Romeo & Juliet Act 1

Romeo & Juliet Act 1

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  • Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, Profaners of this neighbor-stained steel,--Will they not hear? What, ho! you mean, you beasts, That quench the fire of your pernicious rage With purple fountains issuing from your veins,On pain of torture, from those bloody handsThrow your mistemper'd weapons to the ground,And hear the sentence of your moved prince.Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word,By thee, old Capulet, and Montague,Have thrice disturb'd the quiet of our streets,And made Verona's ancient citizensCast by their grave beseeming ornaments,To wield old partisans, in hands as old,Canker'd with peace, to part your canker'd hate:If ever you disturb our streets again,Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.For this time, all the rest depart away:You Capulet; shall go along with me:And, Montague, come you this afternoon,To know our further pleasure in this case,To old Free-town, our common judgment-place.Once more, on pain of death, all men depart.
  • This night I hold an old accustom'd feast, Whereto I have invited many a guest,Such as I love; and you, among the store, One more, most welcome, makes my number more.At my poor house look to behold this nightEarth-treading stars that make dark heaven light:Such comfort as do lusty young men feelWhen well-apparell'd April on the heelOf limping winter treads, even such delightAmong fresh female buds shall you this nightInherit at my house; hear all, all see,And like her most whose merit most shall be:Which on more view, of many mine being oneMay stand in number, though in reckoning none, Come, go with me.
  • There one lived two families, named the Montagues and the Capulets, who were worst enemies and often fought with each other.
  • So often, that Prince Escalus decided that if any of them fought one more time, they would be executed.
  • Lord Capulet, head of the Capulets, declares to have a party at his castle.
  • Romeo, son of Lord Montague, the head of the Montagues, sneaks into the party.
  • Romeo meets Juliet, daughter of Lord Capulet, and then, they fall in love with each other.
  • But then, they each find out that the other's families are their worst enemies and become nearly heartbroken.
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