The Two Noble Kinsmen
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Enter Palamon, and Arcite.Enter Palamon and Arciteblood (n.)blood relationship, kinshipTNK I.ii.1
Arcite.ARCITE 
Deere Palamon, deerer in love then BloodDear Palamon, dearer in love than blood TNK I.ii.1
And our prime Cosen, yet unhardned inAnd our prime cousin, yet unhardened inprime (adj.)chief, dearest, favouriteTNK I.ii.2
The Crimes of nature; Let us leave the CittyThe crimes of nature, let us leave the citycrime (n.)sin, offence, wrong-doingTNK I.ii.3
nature (n.)human nature
Thebs, and the temptings in't, before we furtherThebes, and the temptings in't, before we further TNK I.ii.4
Sully our glosse of youth,Sully our gloss of youth;gloss (n.)
old form: glosse
brightness, freshness, shine, lustre
TNK I.ii.5
sully (v.)dim, stain, tarnish
And here to keepe in abstinence we shameAnd here to keep in abstinence we shameshame (v.)be ashamed, be embarrassedTNK I.ii.6
As in Incontinence; for not to swimAs in incontinence; for not to swimincontinence (n.)lacking self-restraint, indulgence [in the pleasures of the flesh]TNK I.ii.7
I'th aide o'th Current, were almost to sincke,I'th' aid o'th' current were almost to sink, TNK I.ii.8
At least to frustrate striving, and to followAt least to frustrate striving; and to follow TNK I.ii.9
The common Streame, twold bring us to an EdyThe common stream, 'twould bring us to an eddyeddy (n.)
old form: Edy
whirlpool
TNK I.ii.10
Where we should turne or drowne; if labour through,Where we should turn or drown; if labour through,turn (v.)
old form: turne
spin round, whirl about, go round and round
TNK I.ii.11
Our gaine but life, and weakenes.Our gain but life and weakness. TNK I.ii.12.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Your adviceYour advice TNK I.ii.12.2
Is cride up with example: what strange ruinsIs cried up with example. What strange ruins,cry up (v.)
old form: cride
show to be true, proclaim, announce in public [by]
TNK I.ii.13
ruin (n.)[metaphor for] destitute, case of hardship
Since first we went to Schoole, may we perceiveSince first we went to school, may we perceive TNK I.ii.14
Walking in Thebs? Skars, and bare weedesWalking in Thebes? Scars and bare weedsweed (n.)
old form: weedes
(plural) garments, dress, clothes
TNK I.ii.15
bare (adj.)threadbare, shabby, ragged
The gaine o'th Martialist, who did propoundThe gain o'th' martialist, who did propoundmartialist (n.)soldier, military man [i.e. follower of Mars]TNK I.ii.16
propound (v.)set before oneself, propose [as a goal]
To his bold ends, honour, and golden Ingots,To his bold ends honour and golden ingots,ingot (n.)coin, pieceTNK I.ii.17
Which though he won, he had not, and now flurtedWhich though he won he had not, and now flirtedwin (v.)earn, deserve, meritTNK I.ii.18
flirt (v.)
old form: flurted
scorn, jeer at, scoff at
By peace for whom he fought, who then shall offerBy peace for whom he fought; who then shall offer TNK I.ii.19
To Marsis so scornd Altar? I doe bleedeTo Mars's so scorned altar? I do bleedMars (n.)Roman god of warTNK I.ii.20
When such I meete, and wish great Iuno wouldWhen such I meet, and wish great Juno wouldJuno (n.)Roman supreme goddess, wife of Jupiter, associated with the Moon, childbirth, marriage, and female identityTNK I.ii.21
Resume her ancient fit of IelouzieResume her ancient fit of jealousy TNK I.ii.22
To get the Soldier worke, that peace might purgeTo get the soldier work, that peace might purgepurge (v.)make up for, be rid [of], compensateTNK I.ii.23
For her repletion, and retaine anewFor her repletion, and retain anewrepletion (n.)over-indulgence, excessive livingTNK I.ii.24
retain (v.)
old form: retaine
employ, take into service
Her charitable heart now hard, and harsherHer charitable heart, now hard and harsher TNK I.ii.25
Then strife, or war could be.Than strife or war could be.out (adv.)in error, at fault, wrongTNK I.ii.26.1
Arcite,ARCITE 
Are you not out?Are you not out? TNK I.ii.26.2
Meete you no ruine, but the Soldier inMeet you no ruin but the soldier inruin (n.)
old form: ruine
[metaphor for] destitute, case of hardship
TNK I.ii.27
The Cranckes, and turnes of Thebs? you did beginThe cranks and turns of Thebes? You did begincrank (n.)
old form: Cranckes
winding path, twisting street, sidestreet
TNK I.ii.28
turn (n.)
old form: turnes
winding path, twisting street, sidestreet
As if you met decaies of many kindes:As if you met decays of many kinds;decay (n.)
old form: decaies
destitute person, case of hardship
TNK I.ii.29
Perceive you none, that doe arowse your pittyPerceive you none that do arouse your pity TNK I.ii.30
But th'un-considerd Soldier?But th' unconsidered soldier?unconsidered (adj.)
old form: un-considerd
ignominious, unrespected, disregarded
TNK I.ii.31.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Yes, I pittyYes, I pity TNK I.ii.31.2
Decaies where ere I finde them, but such mostDecays where'er I find them, but such mostdecay (n.)
old form: Decaies
destitute person, case of hardship
TNK I.ii.32
That sweating in an honourable ToyleThat sweating in an honourable toil TNK I.ii.33
Are paide with yce to coole 'em.Are paid with ice to cool 'em.ice (n.)
old form: yce
[metaphor for] cold contempt
TNK I.ii.34.1
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Tis not this'Tis not this TNK I.ii.34.2
I did begin to speake of: This is vertueI did begin to speak of; this is virtue, TNK I.ii.35
Of no respect in Thebs, I spake of ThebsOf no respect in Thebes. I spake of Thebes, TNK I.ii.36
How dangerous if we will keepe our Honours,How dangerous, if we will keep our honours, TNK I.ii.37
It is for our resyding, where every evillIt is for our residing, where every evil TNK I.ii.38
Hath a good cullor; where eve'ry seeming good'sHath a good colour; where every seeming good'scolour (n.)
old form: cullor
semblance, outward appearance, character
TNK I.ii.39
A certaine evill, where not to be ev'n IumpeA certain evil; where not to be even jumpjump (adv.)
old form: Iumpe
exactly, precisely
TNK I.ii.40
As they are, here were to be strangers, andAs they are, here were to be strangers, andstranger (n.)foreigner, alien, outsiderTNK I.ii.41
Such things to be meere Monsters.Such things to be, mere monsters.mere (adj.)
old form: meere
complete, total, absolute, utter
TNK I.ii.42.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Tis in our power,'Tis in our power –  TNK I.ii.42.2
(Vnlesse we feare that Apes can Tutor's) toUnless we fear that apes can tutor's – to TNK I.ii.43
Be Masters of our manners: what neede IBe masters of our manners. What need I TNK I.ii.44
Affect anothers gate, which is not catchingAffect another's gait, which is not catchingaffect (v.)imitate, copy, mimicTNK I.ii.45
catching (adj.)contagious, infectious
gait (n.)
old form: gate
manner of walking, bearing, movement
Where there is faith, or to be fond uponWhere there is faith, or to be fond uponfaith (n.)self-confidence, self-assuranceTNK I.ii.46
fond (adj.)eager [for], desirous [of]
Anothers way of speech, when by mine owneAnother's way of speech, when by mine own TNK I.ii.47
I may be reasonably conceiv'd; sav'd too,I may be reasonably conceived – saved too,conceive (v.)
old form: conceiv'd
understand, comprehend, follow
TNK I.ii.48
Speaking it truly; why am I boundSpeaking it truly? Why am I bound TNK I.ii.49
By any generous bond to follow himBy any generous bond to follow himgenerous (adj.)well-bred, mannerly, noble-mindedTNK I.ii.50
follow (v.)imitate, copy; take as a model [in fashion]
Followes his Taylor, haply so long untillFollows his tailor, haply so long untilhaply (adv.)perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luckTNK I.ii.51
The follow'd, make pursuit? or let me know,The followed make pursuit? Or let me know TNK I.ii.52
Why mine owne Barber is unblest, with himWhy mine own barber is unblest, with himunblest (adj.)out of favour, disapproved ofTNK I.ii.53
My poore Chinne too, for tis not Cizard iustMy poor chin too, for 'tis not scissored just TNK I.ii.54
To such a Favorites glasse: What Cannon is thereTo such a favourite's glass? What canon is therecanon (n.)
old form: Cannon
law, decree, rule
TNK I.ii.55
glass (n.)
old form: glasse
mirror, looking-glass
That does command my Rapier from my hipThat does command my rapier from my hiprapier (n.)light sharp-pointed sword used for thrustingTNK I.ii.56
To dangle't in my hand, or to go tip toeTo dangle't in my hand, or to go tiptoe TNK I.ii.57
Before the streete be foule? Either I amBefore the street be foul? Either I amfoul (adj.)
old form: foule
dirty, miry, muddy
TNK I.ii.58
The fore-horse in the Teame, or I am noneThe fore-horse in the team, or I am noneforehorse, fore-horse (n.)foremost horse, leader [in a team of horses]TNK I.ii.59
That draw i'th sequent trace: these poore sleight sores,That draw i'th' sequent trace. These poor slight sorestrace (n.)path, way; or: team [of horses, linked by traces]TNK I.ii.60
sequent (adj.)following, ensuing, consequent
Neede not a plantin; That which rips my bosomeNeed not a plantain; that which rips my bosomplantain (n.)variety of medicinal herbTNK I.ii.61
Almost to'th heart's,Almost to th' heart's –  TNK I.ii.62.1
Arcite.ARCITE 
Our Vncle Creon.Our uncle Creon.Creon (n.)[pron: 'krayon] king of Thebes who gave orders that any who died attacking Thebes should be left unburiedTNK I.ii.62.2
Pal.PALAMON 
He,He; TNK I.ii.62.3
A most unbounded Tyrant, whose successesA most unbounded tyrant, whose successesunbounded (adj.)unrestrained, uninhibited, uncontrollableTNK I.ii.63
Makes heaven unfeard, and villany assuredMakes heaven unfeared, and villainy assuredunfeared (adj.)
old form: unfeard
not feared, unfrightening
TNK I.ii.64
Beyond its power: there's nothing, almost putsBeyond its power there's nothing; almost puts TNK I.ii.65
Faith in a feavour, and deifies aloneFaith in a fever, and deifies alonefaith (n.)religious beliefTNK I.ii.66
Voluble chance, who onely attributesVoluble chance; who only attributesvoluble (adj.)changeable, inconstant, mutableTNK I.ii.67
The faculties of other InstrumentsThe faculties of other instrumentsinstrument (n.)agent, servant, retainerTNK I.ii.68
To his owne Nerves and act; Commands men service,To his own nerves and act; commands men service,act (n.)activity, action, performanceTNK I.ii.69
nerve (n.)strength, vigour, forcefulness
And what they winne in't, boot and glory on;And what they win in't, boot and glory; oneboot (n.)booty, plunder, spoilsTNK I.ii.70
That feares not to do harm; good, dares not; LetThat fears not to do harm; good, dares not. Let TNK I.ii.71
The blood of mine that's sibbe to him, be sucktThe blood of mine that's sib to him be suckedsib (adj.)
old form: sibbe
kin, related
TNK I.ii.72
From me with Leeches, Let them breake and fallFrom me with leeches! Let them break and fallbreak (v.)
old form: breake
burst, rupture
TNK I.ii.73
Off me with that corruption.Off me with that corruption.clear-spirited (adj.)
old form: Cleere spirited
noble-hearted, of noble soul
TNK I.ii.74.1
Arc.ARCITE 
Cleere spirited CozenClear-spirited cousin, TNK I.ii.74.2
Lets leave his Court, that we may nothing share,Let's leave his court, that we may nothing share TNK I.ii.75
Of his lowd infamy: for our milke,Of his loud infamy; for our milkloud (adj.)
old form: lowd
heard everywhere, resounding
TNK I.ii.76
Will relish of the pasture, and we mustWill relish of the pasture, and we mustrelish (v.)have a flavour [of], taste, savourTNK I.ii.77
Be vile, or disobedient, not his kinesmenBe vile or disobedient, not his kinsmen TNK I.ii.78
In blood, unlesse in quality.In blood unless in quality. TNK I.ii.79.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Nothing truer:Nothing truer. TNK I.ii.79.2
I thinke the Ecchoes of his shames have dea'ftI think the echoes of his shames have deafeddeaf (v.)
old form: dea'ft
deafen
TNK I.ii.80
The eares of heav'nly Iustice: widdows cryesThe ears of heavenly justice; widows' cries TNK I.ii.81
Descend againe into their throates, and have not:Descend again into their throats, and have not TNK I.ii.82
Due audience of the Gods:Due audience of the gods. TNK I.ii.83.1
Enter Valerius.Enter Valeriusaudience (n.)hearing, attention, receptionTNK I.ii.83
ValeriusValerius! TNK I.ii.83.2
Val.VALERIUS 
The King cals for you; yet be leaden footedThe King calls for you; yet be leaden-footed TNK I.ii.84
Till his great rage be off him. Phebus whenTill his great rage be off him. Phoebus, whenPhoebus (n.)[pron: 'feebus] Latin name for Apollo as the sun-god; also called Phoebus ApolloTNK I.ii.85
He broke his whipstocke and exclaimd againstHe broke his whipstock and exclaimed againstexclaim against / on (v.)
old form: exclaimd
decry, cry out against, rail at
TNK I.ii.86
whipstock (n.)
old form: whipstocke
whip-handle
The Horses of the Sun, but whisperd tooThe horses of the sun, but whispered to TNK I.ii.87
The lowdenesse of his Fury.The loudness of his fury. TNK I.ii.88.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Small windes shake him,Small winds shake him. TNK I.ii.88.2
But whats the matter?But what's the matter? TNK I.ii.89
Val.VALERIUS 
Theseus (who where he threates appals,) hath sentTheseus, who where he threats appals, hath sentthreat (v.)
old form: threates
threaten
TNK I.ii.90
Deadly defyance to him, and pronouncesDeadly defiance to him and pronounces TNK I.ii.91
Ruine to Thebs, who is at hand to sealeRuin to Thebes; who is at hand to sealseal (v.)
old form: seale
accomplish, carry out, fulfil
TNK I.ii.92
The promise of his wrath.The promise of his wrath. TNK I.ii.93.1
Arc.ARCITE 
Let him approach;Let him approach; TNK I.ii.93.2
But that we feare the Gods in him, he brings notBut that we fear the gods in him, he brings not TNK I.ii.94
A jot of terrour to us; Yet what manA jot of terror to us. Yet what man TNK I.ii.95
Thirds his owne worth (the case is each of ours)Thirds his own worth – the case is each of ours – third (v.)achieve a third of, reduce to a thirdTNK I.ii.96
When that his actions dregd, with minde assurdWhen that his action's dregged with mind assureddreg (v.)
old form: dregd
[metaphor of] make cloudy [with dregs]
TNK I.ii.97
action (n.)engagement, combat, fighting
Tis bad he goes about.'Tis bad he goes about.unreasoned (adj.)
old form: unreasond
not to be thought about, undebated
TNK I.ii.98.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Leave that unreasond.Leave that unreasoned; TNK I.ii.98.2
Our services stand now for Thebs, not Creon,Our services stand now for Thebes, not Creon. TNK I.ii.99
Yet to be neutrall to him, were dishonour;Yet to be neutral to him were dishonour, TNK I.ii.100
Rebellious to oppose: therefore we mustRebellious to oppose; therefore we must TNK I.ii.101
With him stand to the mercy of our Fate,With him stand to the mercy of our fate, TNK I.ii.102
Who hath bounded our last minute.Who hath bounded our last minute.bound (v.)determine, mark out, defineTNK I.ii.103.1
Arc.ARCITE 
So we must;So we must. TNK I.ii.103.2
Ist sed this warres afoote? or it shall beIs't said this war's afoot, or it shall be TNK I.ii.104
On faile of some condition.On fail of some condition?fail (n.)
old form: faile
failure [to comply with], lack
TNK I.ii.105.1
Val.VALERIUS 
Tis in motion'Tis in motion; TNK I.ii.105.2
The intelligence of state came in the instantThe intelligence of state came in the instant TNK I.ii.106
With the defier.With the defier.defier (n.)herald declaring warTNK I.ii.107.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Lets to the king, who, were heLet's to the King, who were he TNK I.ii.107.2
A quarter carrier of that honour, whichA quarter carrier of that honour which TNK I.ii.108
His Enemy come in, the blood we ventureHis enemy come in, the blood we venture TNK I.ii.109
Should be as for our health, which were not spent,Should be as for our health, which were not spent, TNK I.ii.110
Rather laide out for purchase: but alasRather laid out for purchase. But alas,lay out (v.)
old form: laide
expend, spend, use up
TNK I.ii.111
Our hands advanc'd before our hearts, what willOur hands advanced before our hearts, what willadvance (v.)
old form: advanc'd
be active, go forward
TNK I.ii.112
The fall o'th stroke doe damage?The fall o'th' stroke do damage?event (n.)outcome, issue, consequenceTNK I.ii.113.1
Arci.ARCITE 
Let th'event,Let th' event, TNK I.ii.113.2
That never erring Arbitratour, tell usThat never-erring arbitrator, tell us TNK I.ii.114
When we know all our selves, and let us followWhen we know all ourselves, and let us follow TNK I.ii.115
The becking of our chance.The becking of our chance.becking (n.)beckoning, calling. nodding [to action]TNK I.ii.116
chance (n.)fortune, lot, destiny
Exeunt.Exeunt TNK I.ii.116
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