Benvolio, Lines 151-174 Performance Act 3, Scene 1 Lines 151-174 Benvolio performs a speech from Act 3, Scene 1 of myShakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. myShakespeare | Romeo and Juliet 3.1 Performance: Benvolio, Lines 151-174 Video of myShakespeare | Romeo and Juliet 3.1 Performance: Benvolio, Lines 151-174 Benvolio Tybalt, here slain, whom Romeo's hand did slay — Romeo that spoke him fair, bade him bethink How nice the quarrel was, and urged withal Your high displeasure. All this uttered With gentle breath, calm look, knees humbly bowed, Could not take truce with the unruly spleen Of Tybalt, deaf to peace, but that he tilts With piercing steel at bold Mercutio's breast, Who, all as hot, turns deadly point to point, And, with a martial scorn, with one hand beats Cold death aside, and with the other sends It back to Tybalt, whose dexterity, Retorts it. Romeo, he cries aloud, 'Hold, friends. Friends, part!' and swifter than his tongue, His agile arm beats down their fatal points, And 'twixt them rushes; underneath whose arm An envious thrust from Tybalt hit the life Of stout Mercutio, and then Tybalt fled. But by and by comes back to Romeo, Who had but newly entertained revenge, And to 't they go like lightning; for, ere I Could draw to part them, was stout Tybalt slain, And, as he fell, did Romeo turn and fly. This is the truth, or let Benvolio die.