Jill L. Levenson (ed.), The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Enter Romeo aloneEditor’s Note1
romeo Can I go forward when my heart is here?
pg 203Editor’s Note2Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus⌈He turns back, withdrawing.⌉ Enter Benvolio with MercutioEditor’s Note4
mercutio He is wise and, on my life, hath stol'n him home
5to bed.Editor’s Note6
benvolio He ran this way and leapt this orchard wall.pg 204
⌈mercutio⌉ Nay, I'll conjure too.
Editor’s Note8Romeo! Humours! Madman! Passion! Lover!
Editor’s Note9Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh;
Critical Apparatus10Speak but one rhyme and I am satisfied.
Editor’s Note12Speak to my gossip Venus one fair word,
Editor’s Note17The ape is dead, and I must conjure him.
Editor’s Note18I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes,
19By her high forehead and her scarlet lip,
Editor’s Note20By her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering thigh,
Editor’s Note21And the demesnes that there adjacent lie,
Editor’s Note22That in thy likeness thou appear to us.Editor’s Note23
benvolio An if he hear thee, thou wilt anger him.24
mercutio This cannot anger him. 'Twould anger him
Editor’s Note25To raise a spirit in his mistress' circle
Editor’s Note26Of some strange nature, letting it there stand
Editor’s Note27Till she had laid it and conjured it down:pg 206
Editor’s Note28That were some spite. My invocation
Editor’s Note29Is fair and honest, in his mistress' name;
Editor’s Note30I conjure only but to raise up him.Editor’s Note31
benvolio Come, he hath hid himself among these trees
Editor’s Note32To be consorted with the humorous night.
Editor’s Note33Blind is his love, and best befits the dark.Editor’s Note34
mercutio If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.
Editor’s Note35Now will he sit under a medlar tree
36And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit
37As maids call medlars when they laugh alone.
Editor’s Note38O Romeo, that she were, O that she were
Editor’s Note40Romeo, good night. I'll to my truckle-bed;pg 207
41This field-bed is too cold for me to sleep.
Editor’s Note42Come, shall we go?
benvolio Go then, for 'tis in vain
43To seek him here that means not to be found.Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus Exeunt Benvolio and Mercutio Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus ⌈Romeo comes forward, Juliet entering above⌉Editor’s Note44
romeo He jests at scars that never felt a wound—
45But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
Editor’s Note46It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
47Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Editor’s Note48Who is already sick and pale with griefpg 208
Editor’s Note49That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
50Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Editor’s Note52And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off.
Editor’s Note53It is my lady, O it is my love,
54O that she knew she were!
Editor’s Note55She speaks, yet she says nothing. What of that?
Editor’s Note56Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
57I am too bold; 'tis not to me she speaks.
58Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Editor’s Note60To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
Editor’s Note61What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
62The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars
Editor’s Note64Would through the airy region stream so bright
65That birds would sing and think it were not night.pg 209
Editor’s Note66See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
67O that I were a glove upon that hand,
Critical Apparatus68That I might touch that cheek!
juliet Ay me.
romeo (aside) She speaks.
Editor’s Note69O speak again, bright angel, for thou art
70As glorious to this night, being o'er my head,
Editor’s Note71As is a wingèd messenger of heaven
Editor’s Note72Unto the white upturnèd wond'ring eyes
73Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him
75And sails upon the bosom of the air.76
juliet O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
77Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
78Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
79And I'll no longer be a Capulet.Critical Apparatus80
romeo (aside) Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?81
juliet 'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Editor’s Note82Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.pg 210
83What's Montague? It is nor hand nor foot,
85Belonging to a man. O be some other name!
Critical Apparatus88So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,
Editor’s Note89Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Link 90Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
91And for thy name, which is no part of thee,
romeo I take thee at thy word.
93Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized:
94Henceforth I never will be Romeo.Editor’s Note95
juliet What man art thou that, thus bescreened in night,
Editor’s Note96So stumblest on my counsel?
romeo By a name
97I know not how to tell thee who I am.
Editor’s Note98My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself,pg 211
99Because it is an enemy to thee.
100Had I it written, I would tear the word.Editor’s Note101
juliet My ears have yet not drunk a hundred words
102Of thy tongue's uttering, yet I know the sound.
103Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague?Editor’s Note104
romeo Neither, fair maid, if either thee dislike.Editor’s Note105
juliet How camest thou hither, tell me, and wherefore?
106The orchard walls are high and hard to climb,
107And the place death, considering who thou art,
Critical Apparatus108If any of my kinsmen find thee here.Editor’s Note109
romeo With love's light wings did I o'erperch these walls,
110For stony limits cannot hold love out,
111And what love can do, that dares love attempt:
Editor’s Note112Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me.Editor’s Note113
juliet If they do see thee, they will murder thee.Editor’s Note114
romeo Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
115Than twenty of their swords. Look thou but sweet,
Editor’s Note116And I am proof against their enmity.117
juliet I would not for the world they saw thee here.Editor’s Note118
romeo I have night's cloak to hide me from their eyes,
Editor’s Note119And but thou love me, let them find me here.pg 212
Editor’s Note120My life were better ended by their hate
Editor’s Note121Than death proroguèd, wanting of thy love.122
juliet By whose direction found'st thou out this place?123
romeo By love, that first did prompt me to inquire:
124He lent me counsel, and I lent him eyes.
Editor’s Note125I am no pilot, yet wert thou as far
Editor’s Note127I should adventure for such merchandise.128
juliet Thou knowest the mask of night is on my face,
Editor’s Note129Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek
130For that which thou hast heard me speak tonight.
Editor’s Note131Fain would I dwell on form, fain, fain deny
Editor’s Note132What I have spoke; but farewell, compliment.
133Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say 'Ay',
Editor’s Note134And I will take thy word; yet if thou swear'st,
Editor’s Note136They say Jove laughs. O gentle Romeo,
137If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully;pg 213
138Or if thou thinkest I am too quickly won,
139I'll frown and be perverse and say thee nay,
Editor’s Note140So thou wilt woo, but else not for the world.
Editor’s Note141In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond,
143But trust me, gentleman, I'll prove more true
145I should have been more strange, I must confess,
Editor’s Note146But that thou overheard'st, ere I was ware,
Editor’s Note148And not impute this yielding to light love,
Editor’s Note149Which the dark night hath so discoverèd.Editor’s Note150
romeo Lady, by yonder blessèd moon I vow,
151That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops—Editor’s Note Link 152
juliet O swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon,pg 214
154Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.155
romeo What shall I swear by?
juliet Do not swear at all;
Editor’s Note156Or if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
157Which is the god of my idolatry,
158And I'll believe thee.
romeo If my heart's dear love—159
juliet Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee,
Editor’s Note160I have no joy of this contract tonight:
Editor’s Note161It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden,
Editor’s Note162Too like the lightning which doth cease to be
163Ere one can say 'It lightens'. Sweet, good night.
Link 165May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
Editor’s Note166Good night, good night. As sweet repose and rest
167Come to thy heart as that within my breast.pg 215 Editor’s Note168
romeo O wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?Link 169
juliet What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?170
romeo Th'exchange of thy love's faithful vow for mine.171
juliet I gave thee mine before thou didst request it;
172And yet I would it were to give again.173
romeo Wouldst thou withdraw it? For what purpose, love?Editor’s Note174
juliet But to be frank and give it thee again,
175And yet I wish but for the thing I have:
177My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
178The more I have, for both are infinite.Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus The Nurse calls within
179I hear some noise within. Dear love, adieu.—
Editor’s Note180Anon, good Nurse!—Sweet Montague, be true.Exit182Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus Enter Juliet again
romeo O blessèd, blessèd night! I am afeard,
183Being in night, all this is but a dream,
Editor’s Note184Too flattering sweet to be substantial.pg 216 185
juliet Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.
Editor’s Note186If that thy bent of love be honourable,
187Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow,
Editor’s Note188By one that I'll procure to come to thee,
Critical Apparatus189Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite,
190And all my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay,
Critical Apparatus191And follow thee, my lord, throughout the world,Editor’s Note192
⌈nurse⌉ (within) Madam!193
juliet I come, anon!—But if thou meanest not well,
Critical Apparatus194I do beseech thee—-195
⌈nurse⌉ (within) Madam!Editor’s Note196
juliet By and by, I come!—
198Tomorrow will I send.Editor’s Note199
romeo So thrive my soul—Critical Apparatus200
juliet A thousand times good night. Exit201Enter Juliet again
romeo A thousand times the worse to want thy light.
202Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books,
pg 217Critical Apparatus203But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.Editor’s Note204
juliet Hist, Romeo, hist! O for a falc'ner's voice
205To lure this tassel-gentle back again.
Editor’s Note206Bondage is hoarse and may not speak aloud,
Editor’s Note207Else would I tear the cave where Echo lies210
romeo It is my soul that calls upon my name.
Editor’s Note211How silver-sweet sound lovers' tongues by night,
Link 212Like softest music to attending ears.
romeo My nyas?pg 218
juliet What o' clock tomorrow
214Shall I send to thee?
romeo By the hour of nine.Editor’s Note215
juliet I will not fail; 'tis twenty year till then.
216I have forgot why I did call thee back.217
romeo Let me stand here till thou remember it.Editor’s Note218
juliet I shall forget, to have thee still stand there,
219Rememb'ring how I love thy company.220
romeo And I'll still stay to have thee still forget,
Editor’s Note221Forgetting any other home but this.222
juliet 'Tis almost morning, I would have thee gone;
Editor’s Note223And yet no farther than a wanton's bird,
Critical Apparatus224That lets it hop a little from his hand,
Editor’s Note225Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves,
Editor’s Note227So loving-jealous of his liberty.228
romeo I would I were thy bird.
juliet Sweet, so would I,
Editor’s Note229Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing.Editor’s Note232
⌈romeo⌉ Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast.
Editor’s Note235His help to crave and my dear hap to tell.Exit