Romeo and Juliet


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Chorus


CHORUS

Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie,

And young affection gapes to be his heir.
affection (n.) 3 desire, passion, lustful feeling
gape (v.) long, be eager, yearn

That fair for which love groaned for and would die,
fair (n.) 1 fair face, beauty

With tender Juliet matched, is now not fair.

Now Romeo is beloved and loves again,

Alike bewitched by the charm of looks.
charm (n.) 1 magic spell, enchantment

But to his foe supposed he must complain,
complain (v.) lament, bewail, bemoan

And she steal love's sweet bait from fearful hooks.
fearful (adj.) 1 timid, timorous, frightened, full of fear

Being held a foe, he may not have access

To breathe such vows as lovers use to swear,
breathe (v.) 1 speak, utter, talk
use (v.) 1 be accustomed, make a habit [of]

And she as much in love, her means much less

To meet her new beloved anywhere.

But passion lends them power, time means, to meet,

Tempering extremities with extreme sweet.
extremity (n.) 3 utmost severity, extreme intensity, hardship
sweet (n.) 1 sweetness, pleasure, delight
temper (v.) 5 moderate, soften, tone down

Exit

 
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