In Romeo an Juliet, what are three ways in which Romeo shows love and passion to Juliet?

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Since Romeo's nature is passionate, he displays this emotion throughout the play.  Three salient instances are

  1. When Romeo first sees Juliet, he is passionately struck by her beauty:  "Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!...Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! (I,v,(41-44).
  2. When Romeo approaches Juliet and speaks to her with passionate love:  "If I profane my unworthiest hand/...My lips, two blushing pilgrims, read stand/To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss (I,v,86-91)
  3. When Romeo steals into the Capulet's orchard and stands beneath Juliet's balcony he expresses his love:  "See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!/Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand/That I might touch that cheek!" (II,ii,21-23).  Then, Juliet appears and he declares his love to her: "Lady, by yonder blessed moon I swear [my love],/That tip with silver all these fruit-tree tops--(II,ii,107-108).