Act 3, Scene 5

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[Enter Romeo and Juliet above, at the window]

Juliet

Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day.
It was the nightingale, and not the lark,
That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear.
Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate tree.
Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.

Romeo

It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
No nightingale. Look, love, what envious streaks
Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east.
Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.                     
I must be gone and live, or stay and die.

Juliet

Yon light is not daylight; I know it, I.
It is some meteor that the sun exhaled,
To be to thee this night a torch-bearer,
And light thee on thy way to Mantua.
Therefore stay yet; thou needst not to be gone.

Romeo

Let me be ta'en, let me be put to death;
I am content, so thou wilt have it so.
I'll say yon grey is not the morning's eye,
'Tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia's brow;
Nor that is not the lark, whose notes do beat                 
The vaulty heaven so high above our heads.
I have more care to stay, than will to go.
Come, death, and welcome! Juliet wills it so.
How is't, my soul? Let's talk; it is not day.

Juliet

It is, it is. Hie hence, be gone, away!
It is the lark that sings so out of tune,
Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.
Some say the lark makes sweet division;
This doth not so, for she divideth us.                             
Some say the lark and loathed toad change eyes.
O, now I would they had changed voices too,
Since arm from arm that voice doth us affray,
Hunting thee hence with hunt's-up to the day.
O, now be gone! More light and light it grows.

Romeo

More light and light, more dark and dark our woes!
[Enter Nurse, to the chamber]

Nurse

Madam!

Juliet

Nurse?

Nurse

Your lady mother is coming to your chamber.
The day is broke; be wary, look about.                          
[Exit]

Juliet

Then, window, let day in, and let life out.

Romeo

Farewell, farewell, one kiss, and I'll descend.
[He goes down]

Juliet

Art thou gone so, love, lord, ay husband, friend?
I must hear from thee every day in the hour,
For in a minute there are many days.
O, by this count I shall be much in years
Ere I again behold my Romeo!

Romeo

Farewell.
I will omit no opportunity
That may convey my greetings, love, to thee.               

Juliet

O thinkest thou we shall ever meet again?

Romeo

I doubt it not; and all these woes shall serve
For sweet discourses in our time to come.

Juliet

O God, I have an ill-divining soul!
Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low,
As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.
Either my eyesight fails or thou lookest pale.

Romeo

And trust me, love, in my eye so do you.
Dry sorrow drinks our blood. Adieu, adieu!
[Exit]

Juliet

O fortune, fortune, all men call thee fickle.                   
If thou art fickle, what dost thou with him
That is renowned for faith? Be fickle, fortune,
For then, I hope, thou wilt not keep him long,
But send him back.
[Enter Lady Capulet below Juliet’s window]

Lady Capulet

                                Ho, daughter! Are you up?

Juliet

Who is't that calls? Is it my lady mother?
Is she not down so late, or up so early?
What unaccustomed cause procures her hither?
[Juliet descends to where her mother is]

Lady Capulet

Why, how now, Juliet!

Juliet

                                      Madam, I am not well.

Lady Capulet

Evermore weeping for your cousin's death?
What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears?   
An if thou couldst, thou couldst not make him live;
Therefore, have done. Some grief shows much of love,
But much of grief shows still some want of wit.

Juliet

Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss.

Lady Capulet

So shall you feel the loss, but not the friend
Which you weep for.

Juliet

                                   Feeling so the loss,
Cannot choose but ever weep the friend.

Lady Capulet

Well, girl, thou weepest not so much for his death,
As that the villain lives which slaughtered him.

Juliet

What villain, madam?

Lady Capulet

                                    That same villain Romeo.          

Juliet

Villain and he be many miles asunder
God pardon him; I do, with all my heart;
And yet no man like he doth grieve my heart.

Lady Capulet

That is, because the traitor murderer lives.

Juliet

Ay, madam, from the reach of these my hands.
Would none but I might venge my cousin's death.

Lady Capulet

We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not.
Then weep no more. I'll send to one in Mantua,
Where that same banished runagate doth live,
Shall give him such an unaccustomed dram,              
That he shall soon keep Tybalt company;
And then I hope thou wilt be satisfied.

Juliet

Indeed, I never shall be satisfied
With Romeo till I behold him — dead —
Is my poor heart for a kinsman vexed.
Madam, if you could find out but a man
To bear a poison, I would temper it;
That Romeo should, upon receipt thereof,
Soon sleep in quiet. O, how my heart abhors
To hear him named, and cannot come to him                
To wreak the love I bore my cousin
Upon his body that slaughtered him!

Lady Capulet

Find thou the means, and I'll find such a man.
But now I'll tell thee joyful tidings, girl.

Juliet

And joy comes well in such a needy time.
What are they, I beseech your ladyship?

Lady Capulet

Well, well, thou hast a careful father, child;
One who, to put thee from thy heaviness,
Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy,
That thou expectest not, nor I looked not for.                

Juliet

Madam, in happy time. What day is that?

Lady Capulet

Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn
The gallant, young and noble gentleman,
The County Paris, at Saint Peter's Church,
Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride.

Juliet

Now, by Saint Peter's Church and Peter too,
He shall not make me there a joyful bride.
I wonder at this haste, that I must wed
Ere he that should be husband comes to woo.
I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam,                   
I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear
It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate,
Rather than Paris. These are news indeed!

Lady Capulet

Here comes your father; tell him so yourself,
And see how he will take it at your hands.
[Enter Capulet and Nurse]

Capulet

When the sun sets, the earth doth drizzle dew;
But for the sunset of my brother's son
It rains downright.
How now! A conduit, girl? What, still in tears?
Evermore showering? In one little body                        
Thou counterfeits a bark, a sea, a wind;
For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea,
Do ebb and flow with tears; the bark thy body is,
Sailing in this salt flood; the winds, thy sighs,
Who, raging with thy tears, and they with them,
Without a sudden calm, will overset
Thy tempest-tossed body. How now, wife,
Have you delivered to her our decree?

Lady Capulet

Ay, sir; but she will none, she gives you thanks.
I would the fool were married to her grave!                  

Capulet

Soft, take me with you, take me with you, wife.
How, will she none? Doth she not give us thanks?
Is she not proud? Doth she not count her blest,
Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought
So worthy a gentleman to be her bridegroom?

Juliet

Not proud you have, but thankful that you have.
Proud can I never be of what I hate;
But thankful even for hate that is meant love.

Capulet

How, how, how, how, chopped-logic! What is this?
'Proud,' and 'I thank you,' and 'I thank you not',             
And yet 'not proud', mistress minion, you?
Thank me no thankings, nor proud me no prouds;
But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next,
To go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church,
Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.
Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage,
You tallow-face!

Lady Capulet

                             Fie, fie! What, are you mad?

Juliet

Good father, I beseech you on my knees,
Hear me with patience but to speak a word.

Capulet

Hang thee, young baggage. Disobedient wretch!          
I tell thee what. Get thee to church a Thursday,
Or never after look me in the face.
Speak not, reply not, do not answer me.
My fingers itch. Wife, we scarce thought us blessed
That God had lent us but this only child;
But now I see this one is one too much,
And that we have a curse in having her.
Out on her, hilding!

Nurse

                                  God in heaven bless her!
You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so.

Capulet

And why, my lady wisdom? Hold your tongue,            
Good Prudence, smatter with your gossips, go.

Nurse

I speak no treason.

Capulet

                                O, God ye good e’en.

Nurse

May not one speak?

Capulet

                                  Peace, you mumbling fool!
Utter your gravity o'er a gossip's bowl,
For here we need it not.

Lady Capulet

                                         You are too hot.

Capulet

God's bread, it makes me mad.
Day, night, hour; tide, time; work, play;
Alone, in company — still my care hath been
To have her matched. And having now provided
A gentleman of noble parentage,
Of fair demesnes, youthful, and nobly ligned,             
Stuffed, as they say, with honourable parts,
Proportioned as one's thought would wish a man;
And then to have a wretched puling fool,
A whining mammet, in her fortune's tender,
To answer 'I'll not wed, I cannot love,
I am too young, I pray you pardon me'.
But, as you will not wed, I'll pardon you.
Graze where you will, you shall not house with me.
Look to't, think on't, I do not use to jest.
Thursday is near; lay hand on heart, advise.                 
An you be mine, I'll give you to my friend;
An you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets,
For by my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee,
Nor what is mine shall never do thee good.
Trust to't, bethink you; I'll not be forsworn.
[Exit]

Juliet

Is there no pity sitting in the clouds
That sees into the bottom of my grief?
O sweet my mother, cast me not away!
Delay this marriage for a month, a week;
Or if you do not, make the bridal bed                            
In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.

Lady Capulet

Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word.
Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.
[Exit]

Juliet

O God! O nurse, how shall this be prevented?
My husband is on earth, my faith in heaven.
How shall that faith return again to earth,
Unless that husband send it me from heaven
By leaving earth? Comfort me, counsel me.
Alack, alack, that heaven should practice stratagems
Upon so soft a subject as myself!                                  
What sayest thou? Hast thou not a word of joy?
Some comfort, nurse.

Nurse

                                    Faith, here it is.
Romeo is banished; and all the world to nothing
That he dares ne'er come back to challenge you;
Or if he do, it needs must be by stealth.
Then, since the case so stands as now it doth,
I think it best you married with the County.
O, he's a lovely gentleman!
Romeo's a dish-clout to him. An eagle, madam,
Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye                    
As Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart,
I think you are happy in this second match,
For it excels your first. Or if it did not,
Your first is dead; or 'twere as good he were,
As living here, and you no use of him.

Juliet

Speakest thou from thy heart?

Nurse

And from my soul too;
Or else beshrew them both.

Juliet

Amen!

Nurse

What?

Juliet

Well, thou hast comforted me marvelous much.           
Go in. And tell my lady I am gone,
Having displeased my father, to Laurence' cell
To make confession and to be absolved.

Nurse

Marry, I will, and this is wisely done.
[Exit]

Juliet

Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend!
Is it more sin to wish me thus forsworn,
Or to dispraise my lord with that same tongue
Which she hath praised him with above compare
So many thousand times? Go, counsellor;
Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain.            
I'll to the friar, to know his remedy.
If all else fail, myself have power to die.
[Exit]