Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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ROMEO

Not I, unless the breath of heartsick groans,
Mistlike, infold me from the search of eyes.

ROMEO

I won’t hide unless all the mist from my heartsick groans envelopes me like fog and conceals me from people’s searching eyes.
Knocking
Knocking.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Hark, how they knock!—Who’s there?—Romeo, arise.
75Thou wilt be taken.—Stay awhile.—Stand up.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Listen, they’re still knocking!—(to the person at the door) Who’s there?—(to ROMEO) Romeo, get up. They’ll arrest you.—(to the person at the door) Hold on a moment.—(to ROMEO) Get up.
Knocking
Knocking
Run to my study.—By and by!—God’s will,
What simpleness is this!—I come, I come.
Run and hide in my study.—Just a minute—For the love of God, why are you being so stupid? I’m coming. I’m coming.
Knocking
Knocking.
Who knocks so hard? Whence come you? What’s your will?
Why are you knocking so hard? Where do you come from? What do you want?

NURSE

(from within) Let me come in, and you shall know my errand.
80I come from Lady Juliet.

NURSE

(from offstage) Let me come in, and I’ll tell you why I came. I come from Lady Juliet.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

      (opens the door) Welcome then.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

(opening the door) Welcome, then.
Enter NURSE
The NURSE enters.

NURSE

O holy Friar, O, tell me, holy Friar,
Where is my lady’s lord? Where’s Romeo?

NURSE

Oh, holy Friar, Oh, tell me, holy Friar, where is my lady’s husband? Where’s Romeo?