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Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Act 2, Prologue Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 



Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Prologue

Enter CHORUS

Enter CHORUS

CHORUS

Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie,

old desire=love for Rosaline

And young affection gapes to be his heir.

his heir=heir of old desire

That fair for which love groaned for and would die

that fair=Rosaline

With tender Juliet matched, is now not fair.

(Rosaline is no longer fair to Romeo)

Now Romeo is beloved and loves again,

Alike bewitchèd by the charm of looks,

But to his foe supposed he must complain,

And she steal love’s sweet bait from fearful hooks.

fearful=fearsome

Being held a foe, he may not have access

To breathe such vows as lovers use to swear.

And she as much in love, her means much less

To meet her new beloved anywhere.

But passion lends them power, time means, to meet,

(time lends them means)

Tempering extremities with extreme sweet.

extremities=extremities of danger

 

CHORUS

Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie,

And young affection gapes to be his heir.

That fair for which love groaned for and would die

With tender Juliet matched, is now not fair.

Now Romeo is beloved and loves again,

Alike bewitchèd by the charm of looks,

But to his foe supposed he must complain,

And she steal love’s sweet bait from fearful hooks.

Being held a foe, he may not have access

To breathe such vows as lovers use to swear.

And she as much in love, her means much less

To meet her new beloved anywhere.

But passion lends them power, time means, to meet,

Tempering extremities with extreme sweet.

 

Exit

Exit

 

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