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Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

故事发生在维洛那名城,

有两家门第相当的巨族,

累世的宿怨激起了新争,

鲜血把市民的白手污渎。

是命运注定这两家仇敌,

生下了一双不幸的恋人,

他们的悲惨凄凉的殒灭,

和解了他们交恶的尊亲。

这一段生生死死的恋爱,

还有那两家父母的嫌隙,

把一对多情的儿女杀害,

演成了今天这一本戏剧。

交代过这几句挈领提纲,

请诸位耐着心细听端详。