Act 2 - Scene 5
The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse;
In half an hour she promised to return.
cannot meet him: that's not so.
O, she is lame! love's heralds should be thoughts,
Which ten times faster
glide than the sun's beams,
Driving back shadows over louring hills:
Therefore do nimble-pinion'd doves
And therefore hath the wind-swift Cupid wings.
Now is the sun upon the highmost hill
day's journey, and from nine till twelve
Is three long hours, yet she is not come.
Had she affections and
warm youthful blood,
She would be as swift in motion as a ball;
My words would bandy her to my sweet
And his to me:
But old folks, many feign as they were dead;
Unwieldy, slow, heavy and pale as lead.
God, she comes!
Enter Nurse and PETER
O honey nurse, what news?
Hast thou met with him? Send thy man away.
Peter, stay at the gate.
Now, good sweet nurse, O Lord, why look'st thou sad?
Though news be sad, yet tell them merrily;
thou shamest the music of sweet news
By playing it to me with so sour a face.
I am a-weary, give me leave awhile:
Fie, how my bones ache! what a jaunt have I had!
I would thou hadst my bones, and I thy news:
Nay, come, I pray thee, speak; good, good nurse, speak.
Jesu, what haste? can you not stay awhile?
Do you not see that I am out of breath?
How art thou out of breath, when thou hast breath
To say to me that thou art out of breath?
that thou dost make in this delay
Is longer than the tale thou dost excuse.
Is thy news good, or bad? answer
Say either, and I'll stay the circumstance:
Let me be satisfied, is't good or bad?
Well, you have made a simple choice; you know not
how to choose a man: Romeo! no, not he; though
face be better than any man's, yet his leg excels
all men's; and for a hand, and a foot, and a body,
they be not to be talked on, yet they are
past compare: he is not the flower of courtesy,
but, I'll warrant
him, as gentle as a lamb. Go thy
ways, wench; serve God. What, have you dined at home?
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