Act 2, Scene 2, lines 1 to 158

  1. Romeo:

    He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
    But, soft, what [no-glossary]light[/no-glossary] through yonder window breaks?
    It is the east and Juliet is the sun.
    Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon,
    Who is already sick and pale with grief                   [5]
    That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
    Be not her maid! Since she is envious
    Her vestal livery is but sick and green

    [Enter JULIET above.]

    And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off!
    It is my lady, O it is my love!                   [10] 
    O that she knew she were!
    She speaks, yet she says nothing. What of that?
    Her eye discourses, I will answer it. -
    I am too bold, 'tis not to me she speaks.
    Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,                 [15]
    Having some business, do entreat her eyes
    To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
    What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
    The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars
    As daylight doth a lamp. Her eyes in heaven            [20]
    Would through the airy region stream so bright
    That birds would sing and think it were not night.
    See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
    O that I were a glove upon that hand,
    That I might touch that cheek!

  2. Juliet:

                                   Ay me!

  3. Romeo:

                                          She speaks!             [25]
    O speak again, bright angel, for thou art
    As glorious to this night, being o'er my head,
    As is a wingèd messenger of heaven                                       
    Unto the white-upturnèd wond'ring eyes
    Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him           [30]
    When he bestrides the lazy puffing clouds,
    And sails upon the bosom of the air.

  4. Juliet:

    O Romeo, Romeo, [no-glossary]wherefore[/no-glossary] art thou Romeo?
    Deny thy father and refuse thy name,
    Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love             [35]
    And I'll no longer be a Capulet.

  5. Romeo:

    [Aside] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?

  6. Juliet:

    'Tis but thy name that is my enemy.
    Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
    What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,         [40]
    Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
    Belonging to a man. O be some other name!
    What's in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.
    So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,      [45]
    Retain that dear perfection which he owes
    Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
    And for that name which is no part of thee
    Take all myself.

  7. Romeo:

                      I take thee at thy word.
    Call me but love, and I'll be new-baptized[no-glossary].[/no-glossary] [50]
    Henceforth I never will be Romeo.

  8. Juliet:

    What man art thou that thus bescreened in night
    So stumblest on my counsel?

  9. Romeo:

                                 By a name
    I know not how to tell thee who I am.
    My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself,        [55]
    Because it is an enemy to thee.
    Had I it written, I would tear the word.

  10. Juliet:

    My ears have yet not drunk a hundred words
    Of thy tongue's uttering, yet I know the sound.
    Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague?              [60]

  11. Romeo:

    Neither, fair maid, if either thee dislike.

  12. Juliet:

    How cam'st thou hither, tell me, and wherefore?
    The orchard walls are high and hard to climb,
    And the place death, considering who thou art,
    If any of my kinsmen find thee here.           [65]

  13. Romeo:

    With love's [no-glossary]light[/no-glossary] wings did I o'erperch these walls,
    For stony limits cannot hold love out,
    And what love can do that dares love attempt.
    Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me.

  14. Juliet:

    If they do see thee, they will murder thee.       [70]

  15. Romeo:

    Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
    Than twenty of their swords. Look thou but sweet,
    And I am proof against their enmity.

  16. Juliet:

    I would not for the world they saw thee here.

  17. Romeo:

    I have night's cloak to hide me from their eyes,   [75]
    And but thou love me, let them find me here.
    My life were better ended by their hate, 
    Than death proroguèd, wanting of thy love.

  18. Juliet:

    By whose direction found'st thou out this place?

  19. Romeo:

    By love, that first did prompt me to inquire.     [80]
    He lent me counsel and I lent him eyes.
    I am no pilot, yet, wert thou as far
    As that vast shore washed with the farthest sea,
    I should adventure for such merchandise.

  20. Juliet:

    Thou know'st the mask of night is on my face,      [85]
    Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek
    For that which thou hast heard me speak to-night.
    Fain would I dwell on form, fain, fain deny
    What I have spoke. But farewell compliment.
    Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say "Ay",        [90]
    And I will take thy word. Yet if thou swear'st, 
    Thou mayst prove false. At lovers' perjuries
    They say Jove laughs. O gentle Romeo,
    If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully.
    Or if thou think'st I am too quickly won,               [95]
    I'll frown and be perverse and say thee nay,
    So thou wilt woo. But else, not for the world.
    In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond,
    And therefore thou mayst think my haviour light,
    But trust me, gentleman, I'll prove more true        [100]
    Than those that have more coying to be strange.

    I should have been more strange, I must confess,
    But that thou overheard'st, ere I was ware,
    My true love's passion. Therefore pardon me,
    And not impute this yielding to light love             [105]
    Which the dark night hath so discoverèd.

  21. Romeo:

    Lady, by yonder blessèd moon I vow,
    That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops -

  22. Juliet:

    O, swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon,
    That monthly changes in her circled orb,           [110]
    Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.

  23. Romeo:

    What shall I swear by?

  24. Juliet:

                            Do not swear at all.
    Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
    Which is the god of my idolatry,
    And I'll believe thee.

  25. Romeo:

                           If my heart's dear love -    [115]

  26. Juliet:

    Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee,
    I have no joy of this contract to-night.
    It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden,
    Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
    Ere one can say "It lightens". Sweet, good night.     [120]
    This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath,
    May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
    Good night, good night, as sweet repose and rest
    Come to thy heart as that within my breast.

  27. Romeo:

    O wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?         [125]

  28. Juliet:

    What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?

  29. Romeo:

    Th' exchange of thy love's faithful vow for mine.

  30. Juliet:

    I gave thee mine before thou didst request it.
    And yet I would it were to give again.

  31. Romeo:

    Wouldst thou withdraw it? For what purpose love?  [130]

  32. Juliet:

    But to be frank, and give it thee again.
    And yet I wish but for the thing I have:
    My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
    My love as deep, the more I give to thee
    The more I have, for both are infinite.
    I hear some noise within. Dear love, adieu. -

  33. [NURSE calls within.]

  34. Juliet:

    Anon, good Nurse! - Sweet Montague, be true.
    Stay but a little, I will come again.

  35. [Exit JULIET above.]

  36. Romeo:

    O blessèd, blessèd night! I am afeard
    Being in night, all this but a dream,        [140]
    Too flattering-sweet to be substantial.

  37. [Enter JULIET above.]

  38. Juliet:

    Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed,
    If that thy bent of love be honourable, 
    Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow,
    By one that I'll procure to come to thee,               [145]
    Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite,
    And all my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay 
    And follow thee my lord throughout the world.

  39. Nurse:

    [Within.] Madam!

  40. Juliet:

    I come, anon. - But if thou mean'st not well,  [150]
    I do beseech thee -

  41. Nurse:

    [Within] Madam!

  42. Juliet:

                             By and by! I come! - 
    To cease thy strife, and leave me to my grief,
    Tomorrow will I send.

  43. Romeo:

                          So thrive my soul -

  44. Juliet:

    A thousand times good night!       [155]

  45. Romeo:

    A thousand times the worse to want thy [no-glossary]light[/no-glossary].

    Exit JULIET, above.

    Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books,
    But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.


At the Capulets' party, Romeo and Juliet have just fallen in love with each other at first sight, only to discover that they are enemies. Despite knowing this, Romeo now sneaks into the Capulets' garden and overhears Juliet talking to herself about how she has fallen in love with him. He appears and declares his love for her. At first, Juliet is unsure if Romeo is being truthful, and worries that she may have been too forward, but he reassures her that his feelings are real. They swear their love to each other before being forced to part by an interruption from the Nurse.

1. Find some examples of imagery within this scene? 

2. What does Romeo's and Juliet's language tell you about their feelings towards one another? 


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