Romeo and Juliet
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Nurse goes to curtains RJ IV.v.1.1
Nur. NURSE 
Mistris, what Mistris? Iuliet? Fast I warrant her she.Mistress! What, mistress! Juliet! Fast, I warrant her, she.fast (adj.)fast asleepRJ IV.v.1
warrant (v.)assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
Why Lambe, why Lady? fie you sluggabed,Why, lamb! Why, lady! Fie, you slug-a-bed!slug-abed (n.)
old form: sluggabed
lazy-bones
RJ IV.v.2
Why Loue I say? Madam, sweet heart: why Bride?Why, love, I say! Madam! Sweetheart! Why, bride! RJ IV.v.3
What not a word? You take your peniworths now.What, not a word? You take your pennyworths now.pennyworth, penn'orth (n.)
old form: peniworths
small amount, little bit
RJ IV.v.4
Sleepe for a weeke, for the next night I warrantSleep for a week. For the next night, I warrant, RJ IV.v.5
The Countie Paris hath set vp his rest,The County Paris hath set up his restset up one's rest (n.)
old form: vp
[in primero] venture one's final stake, stake all
RJ IV.v.6
That you shall rest but little, God forgiue me:That you shall rest but little. God forgive me! RJ IV.v.7
Marrie and Amen: how sound is she a sleepe?Marry, and amen! How sound is she asleep!marry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryRJ IV.v.8
I must needs wake her: Madam, Madam, Madam,I must needs wake her. Madam, madam, madam! RJ IV.v.9
I, let the Countie take you in your bed,Ay, let the County take you in your bed. RJ IV.v.10
Heele fright you vp yfaith. Will it not be?He'll fright you up, i'faith. Will it not be?fright (v.), past form frightedfrighten, scare, terrifyRJ IV.v.11
What drest, and in your clothes, and downe againe?What, dressed, and in your clothes, and down again?down (adv.)
old form: downe
in bed
RJ IV.v.12
I must needs wake you: Lady, Lady, Lady?I must needs wake you. Lady! lady! lady! RJ IV.v.13
Alas, alas, helpe, helpe, my Ladyes dead,Alas, alas! Help, help! My lady's dead! RJ IV.v.14
Oh weladay, that euer I was borne,O weraday that ever I was born!weraday (int.)
old form: weladay
well-a-day, alas
RJ IV.v.15
Some Aqua-vita ho, my Lord, my Lady?Some aqua vitae, ho! My lord! My lady!aqua-vitae (n.)spirits, alcohol, strong drink, brandyRJ IV.v.16
Enter Mother.Enter Lady Capulet RJ IV.v.17
Mo. LADY CAPULET 
What noise is heere? What noise is here? RJ IV.v.17.1
Nur. NURSE 
O lamentable day.O lamentable day! RJ IV.v.17.2
Mo. LADY CAPULET 
What is the matter?What is the matter? RJ IV.v.18.1
Nur. NURSE 
Looke, looke, oh heauie day.Look, look! O heavy day!heavy (adj.)sorrowful, sad, gloomyRJ IV.v.18.2
Mo. LADY CAPULET 
O me, O me, my Child, my onely life:O me, O me! My child, my only life! RJ IV.v.19
Reuiue, looke vp, or I will die with thee:Revive, look up, or I will die with thee! RJ IV.v.20
Helpe, helpe, call helpe.Help, help! Call help. RJ IV.v.21
Enter Father.Enter Capulet RJ IV.v.22
Fa. CAPULET 
For shame bring Iuliet forth, her Lord is come.For shame, bring Juliet forth. Her lord is come. RJ IV.v.22
Nur. NURSE 
Shee's dead: deceast, shee's dead: alacke the day.She's dead, deceased. She's dead, alack the day! RJ IV.v.23
M. LADY CAPULET 
Alacke the day, shee's dead, shee's dead, shee's dead.Alack the day, she's dead, she's dead, she's dead! RJ IV.v.24
Fa. CAPULET 
Ha? Let me see her: out alas shee's cold,Ha! let me see her. Out alas! she's cold, RJ IV.v.25
Her blood is setled and her ioynts are stiffe:Her blood is settled, and her joints are stiff.settled (adj.)
old form: setled
not flowing, still, congealed
RJ IV.v.26
Life and these lips haue long bene seperated:Life and these lips have long been separated. RJ IV.v.27
Death lies on her like an vntimely frostDeath lies on her like an untimely frostuntimely (adj.)
old form: vntimely
premature, coming before its time
RJ IV.v.28
Vpon the swetest flower of all the field.Upon the sweetest flower of all the field. RJ IV.v.29
Nur. NURSE 
O Lamentable day!O lamentable day! RJ IV.v.30.1
Mo. LADY CAPULET 
O wofull time.O woeful time! RJ IV.v.30.2
Fa. CAPULET 
Death that hath tane her hence to make me waile,Death, that hath ta'en her hence to make me wail, RJ IV.v.31
Ties vp my tongue, and will not let me speake.Ties up my tongue and will not let me speak. RJ IV.v.32
Enter Frier and the Countie.Enter Friar Laurence and the County Paris RJ IV.v.33
Fri. FRIAR 
Come, is the Bride ready to go to Church?Come, is the bride ready to go to church? RJ IV.v.33
Fa. CAPULET 
Ready to go, but neuer to returne.Ready to go, but never to return. RJ IV.v.34
O Sonne, the night before thy wedding day,O son, the night before thy wedding day RJ IV.v.35
Hath death laine with thy wife: there she lies,Hath death lain with thy wife. There she lies, RJ IV.v.36
Flower as she was, deflowred by him.Flower as she was, deflowered by him. RJ IV.v.37
Death is my Sonne in law, death is my Heire,Death is my son-in-law. Death is my heir. RJ IV.v.38
My Daughter he hath wedded. I will die,My daughter he hath wedded. I will die RJ IV.v.39
And leaue him all life liuing, all is deaths.And leave him all. Life, living, all is death's. RJ IV.v.40
Pa. PARIS 
Haue I thought long to see this mornings face,Have I thought long to see this morning's face, RJ IV.v.41
And doth it giue me such a sight as this?And doth it give me such a sight as this? RJ IV.v.42
Mo. LADY CAPULET 
Accur'st, vnhappie, wretched hatefull day,Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day! RJ IV.v.43
Most miserable houre, that ere time sawMost miserable hour that e'er time saw RJ IV.v.44
In lasting labour of his Pilgrimage.In lasting labour of his pilgrimage!lasting (adj.)unceasing, ongoing, everlastingRJ IV.v.45
But one, poore one, one poore and louing Child,But one, poor one, one poor and loving child, RJ IV.v.46
But one thing to reioyce and solace in,But one thing to rejoice and solace in,solace (v.)take comfort, be happy, cheer [oneself]RJ IV.v.47
And cruell death hath catcht it from my sight.And cruel death hath catched it from my sight.catch (v.)
old form: catcht
seize, get hold of, capture
RJ IV.v.48
Nur. NURSE 
O wo, O wofull, wofull, wofull day,O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day! RJ IV.v.49
Most lamentable day, most wofull day,Most lamentable day, most woeful day RJ IV.v.50
That euer, euer, I did yet behold.That ever, ever I did yet behold! RJ IV.v.51
O day, O day, O day, O hatefull day,O day, O day, O day! O hateful day! RJ IV.v.52
Neuer was seene so blacke a day as this:Never was seen so black a day as this. RJ IV.v.53
O wofull day, O wofull day.O woeful day! O woeful day! RJ IV.v.54
Pa. PARIS 
Beguild, diuorced, wronged, spighted, slaine,Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain!beguile (v.)
old form: Beguild
cheat, deceive, trick
RJ IV.v.55
Most detestable death, by thee beguil'd,Most detestable Death, by thee beguiled, RJ IV.v.56
By cruell, cruell thee, quite ouerthrowne:By cruel, cruel thee quite overthrown. RJ IV.v.57
O loue, O life; not life, but loue in death.O love! O life! – not life, but love in death! RJ IV.v.58
Fat. CAPULET 
Despis'd, distressed, hated, martir'd, kil'd,Despised, distressed, hated, martyred, killed! RJ IV.v.59
Vncomfortable time, why cam'st thou nowUncomfortable time, why camest thou nowuncomfortable (adj.)
old form: Vncomfortable
comfortless, inconsolable, heartbreaking
RJ IV.v.60
To murther, murther our solemnitie?To murder, murder our solemnity?solemnity (n.)
old form: solemnitie
celebration, jubilation, festivity
RJ IV.v.61
O Child, O Child; my soule, and not my Child,O child! O child! my soul, and not my child! RJ IV.v.62
Dead art thou, alacke my Child is dead,Dead art thou – alack, my child is dead, RJ IV.v.63
And with my Child, my ioyes are buried.And with my child my joys are buried. RJ IV.v.64
Fri. FRIAR 
Peace ho for shame, confusions: Care liues notPeace, ho, for shame! Confusion's cure lives notconfusion (n.)calamity, disaster, catastropheRJ IV.v.65
In these confusions, heauen and your selfeIn these confusions. Heaven and yourselfconfusion (n.)outburst, disorder, commotionRJ IV.v.66
Had part in this faire Maid, now heauen hath all,Had part in this fair maid. Now heaven hath all, RJ IV.v.67
And all the better is it for the Maid:And all the better is it for the maid. RJ IV.v.68
Your part in her, you could not keepe from death,Your part in her you could not keep from death, RJ IV.v.69
But heauen keepes his part in eternall life:But heaven keeps his part in eternal life. RJ IV.v.70
The most you sought was her promotion,The most you sought was her promotion,promotion (n.)advancement in life, social bettermentRJ IV.v.71
For 'twas your heauen, she shouldst be aduan'st,For 'twas your heaven she should be advanced. RJ IV.v.72
And weepe ye now, seeing she is aduan'stAnd weep ye now, seeing she is advanced RJ IV.v.73
Aboue the Cloudes, as high as Heauen it selfe?Above the clouds, as high as heaven itself? RJ IV.v.74
O in this loue, you loue your Child so ill,O, in this love, you love your child so ill RJ IV.v.75
That you run mad, seeing that she is well:That you run mad, seeing that she is well. RJ IV.v.76
Shee's not well married, that liues married long,She's not well married that lives married long, RJ IV.v.77
But shee's best married, that dies married yong.But she's best married that dies married young. RJ IV.v.78
Drie vp your teares, and sticke your RosemarieDry up your tears, and stick your rosemaryrosemary (n.)aromatic shrub, associated with rememberingRJ IV.v.79
On this faire Coarse, and as the custome is,On this fair corse, and, as the custom is,corse (n.)
old form: Coarse
corpse, dead body
RJ IV.v.80
And in her best array beare her to Church:In all her best array bear her to church. RJ IV.v.81
For though some Nature bids all vs lament,For though fond nature bids us all lament,fond (adj.)tender, loving, affectionateRJ IV.v.82
Yet Natures teares are Reasons merriment.Yet nature's tears are reason's merriment. RJ IV.v.83
Fa. CAPULET 
All things that we ordained Festiuall,All things that we ordained festival RJ IV.v.84
Turne from their office to blacke Funerall:Turn from their office to black funeral.office (n.)role, position, place, functionRJ IV.v.85
Our instruments to melancholy Bells,Our instruments to melancholy bells; RJ IV.v.86
Our wedding cheare, to a sad buriall Feast:Our wedding cheer to a sad burial feast;cheer (n.)
old form: cheare
entertainment, fare, food and drink
RJ IV.v.87
sad (adj.)downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy
Our solemne Hymnes, to sullen Dyrges change:Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change;sullen (adj.)gloomy, dismal, melancholy, mournfulRJ IV.v.88
dirge (n.)
old form: Dyrges
funeral song, song of mourning
Our Bridall flowers serue for a buried Coarse:Our bridal flowers serve for a buried corse;corse (n.)
old form: Coarse
corpse, dead body
RJ IV.v.89
And all things change them to the contrarie.And all things change them to the contrary. RJ IV.v.90
Fri. FRIAR 
Sir go you in; and Madam, go with him,Sir, go you in; and, madam, go with him; RJ IV.v.91
And go sir Paris, euery one prepareAnd go, Sir Paris. Every one prepare RJ IV.v.92
To follow this faire Coarse vnto her graue:To follow this fair corse unto her grave. RJ IV.v.93
The heauens do lowre vpon you, for some ill:The heavens do lour upon you for some ill.ill (n.)wrong, injury, harm, evilRJ IV.v.94
lour, lower (v.)
old form: lowre
frown, scowl, look dark and threatening
Moue them no more, by crossing their high will. Move them no more by crossing their high will.move (v.)
old form: Moue
move to anger, provoke, exasperate
RJ IV.v.95
ExeuntExeunt all except the Nurse, casting RJ IV.v.95.1
rosemary on her and shutting the curtains RJ IV.v.95.2
Enter Musicians RJ IV.v.96.1
Mu. FIRST MUSICIAN 
Faith we may put vp our Pipes and be gone.Faith, we may put up our pipes and be gone.put up (v.)pack up, put awayRJ IV.v.96
Nur. NURSE 
Honest goodfellowes: Ah put vp, put vp,Honest good fellows, ah, put up, put up! RJ IV.v.97
For well you know, this is a pitifull case.For well you know this is a pitiful case.case (n.)state, plight, situation, circumstanceRJ IV.v.98
Mu. FIDDLER 
I by my troth, the case may be amended.Ay, by my troth, the case may be amended.troth, by myby my truth [exclamation emphasizing an assertion]RJ IV.v.99
Exit Nurse RJ IV.v.99
Enter Peter.Enter Peter RJ IV.v.100
Pet. PETER 
Musitions, oh Musitions, / Hearts ease, heartsMusicians, O musicians, ‘ Heart's ease,’ ‘ Heart's RJ IV.v.100
ease, / O, and you will haue me liue, play hearts ease.ease ’! O, an you will have me live, play ‘ Heart's ease.’and, an (conj.)if, whetherRJ IV.v.101
Mu. FIRST MUSICIAN 
Why hearts ease;Why ‘ Heart's ease ’? RJ IV.v.102
Pet. PETER 
O Musitions, / Because my heart it selfe plaies, myO musicians, because my heart itself plays ‘ My RJ IV.v.103
heart is full.heart is full.’ O play me some merry dump to comfortdump (n.)tune, melodyRJ IV.v.104
me. RJ IV.v.105
Mu. FIRST MUSICIAN 
Not a dump we, 'tis no time to playNot a dump we! 'Tis no time to play RJ IV.v.106
now.now. RJ IV.v.107
Pet. PETER 
You will not then?You will not then? RJ IV.v.108
Mu. FIRST MUSICIAN 
No.No. RJ IV.v.109
Pet. PETER 
I will then giue it you soundly.I will then give it you soundly.soundly (adv.)thoroughly, properly, in fullRJ IV.v.110
Mu. FIRST MUSICIAN 
What will you giue vs?What will you give us? RJ IV.v.111
Pet. PETER 
No money on my faith, but the gleeke. / I will giueNo money, on my faith, but the gleek. I will givegleek (n.)
old form: gleeke
taunt, gibe, insult
RJ IV.v.112
give (v.)
old form: giue
call, nickname
you the Minstrell.you the minstrel.minstrel (n.)
old form: Minstrell
[derisive term for] musician
RJ IV.v.113
Mu. FIRST MUSICIAN 
Then will I giue you theThen I will give you the RJ IV.v.114
Seruing creature.serving-creature.serving-creature (n.)[derisive term for] serving-manRJ IV.v.115
Peter. PETER 
Then will I lay the seruing Creatures Dagger onThen will I lay the serving-creature's dagger on RJ IV.v.116
your pate. I will carie no Crochets, Ile Re you, Ile Fa you,your pate. I will carry no crotchets. I'll re you, I'll fa you.pate (n.)head, skullRJ IV.v.117
crotchet (n.)
old form: Crochets
strange notion, perverse idea, whimsical fancy
carry (v.)
old form: carie
endure, put up with
do you note me?Do you note me? RJ IV.v.118
Mu. FIRST MUSICIAN 
And you Re vs, and Fa vs, you Note vs.An you re us and fa us, you note us.note (v.)observe, pay attention [to], take special note [of]RJ IV.v.119
and, an (conj.)if, whether
2. M. SECOND MUSICIAN 
Pray you put vp your Dagger, / AndPray you put up your dagger, andput up (v.)sheathe, put awayRJ IV.v.120
put out your wit.put out your wit.wit (n.)mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuityRJ IV.v.121
put out (v.)display, exhibit, show forth
Peter. PETER 
Then haue at you with my wit. / I will drie-beate youThen have at you with my wit! I will dry-beat youdry-beat (v.)
old form: drie-beate
cudgel, thrash, beat soundly
RJ IV.v.122
with an yron wit, / And put vp my yron Dagger. / Answere mewith an iron wit, and put up my iron dagger. Answer me RJ IV.v.123
like men:like men. RJ IV.v.124
When griping griefes the heart doth wound,‘ When griping grief the heart doth wound, RJ IV.v.125
And doleful dumps the mind oppress,dump (n.)plaintive melody, mournful songRJ IV.v.126
then Musicke with her siluer sound.Then music with her silver sound ’ – RJ IV.v.127
Why siluer sound? why Musicke with her siluer sound?Why ‘ silver sound ’? Why ‘ music with her silver sound ’? RJ IV.v.128
what say you Simon Catling?What say you, Simon Catling? RJ IV.v.129
Mu. FIRST MUSICIAN 
Mary sir, because siluer hath a sweet Marry, sir, because silver hath a sweet RJ IV.v.130
sound.sound. RJ IV.v.131
Pet. PETER 
Pratest, what say you Hugh Rebicke?Pretty! What say you, Hugh Rebeck? RJ IV.v.132
2. M. SECOND MUSICIAN 
I say siluer sound, because Musitions I say ‘ silver sound ’ because musicians RJ IV.v.133
sound for siluersound for silver. RJ IV.v.134
Pet. PETER 
Pratest to, what say you Iames Sound-Post?Pretty too! What say you, James Soundpost? RJ IV.v.135
3. Mu. THIRD MUSICIAN 
Faith I know not what to say.Faith, I know not what to say. RJ IV.v.136
Pet. PETER 
O I cry you mercy, you are the Singer. / I will sayO, I cry you mercy! You are the singer. I will say RJ IV.v.137
for you; it is Musicke with her siluer sound, / Because Musitionsfor you. It is ‘ music with her silver sound ’ because musicians RJ IV.v.138
haue no gold for sounding:have no gold for sounding.sounding (n.)playing, making musicRJ IV.v.139
Then Musicke with her siluer sound,‘ Then music with her silver sound RJ IV.v.140
with speedy helpe doth lend redresse. With speedy help doth lend redress.’redress (n.)relief, assistance, help, comfortRJ IV.v.141
Exit.Exit Peter RJ IV.v.141
Mu. FIRST MUSICIAN 
What a pestilent knaue is this same?What a pestilent knave is this same!knave (n.)
old form: knaue
scoundrel, rascal, rogue
RJ IV.v.142
M.2. SECOND MUSICIAN 
Hang him Iacke, come weele in here,Hang him, Jack! Come, we'll in here,Jack (n.)
old form: Iacke
Jack-in-office, ill-mannered fellow, lout, knave
RJ IV.v.143
tarrie for the Mourners, and stay dinner. tarry for the mourners, and stay dinner.tarry (v.)
old form: tarrie
stay, remain, linger
RJ IV.v.144
Exit.Exeunt RJ IV.v.144
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