by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie
Language: English 
 Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie,
And young affection gapes to be his heir;
That fair for which love groaned for and would die,
With tender Juliet matched, is not now fair.
Now Romeo is beloved and loves again,
Alike bewitched by the charm of looks;
But to his foe supposed he must complain,
And she steal love's sweet bait from fearful hooks.
Being held a foe, he may not have access
To breathe such vows as lovers use to swear,
And she as much in love, her means much less
To meet her new beloved anywhere;
But passion lends them power, time means, to meet,
Temp'ring extremities with extreme sweet.

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Confirmed with Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, fourth Edition, London: Herringman, Brewster and Bentley, 1685. Appears in Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Prologue, page 310.


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