Act 1, Scene 5

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[Musicians waiting. Enter Serving-men with napkins]

Butler

Where's Potpan that he helps not to take away?
He shift a trencher? He scrape a trencher?

First Servant

When good manners shall lie all in one or two men's
hands, and they unwashed too, 'tis a foul thing.

Butler

Away with the joint-stools, remove the
court-cupboard, look to the plate. Good thou, save
me a piece of marchpane; and, as thou lovest me,
let the porter let in Susan Grindstone and Nell.
Antony and Potpan!

Second Servant

Ay, boy, ready.                                                                                                          

Butler

You are looked for and called for, asked for and
sought for, in the great chamber.

Third Servant

We cannot be here and there too. [To the other servants] Cheerly,
boys, be brisk awhile; and the longer liver take all.
[Enter Capulet, with Juliet and others of his house,
meeting the Guests and Maskers]

Capulet

Welcome, gentlemen. Ladies that have their toes
Unplagued with corns will have a bout with you.
Ah ha, my mistresses, which of you all
Will now deny to dance? She that makes dainty,
She I'll swear hath corns. Am I come near ye now?
Welcome, gentlemen! I have seen the day
That I have worn a visor and could tell                          
A whispering tale in a fair lady's ear,
Such as would please. 'Tis gone, 'tis gone, 'tis gone.
You are welcome, gentlemen! Come, musicians, play.
A hall, a hall! Give room; and foot it, girls.
[Music plays, and they dance]
More light, you knaves, and turn the tables up,
And quench the fire — the room is grown too hot.
[Seeing his cousin arrive]
Ah, sirrah, this unlook'd-for sport comes well.
Nay, sit, nay, sit, good cousin Capulet;
For you and I are past our dancing days.                       
How long is't now since last yourself and I
Were in a mask?

Capulet’s cousin       

                            By'r lady, thirty years.

Capulet

What, man, 'tis not so much, 'tis not so much.
'Tis since the nuptials of Lucentio,
Come pentecost as quickly as it will,
Some five and twenty years, and then we mask'd.

Capulet’s cousin

'Tis more, 'tis more, his son is elder, sir.
His son is thirty.

Capulet

                           Will you tell me that?
His son was but a ward two years ago.

Romeo

[To a Servingman]
What lady is that, which doth enrich the hand               
Of yonder knight?

Servant

I know not, sir.

Romeo

O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear;
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,
As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand
And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.          
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight,
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.

Tybalt

This, by his voice, should be a Montague.
Fetch me my rapier, boy. What, dares the slave
Come hither, cover'd with an antic face,
To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?
Now, by the stock and honour of my kin,
To strike him dead, I hold it not a sin.

Capulet

Why, how now, kinsman, wherefore storm you so?

Tybalt

Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe,                                
A villain that is hither come in spite,
To scorn at our solemnity this night.

Capulet

Young Romeo is it?

Tybalt

                                   'Tis he, that villain Romeo.

Capulet

Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone;
He bears him like a portly gentleman;
And, to say truth, Verona brags of him
To be a virtuous and well-govern'd youth.
I would not for the wealth of all this town
Here in my house do him disparagement.
Therefore be patient, take no note of him.                     
It is my will, the which if thou respect,
Show a fair presence and put off these frowns,
An ill-beseeming semblance for a feast.

Tybalt

It fits, when such a villain is a guest.
I'll not endure him.

Capulet

                                 He shall be endured.
What, goodman boy! I say, he shall. Go to.
Am I the master here, or you? Go to.
You'll not endure him — God shall mend my soul!
You'll make a mutiny among my guests!
You will set cock-a-hoop, you'll be the man!                

Tybalt

Why, uncle, 'tis a shame.

Capulet

                                         Go to, go to;
You are a saucy boy. Is't so, indeed?
This trick may chance to scathe you, I know what.
You must contrary me! [To guests] Marry, 'tis time.
Well said, my hearts. [To Tybalt] You are a princox; go.
Be quiet, or [to servants] more light, more light [to Tybalt] for shame,
I'll make you quiet. [To guests] What, cheerly, my hearts!

Tybalt

Patience perforce with willful choler meeting
Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting.
I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall                         
Now seeming sweet convert to bitter gall.
[Exit]

Romeo

[To Juliet, taking her hand]
If I profane with my unworthiest hand
This holy shrine — the gentle sin is this —
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.

Juliet

Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,
Which mannerly devotion shows in this;
For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch,
And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.

Romeo

Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?                  

Juliet

Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.

Romeo

O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do;
They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.

Juliet

Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake.

Romeo

Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take.
[He kisses her]
Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged.

Juliet

Then have my lips the sin that they have took.

Romeo

Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged!
Give me my sin again.
[He kisses her]

Juliet

                                        You kiss by the book.

Nurse

Madam, your mother craves a word with you.              

Romeo

What is her mother?

Nurse

                                   Marry, bachelor,
Her mother is the lady of the house,
And a good lady, and a wise and virtuous;
I nursed her daughter, that you talk'd withal.
I tell you, he that can lay hold of her
Shall have the chinks.

Romeo

                                       Is she a Capulet?
O dear account! My life is my foe's debt.

Benvolio

Away, begone; the sport is at the best.

Romeo

Ay, so I fear; the more is my unrest.

Capulet

Nay, gentlemen, prepare not to be gone;                       
We have a trifling foolish banquet towards.
[They indicate that they must leave.]
Is it e'en so? Why, then, I thank you all.
I thank you, honest gentlemen, good night.
More torches here! Come on then, let's to bed.
Ah, sirrah, by my fay, it waxes late.
I'll to my rest.
[Exeunt all but Juliet and Nurse]

Juliet

Come hither, nurse. What is yond gentleman?

Nurse

The son and heir of old Tiberio.

Juliet

What's he that now is going out of door?

Nurse

Marry, that, I think, be young Petrucio.                         

Juliet

What's he that follows there, that would not dance?

Nurse

I know not.

Juliet

Go ask his name.
[The nurse goes]     
                              If he be married,
My grave is like to be my wedding bed.

Nurse [returning]

His name is Romeo, and a Montague,
The only son of your great enemy.

Juliet

My only love sprung from my only hate,
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
That I must love a loathed enemy.                                 

Nurse

What's this? What's this?

Juliet

                                         A rhyme I learn'd even now
Of one I danced withal.
[One calls within 'Juliet.']

Nurse

                                         Anon, anon!
Come, let's away; the strangers all are gone.
[Exeunt]