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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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Act III, Scene 5

Capulet’s orchard.


[Enter ROMEO and JULIET above, at the window]

  • Juliet. Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day:
    It was the nightingale, and not the lark,
    That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear; 2100
    Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate-tree:
    Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.
  • Romeo. It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
    No nightingale: look, love, what envious streaks
    Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east: 2105
    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.
  • Juliet. Yon light is not day-light, I know it, I:
    It is some meteor that the sun exhales, 2110
    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.
  • Romeo. Let me be ta'en, let me be put to death;
    I am content, so thou wilt have it so. 2115
    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: 2120
    Come, death, and welcome! Juliet wills it so.
    How is't, my soul? let's talk; it is not day.
  • Juliet. 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. 2125
    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 changed voices too!
    Since arm from arm that voice doth us affray, 2130
    Hunting thee hence with hunt's-up to the day,
    O, now be gone; more light and light it grows.
  • Romeo. More light and light; more dark and dark our woes!

[Enter Nurse, to the chamber]

  • Nurse. Your lady mother is coming to your chamber:
    The day is broke; be wary, look about.


  • Juliet. Then, window, let day in, and let life out. 2140
  • Romeo. Farewell, farewell! one kiss, and I'll descend.

[He goeth down]

  • Juliet. 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: 2145
    O, by this count I shall be much in years
    Ere I again behold my Romeo!
  • Romeo. Farewell!
    I will omit no opportunity
    That may convey my greetings, love, to thee. 2150
  • Juliet. O think'st thou we shall ever meet again?
  • Romeo. I doubt it not; and all these woes shall serve
    For sweet discourses in our time to come.
  • Juliet. O God, I have an ill-divining soul!
    Methinks I see thee, now thou art below, 2155
    As one dead in the bottom of a tomb:
    Either my eyesight fails, or thou look'st pale.
  • Romeo. And trust me, love, in my eye so do you:
    Dry sorrow drinks our blood. Adieu, adieu!


  • Juliet. O fortune, fortune! all men call thee fickle:
    If thou art fickle, what dost thou with him.
    That is renown'd for faith? Be fickle, fortune;
    For then, I hope, thou wilt not keep him long,
    But send him back. 2165
  • Juliet. Who is't that calls? is it my lady mother?
    Is she not down so late, or up so early?
    What unaccustom'd cause procures her hither?


  • Juliet. Madam, I am not well.
  • Lady Capulet. Evermore weeping for your cousin's death?
    What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears?
    An if thou couldst, thou couldst not make him live; 2175
    Therefore, have done: some grief shows much of love;
    But much of grief shows still some want of wit.
  • Juliet. Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss.
  • Lady Capulet. So shall you feel the loss, but not the friend
    Which you weep for. 2180
  • Juliet. Feeling so the loss,
    Cannot choose but ever weep the friend.
  • Lady Capulet. Well, girl, thou weep'st not so much for his death,
    As that the villain lives which slaughter'd him.
  • Juliet. What villain madam? 2185
  • Juliet. [Aside] 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.
  • Lady Capulet. That is, because the traitor murderer lives. 2190
  • Juliet. Ay, madam, from the reach of these my hands:
    Would none but I might venge my cousin's death!
  • Lady Capulet. 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, 2195
    Shall give him such an unaccustom'd dram,
    That he shall soon keep Tybalt company:
    And then, I hope, thou wilt be satisfied.
  • Juliet. Indeed, I never shall be satisfied
    With Romeo, till I behold him—dead— 2200
    Is my poor heart 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 2205
    To hear him named, and cannot come to him.
    To wreak the love I bore my cousin
    Upon his body that slaughter'd him!
  • Lady Capulet. Find thou the means, and I'll find such a man.
    But now I'll tell thee joyful tidings, girl. 2210
  • Juliet. And joy comes well in such a needy time:
    What are they, I beseech your ladyship?
  • Lady Capulet. Well, well, thou hast a careful father, child;
    One who, to put thee from thy heaviness,
    Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy, 2215
    That thou expect'st not nor I look'd not for.
  • Juliet. Madam, in happy time, what day is that?
  • Lady Capulet. Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn,
    The gallant, young and noble gentleman,
    The County Paris, at Saint Peter's Church, 2220
    Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride.
  • Juliet. 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. 2225
    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!
  • Lady Capulet. Here comes your father; tell him so yourself, 2230
    And see how he will take it at your hands.

[Enter CAPULET and Nurse]

  • Capulet. When the sun sets, the air doth drizzle dew;
    But for the sunset of my brother's son
    It rains downright. 2235
    How now! a conduit, girl? what, still in tears?
    Evermore showering? In one little body
    Thou counterfeit'st 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, 2240
    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 deliver'd to her our decree? 2245
  • Lady Capulet. Ay, sir; but she will none, she gives you thanks.
    I would the fool were married to her grave!
  • Capulet. 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, 2250
    Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought
    So worthy a gentleman to be her bridegroom?
  • Juliet. 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. 2255
  • Capulet. How now, how now, chop-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, 2260
    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!
  • Juliet. Good father, I beseech you on my knees,
    Hear me with patience but to speak a word.
  • Capulet. Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch!
    I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday,
    Or never after look me in the face: 2270
    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: 2275
    Out on her, hilding!
  • Nurse. God in heaven bless her!
    You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so.
  • Capulet. And why, my lady wisdom? hold your tongue,
    Good prudence; smatter with your gossips, go. 2280
  • Nurse. I speak no treason.
  • Nurse. May not one speak?
  • Capulet. Peace, you mumbling fool!
    Utter your gravity o'er a gossip's bowl; 2285
    For here we need it not.
  • Capulet. God's bread! it makes me mad:
    Day, night, hour, tide, time, work, play,
    Alone, in company, still my care hath been 2290
    To have her match'd: and having now provided
    A gentleman of noble parentage,
    Of fair demesnes, youthful, and nobly train'd,
    Stuff'd, as they say, with honourable parts,
    Proportion'd as one's thought would wish a man; 2295
    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, as you will not wed, I'll pardon you: 2300
    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:
    An you be mine, I'll give you to my friend;
    And you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in 2305
    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.


  • Juliet. 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 2315
    In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.
  • Lady Capulet. Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word:
    Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.


  • Juliet. O God!—O nurse, how shall this be prevented? 2320
    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 practise stratagems 2325
    Upon so soft a subject as myself!
    What say'st thou? hast thou not a word of joy?
    Some comfort, nurse.
  • Nurse. Faith, here it is.
    Romeo is banish'd; and all the world to nothing, 2330
    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! 2335
    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, 2340
    Your first is dead; or 'twere as good he were,
    As living here and you no use of him.
  • Juliet. Speakest thou from thy heart?
  • Nurse. And from my soul too;
    Or else beshrew them both. 2345
  • Juliet. Well, thou hast comforted me marvellous much.
    Go in: and tell my lady I am gone,
    Having displeased my father, to Laurence' cell, 2350
    To make confession and to be absolved.
  • Nurse. Marry, I will; and this is wisely done.


  • Juliet. Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend!
    Is it more sin to wish me thus forsworn, 2355
    Or to dispraise my lord with that same tongue
    Which she hath praised 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: 2360
    If all else fail, myself have power to die.