Jill L. Levenson (ed.), The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Critical Apparatus Enter Friar ⌈Laurence⌉Link 1
friar laurence The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night,
pg 384 Link 2Check'ring the eastern clouds with streaks of light;
Link 3And fleckèd darkness like a drunkard reels
4From forth day's path and Titan's fiery wheels.
5Now ere the sun advance his burning eye,
6The world to cheer and night's dark dew to dry,
Link 7We must upfill this osier cage of ours
Link 8With baleful weeds and precious-juicèd flowers.
9O mickle is the powerful grace that lies
10In herbs, plants, stones, and their true qualities;
11For naught so vile that vile on earth doth live,
12But to the earth some special good doth give;
Link 13Nor naught so good but, strained from that fair use,
14Revolts to vice and stumbles on abuse.
Link 15Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,
16And vice sometimes by action dignified.Enter Romeo
Link 17Within the infant rind of this small flower
Link 18Poison hath residence and medicine power:
Critical Apparatus19For this, being smelt to, with that part cheers each part;
20Being tasted, slays all senses with the heart.
Link 21Two such opposèd foes encamp them still
22In man as well as herbs, grace and rude will;
Link 23And where the worser is predominant,
24Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.25
romeo Good morrow to my ghostly confessor.26
friar laurence Benedicite! What early tongue so soon saluteth me?
27Young son, it argues a distempered head
28So soon to bid good morrow to thy bed.
Link 29Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye,
30And where care lodgeth, sleep can never lie;
Link 31But where unbruisèd youth with unstuffed brains
32Doth couch his limbs, there golden sleep remains.
Link 33Therefore thy earliness doth me assure
Link 34Thou art uproused by some distemperature;
35Or if not so, then here I hit it right,
36Our Romeo hath not been abed tonight.37
romeo The last was true; the sweeter rest was mine.38
friar laurence God pardon sin! Wert thou with Rosaline?pg 385 39
romeo With Rosaline, my ghostly father? No,
40I have forgot that name and that name's woe.Link 41
friar laurence That's my good son; but where hast thou been then?42
romeo I'll tell thee ere thou ask it me again.
Critical Apparatus43I have been feasting with mine enemy,
44Where on the sudden one hath wounded me
45That's by me wounded. Both our remedies
46Within thy help and holy physic lies.
47I bear no hatred, blessèd man, for lo,
Link 48My intercession likewise steads my foe.49
friar laurence Be plain, my son, and homely in thy drift;
Link 50Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift.51
romeo Then plainly know my heart's dear love is set
52On the fair daughter of rich Capulet.
Link 53As mine on hers, so hers likewise on mine,
54And all combined, save what thou must combine
55By holy marriage. Where and when and how
56We met, we wooed, and made exchange of vows,
57I'll tell thee as I pass; but this I pray,
58That thou consent to marry us today.59
friar laurence Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here!
Link 60Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear,
61So soon forsook? Lo, young men's love then lies
62Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.
Link 63Jesu Maria, what a deal of brine
Link 64Hath washed thy sallow cheeks for Rosaline!
Link 65How much salt water cast away in waste
Link 66To season love, that of love doth not taste.
67The sun not yet thy sighs from heaven clears,
68Thy old groans ring yet in my ancient ears;
Link 69And lo, upon thy cheek the stain doth sit
70Of an old tear that is not washed off yet.
71If ever thou wert thus, and these woes thine,
72Thou and these woes were all for Rosaline.
73And art thou changed? Pronounce this sentence then:
74Women may fall when there's no strength in men.pg 386 75
romeo Thou chid'st me oft for loving Rosaline.Link 76
friar laurence For doting, not for loving, pupil mine.77
romeo And bad' st me bury love.
friar laurence Not in a grave,
78To lay one in, another out to have.79
romeo I pray thee, chide not. She whom I love now
80Doth grace for grace and love for love allow;
81The other did not so.