Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

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BENVOLIO

I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword,
Or manage it to part these men with me.

BENVOLIO

I’m only trying to keep the peace. Either put away your sword or use it to help me stop this fight.

TYBALT

60What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word,
As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.
Have at thee, coward!

TYBALT

What? You take out your sword and then talk about peace? I hate the word peace like I hate hell, all Montagues, and you. Let’s go at it, coward!
They fight Enter three or four CITIZENS, with clubs or partisans
BENVOLIO and TYBALT fight. Three or four CITIZENS of the watch enter with clubs and spears.

CITIZENS

Clubs, bills, and partisans! Strike! Beat them down!
Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!

CITIZENS

Use your clubs and spears! Hit them! Beat them down! Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!
Enter old CAPULET in his gown, and his wife, LADY CAPULET
CAPULET enters in his gown, together with his wife, LADY CAPULET.

CAPULET

65What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho!

CAPULET

What’s this noise? Give me my long sword! Come on!

LADY CAPULET

A crutch, a crutch! Why call you for a sword?

LADY CAPULET

A crutch, you need a crutch—why are you asking for a sword?
Enter old MONTAGUE and his wife, LADY MONTAGUE
MONTAGUE enters with his sword drawn,together with his wife, LADY MONTAGUE.

CAPULET

My sword, I say! Old Montague is come,
And flourishes his blade in spite of me.

CAPULET

I want my sword. Old Montague is here, and he’s waving his sword around just to make me mad.

MONTAGUE

Thou villain Capulet! Hold me not. Let me go.

MONTAGUE

Capulet, you villain! (his wife holds him back) Don’t stop me. Let me go.

LADY MONTAGUE

70Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe.

LADY MONTAGUE

You’re not taking one step toward an enemy.