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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet in First FolioPage from First Folio, 1623
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Five acts, 3,099 lines, approx. 24,000 words

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Gregory, on my word we'll not carry coals.

— First line

Adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy


It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear


But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!


O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?


Tis but thy name that is my enemy; —
Thou art thyself though, not a Montague.
What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? That which we call a rose,
By any other name would smell as sweet....


Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
that I shall say good night till it be morrow.


Young men's love then lies
Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.


A plague o' both the houses!


Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished:
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

— Last lines


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