Act II - Scene I

A lane by the wall of Capulet's orchard.

Enter Romeo alone.

Can I go forward when my heart is here?
Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.

Climbs the wall and leaps down within it.

Enter Benvolio with Mercutio.

Romeo! my cousin Romeo! Romeo!
He is wise,
And, on my life, hath stol'n him home to bed.(5)
He ran this way, and leapt this orchard wall.
Call, good Mercutio.
Nay, I'll conjure too.
Romeo! humours! madman! passion! lover!
Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh;(10)
Speak but one rhyme, and I am satisfied!
Cry but ‘Ay me!’ pronounce but ‘love’ and ‘dove’;
Speak to my gossip Venus one fair word,
One nickname for her purblind son and heir,
Young Adam Cupid, he that shot so trim(15)
When King Cophetua lov'd the beggar maid!
He heareth not, he stirreth not, be moveth not;
The ape is dead, and I must conjure him.
I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes.
By her high forehead and her scarlet lip,(20)
By her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering thigh,
And the demesnes that there adjacent lie,
That in thy likeness thou appear to us!
An if he hear thee, thou wilt anger him.
This cannot anger him. 'Twould anger him(25)
To raise a spirit in his mistress’ circle
Of some strange nature, letting it there stand
Till she had laid it and conjur'd it down.
That were some spite; my invocation
Is fair and honest: in his mistress’ name,(30)
I conjure only but to raise up him.
Come, he hath hid himself among these trees
To be consorted with the humorous night.
Blind is his love and best befits the dark.
If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.(35)
Now will he sit under a medlar tree
And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit
As maids call medlars when they laugh alone.
O, Romeo, that she were, O that she were
An open et cetera, thou a pop'rin pear!(40)
Romeo, good night. I'll to my truckle-bed;
This field-bed is too cold for me to sleep.
Come, shall we go?
Go then, for 'tis in vain
‘To seek him here that means not to be found.(45)



  1. Raise explicitly means to summons Romeo to the spot but also functions as a sexual innuendo. "Raise," "Stand," and "Laid" all have sexual connotations which Mercutio uses to provoke Romeo to come out and defend his lady.

    — Caitlin, Owl Eyes Staff
  2. King Cophetua and the beggar maid is a fairy tale from the Early Modern period. In it, King Cophetua lacks desire for any woman until he spies a beautiful beggar woman dressed in rags outside his castle. He vows to marry her or kill himself, and she agrees to be his wife and queen. The two live out a happy marriage and are then buried in the same tomb.

    — Caitlin, Owl Eyes Staff
  3. Double entrendre: in one meaning, "raise" here may refer to conjuring a magic circle. But it also carries sexual connotations ("raise," "stand," "laid.") 

    — Jamie Wheeler