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Act 1, scene 5
Capulet welcomes the disguised Romeo and his friends. Romeo, watching the dance, is caught by the beauty of Juliet. Overhearing Romeo ask about her, Tybalt recognizes his voice and is enraged at the intrusion.
Romeo then meets Juliet, and they fall in love. Not until they are separated do they discover that they belong to enemy houses.Servingmen come forth with napkins.
⌜FIRST⌝ SERVINGMAN 0604 Where’s Potpan that he helps not
0605 to take away? He shift a trencher? He scrape a
⌜SECOND⌝ SERVINGMAN 0607 When good manners shall lie
0608 5 all in one or two men’s hands, and they unwashed
0609 too, ’tis a foul thing.
⌜FIRST⌝ SERVINGMAN 0610 Away with the joint stools, remove
0611 the court cupboard, look to the plate.—
0612 Good thou, save me a piece of marchpane, and, as
0613 10 thou loves me, let the porter let in Susan Grindstone
0614 and Nell.—Anthony and Potpan!
⌜THIRD⌝ SERVINGMAN 0615 Ay, boy, ready.
⌜FIRST⌝ SERVINGMAN 0616 You are looked for and called for,
0617 asked for and sought for, in the great chamber.
⌜THIRD⌝ SERVINGMAN 0618 15We cannot be here and there too.
0619 Cheerly, boys! Be brisk awhile, and the longer liver
0620 take all.⌜They move aside.⌝
Enter ⌜Capulet and his household,⌝ all the guests and
gentlewomen to ⌜Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio, and⌝ the
0621 Welcome, gentlemen. Ladies that have their toes
0622 Unplagued with corns will walk ⌜a bout⌝ with
0623 20 you.—
0624 Ah, my mistresses, which of you all
0625 Will now deny to dance? She that makes dainty,
0626 She, I’ll swear, hath corns. Am I come near you
0628 25 Welcome, gentlemen. I have seen the day
0629 That I have worn a visor and could tell
0630 A whispering tale in a fair lady’s ear,
0631 Such as would please. ’Tis gone, ’tis gone, ’tis gone.
p. 530632 You are welcome, gentlemen.—Come, musicians,
0633 30 play.Music plays and they dance.
0634 A hall, a hall, give room!—And foot it, girls.—
0635 More light, you knaves, and turn the tables up,
0636 And quench the fire; the room is grown too hot.—
0637 Ah, sirrah, this unlooked-for sport comes well.—
0638 35 Nay, sit, nay, sit, good cousin Capulet,
0639 For you and I are past our dancing days.
0640 How long is ’t now since last yourself and I
0641 Were in a mask?
CAPULET’S COUSIN 0642 By ’r Lady, thirty years.
0643 40 What, man, ’tis not so much, ’tis not so much.
0644 ’Tis since the nuptial of ⌜Lucentio,⌝
0645 Come Pentecost as quickly as it will,
0646 Some five and twenty years, and then we masked.
0647 ’Tis more, ’tis more. His son is elder, sir.
0648 45 His son is thirty.
CAPULET 0649 Will you tell me that?
0650 His son was but a ward two years ago.
ROMEO, ⌜to a Servingman⌝
0651 What lady’s that which doth enrich the hand
0652 Of yonder knight?
SERVINGMAN 0653 50I know not, sir.
0654 O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
0655 It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
0656 As a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear—
0657 Beauty too rich for use, for Earth too dear.
0658 55 So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows
0659 As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows.
0660 The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand
0661 And, touching hers, make blessèd my rude hand.
0662 Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight,
0663 60 For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.
0664 This, by his voice, should be a Montague.—
0665 Fetch me my rapier, boy.⌜Page exits.⌝
0666 What, dares the slave
0667 Come hither covered with an antic face
0668 65 To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?
0669 Now, by the stock and honor of my kin,
0670 To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.
0671 Why, how now, kinsman? Wherefore storm you so?
0672 Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe,
0673 70 A villain that is hither come in spite
0674 To scorn at our solemnity this night.
0675 Young Romeo is it?
TYBALT 0676 ’Tis he, that villain Romeo.
0677 Content thee, gentle coz. Let him alone.
0678 75 He bears him like a portly gentleman,
0679 And, to say truth, Verona brags of him
0680 To be a virtuous and well-governed youth.
0681 I would not for the wealth of all this town
0682 Here in my house do him disparagement.
0683 80 Therefore be patient. Take no note of him.
0684 It is my will, the which if thou respect,
0685 Show a fair presence and put off these frowns,
0686 An ill-beseeming semblance for a feast.
0687 It fits when such a villain is a guest.
0688 85 I’ll not endure him.
CAPULET 0689 He shall be endured.
0690 What, goodman boy? I say he shall. Go to.
0691 Am I the master here or you? Go to.
0692 You’ll not endure him! God shall mend my soul,
p. 570693 90 You’ll make a mutiny among my guests,
0694 You will set cock-a-hoop, you’ll be the man!
0695 Why, uncle, ’tis a shame.
CAPULET 0696 Go to, go to.
0697 You are a saucy boy. Is ’t so indeed?
0698 95 This trick may chance to scathe you. I know what.
0699 You must contrary me. Marry, ’tis time—
0700 Well said, my hearts.—You are a princox, go.
0701 Be quiet, or—More light, more light!—for shame,
0702 I’ll make you quiet.—What, cheerly, my hearts!
0703 100 Patience perforce with willful choler meeting
0704 Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting.
0705 I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall,
0706 Now seeming sweet, convert to bitt’rest gall.
ROMEO, ⌜taking Juliet’s hand⌝
0707 If I profane with my unworthiest hand
0708 105 This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:
0709 My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
0710 To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
0711 Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,
0712 Which mannerly devotion shows in this;
0713 110 For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch,
0714 And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.
0715 Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?
0716 Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.
0717 O then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do.
0718 115 They pray: grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.
0719 Saints do not move, though grant for prayers’ sake.
0720 Then move not while my prayer’s effect I take.
⌜He kisses her.⌝
0721 Thus from my lips, by thine, my sin is purged.
0722 Then have my lips the sin that they have took.
0723 120 Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged!
0724 Give me my sin again.⌜He kisses her.⌝
JULIET 0725 You kiss by th’ book.
0726 Madam, your mother craves a word with you.
⌜Juliet moves toward her mother.⌝
0727 What is her mother?
NURSE 0728 125 Marry, bachelor,
0729 Her mother is the lady of the house,
0730 And a good lady, and a wise and virtuous.
0731 I nursed her daughter that you talked withal.
0732 I tell you, he that can lay hold of her
0733 130 Shall have the chinks.⌜Nurse moves away.⌝
ROMEO, ⌜aside⌝ 0734 Is she a Capulet?
0735 O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt.
0736 Away, begone. The sport is at the best.
0737 Ay, so I fear. The more is my unrest.
0738 135 Nay, gentlemen, prepare not to be gone.
0739 We have a trifling foolish banquet towards.—
0740 Is it e’en so? Why then, I thank you all.
0741 I thank you, honest gentlemen. Good night.—
0742 More torches here.—Come on then, let’s to bed.—
0743 140 Ah, sirrah, by my fay, it waxes late.
0744 I’ll to my rest.
⌜All but Juliet and the Nurse begin to exit.⌝
0745 Come hither, nurse. What is yond gentleman?
0746 The son and heir of old Tiberio.
0747 What’s he that now is going out of door?
0748 145 Marry, that, I think, be young Petruchio.
0749 What’s he that follows here, that would not dance?
NURSE 0750 I know not.
0751 Go ask his name. ⌜The Nurse goes.⌝ If he be marrièd,
0752 My grave is like to be my wedding bed.
0753 150 His name is Romeo, and a Montague,
0754 The only son of your great enemy.
0755 My only love sprung from my only hate!
0756 Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
0757 Prodigious birth of love it is to me
0758 155 That I must love a loathèd enemy.
0759 What’s this? What’s this?
JULIET 0760 A rhyme I learned even now
0761 Of one I danced withal.
One calls within “Juliet.”
NURSE 0762 Anon, anon.
0763 160 Come, let’s away. The strangers all are gone.