Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 3

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PRINCE

What fear is this which startles in our ears?

PRINCE

What’s this awful thing that everyone’s crying about?

CHIEF WATCHMAN

210Sovereign, here lies the County Paris slain,
And Romeo dead, and Juliet, dead before,
Warm and new killed.

CHIEF WATCHMAN

Prince, here lies Count Paris killed. And Romeo dead. And Juliet. She was dead before, but now she’s warm and hasn’t been dead for long.

PRINCE

Search, seek, and know how this foul murder comes.

PRINCE

Investigate how this foul murder came about.

CHIEF WATCHMAN

Here is a friar, and slaughtered Romeo’s man,
215With instruments upon them fit to open
These dead men’s tombs.

CHIEF WATCHMAN

Here is a friar, and dead Romeo’s man. They’ve got tools on them—tools they could use to open these tombs.

CAPULET

O heavens! O wife, look how our daughter bleeds!
This dagger hath mista'en—for, lo, his house
Is empty on the back of Montague,
220And it mis-sheathèd in my daughter’s bosom.

CAPULET

Oh heavens! Oh wife, look at how our daughter bleeds! That knife should be in its sheath on that Montague’s back, but instead it’s mis-sheathed in my daughter’s breast.

LADY CAPULET

O me! This sight of death is as a bell,
That warns my old age to a sepulcher.

LADY CAPULET

Oh my! This sight of death is like a bell that warns me I’m old and I’ll die soon.
Enter MONTAGUE
MONTAGUE enters.

PRINCE

Come, Montague, for thou art early up
To see thy son and heir now early down.

PRINCE

Come, Montague. You’re up early to see your son down early.

MONTAGUE

225Alas, my liege, my wife is dead tonight.
Grief of my son’s exile hath stopped her breath.
What further woe conspires against mine age?

MONTAGUE

Oh, my liege, my wife died tonight. Sadness over my son’s exile stopped her breath. What further pain must I endure in my old age?

PRINCE

Look, and thou shalt see.

PRINCE

Look, and you’ll see.

MONTAGUE

(to ROMEO) O thou untaught! What manners is in this,
230To press before thy father to a grave?

MONTAGUE

(seeing ROMEO's body) Oh, you undisciplined boy! Where are your manners? It’s not right for a son to push past his father on his way to the grave.