King John


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Enter Lewis the Dauphin and his train
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count


LEWIS THE DAUPHIN

The sun of heaven, methought, was loath to set,

But stayed and made the western welkin blush,
welkin (n.) sky, firmament, heavens

When English measured backward their own ground
measure (v.) 1 pass through, travel over, traverse

In faint retire! O, bravely came we off,
bravely (adv.) 2 showily, with great display, with a fine flourish
come off (v.) 3 leave the field of combat, disengage
faint (adj.) 2 faint-hearted, timorous, fearful
retire (n.) retreat, withdrawal

When with a volley of our needless shot,
needless (adj.) 2 not needed, unused, superfluous
shot (n.) 1 cannonfire, firing, salvoes

After such bloody toil, we bid good night,

And wound our tottering colours clearly up,
clearly (adv.) without interference, unobstructedly
colours (n.) 1 battle-flags, ensigns, standards, banners See Topics: Frequency count
tottering (adj.) 2 tattered, ragged, frayed

Last in the field, and almost lords of it.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Enter a Messenger


MESSENGER

Where is my prince, the Dauphin?


LEWIS THE DAUPHIN

                         Here. What news?


MESSENGER

The Count Melun is slain. The English lords

By his persuasion are again fallen off,
fall off (v.) 2 become estranged, withdraw from allegiance

And your supply, which you have wished so long,
supply (n.) reinforcement(s), support, relief

Are cast away and sunk on Goodwin Sands.
cast away (v.) 3 destroy, ruin


LEWIS THE DAUPHIN

Ah, foul, shrewd news! Beshrew thy very heart!
beshrew, 'shrew (v.) 1 curse, devil take, evil befall See Topics: Frequency count
shrewd (adj.) 1 harsh, hard, severe

I did not think to be so sad tonight
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy

As this hath made me. Who was he that said

King John did fly an hour or two before

The stumbling night did part our weary powers?


MESSENGER

Whoever spoke it, it is true, my lord.


LEWIS THE DAUPHIN

Well, keep good quarter and good care tonight!
quarter (n.) 6 period of watch

The day shall not be up so soon as I

To try the fair adventure of tomorrow.
adventure (n.) 1 venture, enterprise, issue, hazard

Exeunt

 
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