King Edward III
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Enter king Iohn and Charles.Enter King John and Charles E3 IV.v.1
Ioh.KING JOHN 
A sodaine darknes hath defast the skie,A sudden darkness hath defaced the sky, E3 IV.v.1
The windes are crept into their caues for feare,The winds are crept into their caves for fear, E3 IV.v.2
the leaues moue not, the world is husht and still,The leaves move not, the world is hushed and still, E3 IV.v.3
the birdes cease singing, and the wandring brookes,The birds cease singing, and the wand'ring brooks E3 IV.v.4
Murmure no wonted greeting to their shores,Murmur no wonted greeting to their shores.wonted (adj.)accustomed, usual, customaryE3 IV.v.5
Silence attends some wonder, and expectethSilence attends some wonder, and expectethattend (v.)await, wait for, expectE3 IV.v.6
That heauen should pronounce some prophesie,That heaven should pronounce some prophecy. E3 IV.v.7
Where or from whome proceeds this silence Charles?Where or from whom proceeds this silence, Charles? E3 IV.v.8
Ch.CHARLES 
Our men with open mouthes and staring eyes,Our men, with open mouths and staring eyes, E3 IV.v.9
Looke on each other, as they did attendLook on each other, as they did attendattend (v.)listen [to], pay attention [to]E3 IV.v.10
attend (v.)await, wait for, expect
Each others wordes, and yet no creature speakes,Each other's words, and yet no creature speaks. E3 IV.v.11
A tongue-tied feare hath made a midnight houre,A tongue-tied fear hath made a midnight hour, E3 IV.v.12
and speeches sleepe through all the waking regions.And speeches sleep through all the waking regions. E3 IV.v.13
Ioh.KING JOHN 
But now the pompeous Sunne in all his pride,But now the pompous sun in all his pridepompous (adj.)
old form: pompeous
glorious, magnificent, splendid
E3 IV.v.14
Lookt through his golden coach vpon the worlde,Looked through his golden coach upon the world, E3 IV.v.15
and on a sodaine hath he hid himselfe,And on a sudden hath he hid himself, E3 IV.v.16
that now the vnder earth is as a graue,That now the under earth is as a grave, E3 IV.v.17
Darke, deadly, silent, and vncomfortable.Dark, deadly, silent, and uncomfortable.uncomfortable (adj.)
old form: vncomfortable
comfortless, disquieting, uneasy
E3 IV.v.18
A clamor of rauensA clamour of ravens E3 IV.v.19
Harke, what a deadly outcrie do I heare?Hark, what a deadly outcry do I hear? E3 IV.v.19
Enter Philip E3 IV.v.20
Ch.CHARLES 
Here comes my brother Phillip.Here comes my brother Philip. E3 IV.v.20.1
Ioh.KING JOHN 
All dismaid. All dismayed. E3 IV.v.20.2
What fearefull words are those thy lookes presage?What fearful words are those thy looks presage?presage (v.)signify, indicateE3 IV.v.21
Pr.PHILIP 
A flight, a flight.A flight, a flight! E3 IV.v.22
Ioh.KING JOHN 
Coward what flight? thou liest there needs no flight.Coward, what flight? Thou liest, there needs no flight. E3 IV.v.23
Pr.PHILIP 
A flight.A flight!  E3 IV.v.24
Kin.KING JOHN 
Awake thycrauen powers, and tell onAwake thy craven powers, and tell oncraven (adj.)
old form: crauen
cowardly, spineless, weak-hearted
E3 IV.v.25
the substance of that verie feare in deed,The substance of that very fear indeed E3 IV.v.26
Which is so gastly printed in thy face,Which is so ghastly printed in thy face. E3 IV.v.27
What is the matter?What is the matter? E3 IV.v.2.1
Pr.PHILIP 
A flight of vgly rauensA flight of ugly ravens E3 IV.v.28.2
Do croke and houer ore our souldiers headsDo croak and hover o'er our soldiers' heads, E3 IV.v.29
And keepe in triangles and cornerd squares,And keep in triangles and cornered squares, E3 IV.v.30
Right as our forces are imbatteled,Right as our forces are embattled.embattle (v.)
old form: imbatteled
deploy, draw up, marshal
E3 IV.v.31
With their approach there came this sodain fog,With their approach there came this sudden fog, E3 IV.v.32
Which now hath hid the airie flower of heauen,Which now hath hid the airy floor of heaven E3 IV.v.33
And made at noone a night vnnaturall,And made at noon a night unnatural E3 IV.v.34
Vpon the quaking and dismaied world,Upon the quaking and dismayed world. E3 IV.v.35
In briefe, our souldiers haue let fall their armes,In brief, our soldiers have let fall their arms E3 IV.v.36
and stand like metamorphosd images,And stand like metamorphosed images,metamorphosed (adj.)
old form: metamorphosd
turned into stone, transformed, petrified
E3 IV.v.37
Bloudlesse and pale, one gazing on another.Bloodless and pale, one gazing on another. E3 IV.v.38
Io.KING JOHN 
I now I call to mind the prophesie,Ay, now I call to mind the prophecy, E3 IV.v.39
But I must giue no enterance to a feare,But I must give no entrance to a fear. –  E3 IV.v.40
Returne and harten vp these yeelding soules,Return, and hearten up these yielding souls: E3 IV.v.41
Tell them the rauens seeing them in armes,Tell them the ravens, seeing them in arms, E3 IV.v.42
So many faire against a famisht few,So many fair against a famished few,fair (adv.)
old form: faire
in fine array, brightly laid out
E3 IV.v.43
Come but to dine vpon their handie worke,Come but to dine upon their handiwork E3 IV.v.44
and praie vpon the carrion that they kill,And prey upon the carrion that they kill. E3 IV.v.45
For when we see a horse laid downe to die,For when we see a horse laid down to die, E3 IV.v.46
although not dead, the rauenous birdsAlthough not dead, the ravenous birds E3 IV.v.47
Sit watching the departure of his life,Sit watching the departure of his life, E3 IV.v.48
Euen so these rauens for the carcases,Even so these ravens, for the carcasses E3 IV.v.49
Of those poore English that are markt to die,Of those poor English that are marked to die, E3 IV.v.50
Houer about, and if they crie to vs,Hover about, and, if they cry to us, E3 IV.v.51
Tis but for meate that we must kill for them,'Tis but for meat that we must kill for them. E3 IV.v.52
Awaie and comfort vp my souldiers,Away, and comfort up my soldiers, E3 IV.v.53
and sound the trumpets, and at once dispatchAnd sound the trumpets, and at once dispatchdispatch, despatch (v.)deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quicklyE3 IV.v.54
This litle busines of a silly fraude. This little business of a silly fraud.silly (adj.)foolish, stupid, ludicrousE3 IV.v.55
fraud (n.)
old form: fraude
delusion, deception, trick
Exit Pr.Exit Philip E3 IV.v.55
Another noise, Salisbury brought in by aFrench Captaine.Another noise. Salisbury brought in by a French Captainliege (n.)lord, sovereignE3 IV.v.56
mo, moe (adj.)more [in number]
Cap.CAPTAIN 
Behold my liege, this knight and fortie mo,Behold, my liege, this knight and forty mo, E3 IV.v.56
Of whom the better part are slaine and fled,Of whom the better part are slain and fled, E3 IV.v.57
With all indeuor sought to breake our rankes,With all endeavour sought to break our ranksbreak (v.)
old form: breake
burst open, break through
E3 IV.v.58
And make their waie to the incompast prince,And make their way to the encompassed prince.encompassed (adj.)
old form: incompast
surrounded, encircled, enclosed
E3 IV.v.59
Dispose of him as please your maiestie.Dispose of him as please your majesty. E3 IV.v.60
Io.KING JOHN 
Go, & the next bough, souldier, that thou seest,Go, and the next bough, soldier, that thou seest, E3 IV.v.61
Disgrace it with his bodie presently,Disgrace it with his body presently;presently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceE3 IV.v.62
Eor I doo hold a tree in France too good,For I do hold a tree in France too good E3 IV.v.63
To be the gallowes of an English theefe.To be the gallows of an English thief. E3 IV.v.64
Sa.SALISBURY 
My Lord of Normandie, I haue your passe,My Lord of Normandy, I have your pass E3 IV.v.65
And warrant for my safetie through this land.And warrant for my safety through this land.warrant (n.)licence, sanction, authorizationE3 IV.v.66
Ch.CHARLES 
Villiers procurd it for thee, did he not?Villiers procured it for thee, did he not? E3 IV.v.67
Sal.SALISBURY 
He did.He did. E3 IV.v.68
Ch.CHARLES 
And it is currant, thou shalt freely passe.And it is current: thou shalt freely pass. E3 IV.v.69
En: Io.KING JOHN 
I freely to the gallows to be hangd,Ay, freely to the gallows to be hanged, E3 IV.v.70
Without deniall or impediment.Without denial or impediment. E3 IV.v.71
Awaie with him.Away with him! E3 IV.v.72
Vil.CHARLES 
I hope your highnes will not so disgrace me,I hope your highness will not so disgrace me E3 IV.v.73
and dash the vertue of my seale at armes,And dash the virtue of my seal at arms.dash (v.)diminish, infringe, destroyE3 IV.v.74
seal at arms
old form: seale, armes
seal bearing a coat of arms
virtue (n.)
old form: vertue
power, capability, efficacy, property
He hath my neuer broken name to shew,He hath my never broken name to show,name (n.)signature [representing a pledge]E3 IV.v.75
Carectred with this princely hande of mine,Charactered with this princely hand of mine;character (v.)
old form: Carectred
inscribe, engrave, write
E3 IV.v.76
and rather let me leaue to be a prince,And rather let me leave to be a princeleave (v.)
old form: leaue
cease, stop, give up
E3 IV.v.77
Than break the stable verdict of a prince,Than break the stable verdict of a prince.stable (adj.)constant, immutable, firmE3 IV.v.78
verdict (n.)decision, pledge, final word
I doo beseech you let him passe in quiet,I do beseech you, let him pass in quiet. E3 IV.v.79
Ki.KING JOHN 
Thou and thy word lie both in my command,Thou and thy word lie both in my command. E3 IV.v.80
What canst thou promise that I cannot breake?What canst thou promise that I cannot break?  E3 IV.v.81
Which of these twaine is greater infamie,Which of these twain is greater infamy: E3 IV.v.82
To disobey thy father or thy selfe?To disobey thy father or thyself? E3 IV.v.83
Thy word nor no mans may exceed his power,Thy word, nor no man's, may exceed his power,power (n.)exercise of power, authoritative actionE3 IV.v.84
Nor that same man doth neuer breake his worde,Nor that same man doth never break his word E3 IV.v.85
That keepes it to the vtmost of his power.That keeps it to the utmost of his power. E3 IV.v.86
The breach of faith dwels in the soules consent,The breach of faith dwells in the soul's consent, E3 IV.v.87
Which if thy selfe without consent doo breake,Which, if thyself without consent do break, E3 IV.v.88
Thou art not charged with the breach of faith,Thou art not charged with the breach of faith. E3 IV.v.89
Go hang him, for thy lisence lies in mee,Go, hang him: for thy licence lies in me,constraint (n.)compulsion, coercion, enforcingE3 IV.v.90
licence (n.)
old form: lisence
authority to act, freedom of action
and my constraint stands the excuse for thee.And my constraint stands the excuse for thee.excuse (n.)pardon, dispensation, exonerationE3 IV.v.91
stand (v.)act as, be, hold good as
Ch.CHARLES 
What am I not a soldier in my word?What, am I not a soldier in my word? E3 IV.v.92
Then armes adieu, and let them fight that list,Then, arms, adieu, and let them fight that list.list (v.)wish, like, pleaseE3 IV.v.93
Shall I not giue my girdle from my wast,Shall I not give my girdle from my waist,girdle (n.)beltE3 IV.v.94
But with a gardion I shall be controld,But with a guardian I shall be controlled E3 IV.v.95
To saie I may not giue my things awaie,To say I may not give my things away? E3 IV.v.96
Vpon my soule, had Edward prince of WalesUpon my soul, had Edward Prince of Wales E3 IV.v.97
Ingagde his word, writ downe his noble hand,Engaged his word, writ down his noble hand, E3 IV.v.98
For all your knights to passe his fathers land,For all your knights to pass his father's land, E3 IV.v.99
The roiall king to grace his warlike sonne,The royal king, to grace his warlike son,grace (v.)favour, add merit to, do honour toE3 IV.v.100
Would not alone safe conduct giue to them.Would not alone safe-conduct give to them, E3 IV.v.101
But with all bountie feasted them and theirs.But with all bounty feasted them and theirs.bounty (n.)
old form: bountie
great generosity, gracious liberality, munificence
E3 IV.v.102
Kin.KING JOHN 
Dwelst thou on presidents, then be it so,Dwell'st thou on precedents? Then be it so!precedent (n.)
old form: presidents
worthy example, model to be followed [in mediaeval chivalry]
E3 IV.v.103
Say Englishman of what degree thou art.Say, Englishman, of what degree thou art.degree (n.)rank, station, standingE3 IV.v.104
Sa.SALISBURY 
An Earle in England, though a prisoner here,An earl in England, though a prisoner here, E3 IV.v.105
And those that knowe me call me Salisburie.And those that know me call me Salisbury. E3 IV.v.106
Kin.KING JOHN 
Then Salisburie, say whether thou art bound.Then, Salisbury, say whither thou art bound. E3 IV.v.107
Sa.SALISBURY 
To Callice where my liege king Edward is.To Calais, where my liege King Edward is. E3 IV.v.108
Kin.KING JOHN 
To Callice Salisburie, then to Callice packe,To Calais, Salisbury? Then to Calais pack,pack (v.)
old form: packe
take [oneself] off, be off, depart
E3 IV.v.109
and bid the king prepare a noble graue,And bid the king prepare a noble grave E3 IV.v.110
To put his princely sonne blacke Edward in,To put his princely son, black Edward, in. E3 IV.v.111
and as thou trauelst westward from this place,And as thou travel'st westward from this place, E3 IV.v.112
Some two leagues hence there is a loftie hill,Some two leagues hence, there is a lofty hill E3 IV.v.113
Whose top seemes toplesse, for the imbracing skie,Whose top seems topless, for the embracing sky E3 IV.v.114
Doth hide his high head in her azure bosome,Doth hide his high head in her azure bosom,azure, azured (adj.)coloured blue, bright blue [as of an uncloudy sky]E3 IV.v.115
Vpon whose tall top when thy foot attaines,Upon whose tall top, when thy foot attains, E3 IV.v.116
Looke backe vpon the humble vale beneath,Look back upon the humble vale beneath, E3 IV.v.117
Humble of late, but now made proud with armes,Humble of late, but now made proud with arms, E3 IV.v.118
and thence behold the wretched prince of Wales,And thence behold the wretched Prince of Wales, E3 IV.v.119
Hoopt with a bond ofyron round about,Hooped with a bond of iron round about.bond (n.)shackle, chain, fetterE3 IV.v.120
After which sight to Callice spurre amaine,After which sight, to Calais spur amain,amain (adv.)
old form: amaine
in all haste, at full speed
E3 IV.v.121
and saie the prince was smoothered, and not slaine,And say the prince was smothered and not slain; E3 IV.v.122
and tell the king this is not all his ill,And tell the king this is not all his ill,ill (n.)trouble, affliction, misfortuneE3 IV.v.123
For I will greet him ere he thinkes I will,For I will greet him ere he thinks I will. E3 IV.v.124
Awaie be gone, the smoake but of our shot,Away, be gone; the smoke but of our shot E3 IV.v.125
Will choake our foes, though bullets hit them not.Will choke our foes, though bullets hit them not. E3 IV.v.126
Exit.Exeunt E3 IV.v.126
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