In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 3, Friar Lawrence agrees to marry the love-struck young couple, in the hope that the union will end the feud between the House of Capulet and the House of Montague. For the impatient Romeo, however, things are not moving fast enough.
Romeo: “O, let us hence; I stand on sudden haste.”
Friar Lawrence: “Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”
In other words, Friar Lawrence is saying that if you don’t take your time and look where you’re going, you’ll fall flat on your face.
The excellent debut album from The Staves found its way into Mrs Rainy Day’s Xmas stocking and the first track is titled Wisely & Slow.