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In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond;
And therefore thou may’st think my’havior light:
But trust me, gentleman, I'll prove more true
Than those that have more cunning to be strange.
I should have been more strange, I must confess,
But that thou over-heard’st, ere I was’ware,
My true love's passion: therefore pardon me;
And not impute this yielding to light love,
Which the dark night hath so discovered.
Rom. Lady, by yonder blessed moon I swear,
That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops,-
Jul. O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
Rom. What shall I swear by ?
Do not swear at all;
Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
Which is the god of my idolatry,
And I'll believe thee.
, do not swear: although 19 joy in thee, oi
I have no joy in this contract to-night:
It is too rash, too unadvis'd, too sudden;
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be,
Ere one can say—It lightens. Sweet, good night!
This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
Good night, good night! as sweet repose and rest
Come to thy heart, as that within my breast !
Rom. O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied ?
Jul. What satisfaction canst thou have to-night?
Rom. The exchange of thy love's faithful vow for mine.
Jul. I gave thee mine before thou didst request it:
And yet I would it were to give again.
Rom. Wouldst thou withdraw it ? for what purpose, love ?
Jul. But to be frank and give it thee again.
And yet I wish but for the thing I have :
My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
[Nurse calls within
I hear some noise within ; Dear love, adieu !
Anon, good nurse ?_Sweet Montague, be true.
Stay, but a little, I will come again.
Rom. O blessed, blessed night! I am afeard,
Being in night, all this is but a dream,
Too flattering-sweet to be substantial.
Re-enter JULIET, above.
Jul. Three words, dear Romeo, and good night, indeed,
If that thv bent of love be honorable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow,
By one that I'll procure to come to thee,
Where, and what time thou wilt perform the rite;
And all my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay,
And follow thee my lord throughout the world.
Nurse. [Within.] Madam.
Jul. I come, anon :-But if thou mean’st not well,
I do beseech thee,-
Nurse. [Within.] Madam.
By and by, I come :-
To cease thy suit, and leave me to my grief;
To-morrow will I send.
So thrive my soul,
Jul. A thousand times good night!
Ezu. Rom. A thousand times the worse, to want thy light,Love goes toward love, as schoolboys from their books; But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.
(Retiring slowly. Re-enter JULIET, above. Jul. Hist! Romeo, hist!-0, for a falconer's voice, To lure this tassel-gentle back again! Bondage is hoarse, and may not speak aloud ; Else would I tear the cave where echo lies, And make her airy tongue more hoarse than mine With repetition of my Romeo's name.
Rom. It is my soul that calls upon my name:
How silver-sweet sound lovers' tongues by night,
Like softest music to attending ears !
Jul. Romeo !
At what o'clock to-morrow
Shall I send to thee ?
At the hour of nine.
Jul. I will not fail ; 'tis twenty years till then.
I have forgot why I did call thee back.
Rom. Let me stand here till thou remember it.
Jul. I shall forget to have thee still stand there, Rememb’ring how I love thy company.
Rom. And I'll still stay, to have thee still forget,
Forgetting any other home but this.
Jul. 'Tis almost morning, I would have thee gonc:
And yet no further than a wanton's bird ;
Who lets it hop a little from her hand,
Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves,
And with a silk thread plucks it back again
So loving-jealous of his liberty.
Rom. I would, I were thy bird.
Sweet, so would I:
Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing.
Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say-good night, till it be morrow.
Rom. Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast !-
'Would I were sleep and peace, so sweet to rest !
Hence will I to my ghostly father's cell ;
His help to crave, and my dear hap to tell.
SCENE III.--Friar Laurence's Cell.
Enter Friar LAURENCE, with a basket.
Fri. The gray-ey'd morn smiles on the frowning night,
Checkering the eastern clouds with streaks of light:
Now ere the sun advance his burning eye,
The day to cheer, and night's dank dew to dry,
I must up-fill this osier cage of ours,
With baleful weeds, and precious-juiced flowers.
O, mickle is the powerful grace, that lies
In herbs, plants, stones, and their true qualities :
For nought so vile that on the earth doth live,
But to the earth some special good doth give;
Nor aught so good, but, strain’d from that fair use,
Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse :
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied ;
And vice sometime's by action dignified.
Within the infant rind of this small flower
Poison hath résidence, and med'cine power:
For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part;
Being tasted, slays all senses with the heart.
Two such opposed foes encamp them still
In man as well as herbs, grace, and rude will:
And, where the worser is predominant,
Full soon the canker death eats up that plo.at.
Rom. Good morrow, father!
What early tongue so sweet saluteth me?-
Young son, it argues a distemper'd head,
So soon to bid good morrow to thy bed :
Care keeps his watch in every
And where care lodges, sleep will never lie;
But where unbruised youth with unstuff'd brain
Doth couch his lir is, there golden sleep doth reigu.
Therefore thy ear.iness doth me assure,
Thou art up-rous'd by some distemp’rature,
Or, if not so, then here I hit it right-
Our Romeo hath not been in bed to-night.
Fri. Heaven parden sin! wast thou with Rosaline ?
Rom. With Rosaline, my ghostly father ? no;
I have forgot that name, and that name's woe.
Fri. That's my good son: But where hast thou been then ?
Rom. I'll tell thee, ere thou ask it me again.
I have been feasting with mine enemy;
Where, on a sudden, one hath wounded me,
That's by me wounded; both our remedies
Within thy help and holy physic lies.
Fri. Be plain, good son, and homely in thy drift;
Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift.
Rom. Then plainly know, my heart's dear love is sei
On the fair daughter of rich Capulet:
As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine;
And all combin'd, save what thou must combine
By holy marriage; When, and where, and how,
We met, we woo'd, and made exchange of vow,
I'll tell thee as we pass; but this I pray,
That thou consent to marry us this day.
Fri. Holy Saint Francis ! what a change is here !
Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear,
So soon forsaken? young men's love then lies
Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.
Jesu Maria! what a deal of brine
Hath wash'd thy sallow cheeks for Rosaline !
How much salt water thrown away in waste,
To season love that of it doth not taste !
The sun not yet thy sighs from heaven clears,
Thy old groans ring yet in my ancient ears ;
Lo, here upon thy cheek the stain doth sit
Of an old tear that is not wash'd off yet:
If e'er thou wast thyself, and these woes thine,
Thou and these woes were all for Rosaline ;
And art thou chang’d ? pronounce this sentence then
Women may fall, when there's no strength in men.
Rom. Thou chid'st me oft for loving Rosaline.
Fri. For doting, not for loving, pupil mine.
Rom. And bad’st me bury love.
Not in a grave,
To lay one in, another out to have.
Rom. I pray thee, chide not: she, whom I love now,
Doth grace for grace, and love for love allow;
The other did not so.
O, she knew well,
Thy love did read by rote, and could not spell.
But come, young waverer, come go with me,
In one respect I'll thy assistant be;
For this aliance may so happy prove,
To turn your households' rancor to pure love.
Rom. O, let us hence; I stand on sudden haste.
Fri. Wisely, and slow; they stumble that run fast.
Enter BENVOLIO, and MERCUTIO.
Mer. Where should this Romeo be ?-
Came he not home to-night?
Ben. Not to his father's ; I spoke with his man.
Mer. Ah, that same pale hard-hearted girl, that Rosaline, Torments him so, that he will sure run mad.
Ben. Tybalt, the kinsman of old Capulet,
Hath sent a letter to his father's house.
Mer. A challenge, on my life.
Ben. Romeo will answer it.
Mer. Any man that can write, may answer a letter.
Ben. Nay, he will answer the letter's master, how he dares, being dared.
Mer. Alas, poor Romeo, he is already dead ! shot thorough the ear with a love-song ; the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind how-boy's butt-shaft; And is he a man to encounter Tybalt ?
Ben. Why, what is Tybalt?
Mer. More than prince of cats, I can tell you. O, he is the courageous captain of compliments. He fights as you sing, keeps time, distance, and proportion ; rests me his minim rest, one, two, and the third in your bosom; the very butcher of a silk button, a duellist, a gentleman of the very first house,--of the first and second cause : Ah, the immortal passado! the punto reverso ! the hay !
Ben. The what ?
Mer. The plague of such antic, lisping, affecting fantasticoes; these new tuners of accents !—Ma foi, a very good blade a very tall man !-a very fine girl !—Why, is not this a lamentable thing, grandsire, that we should be thus afflicted with these strange flies, these fashion-mongers, these pardonnez-moys ?
Ben. Here comes Romeo, here comes Romeo.
Mer. Without his roe, like a dried herring. Signior Romeo, bon jour! there's a French salutation for you.
Rom. Good-morrow to you both.
Mer. You gave us the counterfeit last night.
Rom. What counterfeit did I give you
Mer. The slip, sir, the slip; Can you not receive ?
Rom. Pardon, good Mercutio, my business was great; and, in such case as mine, a man may strain courtesy.
Enter Nurse, and PETER.
Nurse. Peter !