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Romeo and Juliet Scenes

Scene 5

Capulet’s orchard and Juliet’s chamber.

(Romeo; Juliet; Nurse; Lady Capulet; Capulet)

Romeo and Juliet part at the break of dawn, though Juliet wants to deny that it is that late. She almost convinces Romeo to stay, but then reality breaks in and she insists that he flee before he is caught. The Nurse announces that Lady Capulet is coming, and Romeo descends from the balcony to the garden. From her high vantage point, Juliet has a premonition that they will never meet again. He leaves. Lady Capulet comes in, and thinks that her daughter’s distraction is grief over Tybalt’s death. She tries to comfort her daughter by promising to have Romeo poisoned. She then tells her that she is to be married in two days, but the horrified Juliet refuses. When Capulet hears of this, he is infuriated, and swears to disown her unless she gives in, feeling she is rejecting all the efforts he has made to find her a good match. Lady Capulet refuses her daughter any sympathy. The Nurse, for her part, can see no solution other than agreeing to marry Paris, and recommends that she forget Romeo. Juliet is outraged at her suggestion, but sends her to tell her parents that she is going to Friar Laurence’s to confess. Once the Nurse has gone, Juliet curses her and decides never to trust her again. She is resolved to kill herself if Laurence can’t come up with a solution. (252 lines)

Enter Romeo and Juliet aloft at the window.


Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day.

It was the nightingale, and not the lark,

That pierc’d the fearful hollow of thine ear;

Nightly she sings on yond pomegranate tree.

Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.


It was the lark, the herald of the morn,

No nightingale. Look, love, what envious streaks

Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east.

Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day

Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.

I must be gone and live, or stay and die.


Yond light is not day-light, I know it, I;

It is some meteor that the sun exhal’d

To be to thee this night a torch-bearer

And light thee on thy way to Mantua.

Therefore stay yet, thou need’st not to be gone.


Let me be ta’en, let me be put to death,

I am content, so thou wilt have it so.

I’ll say yon grey is not the morning’s eye,

’Tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia’s brow;

Nor that is not the lark whose notes do beat

The vaulty heaven so high above our heads.

I have more care to stay than will to go.

Come, death, and welcome! Juliet wills it so.

How is’t, my soul? Let’s talk, it is not day.


It is, it is! Hie hence, be gone, away!

It is the lark that sings so out of tune,

Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.

Some say the lark makes sweet division;

This doth not so, for she divideth us.

Some say the lark and loathed toad change eyes;

O now I would they had chang’d voices too,

Since arm from arm that voice doth us affray,

Hunting thee hence with hunt’s-up to the day.

O now be gone, more light and light it grows.


More light and light, more dark and dark our woes!

Enter Nurse hastily.






Your lady mother is coming to your chamber.

The day is broke, be wary, look about.



Then, window, let day in, and let life out.


Farewell, farewell! One kiss, and I’ll descend.

He goeth down.


Art thou gone so, love, lord, ay, husband, friend!

I must hear from thee every day in the hour,

For in a minute there are many days.

O, by this count I shall be much in years

Ere I again behold my Romeo!


From below.


I will omit no opportunity

That may convey my greetings, love, to thee.


O, think’st thou we shall ever meet again?


I doubt it not, and all these woes shall serve

For sweet discourses in our times to come.


O God, I have an ill-divining soul!

Methinks I see thee now, thou art so low,

As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.

Either my eyesight fails, or thou lookest pale.


And trust me, love, in my eye so do you;

Dry sorrow drinks our blood. Adieu, adieu!



O Fortune, Fortune, all men call thee fickle;

If thou art fickle, what dost thou with him

That is renowm’d for faith? Be fickle, Fortune:

For then I hope thou wilt not keep him long,

But send him back.



Ho, daughter, are you up?


Who is’t that calls? It is my lady mother.

Is she not down so late, or up so early?

What unaccustom’d cause procures her hither?

She goeth down from the window.

Enter Mother, Lady Capulet.


Why, how now, Juliet?


Madam, I am not well.


Evermore weeping for your cousin’s death?

What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears?

And if thou couldst, thou couldst not make him live;

Therefore have done. Some grief shows much of love,

But much of grief shows still some want of wit.


Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss.


So shall you feel the loss, but not the friend

Which you weep for.


Feeling so the loss,

I cannot choose but ever weep the friend.


Well, girl, thou weep’st not so much for his death,

As that the villain lives which slaughter’d him.


What villain, madam?


That same villain Romeo.



Villain and he be many miles asunder.—

God pardon him! I do with all my heart;

And yet no man like he doth grieve my heart.


That is because the traitor murderer lives.


Ay, madam, from the reach of these my hands.

Would none but I might venge my cousin’s death!


We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not.

Then weep no more. I’ll send to one in Mantua,

Where that same banish’d runagate doth live,

Shall give him such an unaccustom’d dram

That he shall soon keep Tybalt company;

And then I hope thou wilt be satisfied.


Indeed I never shall be satisfied

With Romeo, till I behold him—dead—

Is my poor heart, so for a kinsman vex’d.

Madam, if you could find out but a man

To bear a poison, I would temper it,

That Romeo should, upon receipt thereof,

Soon sleep in quiet. O how my heart abhors

To hear him nam’d, and cannot come to him

To wreak the love I bore my cousin

Upon his body that hath slaughter’d him!


Find thou the means, and I’ll find such a man.

But now I’ll tell thee joyful tidings, girl.


And joy comes well in such a needy time.

What are they, beseech your ladyship?


Well, well, thou hast a careful father, child,

One who, to put thee from thy heaviness,

Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy,

That thou expects not, nor I look’d not for.


Madam, in happy time, what day is that?


Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn,

The gallant, young, and noble gentleman,

The County Paris, at Saint Peter’s Church,

Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride.


Now, by Saint Peter’s Church and Peter too,

He shall not make me there a joyful bride.

I wonder at this haste, that I must wed

Ere he that should be husband comes to woo.

I pray you tell my lord and father, madam,

I will not marry yet, and when I do, I swear

It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate,

Rather than Paris. These are news indeed!


Here comes your father, tell him so yourself;

And see how he will take it at your hands.

Enter Capulet and Nurse.


When the sun sets, the earth doth drizzle dew,

But for the sunset of my brother’s son

It rains downright.

How now, a conduit, girl? What, still in tears?

Evermore show’ring? In one little body

Thou counterfeits a bark, a sea, a wind:

For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea,

Do ebb and flow with tears; the bark thy body is,

Sailing in this salt flood; the winds, thy sighs,

Who, raging with thy tears, and they with them,

Without a sudden calm, will overset

Thy tempest-tossed body. How now, wife?

Have you delivered to her our decree?


Ay, sir, but she will none, she gives you thanks.

I would the fool were married to her grave!


Soft, take me with you, take me with you, wife.

How, will she none? Doth she not give us thanks?

Is she not proud? Doth she not count her blest,

Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought

So worthy a gentleman to be her bride?


Not proud you have, but thankful that you have.

Proud can I never be of what I hate,

But thankful even for hate that is meant love.


How how, how how, chopp’d logic! What is this?

“Proud,” and “I thank you,” and “I thank you not,”

And yet “not proud,” mistress minion you?

Thank me no thankings, nor proud me no prouds,

But fettle your fine joints ’gainst Thursday next,

To go with Paris to Saint Peter’s Church,

Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.

Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage!

You tallow-face!


Fie, fie, what, are you mad?


Good father, I beseech you on my knees,

Hear me with patience but to speak a word.

She kneels down.


Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch!

I tell thee what: get thee to church a’ Thursday,

Or never after look me in the face.

Speak not, reply not, do not answer me!

My fingers itch. Wife, we scarce thought us blest

That God had lent us but this only child,

But now I see this one is one too much,

And that we have a curse in having her.

Out on her, hilding!


God in heaven bless her!

You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so.


And why, my Lady Wisdom? Hold your tongue,

Good Prudence, smatter with your gossips, go.


I speak no treason.


O, God-i-goden!


May not one speak?


Peace, you mumbling fool!

Utter your gravity o’er a gossip’s bowl,

For here we need it not.


You are too hot.


God’s bread, it makes me mad! Day, night, work, play,

Alone, in company, still my care hath been

To have her match’d; and having now provided

A gentleman of noble parentage,

Of fair demesnes, youthful and nobly lien’d,

Stuff’d, as they say, with honorable parts,

Proportion’d as one’s thought would wish a man,

And then to have a wretched puling fool,

A whining mammet, in her fortune’s tender,

To answer, “I’ll not wed, I cannot love;

I am too young, I pray you pardon me.”

But and you will not wed, I’ll pardon you.

Graze where you will, you shall not house with me.

Look to’t, think on’t, I do not use to jest.

Thursday is near, lay hand on heart, advise.

And you be mine, I’ll give you to my friend;

And you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets,

For, by my soul, I’ll ne’er acknowledge thee,

Nor what is mine shall never do thee good.

Trust to’t, bethink you, I’ll not be forsworn.



Is there no pity sitting in the clouds,

That sees into the bottom of my grief?

O sweet my mother, cast me not away!

Delay this marriage for a month, a week,

Or if you do not, make the bridal bed

In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.


Talk not to me, for I’ll not speak a word.

Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.



O God!—O nurse, how shall this be prevented?

My husband is on earth, my faith in heaven;

How shall that faith return again to earth,

Unless that husband send it me from heaven

By leaving earth? Comfort me, counsel me!

Alack, alack, that heaven should practice stratagems

Upon so soft a subject as myself!

What say’st thou? Hast thou not a word of joy?

Some comfort, nurse.


Faith, here it is.

Romeo is banished, and all the world to nothing

That he dares ne’er come back to challenge you;

Or if he do, it needs must be by stealth.

Then, since the case so stands as now it doth,

I think it best you married with the County.

O he’s a lovely gentleman!

Romeo’s a dishclout to him. An eagle, madam,

Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye

As Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart,

I think you are happy in this second match,

For it excels your first; or if it did not,

Your first is dead, or ’twere as good he were

As living here and you no use of him.


Speak’st thou from thy heart?


And from my soul too, else beshrew them both.






Well, thou hast comforted me marvelous much.

Go in, and tell my lady I am gone,

Having displeas’d my father, to Lawrence’ cell,

To make confession and to be absolv’d.


Marry, I will, and this is wisely done.



She looks after Nurse.

Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend!

Is it more sin to wish me thus forsworn,

Or to dispraise my lord with that same tongue

Which she hath prais’d him with above compare

So many thousand times? Go, counsellor,

Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain.

I’ll to the friar to know his remedy;

If all else fail, myself have power to die.



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