Saturday, February 14, 2015
A love sonnet from Romeo and Juliet
Act 1, Scene 5.
ROMEO [To JULIET.]
93 If I profane with my unworthiest hand
94 This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:
95 My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
96 To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
97 Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,
98 Which mannerly devotion shows in this;
99 For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch,
100 And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.
101 Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?
102 Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.
103 O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do;
104 They pray — grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.
105 Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake.
106 Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take.
And Romeo Kisses Her.
Happy Valentine's Day!