Why does Shakespeare use religious metaphors when Romeo and Juliet first speak?

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When Romeo first sees Juliet at the Capulet's feast in act 1, scene 5, his first words about her carry religious connotations.

ROMEO. O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear—
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows
As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand
And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night. (1.5.46-55, emphasis mine)

Even Tybalt unknowingly takes up the religious theme.

TYBALT. This, by his voice, should be a Montague.
... Now, by the stock and honour of my kin,
To strike him dead I hold it not a sin. (1.5.56-61, emphasis mine)

The scene between Romeo and Juliet that follows is remarkably brief, just 18 lines, and composed almost entirely of religious inferences, references, and metaphors. Juliet doesn't hesitate for even an instant...

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