Dancing Days are Gone

Dancing referred to in a Shakespearean quote“For you and I are past our dancing days” (Romeo and Juliet.1.5)

Tip for Use. When you wish to refuse an invitation to wild entertainment, e.g. ‘I am past my dancing days’. In “Your Daily Shakespeare” see also ‘Error, e. admitted and due to youthful inexperience – Those were my salad days when I was green in judgement’.

In the play. Capulet invites his cousin to sit down as dancing would be inappropriate for both of them given their age.

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