What are the religious lines Juliet says in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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Juliet's best religious lines can be found in the first act when she meets Romeo for the first time. When Romeo begins flirting with her he uses a metaphor to compare her to a "holy shrine," or place of pious devotion. Juliet continues the metaphor by referring to Romeo as a "good pilgrim," or person who travels to sacred shrines in order to show religious devotion. We see this in her lines,

Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand to much,
Which mannerly devotion shows in this;
For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch,
And palm to palm is holy palmer's kiss. (102-105)

Another religious line can be inferred from the famous balcony scene. It can be inferred that Juliet is thinking and speaking of her religious beliefs when she says to Romeo:

If that thy bent of love be honourable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow. (II.ii.149-150)

Marriage is considered a sacred and holy unity by the Christian Church, therefore, using the word "honor" in the same sentence as "marriage" indicates that Juliet is thinking of her religious principles when she speaks these lines, thereby indirectly speaking of her religion. It can further be inferred that she, as well as Romeo, is thinking of the sacred unity of marriage because just above this Romeo refers to this night as a "blessed, blessed night!" The term "blessed" can also mean "sacred" or "holy" (Random House Dictionary). Therefore, when Juliet refers to marriage in the next passage, we have further proof that she is thinking of her religious values and thinking of marriage as a sacred union.


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