Romeo and Juliet

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Nurse goes to curtains RJ IV.v.1.1
Mistris, what Mistris? Iuliet? Fast I warrant her she.Mistress! What, mistress! Juliet! Fast, I warrant her, (adj.)
fast asleep
RJ 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
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 Mary
RJ 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 frighted
frighten, scare, terrify
RJ 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, brandy
RJ IV.v.16
Enter Mother.Enter Lady Capulet RJ IV.v.17
What noise is heere? What noise is here? RJ IV.v.17.1
O lamentable day.O lamentable day! RJ IV.v.17.2
What is the matter?What is the matter? RJ IV.v.18.1
Looke, looke, oh heauie day.Look, look! O heavy day!heavy (adj.)
sorrowful, sad, gloomy
RJ IV.v.18.2
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
For shame bring Iuliet forth, her Lord is come.For shame, bring Juliet forth. Her lord is come. RJ IV.v.22
Shee's dead: deceast, shee's dead: alacke the day.She's dead, deceased. She's dead, alack the day! RJ IV.v.23
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
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
O Lamentable day!O lamentable day! RJ IV.v.30.1
O wofull time.O woeful time! RJ IV.v.30.2
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
Come, is the Bride ready to go to Church?Come, is the bride ready to go to church? RJ IV.v.33
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
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
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, everlasting
RJ 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
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
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
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
Peace ho for shame, confusions: Care liues notPeace, ho, for shame! Confusion's cure lives notconfusion (n.)
calamity, disaster, catastrophe
RJ IV.v.65
In these confusions, heauen and your selfeIn these confusions. Heaven and yourselfconfusion (n.)
outburst, disorder, commotion
RJ 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 betterment
RJ 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 remembering
RJ 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, affectionate
RJ IV.v.82
Yet Natures teares are Reasons merriment.Yet nature's tears are reason's merriment. RJ IV.v.83
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 (n.)
role, position, place, function
RJ 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, mournful
RJ 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
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, evil
RJ 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
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 away
RJ IV.v.96
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 (n.)
state, plight, situation, circumstance
RJ IV.v.98
I by my troth, the case may be amended.Ay, by my troth, the case may be amended.troth, by my
by my truth [exclamation emphasizing an assertion]
RJ IV.v.99
Exit Nurse RJ IV.v.99
Enter Peter.Enter Peter RJ IV.v.100
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, whether
RJ IV.v.101
Why hearts ease;Why ‘ Heart's ease ’? RJ IV.v.102
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, melody
RJ IV.v.104
me. RJ IV.v.105
Not a dump we, 'tis no time to playNot a dump we! 'Tis no time to play RJ IV.v.106 RJ IV.v.107
You will not then?You will not then? RJ IV.v.108
No.No. RJ IV.v.109
I will then giue it you soundly.I will then give it you soundly.soundly (adv.)
thoroughly, properly, in full
RJ IV.v.110
What will you giue vs?What will you give us? RJ IV.v.111
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 the minstrel.minstrel (n.)

old form: Minstrell
[derisive term for] musician
RJ IV.v.113
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-man
RJ 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, skull
RJ 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
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
Pray you put vp your Dagger, / AndPray you put up your dagger, andput up (v.)
sheathe, put away
RJ IV.v.120
put out your wit.put out your wit.wit (n.)
mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuity
RJ 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 song
RJ 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
Mary sir, because siluer hath a sweet Marry, sir, because silver hath a sweet RJ IV.v.130
sound.sound. RJ IV.v.131
Pratest, what say you Hugh Rebicke?Pretty! What say you, Hugh Rebeck? RJ IV.v.132
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
Pratest to, what say you Iames Sound-Post?Pretty too! What say you, James Soundpost? RJ IV.v.135
Faith I know not what to say.Faith, I know not what to say. RJ IV.v.136
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 music
RJ 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, comfort
RJ IV.v.141
Exit.Exit Peter RJ IV.v.141
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
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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