The Two Noble Kinsmen
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Cornets. A Battaile strooke withim: Then a Retrait: Cornets. A battle struck within; then a retreat.dark (adj.)
old form: darke
unfavourable, malignant, evil
TNK I.iv.1.1
Florish. Then Enter Theseus (victor) the three Queenes meete him, Flourish. Then enter Theseus, victor, with Herald and TNK I.iv.1.2
and fall on their faces before him.attendants, and Palamon and Arcite brought in on TNK I.iv.1.3
[printed in the margin earlier] Hearses ready with Palamon and Arcite:hearses. The three Queens meet him, and fall on their TNK I.iv.1.4
the 3. Queenes. Theseus: and his Lordes ready.faces before him TNK I.iv.1.5
1. Qu.FIRST QUEEN 
To thee no starre be darke.To thee no star be dark. TNK I.iv.1.1
2. Qu.SECOND QUEEN 
Both heaven and earthBoth heaven and earth TNK I.iv.1.2
Friend thee for ever.Friend thee for ever.friend (v.)befriend, sustain, assistTNK I.iv.2.1
3. Qu.THIRD QUEEN 
All the good that mayAll the good that may TNK I.iv.2.2
Be wishd upon thy head, I cry Amen too't.Be wished upon thy head, I cry amen to't. TNK I.iv.3
Thes.THESEUS 
Th'imparciall Gods, who from the mounted heavensTh' impartial gods, who from the mounted heavensmounted (adj.)exalted, high, loftyTNK I.iv.4
View us their mortall Heard, behold who erre,View us their mortal herd, behold who err, TNK I.iv.5
And in their time chastice: goe and finde outAnd in their time chastise. Go and find out TNK I.iv.6
The bones of your dead Lords, and honour themThe bones of your dead lords, and honour them TNK I.iv.7
With treble Ceremonie, rather then a gapWith treble ceremony; rather than a gap TNK I.iv.8
Should be in their deere rights, we would suppl'it.Should be in their dear rights, we would supply't.dear (adj.)
old form: deere
noble, honourable, worthy
TNK I.iv.9
But those we will depute, which shall investBut those we will depute which shall invest TNK I.iv.10
You in your dignities, and even each thingYou in your dignities, and even each thingeven (v.)make good, settle, put straightTNK I.iv.11
Our hast does leave imperfect; So adiewOur haste does leave imperfect. So adieu, TNK I.iv.12
And heavens good eyes looke on you,And heaven's good eyes look on you. TNK I.iv.13
Exeunt Queenes.Exeunt Queens with attendants TNK I.iv.13
what are those?What are those?quality (n.)rank, standing, positionTNK I.iv.14.1
Herald.HERALD 
Men of great quality, as may be judgdMen of great quality, as may be judged TNK I.iv.14.2
By their appointment; Some of Thebs have told'sBy their appointment; some of Thebes have told'sThebes (n.)[theebz] city-state in Boeotia, SE Greece; associated with wisdom and learningTNK I.iv.15
appointment (n.)equipment, effects, weaponry
They are Sisters children, Nephewes to the King.They are sisters' children, nephews to the King. TNK I.iv.16
Thes.THESEUS 
By'th Helme of Mars, I saw them in the war,By th' helm of Mars, I saw them in the war,Mars (n.)Roman god of warTNK I.iv.17
helm (n.)
old form: Helme
helmet
Like to a paire of Lions, smeard with prey,Like to a pair of lions, smeared with prey, TNK I.iv.18
Make lanes in troopes agast. I fixt my noteMake lanes in troops aghast. I fixed my notenote (n.)attention, notice, regardTNK I.iv.19
lane (n.)path, passage, way
Constantly on them; for they were a markeConstantly on them, for they were a markmark (n.)
old form: marke
notable sight, object of serious attention
TNK I.iv.20
Worth a god's view: what prisoner was't that told meWorth a god's view. What prisoner was't that told me TNK I.iv.21
When I enquired their names?When I inquired their names? TNK I.iv.22.1
Herald.HERALD 
We leave, they'r calledWi' leave, they're called TNK I.iv.22.2
Arcite and Palamon,Arcite and Palamon. TNK I.iv.23.1
Thes.THESEUS 
Tis right, those, those'Tis right; those, those. TNK I.iv.23.2
They are not dead?They are not dead? TNK I.iv.24
Her.HERALD 
Nor in a state of life, had they bin takenNor in a state of life; had they been taken TNK I.iv.25
When their last hurts were given, twas possibleWhen their last hurts were given, 'twas possible TNK I.iv.26
They might have bin recovered; Yet they breatheThey might have been recovered. Yet they breathe,recover (v.)revive, restore to healthTNK I.iv.27
And haue the name of men.And have the name of men.use (v.)treat, deal with, manageTNK I.iv.28.1
Thes.THESEUS 
Then like men use'emThen like men use 'em. TNK I.iv.28.2
The very lees of such (millions of rates)The very lees of such, millions of rates,rate (n.)quantity, amount, instanceTNK I.iv.29
lees (n.)(plural) dregs, remains, remnants
Exceede the wine of others: all our SurgionsExceed the wine of others. All our surgeons TNK I.iv.30
Convent in their behoofe, our richest balmesConvent in their behoof; our richest balms,convent (v.)bring together, assemble, conveneTNK I.iv.31
behoof (n.)
old form: behoofe
benefit, advantage
Rather then niggard wast, their lives concerne us,Rather than niggard, waste; their lives concern usniggard (v.)begrudge, hoard, use sparinglyTNK I.iv.32
Much more then Thebs is worth, rather then have 'emMuch more than Thebes is worth. Rather than have 'em TNK I.iv.33
Freed of this plight, and in their morning stateFreed of this plight and in their morning state, TNK I.iv.34
(Sound and at liberty) I would 'em dead,Sound and at liberty, I would 'em dead; TNK I.iv.35
But forty thousand fold, we had rather have 'emBut forty-thousandfold we had rather have 'em TNK I.iv.36
Prisoners to us, then death; Beare 'em speedilyPrisoners to us then death. Bear 'em speedily TNK I.iv.37
From our kinde aire, to them unkinde, and ministerFrom our kind air, to them unkind, and ministerkind (adj.)
old form: kinde
friendly, agreeable, pleasant
TNK I.iv.38
What man to man may doe for our sake more,What man to man may do – for our sake, more, TNK I.iv.39
Since I have knowne frights, fury, friends, beheastes,Since I have known frights, fury, friends' behests, TNK I.iv.40
Loves, provocations, zeale, a mistris Taske,Love's provocations, zeal, a mistress' task, TNK I.iv.41
Desire of liberty, a feavour, madnes,Desire of liberty, a fever, madness, TNK I.iv.42
Hath set a marke which nature could not reach tooHath set a mark which nature could not reach tomark (n.)
old form: marke
target, goal, aim
TNK I.iv.43
nature (n.)natural powers, normal state [of mind and body]
Without some imposition, sicknes in willWithout some imposition, sickness in willimposition (n.)extra burden, additional demandTNK I.iv.44
Or wrastling strength in reason, for our LoveO'er-wrestling strength in reason. For our loveover-wrestle (v.)
old form: Or wrastling
surpass, outdo, exceed
TNK I.iv.45
And great Appollos mercy, all our best,And great Apollo's mercy, all our bestApollo (n.)Greek sun god, who pulls the sun across the sky in a horse-drawn chariot; god of prophecy [speaking through the Delphi oracle, poetry, music, archery, and healingTNK I.iv.46
Their best skill tender. Leade into the Citty,Their best skill tender. Lead into the city, TNK I.iv.47
Where having bound things scatterd, we will postWhere having bound things scattered, we will postpost (v.)hasten, speed, ride fastTNK I.iv.48
To Athens for our Army.To Athens 'fore our army. TNK I.iv.49
Florish. Exeunt.Flourish. Exeunt TNK I.iv.49
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