Nurse's Lines From
"Romeo and Juliet"

Act I

Prologue

Scene I

Scene II

Scene III

Nurse
  1. Faith, I can tell her age unto an hour.
Nurse
  1. I'll lay fourteen of my teeth,--
  2. And yet, to my teeth be it spoken, I have but four--
  3. She is not fourteen. How long is it now
  4. To Lammas-tide?
Nurse
  1. Even or odd, of all days in the year,
  2. Come Lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen.
  3. Susan and she--God rest all Christian souls!--
  4. Were of an age: well, Susan is with God;
  5. She was too good for me: but, as I said,
  6. On Lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen;
  7. That shall she, marry; I remember it well.
  8. 'Tis since the earthquake now eleven years;
  9. And she was wean'd,--I never shall forget it,--
  10. Of all the days of the year, upon that day:
  11. For I had then laid wormwood to my dug,
  12. Sitting in the sun under the dove-house wall;
  13. My lord and you were then at Mantua:--
  14. Nay, I do bear a brain:--but, as I said,
  15. When it did taste the wormwood on the nipple
  16. Of my dug and felt it bitter, pretty fool,
  17. To see it tetchy and fall out with the dug!
  18. Shake quoth the dove-house: 'twas no need, I trow,
  19. To bid me trudge:
  20. And since that time it is eleven years;
  21. For then she could stand alone; nay, by the rood,
  22. She could have run and waddled all about;
  23. For even the day before, she broke her brow:
  24. And then my husband--God be with his soul!
  25. A' was a merry man--took up the child:
  26. 'Yea,' quoth he, 'dost thou fall upon thy face?
  27. Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit;
  28. Wilt thou not, Jule?' and, by my holidame,
  29. The pretty wretch left crying and said 'Ay.'
  30. To see, now, how a jest shall come about!
  31. I warrant, an I should live a thousand years,
  32. I never should forget it: 'Wilt thou not, Jule?' quoth he;
  33. And, pretty fool, it stinted and said 'Ay.'
Nurse
  1. Yes, madam: yet I cannot choose but laugh,
  2. To think it should leave crying and say 'Ay.'
  3. And yet, I warrant, it had upon its brow
  4. A bump as big as a young cockerel's stone;
  5. A parlous knock; and it cried bitterly:
  6. 'Yea,' quoth my husband,'fall'st upon thy face?
  7. Thou wilt fall backward when thou comest to age;
  8. Wilt thou not, Jule?' it stinted and said 'Ay.'
Nurse
  1. Peace, I have done. God mark thee to his grace!
  2. Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nursed:
  3. An I might live to see thee married once,
  4. I have my wish.
Nurse
  1. Now, by my maidenhead, at twelve year old,
  2. I bade her come. What, lamb! what, ladybird!
  3. God forbid! Where's this girl? What, Juliet!
Nurse
  1. Your mother.
Nurse
  1. An honour! were not I thine only nurse,
  2. I would say thou hadst suck'd wisdom from thy teat.
Nurse
  1. A man, young lady! lady, such a man
  2. As all the world--why, he's a man of wax.
Nurse
  1. Nay, he's a flower; in faith, a very flower.
Nurse
  1. No less! nay, bigger; women grow by men.
Nurse
  1. Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days.

Scene IV

Scene V

Nurse
  1. Madam, your mother craves a word with you.
Nurse
  1. Marry, bachelor,
  2. Her mother is the lady of the house,
  3. And a good lady, and a wise and virtuous
  4. I nursed her daughter, that you talk'd withal;
  5. I tell you, he that can lay hold of her
  6. Shall have the chinks.
Nurse
  1. The son and heir of old Tiberio.
Nurse
  1. Marry, that, I think, be young Petrucio.
Nurse
  1. I know not.
Nurse
  1. His name is Romeo, and a Montague;
  2. The only son of your great enemy.
Nurse
  1. What's this? what's this?
Nurse
  1. Anon, anon!
  2. Come, let's away; the strangers all are gone.

Act II

Prologue

Scene I

Scene II

Nurse
  1. Madam!
Nurse
  1. Madam!

Scene III

Scene IV

Nurse
  1. Peter!
Nurse
  1. My fan, Peter.
Nurse
  1. God ye good morrow, gentlemen.
Nurse
  1. Is it good den?
Nurse
  1. Out upon you! what a man are you!
Nurse
  1. By my troth, it is well said; 'for himself to mar,'
  2. quoth a'? Gentlemen, can any of you tell me where I
  3. may find the young Romeo?
Nurse
  1. You say well.
Nurse
  1. if you be he, sir, I desire some confidence with
  2. you.
Nurse
  1. Marry, farewell! I pray you, sir, what saucy
  2. merchant was this, that was so full of his ropery?
Nurse
  1. An a' speak any thing against me, I'll take him
  2. down, an a' were lustier than he is, and twenty such
  3. Jacks; and if I cannot, I'll find those that shall.
  4. Scurvy knave! I am none of his flirt-gills; I am
  5. none of his skains-mates. And thou must stand by
  6. too, and suffer every knave to use me at his pleasure?
Nurse
  1. Now, afore God, I am so vexed, that every part about
  2. me quivers. Scurvy knave! Pray you, sir, a word:
  3. and as I told you, my young lady bade me inquire you
  4. out; what she bade me say, I will keep to myself:
  5. but first let me tell ye, if ye should lead her into
  6. a fool's paradise, as they say, it were a very gross
  7. kind of behavior, as they say: for the gentlewoman
  8. is young; and, therefore, if you should deal double
  9. with her, truly it were an ill thing to be offered
  10. to any gentlewoman, and very weak dealing.
Nurse
  1. Good heart, and, i' faith, I will tell her as much:
  2. Lord, Lord, she will be a joyful woman.
Nurse
  1. I will tell her, sir, that you do protest; which, as
  2. I take it, is a gentlemanlike offer.
Nurse
  1. No truly sir; not a penny.
Nurse
  1. This afternoon, sir? well, she shall be there.
Nurse
  1. Now God in heaven bless thee! Hark you, sir.
Nurse
  1. Is your man secret? Did you ne'er hear say,
  2. Two may keep counsel, putting one away?
Nurse
  1. Ah. mocker! that's the dog's name; R is for
  2. the--No; I know it begins with some other
  3. letter:--and she hath the prettiest sententious of
  4. it, of you and rosemary, that it would do you good
  5. to hear it.
Nurse
  1. Ay, a thousand times.
  2. Peter!
Nurse
  1. Peter, take my fan, and go before and apace.

Scene V

Nurse
  1. Peter, stay at the gate.
Nurse
  1. I am a-weary, give me leave awhile:
  2. Fie, how my bones ache! what a jaunt have I had!
Nurse
  1. Jesu, what haste? can you not stay awhile?
  2. Do you not see that I am out of breath?
Nurse
  1. Well, you have made a simple choice; you know not
  2. how to choose a man: Romeo! no, not he; though his
  3. face be better than any man's, yet his leg excels
  4. all men's; and for a hand, and a foot, and a body,
  5. though they be not to be talked on, yet they are
  6. past compare: he is not the flower of courtesy,
  7. but, I'll warrant him, as gentle as a lamb. Go thy
  8. ways, wench; serve God. What, have you dined at home?
Nurse
  1. Lord, how my head aches! what a head have I!
  2. It beats as it would fall in twenty pieces.
  3. My back o' t' other side,--O, my back, my back!
  4. Beshrew your heart for sending me about,
  5. To catch my death with jaunting up and down!
Nurse
  1. Your love says, like an honest gentleman, and a
  2. courteous, and a kind, and a handsome, and, I
  3. warrant, a virtuous,--Where is your mother?
Nurse
  1. O God's lady dear!
  2. Are you so hot? marry, come up, I trow;
  3. Is this the poultice for my aching bones?
  4. Henceforward do your messages yourself.
Nurse
  1. Have you got leave to go to shrift to-day?
Nurse
  1. Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence' cell;
  2. There stays a husband to make you a wife:
  3. Now comes the wanton blood up in your cheeks,
  4. They'll be in scarlet straight at any news.
  5. Hie you to church; I must another way,
  6. To fetch a ladder, by the which your love
  7. Must climb a bird's nest soon when it is dark:
  8. I am the drudge and toil in your delight,
  9. But you shall bear the burden soon at night.
  10. Go; I'll to dinner: hie you to the cell.

Scene VI

Act III

Scene I

Scene II

Nurse
  1. Ay, ay, the cords.
Nurse
  1. Ah, well-a-day! he's dead, he's dead, he's dead!
  2. We are undone, lady, we are undone!
  3. Alack the day! he's gone, he's kill'd, he's dead!
Nurse
  1. Romeo can,
  2. Though heaven cannot: O Romeo, Romeo!
  3. Who ever would have thought it? Romeo!
Nurse
  1. I saw the wound, I saw it with mine eyes,--
  2. God save the mark!--here on his manly breast:
  3. A piteous corse, a bloody piteous corse;
  4. Pale, pale as ashes, all bedaub'd in blood,
  5. All in gore-blood; I swounded at the sight.
Nurse
  1. O Tybalt, Tybalt, the best friend I had!
  2. O courteous Tybalt! honest gentleman!
  3. That ever I should live to see thee dead!
Nurse
  1. Tybalt is gone, and Romeo banished;
  2. Romeo that kill'd him, he is banished.
Nurse
  1. It did, it did; alas the day, it did!
Nurse
  1. There's no trust,
  2. No faith, no honesty in men; all perjured,
  3. All forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.
  4. Ah, where's my man? give me some aqua vitae:
  5. These griefs, these woes, these sorrows make me old.
  6. Shame come to Romeo!
Nurse
  1. Will you speak well of him that kill'd your cousin?
Nurse
  1. Weeping and wailing over Tybalt's corse:
  2. Will you go to them? I will bring you thither.
Nurse
  1. Hie to your chamber: I'll find Romeo
  2. To comfort you: I wot well where he is.
  3. Hark ye, your Romeo will be here at night:
  4. I'll to him; he is hid at Laurence' cell.

Scene III

Nurse
  1. Let me come in, and you shall know
  2. my errand;
  3. I come from Lady Juliet.
Nurse
  1. O holy friar, O, tell me, holy friar,
  2. Where is my lady's lord, where's Romeo?
Nurse
  1. O, he is even in my mistress' case,
  2. Just in her case! O woful sympathy!
  3. Piteous predicament! Even so lies she,
  4. Blubbering and weeping, weeping and blubbering.
  5. Stand up, stand up; stand, and you be a man:
  6. For Juliet's sake, for her sake, rise and stand;
  7. Why should you fall into so deep an O?
Nurse
  1. Ah sir! ah sir! Well, death's the end of all.
Nurse
  1. O, she says nothing, sir, but weeps and weeps;
  2. And now falls on her bed; and then starts up,
  3. And Tybalt calls; and then on Romeo cries,
  4. And then down falls again.
Nurse
  1. O Lord, I could have stay'd here all the night
  2. To hear good counsel: O, what learning is!
  3. My lord, I'll tell my lady you will come.
Nurse
  1. Here, sir, a ring she bid me give you, sir:
  2. Hie you, make haste, for it grows very late.

Scene IV

Scene V

Nurse
  1. Madam!
Nurse
  1. Your lady mother is coming to your chamber:
  2. The day is broke; be wary, look about.
Nurse
  1. God in heaven bless her!
  2. You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so.
Nurse
  1. I speak no treason.
Nurse
  1. May not one speak?
Nurse
  1. Faith, here it is.
  2. Romeo is banish'd; and all the world to nothing,
  3. That he dares ne'er come back to challenge you;
  4. Or, if he do, it needs must be by stealth.
  5. Then, since the case so stands as now it doth,
  6. I think it best you married with the county.
  7. O, he's a lovely gentleman!
  8. Romeo's a dishclout to him: an eagle, madam,
  9. Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye
  10. As Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart,
  11. I think you are happy in this second match,
  12. For it excels your first: or if it did not,
  13. Your first is dead; or 'twere as good he were,
  14. As living here and you no use of him.
Nurse
  1. And from my soul too;
  2. Or else beshrew them both.
Nurse
  1. What?
Nurse
  1. Marry, I will; and this is wisely done.

Act IV

Scene I

Scene II

Nurse
  1. Ay, forsooth.
Nurse
  1. See where she comes from shrift with merry look.

Scene III

Scene IV

Nurse
  1. They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.
Nurse
  1. Go, you cot-quean, go,
  2. Get you to bed; faith, You'll be sick to-morrow
  3. For this night's watching.

Scene V

Nurse
  1. Mistress! what, mistress! Juliet! fast, I warrant her, she:
  2. Why, lamb! why, lady! fie, you slug-a-bed!
  3. Why, love, I say! madam! sweet-heart! why, bride!
  4. What, not a word? you take your pennyworths now;
  5. Sleep for a week; for the next night, I warrant,
  6. The County Paris hath set up his rest,
  7. That you shall rest but little. God forgive me,
  8. Marry, and amen, how sound is she asleep!
  9. I must needs wake her. Madam, madam, madam!
  10. Ay, let the county take you in your bed;
  11. He'll fright you up, i' faith. Will it not be?
  12. What, dress'd! and in your clothes! and down again!
  13. I must needs wake you; Lady! lady! lady!
  14. Alas, alas! Help, help! my lady's dead!
  15. O, well-a-day, that ever I was born!
  16. Some aqua vitae, ho! My lord! my lady!
Nurse
  1. O lamentable day!
Nurse
  1. Look, look! O heavy day!
Nurse
  1. She's dead, deceased, she's dead; alack the day!
Nurse
  1. O lamentable day!
Nurse
  1. O woe! O woful, woful, woful day!
  2. Most lamentable day, most woful day,
  3. That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
  4. O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
  5. Never was seen so black a day as this:
  6. O woful day, O woful day!
Nurse
  1. Honest goodfellows, ah, put up, put up;
  2. For, well you know, this is a pitiful case.

Act V

Scene I

Scene II

Scene III

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