ROMEO AND JULIET
A monologue from the
play by William
MORE MONOLOGUES BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
- MERCUTIO: O, then I see Queen Mab hath been with you.
- She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes
- In shape no bigger than an agate stone
- On the forefinger of an alderman,
- Drawn with a team of little atomies
- Over men's noses as they lie asleep;
- Her wagon spokes made of long spinners' legs,
- The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers;
- Her traces, of the smallest spider web;
- Her collars, of the moonshine's wat'ry beams;
- Her whip, of cricket's bone; the lash, of film;
- Her wagoner, a small grey-coated gnat,
- Not half so big as a round little worm
- Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid;
- Her chariot is an empty hazelnut,
- Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub,
- Time out o' mind the fairies' coachmakers.
- And in this state she gallops night by night
- Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love;
- O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on curtsies straight;
- O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees;
- O'er ladies' lips, who straight on kisses dream,
- Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues,
- Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are.
- Sometimes she gallops o'er a courtier's nose,
- And then dreams he of smelling out a suit;
- And sometimes comes she with a tithe-pig's tail
- Tickling a parson's nose as 'a lies asleep,
- Then dreams he of another benefice.
- Sometimes she driveth o'er a soldier's neck,
- And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats,
- Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,
- Of healths five fathom deep; and then anon
- Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes,
- And being thus frighted, swears a prayer or two
- And sleeps again. This is that very Mab
- That plats the manes of horses in the night
- And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs,
- Which once untangled much misfortune bodes.
- This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs,
- That presses them and learns them first to bear,
- Making them women of good carriage.
- This is she!