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Romeo and Juliet: Act 4, Scene 3

Romeo and Juliet
Act 4, Scene 3

Juliet’s chamber.

  1. Enter Juliet and Nurse.

Juliet

2 - 6
  1. Ay, those attires are best, but, gentle nurse,
  2. I pray thee leave me to myself tonight,
  3. For I have need of many orisons
  4. To move the heavens to smile upon my state,
  5. Which, well thou knowest, is cross and full of sin.
  1. Enter Mother, Lady Capulet.

Lady Capulet

8
  1. What, are you busy, ho? Need you my help?

Juliet

9 - 14
  1. No, madam, we have cull’d such necessaries
  2. As are behoofeful for our state tomorrow.
  3. So please you, let me now be left alone,
  4. And let the nurse this night sit up with you,
  5. For I am sure you have your hands full all,
  6. In this so sudden business.

Lady Capulet

15 - 16
  1.                             Good night.
  2. Get thee to bed and rest, for thou hast need.
  1. Exeunt Lady Capulet and Nurse.

Juliet

18 - 63
  1. Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.
  2. I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins,
  3. That almost freezes up the heat of life.
  4. I’ll call them back again to comfort me.
  5. Nurse!—What should she do here?
  6. My dismal scene I needs must act alone.
  7. Come, vial.
  8. What if this mixture do not work at all?
  9. Shall I be married then tomorrow morning?
  10. No, no, this shall forbid it. Lie thou there.
  11. Laying down her dagger.
  12. What if it be a poison which the friar
  13. Subtly hath minist’red to have me dead,
  14. Lest in this marriage he should be dishonor’d
  15. Because he married me before to Romeo?
  16. I fear it is, and yet methinks it should not,
  17. For he hath still been tried a holy man.
  18. How if, when I am laid into the tomb,
  19. I wake before the time that Romeo
  20. Come to redeem me? There’s a fearful point!
  21. Shall I not then be stifled in the vault,
  22. To whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in,
  23. And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes?
  24. Or if I live, is it not very like
  25. The horrible conceit of death and night,
  26. Together with the terror of the place
  27. As in a vault, an ancient receptacle,
  28. Where for this many hundred years the bones
  29. Of all my buried ancestors are pack’d,
  30. Where bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth,
  31. Lies fest’ring in his shroud, where, as they say,
  32. At some hours in the night spirits resort
  33. Alack, alack, is it not like that I,
  34. So early wakingwhat with loathsome smells,
  35. And shrikes like mandrakes’ torn out of the earth,
  36. That living mortals, hearing them, run mad
  37. O, if I wake, shall I not be distraught,
  38. Environed with all these hideous fears,
  39. And madly play with my forefathers’ joints,
  40. And pluck the mangled Tybalt from his shroud,
  41. And in this rage, with some great kinsman’s bone,
  42. As with a club, dash out my desp’rate brains?
  43. O, look! Methinks I see my cousin’s ghost
  44. Seeking out Romeo, that did spit his body
  45. Upon a rapier’s point. Stay, Tybalt, stay!
  46. Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s drinkI drink to thee.
  1. She falls upon her bed, within the curtains.
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