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This is the poem for the week of August 4.
A new interlinear poem is available each Monday.


Parting is such sweet sorrow
Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 2


-William Shakespeare


Juliet:
'Tis almost morning, I would have thee goneó
And yet no farther than a wanton's bird,
wanton=immodest woman
That lets it hop a little from his hand,
Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves,
gyves=shackles
And with a silken thread plucks it back again,
So loving-jealous of his liberty.
loving-jealous=jealous out of love

Romeo:
I would I were thy bird.
would=wish

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


Preceding this passage is this passage:

Juliet:
A thousand times good night!

Romeo:
A thousand times the worse, to want thy light.
want=be without
Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books,
from=leaving from - eagerly
But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.
from=leaving from - unwillingly
toward school=as schoolboys toward school

Juliet:
'Tis almost morning, I would have thee goneó
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,
So loving-jealous of his liberty.

Romeo:
I would I were thy 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.


Preceding this passage is this passage:

Juliet:
A thousand times good night!

Romeo:
A thousand times the worse, to want thy light.
Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books,
But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.