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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet Translation Act 4, Scene 5

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The NURSE enters.

NURSE

Mistress! What, mistress! Juliet!—Fast, I warrant her, she.— Why, lamb! Why, lady! Fie, you slug-a-bed. Why, love, I say. Madam! Sweet-heart! Why, bride! What, not a word? You take your pennyworths now. Sleep for a week, for the next night, I warrant, The County Paris hath set up his rest That you shall rest but little.—God forgive me, Marry, and amen. How sound is she asleep! I must needs wake her.—Madam, madam, madam! Ay, let the county take you in your bed. He’ll fright you up, i’ faith. Will it not be? [Opens the bed curtains] What, dressed and in your clothes, and down again? I must needs wake you. Lady, lady, lady!— Alas, alas! Help, help! My lady’s dead!— Oh, welladay, that ever I was born!— Some aqua vitae, ho!—My lord! My lady!

NURSE

Mistress! Hey, mistress! Juliet! Fast asleep, I bet. Hey, lamb! Hey, lady! Hey, you sleepyhead! Hey, love, I say! Madam! Sweetheart! Hey, bride! What, not a single word to say? Enjoy this last bit of sleep now. Get a week’s worth of sleep, because tonight, I bet, Count Paris will make sure that you don’t get much rest. God forgive me. Indeed, and amen. How sound asleep she is! I have to wake her. Madam, madam, madam! Yes, let the count take you in your bed. He’ll wake you up, no doubt. Won’t he? [Opens the bed curtains] What? Still dressed in your clothes but asleep. I must wake you. Lady, lady, lady! No, no! Help, help! My lady’s dead! Oh curse the day I was born! Hey! Get me some brandy! My lord! My lady!

LADY CAPULET enters.

LADY CAPULET

What noise is here?

LADY CAPULET

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NURSE

O lamentable day!

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LADY CAPULET

What is the matter?

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NURSE

Look, look. O heavy day!

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LADY CAPULET

O me, O me! My child, my only life,Revive, look up, or I will die with thee!—Help, help! Call help.

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CAPULET enters.

CAPULET

For shame, bring Juliet forth. Her lord is come.

CAPULET

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NURSE

She’s dead, deceased, she’s dead. Alack the day!

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LADY CAPULET

Alack the day. She’s dead, she’s dead, she’s dead!

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CAPULET

Ha? Let me see her. Out, alas! She’s cold. Her blood is settled, and her joints are stiff. Life and these lips have long been separated. Death lies on her like an untimely frost Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.

CAPULET

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NURSE

O lamentable day!

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LADY CAPULET

O woeful time.

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CAPULET

Death, that hath ta’en her hence to make me wail,Ties up my tongue and will not let me speak.

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FRIAR LAWRENCE

Come, is the bride ready to go to church?

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FRIAR LAWRENCE and PARIS enter with MUSICIANS.

CAPULET

Ready to go, but never to return. O son! The night before thy wedding day Hath death lain with thy wife. There she lies, Flower as she was, deflowered by him. Death is my son-in-law. Death is my heir. My daughter he hath wedded. I will die, And leave him all. Life, living, all is Death’s.

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PARIS

Have I thought long to see this morning’s face,And doth it give me such a sight as this?

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LADY CAPULET

Accursed, unhappy, wretched, hateful day! Most miserable hour that e’er time saw In lasting labor of his pilgrimage. But one, poor one, one poor and loving child, But one thing to rejoice and solace in, And cruel death hath catched it from my sight!

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NURSE

O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day! Most lamentable day, most woeful day That ever, ever, I did yet behold! O day, O day, O day, O hateful day! Never was seen so black a day as this. O woeful day, O woeful day!

NURSE

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PARIS

Beguiled, divorcèd, wrongèd, spited, slain! Most detestable Death, by thee beguiled, By cruel, cruel thee quite overthrown! O love! O life! Not life, but love in death.

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CAPULET

Despised, distressèd, hated, martyred, killed! Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now To murder, murder our solemnity? O child, O child! My soul, and not my child! Dead art thou! Alack, my child is dead, And with my child my joys are buried.

CAPULET

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FRIAR LAWRENCE

Peace, ho, for shame! Confusion’s cure lives not In these confusions. Heaven and yourself Had part in this fair maid. Now heaven hath all, And all the better is it for the maid. Your part in her you could not keep from death, But heaven keeps his part in eternal life. The most you sought was her promotion, For ’twas your heaven she should be advanced. And weep ye now, seeing she is advanced Above the clouds, as high as heaven itself? Oh, in this love, you love your child so ill That you run mad, seeing that she is well. She’s not well married that lives married long, But she’s best married that dies married young. Dry up your tears and stick your rosemary On this fair corse, and, as the custom is, And in her best array, bear her to church. For though some nature bids us all lament, Yet nature’s tears are reason’s merriment.

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CAPULET

All things that we ordained festival Turn from their office to black funeral. Our instruments to melancholy bells, Our wedding cheer to a sad burial feast. Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change, Our bridal flowers serve for a buried corse, And all things change them to the contrary.

CAPULET

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FRIAR LAWRENCE

Sir, go you in, and, madam, go with him; And go, Sir Paris. Every one prepare To follow this fair corse unto her grave. The heavens do lour upon you for some ill. Move them no more by crossing their high will.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

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CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, PARIS, and FRIAR LAWRENCE exit.

FIRST MUSICIAN

Faith, we may put up our pipes and be gone.

FIRST MUSICIAN

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NURSE

Honest good fellows, ah, put up, put up,For, well you know, this is a pitiful case.

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The NURSE exits.

FIRST MUSICIAN

Ay, by my troth, the case may be amended.

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PETER enters.

PETER

Musicians, O musicians, “Heart’s Ease,” “Heart’s Ease.”O, an you will have me live, play “Heart’s Ease.”

PETER

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FIRST MUSICIAN

Why “Heart’s ease?”

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PETER

O musicians, because my heart itself plays “My Heart isFull.” O, play me some merry dump to comfort me.

PETER

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FIRST MUSICIAN

Not a dump, we. ‘Tis no time to play now.

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PETER

You will not then?

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FIRST MUSICIAN

No.

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PETER

I will then give it you soundly.

PETER

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FIRST MUSICIAN

What will you give us?

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PETER

No money, on my faith, but the gleek. I will give you the minstrel.

PETER

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FIRST MUSICIAN

Then I will give you the serving creature.

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PETER

Then will I lay the serving creature’s dagger on your pate. I will carry no crotchets. I’ll re you, I’ll fa you. Do you note me?

PETER

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FIRST MUSICIAN

An you re us and fa us, you note us.

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SECOND MUSICIAN

Pray you, put up your dagger and put out your wit.

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PETER

Then have at you with my wit. I will dry-beat you withan iron wit and put up my iron dagger. Answer me like men. [Sings] When griping grief the heart doth wound And doleful dumps the mind oppress, Then music with her silver sound— [Speaks] Why “silver sound”? Why “music with her silversound”? What say you, Simon Catling?

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FIRST MUSICIAN

Marry, sir, because silver hath a sweet sound.

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PETER

Pretty.—What say you, Hugh Rebeck?

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SECOND MUSICIAN

I say, “silver sound” because musicians sound for silver.

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PETER

Pretty too.—What say you, James Soundpost?

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THIRD MUSICIAN

Faith, I know not what to say.

THIRD MUSICIAN

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PETER

Oh, I cry you mercy, you are the singer. I will say for you. It is “music with her silver sound” because musicians have no gold for sounding. [Sings] Then music with her silver sound With speedy help doth lend redress.

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PETER exits.

FIRST MUSICIAN

What a pestilent knave is this same!

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SECOND MUSICIAN

Hang him, jack! Come, we'll in here, tarry for the mourners, and stay dinner.

SECOND MUSICIAN

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They exit.

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