Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 3

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Enter FRIAR LAWRENCE with lantern, crow, and spade
FRIAR LAWRENCE enters with a lantern, crowbar, and shovel.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Saint Francis be my speed! How oft tonight
Have my old feet stumbled at graves!—Who’s there?

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Saint Francis, help me! How often tonight have my old feet stumbled on gravestones! Who’s there?

BALTHASAR

Here’s one, a friend, and one that knows you well.

BALTHASAR

I’m a friend, a friend who knows you well.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Bliss be upon you! Tell me, good my friend,
135What torch is yond that vainly lends his light
To grubs and eyeless skulls? As I discern,
It burneth in the Capels' monument.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

God bless you! Tell me, my good friend, what is that light over there? The one that vainly lights up the darkness for worms and skulls without eyes? It looks to me like it’s burning in the Capulet tomb.

BALTHASAR

It doth so, holy sir, and there’s my master,
One that you love.

BALTHASAR

That is where it’s burning, father. My master is there. The one you love.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

   Who is it?

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Who is it?

BALTHASAR

     Romeo.

BALTHASAR

Romeo.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

140How long hath he been there?

FRIAR LAWRENCE

How long has he been there?

BALTHASAR

     Full half an hour.

BALTHASAR

For a full half hour.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Go with me to the vault.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Go with me to the tomb.

BALTHASAR

     I dare not, sir.
My master knows not but I am gone hence,
And fearfully did menace me with death
If I did stay to look on his intents.

BALTHASAR

I don’t dare, sir. My master doesn’t know I’m still here. He threatened me with death if I stayed to look at what he was doing.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

145Stay, then. I’ll go alone. Fear comes upon me.
Oh, much I fear some ill unthrifty thing.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

Stay, then. I’ll go alone. I’m suddenly afraid. Oh, I’m very scared something awful has happened.