by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by François-Victor Hugo (1828 - 1873)

Two households, both alike in dignity
Language: English 
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whole misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

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Deux familles, égales en noblesse
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Deux familles, égales en noblesse,
Dans la belle Vérone, où nous plaçons notre scène,
Sont entraînées par d’anciennes rancunes à des rixes nouvelles
Où le sang des citoyens souille les mains des citoyens.
Des entrailles prédestinées de ces deux ennemies
A pris naissance, sous des étoiles contraires, un couple d’amoureux
Dont la ruine néfaste et lamentable
Doit ensevelir dans leur tombe l’animosité de leurs parents.
Les terribles péripéties de leur fatal amour
Et les effets de la rage obstinée de ces familles,
Que peut seule apaiser la mort de leurs enfants,
Vont en deux heures être exposés sur notre scène.
Si vous daignez nous écouter patiemment,
Notre zèle s’efforcera de corriger notre insuffisance.

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