Recall the lovers' exchange in 1.5, in which Romeo declares himself a pilgrim come to worship at the shrine of Saint Juliet:
If I profane with my unworthiest hand
This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,
Which mannerly devotion shows in this;
For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch,
And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss. Romeo.
Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too? (1.5.92-100)
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