The Two Noble Kinsmen


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V

Enter Gaoler's Daughter


I am very cold, and all the stars are out too,

The little stars and all, that look like aglets.
aglet (n.) (plural) tiny shining ornaments worn on a dress, spangles

The sun has seen my folly. Palamon!

Alas no; he's in heaven. Where am I now?

Yonder's the sea, and there's a ship; how't tumbles!

And there's a rock lies watching under water;

Now, now, it beats upon it; now, now, now,
beat (v.) 2 strike

There's a leak sprung, a sound one; how they cry!
sound (adj.) 5 large, severe, serious

Spoon her before the wind, you'll lose all else;
spoon (v.) let run [with little or no sail]

Up with a course or two, and tack about, boys.
course (n.) 5 sail attached to the lower yards of a sailing ship See Topics: Ships
tack about (v.) change course, run against the wind

Good night, good night, you're gone. I am very hungry.

Would I could find a fine frog; he would tell me

News from all parts o'th' world; then would I make

A carrack of a cockleshell, and sail
carrack, carack (n.) galleon, large merchant ship, also fitted out for war

By east and north-east to the King of Pygmies,

For he tells fortunes rarely. Now my father,
rarely (adv.) 1 splendidly, beautifully, excellently

Twenty to one, is trussed up in a trice
truss up (v.) hang, string up

Tomorrow morning; I'll say never a word.

(She sings)

For I'll cut my green coat, a foot above my knee,

And I'll clip my yellow locks, an inch below mine ee;
ee (n.) [northern form of] eye

Hey, nonny, nonny, nonny.

He s' buy me a white cut, forth for to ride,
cut (n.) 3 work-horse, nag

And I'll go seek him, through the world that is so wide;

Hey nonny, nonny, nonny.

O for a prick now, like a nightingale,
prick (n.) 1 thorn, prickle, barb

To put my breast against; I shall sleep like a top else.


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