Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 3

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We see the ground whereon these woes do lie,
195But the true ground of all these piteous woes
We cannot without circumstance descry.
We see the cause of all this pain. But we’ll have to investigate to discover the whole story.
Reenter SECOND WATCHMAN with ROMEO’s man BALTHASAR
The SECOND WATCHMAN reenters with BALTHASAR.

SECOND WATCHMAN

Here’s Romeo’s man. We found him in the churchyard.

SECOND WATCHMAN

Here’s Romeo’s man. We found him in the churchyard.

CHIEF WATCHMAN

Hold him in safety till the Prince come hither.

CHIEF WATCHMAN

Hold him in custody until the Prince gets here.
Reenter THIRD WATCHMAN with FRIAR LAWRENCE
The THIRD WATCHMAN reenters with FRIAR LAWRENCE.

THIRD WATCHMAN

Here is a friar that trembles, sighs and weeps.
200We took this mattock and this spade from him
As he was coming from this churchyard’s side.

THIRD WATCHMAN

Here is a friar who’s trembling, sighing and weeping. We took this pickax and this shovel from him, as he was walking from this side of the graveyard.

CHIEF WATCHMAN

A great suspicion. Stay the friar too.

CHIEF WATCHMAN

Very suspicious. Hold the friar too.
Enter the PRINCE with ATTENDANTS
The PRINCE enters with ATTENDANTS.

PRINCE

What misadventure is so early up
That calls our person from our morning rest?

PRINCE

What crimes happen so early in the morning that I have to wake up before the usual time?
Enter CAPULET and LADY CAPULET
CAPULET and LADY CAPULET enter.

CAPULET

205What should it be that is so shrieked abroad?

CAPULET

What’s the problem, that they cry out so loud?

LADY CAPULET

Oh, the people in the street cry “Romeo,”
Some “Juliet,” and some “Paris,” and all run
With open outcry toward our monument.

LADY CAPULET

Some people in the street are crying “Romeo.” Some are crying “Juliet,” and some are crying “Paris.” They’re all running in an open riot toward our tomb.