Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Act II, Scene ii: Juliet

Read by Emma Rye

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy Father and refuse thy name:
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn to my love,
And I’ll  no longer be a Capulet.
‘Tis but thy name that is my Enemy:
Thou art thy self, though not a Montague,
What’s Montague? It is nor hand nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O be some other name!
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet,
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes,
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for thy name which is no part of thee,
Take all my self.