• Enter ROMEO

    ROMEO

    If I may trust the flattering truth of sleep,
    My dreams presage some joyful news at hand.
    My bosom’s lord sits lightly in his throne,
    And all this day an unaccustomed spirit
    5Lifts me above the ground with cheerful thoughts.
    I dreamt my lady came and found me dead—
    Strange dream, that gives a dead man leave to think—
    And breathed such life with kisses in my lips
    That I revived and was an emperor.
    10Ah me! How sweet is love itself possessed
    When but love’s shadows are so rich in joy!
    Enter ROMEO’s man BALTHASAR
    News from Verona!—How now, Balthasar?
    Dost thou not bring me letters from the friar?
    How doth my lady? Is my father well?
    15How fares my Juliet? That I ask again,
    For nothing can be ill if she be well.

    BALTHASAR

    Then she is well, and nothing can be ill.
    Her body sleeps in Capels' monument,
    And her immortal part with angels lives.
    20I saw her laid low in her kindred’s vault
    And presently took post to tell it you.
    O, pardon me for bringing these ill news,
    Since you did leave it for my office, sir.
  • ROMEO enters.

    ROMEO

    If I can trust my dreams, then some joyful news is coming soon. Love rules my heart, and all day long a strange feeling has been making me cheerful. I had a dream that my lady came and found me dead. It’s a strange dream that lets a dead man think! She came and brought me back to life by kissing my lips. I rose from the dead and was an emperor. Oh my! How sweet it would be to actually have the woman I love, when merely thinking about love makes me so happy.
    ROMEO’s servant BALTHASAR enters.
    Do you have news from Verona!—What is it, Balthasar? Do you bring me a letter from the friar? How is my wife? Is my father well? How is my Juliet? I ask that again because nothing can be wrong if she is well.

    BALTHASAR

    Then she is well, and nothing is wrong. Her body sleeps in the Capulet tomb, and her immortal soul lives with the angels in heaven. I saw her buried in her family’s tomb, and then I came here to tell you the news. Oh, pardon me for bringing this bad news, but you told me it was my job, sir.