Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

Original Text

Modern Text

This, by his voice, should be a Montague.—
(to his PAGE) Fetch me my rapier, boy.—
What, dares the slave
55Come hither, covered with an antic face,
To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?
Now, by the stock and honor of my kin,
To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.
I can tell by his voice that this man is a Montague. (to his PAGE) Get me my sword, boy.What, does this peasant dare to come here with his face covered by a mask to sneer at and scorn our celebration? Now, by the honor of our family, I do not consider it a crime to kill him.
Why, how now, kinsman? Wherefore storm you so?
Why, what’s going on here, nephew? Why are you acting so angry?
60Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe,
A villain that is hither come in spite
To scorn at our solemnity this night.
Uncle, this man is a Montague—our enemy. He’s a scoundrel who’s come here out of spite to mock our party.
Young Romeo is it?
Is it young Romeo?
     'Tis he, that villain Romeo.
That’s him, that villain Romeo.
Content thee, gentle coz. Let him alone.
65He bears him like a portly gentleman,
And, to say truth, Verona brags of him
To be a virtuous and well-governed youth.
I would not for the wealth of all the town
Here in my house do him disparagement.
70Therefore be patient. Take no note of him.
It is my will, the which if thou respect,
Show a fair presence and put off these frowns,
An ill-beseeming semblance for a feast.
Calm down, gentle cousin. Leave him alone. He carries himself like a dignified gentleman, and, to tell you the truth, he has a reputation throughout Verona as a virtuous and well-behaved young man. I wouldn’t insult him in my own house for all the wealth in this town. So calm down. Just ignore him. That’s what I want, and if you respect my wishes, you’ll look nice and stop frowning because that’s not the way you should behave at a feast.