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Romeo and Juliet - Act 2, scene 6
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Act 2, scene 6
Juliet meets Romeo at Friar Lawrence’s cell. After expressing their mutual love, they exit with the Friar to be married.Enter Friar ⌜Lawrence⌝ and Romeo.
1432 So smile the heavens upon this holy act
1433 That after-hours with sorrow chide us not.
1434 Amen, amen. But come what sorrow can,
1435 It cannot countervail the exchange of joy
1436 5 That one short minute gives me in her sight.
1437 Do thou but close our hands with holy words,
1438 Then love-devouring death do what he dare,
1439 It is enough I may but call her mine.
1440 These violent delights have violent ends
p. 1111441 10 And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
1442 Which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honey
1443 Is loathsome in his own deliciousness
1444 And in the taste confounds the appetite.
1445 Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so.
1446 15 Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.
1447 Here comes the lady. O, so light a foot
1448 Will ne’er wear out the everlasting flint.
1449 A lover may bestride the gossamers
1450 That idles in the wanton summer air,
1451 20 And yet not fall, so light is vanity.
1452 Good even to my ghostly confessor.
1453 Romeo shall thank thee, daughter, for us both.
1454 As much to him, else is his thanks too much.
1455 Ah, Juliet, if the measure of thy joy
1456 25 Be heaped like mine, and that thy skill be more
1457 To blazon it, then sweeten with thy breath
1458 This neighbor air, and let rich ⌜music’s⌝ tongue
1459 Unfold the imagined happiness that both
1460 Receive in either by this dear encounter.
1461 30 Conceit, more rich in matter than in words,
1462 Brags of his substance, not of ornament.
1463 They are but beggars that can count their worth,
1464 But my true love is grown to such excess
1465 I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth.
1466 35 Come, come with me, and we will make short work,
1467 For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone
1468 Till Holy Church incorporate two in one.