Romeo and Juliet


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
They march about the stage; and Servingmen come

forth with napkins


Where's Potpan, that he helps not

to take away? He shift a trencher? He scrape a trencher!
trencher (n.) plate, platter, serving dish


When good manners shall lie all

in one or two men's hands, and they unwashed too, 'tis

a foul thing.


Away with the joint-stools; remove
joint-stool, join-stool, joined-stool (n.) well-made stool [by a joiner] [also used in phrases of ridicule]

the court-cupboard; look to the plate. Good thou, save
court-cupboard (n.) sideboard, cabinet
plate (n.) 1 special tableware, household utensils of value

me a piece of marchpane; and, as thou loves me, let the
marchpane (n.) marzipan

porter let in Susan Grindstone and Nell.

Exit Second Servingmen

Anthony, and Potpan!

Enter two more Servingmen


Ay, boy, ready.


You are looked for and called for,

asked for and sought for, in the Great Chamber.


We cannot be here and there too.

Cheerly, boys! Be brisk a while, and the longer liver
cheerly (adv.) 2 [cry of encouragement] heartily, with a will

take all.

Exeunt Third and Fourth Servingmen

Enter Capulet, his wife, Juliet, Tybalt, Nurse, and all

the guests and gentlewomen to the maskers


Welcome, gentlemen! Ladies that have their toes

Unplagued with corns will walk a bout with you.
bout (n.) 2 round, turn of the floor, division of a dance

Ah, my mistresses, which of you all

Will now deny to dance? She that makes dainty,
dainty (n.) 4 fastidious hesitation, prim response
deny (v.) 2 refuse, decline, scorn

She, I'll swear, hath corns. Am I come near ye now?
come near (v.) 2 begin to understand, start to appreciate

Welcome, gentlemen! I have seen the day

That I have worn a visor and could tell

A whispering tale in a fair lady's ear,

Such as would please. 'Tis gone, 'tis gone, 'tis gone!

You are welcome, gentlemen! Come, musicians, play.

Music plays, and they dance
foot it dance away, tread lively

A hall, a hall! Give room! and foot it, girls.

More light, you knaves! and turn the tables up;
knave (n.) 2 servant, menial, lackey

And quench the fire, the room is grown too hot.

Ah, sirrah, this unlooked-for sport comes well.
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count
unlooked-for (adj.) 1 unexpected, unanticipated, unforeseen

Nay, sit, nay, sit, good cousin Capulet,

For you and I are past our dancing days.

How long is't now since last yourself and I

Were in a mask?


                         By'r Lady, thirty years.


What, man? 'Tis not so much, 'tis not so much.

'Tis since the nuptial of Lucentio,

Come Pentecost as quickly as it will,

Some five-and-twenty years; and then we masked.
mask (v.) take part in a masque


'Tis more, 'tis more. His son is elder, sir.

His son is thirty.


                         Will you tell me that?

His son was but a ward two years ago.
ward (n.) 5 person under someone's protection, minor


(to Servingman)

What lady's that, which doth enrich the hand

Of yonder knight?


                         I know not, sir.


O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!

It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night

Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear –
Ethiop, Ethiope (adj./n.) Ethiopian, African, person with a dark countenance See Topics: World [outside Britain], places and peoples

Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!

So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows
show (v.) appear, look [like], present [as]
troop with (v.) go along with, be associated with, accompany

As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
fellow (n.) 1 companion, associate

The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand
measure (n.) 8 slow stately dance, graceful movement
stand (n.) 3 stop, pause, standing still

And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.
rude (adj.) 7 amateurish, inexpert, lacking polish

Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 3 deny, repudiate, refuse to admit See Topics: Frequency count

For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.


This, by his voice, should be a Montague.

Fetch me my rapier, boy. What, dares the slave

Come hither, covered with an antic face,
antic, antick(e), antique (adj.) 1 fantastic, bizarre, weird

To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?
fleer (v.) jeer, grin scornfully, laugh mockingly
scorn (v.) 1 mock, jeer, express disdain [at]
solemnity (n.) 1 celebration, jubilation, festivity

Now, by the stock and honour of my kin,
stock (n.) 1 tree, family-tree, ancestry

To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.


Why, how now, kinsman? Wherefore storm you so?


Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe.

A villain, that is hither come in spite
spite (n.) 2 malice, ill-will, hatred

To scorn at our solemnity this night.


Young Romeo is it?


                         'Tis he, that villain Romeo.


Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone.
content (v.) 2 calm [down], settle, relax
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

'A bears him like a portly gentleman.
portly (adj.) stately, majestic, dignified

And, to say truth, Verona brags of him
brag (v.) talk with pride [about], sound off [about]

To be a virtuous and well-governed youth.

I would not for the wealth of all this town

Here in my house do him disparagement.
disparagement (n.) disgrace, dishonour, discredit

Therefore be patient; take no note of him.

It is my will, the which if thou respect,

Show a fair presence and put off these frowns,

An ill-beseeming semblance for a feast.
ill-beseeming (adj.) unseemly, inappropriate, unbecoming
semblance (n.) 1 appearance, outward show


It fits when such a villain is a guest.
fit (v.) 1 suit, befit, be suitable [for]

I'll not endure him.


                         He shall be endured.

What, goodman boy! I say he shall. Go to!
goodman (adj.) 1 title for a person under the rank of gentleman, yeoman See Topics: Address forms

Am I the master here, or you? Go to!

You'll not endure him! God shall mend my soul!

You'll make a mutiny among my guests!
mutiny (n.) 1 riot, civil disturbance, state of discord

You will set cock-a-hoop! You'll be the man!
cock-a-hoop, set [unclear meaning] abandon all restraint, put everything into disorder


Why, uncle, 'tis a shame.


                         Go to, go to!

You are a saucy boy. Is't so, indeed?
saucy (adj.) 1 insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant

This trick may chance to scathe you. I know what.
scath, scathe (v.) hurt, harm, injure

You must contrary me! Marry, 'tis time –
contrary (v.) contradict, gainsay, oppose

Well said, my hearts! – You are a princox, go!
heart (n.) 6 (plural) grand-hearted lads, fine companions
princox (n.) conceited young fellow, impertinent youth
said, well well done

Be quiet, or – More light, more light! – For shame!

I'll make you quiet, what! – Cheerly, my hearts!
cheerly (adv.) 2 [cry of encouragement] heartily, with a will


Patience perforce with wilful choler meeting
choler (n.) anger, rage, wrath
perforce (adv.) 2 of necessity, with no choice in the matter See Topics: Frequency count

Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting.

I will withdraw. But this intrusion shall,

Now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall.
convert (v.) change, transform, alter
gall (n.) 2 bitterness, spitefulness, vindictiveness

Exit Tybalt


If I profane with my unworthiest hand

This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this.
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind

My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand

To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.


Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,

Which mannerly devotion shows in this.
mannerly (adj.) 2 seemly, decent, modest

For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch,

And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.
palmer (n.) pilgrim


Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?
palmer (n.) pilgrim


Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.


O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do!

They pray: grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.


Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake.


Then move not while my prayer's effect I take.

He kisses her
purge (v.) 2 expel, get rid of, flush out

Thus from my lips, by thine my sin is purged.


Then have my lips the sin that they have took.


Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged!
urge (v.) 5 state formally, present, propose

Give me my sin again.

He kisses her
book, by the expertly, as if following a manual


                         You kiss by th' book.


Madam, your mother craves a word with you.
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count


What is her mother?
bachelor (n.) 2 young man


                         Marry, bachelor,

Her mother is the lady of the house,

And a good lady, and a wise and virtuous.

I nursed her daughter that you talked withal.

I tell you, he that can lay hold of her

Shall have the chinks.
chinks (n.) money-bags, ready money


                         Is she a Capulet?

O dear account! My life is my foe's debt.
account, accompt (n.) 1 reckoning, judgement [especially by God]
dear (adj.) 1 dire, grievous, hard


Away, be gone;. The sport is at the best.
best (adj.) 2 at the highest point, in the best state
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count


Ay, so I fear. The more is my unrest.
unrest (n.) uneasiness, anxiety, apprehension


Nay, gentlemen, prepare not to be gone.

We have a trifling foolish banquet towards.
banquet, banket (n.) 1 refreshments, light meal, dessert
towards (adv.) at hand, approaching, imminent

They whisper in his ear

Is it e'en so? Why then, I thank you all.

I thank you, honest gentlemen. Good night.
honest (adj.) 2 honourable, respectable, upright

More torches here! Come on then, let's to bed.

Ah, sirrah, by my fay, it waxes late.
wax (v.) 1 grow, become, turn

I'll to my rest.

Exeunt all but Juliet and Nurse


Come hither, Nurse. What is yond gentleman?


The son and heir of old Tiberio.


What's he that now is going out of door?


Marry, that, I think, be young Petruchio.


What's he that follows here, that would not dance?


I know not.


Go ask his name. – If he be married,

My grave is like to be my wedding bed.
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count


His name is Romeo, and a Montague,

The only son of your great enemy.


My only love, sprung from my only hate!

Too early seen unknown, and known too late!

Prodigious birth of love it is to me
prodigious (adj.) 2 abnormal, monstrous, unnatural

That I must love a loathed enemy.


What's this, what's this?


                         A rhyme I learnt even now

Of one I danced withal.

One calls within: ‘ Juliet ’
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count


                         Anon, anon!

Come, let's away. The strangers all are gone.


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