Romeo and Juliet: Prologue
1. dignity: rank.
1Two households, both alike in dignity,
2In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
3. mutiny: strife, rebellion against law and order.
3From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
4Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
5. fatal: ill-fated.
5From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
6A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
7. misadventured: unfortunate; caused by bad luck.
7Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
8Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
9. passage: progress, from beginning to end.
9The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
10And the continuance of their parents' rage,
11Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
12Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
13The which if you with patient ears attend,
14. miss: miss the mark | mend: repair. This line seems to suggest that the play could be revised for the next performance.
14What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.