Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, scene 2 | The Folger SHAKESPEARE (2023)


Romeocomes forward.

He jests at scars that never felt a wound.

EnterJuliet above.

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the East, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
5Who is already sick and pale with grief
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid since she is envious.
Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off.
10It is my lady. O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!
She speaks, yet she says nothing. What of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.


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I am too bold. ’Tis not to me she speaks.
15Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, doentreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those
As daylight doth a lamp; her eye in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
25O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!
ROMEO, asideShe speaks.
O, speak again, bright angel, for thou art
30As glorious to this night, being o’er my head,
As is a wingèd messenger of heaven
Unto the white-upturnèd wond’ring eyes
Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him
When he bestrides the lazy puffing clouds
35And sails upon the bosom of the air.
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name,
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
ROMEO, aside
40Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?
’Tis but thy name that is my enemy.
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face. O, be some other name
45Belonging to a man.
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose


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By any other word would smell as sweet.
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
50Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And, for thy name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.
ROMEOI take thee at thy word.
Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized.
55Henceforth I never will be Romeo.
What man art thou that, thus bescreened in night,
So stumblest on my counsel?
ROMEOBy a name
I know not how to tell thee who I am.
60My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself
Because it is an enemy to thee.
Had I it written, I would tear the word.
My ears have yet not drunk a hundred words
Of thy tongue’s uttering, yet I know the sound.
65Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague?
Neither, fair maid, if either thee dislike.
How camest thou hither, tell me, and wherefore?
The orchard walls are high and hard to climb,
And the place death, considering who thou art,
70If any of my kinsmen find thee here.
With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls,
For stony limits cannot hold love out,
And what love can do, that dares love attempt.
Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me.
75If they do see thee, they will murder thee.


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Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
Than twenty of their swords. Look thou but sweet,
And I am proof against their enmity.
I would not for the world they saw thee here.
80I have night’s cloak to hide me from their eyes,
And, but thou love me, let them find me here.
My life were better ended by their hate
Than death proroguèd, wanting of thy love.
By whose direction found’st thou out this place?
85By love, that first did prompt me to inquire.
He lent me counsel, and I lent him eyes.
I am no pilot; yet, wert thou as far
As that vast shore washedwith the farthest sea,
I should adventure for such merchandise.
90Thou knowest the mask of night is on my face,
Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek
For that which thou hast heard me speak tonight.
Fain would I dwell on form; fain, fain deny
What I have spoke. But farewell compliment.
95Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say “Ay,”
And I will take thy word. Yet, if thou swear’st,
Thou mayst prove false. At lovers’ perjuries,
They say, Jove laughs. O gentle Romeo,
If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully.
100Or, if thou thinkest I am too quickly won,
I’ll frown and be perverse and say thee nay,
So thou wilt woo, but else not for the world.
In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond,
And therefore thou mayst think my haviorlight.
105But trust me, gentleman, I’ll prove more true


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Than those that have morecoying to be strange.
I should have been more strange, I must confess,
But that thou overheard’st ere I was ware
My true-love passion. Therefore pardon me,
110And not impute this yielding to light love,
Which the dark night hath so discoverèd.
Lady, by yonder blessèd moon I vow,
That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops—
O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon,
115That monthly changes in her circledorb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
What shall I swear by?
JULIETDo not swear at all.
Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
120Which is the god of my idolatry,
And I’ll believe thee.
ROMEOIf my heart’s dear love—
Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee,
I have no joy of this contract tonight.
125It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden,
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say “It lightens.” Sweet, good night.
This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
130Good night, good night. As sweet repose and rest
Come to thy heart as that within my breast.
O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?
What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?
Th’ exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine.


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135I gave thee mine before thou didst request it,
And yet I would it were to give again.
Wouldst thou withdraw it? For what purpose, love?
But to be frank and give it thee again.
And yet I wish but for the thing I have.
140My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep. The more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
Nursecalls from within.
I hear some noise within. Dear love, adieu.—
Anon, good nurse.—Sweet Montague, be true.
145Stay but a little; I will come again.Sheexits.
O blessèd, blessèd night! I am afeard,
Being in night, all this is but a dream,
Too flattering sweet to be substantial.

ReenterJuliet above.

Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.
150If that thy bent of love be honorable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow,
By one that I’ll procure to come to thee,
Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite,
And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay
155And follow thee my lordthroughout the world.
NURSE, withinMadam.
I come anon.—But if thou meanest not well,
I do beseech thee—
NURSE, withinMadam.
JULIET160By and by, I come.—
To cease thy strife and leave me to my grief.
Tomorrow will I send.


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ROMEOSo thrive my soul—
JULIETA thousand times good night.Sheexits.
165A thousand times the worse to want thy light.
Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their
But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.

Enter Juliet aboveagain.

Hist, Romeo, hist! O, for a falc’ner’s voice
170To lure this tassel-gentle back again!
Bondage is hoarse and may not speak aloud,
Else would I tear the cave where Echo lies
And make her airy tongue more hoarse than mine
With repetition of “My Romeo!”
175It is my soul that calls upon my name.
How silver-sweet sound lovers’ tongues by night,
Like softest music to attending ears.
ROMEOMy dear.
JULIET180What o’clock tomorrow
Shall I send to thee?
ROMEOBy the hour of nine.
I will not fail. ’Tis twenty year till then.
I have forgot why I did call thee back.
185Let me stand here till thou remember it.
I shall forget, to have thee still stand there,
Rememb’ring how I love thy company.


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And I’ll still stay, to have thee still forget,
Forgetting any other home but this.
190’Tis almost morning. I would have thee gone,
And yet no farther 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,
195So loving-jealous of his liberty.
I would I were thy bird.
JULIETSweet, so would I.
Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing.
Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet
That I shall say “Good night” till it be morrow.
Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast.
Would I were sleep and peace so sweet to rest.
Hence will I to my ghostly friar’s close cell,
205His help to crave, and my dear hap to tell.
He exits.


What happens in Act 2 Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

At the start of this scene, Romeo hides beneath Juliet's balcony and overhears her talking about him. He eventually comes out and they talk to each other. They declare their love for each other and arrange to meet the next day when Romeo has promised to marry Juliet.

What is the famous line Juliet speaks in Act 2 Scene 2? ›

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy. Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.

When was Romeo and Juliet published Folger Shakespeare Library? ›

The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623.

How does Shakespeare use language Act 2 Scene 2? ›

In Act 2, scene 1 and 2, Shakespeare uses many forms of language to create an atmosphere. He uses imagery related to sleep, blood, light, dark and guilt. These images create a tense and anxious atmosphere leading up to the murder of King Duncan.

Why is Juliet embarrassed in Act 2 Scene 2? ›

Juliet is super embarrassed until she realizes that it's Romeo hiding in the bushes. This is bad news, because if her family finds Romeo, they'll kill him. Luckily, she gets over her shock fast enough to enjoy the most romantic love scene in the history of Western literature.

What is the dramatic irony in Act 2 Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

When Romeo's friends can't find him, they assume he is mad about Rosaline when really he has fallen in love with a new girl. It's irony because we already know he is love with Juilet, but they think he is still mad about Rosaline.

What metaphor does Juliet use in Act 2 Scene 2? ›

In this metaphor, Romeo and Juliet's sudden love is like an emerging flower bud, which will blossom into a beautiful flower with time.

What topic is Juliet in Act 2 Scene 2? ›

Juliet, musing to herself and unaware that Romeo is in her garden, asks why Romeo must be Romeo—a Montague, and therefore an enemy to her family. She says that if he would refuse his Montague name, she would give herself to him; or if he would simply swear that he loved her, she would refuse her Capulet name.

What is the most important scene in Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

They reveal their mutual love and Romeo leaves, promising to arrange a secret marriage and let Juliet's messenger, her old Nurse, have the details the following morning. This famous scene, known as the Balcony Scene, is numbered Act 2, Scene 2 in many editions.

How many books are in the Folger Shakespeare Library? ›

Collection Holdings

The Folger collection is vast and varied, including: about 260,000 printed books; 60,000 manuscripts; 90,000 prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and other works of art; and a wealth of performance history, from a quarter of a million playbills to films, recordings, and stage costumes.

Is Juliet 13 or 16? ›

In Shakespeare's original story, Romeo is given the age of 16 years and Juliet is given the age of 13 years.

Where is the original copy of Romeo and Juliet? ›

The copy shown above was once owned by the Shakespearean actor David Garrick, who bequeathed it to the British Museum upon his death in 1779. This copy became part of the British Library's collections under the 1972 British Library Act, and is one of five known to exist according to the English Short Title Catalogue.

How does Shakespeare explore guilt Act 2 Scene 2? ›

In 'Macbeth', one of the ways in which guilt is presented is through the reoccurring image of blood. In Act 2 Scene 2, the blood on Macbeth's hands after his murder of Duncan is both literal and a metaphor for his guilt: “Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood / Clean from my hand?

What is the resolution of Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 2? ›

Romeo sees Juliet standing on a balcony and eavesdrops for a while before revealing himself and declaring his love for her. Without knowing that Romeo can hear her, Juliet laments the fact that Romeo is a Montague. Once he reveals himself, she declares her love for him and agrees to marry him.

What is the foreshadowing in Act 2 Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Two hints Shakespeare plants in Act II at what lies ahead for Romeo and Juliet are in scene two and three. In scene two, Romeo says, “ I have night's cloak to hide me from their sight; and, but thou love me, let them find me here.

What is the saddest line in Romeo and Juliet? ›

Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.

What is the allusion in Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 2? ›

Act 2, scene 2

This is an allusion to Jove, also called Jupiter, the king of the Roman gods. This is an allusion to Echo, a mountain nymph in Greek mythology, who was cursed to only be able to repeat others' words.

What is Juliet apologizing for? ›

Juliet comes home, all fake-humble and repentant. She apologizes for being a bratty teenager and says she'll marry Paris.

What is an example of foreshadowing in Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

FORESHADOWING  Friar Laurence: These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder. . . Therefore love moderately; long love doth so; Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.

What is the main idea of Act 2 in Romeo and Juliet? ›

The Chorus delivers another short sonnet describing the new love between Romeo and Juliet: the hatred between the lovers' families makes it difficult for them to find the time or place to meet and let their passion grow; but the prospect of their love gives each of them the power and determination to elude the ...

What oxymoron does Juliet use in Act 2 Scene 2? ›

Oxymorons in Romeo and Juliet Act 2

As he leaves, she says, ''Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow. . .'' ''Sweet sorrow'' is an oxymoron, as the two words are contradictory terms.

Why is Act 2 Scene 2 so important? ›

The scene contains some of the more recognizable and memorable passages in all of Shakespeare. Here, in the famous balcony scene, Romeo and Juliet reveal their love to each other, and at Juliet's suggestion, they plan to marry.

What happens in Scene 2 Romeo and Juliet? ›

Paris, a relative of the prince, asks Capulet for his daughter Juliet's hand in marriage. Capulet is initially reluctant to give his consent because Juliet is so young. Finally, however, he agrees to the match if Paris can gain Juliet's consent.

What does Folger Shakespeare Library mean? ›

The Folger Shakespeare Library is an independent research library on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., United States. It has the world's largest collection of the printed works of William Shakespeare, and is a primary repository for rare materials from the early modern period (1500–1750) in Britain and Europe.

What was the last book Shakespeare wrote? ›

The Tempest, the last play Shakespeare wrote alone, may be read as the playwright's farewell to the stage.

Who is Folger Shakespeare Library named after? ›

The library, founded in 1932 and administered by the trustees of Amherst College, is named for Henry Clay Folger, chairman of the Standard Oil Company of New York. His will bequeathed his Shakespeare collection to the American people and provided the necessary funds to house, maintain, and expand it.

What does Romeo ask Juliet in Act 2 Scene 2? ›

He wishes aloud for Juliet to surrender her virginity to him and “kill the envious moon,” or erase her connection to the goddess of purity and virginity. Juliet speaks, sighing “Ay me!” and Romeo, hearing her, remains hidden, but quietly says he wishes she would speak again.

What plans do Romeo and Juliet make in Scene 2 Act 2? ›

Romeo promises to find someone who will unite them in marriage on the following day. Juliet plans to send a messenger the next morning to learn of these wedding arrangements. Their love and their sense of urgency will not allow them to wait. And I'll no longer be a Capulet.

What big event happens in Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

They reveal their mutual love and Romeo leaves, promising to arrange a secret marriage and let Juliet's messenger, her old Nurse, have the details the following morning. This famous scene, known as the Balcony Scene, is numbered Act 2, Scene 2 in many editions.

What happens in Act 2 Scene 2 in Inherit the Wind? ›

One of Bert's students is brought in as a witness, and Brady asks him what his teacher taught him about the way the earth was formed. The student, Howard, tells the jury about how Bert taught the class about evolution. But Brady starts soap-boxing and leading the kid on.

What is the first thing Romeo does in Act 2 Scene 2? ›

Benvolio tells him it's no use, and they both head for home, ending the scene. At the start of Act 2, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo stands beneath Juliet's balcony, hoping that she will step out so he may look upon her face.

What is Juliet afraid of in Act 2? ›

 Juliet says that she is afraid that her family will kill Romeo if they find him.


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