“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”
~Ingrid Bergman


“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.” ~ Juliet to Romeo


"O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright.
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear;
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.” 

~Romeo speaking of Juliet


“One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun
Ne’er saw her match since first the world begun.”
~ Romeo


“I know not how to tell thee who I am. My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself, 
because it’s an enemy to thee.” ~ Romeo

“If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.”
—Romeo in his first words to Juliet while taking her hand

But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”
~ Romeo when he sees Juliet on the balcony

O blessed, blessed night! I am afeard.
Being in night, all this is but a dream,
Too flattering-sweet to be substantial.” ~ ROMEO


“See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!”
—Romeo watching Juliet at her window

“With love’s light wings did I o’er-perch these walls; For stony limits cannot hold love out, And what love can do that dares love attempt.”
~Romeo, when Juliet asks how he managed to get over the high wall to Capulet’s garden



“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” ~Juliet

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet.” ~Juliet

“This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.” – Juliet
 
“He jests at scars that never felt a wound.”
~Romeo, after his friend Mercutio scoffs at him for being in love


“Is love a tender thing? It is too rough,
Too rude, too boist’rous; and it pricks like thorn.” ~ Romeo

“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” ~ Romeo

“Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.” ~ Juliet
 
“Give me my Romeo, and, when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night,
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”

~ Juliet as she waits for Romeo to come to her on their wedding night

“Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day:
It was the nightingale, and not the lark,
That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear.” ~ Juliet, trying to delay Romeo’s departure after their secret wedding night.

“Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain-tops.”
~Romeo


*That first wedding morning was the last time they saw each other alive.  Sadly, this is a tragedy and you know where we’re going.  Sigh.

“Eyes, look your last!
Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you
The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
A dateless bargain to engrossing death!”
—Romeo, thinking Juliet is dead, bids his farewell to her with a kiss.


*Poor Romeo–in hiding since he murdered Juliet’s cousin who killed his best friend–didn’t get that vital letter apprising him of her pretend death to escape a forced marriage at her parent’s hands and be with him.  And when Juliet wakes up in the creepy family crypt, the cowardly friar ran off and left her to discover Romeo slumped beside her poisoned, which leads to her tragic end at the point of his dagger.

As you can see, I’m a huge Romeo and Juliet fan, and never will there be a more perfect Juliet than Olivia Hussey.   Such a profoundly beautiful and tragic romance.  All the what if’s and if only’s prompted me to revise the ending to that timeless classic in my mind many times.

The 1968 production of Romeo and Juliet is partly  responsible for my having written two light paranormal romances with a reincarnation theme in which the hero and heroine get another chance.  The impact of that film on me was profound.  I was only slightly younger than Juliet’s tender age and badly wanted her and Romeo to be together, to have a second chance. Maybe they did.   Only Shakespeare can say.  Either way, wherever they are and the many couples like them, I hope they’re together in the next world.

As the play concludes, these immortal lines are uttered:
“A glooming peace this morning with it brings;
The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head
Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
Some shall be pardon’d, and some punished:
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
—Prince Escalus



“I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.”
~Henry Ward Beecher


“True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.”
~La Rochefoucauld
Romeo + Juliet
“Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?” ~ Christopher Marlowe

17 comments

  1. Autumn Jordon // June 5, 2010 at 10:38 AM  

    I remember watching this 68' movie at the drive-in. It was a summer evening, soft breeze. Beautiful. I cried.

    Thanks for the memory.

  2. Beth Trissel // June 5, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

    I was 12 in 1968 and utterly engrossed, absorbed, besotted and grieved for life. I memorized long passages of the play and even re-enacted the death scene in my front yard while dressed in a vintage gown from my great grandmother. Let's just say I was a bit 'tetched.' :)

  3. Pam // June 5, 2010 at 12:11 PM  

    I feel tingly inside no matter what version I see of Romeo and Juliet. It's a timeless love story.

  4. Mary Marvella // June 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

    Beautiful, Beth! It was a work of art, lady!

    I was a tad 'tetched" at that age, too.

    I read certain Sunday funnies, looking for the kiss.

  5. Mary Ricksen // June 5, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

    I loved this movie. I cried my heart out. Just thinking of it makes me teary. Why couldn't he write a happy ending????
    I dreamed a different ending myself!

  6. Mona Risk // June 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

    In high school, we had to memorize long paragraphs of Shakespear in poetry class but the time I absolutely loved Romeo and Juliet was when my niece played the role of Juliet and sang in the opera version in Washington DC with her graduating class of opera. She was incredible and we were delighted to hear the compliments and comments flying around. Placibo Domingo chose her to sing in his group but two years later, she left a promising career and became nun.

    Thank you Beth, for the beautiful lines and pictures.

  7. Beth Trissel // June 5, 2010 at 5:08 PM  

    Thanks guys. Shakespeare didn't write a happy ending but we can and that's quite possibly why we do.

  8. Mary Marvella // June 5, 2010 at 7:57 PM  

    I agree about the happy ending women write them. (grin)

  9. Judy // June 5, 2010 at 9:33 PM  

    Wonderful blog, Beth. It's always sad for a romantic when there is no happy ending but out of pain comes some beautiful moments....

  10. Historical Writer/Editor // June 5, 2010 at 10:49 PM  

    What was the name of the book you wrote about Romeo and Juliet being reincarnated and getting another chance?

  11. Beth Trissel // June 5, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

    The book I wrote, Somewhere My Love, wasn't the actual characters of Romeo and Juliet, but inspired by their fate. I mention them in the story while interweaving Hamlet parallels. Another Shakespearian tragedy.

  12. Scarlet Pumpernickel // June 5, 2010 at 11:26 PM  

    So touching, thanks for sharing this memory with us. At a young age, I too plotted to reunite these star-crossed lovers.

  13. Barbara Monajem // June 6, 2010 at 3:09 AM  

    Very enjoyable, Beth. I've always found it hard to watch Romeo and Juliet because it's so sad, so I love the idea of giving tragic lovers a second chance.

  14. Nancy Lennea // June 6, 2010 at 8:08 AM  

    My high school English teacher took us to the movie DURING SCHOOL HOURS as a field trip and it was wonderful. I cried and cried.

  15. Maeve // June 6, 2010 at 12:20 PM  

    I remember seeing this movie as an English Lit assignment in high school. My gosh, the entire group of girls in that class wasn't worth a toot the rest of the school year. That movie is still a classic!

  16. Tanya Hanson // June 6, 2010 at 3:22 PM  

    Oh, this is one of my favorite movie ever. First time R and J were played by teens...their age in the play.

    I was blessed to teach Freshman English for many years and always ended the academic year reading the play and watching this beautifulproduction.

    Also my favorite Shakespeare play. Just downloaded it into my new toy, my Kindle LOL.

    Thanks for bringing back some great memories right now. The movie photos are brilliant.

  17. Joanne // June 6, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

    Beautiful, Beth. How well you captured--in pictures and in words--one of my favorite films of all time. Ah...nostalgia.