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Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Act 2, Scene 6 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 



Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Scene 6



Friar Lawrence's cell

Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Scene 6

Enter FRIAR LAWRENCE and ROMEO

Enter FRIAR LAWRENCE and ROMEO

FRIAR LAWRENCE

[may the heavens] So smile the heavens upon this holy act

That after-hours with sorrow chide us not.

(so that afterwards we are not rebuked with regret)

 

FRIAR LAWRENCE

So smile the heavens upon this holy act

That after-hours with sorrow chide us not.

 

ROMEO

Amen, amen. But come what sorrow can,

It cannot countervail the exchange of joy

countervail=outweigh

That one short minute gives me in her sight.

Do thou but close our hands with holy words,

Then love-devouring death do what he dare;

It is enough I may but call her mine.

 

ROMEO

Amen, amen. But come what sorrow can,

It cannot countervail the exchange of joy

That one short minute gives me in her sight.

Do thou but close our hands with holy words,

Then love-devouring death do what he dare;

It is enough I may but call her mine.

 

FRIAR LAWRENCE

These violent delights have violent ends

And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,

powder=gunpowder

Which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honey

Is loathsome in his own deliciousness

his=its

And in the taste confounds the appetite.

confounds=destroys

Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so.

Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.

 

FRIAR LAWRENCE

These violent delights have violent ends

And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,

Which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honey

Is loathsome in his own deliciousness

And in the taste confounds the appetite.

Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so.

Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.

 

Enter JULIET, somewhat fast, and embraceth ROMEO

Enter JULIET, somewhat fast, and embraceth ROMEO

Here comes the lady. Oh, so light a foot

Will ne'er wear out the everlasting flint.

flint=stones

A lover may bestride the gossamers

gossamers=cobwebs

That idles in the wanton summer air,

And yet not fall. So light is vanity.

vanity=transitory earthly joy

Here comes the lady. Oh, so light a foot

Will ne'er wear out the everlasting flint.

A lover may bestride the gossamers

That idles in the wanton summer air,

And yet not fall. So light is vanity.

 

JULIET

Good even to my ghostly confessor.

ghostly=spiritual

confessor Ė accents on first and third syllables

 

JULIET

Good even to my ghostly confessor.

 

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Romeo shall thank thee, daughter, for us both.

 

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Romeo shall thank thee, daughter, for us both.

 

JULIET

As much to him, else is his thanks too much.

as much=the same

 

JULIET

As much to him, else is his thanks too much.

 

ROMEO

Ah, Juliet, if the measure of thy joy

measure=amount

Be heaped like mine, and that thy skill be more

that thy skill=if thy skill

To blazon it, then sweeten with thy breath

blazon=celebrate

sweeten with thy breath . . .=speak

This neighbor air, and let [your] rich musicís tongue

Unfold the imagined happiness that both [of us]

Receive in either by this dear encounter.

in either=in each other

by=by means of

 

ROMEO

Ah, Juliet, if the measure of thy joy

Be heaped like mine, and that thy skill be more

To blazon it, then sweeten with thy breath

This neighbor air, and let rich musicís tongue

Unfold the imagined happiness that both

Receive in either by this dear encounter.

 

JULIET

Conceit, more rich in matter than in words,

conceit=true understanding

Brags of his substance, not of ornament.

brags of=takes pride in

They are but beggars that can count their worth.

count=make an accounting of

But my true love is grown to such excess

I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth.

 

JULIET

Conceit, more rich in matter than in words,

Brags of his substance, not of ornament.

They are but beggars that can count their worth.

But my true love is grown to such excess

I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth.

 

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Come, come with me, and we will make short work.

For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone

by your leaves=if you donít mind

Till holy church incorporate two in one.

 

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Come, come with me, and we will make short work.

For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone

Till holy church incorporate two in one.

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

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