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Rom. Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take. Thus from my lips, by thine, my sin is purg'd. [Kissing her.
Jul. Then have my lips the sin that they have took.
Rom. Sin from my lips? 0, trespass sweetly urg'd!
Give me my sin again.
You kiss by the book.
Nurse. Madam, your mother craves a word with you.
Rom. What is her mother?
Her mother is the lady of the house,
And a good lady, and a wise, and virtuous.
I nurs’d her daughter, that you talk'd withal;
he that can lay hold of her
Shall have the chinks.
Is she a Capulet? 0, dear account! my life is my foe's debt.
Ben. Away, begone: the sport is at the best.
Rom. Ay, so I fear; the more is my unrest.
1 Cap. Nay, gentlemen, prepare not
We have a trifling foolish banquet towards.
Is it e'en so? Why then, I thank you all;
I thank you, honest gentlemen; good night:
More torches here! - Come on, then let 's to bed.
Ah, sirrah, by my fay, it waxes late;
I'll to my rest.
[Exount all but JULIET and NURSE.
Jul. Come hither, nurse. What is yond' gentleman ?
Nurse. The son and heir of old Tiberio.
Jul. What’s he, that now is going out of door?
Nurse. Marry, that, I think, be
young Petruchio. Jul. What's he, that follows here, that would not dance? Nurse. I know not.
Jul. Go, ask his name. If he be married, My grave is like to be my wedding bed.
Nurse. His name is Romeo, and a Montague; The only son of your great enemy.
Jul. My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late !
Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
That I must love a loathed enemy.
Nurse. What's this? what's this?
A rhyme I learn'd even now Of one I danc'd withal.
[One calls within, JULIET! Nurse.
Come, let 's away; the strangers all are gone.
Now old desire doth in his death-bed lie,
And young affection gapes to be his heir:
That fair, for which love groan'd for, and would die,
With tender Juliet match'd, is now not fair.
Now Romeo is belov'd, and loves again,
Alike bewitched by the charm of looks; But to his foe suppos'd he must complain,
And she steal love's sweet bait from fearful hooks: Being held a foe, he may not have access
To breathe such vows as lovers use to swear; And she as much in love, her means much less To meet her new-beloved any
where : But passion lends them power, time means to meet, Tempering extremities with extreme sweet.
ACT II. SCENE 1.
An open Place, adjoining CAPULET's Garden.
Rom. Can I go forward, when my heart is here?
Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.
[He climbs the Wall, and leaps down within it.
Enter BENVOLIO, and MERCUTIO.
Ben. Romeo! my cousin Romeo! Romeo !
He is wise; And, on my life, hath stolen him home to bed.
Ben. He ran this way, and leap'd this orchard wall.
Call, good Mercutio.
Nay, I 'll conjure too.
Romeo, humours, madman, passion, lover!
Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh:
Speak but one rhyme, and I am satisfied;
Cry but — Ah me! pronounce but — love and dove;
Speak to my gossip Venus one fair word,
One nick-name for her purblind son and heir,
Young Adam Cupid, he that shot so trim,
When king Cophetua lov'd the beggar-maid. —
He heareth not, he stirreth not, he moveth not;
The ape is dead, and I must conjure him.
I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes,
By her high forehead, and her scarlet lip,
By her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering thigh,
And the demesnes that there adjacent lie,
That in thy likeness thou appear to us.
Ben. An if he hear thee, thou wilt anger him.
Mer. This cannot anger him : 't would anger him
To raise a spirit in his mistress' circle
Of some strange nature, letting it there stand
Till she had laid it, and conjur'd it down;
That were some spite. My invocation
Is fair and honest, and, in his mistress' name,
I conjure only but to raise up him.
Ben. Come, he hath hid himself among these trees,
To be consorted with the humorous night:
Blind is his love, and best befits the dark.
Mer. If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.
Now will he sit under a medlar tree,
And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit,
As maids call medlars when they laugh alone.
O Romeo! that she were, O! that she were
An open et cætera, thou a poprin pear!
Romeo, good night: – I'll to my truckle-bed;
This field-bed is too cold for me to sleep.
Come, shall we go?
Go, then; for 't is in vain
To seek him here, that means not to be found.
Rom. He jests at scars, that never felt a wound. -
(JULIET appears above, at a window.
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady; 0! it is my love :
0, that she knew she were!.
She speaks, yet she says nothing: what of that?
Her eye discourses, I will answer it. -
I am too bold, 't is not to me she speaks:
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Haying some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp: her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright,
That birds would sing, and think it were not night.
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
0! that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek.
0, speak again, bright angel! for thou art
As glorious to this night, being o'er my head,
As is a winged messenger of heaven
Unto the white-upturned wond'ring eyes
Of mortals, that fall back to gaze on him,
When he bestrides the lazy-pacing clouds,
And sails upon the bosom of the air.
Jul. O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo ?
Deny thy father, and refuse thy name:
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I 'll no longer be a Capulet.
Rom. Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?
Jul. 'Tis but thy name, that is my enemy:
Thou art thyself though, not a Montague.
What 's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. 0! be some other name.
What's in a name ? that which we call a rose,
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo callid,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes,
Without that title! Romeo, doff thy name;
And for thy name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself?
Rom. I take thee at thy word.
Call me but love, and I 'll be new baptiz'd;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.
Jul. What man art thou, that, thus bescreen'd in night,
So stumblest on my counsel?
By a name
I know not how to tell thee who I am:
My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself,
Because it is an enemy to thee:
Had I it written, I would tear the word.
Jul. My ears have yet not drunk a hundred words