Act 1, Scene 1, lines 97 to 233

  1. Montague:

    Who set this ancient quarrel new abroachstarted this old quarrel up again?
    Speak, nephew, were you by when it began?

  2. Benvolio:

    Here were the servants of your adversarystarted this old quarrel up againenemy
    And yours, close fighting ere I did approach.      [100]
    I drew to part them. In the instant came
    The fiery Tybalt, with his sword prepared,
    Which, as he breathed defiance to my ears,
    He swung about his head and cut the winds,
    Who nothing hurt withalstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmed, hissed him in scorn.     [105]
    While we were interchanging thrusts and blows,
    Came more and more, and fought on part and part,
    Till the Prince came, who parted either part.

  3. Lady Montague:

    O, where is Romeo, saw you him today?
    Right glad I am he was not at this fraystarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fight.         [110]

  4. Benvolio:

    Madam, an hour before the worshipped sun
    Peered forth the golden window of the east,

    A troubled mind drove me to walk abroad,
    Where, underneath the grove of sycamore 
    That westward rootethstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrow from this city side,        [115]
    So early walking did I see your son.
    Towards him I made, but he was ware of mestarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed me
    And stole into the covert of the wood.
    I, measuring his affections by my own,
    Which then most sought where most might not be foundstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myself,    [120]
    Being one too many by my weary self,
    That most are busied when they're most alone,
    Pursued my humourstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemood not pursuing his,
    And gladly shunned who gladly fled from me.

  5. Montague:

    Many a morning hath he there been seen,         [125]
    With tears augmentingstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding to the fresh morning's dew,
    Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs.
    But all so soon as the all-cheering sun
    Should in the furthest east begin to draw
    The shady curtains from Aurorastarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawn's bed, [130]        
    Away from light steals home my heavy son,
    And private in his chamber pens himselfstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself up,
    Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out
    And makes himself an artificial night.
    Blackstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomy and portentousstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortune must this humourstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemood prove,           [135]
    Unless good counselstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvice may the cause remove.

  6. Benvolio:

    My noble uncle, do you know the cause?

  7. Montague:

    I neither know it, nor can learn of him.

  8. Benvolio:

    Have you importunedstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell you him by any meansstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any way?

  9. Montague:

    Both by myself and many other friends.             [140]
    But he, his own affections' counsellorstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings with,
    Is to himself, (I will not say how true) 
    But to himself so secret and so close,
    So far from soundingstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to question and discovery,
    As is the bud bit with an envious wormstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower buds,              [145]
    Ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air
    ,
    Or dedicate his beauty to the same.
    Could we but learn from whence his sorrows growstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappy.
    We would as willingly give cure as knowstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problem.

  10. Enter ROMEO.

  11. Benvolio:

    See, where he comes. So please you step aside,       [150]
    I'll know his grievance, or be much deniedstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answer.

  12. Montague:

    I would thou wert so happy by thy stay,
    To hear true shrift. Come madam, let's away.

  13. Exit MONTAGUE and LADY MONTAGUE.

  14. Benvolio:

    Good morrow, cousin.

  15. Romeo:

                               Is the day so young?

  16. Benvolio:

    But new struck nine.

  17. Romeo:

                              Ay me, sad hours seem long.      [155]
    Was that my father that went hence so fast?

  18. Benvolio:

    It was. What sadness lengthens Romeo's hours?

  19. Romeo:

    Not having that, which having, makes them short.

  20. Benvolio:

    In love?

  21. Romeo:

    Out -                                [160]

  22. Benvolio:

    Of love?

  23. Romeo:

    Out of her favourstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answerno longer loved, where I am in love.

  24. Benvolio :

    Alas that love, so gentle in his viewstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answerno longer lovedso attractive as an idea,
    Should be so tyrannous and rough in proofstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answerno longer lovedso attractive as an ideatreat us so badly when we experience it!

  25. Romeo:

    Alas, that Love, whose view is muffled stillstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answerno longer lovedso attractive as an ideatreat us so badly when we experience itrefers to the fact that Cupid, the god of love, was said to be blind or blindfolded,             [165]
    Should without eyes see pathways to his willstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answerno longer lovedso attractive as an ideatreat us so badly when we experience itrefers to the fact that Cupid, the god of love, was said to be blind or blindfoldedstill be able to make what he wants happen. - 
    Where shall we dine? - O me! What fray was here?
    Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all.
    Here's much to do with hate, but more with love.
    Why, then, O brawling love, O loving hate,             [170]
    O anything, of nothing first createdstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answerno longer lovedso attractive as an ideatreat us so badly when we experience itrefers to the fact that Cupid, the god of love, was said to be blind or blindfoldedstill be able to make what he wants happenmade out of nothing in the first place.
    O heavy lightness, serious vanity,
    Misshapen chaos of well-seeming formsstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answerno longer lovedso attractive as an ideatreat us so badly when we experience itrefers to the fact that Cupid, the god of love, was said to be blind or blindfoldedstill be able to make what he wants happenmade out of nothing in the first placeattractive looking shapes,
    Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,
    Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is.                                     [175]
    This love feel I, that feel no love in thisstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answerno longer lovedso attractive as an ideatreat us so badly when we experience itrefers to the fact that Cupid, the god of love, was said to be blind or blindfoldedstill be able to make what he wants happenmade out of nothing in the first placeattractive looking shapesI love, but am not loved in return.
    Dost thou not laugh?

  26. Benvolio:

                             No, coz, I rather weep.

  27. Romeo:

    Good heart, at what?

  28. Benvolio:

    At thy good heart's oppression.

  29. Romeo:

    Why such is love's transgression.                              [180]
    Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,
    Which thou wilt propagate, to have it pressed
    With more of thine. This love that thou hast shown
    Doth add more grief to too much of mine own.
    Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs,             [185]
    Being purgedstarted this old quarrel up again
    enemy
    beforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answerno longer lovedso attractive as an ideatreat us so badly when we experience itrefers to the fact that Cupid, the god of love, was said to be blind or blindfoldedstill be able to make what he wants happenmade out of nothing in the first placeattractive looking shapesI love, but am not loved in returnthe way love steps outside its proper limitscleaned, purified, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes,
    Being vex'd a sea nourish'd with loving tears.
    What is it else? A madness most discreetstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answerno longer lovedso attractive as an ideatreat us so badly when we experience itrefers to the fact that Cupid, the god of love, was said to be blind or blindfoldedstill be able to make what he wants happenmade out of nothing in the first placeattractive looking shapesI love, but am not loved in returnthe way love steps outside its proper limitscleaned, purifiedcautious, prudent,
    A choking gallstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answerno longer lovedso attractive as an ideatreat us so badly when we experience itrefers to the fact that Cupid, the god of love, was said to be blind or blindfoldedstill be able to make what he wants happenmade out of nothing in the first placeattractive looking shapesI love, but am not loved in returnthe way love steps outside its proper limitscleaned, purifiedcautious, prudenta bitter liquid that chokes you and a preserving sweet.
    Farewell, my coz.

  30. Benvolio:

                            Soft! I will go along.                       [190]
    And if you leave me so, you do me wrong.

  31. Romeo:

    Tut, I have lost myself, I am not here,
    This is not Romeo, he's some other where.

  32. Benvolio:

    Tell me in sadness, who is that you love?

  33. Romeo:

    What, shall I groan and tell thee?               [195]

  34. Benvolio:

    Groan? Why, no. But sadly tell me who.

  35. Romeo:

    Bid a sick man in sadness make his will.
    A word ill urged to one that is so ill.
    In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman.

  36. Benvolio:

    I aimed so near when I supposed you loved.      [200]

  37. Romeo:

    A right good mark-manstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answerno longer lovedso attractive as an ideatreat us so badly when we experience itrefers to the fact that Cupid, the god of love, was said to be blind or blindfoldedstill be able to make what he wants happenmade out of nothing in the first placeattractive looking shapesI love, but am not loved in returnthe way love steps outside its proper limitscleaned, purifiedcautious, prudenta bitter liquid that chokes youan excellent guess, and she's fair I love.

  38. Benvolio:

    A right fair markstarted this old quarrel up againenemybeforewhich, unharmedmore and more people arrivedon one side or the otherthem bothI'm very glad he wasn't part of this fightgrowhe noticed meshelterwanted most to be by myselfadding togoddess of dawnshuts himself upgloomysuggesting future misfortunemoodadvicepressed him to tell youin any wayis the only person he'll share his feelings withbeing easy to questionthe canker worm that eats through flower budswhat is making him so unhappywe want to help as much as we want to know the problemwhat's upsetting him, I won't take no for an answerno longer lovedso attractive as an ideatreat us so badly when we experience itrefers to the fact that Cupid, the god of love, was said to be blind or blindfoldedstill be able to make what he wants happenmade out of nothing in the first placeattractive looking shapesI love, but am not loved in returnthe way love steps outside its proper limitscleaned, purifiedcautious, prudenta bitter liquid that chokes youan excellent guessan easy target, fair coz, is soonest hit.

  39. Romeo:

    Well, in that hit you miss, she'll not be hit
    With Cupid's arrow. She hath Dian's wit.
    And, in strong proof of chastity well-armed,           [205]
    From love's weak childish bow she lives uncharmed.
    She will not stay the siege of loving terms,
    Nor bide th' encounter of assailing eyes,
    Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold.
    O she is rich in beauty, only poor                        [210]
    That when she dies, with beauty dies her store.

  40. Benvolio:

    Then she hath sworn that she will still live chaste?

  41. Romeo:

    She hath, and in that sparing makes huge waste,
    For beauty starved with her severity
    Cuts beauty off from all posterity.                 [215]
    She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair,  
    To merit bliss by making me despair.
    She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow
    Do I live dead, that live to tell it now.

  42. Benvolio:

    Be ruled by me, forget to think of her.      [220]

  43. Romeo:

    O teach me how I should forget to think.

  44. Benvolio:

    By giving liberty unto thine eyes,
    Examine other beauties.

  45. Romeo:

                                    'Tis the way
    To call hers, exquisite, in question more.
    These happy masks that kiss fair ladies' brows,       [225]
    Being black, put us in mind they hide the fair.
    He that is strucken blind cannot forget
    The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.
    Show me a mistress that is passing fair.
    What doth her beauty serve but as a note,               [230]
    Where I may read who passed that passing fair?
     
    Farewell, thou canst not teach me to forget.

  46. Benvolio:

    I'll pay that doctrine, or else die in debt.

  47. They Exit.