Romeo and Juliet


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Friar Laurence and Romeo


FRIAR

So smile the heavens upon this holy act,

That after-hours with sorrow chide us not!
after-hours (n.) subsequent time, later moments
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove See Topics: Frequency count


ROMEO

Amen, amen! But come what sorrow can,

It cannot countervail the exchange of joy
countervail (v.) counterbalance, match, be equal to

That one short minute gives me in her sight.

Do thou but close our hands with holy words,
close (v.) 6 join, clasp

Then love-devouring death do what he dare –

It is enough I may but call her mine.


FRIAR

These violent delights have violent ends

And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
powder (n.) gunpowder
triumph (n.) 4 high point, joy of the moment

Which as they kiss consume. The sweetest honey

Is loathsome in his own deliciousness

And in the taste confounds the appetite.
confound (v.) 1 destroy, overthrow, ruin

Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so.

Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.

Enter Juliet somewhat fast. She embraces Romeo

Here comes the lady. O, so light a foot

Will ne'er wear out the everlasting flint.

A lover may bestride the gossamers
gossamer (n.) fine thread of a spider's web

That idles in the wanton summer air,
wanton (adj.) 2 casual, gentle

And yet not fall. So light is vanity.
light (adj.) 5 [of counterfeit coins] of less weight, worthless, cheap
vanity (n.) 1 worthlessness, futility, unprofitable way of life


JULIET

Good even to my ghostly confessor.
even (n.) 1 evening See Topics: Greetings
ghostly (adj.) spiritual, holy


FRIAR

Romeo shall thank thee, daughter, for us both.


JULIET

As much to him, else is his thanks too much.


ROMEO

Ah, Juliet, if the measure of thy joy

Be heaped like mine, and that thy skill be more

To blazon it, then sweeten with thy breath
blazon (v.) proclaim, display [as in a coat of arms]
breath (n.) 1 utterance, speech, voice

This neighbour air, and let rich music's tongue

Unfold the imagined happiness that both

Receive in either by this dear encounter.


JULIET

Conceit, more rich in matter than in words,
conceit (n.) 1 imagination, fancy, wit
matter (n.) 1 subject-matter, content, substance

Brags of his substance, not of ornament.

They are but beggars that can count their worth.
worth (n.) 2 means, resources, wherewithal

But my true love is grown to such excess

I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth.


FRIAR

Come, come with me, and we will make short work.

For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone

Till Holy Church incorporate two in one.
incorporate (v.) make one body [of], unite

Exeunt

 
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