Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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ROMEO

Oh, thou wilt speak again of banishment.

ROMEO

Oh, you’re just going to talk about banishment again.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

I’ll give thee armor to keep off that word—
55Adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy—
To comfort thee though thou art banishèd.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

I’ll give you protection from that word. I’ll give you the antidote for trouble: philosophy. Philosophy will comfort you even though you’ve been banished.

ROMEO

Yet “banishèd”? Hang up philosophy!
Unless philosophy can make a Juliet,
Displant a town, reverse a prince’s doom,
60It helps not, it prevails not. Talk no more.

ROMEO

You’re still talking about “banished?” Forget about philosophy! Unless philosophy can create a Juliet, or pick up a town and put it somewhere else, or reverse a prince’s punishment, it doesn’t do me any good. Don’t say anything else.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Oh, then I see that madmen have no ears.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Oh, so madmen like you are also deaf.

ROMEO

How should they, when that wise men have no eyes?

ROMEO

How should madmen hear, if wise men can’t even see?

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Let me dispute with thee of thy estate.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Let me talk to you about your situation.

ROMEO

Thou canst not speak of that thou dost not feel.
65Wert thou as young as I, Juliet thy love,
An hour but married, Tybalt murderèd,
Doting like me, and like me banishèd,
Then mightst thou speak, then mightst thou tear thy hair
And fall upon the ground, as I do now,
70Taking the measure of an unmade grave.

ROMEO

You can’t talk about something that you don’t feel. If you were as young as I am, if you were in love with Juliet, if you had just married her an hour ago, if then you murdered Tybalt, if you were lovesick like me, and if you were banished, then you might talk about it. You might also tear your hair out of your head and collapse to the ground the way I do right now. (ROMEO falls on the ground) You might kneel down and measure the grave that hasn’t yet been dug.
Knocking from within
Knocking from offstage.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Arise. One knocks. Good Romeo, hide thyself.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Get up. Somebody’s knocking. Hide yourself, good Romeo.