Orlando Bloom, in Romeo and Juliet
10/05/2013 at 12:50 PM EDT
But soft! What light through yonder video window breaks?
Why, it's Orlando Bloom
, who's starring in the current Broadway revival of William Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet
And while, eight times a week, the swashbuckling star, 36, suffers the pains of love with his Juliet, played by Condola Rashad, Bloom here delivers Romeo's Act II, Scene 2 poetic description of his beloved for the camera of The New York Times
Behold, then, for all to see and hear: Orlando Bloom as Romeo.
As a bonus, here are the Bard of Avon's words:
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars
As daylight doth a lamp. Her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand
That I might touch that cheek!
O, speak again, bright angel! For thou art
As glorious to this night, being o'er my head,
As is a winged messenger of heaven
Unto the white, upturned, wondering eyes
Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him
When he bestrides the lazy-puffing clouds
And sails upon the bosom of the air.