Romeo and Juliet: Balcony Scene Glossary
At lover's perjuries they say Jove laughs.
This common Elizabethan saying comes directly from Ovid's Ars Amatoria: "Jupiter from on high smiles at the perjuries of lovers" (1.633). Jupiter, known in English as Jove, was the supreme ruler of the Roman gods.
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