
Weele measure them a Measure, and be gone.We'll measure them a measure and be gone.measure (n.)slow stately dance, graceful movementRJ I.iv.10
measure (v.)apportion, dispense, give out
Rom. ROMEO 
Giue me a Torch, I am not for this ambling.Give me a torch. I am not for this ambling.ambling (n.)affected way of walking, tripping alongRJ I.iv.11
Being but heauy I will beare the light.Being but heavy, I will bear the light.heavy (adj.)
old form: heauy
sorrowful, sad, gloomy
RJ I.iv.12
Mer. MERCUTIO 
Nay gentle Romeo, we must haue you dance.Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance.gentle (adj.)well-born, honourable, nobleRJ I.iv.13
Rom. ROMEO 
Not I beleeue me, you haue dancing shooesNot I, believe me. You have dancing shoes RJ I.iv.14
With nimble soles, I haue a soale of LeadWith nimble soles. I have a soul of lead RJ I.iv.15
So stakes me to the ground, I cannot moue.So stakes me to the ground I cannot move. RJ I.iv.16
Mer. MERCUTIO 
You are a Louer, borrow Cupids wings,You are a lover. Borrow Cupid's wings RJ I.iv.17
And soare with them aboue a common bound.And soar with them above a common bound. RJ I.iv.18
Rom. ROMEO 
I am too sore enpearced with his shaft,I am too sore empierced with his shaftempierce (v.)
old form: enpearced
pierce through, transfix, impale
RJ I.iv.19
shaft (n.)[long and slender] arrow
sore (adv.)seriously, greatly, very much
To soare with his light feathers, and to bound:To soar with his light feathers; and so bound RJ I.iv.20
I cannot bound a pitch aboue dull woe,I cannot bound a pitch above dull woe.dull (adj.)gloomy, melancholic, sullenRJ I.iv.21
pitch (n.)height [to which a bird of prey soars before swooping]
Vnder loues heauy burthen doe I sinke.Under love's heavy burden do I sink. RJ I.iv.22
Hora. MERCUTIO 
And to sinke in it should you burthen loue,And, to sink in it, should you burden love –  RJ I.iv.23
Too great oppression for a tender thing.Too great oppression for a tender thing. RJ I.iv.24
Rom. ROMEO 
Is loue a tender thing? it is too rough,Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, RJ I.iv.25
Too rude, too boysterous, and it pricks like thorne.Too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.boisterous (adj.)
old form: boysterous
painful, hurtful, rough on the feelings
RJ I.iv.26
Mer. MERCUTIO 
If loue be rough with you, be rough with loue,If love be rough with you, be rough with love. RJ I.iv.27
Pricke loue for pricking, and you beat loue downe,Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.prick (v.)
old form: Pricke
torment, vex, grieve
RJ I.iv.28
Giue me a Case to put my visage in,Give me a case to put my visage in.case (n.)mask, disguise, coveringRJ I.iv.29
visage (n.)face, countenance
A Visor for a Visor, what care IA visor for a visor! What care Ivisor (n.)maskRJ I.iv.30
What curious eye doth quote deformities:What curious eye doth quote deformities?curious (adj.)careful, fastidious, attentiveRJ I.iv.31
quote (v.)closely observe, note, examine
Here are the Beetle-browes shall blush for me.Here are the beetle brows shall blush for me.beetle (adj.)overhanging, prominent, bushyRJ I.iv.32
brow (n.)
old form: browes
eyebrow
Ben. BENVOLIO 
Come knocke and enter, and no sooner in,Come, knock and enter; and no sooner in RJ I.iv.33
But euery man betake him to his legs.But every man betake him to his legs.betake (v.)resort, have recourse, commit oneselfRJ I.iv.34
Rom. ROMEO 
A Torch for me, let wantons light of heartA torch for me! Let wantons light of heartwanton (n.)libertine, seducerRJ I.iv.35
Tickle the sencelesse rushes with their heeles:Tickle the senseless rushes with their heels.senseless (adj.)
old form: sencelesse
lacking human sensation, incapable of feeling
RJ I.iv.36
For I am prouerb'd with a Grandsier Phrase,For I am proverbed with a grandsire phrase – proverb (v.)
old form: prouerb'd
provide with worldly wisdom [by]
RJ I.iv.37
grandsire (adj.)
old form: Grandsier
long-established, old-fashioned
Ile be a Candle-holder and looke on,I'll be a candle-holder and look on; RJ I.iv.38
The game was nere so faire, and I am done.The game was ne'er so fair, and I am done. RJ I.iv.39
Mer. MERCUTIO 
Tut, duns the Mouse, the Constables owne word,Tut, dun's the mouse, the constable's own word!dun's the mouse[proverbial] keep quiet, be stillRJ I.iv.40
If thou art dun, weele draw thee from the mire.If thou art Dun, we'll draw thee from the mireDun (n.)horse's name [involving the lifting of a log ‘horse’ in a Christmas game called ‘drawing dun out of the mire’]RJ I.iv.41
Or saue your reuerence loue, wherein thou stickestOf – save your reverence – love, wherein thou stickestsir-reverence (n.)
old form: reuerence
save your reverence
RJ I.iv.42
Vp to the eares, come we burne day-light ho.Up to the ears. Come, we burn daylight, ho!burn (v.)
old form: burne
waste, fritter away
RJ I.iv.43
Rom. ROMEO 
Nay that's not so.Nay, that's not so. RJ I.iv.44.1
Mer. MERCUTIO 
I meane sir I delay,I mean, sir, in delay RJ I.iv.44.2
We wast our lights in vaine, lights, lights, by day;We waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day. RJ I.iv.45
Take our good meaning, for our Iudgement sitsTake our good meaning, for our judgement sitsgood (adj.)intended, right, properRJ I.iv.46
Fiue times in that, ere once in our fine wits.Five times in that ere once in our five wits.wits, also five witsfaculties of the mind (common wit, imagination, fantasy, estimation, memory) or body (the five senses)RJ I.iv.47
Rom. ROMEO 
And we meane well in going to this Maske,And we mean well in going to this masque, RJ I.iv.48
But 'tis no wit to go.But 'tis no wit to go.wit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental abilityRJ I.iv.49.1
Mer. MERCUTIO 
Why may one aske?Why, may one ask? RJ I.iv.49.2
Rom. ROMEO 
I dreampt a dreame to night.I dreamt a dream tonight.tonight (adv.)
old form: to night
last night, this past night
RJ I.iv.50.1
Mer. MERCUTIO 
And so did I.And so did I. RJ I.iv.50.2
Rom. ROMEO 
Well what was yours?Well, what was yours? RJ I.iv.51.1
Mer. MERCUTIO 
That dreamers often lye.That dreamers often lie. RJ I.iv.51.2
Ro. ROMEO 
In bed a sleepe while they do dreame things true.In bed asleep, while they do dream things true. RJ I.iv.52
Mer. MERCUTIO 
O then I see Queene Mab hath beene with you:O, then I see Queen Mab hath been with you.Mab, Queenmidwife to the fairiesRJ I.iv.53
She is the Fairies Midwife, & she comesShe is the fairies' midwife, and she comes RJ I.iv.54
in shape no bigger then Agat-stone,In shape no bigger than an agate stone RJ I.iv.55
on the fore-finger of an Alderman,On the forefinger of an alderman, RJ I.iv.56
drawne with a teeme of little Atomies,Drawn with a team of little atomiesatomy (n.)mite, tiny beingRJ I.iv.57
ouer mens noses as they lie asleepe:Over men's noses as they lie asleep. RJ I.iv.58
Her Chariot is an emptie Haselnut,Her chariot is an empty hazelnut RJ I.iv.59
made by the Ioyner Squirrel or old Grub,Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub, RJ I.iv.60
time out a mind, the Faries Coach-makers:Time out o' mind the fairies' coachmakers. RJ I.iv.61
her Waggon Spokes made of long Spinners legs:Her wagon spokes made of long spinners' legs;spinner (n.)spider, cranefly, daddy-longlegsRJ I.iv.62
the Couer of the wings of Grashoppers,The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers; RJ I.iv.63
her Traces of the smallest Spiders web,Her traces, of the smallest spider web; RJ I.iv.64
her coullers of the Moonshines watry Beames,Her collars, of the moonshine's watery beams; RJ I.iv.65
her Whip of Crickets bone, the Lash of Philome,Her whip, of cricket's bone; the lash, of film;film (n.)
old form: Philome
gossamer, fine thread
RJ I.iv.66
her Waggoner, a small gray-coated Gnat,Her wagoner, a small grey-coated gnat,waggoner, wagoner (n.)driver, charioteerRJ I.iv.67
not halfe so bigge as a round little Worme,Not half so big as a round little worm RJ I.iv.68
prickt from the Lazie-finger of a man.Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid. RJ I.iv.69
& in this state she gallops night by night,And in this state she gallops night by nightstate (n.)splendour, magnificence, stateliness, dignityRJ I.iv.70
through Louers braines: and then they dreame of Loue.Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love; RJ I.iv.71
On Courtiers knees, that dreame on Cursies strait:O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on curtsies straight;courtesy, cur'sy, curtsy (n.)
old form: Cursies
curtsy, bow, gesture of respect
RJ I.iv.72
straight (adv.)
old form: strait
straightaway, immediately, at once
ore Lawyers fingers, who strait dreamt on Fees,O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees; RJ I.iv.73
ore Ladies lips, who strait on kisses dreame,O'er ladies' lips, who straight on kisses dream, RJ I.iv.74
which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues,Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues,oft (adv.)oftenRJ I.iv.75
because their breath with Sweet meats tainted are.Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are. RJ I.iv.76
Sometime she gallops ore a Courtiers nose,Sometime she gallops o'er a courtier's nose, RJ I.iv.77
& then dreames he of smelling out a sute:And then dreams he of smelling out a suit.suit (n.)formal request, entreaty, petitionRJ I.iv.78
& somtime comes she with Tith pigs tale,And sometime comes she with a tithe-pig's tailtithe-pig (n.)
old form: Tith pigs
pig given as part of a tithe
RJ I.iv.79
tickling a Parsons nose as a lies asleepe,Tickling a parson's nose as 'a lies asleep; RJ I.iv.80
then he dreames of another Benefice.Then he dreams of another benefice.benefice (n.)ecclesiastical living, church appointmentRJ I.iv.81
Sometime she driueth ore a Souldiers necke,Sometime she driveth o'er a soldier's neck; RJ I.iv.82
& then dreames he of cutting Forraine throats,And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats, RJ I.iv.83
of Breaches, Ambuscados, Spanish Blades:Of breaches, ambuscados, Spanish blades,ambuscado (n.)ambush, ambuscadeRJ I.iv.84
Of Healths fiue Fadome deepe, and then anonOf healths five fathom deep; and then anonanon (adv.)soon, shortly, presentlyRJ I.iv.85
health (n.)toast, salutation in drink
drums in his eares, at which he startes and wakes;Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes,start (v.)
old form: startes
jump, recoil, flinch
RJ I.iv.86
and being thus frighted, sweares a prayer or twoAnd being thus frighted, swears a prayer or twofright (v.), past form frightedfrighten, scare, terrifyRJ I.iv.87
& sleepes againe: this is that very MabAnd sleeps again. This is that very Mab RJ I.iv.88
that plats the manes of Horses in the night:That plaits the manes of horses in the night RJ I.iv.89
& bakes the Elk-locks in foule sluttish haires,And bakes the elf-locks in foul sluttish hairs,bake (v.)harden, make solidRJ I.iv.90
elf-lock (n.)
old form: Elk-locks
hair treated by elves; matted locks
which once vntangled, much misfortune bodes,Which once untangled much misfortune bodes. RJ I.iv.91
This is the hag, when Maides lie on their backs,This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs,hag (n.)malicious sprite, wicked fairyRJ I.iv.92
That presses them, and learnes them first to beare,That presses them and learns them first to bear,learn (v.)
old form: learnes
teach, instruct [not a regional dialect usage as in modern English]
RJ I.iv.93
Making them women of good carriage:Making them women of good carriage. RJ I.iv.94
This is she.This is she –  RJ I.iv.95.1
Rom. ROMEO 
Peace, peace, Mercutio peace,Peace, peace, Mercutio, peace! RJ I.iv.95.2
Thou talk'st of nothing.Thou talkest of nothing. RJ I.iv.96.1
Mer. MERCUTIO 
True, I talke of dreames:True. I talk of dreams; RJ I.iv.96.2
Which are the children of an idle braine,Which are the children of an idle brain,idle (adj.)foolish, superstitious, fancifulRJ I.iv.97
Begot of nothing, but vaine phantasie,Begot of nothing but vain fantasy;beget (v.), past form begotproduce, engender, give rise toRJ I.iv.98
Which is as thin of substance as the ayre,Which is as thin of substance as the air, RJ I.iv.99
And more inconstant then the wind, who wooesAnd more inconstant than the wind, who woos RJ I.iv.100
Euen now the frozen bosome of the North:Even now the frozen bosom of the North, RJ I.iv.101
And being anger'd, puffes away from thence,And, being angered, puffs away from thence, RJ I.iv.102
Turning his side to the dew dropping South.Turning his side to the dew-dropping South. RJ I.iv.103
Ben. BENVOLIO 
This wind you talke of blowes vs from our selues,This wind you talk of blows us from ourselves. RJ I.iv.104
Supper is done, and we shall come too late.Supper is done, and we shall come too late. RJ I.iv.105
Rom. ROMEO 
I feare too early, for my mind misgiues,I fear, too early. For my mind misgivesmisgive (v.)
old form: misgiues
be uneasy about, feel apprehension about
RJ I.iv.106
Some consequence yet hanging in the starres,Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars, RJ I.iv.107
Shall bitterly begin his fearefull dateShall bitterly begin his fearful datedate (n.)duration, period of existenceRJ I.iv.108
fearful (adj.)
old form: fearefull
timid, timorous, frightened, full of fear
With this nights reuels, and expire the tearmeWith this night's revels and expire the termexpire (v.)end, conclude, terminateRJ I.iv.109
Of a despised life clos'd in my brest:Of a despised life, closed in my breast, RJ I.iv.110
By some vile forfeit of vntimely death.By some vile forfeit of untimely death.untimely (adv.)
old form: vntimely
prematurely, too soon, before due time
RJ I.iv.111
But he that hath the stirrage of my course,But He that hath the steerage of my course RJ I.iv.112
Direct my sute: on lustie Gentlemen.Direct my sail! On, lusty gentlemen!lusty (adj.)
old form: lustie
merry, cheerful, lively
RJ I.iv.113
Ben. BENVOLIO 
Strike Drum.Strike, drum. RJ I.iv.114
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