Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 5

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JULIET

It is, it is. Hie hence! Be gone, away!
It is the lark that sings so out of tune,
Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.
Some say the lark makes sweet division.
30This doth not so, for she divideth us.
Some say the lark and loathèd toad change eyes.
Oh, now I would they had changed voices too,
Since arm from arm that voice doth us affray,
Hunting thee hence with hunt’s-up to the day.
35O, now be gone. More light and light it grows.

JULIET

It is, it is. Get out of here, be gone, go away! It’s the lark that sings so out of tune, making such harsh noise. Some say the lark makes a sweet division between day and night. It’s not true because she separates us.

Some say the lark traded its eyes with the toad

A folktale said that the lark had gotten its ugly eyes from the toad, who had taken its pretty eyes from the lark.

Some say the lark traded its eyes with the toad
. Oh, now I wish they had traded voices too! Because the lark’s voice tears us out of each other’s arms, and now there will be men hunting for you. Oh, go away now. I see more and more light.

ROMEO

More light and light, more dark and dark our woes!

ROMEO

More and more light. More and more pain for us.
Enter NURSE
The NURSE enters.

NURSE

Madam.

NURSE

Madam.

JULIET

Nurse?

JULIET

Nurse?

NURSE

Your lady mother is coming to your chamber.
40The day is broke. Be wary, look about.

NURSE

Your mother is coming to your bedroom. Day has broken. Be careful. Watch out.
Exit NURSE
The NURSE exits.

JULIET

Then, window, let day in and let life out.

JULIET

Then the window lets day in, and life goes out the window.

ROMEO

Farewell, farewell. One kiss, and I’ll descend.

ROMEO

Farewell, farewell! Give me one kiss, and I’ll go down.
Kiss. ROMEO goes down
They kiss. ROMEO drops the ladder and goes down.