Romeo et Juliette Libretto
English Translation

Characters:
ROMEO (tenor)
JULIETTE (soprano)
FRÈRE LAURENT (low)
MERCUTIO (baritone)
STÉPHANO (soprano)
THE CAPULET COUNTY (low)
GERTRUDE (mezzo-soprano)
TYBALT (tenor)
COUNTY PRIS (baritone)
GRÉGORIO (baritone)
BENVOLIO (tenor)
THE DUKE OF VERONA (low)
BROTHER JEAN



Opening

PROLOGUE

CHOIR
Verona once saw two rival families,
The Montaigus, the Capulets,
From their endless wars, both fatal,
Ensanglanter the threshold of his palaces.
As a ruddy ray shines in a stormy sky,
Juliet appeared, and Romeo loved it!
And both, forgetting the name that outrages them,
The same love enflamed them!
Deadly spell! blind anger!
These unfortunate lovers paid with their lives
The end of the age-old heines
Who saw the birth of their loves!



FIRST ACT
The Capulets Ball

A splendidly illuminated gallery, among the Capulets. Lords and ladies in dominoes and masks.

N ° 1 - Introduction

CHOIR
Time flies
Happy and crazy,
By the way you have to grab it,
Pick the roses
For us
In joy and in pleasure.
Whimsical choir
Loves
Under the mask
Velvet,
Your empire
Attracts us
From a sorire,
With a look!
And accomplice
The heart slides
At the whim
By chance!
Night of drunkenness!
Crazy night!
We are pressed,
We follow us!
The least tender
Will go
And to take oneself
In our rêts!
From the beautiful
Who's calling,
All reveals
The attractions!
The hour flies away, etc.

(Tybalt and Paris enter the scene, their masks in their hands.)

TYBALT
Eh! well? dear Paris! that you seem
From the Capulets festival?

PRIS
Richness and beauty all together
Are the guests of this palace!

TYBALT
You do not see the wonder,
The unique treasure and without price,
That one destines to the happy Paris.

PRIS
If my heart is still dormant,
The moment is near when love
He will come to wake him up.

TYBALT
smiling
He will awake, he will awaken, I hope!
Look! look! here she is led by her father.

Capulet enters the scene leading Juliet by the hand. At his appearance everyone unmasks.

CAPULET
Welcome, friends, in my house!
At this family party,
Joy is in season!
That day saw my daughter born!
My heart still beats with pleasure!
But excuse my indiscreet tenderness
presenting Juliette
Here is my Juliet!
Welcome her with an indulgent look.

CHOIR
Ah! that she is beautiful!
Looks like a new flower
Who flourishes in the morning.
Ah! that she is beautiful!
She seems to carry in it
All the favors of destiny.
Ah! that she is beautiful!

We hear the prelude of a dance tune.

JULIETTE
Listen! listen!
It's the sound of joyful instruments
Who calls us and invites us!
Ah! A whole enchanted world is born to my eyes!
All feast and intoxicate me!
And my soul delighted
Get started in life
As the bird flies to heaven!

CAPULET
Come on! Young people!
Come on! beautiful ladies!
To the most diligent
Those eyes full of flames!
Taunts! nargue censors,
Who are constantly scolding!
Celebrate youth,
And place to the dancers!
Who stays in his place
And do not dance,
Some disgrace
Make the confession in a whisper!
O, extreme regret!
When I was younger,
I guided myself
Your happy frolics!
The sweet lyrics
Do not cost me anything!
What frivolous confessions
Which I remember!
O crazy years
What is the time?
O spring flowers
Formerly faded!
Come on! young people, etc.

CHOIR
Taunts! nargue censors,
Who are constantly scolding!
Let's celebrate youth,
And place to the dancers!

Everyone moves away and circulates in the neighboring galleries. Juliette goes out to Paris, Capulet and Tybalt following them while talking. Romeo and Mercutio appear with their friends.

MERCUTIO
Finally the place is free, friends!
For a moment let it be allowed to take off his mask.

ROMEO
No, no, you promised it!
Let's be careful! here no one must know us!
Let's leave this house without braving the master.

MERCUTIO
Bah! if the Capulets are people to get angry,
It's cowardice to hide,
hitting on his sword
Because we all have enough to stand up to them!

MERCUTIO AND CHOIR
Because we all have enough to stand up to them!

ROMEO
Better not to get involved in the party!

MERCUTIO
Why?

ROMEO
mysteriously
I had a dream!

MERCUTIO
with a comical fright
O alarming omen!
Queen Mab has visited you!

ROMEO
surprised
How?

N ° 2 - Ballad of Queen Mab

MERCUTIO
Mab, the queen of lies,
Preside in dreams.
Lighter than the wind
Disappointing,
Through space,
Through the night,
She's passing,
She flees!
His chariot, that fast atom
Train in limpid ether,
Was made of an empty hazelnut
Earth parter, the charon!
Harnesses, subtle lace,
Were cut in the wing
Some green grasshopper
By his coachman, the gnat!
A cricket bone serves as a handle
With his whip, whose white wick
Is taken to the radius that pours
Phoebe gathering his court.
Every night, in this crew,
Mab visit, on his way,
The husband who dreams of widowhood
And the lover who dreams of love!
At his approach, the coquette
Dream of attires and toilet,
The courtier bows,
The poet rhymes his verses!
To the miser in his dark lodging,
She opens treasures without number,
And freedom laughs in the shadows
Prisoner loaded with irons.
The soldier dreams of ambushes,
Battles and thrusts,
She pours him the sweets
Whose laurels are watered.
And you, a sigh frightened,
When you rest on your couch,
O virgin! she touches your mouth
And makes you dream of kisses!
Mab, the queen of lies, etc.

N ° 2bis - Recitative and scene

ROMEO
Eh! well! that the warning
Comes from Mab or another,
Under this roof which is not ours
I feel saddened by a black presentiment!

MERCUTIO
while kidding
Your sadness, I guess,
Is not to find here your Rosaline;
Another hundred in the ball will make you obulier
Your mad love to sell!
Come!

ROMEO
look outside
Ah! see!

MERCUTIO
What is it?

ROMEO
This heavenly beauty
Which seems a ray in the night!

MERCUTIO
The followingespect that follows
Is of a more modest beauty!

ROMEO
with passion
O treasure worthy of heaven!
What sudden clarity has opened my eyes!
I did not know the real beauty!
Have I loved so far? did I like?

MERCUTIO
laughing at Benvolio and other young people
Good! here is Rosaline to the devil!
And we have planned this!

FRIENDS OF ROMEO
We have planned this!

MERCUTIO
We dismiss her
Without more worry,
And comedy
Ends well!

Mercutio leads Romeo, at the moment when Juliet appears, followed by Gertrude.

JULIETTE
Come, nurse, I'm waiting for you, speak fast!

GERTRUDE
Breathe a moment!
with mischief
Is it me that we avoid,
Or Count Paris that we are looking for?

JULIETTE
carelessly
Paris?

GERTRUDE
You will have, it is said, the pearl of husbands.

JULIETTE
laughing
Ah! ah!
I really think about marriage!

GERTRUDE
By my virtue! I was married at your age!

JULIETTE
No! no! I do not want to listen to you any longer!
Leave my soul to its spring!

N ° 3 - Ariette

JULIETTE
Ah!
I want to live
In this dream that dreads me;
This day again,
Sweet flame,
I keep you in my soul
Like a treasure!
This intoxication
Of youth
Do not last, alas! that one day!
Then comes the time
Where we cry,
The heart gives way to love,
And happiness flees without return.
I want to live, etc
Away from the gloomy winter
Let me sleep
And breathe the rose
Before stripping it.
Ah!
Sweet flame,
Stay in my soul
Like a sweet treasure
Long time again!

N ° 3bis - Recitative

Gregorio appears in the background and meets up with Romeo.

ROMEO
to Gregorio, showing him Juliet
The name of this beautiful child?

GREGORIO
You do not know?
It's Gertrude.

GERTRUDE
turning around
Pleasure?

GREGORIO
to Gertrude
Very gracious lady!
For supper care
I think we're asking you.

GERTRUDE
eagerly
It's good! Here I am!

JULIETTE
Go!

Gertrude goes out with Gregorio. Romeo stops Juliette as she goes out.

ROMEO
Thanks, stay!

N ° 4 - Madrigal
two-part

ROMEO
Adorable angel,
My guilty hand
Profane, daring to touch him,
The divine hand
Which I imagine
No one has a right to approach!
That, I think,
Penance
That it is necessary to impose
I'm erasing
The unworthy trace
From my hand by a kiss!

JULIETTE
Calm your fears!
To these hugs
Of the prostrate pilgrim
Even the saints
As long as he likes,
Have forgiven beforehand.
She withdraws her hand.
But at his mouth
The hand he touches
Prudently must refuse
This caress
enchantress
Let him implore in a kiss!

ROMEO
The saints, however, have a mouth ruddy

JULIETTE
To pray only!

ROMEO
Do not they hear the voice, who advises them
A more lenient stop?

JULIETTE
At the prayers of love their heart remains insensitive,
Even by giving them!

ROMEO
So hear my vows and keep impassive
Your forehead blushing!
He kisses Juliet's hand.

JULIETTE
smiling
Ah! I could not defend myself!
I took sin for myself!

ROMEO
To calm your excitement!
Do you like to return it to me?

JULIETTE
No! I took it! let me!

ROMEO
You took it, give it to me!

N ° 5 - Final

ROMEO
Someone!
He puts on his mask.

JULIETTE
It's my cousin Tybalt!

ROMEO
Eh! what! you are!

JULIETTE
The daughter of Lord Capulet!

ROMEO
apart
God!

TYBALT
advancing
Sorry! Cousine, our friends will desert our holidays
If you are running away from their eyes!
So come! So come!
slowly
What is this beautiful galant who has hidden so quickly
Seeing me coming?

JULIETTE
I do not know!

TYBALT
with distrust
It looks like he's avoiding me!

ROMEO
God preserve you, lord!
He goes out.

TYBALT
Ah! I recognize him by his voice, by my hate!
It's him! it's Romeo!

JULIETTE
with dread
Romeo!

TYBALT
On honor!
I will punish the traitor and his death is certain!
He goes out.

JULIETTE
with horror
It was Romeo!
absorbed and staring
Ah! I saw it too soon without knowing it!
Hatred is the cradle of this fatal love!
It's done! if I can not be his,
Let the coffin be my wedding bed!

She moves away slowly: the guests reappear. Tybalt enters on one side with Paris. Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio and their masked friends enter the other.

TYBALT
spotting Romeo
Here it is! here it is!

PRIS
approaching Tybalt
What is it?

TYBALT
showing him Romeo
Romeo!

PRIS
Romeo!

Tybalt goes to rush towards the group; Capulet, with an imperious gesture, imposes silence on him.

ROMEO
apart
My name
Is a crime in his eyes!
O pain! O pain!
Capulet is his father and I love him!

MERCUTIO
at Romeo
Look! see how furious Tybalt looks at us!
A storm is in the air. . .

TYBALT
I'm shaking with rage!

CAPULET
to his guests
What! are you leaving already? stay a moment!
A merry dinner is waiting for you!

TYBALT
Patience! patience!
From this deadly offense
Romeo, I swear it,
Suvira the punishment!

MERCUTIO
We are observed, silence!
We must use caution!
Do not wait foolishly
A disastrous event.

CAPULET
to his guests
Let the party begin again!
That we drink and dance!
Formerly, I swear it,
We danced more valiantly!

CHOIR
Let the party begin again!
That we drink and dance!
The pleasure only has a moment!
Let's finish the night cheerfully!

TYBALT
He escapes us! who wants to follow him?
I hit him with my glove in the face!

CAPULET
And I do not want to be in trouble! you hear me?
Leave in peace this young man!
I like to ignore what name it is called!
I forbid you to take a step!
Come on! Young people!
Come on! beautiful ladies!
To the most diligent
Those eyes full of flames!
Taunts! nargue censors,
Who are constantly scolding!
Let's celebrate youth,
And place to the dancers!

CHOIR
Taunts! taunts the drinkers,
Who fear drunkenness!
Let's celebrate youth,
And place to the dancers!

Mercutio trains Romeo; they are followed by Benvolio and their friends.



SECOND ACT
Juliet's garden

A garden. On the left is the pavilion inhabited by Juliette. On the first floor, a window with a balcony. In the background, a balustrade overlooking other gardens.

N ° 6 - Entr'acte and Choir

Stephano, leaning against the balustrade of the font, holds a rope ladder and helps Romeo to climb the railing; then he withdrew taking the ladder.

ROMEO
only
O night! under your dark wings
Home to me!

MERCUTIO
calling from outside
Romeo! Romeo!

ROMEO
This is the voice of Mercutio!
This one laughs wounds
Who never received it!

MERCUTIO, BENVOLIO AND THEIR FRIENDS
Mysterious and dark,
Romeo does not hear us!
Love is in the shade,
May love guide his steps!

The voices are moving away.

N ° 7 - Cavatine

ROMEO
Love! Love!
Yes, his ardor has troubled my whole being!
Juliette's window lights up.
But what sudden clarity
Resplendit at this window!
This is where in the night radiates its beauty!

Ah! get up, sun! make the stars pale
Who, in the azure without veils,
Shine in the firmament.
Ah! get up! seem! seem!
Pure and charming star!
She's dreaming! she undoes
A hair curl
Who is caressing his cheek!
Love! Love! give him my wishes!
She speaks! That she is beautiful!
Ah! I did not hear anything!
But her eyes speak for her,
And my heart answered!
Ah! get up, sun, etc

N ° 8 - Stage and Choirs

The window opens. Juliet appears on the balcony and leans with a melancholy air.

JULIETTE
Alas! me, hate him! blind and barbarous hatred!
O Romeo! why is this name yours?
Abjure it, that fatal name that separates us,
Or I abjure mine.

ROMEO
advancing
Is it true? did you say it? ah! dispels doubt
From a heart too happy.

JULIETTE
Who listens to me
And surprise my secrets in the shadow of the night?

ROMEO
I dare to name myself, to tell you who I am!

JULIETTE
Are not you Romeo?

ROMEO
No! I do not want to be
If this hated name separates me from you!
To love you, let me be reborn
In another than me!

JULIETTE
Ah! you know that night hides my face!
You know! if your eyes saw the blush!
She would testify to you
From the purity of my heart!
Goodbye, vain detours! Do you love me? I guess
What you will answer: do not take oaths!
Phoebe with its inconstant rays,
I imagine,
Enlighten perjury and laugh at lovers!
Dear Romeo! tell me honestly: I love you!
And I believe you! and my honor relies on yours,
O my lord! how you can trust me!
Do not accuse my heart, whose secret you know,
To be light for not being able to be silent
But accuses the night, including the indiscreet sail
Betrayed the mystery.

ROMEO
with fire
Before God who hears me, I commit you to my faith!

JULIETTE
Listening! we come! silence! go away!

Gregory and the valets enter, deaf lanterns in their hands.

GRÉGORIO AND VALETS
Nobody! nobody!
The page will have fled!
Hell, we give it,
The devil is for him!
The deceitful, the traitor,
Waited for his master!
Jealous destiny
Tears it to our shots!
And tomorrow, maybe,
He will laugh at us!
The cunning, the traitor!
Nobody! nobody! etc.

GERTRUDE
entering the scene
Who are you talking about?

GREGORIO
One page
Montaigus!
Master and valet
Passing our threshold have dared to outrage
To the lord Capulet!

GERTRUDE
Are you making fun of yourself?

GREGORIO
No! on my head!
One of the Montaigus allowed himself
To come with his friends
At our window!

GERTRUDE
A Montaigu!

GREGORIO
A Montaigu!

CHOIR
with mischief
Is it for the beautiful games that the traitor came?

GERTRUDE
May he come again! and on my life,
I'll make it walk right, if right
That he will not want to start again!

GREGORIO
We believe you!

CHOIR
laughing
For that, nurse, we believe you!
Good night, charming nurse,
Join grace with your virtues!
May heaven bless you
And confuse the Montaigus!

Gregorio and the valets go away.

GERTRUDE
Blessed be the stick that sooner or later avenges me
Of these rascals!

JULIETTE
appearing on the threshold of the pavilion
Is it you, Gertrude?

GERTRUDE
Yes, my beautiful angel!
At this time how do not you rest?

JULIETTE
I was waiting for you!

GERTRUDE
Let's go!

JULIETTE
Do not scold!
She looks around and enters the pavilion followed by Gertrude. Romeo reappears.

N ° 9 - Duo

ROMEO
O divine night! I implore you, leave my heart to this enchanted dream!
I think to wake up and dares to still believe in its reality!

JULIETTE
reappearing on the threshold of the pavilion in a low voice
Romeo!

ROMEO
turning around
Sweet friend!

JULIETTE
stopping the gesture and always on the threshold
One word then goodbye!
Someone will go tomorrow to find you:
solemnly
on your soul!
If you want me for a wife,
Tell me what day, what time, in this place,
Under the gaze of God our union will be blessed!
So, oh my lord! be my only law;
I give you my whole life,
And I renounce
All that is not you!
But! if your tenderness
Do not want me to have mad loves,
Ah! I beg you then, by this hour of drunkenness,
Do not see me again,
And leave me with the pain that will fill my days!

ROMEO
kneeling in front of Juliet
Ah! I told you, I adore you!
Dispel my night! be dawn
Where does my heart go, where are my eyes?
As a queen, disposes of my life,
Pour to my soul satisfied
All the light of heaven!

GERTRUDE
outside
Juliette!

JULIETTE
They call me!

ROMEO
getting up and grabbing Juliet's hand
Ah already!

JULIETTE
Pars! I'm shaking!
Let us see together!

GERTRUDE
Juliette!

JULIETTE
I come!

ROMEO
Listen to me! ...

JULIETTE
Lower! ...

ROMEO
attracting Juliet to him and bringing him on stage
... no, no, we do not call you!

JULIETTE
... lower down, speak lower!

ROMEO
Ah! do not run away yet!
Leave it, let my hand be forgotten in your hand!

JULIETTE
Ah! we can surprise you!
Leave it, let my hand escape from your hand! Farewell! ...

ROMEO
Farewell! ...

JULIETTE
… farewell! ...

ROMEO AND JULIET
… farewell!
Of this sweet goodbye is sadness,
I would like to say goodbye until tomorrow!

JULIETTE
Now, I beg you, go!

ROMEO
Ah! cruel! ah! cruel!

JULIETTE
Why did you remember? O madness!
Hardly are you near me, that suddenly my heart forgets it!
I would like you to leave! not too far though
Like a captive bird that a child's hand
Hold chained with a silk thread,
He hardly flies, in the space carried away,
Let the child bring him back with shouts of joy,
So much does his jealous love pity him for freedom!

ROMEO
Ah! do not run away yet!

JULIETTE
Alas! it must!

ROMEO AND JULIET
Farewell! farewell!
From this sweet adieu, etc.

JULIETTE
Farewell a thousand times!
She escapes Romeo's arms and returns to the pavilion.

ROMEO
only
Go! rest in peace! slumbers!
A child's smile on your rosy mouth
Gently come to ask!
And still murmuring: I love you! in your ear
May the breeze of the nights carry you in this kiss!
He moves away.



THIRD ACT

FIRST TABLE
Brother Laurent's cell

N ° 10 - Entr'acte and Scene

ROMEO
My father! God bless you!

BROTHER LAURENT
Eh! what! the day hardly
Get up, and sleep is running away?
What transport to me leads you?
What passionate love brings you?

ROMEO
You have divined it, my father, it is love!

BROTHER LAURENT
Love! still the indegne Rosaline.

ROMEO
What name do you pronounce? I do not know him!
The eye of the elect, opening to the divine clarity,
Does he still remember shadows from here?
Do you like Rosalind, having seen Juliet?

BROTHER LAURENT
What? Juliette Capulet?

ROMEO
There she is!

Juliet appears followed by Gertrude.

JULIETTE
rushing into Roméo's arms
Romeo!

ROMEO
My soul calls you!
I see you! my mouth is silent!

JULIETTE
to Brother Laurent
My father,
Here is my husband!
You know that heart that I give him!
To his love I abandon myself;
In front of the sky unite us!

BROTHER LAURENT
Yes! should I face a blind anger,
I will lend you my help;
May your homes hate age-old
Go out in your young love!

ROMEO
to Gertrude
You, watch out!

Gertrude goes out.

BROTHER LAURENT
Witness your promises,
Guardian of your tenderness
May the Lord be with you!
On your knees!
seriously
On your knees!

N ° 11 - Trio and Quartet

BROTHER LAURENT
God, who made man in your image,
And from his flesh and blood created the woman,
And, uniting him to man through marriage
Consacra from the top of Sion
Their inseparable union:
Look with a favorable eye
Your miserable creature
Who prostrates before you!

ROMEO AND JULIET
Lord! we promise to obey your law.

BROTHER LAURENT
Hear my fervent prayer!
Make the yoke of your servant
Be a yoke of love and peace!
That virtue is his wealth,
That to support his weakness
She arms her heart of duty!

ROMEO AND JULIET
Lord, be my support, be my hope!

BROTHER LAURENT
That happy old age way
Their children walk in your way,
And the children of their children!

ROMEO AND JULIET
Lord! from black sin it's you who defends us!

BROTHER LAURENT
May this chaste and faithful couple,
United in eternal life,
Come to the kingdom of heaven!

ROMEO AND JULIET
Lord! on our love deigns to lower the eyes!

BROTHER LAURENT
at Romeo
Romeo! you choose Juliette for woman?

ROMEO
Yes, my father!

BROTHER LAURENT
to Juliette
Do you take Romeo for a husband?

JULIETTE
Yes, my father!

They exchange their rings.

BROTHER LAURENT
putting Juliet's hand in Romeo's hand
Before God, who reads in your soul,
I unite you! Get up!

They get up. Gertrude enters the stage.

JULIETTE, GERTRUDE, ROMEO, BROTHER LAURENT
O pure happiness!
O immense joy!
Heaven itself has received our oaths of love!
God of goodness!
God of clemency!
Be blessed by two happy hearts!

Romeo and Juliet separate. Juliette goes out with Gertrude. Romeo goes out with Brother Laurent.


SECOND TABLE
A street. On the left, the house of Capulets.

N ° 12 - Song

STEPHANO
only
Since yesterday I search in vain for my master!
looking at the balcony of Capulet's house
Is he still at your house, Capulets Messeigneurs?
arrogant
Let's see if your worthy valets
To my voice this morning will dare to reappear!
He pretends to pinch guitar on his sword.
What are you doing, white dove,
In this nest of vultures?
Some day, unfolding your wing,
You will follow the loves!
To the vultures, it takes the battle,
To hit thrust and size,
Their beaks are sharp!
Leave these birds of prey,
Turtledove that makes you happy
Kissing lovers!
Keep the beautiful!
Who will live!
Your turtledove!
You will escape!

A woodpecker, far from the green grove,
Through attracted love,
Around this wild nest
A, I think, sighed!
The vultures are at the parish,
Their songs flees Kythera
Resonate loudly!
However, in their sweet drunkenness
Our lovers content their tenderness
To the stars of the night!
Keep the beautiful, etc.


N ° 13 - Final

STEPHANO
Ah! ah! here are our people!

GREGORIO
Who the hell on our doorstep
Comes cooing like this?

STEPHANO
aside, laughing
The song displeases them!

GREGORIO
to other valets
Eh! of course! is it not
The one we hunt yesterday dagger in hand?

CHOIR
It's himself! boldness is strong!

STEPHANO
Keep the beautiful, etc.

GREGORIO
Is it to taunt us, my young friend,
Do you treat us to this serenade?

STEPHANO
I love music!

GREGORIO
It's clear, it's clear,
We'll get you on your back, in the same way,
Break your guitar, my dear!

STEPHANO
For guitar, I have my sword,
And I know how to play more than one air!

GREGORIO
Ah! Pardieu! for this music
We can give you the answer!

STEPHANO
unsheathing
Come and take a lesson!

GREGORIO
unsheathing
On guard!

CHOIR
laughing
Let's listen to their song.
What rage!
Vertudieu!
Good luck
And fair game!
See how this child
Against a man defends himself!
Thin blade,
On my soul!
He's fighting
As a soldier!

Mercutio and Benvolio enter the scene.

MERCUTIO
unworthy
Attack a child! Zounds!
It's a shame worthy of the Capulets!
He draws the sword and throws himself between the fighters.
Such masters, such valets!

Tybalt, followed by Paris and a few friends, enters the scene and notices the injury.

TYBALT
insolent
You have the prompt word, sir!

MERCUTIO
Less prompt than the arm!

TYBALT
This should be seen!

MERCUTIO
That's what you'll see!

Mercutio and Tybalt cross the iron; at the same moment Romeo runs up and rushes between them.

ROMEO
Stop !!!

MERCUTIO
Romeo!

TYBALT
with vengence
Romeo !!! his demon brings him to me!
to Mercutio, with ironic politeness
Allow that on you I give him the step!
in Romeo, with height
Come on! vile Montaigu! flamberge in the wind comes out!
You who insult us to our house,
It's you who will bear
From this outrageous betrayal!
You whose mouth cursed
To Juliet forbidden
Osa, I believe, speak in a whisper,
with contempt
Listen to the only word inspired by my hate!
You are only a coward!

Romeo raises his hand to his sword. After a moment of hesitation he reinforces it in the sheath.

ROMEO
content and worthy
Come on! you do not know me, Tybalt,
And your insult is vain!
I have reasons in my heart to love you,
Who in spite of me come to disarm me.
I'm not loose! farewell!
He takes a step away.

TYBALT
You think maybe
To obtain the forgiveness of your offenses? traitor!

ROMEO
I never offended you, Tybalt; hate time is over !!!

MERCUTIO
You will suffer this name of coward,
O Romeo!
Did I hear you?
Well, then! if your arm must fail,
It is to me now that the honor is due!

ROMEO
Mercutio! I beg you!

MERCUTIO
No! I avenge your insult!
Miserable Tybalt! on guard, and defend yourself!

TYBALT
I'm yours!

ROMEO
Listen to me!

MERCUTIO
No leave me!

CHOIR
Of course, my faith!
In him I have faith!

STÉPHANO, BENVOLIO, TENORS
Capulets! Capulets! foul race!
Shudder with terror!
And that hell second
His hatred and his fury!

MERCUTIO
Capulets! Capulets! foul race!
Shudder with terror!
And that hell second
My hate and my fury!

ROMEO
Hatred! hate in fruitful misfortunes!
Do you always have your fury
Give the world a horror show?

TYBALT
Montagues! Montagues! foul race!
Shudder with terror!
And that hell second
My hate and my fury!

TAKES, GRÉGORIO, LOWS
Montagues! Montagues! foul race!
Shudder with terror!
And that hell second
His hatred and his fury!

Tybalt and Mercutio cross the iron.

MERCUTIO
Ah! injured!

ROMEO
Injured!

MERCUTIO
May the devil be from your two houses!
Why throw yourself between us?

ROMEO
O pitiless fate!
to his friends
Rescue it!

MERCUTIO (staggering)
Support me!

We take Mercutio who succumbs. Romeo, having followed her with his eyes for a few moments, goes down again, and, abandoning himself entirely to his rage, exclaims:

ROMEO
Ah! now goes back to Heaven infamous prudence!
And you, fury with the flame eye,
Be of my heart the only law!
pulling his sword
Tybalt! There is no other coward than you!
They cross the iron.
Yours!

Tybalt is touched and staggered; Capulet enters the scene, runs to him and supports him in his arms. We stop fighting.

CAPULET
Good Lord! Tybalt!

BENVOLIO
at Romeo
His wound is deadly!
Flee without losing a moment!

ROMEO
apart
Ah! what did I do? me! run away, cursed by her!

BENVOLIO
It's death waiting for you!

ROMEO
with despair
Let her come, I call her!

TYBALT
at Capulet with an expiring voice
One last word! is on your soul answer me!

CAPULET
solemnly to
You will be obeyed, I give you my faith!

A crowd of bourgeois invaded the stage.

CHOIR
What is it? what is it? it's Tybalt!
He dies!

CAPULET
at Tybalt
Come back to you!

ROMEO, STEPHANO, BENVOLIO, PRIS, GRÉGORIO, CHORUS
O day of mourning! O day of tears!
A blind wrath!
Bloody our arms!
And misfortune hovers over us!

There are fanfares.

CHOIR
The Duke!

The Duke enters the scene followed by his procession of gentlemen and pages carrying torches. Capulet turns to the Duke.

CAPULET
Justice!

ALL CAPULTS
Justice!

CAPULET
showing Tybalt's body
Tybalt, my nephew, killed by Romeo!

ROMEO
He had the first, hit Mercutio!
I have avenged my friend, my fate is fulfilled!

ALL
Justice!

THE DUKE
What? always blood! of your inhuman hearts
Nothing can calm the criminal fury!
Nothing will bring down the arms of your hands,
And I will be affected by your quarrels!
at Romeo
According to our laws, your crime deserved death.
But you are not the aggressor
I exile you!

ROMEO
Sky!

THE DUKE
to others
And you, whose heine in fertile pretexts
Maintains discord and fear in the city,
Lend all before me the solemn oath
Obedience to the laws and the prince and heaven!

ROMEO
Ah! day of mourning and honor and alarms,
My heart is breaking with pain!
Unjust stop that too late disarms us,
You put the height to this day of misfortune!
I see perish in blood and tears
All the hopes and all the wishes of my heart!

THE DUKE
Ah! day of mourning and honor and alarms,
I see flow and my blood and theirs!
Too just stop where their weapons dull,
You come too late in this day of misfortune!
By drowning her in blood and tears
It is the city that is struck in my heart!

CAPULET
Ah! day of mourning and honor and alarms,
Unjust stop which too late we disarm, etc.

STÉPHANO, BENVOLIO, CHORUS
Ah! day of mourning and honor and alarms,
My heart is breaking with pain, etc.

THE DUKE
You will leave the city tonight.

ROMEO
O despair! Exile! Exile!
No! I will die
But I want to see her again!

CAPULET AND CHORUS
The peace? no! no! no! no! never!



FOURTH ACT

FIRST TABLE
Juliet's room

It's still dark. The scene is lit by a torch.

N ° 14 - Duo

Juliette is sitting; Romeo is at his feet.

JULIETTE
Go! I forgave you,
Tybalt wanted you dead!
If he had not succumbed, you succumbed yourself!
Far from me the pain! far from me remorse!
He hated you and I love you!

ROMEO
Ah! repeat it, repeat it, that sweet word!

JULIETTE
I love you, O Romeo! I love you,
O my husband!

ROMEO AND JULIET
Hymen night!
O sweet night of love!
Destiny
Follow me to you without return.
O pleasure to live!
O all-powerful charms!
Your sweet look intoxicates me,
Your voice delights my senses!
Under your flame kisses
The sky shines in me!
I gave you my soul,
To you, always to you!

The first light of day illuminates the windows of the window. We hear the lark sing.

JULIETTE
Romeo! what have you got?

ROMEO
elevating
Listen, O Juliette!
The lark already announces us the day!

JULIETTE
No, no, it's not the day, it's not the lark
Whose singing hit your worried ear,
He is the sweet nightingale, the confidant of love!

ROMEO
It's the lark, alas! messenger of the day!
See these jealous rays whose horizon is golden;
From the night the torches turn pale, and the dawn
In the vapors of the Orient
Get up with a smile!

JULIETTE
No, no, it is not the day, this fatal glow
Is only the sweet reflection of the beautiful star of the nights!
Rest! rest!

ROMEO
Ah! therefore come death! I'm staying!

They stay, embraced, and then Juliet emerges.

JULIETTE
Ah! you tell the truth, it's the day!
Flee, you have to leave your Juliet!

ROMEO
No! no! it's not the day!
This is not the lark!
This is the sweet nightingale, confidant of love!

JULIETTE
It's the lark, alas! messenger of the day!
Pars! my life!

ROMEO
A kiss, and I'm leaving!

JULIETTE
Cruel law! cruel law!

ROMEO
Ah! rest! stay still in my arms entwined!
Keep staying! one day he will be sweet to our faithful love
To remember these past torments.

JULIETTE
We must leave, alas!
We must leave these arms
Where I press you,
And tear you away from this ardent drunkenness!

ROMEO
We must leave, alas!
While in his arms
She presses me
And tear it away from this ardent drunkenness!

ROMEO AND JULIET
Ah! that the fate of you separates me,
More than death is cruel and barbarous!
We must leave, alas! etc.

ROMEO
Farewell! my Juliet! farewell! ...

JULIETTE
Farewell! ...

ROMEO AND JULIET
… always yours!

JULIETTE
Farewell! my soul! goodbye my life!
Angels of heaven! to you I entrust it!


N ° 15 - Quartet

GERTRUDE
entering a great stir
Juliette!
reassuring himself
Ah! heaven be praised!
Your husband is gone! here is your father!

JULIETTE
God! would he?

GERTRUDE
Nothing! nothing, I hope!
Brother Laurent follows him!

JULIETTE
Lord! Protect us!

Between Capulet followed by Brother Laurent.

CAPULET
What! my daughter, the night is just over,
And your eyes are open, and you rape up!
Alas! our concern, I see it, is the same,
And the same regrets hasten our awakening!

Let the nuptial hymn succeed the cries of alarms!
True to Tybalt's last wish,
Receive from him the husband whom his mouth has named,
Mouse in the middle of your tears!

JULIETTE
What husband is he?

CAPULET
The valiant of all,
Count Paris!

JULIETTE
apart
God!

BROTHER LAURENT
down to Juliette
Silence!

GERTRUDE AND BROTHER LAURENT
Calm down!

CAPULET
The altar is prepared, Paris has my word,
Be united, without waiting for tomorrow!
That the shadow of Tybalt, present at this hymen,
Finally calm down and console you.
The will of the dead, like that of God himself,
Is a holy law, a supreme law!
We must respect the will of the dead!

JULIETTE
Do not be afraid, Romeo, my heart is without remorse!

GERTRUDE
In their grave let us sleep peacefully!

CAPULET
We must respect the will of the dead!

BROTHER LAURENT
She trembles, and my heart shares her remorse!

CAPULET
Brother Laurent will know how to dictate your duty.
Our friends will come, I will receive them.
He leaves, followed by Gertrude.


N ° 16 - Scene

JULIETTE
to Brother Laurent
My father! everything overwhelms me! all is lost! I have to obey you,
Hid my despair and my guilty love;
It's up to you to rescue me, to tear you away from my wretched fate!
Speak, father, speak! or I'm ready to morir!

BROTHER LAURENT
So, death does not trouble your soul?

JULIETTE
No! no! rather death than this infamous lie!

BROTHER LAURENT
So drink this drink:
And heart members
Will suddenly spread a cold languor,
Of falsehood image.
In your veins suddenly the blood will stop,
Soon a livid pallor will erase
The roses of your face;
Your eyes will be closed as well as in death!
In vain will then burst the cries of alarms,
"She is not anymore!" will tell your companions in tears,
And the angels of heaven will answer: "She sleeps!"
This is where after one day your body and your soul,
As from a dead hearth is revived the flame,
At last, leave this heavy sleep;
By protected shade, your spouse and myself
We wake up your alarm clock
And you will flee the arm of him who loves you!
Are you reluctant?

JULIETTE
taking the bottle
No! no! at your hand I abandon my life!

BROTHER LAURENT
See you tomorrow!

JULIETTE
See you tomorrow!
Brother Laurent goes out.


N ° 17 - Scene and Air

JULIETTE
God! what shiver runs in my veins?
If this drink was without power!
Fears are vain!
I will not appear to the Count in spite of myself!
No! no! this dagger will be the guardian of my faith!
Come! come!

Love, revive my courage,
And from my heart chase fright!
To hesitate, is to insult you,
Trembling is a lack of faith!
Verse! pays! Pour this beverage yourself!
Ah! Pour this beverage!
O Romeo! I drink to you!
But if tomorrow, however, in these funereal vaults
I woke up before his return? Powerful God!
This horrible thought froze all my blood!
What will become of me in darkness?
In this stay of death and moans,
What past centuries have filled with bones?
Where Tybalt, still bleeding from his wound,
Near me, in the night oscure
Sleep! God!!! my hand will meet his hand!
What is this shadow of escaped death?
It's Tybalt! His name is! he wants my way
Spread my husband! and his fatal sword
No! ghosts! disapraissez!
Dissipate yourself, fatal dream!
May the dawn of happiness rise
On the shadow of past torments!
Come! Love! revive my courage, etc.


SECOND TABLE
A gallery of the palace. In the background, the doors of the chapel.

N ° 18 - Final

Nuptial procession
An organ prelude is heard; the doors of the chapel open; a procession of clerics and altar boys enter the scene.

PRIS, CAPULET, MANUELA, PEPITA
O Juliette, be happy!
His love soul
Suffer your law!
When God even invites you,
Smile for life
Who opens to you!
His heart goes forever will commit you to his faith!

ANGELO
O Juliette,
See her loving soul
Suffer your law!
O Juliette, be happy, etc.

GERTRUDE
Rigorous law!
O mortal fright!
O Juliette, unhappy!
Hope is delighted,
To the ills of life
Resign yourself
Relentless spell
We must submit to the law!

BROTHER LAURENT
O Juliette! your soul
Can believe in me!
O Juliette! be happy!
Your soul can believe in me!
When God even invites you
Ah! smile for life
Who opens to you!
Your soul can believe in me.
Heaven protects you and watch over you!

JULIETTE
Ah! I'm shaking! unhappy!
Rigorous law!
O mortal fright!
Her tenderness delighted me!
O rigorous law!
Deadly fright!
He alone is my life,
To him my faith,
The merciless spell separated him from me!

CHOIR
O Juliette! be happy, etc.

OTHERS
His amorous soul, etc.

CAPULET
My daughter, give in to the wishes of the fiancé who loves you!
The sky will unite us by eternal knots!
From this blessed hymen here is the supreme moment!
Happiness awaits you at the foot of the holy altars!

Paris advances and is ready to put his ring on Juliet's finger.

JULIETTE
withdrawing his hand and in a low voice as in a dream
Hatred is the cradle of this fatal love!
Let the coffin be my wedding bed!
She holds her hand to her head and unties her bride crown; his hair unrolls and falls on his shoulders.

CAPULET
Juliette! come back to you!

JULIETTE
Ah! Support Me! I'm staggering!
We surround him and support him.
What night is it surrounding me? and what voice is calling me?
Is it death? I'm afraid!!! my father!!! farewell!
She falls inanimate in the arms of those who surround her.

CAPULET
lost
Juliette !!! my daughter!! ah !!!
aghast
Dead !!

ALL
Dead!

CAPULET
with despair
Dead!

ALL
Just God!



FIFTH ACT
The tomb of Capulets

N ° 19 - Entr'acte

N ° 19bis - Scene
An underground crypt (here and there tombs)

BROTHER LAURENT
Well! my letter to Romeo?

BROTHER JEAN
His page,
Attacked by the Capulets, just revived wounded
In the palace of his master, and could not fulfill the message.
Here is the letter.

BROTHER LAURENT
O fateful chance!
May another messenger leave that night!
Come! every moment of delay
We throw in extreme danger!

N ° 20 - Juliet's sleep

The tomb

N ° 21 - Scene and Duo

After a while, you hear the sound of a lever shaking the door. The door gives way noisily. Romeo appears.

ROMEO
It's here!
with a sense of terror
Hi! dark and silent tomb!
A tomb! no! no! O more beautiful
May the very stay of heaven!
Hi! splendid and radiant palace!
Seeing Juliet, and going to the tomb
Ah! here it is! it's her!
Come, funereal clarity! come and offer it to my eyes.
taking the funerary lamp
O my wife! O my beloved!
Death by sucking your Ambushed Breath
Did not alter your beauty!
No! no! this beauty that I love
On your calm and pure brow seems to reign still
And smile to eternity!
He rested the lamp on the tomb.
Why do you make it so beautiful,
O livid death?
Is it to throw me faster in those arms?
Go! it's the only happiness
Whose heart is greedy!
And your prey today will not escape you.
looking around him
Ah! I do not contemplate without fear,
Tomb where I finally go near her to rest!
leaning towards Juliet
O my arms, give him your last embrace!
My lips, give him your last kiss!
He kisses Juliet, then pulling a little metal bottle from her bosom and turning to Juliet
To you, my Juliet!
He empties the flask in one stroke and throws it away.

JULIETTE
waking up little by little
Where am I?

ROMEO
turning to Juliet
O vertigo!
Is it a dream?
His mouth whispered!
grabbing Juliet's hand
My fingers shuddering
Have felt in his family the warmth of his blood!
Juliet looks at Romeo with a misplaced air.
She looks at me and gets up!

JULIETTE
suitor
Romeo!

ROMEO
Lord Almighty God!
She lives! She lives! Juliet is alive!

JULIETTE
gradually resuming its meaning
God! What is this voice, whose sweetness enchants me?

ROMEO
It's me! it's your husband
Who trembling with happiness kiss your knees!
That brings back to your heart the intoxicating light
Love and heavens!

JULIETTE
throwing himself into Roméo's arms
Ah! it's you!

ROMEO
Come! Come, let's run away!

JULIETTE
O happiness!

BOTH
Come! flee to the end of the world!
Come, let us be happy,
Let's both run away
Come!
God of goodness! God of clemency!
Be blessed by two happy hearts!

ROMEO
unsteady
Ah! the parents all have entrails of stone!

JULIETTE
What are you saying, Romeo?

ROMEO
No tears, no prayer,
Nothing, nothing can soften them!
At the gate of heaven!
Juliet, at the gate of heaven! and die!

JULIETTE
Die! Ah! the fever wanders you!
From you what delirium seizes?
My beloved, remember your reason!

ROMEO
Alas!
I thought you were dead and I drank that poison!

JULIETTE
This poison! Good heaven!

ROMEO
squeezing Juliet in her arms
Console yourself, poor soul,
The dream was too beautiful!
Love, heavenly flame,
Even survive at the tomb!
He raises the stone
And, blessed angels,
Like a stream of light
Get lost in the infinite.

JULIETTE
strayed
O pain! O torture!

ROMEO
in a weaker voice
Listen, O Juliette!
The lark already announces us the day!
No! no, it's not the day, it's not the lark!
Is he the sweet nightingale, confidant of love?
He slides from Juliet's arms and falls on the steps of the tomb.

JULIETTE
picking up the bottle
Ah! cruel husband! of this deadly poison
You did not leave me my part.
She throws back the bottle and, bringing her hand to her heart, she meets the dagger she had hidden under her clothes, and draws it from a rapid jest.
Ah! wealthy dagger,
Your help remains me!
She knocks herself.

ROMEO
getting up half
God! what did you do?

JULIETTE
in the arms of Romeo
Go! this moment is sweet!
She drops on the dagger.
O infinite and supreme joy
To die with you! Come! a kiss! I love you!

BOTH
getting up half in a last effort
Lord, Lord, forgive us!
They die.