Romeo and Juliet; Speeches to Memorize

Romeo But soft! What light 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 That thou her maid art far than she. Be not her maid, since she is envious… See how she leans her cheek upon that hand, O, that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek!
Juliet O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet…. ‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy. Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What’s Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, nor arm. Nor any other part Belonging to a man. What’s in a name? That which we call a roseBy any other name would smell as sweet.
The Prologue Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,Where civil blood makes civil hands uncleanFrom forth the fatal loins of these two foesA pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;Whose misadventure piteous overthrowsDoth with their death bury their parents’ strifeThe fearful passage of their death-marked love,And the continuance of their parents’ rage,Which, but their children’s end, naught could removeIs now the two hours’ traffic of our stageThe which if you with patient ears attendWhat here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

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