Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 5

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LADY CAPULET

20O me, O me! My child, my only life,
Revive, look up, or I will die with thee!—
Help, help! Call help.

LADY CAPULET

Oh my, Oh my! My child, my reason for living, wake up, look up, or I’ll die with you! Help, help! Call for help.
Enter CAPULET
CAPULET enters.

CAPULET

For shame, bring Juliet forth. Her lord is come.

CAPULET

For shame, bring Juliet out here. Her bridegroom is here.

NURSE

She’s dead, deceased, she’s dead. Alack the day!

NURSE

She’s dead, deceased, she’s dead. Curse the day!

LADY CAPULET

25Alack the day. She’s dead, she’s dead, she’s dead!

LADY CAPULET

Curse the day! She’s dead, she’s dead, she’s dead!

CAPULET

Ha? Let me see her. Out, alas! She’s cold.
Her blood is settled, and her joints are stiff.
Life and these lips have long been separated.
Death lies on her like an untimely frost
30Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.

CAPULET

No! Let me see her. Oh no! She’s cold. Her blood has stopped, and her joints are stiff. She’s been dead for some time. She’s dead, like a beautiful flower, killed by an unseasonable frost.

NURSE

O lamentable day!

NURSE

Oh, sad day!

LADY CAPULET

   O woeful time.

LADY CAPULET

Oh, this is a painful time!

CAPULET

Death, that hath ta'en her hence to make me wail,
Ties up my tongue and will not let me speak.

CAPULET

Death, which has taken her away to make me cry, now ties up my tongue and won’t let me speak.
Enter FRIAR LAWRENCE, County PARIS, and MUSICIANS
FRIAR LAWRENCE and PARIS enter with MUSICIANS.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Come, is the bride ready to go to church?

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Come, is the bride ready to go to church?

CAPULET

35Ready to go, but never to return.
O son! The night before thy wedding day
Hath death lain with thy wife. There she lies,
Flower as she was, deflowered by him.

CAPULET

She’s ready to go, but she’ll never return. (to PARIS) Oh son! On the night before your wedding day, death has taken your wife. There she lies. She was a flower, but death deflowered her.