Romeo and Juliet Prologue Translations

Two households, both alike in dignity Two families, both alike in class
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene In beautiful Verona, where the story begins
From an ancient grudge break to new mutiny From and old fight, a young rebellion arises
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean Where civilians blood makes civilians hands dirty
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes Children born from these two enemies
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life; Fated lovers take their lives
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Whose pitiful mishap destroys
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife. Their death resolves the parents’ conflict
The fearful passage of their death mark’d love, The fearful journey to fated love
And the continuance of their parents’ rage, And the continuing of their parents’ fight
Which, but their children’s end, nought could remove Nothing but their children’s death could remove
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage; Is the subject of this two hour play
The which if you with patient ears attend, If you listen closely,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. What you miss in the prologue, the actors will try to fix.

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