How much do the lovers say their love has grown?
It's Act II Scene VI, and Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers, are finally to be married by Friar Lawrence in his cell. The good friar sees the forthcoming marriage as a golden opportunity to put an end to the seemingly never-ending war between the Montangues and the Capulets.
But more than anything else, this will be a love match, and the love between Romeo and Juliet has grown so much that neither is able to express it in words. Romeo tries his best, but can't, and so asks his bride to try and articulate how they both feel:
"Ah, Juliet, if the measure of thy joyBe heaped like mine, and that thy skill be moreTo blazon it, then sweeten with thy breathThis neighbor air, and let rich music’s tongueUnfold the imagined happiness that bothReceive in either by this dear encounter."
"Conceit, more rich in matter than in words,Brags of his substance, not of ornament.They are but beggars that can count their worth.But my true love is grown to such excessI cannot sum up sum of half my wealth."