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ROMEO returns ROMEO returns.

He jests at scars that never felt a wound. He jokes about scars from wounds hes
never felt.

JULIET appears in a window above JULIET enters on the balcony.

* But soft! What light through yonder window Wait! What light is that in the window over
* breaks? there? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
* It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Rise beautiful sun and kill the jealous
5 Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, moon, which is already sick and pale with
* Who is already sick and pale with grief, grief because Juliet, her maid, is more
* That thou, her maid, art far more fair than beautiful than she. Dont be her maid,
* she. since shes jealous. The moons virginity
* Be not her maid since she is envious. makes her look sick and green, and only
10 Her vestal livery is but sick and green, fools hold on to their virginity. Throw it off.
* And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off! It is my lady. Oh, it is my love. Oh, I wish
* It is my lady. Oh, it is my love. she knew I loved her. Shes talking, but
* Oh, that she knew she were! isnt saying anything. Why is that? Her
* She speaks, yet she says nothing. What of eyes are speaking. Ill respondno, I am
15 that? too bold. Its not to me she speaks. Two of
* Her eye discourses. I will answer it. the most beautiful stars in the sky had to
* I am too bold. Tis not to me she speaks. go off on some business, and begged her
* Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven, eyes to twinkle in their place until they
* Having some business, do entreat her eyes return. If her eyes were in the sky and the
20 To twinkle in their spheres till they return. stars were in her head the brightness of
* What if her eyes were there, they in her her cheeks would overwhelm the stars just
* head? as daylight outshines a lamp. And her eyes
* The brightness of her cheek would shame in the night sky would shine so brightly that
* those stars birds would start singing, thinking it was
25 As daylight doth a lamp. Her eye in heaven day. Look how she leans her cheek
Would through the airy region stream so against her hand. I wish I was a glove on
bright that hand so I could touch that cheek.
That birds would sing and think it were not
See how she leans her cheek upon her
Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand
That I might touch that cheek!

Ay me! Oh, my!

* (aside) She speaks. (to himself) She speaks. Speak again,
* O, speak again, bright angel! For thou art bright angel. For tonight you are as
* As glorious to this night, being oer my glorious as an angel, shining above my
* head, head like a winged messenger from
* As is a wingd messenger of heaven heaven who makes mortals fall onto their

30 Unto the white, upturnd, wondering eyes backs to gaze up in awe as the angel
Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him strides across the clouds and sails through
When he bestrides the lazy-puffing clouds the air.
And sails upon the bosom of the air.

* O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Oh, Romeo, Romeo, why must you be
* Romeo? Romeo? Deny your father and give up
35 Deny thy father and refuse thy name. your name. Or, if you wont change your
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, name, just swear your love to me and Ill
And Ill no longer be a Capulet. give up being a Capulet.

(aside) Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at (to himself) Should I listen longer, or
this? respond now to these words?

* Tis but thy name that is my enemy. Only your name is my enemy. Youd be
* Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. yourself even if you ceased to be a
40 Whats Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, Montague. Whats a Montague, after all?
* Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part Its not a hand, foot, arm, face, or any
* Belonging to a man. O, be some other other body part. Oh, change your name!
* name! Whats the significance of a name? The
* Whats in a name? That which we call a thing we call a rose would smell as sweet
45 rose even if we called it by some other name.
By any other word would smell as sweet. So even if Romeo had some other name,
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo he would still be perfect. Romeo, take off
called, your namewhich really has no
Retain that dear perfection which he owes connection to who you areand take all of
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name, me instead.
And for that name, which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

* I take thee at thy word. (Out loud) I take you at your word. If you
50 Call me but love, and Ill be new baptized. call me your love, Ill take a new name.
Henceforth I never will be Romeo. From now on Ill never again be Romeo.

What man art thou that, thus bescreened in Who are you, hiding in the darkness and
night, eavesdropping on my private thoughts?
So stumblest on my counsel?

* By a I dont know how to tell you who I am by
* name using a name. I hate my name, dear saint,
55 I know not how to tell thee who I am. because it is your enemy. If I had it written
My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself down, I would tear up the word.
Because it is an enemy to thee.
Had I it written, I would tear the word.

* My ears have not yet drunk a hundred Ive not yet even heard you say a hundred
* words words, yet I recognize the sound of your
60 Of that tongues uttering, yet I know the voice. Arent you Romeo, the Montague?
Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague?

Neither, fair maid, if either thee dislike. Ill be neither of those things, my love, if

you dislike them.

* How camest thou hither, tell me, and How and why did you come here? The
* wherefore? orchard walls are high and difficult to
* The orchard walls are high and hard to climb. And it will mean your death,
65 climb, because of who you are, if any of my
And the place death, considering who thou family find you here.
If any of my kinsmen find thee here.

With loves light wings did I oerperch these I flew over these walls on the wings of
walls, love. No stone wall can keep love out.
For stony limits cannot hold love out, Whatever a man in love can do, love will
And what love can do, that dares love make him attempt to do it. Therefore your
attempt. relatives cant stop me.
Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me.

70 If they do see thee they will murder thee. If they see you theyll murder you.

Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye I am more concerned about the look in
Than twenty of their swords. Look thou but your eye than I would be with twenty of
sweet, your relatives with swords. If you just look
And I am proof against their enmity. at me with love, their hatred would not be
able to touch me.

I would not for the world they saw thee here. Id give the world to make sure they do not
see you here.

75 I have nights cloak to hide me from their The darkness of night will hide me from
eyes, their eyes. And if you dont love me, then
And but thou love me, let them find me let them find me. Id rather they killed me in
here. hatred than experience the prolonged
My life were better ended by their hate death of life without your love.
Than death prorogud, wanting of thy love.

By whose direction foundst thou out this Who told you how to find my my bedroom?

80 By love, that first did prompt me to inquire. Love, which spurred me to come and find
He lent me counsel and I lent him eyes. you. Love advised me, while I lent love my
I am no pilot. Yet, wert thou as far eyes. Im no a sailor. Still, even if you were
As that vast shore washed with the farthest on the shore across the farthest sea, I
sea, would set out to find you.
I would adventure for such merchandise.

85 Thou knowst the mask of night is on my The darkness of night masks my face, or
* face, else youd see me blushing about the
* Else would a maiden blush bepaint my things you heard me say tonight. I would
* cheek gladly stick to the proper manners of
* For that which thou hast heard me speak courtship and deny everything I said. But,

90 tonight. instead: goodbye good manners! Do you

* Fain would I dwell on form. Fain, fain deny love me? I know you will answer yes, and
* What I have spoke. But farewell I will trust you. But your swears may turn
* compliment! out to be false. They say that Zeus laughs
* Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say when lovers lie. Oh noble Romeo, if you
95 ay, really love me, say it in truth. Or if you
* And I will take thy word. Yet if thou swearst think Im letting myself be won too easily,
* Thou mayst prove false. At lovers perjuries, then Ill frown and act superior and
* They say, Jove laughs. O gentle Romeo, unapproachable so that youll woo me. But
* If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully. if thats not necessary, then I would never
100 Or if thou thinkst I am too quickly won, act that way. In truth, beautiful Montague, I
* Ill frown and be perverse and say thee nay, like you too much, which might make it
* So thou wilt woo. But else, not for the world. seem as if I am overly silly and flirtatious.
* In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond, But trust me, gentleman, Ill prove to be
* And therefore thou mayst think my havior more faithful than girls who act coy and
105 light. standoffish. I probably should have acted
But trust me, gentleman, Ill prove more true more standoffish, I confess, but you
Than those that have more coying to be overheard me talking about my passion for
strange. you before I knew you were there. So
I should have been more strange, I must please forgive me, and dont condemn me
confess, for so quickly falling in love when it was
But that thou overheardst, ere I was ware, only revealed to you because the dark
My true loves passion. Therefore pardon night let you discover it.
And not impute this yielding to light love,
Which the dark night hath so discovered.

Lady, by yonder blessd moon I vow, Lady, I swear by the sacred moon, which
That tips with silver all these fruit-tree outlines in silver the tops of these fruit
tops trees

* O, swear not by the moon, th inconstant Please dont swear by the moon, the
110 moon, unreliable moon, which changes its
That monthly changes in her circle orb, position in the sky each month. I do not
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable. want your love to end up being similarly

What shall I swear by? What should I swear by?

* Do not Dont swear at all. Or, if you must swear,
* swear at all. swear by your magnificent self, which is
* Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self, the god I worship like an idol, and Ill
115 Which is the god of my idolatry, believe you.
And Ill believe thee.

If my If my hearts dear love
hearts dear love

* Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee, Well, dont swear. Although you bring me
* I have no joy of this contract tonight. joy, I cant take joy in this exchange of
* It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden, promises tonight. Its too wild, thoughtless,
* Too like the lightning, which doth cease to sudden. Its too much like lightning, which
120 be disappears before you can even say, its
Ere one can say It lightens. Sweet, good lightning. My love, good night. Our love,

night. which now is like a flower bud, may

This bud of love, by summers ripening blossom in the summer air into a beautiful
breath, flower by the next time we meet. Good
May prove a beauteous flower when next night! I hope you fell in your heart the
we meet. same sweet calm and rest that I feel in
Good night, good night! As sweet repose mine.
and rest
Come to thy heart as that within my breast.

125 O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied? Are you going to leave me so unsatisfied?

What satisfaction canst thou have tonight? What satisfaction could you have tonight?

Th exchange of thy loves faithful vow for If we exchanged vows of love.

I gave thee mine before thou didst request I pledged my love before you even
it, requested it. But now I wish I could take
And yet I would it were to give again. that promise back to give again.

130 Wouldst thou withdraw it? For what Youd take back your vow? Why, my love?
purpose, love?

* But to be frank, and give it thee again. In order to generously give it to you again.
* And yet I wish but for the thing I have. But Im wishing for something I have
* My bounty is as boundless as the sea, already. My generosity to you is as
* My love as deep. The more I give to thee, endless as the sea, my love as deep as
135 The more I have, for both are infinite. the sea. The more love I give you, the
more I have. Both are infinite.

NURSE calls from within The NURSE calls from offstage.

I hear some noise within. Dear love, I hear a noise from inside. Dear love,
adieu. goodbyeJust a second, Nurse!Sweet
Anon, good Nurse!Sweet Montague, be Montague, be true. Stay for a moment. Ill
true. come right back.
Stay but a little. I will come again.

Exit JULIET, above JULIET exits.

* O blessd, blessd night! I am afeard, Oh, blessed, blessed night! Because its
140 Being in night, all this is but a dream, night, Im scared that all this is a dream. It
Too flattering sweet to be substantial. is too wonderful to be real.

Enter JULIET, above JULIET enters on her balcony.

* Three words, dear Romeo, and good night Three words, dear Romeo, and then good
* indeed. night. If your love is honorable and you
* If that thy bent of love be honorable, want to marry me, send me word

145 Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow. Ill find a messenger who will
tomorrow come to you, and you can tell that
By one that Ill procure to come to thee messenger when and where we will be
Where and what time thou wilt perform the married. All my fortunes Ill lay at your feet
rite, and follow you, my lord, all over the world.
And all my fortunes at thy foot Ill lay
And follow thee my lord throughout the

(from within) Madam! (offstage) Madam!

150 I come, anon.But if thou meanst not well, Ill be right there! (to ROMEO) But if your
I do beseech thee intentions are not honorable, I beg you

(from within) Madam! (offstage) Madam!

* By and by, I come. In a second, Im coming! (to ROMEO) to
* To cease thy strife and leave me to my give up your efforts to win me and leave
155 grief. me to grieve. Ill send the messenger
Tomorrow will I send. tomorrow.

So thrive my soul My soul depends on it

A thousand times good night! A thousand times good night.

Exit JULIET, above JULIET exits.

* A thousand times the worse to want thy It is a thousand times worse to leave you.
* light. A lover goes toward his beloved as joyfully
160 Love goes toward love as schoolboys from as a schoolboy leaving his books. But
their books, when a lover leaves his beloved, he is as
But love from love, toward school with unhappy as a schoolboy on his way to
heavy looks. school.

Moves to exit. Reenter JULIET, above ROMEO starts to leave. JULIET returns,
on her balcony.

* Hist! Romeo, hist!Oh, for a falconers Psst! Romeo! Psst! Oh, I wish I could cry
* voice, out like a falconer, so I could call my little
* To lure this tassel-gentle back again! falcon to return to me. Stuck as I am in my
* Bondage is hoarse, and may not speak familys house, I have to be quiet.
165 aloud, Otherwise I would tear open the cave
Else would I tear the cave where Echo lies, where Echo sleeps and make her call out
And make her airy tongue more hoarse than my loves name until her voice grew more
mine, hoarse than mine by repeating, My
With repetition of My Romeo! Romeo!

It is my soul that calls upon my name. It is my soul that calls out my name.
How silver-sweet sound lovers tongues by Lovers voices at night sound silver-sweet,

night, the most lovely music to lovers ears.

Like softest music to attending ears!

170 Romeo! Romeo!

My nyas? My little hawk?

What oclock tomorrow At what time tomorrow should I send the
Shall I send to thee? messenger to you?

By the hour of nine. Nine oclock.

I will not fail. Tis twenty year till then. I wont fail. It will feel like twenty years til
I have forgot why I did call thee back. then. Ive forgotten why I called you back.

Let me stand here till thou remember it. Ill stand here until you remember.

175 I shall forget, to have thee still stand there, Ill forget it, so youll have to stand there
Remembering how I love thy company. forever, because of how much I love your

And Ill still stay, to have thee still forget, And Ill remain here, even if you keep
Forgetting any other home but this. forgetting. Ill forget that I have any other
home but here.

* Tis almost morning. I would have thee Its almost morning. I want to force you to
180 gone. go. Yet I would not let you move any
And yet no further than a wantons bird, further than a spoiled child would let his
That lets it hop a little from his hand pet bird go. The child so loves the bird that
Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves, he will not let the bird hop any more than a
And with a silken thread plucks it back small distance from his hand before pulling
again, it back by a silk thread.
So loving-jealous of his liberty.

185 I would I were thy bird. I wish I was your bird.

Sweet, so My sweet, so do I. But I would pet you so
would I. much it would kill you. Good night. Good
Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing. night! Parting is such sweet sorrow that I
Good night, good night! Parting is such will say good night until it becomes
sweet sorrow tomorrow.
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

Exit JULIET, above JULIET exits.


* Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy Sleep well and peacefully. I wish that I
190 breast. were sleep and peace, so I could sleep
Would I were sleep and peace, so sweet to with you. From here Ill go see my priest, to
rest. tell him of my luck and ask for his help.
Hence will I to my ghostly friars close cell,
His help to crave and my dear hap to tell.

Exit He exits.