Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

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JULIET

170Romeo!

JULIET

Romeo!

ROMEO

 My nyas?

ROMEO

My baby hawk?

JULIET

   What o'clock tomorrow
Shall I send to thee?

JULIET

What time tomorrow should I send a messenger to you?

ROMEO

   By the hour of nine.

ROMEO

By nine o'clock.

JULIET

I will not fail. 'Tis twenty year till then.
I have forgot why I did call thee back.

JULIET

I won’t fail. From now until then seems like twenty years. I have forgotten why I called you back.

ROMEO

Let me stand here till thou remember it.

ROMEO

Let me stand here until you remember your reason.

JULIET

175I shall forget, to have thee still stand there,
Remembering how I love thy company.

JULIET

I’ll forget it, and you’ll have to stand there forever. I’ll only remember how much I love your company.

ROMEO

And I’ll still stay, to have thee still forget,
Forgetting any other home but this.

ROMEO

I’ll keep standing here, even if you keep forgetting. I’ll forget that I have any home besides this spot right here.

JULIET

'Tis almost morning. I would have thee gone.
180And yet no further than a wanton’s bird,
That lets it hop a little from his hand
Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves,
And with a silken thread plucks it back again,
So loving-jealous of his liberty.

JULIET

It’s almost morning. I want to make you go, but I’d only let you go as far as a spoiled child lets his pet bird go. He lets the bird hop a little from his hand and then yanks him back by a string.

ROMEO

185I would I were thy bird.

ROMEO

I wish I was your bird.

JULIET

     Sweet, so would I.
Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing.
Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

JULIET

My sweet, so do I. But I would kill you by petting you too much. Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow that I’ll say good night until tonight becomes tomorrow.
Exit JULIET, above
JULIET exits.