Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Prologue

    [Enter] CHORUS.

  1   Now old desire doth in his death-bed lie,
2. gapes: longs.
3. fair: beautiful woman.
4. match'd: compared.
5. again: in return.
6. Alike: both lovers equally.
7. complain: i.e., of his love pains.
8. fearful: causing fear, dangerous.
  2   And young affection gapes to be his heir;
  3   That fair for which love groan'd for and would die,
  4   With tender Juliet match'd, is now not fair.
  5   Now Romeo is beloved and loves again,
  6   Alike betwitchèd by the charm of looks,
  7   But to his foe supposed he must complain,
  8   And she steal love's sweet bait from fearful hooks:
  9   Being held a foe, he may not have access
10. use: are accustomed.
 10   To breathe such vows as lovers use to swear;
 11   And she as much in love, her means much less
 12   To meet her new-beloved any where:
 13   But passion lends them power, time means, to meet,
14. Tempering ... sweet: i.e., making up for their extreme difficulties with extreme sweet.
 14   Tempering extremities with extreme sweet.