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Rom. Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?
They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.
Rom. Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take. Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purg'd.
[Kissing her.! Jul. Then have my lips the sin that they have took.
Rom. Sin from my lips? ( trespass sweetly urg'd!
You kiss by the book.
Is she a Capulet?
Ben. Away, begone; the sport is at the best.
1 Cap. Nay, gentlemen, prepare not to be gone;
• O then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do ;
They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair ;] Juliet had said before, that “ Palm to palm was holy palmers' kiss.” She afterwards says, that “palmers have lips which they must use in prayer." Romeo replies, - that the prayer of his lips was, that they might do what hands do; that is, that they might kiss.-M. Mason.
P [kissing her.] Our poet here, without doubt, copied from the mode of his own time; and kissing a lady in a publick assembly, we may conclude,
was not thought indecorous. In King Henry VIII. he in like manner makes Lord Sands kiss Anne Boleyn.-MALONE.
4- towards.] i. e. Ready, at hand. A banquet corresponded with our desert, and was a collation of fruit, wine, &c.
Jul. Come hither, nurse : What is yon gentleman ?
. Jul. What's he, that follows there, that would not dance? Nurse. I know not.
Jul. Go, aşk his name :-if he be married, My grave is like to be my wedding bed.
Nurse. His name is Romeo, and a Montague;
Jul. My only love sprung from my only hate!
Nurse. What's this? what's this?
A rhyme I learn'd even now Of one I danc'd withal. [One calls within, JULIET. Nurse.
And young affection gapes to be his heir;
With tender Juliet match’d, is now not fair. Now Romeo is belov'd, and loves again,
Alike bewitched by the charm of looks; But to his foe suppos'd he must complain,
And she steal love's et bait from fearful hooks: Being held a foe, he may not have access
To breathe such vows as lovers use to swear; And she as much in love, her means much less
To meet her new-beloved any where: But passion lends them power, time means to meet, Temp’ring extremities with extreme sweet. [Erit.
"That fair,] Fair, it has been already observed, was formerly used as a substantive, and was synonymous to beauty.--MALONE.
SCENE I.- An open Place adjoining Capulet's Garden.
Rom. Can I go forward, when my heart is here? Turn back, dull earth, and find thy center out.
[He climbs the Wall, and leaps down within it.
Enter Benvolio and MERCUTIO.
He is wise;
Ben. He ran this way, and leap'd this orchard wall:
Nay, I'll conjure too.
Ben. An if he hear thee, thou wilt anger him.
Adam Cupid,] Alluding to the famous archer Adam Bell.-REED. : When king Cophetua, &c.] Alluding to an old ballad preserved in the first volume of Dr. Percy's Reliquies of ancient English Poetry.--STEEVENS.
• The ape is dead,] This phrase appears to have been frequently applied to young men, in our author's time, without any reference to the mimickry of that animal. It was an expression of tenderness, like poor fool.-Malone,
* By her high forehead,] A high forehead was in Shakspeare's time thought eminently beautiful.--Malone.
Mer. This cannot anger him: 'twould anger him
Ben. Come, he hath hid himself among those trees,
Mer. If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.
Go, then; for 'tis in vain
Rom. He jests at scars, that never felt a wound.
[JULIET appears above, at a Window. 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 more fair than she: Be not her maid, since she is envious; Her vestal livery is but sick and green, And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.It is my lady; 0, it is my love :
humorous-] i.e. Moist, humid. It is used in the same sense by other writers of Shakspeare's time.
2 He jests at scars,] That is, Mercutio jests, whom he has overheard.Johnson.
a Be not her maid,] Be not a votary to the moon, to Diana.—Johnson.
O, that she knew she were !
She speaks :-)
Jul. 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. Rom. Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?
[Aside. Jul. '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 face, nor any other part Belonging to a man. 0, be some other name! What's in a name? that which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet;
b Thou art thyself though, not a Montague.] Though is here used in the sense of then, as is very frequent in our ancient poets, and sometimes by our author himself. -Ritson.