A Tale of Star- Crossed Lovers Romeo and Juliet
Historical And Mythological References In The Play • In fair Verona, where we lay our scene • From ancient grudge break into new mutiny • If you with patient ears attend • Begin to draw, The shady curtains from Aurora’s bed • She’ll not be hit, With Cupid’s arrow; she hath Dian’s wit
Continued…. • Let two more summers wither in their pride, Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride • How long is it now to Lammas-tide? • Tis since the earthquake now eleven years • I had then laid wormwood to my dug • Then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you • Turn back, dull earth, and find thy center out
Continued…. • Young Adam Cupid, He that shot so true, When King Cophetua loved the beggar-maid • See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O, that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek! • Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? • At lover’s perjuries, They say, Jove laughs
Continued…. • 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’s name • And flecked darkness like a drunkard reels, From forth day’s path and Titan’s fiery wheels: • Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw love
Continued…. • Now is he for the numbers that Petrarch flowed in: Laura to his lady was but a kitchen-wench; marry, she had a better love to be-rhyme her; Dido a dowdy; Cleopatra a gipsy; Helen and Hero hildings and harlots; This be a grey eye or so, but not to purpose • Good king of cats, nothing but one of your nine lives; • A plague o’ both your houses!
Continued…. • O, I am fortune’s fool • I’ll say yon grey is not the morning’s eye, ‘Tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia’s brow; • Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds, Towards Phoebus’ lodging: such a wagoner, As Phaeton would whip you to the west, And bring in cloudy night immediately • Shrieks like mandrakes torn out of the earth
Continued…. • Shrieks like mandrakes torn out of the earth • Shall I believe, That unsubstantial death is amorous, And that the lean abhorred monster keeps, Thee here in dark to be his paramour?
New England Tour of Shakespeare Spring 2009William Shakespeare’sRomeo and JulietDirected by Jonathan R. Croy • 70 Kemble Street • Lenox, MA 01240-2813 • 413-637-1199 ext. 123 • email@example.com • www.shakespeare.org Works cited