What Is A Youth?

(From Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, 1968)

What is a youth? Impetuous fire.

What is a maid? Ice and desire.

The world wags on.
 

A rose will bloom

It then will fade

So does a youth.

So does the fairest maid.
 

Comes a time when one sweet smile

Has its season for a while...Then love's in love with me.

Some they think only to marry, Others will tease and tarry,

Mine is the very best parry. Cupid he rules us all.

Caper the cape, but sing me the song,

Death will come soon to hush us along.

Sweeter than honey and bitter as gall.

Love is a task and it never will pall.

Sweeter than honey...and bitter as gall

Cupid he rules us all.
 
 

A Time For Us

(alternate lyrics, not sung in the film)

A time for us, some day there'll be

When chains are torn by courage born of a love that's free

A time when dreams so long denied can flourish

As we unveil the love we now must hide

A time for us, at last to see

A life worthwhile for you and me
 

And with our love, through tears and thorns

We will endure as we pass surely through every storm

A time for us, some day there'll be a new world

A world of shining hope for you and me

For you and me
 

And with our love, through tears and thorns

We will endure as we pass surely through every storm

A time for us, some day there'll be a new world

A world of shining hope for you and me

A world of shining hope for you and me.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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