King John


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Enter Salisbury, Pembroke, and Bigot
stored (adj.) well supplied, rich, plentifully provided


SALISBURY

I did not think the King so stored with friends.


PEMBROKE

Up once again! Put spirit in the French;

If they miscarry, we miscarry too.
miscarry (v.) 3 go wrong, fail, be unsuccessful


SALISBURY

That misbegotten devil, Faulconbridge,

In spite of spite, alone upholds the day.
day (n.) 1 day of battle, contest
spite of spite, in despite everything, against all odds
uphold (v.) maintain, sustain, keep intact


PEMBROKE

They say King John, sore sick, hath left the field.

Enter Melun, wounded
revolt (n.) 3 rebel, revolutionary, malcontent


MELUN

Lead me to the revolts of England here.


SALISBURY

When we were happy we had other names.


PEMBROKE

It is the Count Melun.


SALISBURY

                         Wounded to death.


MELUN

Fly, noble English, you are bought and sold.
buy and sell, past form bought and sold betray, exploit, treat treacherously

Unthread the rude eye of rebellion,
rude (adj.) 1 violent, harsh, unkind

And welcome home again discarded faith.

Seek out King John and fall before his feet;

For if the French be lords of this loud day,
day (n.) 1 day of battle, contest
loud (adj.) 2 hectic, noisy, clamorous

He means to recompense the pains you take

By cutting off your heads. Thus hath he sworn,

And I with him, and many more with me,

Upon the altar at Saint Edmundsbury;

Even on that altar where we swore to you

Dear amity and everlasting love.


SALISBURY

May this be possible? May this be true?


MELUN

Have I not hideous death within my view,

Retaining but a quantity of life,
quantity (n.) 1 fragment, little piece, tiny amount

Which bleeds away, even as a form of wax

Resolveth from his figure 'gainst the fire?
figure (n.) 1 form, design, shape, conception
resolve (v.) 8 melt, dissolve, transform

What in the world should make me now deceive,

Since I must lose the use of all deceit?
use (n.) 2 activity, practice, enterprise

Why should I then be false, since it is true
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count

That I must die here, and live hence by truth?

I say again, if Lewis do win the day,

He is forsworn if e'er those eyes of yours
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word See Topics: Frequency count

Behold another daybreak in the east.

But even this night, whose black contagious breath
contagious (adj.) 1 pestilential, harmful, noxious

Already smokes about the burning crest
smoke (v.) 1 spread like mist, grow misty

Of the old, feeble, and day-wearied sun,

Even this ill night, your breathing shall expire,
expire (v.) end, conclude, terminate
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable See Topics: Frequency count

Paying the fine of rated treachery
fine (n.) 3 punishment, penalty, retribution
rated (adj.) 1 assessed, exposed, evaluated

Even with a treacherous fine of all your lives,
fine (n.) 2 ending, termination

If Lewis by your assistance win the day.

Commend me to one Hubert, with your King.
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards See Topics: Frequency count

The love of him, and this respect besides,

For that my grandsire was an Englishman,

Awakes my conscience to confess all this.

In lieu whereof, I pray you bear me hence
lieu whereof, in in recompense for this

From forth the noise and rumour of the field,
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
rumour (n.) 1 tumult, din, confusion

Where I may think the remnant of my thoughts

In peace, and part this body and my soul

With contemplation and devout desires.


SALISBURY

We do believe thee; and beshrew my soul
beshrew, 'shrew (v.) 1 curse, devil take, evil befall See Topics: Frequency count

But I do love the favour and the form
favour (n.) 2 appearance, look, aspect
form (n.) 3 pattern, shaping, outcome, order

Of this most fair occasion, by the which
occasion (n.) 1 circumstance, opportunity

We will untread the steps of damned flight,
untread (v.) retrace, go back upon

And like a bated and retired flood,
bated (adj.) abated, lowered, diminished
flood (n.) 2 river, stream, rushing water
retired (adj.) 3 retreating, receded, subsiding

Leaving our rankness and irregular course,
irregular (adj.) lawless, disorderly, unruly
rankness (n.) 2 excessive growth, rebelliousness

Stoop low within those bounds we have o'erlooked,
bound (n.) 1 limit, boundary, confine, barrier
overlook (v.) 5 overflow, rise above, exceed

And calmly run on in obedience

Even to our ocean, to our great King John.

My arm shall give thee help to bear thee hence;

For I do see the cruel pangs of death

Right in thine eye. Away, my friends! New flight,
right (adv.) 4 clearly, unmistakeably, assuredly

And happy newness, that intends old right!

Exeunt, giving assistance to Melun

 
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