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These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume.
 William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet (1597). copy citation

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1597
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English
Reference
Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 6
Note
Written between 1591 and 1595 Friar Laurence line
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Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master These words, addressed by Friar Laurence to Romeo and Juliet before marrying them, are intended to warn them of the dangers of passionate love. He uses the image of powder and fire exploding when in contact with each other, just as a passionate love can also consume lovers.
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