King John


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Alarums. Enter King John and Hubert
day (n.) 1 day of battle, contest


KING JOHN

How goes the day with us? O, tell me, Hubert.


HUBERT

Badly, I fear. How fares your majesty?
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count


KING JOHN

This fever that hath troubled me so long

Lies heavy on me. O, my heart is sick!
heavy (adj.) 3 pressing, weighty, overpowering

Enter a Messenger


MESSENGER

My lord, your valiant kinsman, Faulconbridge,

Desires your majesty to leave the field
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

And send him word by me which way you go.


KING JOHN

Tell him, toward Swinstead, to the abbey there.


MESSENGER

Be of good comfort; for the great supply
comfort (n.) 2 happiness, joy, cheerfulness
supply (n.) reinforcement(s), support, relief

That was expected by the Dauphin here

Are wracked three nights ago on Goodwin Sands.
wrack (v.) 1 wreck, shipwreck, lose at sea

This news was brought to Richard but even now.

The French fight coldly, and retire themselves.
coldly (adv.) 2 lightly, with indifference, unenthusiastically
retire (v.) 2 retreat, pull back, withdraw


KING JOHN

Ay me! This tyrant fever burns me up,

And will not let me welcome this good news.

Set on toward Swinstead. To my litter straight;
litter (n.) 1 [transportable] bed, couch
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Weakness possesseth me, and I am faint.

Exeunt

 
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