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Enter the Countesse.Enter the Countess of Salisbury, above E3 I.ii.1
COUNTESS 
Alas how much in vaine my poore eyes gaze,Alas, how much in vain my poor eyes gaze E3 I.ii.1
For souccour that my soueraigne should send;For succour that my sovereign should send! E3 I.ii.2
A cosin Mountague, I feare thou wants, Ah, cousin Montague, I fear thou want'stwant (v.)lack, need, be withoutE3 I.ii.3
The liuely spirirt sharpely to solicit,The lively spirit sharply to solicitsolicit (v.)urge, move, incite, prevail uponE3 I.ii.4
Wth vehement sute the king in my behalfe: With vehement suit the king in my behalf.suit (n.)
old form: sute
formal request, entreaty, petition
E3 I.ii.5
Thou dost not tell him what a griefe it is, Thou dost not tell him what a grief it is E3 I.ii.6
To be the scornefull captiue to a Scot,To be the scornful captive to a Scot,scornful (adj.)
old form: scornefull
scorned, contemptible, derided
E3 I.ii.7
Either to be wooed with broad vntuned othes,Either to be wooed with broad untuned oaths,untuned (adj.)
old form: vntuned
disagreeable, distressing, rude
E3 I.ii.8
Or forst by rough insulting barbarisme: Or forced by rough insulting barbarism;barbarism (n.)
old form: barbarisme
rudeness, churlishness
E3 I.ii.9
Thou doest not tell him if he heere preuaile,Thou doest not tell him, if he here prevail, E3 I.ii.10
How much they will deride vs in the North,How much they will deride us in the north, E3 I.ii.11
And in their vild vnseuill skipping giggs,And, in their vile uncivil skipping jigs,uncivil (adj.)
old form: vnseuill
uncivilized, barbarous, unrefined
E3 I.ii.12
Bray foorth their Conquest, and our ouerthrow,Bray forth their conquest and our overthrow, E3 I.ii.13
Euen in the barraine, bleake and fruitlesse aire,Even in the barren, bleak, and fruitless air.fruitless (adj.)
old form: fruitlesse
barren, sterile, useless
E3 I.ii.14
Enter Dauid and Douglas, Lorraine.Enter below, King David, Douglas, and Lorraine E3 I.ii.15
I must withdraw, the euerlasting foe,I must withdraw. The everlasting foe E3 I.ii.15
Comes to the wall, Ile closely step aside,Comes to the wall; I'll closely step aside,closely (adv.)secretly, covertly, privatelyE3 I.ii.16
And list their babble blunt and full of pride.And list their babble, blunt and full of pride.blunt (adj.)stupid, obtuse, dull-wittedE3 I.ii.17
list (v.)listen to, pay attention to
K. Da.KING DAVID 
My Lord of Lorrayne, to our brother of Fraunce,My lord of Lorraine, to our brother of France E3 I.ii.18
Commend vs as the man in Christendome,Commend us, as the man in Christendomcommend (v.)convey greetings, present kind regardsE3 I.ii.19
That we must reuerence and intirely loue,That we most reverence and entirely love. E3 I.ii.20
Touching your embassage, returne and say,Touching your embassage, return and sayembassage, ambassage (n.)message, errand, business, missionE3 I.ii.21
That we with England will not enter parlie,That we with England will not enter parley, E3 I.ii.22
Nor neuer make faire wether, or take truce,Nor never make fair weather or take truce,weather, make fair
old form: faire wether
appear friendly, be conciliatory
E3 I.ii.23
But burne their neighbor townes and so persist,But burn their neighbour towns, and so persistneighbour (adj.)
old form: neighbor
nearby, not far away, accessible
E3 I.ii.24
With eager Rods beyond their Citie Yorke,With eager rods beyond their city, York;eager (adj.)fierce, angry, savageE3 I.ii.25
rod (n.)inroad, foray, raid
And neuer shall our bonny riders rest:And never shall our bonny riders rest,bonny (adj.)strong, stalwart, strappingE3 I.ii.26
Nor rust in canker, haue the time to eate,Nor rusting canker have the time to eatcanker (n./adj.)cancer, ulcer, blight, corruptionE3 I.ii.27
Their light borne snaffles, nor their nimble spurre Their light-borne snaffles, nor their nimble spurs,snaffle (n.)bridle-bitE3 I.ii.28
Nor lay aside their Iacks of Gymould mayle,Nor lay aside their jacks of gimmaled mail,mail (n.)
old form: mayle
armour, chain mail, piece of armour
E3 I.ii.29
jack (n.)
old form: Iacks
jacket, tunic, coat [usually of quilted leather]
gimmaled (adj.)
old form: Gymould
jointed, hinged, linked
Nor hang their staues of grayned Scottish ash,Nor hang their staves of grained Scottish ash E3 I.ii.30
In peacefull wise, vpon their Citie wals,In peaceful wise upon their city walls,wise (n.)manner, way, fashionE3 I.ii.31
Nor from their buttoned tawny leatherne belts,Nor from their buttoned tawny leathern beltsbuttoned (adj.)fitted out with buttons, studded, bossedE3 I.ii.32
leathern (adj.)
old form: leatherne
leather-like
Dismisse their byting whinyards, till your King,Dismiss their biting whinyards, till your kingwhinyard (n.)short swordE3 I.ii.33
Cry out enough, spare England now for pittie,Cry out: ‘ Enough, spare England now for pity!’ E3 I.ii.34
Farewell, and tell him that you leaue vs heare,Farewell, and tell him that you leave us here E3 I.ii.35
Before this Castle, say you came from vs,Before this castle; say you came from us E3 I.ii.36
Euen when we had that yeelded to our hands,Even when we had that yielded to our hands. E3 I.ii.37
Lor.LORRAINE 
take my leaue and fayrely will returneI take my leave, and fairly will return E3 I.ii.38
Your acceptable greeting to my king.Your acceptable greeting to my king.acceptable (adj.)welcome, pleasing, gratifyingE3 I.ii.39
Exit Lor.Exit E3 I.ii.39
K. D.KING DAVID 
Now Duglas to our former taske again,Now, Douglas, to our former task again, E3 I.ii.40
For the deuision of this certayne spoyle.For the division of this certain spoil.spoil (n.)
old form: spoyle
plunder, booty
E3 I.ii.41
Dou.DOUGLAS 
My liege I craue the Ladie and no more,My liege, I crave the lady, and no more.liege (n.)lord, sovereignE3 I.ii.42
crave (v.)
old form: craue
beg, entreat, request
King.KING DAVID 
Nay soft ye sir, first I must make my choyse,Nay, soft ye, sir; first I must make my choice,soft (adv.)[used as a command] not so fast, wait a moment, be quietE3 I.ii.43
And first I do bespeake her for my selfe,And first I do bespeak her for myself.bespeak (v.), past forms bespake, bespoke
old form: bespeake
speak for, arrange for, claim
E3 I.ii.44
Da.DOUGLAS 
Why then my liege let me enioy her iewels,Why then, my liege, let me enjoy her jewels. E3 I.ii.45
King.KING DAVID 
Those are her owne still liable to her, Those are her own, still liable to her,still (adv.)constantly, always, continuallyE3 I.ii.46
liable (adj.)legally belonging, in her ownership
And who inherits her, hath those with all. And who inherits her hath those withal. E3 I.ii.47
Enter a Scot in hast.Enter a Messenger in hasteprick (v.)spur a horse, ride, gallopE3 I.ii.48
Mes.MESSENGER 
My liege, as we were pricking on the hils,My liege, as we were pricking on the hills E3 I.ii.48
To fetch in booty, marching hitherward,To fetch in booty, marching hitherward E3 I.ii.49
We might discry a mighty host of men,We might descry a mighty host of men.descry (v.)
old form: discry
catch sight of, make out, espy, discover
E3 I.ii.50
The Sunne reflicting on the armour shewed,The sun reflecting on the armour showed E3 I.ii.51
A field of plate, a wood of pickes aduanced:A field of plate, a wood of picks advanced.plate (n.)armour, plate-armourE3 I.ii.52
pick (n.)
old form: pickes
pike
Bethinke your highnes speedely herein,Bethink your highness speedily herein:bethink (v.), past form bethought
old form: Bethinke
resolve, decide, have a mind
E3 I.ii.53
An easie march within foure howres will bring,An easy march within four hours will bring E3 I.ii.54
The hindmost rancke, vnto this place my liege.The hindmost rank unto this place, my liege. E3 I.ii.55
King.KING DAVID 
Dislodge, dislodge, it is the king of England.Dislodge, dislodge! It is the King of England.dislodge (v.)withdraw, retreat, pull backE3 I.ii.56
Dug.DOUGLAS 
Iemmy my man, saddle my bonny blacke.Jemmy, my man, saddle my bonny black.bonny (adj.)fine, beautiful, splendidE3 I.ii.57
King.KING DAVID 
Meanst thou to fight, Duglas we are to weake.Mean'st thou to fight, Douglas? We are too weak. E3 I.ii.58
Du.DOUGLAS 
I know it well my liege, and therefore flie.I know it well, my liege, and therefore fly. E3 I.ii.59
Cou.COUNTESS 
My Lords of Scotland will ye stay and drinke:My lords of Scotland, will ye stay and drink? E3 I.ii.60
King.KING DAVID 
She mocks at vs Duglas, I cannot endure it.She mocks at us, Douglas; I cannot endure it. E3 I.ii.61
Count.COUNTESS 
Say good my Lord, which is he must haue the Ladie, Say, good my lord, which is he must have the lady, E3 I.ii.62
And which her iewels, I am sure my LordsAnd which her jewels? I am sure, my lords, E3 I.ii.63
Ye will not hence, till you haue shard the spoyles.Ye will not hence till you have shared the spoils.spoil (n.)
old form: spoyles
plunder, booty
E3 I.ii.64
King.KING DAVID 
Shee heard the messenger, and heard our talke. She heard the messenger, and heard our talk, E3 I.ii.65
And now that comfort makes her scorne at vs.And now that comfort makes her scorn at us. E3 I.ii.66
Annother messenger.Enter another Messenger E3 I.ii.67
Mes.MESSENGER 
Arme my good Lord, O we are all surprisde.Arm, my good lord! O, we are all surprised! E3 I.ii.67
COUNTESS 
After the French embassador my liege,After the French ambassador, my liege, E3 I.ii.68
And tell him that you dare not ride to Yorke,And tell him that you dare not ride to York. E3 I.ii.69
Excuse it that your bonnie horse is lame.Excuse it that your bonny horse is lame.bonny (adj.)
old form: bonnie
fine, beautiful, splendid
E3 I.ii.70
K.KING DAVID 
He heard that to, intollerable griefe:She heard that too; intolerable grief! E3 I.ii.71
Woman farewell although I do not stay.Woman, farewell! Although I do not stay –  E3 I.ii.72
Exunt Scots.Exeunt Scots E3 I.ii.72
Count.COUNTESS 
Tis not for feare, and yet you run away,'Tis not for fear, and yet you run away. –  E3 I.ii.73
O happie comfort welcome to our house,O happy comfort, welcome to our house! E3 I.ii.74
The confident and boystrous boasting Scot,The confident and boist'rous boasting Scot,boisterous (adj.)
old form: boystrous
violent, fierce, savage
E3 I.ii.75
That swore before my walls they would not backe,That swore before my walls they would not back E3 I.ii.76
For all the armed power of this land,For all the armed power of this land,power (n.)force, strength, mightE3 I.ii.77
With facelesse feare that euer turnes his backe:With faceless fear that ever turns his back, E3 I.ii.78
Turnd hence againe the blasting North-east winde:Turned hence again the blasting north-east windagain (prep.)
old form: againe
against, facing
E3 I.ii.79
Vpon the bare report and name of Armes.Upon the bare report and name of arms. E3 I.ii.80
Enter Mountague.Enter Montague E3 I.ii.81
O Sommers day, see where my Cosin comes: O summer's day! See where my cousin comes! E3 I.ii.81
Mo.MONTAGUE 
How fares my Aunt? we are not Scots,How fares my aunt? We are not Scots.fare (v.)get on, manage, do, copeE3 I.ii.82
Why do you shut your gates against your friends?Why do you shut your gates against your friends? E3 I.ii.83
Co.COUNTESS 
Well may I giue a welcome Cosin to thee:Well may I give a welcome, cousin, to thee, E3 I.ii.84
For thou comst well to chase my foes from hence.For thou com'st well to chase my foes from hence. E3 I.ii.85
Mo.MONTAGUE 
The king himselfe is come in person hither:The king himself is come in person hither. E3 I.ii.86
Deare Aunt discend and gratulate his highnes.Dear aunt, descend, and gratulate his highness.gratulate (v.)greet, welcome, saluteE3 I.ii.87
Co.COUNTESS 
How may I entertayne his Maiestie,How may I entertain his majesty, E3 I.ii.88
To shew my duety, and his dignitie.To show my duty and his dignity? E3 I.ii.89
Exit above E3 I.ii.89
Enter king Edward, Warwike, Artoyes, with others.Enter King Edward, Warwick, Artois, with others E3 I.ii.90
K. Ed.KING EDWARD 
What are the stealing Foxes fled and goneWhat, are the stealing foxes fled and gone E3 I.ii.90
Before we could vncupple at their heeles.Before we could uncouple at their heels?uncouple (v.)
old form: vncupple
release pairs of hunting dogs for the chase
E3 I.ii.91
War.WARWICK 
They are my liege, but with a cheereful cry,They are, my liege; but, with a cheerful cry, E3 I.ii.92
Hot hunds and hardie chase them at the heeles.Hot hounds and hardy chase them at the heels. E3 I.ii.93
Enter Countesse.Enter Countess E3 I.ii.94
K. Ed.KING EDWARD 
This is the Countesse Warwike, is it not.This is the Countess, Warwick, is it not? E3 I.ii.94
War.WARWICK 
Euen shee liege, whose beauty tyrants feare,Even she, my liege; whose beauty tyrants fear, E3 I.ii.95
As a May blossome with pernitious winds,As a May blossom with pernicious winds E3 I.ii.96
Hath sullied, withered ouercast and donne.Hath sullied, withered, overcast, and done. E3 I.ii.97
K. Ed.KING EDWARD 
Hath she been fairer Warwike then she is?Hath she been fairer, Warwick, than she is? E3 I.ii.98
War.WARWICK 
My gratious King, faire is she not at all,My gracious King, fair is she not at all, E3 I.ii.99
If that her selfe were by to staine herselfe,If that her self were by to stain herself, E3 I.ii.100
As I haue seene her when she was her selfe.As I have seen her when she was herself. E3 I.ii.101
K. Ed.KING EDWARD 
What strange enchantment lurke in those her eyes?What strange enchantment lurked in those her eyes E3 I.ii.102
When they exceld this excellence they haue,When they excelled this excellence they have, E3 I.ii.103
That now her dym declyne hath power to draw,That now her dim decline hath power to draw E3 I.ii.104
My subiect eyes from persing maiestie,My subject eyes from piercing majesty E3 I.ii.105
To gaze on her with doting admiration.To gaze on her with doting admiration? E3 I.ii.106
Count.COUNTESS 
In duetie lower then the ground I kneele,In duty lower than the ground I kneel, E3 I.ii.107
And for my dul knees bow my feeling heart,And for my dull knees bow my feeling heart E3 I.ii.108
To witnes my obedience to your highnes,To witness my obedience to your highness E3 I.ii.109
With many millions of a subiects thanks.With many millions of a subject's thanks E3 I.ii.110
For this your Royall presence, whose approch,For this your royal presence, whose approach E3 I.ii.111
Hath driuen war and danger from my gate.Hath driven war and danger from my gate. E3 I.ii.112
K.KING EDWARD 
Lady stand vp, I come to bring thee peace,Lady, stand up; I come to bring thee peace, E3 I.ii.113
How euer thereby I haue purchast war.However thereby I have purchased war. E3 I.ii.114
Co.COUNTESS 
No war to you my liege, the Scots are gone,No war to you, my liege; the Scots are gone, E3 I.ii.115
And gallop home toward Scotland with their hate,And gallop home toward Scotland with their hate. E3 I.ii.116
KING EDWARD 
Least yeelding heere, I pyne in shamefull loue: Lest, yielding here, I pine in shameful love, E3 I.ii.117
Come wele persue the Scots, Artoyes away.Come, we'll pursue the Scots. – Artois, away! E3 I.ii.118
Co.COUNTESS 
A little while my gratious soueraigne stay,A little while, my gracious sovereign, stay, E3 I.ii.119
And let the power of a mighty kingAnd let the power of a mighty kingpower (n.)force, strength, mightE3 I.ii.120
Honor our roofe: my husband in the warres,Honour our roof; my husband in the wars, E3 I.ii.121
When he shall heare it will triumph for ioy.When he shall hear it, will triumph for joy. E3 I.ii.122
Then deare my liege, now niggard not thy state,Then, dear my liege, now niggard not thy state.niggard (v.)begrudge, hoard, use sparinglyE3 I.ii.123
state (n.)splendour, magnificence, stateliness, dignity
Being at the wall, enter our homely gate.Being at the wall, enter our homely gate. E3 I.ii.124
King.KING EDWARD 
Pardon me countesse, I will come no neare,Pardon me, Countess, I will come no near'r; E3 I.ii.125
I dreamde to night of treason and I feare.I dreamed tonight of treason, and I fear.tonight (adv.)
old form: to night
last night, this past night
E3 I.ii.126
Co.COUNTESS 
Far from this place let vgly treason ly.Far from this place let ugly treason lie! E3 I.ii.127
K.KING EDWARD 
(aside) E3 I.ii.128
No farther off, then her conspyring eye,No farther off than her conspiring eye, E3 I.ii.128
Which shoots infected poyson in my heart.Which shoots infected poison in my heart, E3 I.ii.129
Beyond repulse ofwit or cure of Art.Beyond repulse of wit or cure of art.wit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental abilityE3 I.ii.130
Now in the Sunne alone it doth not lye,Now in the sun alone it doth not lie E3 I.ii.131
With light to take light, from a mortall eye.With light to take light from a mortal eye; E3 I.ii.132
For here to day stars that myne eies would see,For here two day-stars that mine eyes would see E3 I.ii.133
More then the Sunne steales myne owne light from mee:More than the sun steals mine own light from me. E3 I.ii.134
Contemplatiue desire, desire to be,Contemplative desire, desire to be E3 I.ii.135
Incontemplation that may master thee.In contemplation, that may master thee. –  E3 I.ii.136
Warwike, Artoys, to horse and lets away.Warwick, Artois, to horse and let's away! E3 I.ii.137
Co.COUNTESS 
What might I speake to make my soueraigne stay?What might I speak to make my sovereign stay? E3 I.ii.138
King.KING EDWARD 
(aside) E3 I.ii.139
What needs a tongue to such a speaking eie,What needs a tongue to such a speaking eye, E3 I.ii.139
That more perswads then winning Oratorie.That more persuades than winning oratory? E3 I.ii.140
Co.COUNTESS 
Let not thy presence like the Aprill sunne,Let not thy presence, like the April sun, E3 I.ii.141
Flatter our earth, and sodenly be done:Flatter our earth and suddenly be done. E3 I.ii.142
More happie do not make our outward wall,More happy do not make our outward wall E3 I.ii.143
Then thou wilt grace our inner house withall, Than thou wilt grace our inner house withal.  E3 I.ii.144
Our house my liege is like a Country swaine,Our house, my liege, is like a country swain,swain (n.)
old form: swaine
[contemptuous] rustic, yokel, fellow
E3 I.ii.145
Whose habit rude, and manners blunt and playne, Whose habit rude and manners blunt and plainblunt (adj.)plain-spoken, unceremonious, forthrightE3 I.ii.146
plain (adj.)simple, homely, unaffected
rude (adj.)rough, wild, harsh-looking
habit (n.)behaviour, bearing, demeanour
Presageth nought, yet inly beautified,Presageth nought, yet inly beautifiedinly (adv.)inwardly, deep withinE3 I.ii.147
presage (v.)signify, indicate
With bounties riches; and faire hidden pride:With bounty's riches and faire hidden pride.bounty (n.)
old form: bounties
great generosity, gracious liberality, munificence
E3 I.ii.148
pride (n.)splendour, magnificence, pomp
For where the golden Ore doth buried lie,For where the golden ore doth buried lie, E3 I.ii.149
The ground vndect with natures tapestrie,The ground, undecked with nature's tapestry,undecked (adj.)
old form: vndect
unadorned, not decked out
E3 I.ii.150
Seemes barrayne, sere, vnfertill, fructles dry, Seems barren, sere, unfertile, fruitless, dry;sere (adj.)dried up, withered, parchedE3 I.ii.151
And where the vpper turfe of earth doth boast,And where the upper turf of earth doth boast E3 I.ii.152
His pride perfumes, and party colloured cost,His pride, perfumes, and parti-coloured cost,cost (n.)abundance, richness, costly appearanceE3 I.ii.153
pride (n.)splendour, magnificence, pomp
parti-coloured (adj.)
old form: party colloured
variegated, diverse, multi-coloured
Delue there, and find this issue and their pride,Delve there, and find this issue and their prideissue (n.)yield, product, resultE3 I.ii.154
pride (n.)splendour, magnificence, pomp
To spring from ordure, and corruptions side:To spring from ordure and corruption's side.corruption (n.)decomposition, putrefactionE3 I.ii.155
ordure (n.)filth, dirt, dung
But to make vp my all to long compare,But, to make up my all too long compare,compare (n.)comparison, simile, analogyE3 I.ii.156
make up (v.)
old form: vp
conclude, finish, end
These ragged walles no testomie are,These ragged walls no testimony areragged (adj.)rough-hewn, dilapidated, ruggedE3 I.ii.157
What is within, but like a cloake doth hide,What is within, but like a cloak doth hide E3 I.ii.158
From weathers West, the vnder garnisht pride:From weather's waste the undergarnished pride.pride (n.)splendour, magnificence, pompE3 I.ii.159
waste (n.)wasting, devastation, ravages
undergarnished (adj.)
old form: vnder garnisht
adorned underneath
More gratious then my tearmes can let thee be,More gracious than my terms can, let thee be.term (n.)
old form: tearmes
word, expression, utterance
E3 I.ii.160
Intreat thy selfe to stay a while with mee.Entreat thy self to stay a while with me. E3 I.ii.161
Kin.KING EDWARD 
(aside)fit (n.)fever, attack, seizureE3 I.ii.162
fond (adj.)infatuated, doting, passionate
As wise as faire, what fond fit can be heard,As wise as fair: what fond fit can be heard E3 I.ii.162
When wisedome keepes the gate as beuties gard,When wisdom keeps the gate as beauty's guard? –  E3 I.ii.163
Countesse, albeit my busines vrgeth me,Countess, albeit my business urgeth me,albeit (conj.)althoughE3 I.ii.164
Yt shall attend, while I attend on thee:It shall attend, while I attend on thee. – attend (v.)wait, tarry, postponeE3 I.ii.165
Come on my Lords, heere will I host to night.Come on, my lords, here will I host tonight.host (v.)lodge, stay, put upE3 I.ii.166
Exeunt.Exeunt E3 I.ii.166
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