ROMEO AND JULIET
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
|Rom.||[Aside] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?|
|Jul.||'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;|
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.[E 1]
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot, 40
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name![C 1]—
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name[C 2] would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd, 45
Retain that dear perfection which he owes[E 2]
Without that title[C 3].—Romeo, doff[C 4][E 3] thy name,
And for thy[C 5] name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.
|Rom.||I take thee at thy word:[E 4]|
Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized; 50
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.
|Jul.||What man art thou, that, thus bescreen'd in night,|
So stumblest on my counsel?
- 42. Nor arm … name] Malone; Q 1 has 41, omits 42; The rest Nor arme nor face, ô be some other name Belonging to a man.
- 44. name] Q 1; word Q, F.
- 47. title.—Romeo] tytle, Romeo Q, title Romeo, F;
- doff] Q, F; part Q 1.
- 48. thy] Q, F; that Q 1.
- 39. Thou … Montague] Dyce has followed Malone's unhappy punctuation, "Thou art thyself though, not." The meaning is obviously: What's in a name? If you refuse the name Montague, you remain yourself.
- 46. owes] possesses, as in Lear, I. i. 205.
- 47. doff] Daniel pleads for Q 1 part, as characteristically playing with the word part of next line. He compares Sonnet cxiii.: "Doth part his function and is partly blind."
- 49. I … word] Ought we not to pause after thee, making I take thee a response to Take all myself?