Romeo and Juliet

Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,

Juliet Capulet

Romeo and Juliet

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Age Range
Act 3 Scene 2
Time & Place
Verona, Italy,
Time Period
Show Type

Monologue Context

Juliet is eagerly anticipating the arrival of her new husband, Romeo. She is

Monologue Text

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.

Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night,

That runaway's eyes may wink, and Romeo

Leap to these arms untalked of and unseen.

Lovers can see to do their amorous rites

By their own beauties; or, if love be blind,

It best agrees with night. Come, civil night,

Thou sober-suited matron, all in black,

And learn me how to lose a winning match,

Played for a pair of stainless maidenhoods.

Hood my unmanned blood, bating in my cheeks,

With thy black mantle till strange love grow bold,

Think true love acted simple modesty.

Come, night; come, Romeo; come, thou day in night;

For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night

Whiter than new snow upon a raven's back.

Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;

Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,

Take him and cut him out in little stars,

And he will make the face of heaven so fine

That all the world will be in love with night

And pay no worship to the garish sun.

O, I have bought the mansion of a love,

But not possessed it. So tedious is this day

As is the night before some festival

To an impatient child that hath new robes

And may not wear them.

William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Act 3, sc.2 ll.1-31

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