Act I, Scene 2 A street.

Enter CAPULET, PARIS, and Servant

 

CAPULET But Montague is bound as well as I,
In penalty alike; and 'tis not hard, I think,
For men so old as we to keep the peace.
PARIS Of honourable reckoning are you both;
And pity 'tis you lived at odds so long.
But now, my lord, what say you to my suit?
CAPULET But saying o'er what I have said before:
My child is yet a stranger in the world;
She hath not seen the change of fourteen years,
Let two more summers wither in their pride,
Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.
PARIS Younger than she are happy mothers made.
CAPULET And too soon marr'd are those so early made.
The earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she,
She is the hopeful lady of my earth:
But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart,
My will to her consent is but a part;
An she agree, within her scope of choice
Lies my consent and fair according voice.
This night I hold an old accustom'd feast,
Whereto I have invited many a guest,
Such as I love; and you, among the store,
One more, most welcome, makes my number more.
At my poor house look to behold this night
Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light:
Such comfort as do lusty young men feel
When well-apparell'd April on the heel
Of limping winter treads, even such delight
Among fresh female buds shall you this night
Inherit at my house; hear all, all see,
And like her most whose merit most shall be:
Which on more view, of many mine being one
May stand in number, though in reckoning none,
Come, go with me.
[To Servant, giving a paper]
  Go, sirrah, trudge about
Through fair Verona; find those persons out
Whose names are written there, and to them say,
My house and welcome on their pleasure stay.
[Exeunt CAPULET and PARIS]
Servant Find them out whose names are written here! It is
written, that the shoemaker should meddle with his
yard, and the tailor with his last, the fisher with
his pencil, and the painter with his nets; but I am
sent to find those persons whose names are here
writ, and can never find what names the writing
person hath here writ. I must to the learned.--In good time.
[Enter BENVOLIO and ROMEO]
BENVOLIO Tut, man, one fire burns out another's burning,
One pain is lessen'd by another's anguish;
Turn giddy, and be holp by backward turning;
One desperate grief cures with another's languish:
Take thou some new infection to thy eye,
And the rank poison of the old will die.
ROMEO Your plaintain-leaf is excellent for that.
BENVOLIO For what, I pray thee?
ROMEO For your broken shin.
BENVOLIO Why, Romeo, art thou mad?
ROMEO Not mad, but bound more than a mad-man is;
Shut up in prison, kept without my food,
Whipp'd and tormented and--God-den, good fellow.
Servant God gi' god-den. I pray, sir, can you read?
ROMEO Ay, mine own fortune in my misery.
Servant Perhaps you have learned it without book: but, I
pray, can you read any thing you see?
ROMEO Ay, if I know the letters and the language.
Servant Ye say honestly: rest you merry!
ROMEO Stay, fellow; I can read.
[Reads]
  'Signior Martino and his wife and daughters;
County Anselme and his beauteous sisters; the lady
widow of Vitravio; Signior Placentio and his lovely
nieces; Mercutio and his brother Valentine; mine
uncle Capulet, his wife and daughters; my fair niece
Rosaline; Livia; Signior Valentio and his cousin
Tybalt, Lucio and the lively Helena.' A fair
assembly: whither should they come?
Servant Up.
ROMEO Whither?
Servant To supper; to our house.
ROMEO Whose house?
Servant My master's.
ROMEO Indeed, I should have ask'd you that before.
Servant Now I'll tell you without asking: my master is the
great rich Capulet; and if you be not of the house
of Montagues, I pray, come and crush a cup of wine.
Rest you merry!
[Exit]
BENVOLIO At this same ancient feast of Capulet's
Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so lovest,
With all the admired beauties of Verona:
Go thither; and, with unattainted eye,
Compare her face with some that I shall show,
And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.
ROMEO When the devout religion of mine eye
Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to fires;
And these, who often drown'd could never die,
Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars!
One fairer than my love! the all-seeing sun
Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun.
BENVOLIO Tut, you saw her fair, none else being by,
Herself poised with herself in either eye:
But in that crystal scales let there be weigh'd
Your lady's love against some other maid
That I will show you shining at this feast,
And she shall scant show well that now shows best.
ROMEO I'll go along, no such sight to be shown,
But to rejoice in splendor of mine own.
[Exeunt]

 

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Full Text Act II, Scene 5 Capulet's orchard./Act II, Scene 6 Friar Laurence's cell.
Act I, Scene 1 Verona. A public place. Act III, Scene 1 A public place.
Act I, Scene 2 A street. Act III, Scene 2 Capulet's orchard.
Act I, Scene 3 A room in Capulet's house. Act III, Scene 3 Friar Laurence's cell.
Act I, Scene 4 A street. Act III, Scene 4 A room in Capulet's house./Act III, Scene 5 Capulet's orchard
Act I, Scene 5 A hall in Capulet's house. Act IV, Scene 1 Friar Laurence's cell.
Act II, Scene 1 A lane by the wall of Capulet's house. Act IV, Scene 2 Hall in Capulet's house./Act IV, Scene 3 Juliet's Chamber
Act II, Scene 2 Capulet's orchard. Act IV, Scene 4 Hall in Capulet's house./Act IV, Scene 5 Juliet's Chamber.
Act II, Scene 3 Friar Laurence's cell. Act V, Scene 1 Mantua. A street.
Act II, Scene 4 A street. Act V, Scene 2 Friar Laurence's cell./ Act V, Scene 3 A churchyard. in it a tomb belonging  to the Capulet's

 

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