Romeo and Juliet: Act 3, Scene 2

 

Romeo and Juliet                       Act 3, Scene 2                             Juliet

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  1.  Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
  2.  Towards Phoebus’ lodging: such a wagoner
  3. As Phaethon would whip you to the west,
  4. And bring in cloudy night immediately.
  5. Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night,
  6. That runaway’s eyes may wink and Romeo
  7. Leap to these arms, untalk’d of and unseen.
  8. Lovers can see to do their amorous rites
  9. By their own beauties; or, if love be blind,
  10. It best agrees with night. Come, civil night,
  11. Thou sober-suited matron, all in black,
  12. And learn me how to lose a winning match,
  13. Play’d for a pair of stainless maidenhoods:
  14. Hood my unmann’d blood, bating in my cheeks,
  15. With thy black mantle; till strange love, grown bold,
  16. Think true love acted simple modesty.
  17. Come, night; come, Romeo; come, thou day in night;
  18. For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night
  19. Whiter than new snow on a raven’s back.
  20. Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-brow’d night,
  21. Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,
  22. Take him and cut him out in little stars,
  23. And he will make the face of heaven so fine
  24. That all the world will be in love with night
  25. And pay no worship to the garish sun.
  26. O, I have bought the mansion of a love,
  27. But not possess’d it, and, though I am sold,
  28. Not yet enjoy’d: so tedious is this day
  29. As is the night before some festival
  30. To an impatient child that hath new robes
  31. And may not wear them. O, here comes my nurse,
  32. And she brings news; and every tongue that speaks
  33. But Romeo’s name speaks heavenly eloquence.
    Enter Nurse, with cords
  34. Now, nurse, what news? What hast thou there? the cords
  35. That Romeo bid thee fetch?