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Romeo and Juliet
Act 4, scene 5

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The prologue of Romeo and Juliet calls the title characters “star-crossed lovers”—and the stars do seem to conspire against these young lovers….

Prologue

Act 1, scene 1

A street fight breaks out between the Montagues and the Capulets, which is broken up by the ruler of Verona,…

Act 1, scene 2

In conversation with Capulet, Count Paris declares his wish to marry Juliet. Capulet invites him to a party that night….

Act 1, scene 3

Lady Capulet informs Juliet of Paris’s marriage proposal and praises him extravagantly. Juliet says that she has not even dreamed…

Act 1, scene 4

Romeo and Benvolio approach the Capulets’ party with their friend Mercutio and others, wearing the disguises customarily donned by “maskers.”…

Act 1, scene 5

Capulet welcomes the disguised Romeo and his friends. Romeo, watching the dance, is caught by the beauty of Juliet. Overhearing…

Act 2, chorus

Again the Chorus’s speech is in the form of a sonnet.

Act 2, scene 1

Romeo finds himself so in love with Juliet that he cannot leave her. He scales a wall and enters Capulet’s…

Act 2, scene 2

From Capulet’s garden Romeo overhears Juliet express her love for him. When he answers her, they acknowledge their love and…

Act 2, scene 3

Determined to marry Juliet, Romeo hurries to Friar Lawrence. The Friar agrees to marry them, expressing the hope that the…

Act 2, scene 4

Mercutio and Benvolio meet the newly enthusiastic Romeo in the street. Romeo defeats Mercutio in a battle of wits. The…

Act 2, scene 5

Juliet waits impatiently for the Nurse to return. Her impatience grows when the Nurse, having returned, is slow to deliver…

Act 2, scene 6

Juliet meets Romeo at Friar Lawrence’s cell. After expressing their mutual love, they exit with the Friar to be married.

Act 3, scene 1

Mercutio and Benvolio encounter Tybalt on the street. As soon as Romeo arrives, Tybalt tries to provoke him to fight….

Act 3, scene 2

Juliet longs for Romeo to come to her. The Nurse arrives with the news that Romeo has killed Tybalt and…

Act 3, scene 3

Friar Lawrence tells Romeo that his punishment for killing Tybalt is banishment, not death. Romeo responds that death is preferable…

Act 3, scene 4

Paris again approaches Capulet about marrying Juliet. Capulet, saying that Juliet will do as she is told, promises Paris that…

Act 3, scene 5

Romeo and Juliet separate at the first light of day. Almost immediately her mother comes to announce that Juliet must…

Act 4, scene 1

Paris is talking with Friar Lawrence about the coming wedding when Juliet arrives. After Paris leaves, she threatens suicide if…

Act 4, scene 2

Capulet energetically directs preparations for the wedding. When Juliet returns from Friar Lawrence and pretends to have learned obedience, Capulet…

Act 4, scene 3

Juliet sends the Nurse away for the night. After facing her terror at the prospect of awaking in her family’s…

Act 4, scene 4

The Capulets and the Nurse stay up all night to get ready for the wedding. Capulet, hearing Paris approach with…

Act 4, scene 5

The Nurse finds Juliet in the deathlike trance caused by the Friar’s potion and announces Juliet’s death. Juliet’s parents and…

Act 5, scene 1

Romeo’s man, Balthasar, arrives in Mantua with news of Juliet’s death. Romeo sends him to hire horses for their immediate…

Act 5, scene 2

Friar John enters, bringing with him the letter that he was to have delivered to Romeo. He tells why he…

Act 5, scene 3

Paris visits Juliet’s tomb and, when Romeo arrives, challenges him. Romeo and Paris fight and Paris is killed. Romeo, in…

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Scene 5

NURSE, approaching the bed 
 Mistress! What, mistress! Juliet!—Fast, I warrant
 her, she—
 Why, lamb, why, lady! Fie, you slugabed!
 Why, love, I say! Madam! Sweetheart! Why, bride!—
5 What, not a word?—You take your pennyworths
 now.
 Sleep for a week, for the next night, I warrant,
 The County Paris hath set up his rest
 That you shall rest but little.—God forgive me,
10 Marry, and amen! How sound is she asleep!
 I needs must wake her.—Madam, madam, madam!
 Ay, let the County take you in your bed,

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 He’ll fright you up, i’ faith.—Will it not be?
She opens the bed’s curtains.
 What, dressed, and in your clothes, and down
15 again?
 I must needs wake you. Lady, lady, lady!—
 Alas, alas! Help, help! My lady’s dead.—
 O, weraday, that ever I was born!—
 Some aqua vitae, ho!—My lord! My lady!

Enter Lady Capulet.

LADY CAPULET 
20 What noise is here?
NURSE  O lamentable day!
LADY CAPULET 
 What is the matter?
NURSE  Look, look!—O heavy day!
LADY CAPULET 
 O me! O me! My child, my only life,
25 Revive, look up, or I will die with thee.
 Help, help! Call help.

Enter Capulet.

CAPULET 
 For shame, bring Juliet forth. Her lord is come.
NURSE 
 She’s dead, deceased. She’s dead, alack the day!
LADY CAPULET 
 Alack the day, she’s dead, she’s dead, she’s dead.
CAPULET 
30 Ha, let me see her! Out, alas, she’s cold.
 Her blood is settled, and her joints are stiff.
 Life and these lips have long been separated.
 Death lies on her like an untimely frost
 Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.
NURSE 
35 O lamentable day!

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LADY CAPULET  O woeful time!
CAPULET 
 Death, that hath ta’en her hence to make me wail,
 Ties up my tongue and will not let me speak.

Enter Friar Lawrence and the County Paris, with
Musicians.


FRIAR LAWRENCE 
 Come, is the bride ready to go to church?
CAPULET 
40 Ready to go, but never to return.—
 O son, the night before thy wedding day
 Hath Death lain with thy wife. There she lies,
 Flower as she was, deflowerèd by him.
 Death is my son-in-law; Death is my heir.
45 My daughter he hath wedded. I will die
 And leave him all. Life, living, all is Death’s.
PARIS 
 Have I thought long to see this morning’s face,
 And doth it give me such a sight as this?
LADY CAPULET 
 Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!
50 Most miserable hour that e’er time saw
 In lasting labor of his pilgrimage!
 But one, poor one, one poor and loving child,
 But one thing to rejoice and solace in,
 And cruel death hath catched it from my sight!
NURSE 
55 O woe, O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
 Most lamentable day, most woeful day
 That ever, ever I did yet behold!
 O day, O day, O day, O hateful day!
 Never was seen so black a day as this!
60 O woeful day, O woeful day!
PARIS 
 Beguiled, divorcèd, wrongèd, spited, slain!

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 Most detestable death, by thee beguiled,
 By cruel, cruel thee quite overthrown!
 O love! O life! Not life, but love in death!
CAPULET 
65 Despised, distressèd, hated, martyred, killed!
 Uncomfortable time, why cam’st thou now
 To murder, murder our solemnity?
 O child! O child! My soul and not my child!
 Dead art thou! Alack, my child is dead,
70 And with my child my joys are burièd.
FRIAR LAWRENCE 
 Peace, ho, for shame! Confusion’s cure lives not
 In these confusions. Heaven and yourself
 Had part in this fair maid. Now heaven hath all,
 And all the better is it for the maid.
75 Your part in her you could not keep from death,
 But heaven keeps his part in eternal life.
 The most you sought was her promotion,
 For ’twas your heaven she should be advanced;
 And weep you now, seeing she is advanced
80 Above the clouds, as high as heaven itself?
 O, in this love you love your child so ill
 That you run mad, seeing that she is well.
 She’s not well married that lives married long,
 But she’s best married that dies married young.
85 Dry up your tears, and stick your rosemary
 On this fair corse, and, as the custom is,
 And in her best array, bear her to church,
 For though fond nature bids us all lament,
 Yet nature’s tears are reason’s merriment.
CAPULET 
90 All things that we ordainèd festival
 Turn from their office to black funeral:
 Our instruments to melancholy bells,
 Our wedding cheer to a sad burial feast,
 Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change,

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95 Our bridal flowers serve for a buried corse,
 And all things change them to the contrary.
FRIAR LAWRENCE 
 Sir, go you in, and, madam, go with him,
 And go, Sir Paris. Everyone prepare
 To follow this fair corse unto her grave.
100 The heavens do lour upon you for some ill.
 Move them no more by crossing their high will.
All but the Nurse and the Musicians exit.
FIRST MUSICIAN 
 Faith, we may put up our pipes and be gone.
NURSE 
 Honest good fellows, ah, put up, put up,
 For, well you know, this is a pitiful case.
FIRST MUSICIAN 
105 Ay, by my troth, the case may be amended.
Nurse exits.

Enter Peter.

PETER Musicians, O musicians, Heart’s ease,
 Heart’s ease. O, an you will have me live, play
 Heart’s ease.
FIRST MUSICIAN Why Heart’s ease?
PETER 110O musicians, because my heart itself plays “My
 heart is full.” O, play me some merry dump to
 comfort me.
FIRST MUSICIAN Not a dump, we. ’Tis no time to play
 now.
PETER 115You will not then?
FIRST MUSICIAN No.
PETER I will then give it you soundly.
FIRST MUSICIAN What will you give us?
PETER No money, on my faith, but the gleek. I will give
120 you the minstrel.
FIRST MUSICIAN Then will I give you the
 serving-creature.

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PETER Then will I lay the serving-creature’s dagger on
 your pate. I will carry no crochets. I’ll re you, I’ll fa
125 you. Do you note me?
FIRST MUSICIAN An you re us and fa us, you note us.
SECOND MUSICIAN Pray you, put up your dagger and
 put out your wit.
PETER Then have at you with my wit. I will dry-beat
130 you with an iron wit, and put up my iron dagger.
 Answer me like men.
Sings. When griping griefs the heart doth wound
 And doleful dumps the mind oppress,
 Then music with her silver sound—

135 Why “silver sound”? Why “music with her silver
 sound”? What say you, Simon Catling?
FIRST MUSICIAN Marry, sir, because silver hath a
 sweet sound.
PETER Prates.—What say you, Hugh Rebeck?
SECOND MUSICIAN 140I say “silver sound” because musicians
 sound for silver.
PETER Prates too.—What say you, James Soundpost?
THIRD MUSICIAN Faith, I know not what to say.
PETER O, I cry you mercy. You are the singer. I will say
145 for you. It is “music with her silver sound” because
 musicians have no gold for sounding:
Sings. Then music with her silver sound
 With speedy help doth lend redress.

He exits.
FIRST MUSICIAN What a pestilent knave is this same!
SECOND MUSICIAN 150Hang him, Jack. Come, we’ll in
 here, tarry for the mourners, and stay dinner.
They exit.