Romeo And Juliet

A translation of Romeo and Juliet’s Prologue

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;
Whose 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.

Two households are similar in some ways,

In Verona, where the story is set,

Where a grudge breaks out to breaking the law,

Where the public’s blood makes the public’s hands unclean

Out, the fatal offspring of these two enemies,

A pair of lovers take their lives,

Their unfortunate deaths put an end to their parents’ feud,

And the continuance of their parents’ rage,

Which their children’s suicide could not remove,

This passage is the next two hours of our stage,

If your patient eyes choose to attend,

If you have missed anything, we will make up for it on stage.

Thank you


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