Romeo and Juliet

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They march about the Stage, and Seruingmen come They march about the stage; and Servingmen come RJ I.v.1.1
forth with their napkins. Enter Seruant.forth with napkins RJ I.v.1.2
Where's Potpan, that he helpes notWhere's Potpan, that he helps not RJ I.v.1
to take away? He shift a Trencher? he scrape a Trencher?to take away? He shift a trencher? He scrape a trencher!trencher (n.)
plate, platter, serving dish
RJ I.v.2
When good manners, shall lieWhen good manners shall lie all RJ I.v.3
in one or two mens hands, and they vnwasht too, 'tisin one or two men's hands, and they unwashed too, 'tis RJ I.v.4
a foule thing.a foul thing. RJ I.v.5
Away with the Ioynstooles, remoueAway with the joint-stools; removejoint-stool, join-stool, joined-stool (n.)

old form: Ioynstooles
well-made stool [by a joiner] [also used in phrases of ridicule]
RJ I.v.6
the Court-cubbord, looke to the Plate: good thou, sauethe court-cupboard; look to the plate. Good thou, saveplate (n.)
special tableware, household utensils of value
RJ I.v.7
court-cupboard (n.)

old form: Court-cubbord
sideboard, cabinet
mee a piece of Marchpane, and as thou louest me, let theme a piece of marchpane; and, as thou loves me, let themarchpane (n.)
RJ I.v.8
Porter let in Susan Grindstone, and Nell, porter let in Susan Grindstone and Nell. RJ I.v.9
Exit Second Servingmen RJ I.v.9
Anthonie and Potpan.Anthony, and Potpan! RJ I.v.10
Enter two more Servingmen RJ I.v.11
I Boy readie.Ay, boy, ready. RJ I.v.11
You are lookt for, and cal'd for,You are looked for and called for, RJ I.v.12
askt for, & sought for, in the great Chamber.asked for and sought for, in the Great Chamber. RJ I.v.13
We cannot be here and there too,We cannot be here and there too. RJ I.v.14
chearly Boyes, / Be brisk awhile, and the longer liuerCheerly, boys! Be brisk a while, and the longer livercheerly (adv.)

old form: chearly
[cry of encouragement] heartily, with a will
RJ I.v.15
take all.take all. RJ I.v.16
Exeunt.Exeunt Third and Fourth Servingmen RJ I.v.16
Enter all the Guests and Gentlewomen Enter Capulet, his wife, Juliet, Tybalt, Nurse, and all RJ I.v.17.1
to the Maskers.the guests and gentlewomen to the maskers RJ I.v.17.2
1. Capu. CAPULET 
Welcome Gentlemen, / Ladies that haue their toesWelcome, gentlemen! Ladies that have their toes RJ I.v.17
Vnplagu'd with Cornes, will walke about with you:Unplagued with corns will walk a bout with you.bout (n.)
round, turn of the floor, division of a dance
RJ I.v.18
Ah my Mistresses, which of you allAh, my mistresses, which of you all RJ I.v.19
Will now deny to dance? She that makes dainty,Will now deny to dance? She that makes dainty,deny (v.)
refuse, decline, scorn
RJ I.v.20
dainty (n.)
fastidious hesitation, prim response
She Ile sweare hath Cornes: am I come neare ye now?She, I'll swear, hath corns. Am I come near ye now?come near (v.)

old form: neare
begin to understand, start to appreciate
RJ I.v.21
Welcome Gentlemen, I haue seene the dayWelcome, gentlemen! I have seen the day RJ I.v.22
That I haue worne a Visor, and could tellThat I have worn a visor and could tellvisor (n.)
RJ I.v.23
A whispering tale in a faire Ladies eare:A whispering tale in a fair lady's ear, RJ I.v.24
Such as would please: 'tis gone, 'tis gone, 'tis gone,Such as would please. 'Tis gone, 'tis gone, 'tis gone! RJ I.v.25
You are welcome Gentlemen, come Musitians play:You are welcome, gentlemen! Come, musicians, play. RJ I.v.26
Musicke plaies: and the dance.Music plays, and they dance RJ I.v.27.1
A Hall, Hall, giue roome, and foote it Girles,A hall, a hall! Give room! and foot it, girls.foot it
dance away, tread lively
RJ I.v.27
More light you knaues, and turne the Tables vp:More light, you knaves! and turn the tables up;knave (n.)

old form: knaues
servant, menial, lackey
RJ I.v.28
And quench the fire, the Roome is growne too hot.And quench the fire, the room is grown too hot. RJ I.v.29
Ah sirrah, this vnlookt for sport comes well:Ah, sirrah, this unlooked-for sport comes (n.)
recreation, amusement, entertainment
RJ I.v.30
unlooked-for (adj.)

old form: vnlookt for
unexpected, unanticipated, unforeseen
sirrah (n.)
sir [commanding, insulting, or familiar, depending on context]
Nay sit, nay sit, good Cozin Capulet,Nay, sit, nay, sit, good cousin Capulet, RJ I.v.31
For you and I are past our dauncing daies:For you and I are past our dancing days. RJ I.v.32
How long 'ist now since last your selfe and IHow long is't now since last yourself and I RJ I.v.33
Were in a Maske?Were in a mask? RJ I.v.34.1
Berlady thirty yeares.By'r Lady, thirty years. RJ I.v.34.2
1. Capu. CAPULET 
What man: 'tis not so much, 'tis not so much,What, man? 'Tis not so much, 'tis not so much. RJ I.v.35
'Tis since the Nuptiall of Lucentio,'Tis since the nuptial of Lucentio, RJ I.v.36
Come Pentycost as quickely as it will,Come Pentecost as quickly as it will, RJ I.v.37
Some fiue and twenty yeares, and then we Maskt.Some five-and-twenty years; and then we masked.mask (v.)

old form: Maske
take part in a masque
RJ I.v.38
'Tis more, 'tis more, his Sonne is elder sir:'Tis more, 'tis more. His son is elder, sir. RJ I.v.39
His Sonne is thirty.His son is thirty. RJ I.v.40.1
3. Cap. CAPULET 
Will you tell me that?Will you tell me that? RJ I.v.40.2
His Sonne was but a Ward two yeares agoe.His son was but a ward two years ago.ward (n.)
person under someone's protection, minor
RJ I.v.41
Rom. ROMEO  
(to Servingman) RJ I.v.42
What Ladie is that which doth inrich the handWhat lady's that, which doth enrich the hand RJ I.v.42
Of yonder Knight?Of yonder knight? RJ I.v.43.1
I know not sir.I know not, sir. RJ I.v.43.2
O she doth teach the Torches to burne bright:O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! RJ I.v.44
It seemes she hangs vpon the cheeke of night,It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night RJ I.v.45
As a rich Iewel in an Athiops eare:Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear – Ethiop, Ethiope (adj./n.)

old form: Æthiops
Ethiopian, African, person with a dark countenance
RJ I.v.46
Beauty too rich for vse, for earth too deare:Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! RJ I.v.47
So shewes a Snowy Doue trooping with Crowes,So shows a snowy dove trooping with crowsshow (v.)

old form: shewes
appear, look [like], present [as]
RJ I.v.48
troop with (v.)
go along with, be associated with, accompany
As yonder Lady ore her fellowes showes;As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.fellow (n.)

old form: fellowes
companion, associate
RJ I.v.49
The measure done, Ile watch her place of stand,The measure done, I'll watch her place of standmeasure (n.)
slow stately dance, graceful movement
RJ I.v.50
stand (n.)
stop, pause, standing still
And touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.rude (adj.)
amateurish, inexpert, lacking polish
RJ I.v.51
Did my heart loue till now, forsweare it sight,Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore

old form: forsweare
deny, repudiate, refuse to admit
RJ I.v.52
For I neuer saw true Beauty till this night.For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night. RJ I.v.53
This by his voice, should be a Mountague.This, by his voice, should be a Montague. RJ I.v.54
Fetch me my Rapier Boy, what dares the slaueFetch me my rapier, boy. What, dares the slaverapier (n.)
light sharp-pointed sword used for thrusting
RJ I.v.55
Come hither couer'd with an antique face,Come hither, covered with an antic face,antic, antick(e), antique (adj.)
fantastic, bizarre, weird
RJ I.v.56
To fleere and scorne at our Solemnitie?To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?scorn (v.)

old form: scorne
mock, jeer, express disdain [at]
RJ I.v.57
solemnity (n.)

old form: Solemnitie
celebration, jubilation, festivity
fleer (v.)

old form: fleere
jeer, grin scornfully, laugh mockingly
Now by the stocke and Honour of my kin,Now, by the stock and honour of my kin,stock (n.)

old form: stocke
tree, family-tree, ancestry
RJ I.v.58
To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.To strike him dead I hold it not a sin. RJ I.v.59
Why how now kinsman, / Wherefore storme you so?Why, how now, kinsman? Wherefore storm you so? RJ I.v.60
Vncle this is a Mountague, our foe:Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe. RJ I.v.61
A Villaine that is hither come in spight,A villain, that is hither come in spitespite (n.)

old form: spight
malice, ill-will, hatred
RJ I.v.62
To scorne at our Solemnitie this night.To scorn at our solemnity this night. RJ I.v.63
Young Romeo is it?Young Romeo is it? RJ I.v.64.1
'Tis he, that Villaine Romeo.'Tis he, that villain Romeo. RJ I.v.64.2
Content thee gentle Coz, let him alone,Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone.gentle (adj.)
courteous, friendly, kind
RJ I.v.65
content (v.)
calm [down], settle, relax
A beares him like a portly Gentleman:'A bears him like a portly gentleman.portly (adj.)
stately, majestic, dignified
RJ I.v.66
And to say truth, Verona brags of him,And, to say truth, Verona brags of himbrag (v.)
talk with pride [about], sound off [about]
RJ I.v.67
To be a vertuous and well gouern'd youth:To be a virtuous and well-governed youth. RJ I.v.68
I would not for the wealth of all the towne,I would not for the wealth of all this town RJ I.v.69
Here in my house do him disparagement:Here in my house do him disparagement.disparagement (n.)
disgrace, dishonour, discredit
RJ I.v.70
Therfore be patient, take no note of him,Therefore be patient; take no note of him. RJ I.v.71
It is my will, the which if thou respect,It is my will, the which if thou respect, RJ I.v.72
Shew a faire presence, and put off these frownes,Show a fair presence and put off these frowns, RJ I.v.73
An ill beseeming semblance for a Feast.An ill-beseeming semblance for a feast.ill-beseeming (adj.)

old form: ill beseeming
unseemly, inappropriate, unbecoming
RJ I.v.74
semblance (n.)
appearance, outward show
It fits when such a Villaine is a guest,It fits when such a villain is a (v.)
suit, befit, be suitable [for]
RJ I.v.75
Ile not endure him.I'll not endure him. RJ I.v.76.1
He shall be endu'rd.He shall be endured. RJ I.v.76.2
What goodman boy, I say he shall, go too,What, goodman boy! I say he shall. Go to!goodman (adj.)
[title for a person under the rank of gentleman] mister, master
RJ I.v.77
Am I the Maister here or you? go too,Am I the master here, or you? Go to! RJ I.v.78
Youle not endure him, God shall mend my soule,You'll not endure him! God shall mend my soul!mend (v.)
amend, save [in emphatic expressions]
RJ I.v.79
Youle make a Mutinie among the Guests:You'll make a mutiny among my guests!mutiny (n.)

old form: Mutinie
riot, civil disturbance, state of discord
RJ I.v.80
You will set cocke a hoope, youle be the man.You will set cock-a-hoop! You'll be the man!cock-a-hoop, set

old form: cocke a hoope
[unclear meaning] abandon all restraint, put everything into disorder
RJ I.v.81
Why Vncle, 'tis a shame.Why, uncle, 'tis a shame. RJ I.v.82.1
Go too, go too,Go to, go to! RJ I.v.82.2
You are a sawcy Boy, 'ist so indeed?You are a saucy boy. Is't so, indeed?saucy (adj.)

old form: sawcy
insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant
RJ I.v.83
This tricke may chance to scath you, I know what,This trick may chance to scathe you. I know what.scath, scathe (v.)
hurt, harm, injure
RJ I.v.84
You must contrary me, marry 'tis time.You must contrary me! Marry, 'tis time – marry (int.)
[exclamation] by Mary
RJ I.v.85
contrary (v.)
contradict, gainsay, oppose
Well said my hearts, you are a Princox, goe,Well said, my hearts! – You are a princox, go!princox (n.)
conceited young fellow, impertinent youth
RJ I.v.86
said, well
well done
heart (n.)
(plural) grand-hearted lads, fine companions
Be quiet, or more light, more light for shame,Be quiet, or – More light, more light! – For shame! RJ I.v.87
Ile make you quiet. What, chearely my hearts.I'll make you quiet, what! – Cheerly, my hearts!cheerly (adv.)

old form: chearely
[cry of encouragement] heartily, with a will
RJ I.v.88
Patience perforce, with wilfull choler meeting,Patience perforce with wilful choler meetingcholer (n.)
anger, rage, wrath
RJ I.v.89
perforce (adv.)
of necessity, with no choice in the matter
Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting:Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting. RJ I.v.90
I will withdraw, but this intrusion shallI will withdraw. But this intrusion shall, RJ I.v.91
Now seeming sweet, conuert to bitter gall. Now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall.gall (n.)

old form: gall
bitterness, spitefulness, vindictiveness
RJ I.v.92
convert (v.)

old form: conuert
change, transform, alter
Exit.Exit Tybalt RJ I.v.92
If I prophane with my vnworthiest hand,If I profane with my unworthiest hand RJ I.v.93
This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this,This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this.gentle (adj.)
soft, tender, kind
RJ I.v.94
My lips to blushing Pilgrims did ready stand,My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand RJ I.v.95
To smooth that rough touch, with a tender kisse.To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. RJ I.v.96
Good Pilgrime, You do wrong your hand too much.Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, RJ I.v.97
Which mannerly deuotion shewes in this,Which mannerly devotion shows in this.mannerly (adj.)
seemly, decent, modest
RJ I.v.98
For Saints haue hands, that Pilgrims hands do tuch,For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, RJ I.v.99
And palme to palme, is holy Palmers kisse.And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.palmer (n.)
RJ I.v.100
Haue not Saints lips, and holy Palmers too?Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too? RJ I.v.101
I Pilgrim, lips that they must vse in prayer.Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer. RJ I.v.102
O then deare Saint, let lips do what hands do,O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do! RJ I.v.103
They pray (grant thou) least faith turne to dispaire.They pray: grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. RJ I.v.104
Saints do not moue, / Though grant for prayers sake.Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake. RJ I.v.105
Then moue not while my prayers effect I take:Then move not while my prayer's effect I take. RJ I.v.106
He kisses her RJ I.v.107.1
Thus from my lips, by thine my sin is purg'd.Thus from my lips, by thine my sin is purged.purge (v.)
expel, get rid of, flush out
RJ I.v.107
Then haue my lips the sin that they haue tooke.Then have my lips the sin that they have took. RJ I.v.108
Sin from my lips? O trespasse sweetly vrg'd:Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged!urge (v.)

old form: vrg'd
state formally, present, propose
RJ I.v.109
Giue me my sin againe.Give me my sin again. RJ I.v.110.1
He kisses her RJ I.v.110
You kisse by'th'booke.You kiss by th', by the
expertly, as if following a manual
RJ I.v.110.2
Madam your Mother craues a word with you.Madam, your mother craves a word with you.crave (v.)

old form: craues
beg, entreat, request
RJ I.v.111
What is her Mother?What is her mother? RJ I.v.112.1
Nurs. NURSE 
Marrie Batcheler,Marry, bachelor,marry (int.)
[exclamation] by Mary
RJ I.v.112.2
bachelor (n.)
young man
Her Mother is the Lady of the house,Her mother is the lady of the house, RJ I.v.113
And a good Lady, and a wise, and Vertuous,And a good lady, and a wise and virtuous. RJ I.v.114
I Nur'st her Daughter that you talkt withall:I nursed her daughter that you talked withal. RJ I.v.115
I tell you, he that can lay hold of her,I tell you, he that can lay hold of her RJ I.v.116
Shall haue the chincks.Shall have the chinks.chinks (n.)

old form: chincks
money-bags, ready money
RJ I.v.117.1
Is she a Capulet?Is she a Capulet? RJ I.v.117.2
O deare account! My life is my foes debt.O dear account! My life is my foe's debt.dear (adj.)

old form: deare
dire, grievous, hard
RJ I.v.118
account, accompt (n.)
reckoning, judgement [especially by God]
Away, be gone, the sport is at the best.Away, be gone;. The sport is at the (n.)
recreation, amusement, entertainment
RJ I.v.119
best (adj.)
at the highest point, in the best state
I so I feare, the more is my vnrest.Ay, so I fear. The more is my unrest.unrest (n.)

old form: vnrest
uneasiness, anxiety, apprehension
RJ I.v.120
Nay Gentlemen prepare not to be gone,Nay, gentlemen, prepare not to be gone. RJ I.v.121
We haue a trifling foolish Banquet towards:We have a trifling foolish banquet towards.towards (adv.)
at hand, approaching, imminent
RJ I.v.122
banquet, banket (n.)
refreshments, light meal, dessert
They whisper in his ear RJ I.v.123
Is it e'ne so? why then I thanke you all.Is it e'en so? Why then, I thank you all. RJ I.v.123
I thanke you honest Gentlemen, good night:I thank you, honest gentlemen. Good night.honest (adj.)
honourable, respectable, upright
RJ I.v.124
More Torches here: come on, then let's to bed.More torches here! Come on then, let's to bed. RJ I.v.125
Ah sirrah, by my faie it waxes late,Ah, sirrah, by my fay, it waxes late.sirrah (n.)
sir [commanding, insulting, or familiar, depending on context]
RJ I.v.126
fay (n.)
wax (v.)
grow, become, turn
Ile to my rest.I'll to my rest. RJ I.v.127
Exeunt all but Juliet and Nurse RJ I.v.127
Come hither Nurse, / What is yond Gentleman:Come hither, Nurse. What is yond gentleman? RJ I.v.128
The Sonne and Heire of old Tyberio.The son and heir of old Tiberio. RJ I.v.129
What's he that now is going out of doore?What's he that now is going out of door? RJ I.v.130
Marrie that I thinke be young Petruchio.Marry, that, I think, be young Petruchio. RJ I.v.131
What's he that follows here that would not dance?What's he that follows here, that would not dance? RJ I.v.132
I know not.I know not. RJ I.v.133
Go aske his name: if he be married,Go ask his name. – If he be married, RJ I.v.134
My graue is like to be my wedded bed.My grave is like to be my wedding (adv.)
likely, probable / probably
RJ I.v.135
His name is Romeo, and a Mountague,His name is Romeo, and a Montague, RJ I.v.136
The onely Sonne of your great Enemie.The only son of your great enemy. RJ I.v.137
My onely Loue sprung from my onely hate,My only love, sprung from my only hate! RJ I.v.138
Too early seene, vnknowne, and knowne too late,Too early seen unknown, and known too late! RJ I.v.139
Prodigious birth of Loue it is to me,Prodigious birth of love it is to meprodigious (adj.)
abnormal, monstrous, unnatural
RJ I.v.140
That I must loue a loathed Enemie.That I must love a loathed enemy. RJ I.v.141
What's this? whats this?What's this, what's this? RJ I.v.142.1
A rime, I learne euen nowA rhyme I learnt even now RJ I.v.142.2
Of one I dan'st withall.Of one I danced withal. RJ I.v.143.1
One cals within, Iuliet.One calls within: ‘ Juliet ’ RJ I.v.143
Anon, anon:Anon, anon!anon (adv.)
soon, shortly, presently
RJ I.v.143.2
Come let's away, the strangers all are gone.Come, let's away. The strangers all are gone. RJ I.v.144
Exeunt.Exeunt RJ I.v.144
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