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Enter Constance, Arthur, and Salisbury.Enter Constance, Arthur, and Salisbury KJ III.i.1
Con. CONSTANCE 
Gone to be married? Gone to sweare a peace?Gone to be married? Gone to swear a peace? KJ III.i.1
False blood to false blood ioyn'd. Gone to be freinds?False blood to false blood joined! Gone to be friends?false (adj.)treacherous, traitorous, perfidiousKJ III.i.2
Shall Lewis haue Blaunch, and Blaunch those Prouinces?Shall Lewis have Blanche, and Blanche those provinces? KJ III.i.3
It is not so, thou hast mispoke, misheard,It is not so; thou hast misspoke, misheard.misspeak (v.)
old form: mispoke
speak inaccurately, express badly
KJ III.i.4
Be well aduis'd, tell ore thy tale againe.Be well advised, tell o'er thy tale again.well-advised (adj.)
old form: well aduis'd
prudent, sensible, thoughtful
KJ III.i.5
It cannot be, thou do'st but say 'tis so.It cannot be; thou dost but say 'tis so. KJ III.i.6
I trust I may not trust thee, for thy wordI trust I may not trust thee, for thy word KJ III.i.7
Is but the vaine breath of a common man:Is but the vain breath of a common man. KJ III.i.8
Beleeue me, I doe not beleeue thee man,Believe me, I do not believe thee, man; KJ III.i.9
I haue a Kings oath to the contrarie.I have a king's oath to the contrary. KJ III.i.10
Thou shalt be punish'd for thus frighting me,Thou shalt be punished for thus frighting me,fright (v.), past form frightedfrighten, scare, terrifyKJ III.i.11
For I am sicke, and capeable of feares,For I am sick and capable of fears,capable of
old form: capeable
open to, subject to, susceptible to
KJ III.i.12
Opprest with wrongs, and therefore full of feares,Oppressed with wrongs, and therefore full of fears, KJ III.i.13
A widdow, husbandles, subiect to feares,A widow, husbandless, subject to fears, KJ III.i.14
A woman naturally borne to feares;A woman, naturally born to fears; KJ III.i.15
And though thou now confesse thou didst but iestAnd, though thou now confess thou didst but jest, KJ III.i.16
With my vext spirits, I cannot take a Truce,With my vexed spirits I cannot take a truce,truce, takecome to terms, negotiateKJ III.i.17
vexed (adj.)
old form: vext
troubled, distressed, grieved
But they will quake and tremble all this day.But they will quake and tremble all this day. KJ III.i.18
What dost thou meane by shaking of thy head?What dost thou mean by shaking of thy head? KJ III.i.19
Why dost thou looke so sadly on my sonne?Why dost thou look so sadly on my son? KJ III.i.20
What meanes that hand vpon that breast of thine?What means that hand upon that breast of thine? KJ III.i.21
Why holdes thine eie that lamentable rhewme,Why holds thine eye that lamentable rheum,rheum (n.)
old form: rhewme
watery discharge, seepage [especially of the eyes]
KJ III.i.22
lamentable (adj.)sorrowful, mournful, sad
Like a proud riuer peering ore his bounds?Like a proud river peering o'er his bounds?proud (adj.)swollen, high, in floodKJ III.i.23
peer (v.)flow, rise, pour
bound (n.)limit, boundary, confine, barrier
Be these sad signes confirmers of thy words?Be these sad signs confirmers of thy words?sad (adj.)serious, grave, solemnKJ III.i.24
Then speake againe, not all thy former tale,Then speak again – not all thy former tale, KJ III.i.25
But this one word, whether thy tale be true.But this one word, whether thy tale be true. KJ III.i.26
Sal. SALISBURY 
As true as I beleeue you thinke them false,As true as I believe you think them falsefalse (adj.)wrong, mistakenKJ III.i.27
That giue you cause to proue my saying true.That give you cause to prove my saying true. KJ III.i.28
Con. CONSTANCE 
Oh if thou teach me to beleeue this sorrow,O, if thou teach me to believe this sorrow, KJ III.i.29
Teach thou this sorrow, how to make me dye,Teach thou this sorrow how to make me die! KJ III.i.30
And let beleefe, and life encounter so,And let belief and life encounter so KJ III.i.31
As doth the furie of two desperate men,As doth the fury of two desperate men KJ III.i.32
Which in the very meeting fall, and dye.Which in the very meeting fall and die. KJ III.i.33
Lewes marry Blaunch? O boy, then where art thou?Lewis marry Blanche! O boy, then where art thou? KJ III.i.34
France friend with England, what becomes of me?France friend with England, what becomes of me? KJ III.i.35
Fellow be gone: I cannot brooke thy sight,Fellow, be gone! I cannot brook thy sight.brook (v.)
old form: brooke
endure, tolerate, put up with
KJ III.i.36
This newes hath made thee a most vgly man.This news hath made thee a most ugly man. KJ III.i.37
Sal. SALISBURY 
What other harme haue I good Lady done,What other harm have I, good lady, done, KJ III.i.38
But spoke the harme, that is by others done?But spoke the harm that is by others done?speak (v.)give an account of, report, describeKJ III.i.39
harm (n.)
old form: harme
misfortune, affliction, trouble
Con. CONSTANCE 
Which harme within it selfe so heynous is,Which harm within itself so heinous is KJ III.i.40
As it makes harmefull all that speake of it.As it makes harmful all that speak of it. KJ III.i.41
Ar. ARTHUR 
I do beseech you Madam be content.I do beseech you, madam, be content.content (adj.)contented, patient, accepting, undisturbedKJ III.i.42
Con. CONSTANCE 
If thou that bidst me be content, wert grimIf thou that biddest me be content wert grim, KJ III.i.43
Vgly, and slandrous to thy Mothers wombe,Ugly and slanderous to thy mother's womb,slanderous (adj.)
old form: slandrous
disgraceful, shameful, discreditable
KJ III.i.44
Full of vnpleasing blots, and sightlesse staines,Full of unpleasing blots and sightless stains,sightless (adj.)
old form: sightlesse
unsightly, ugly, offensive
KJ III.i.45
blot (n.)stain, disgrace, blemish
Lame, foolish, crooked, swart, prodigious,Lame, foolish, crooked, swart, prodigious,prodigious (adj.)abnormal, monstrous, unnaturalKJ III.i.46
swart, swarth (adj.)swarthy, dusky, of dark complexion
crooked (adj.)malignant, perverse, contrary, devious
Patch'd with foule Moles, and eye-offending markes,Patched with foul moles and eye-offending marks,patch (v.)
old form: Patch'd
blotch, mark, cover over
KJ III.i.47
I would not care, I then would be content,I would not care, I then would be content, KJ III.i.48
For then I should not loue thee: no, nor thouFor then I should not love thee; no, nor thou KJ III.i.49
Become thy great birth, nor deserue a Crowne.Become thy great birth, nor deserve a crown.become (v.)grace, honour, dignifyKJ III.i.50
But thou art faire, and at thy birth (deere boy)But thou art fair, and at thy birth, dear boy, KJ III.i.51
Nature and Fortune ioyn'd to make thee great.Nature and fortune joined to make thee great. KJ III.i.52
Of Natures guifts, thou mayst with Lillies boast,Of nature's gifts thou mayst with lilies boast KJ III.i.53
And with the halfe-blowne Rose. But Fortune, oh,And with the half-blown rose. But fortune, O,half-blown (adj.)
old form: halfe-blowne
half-blossomed
KJ III.i.54
She is corrupted, chang'd, and wonne from thee,She is corrupted, changed, and won from thee; KJ III.i.55
Sh'adulterates hourely with thine Vnckle Iohn,She adulterates hourly with thine uncle John,hourly (adj.)
old form: hourely
constantly, hour by hour
KJ III.i.56
adulterate (v.)commit adultery, fornicate
And with her golden hand hath pluckt on FranceAnd with her golden hand hath plucked on Francepluck on (v.)
old form: pluckt
draw on, pull in, drag in
KJ III.i.57
To tread downe faire respect of Soueraigntie,To tread down fair respect of sovereignty,tread down (v.)
old form: downe
trample on, crush, repress
KJ III.i.58
And made his Maiestie the bawd to theirs.And made his majesty the bawd to theirs.bawd (n.)pimp, procurer, pander, go-betweenKJ III.i.59
France is a Bawd to Fortune, and king Iohn,France is a bawd to fortune and King John,bawd (n.)pimp, procurer, pander, go-betweenKJ III.i.60
That strumpet Fortune, that vsurping Iohn:That strumpet fortune, that usurping John!strumpet (n.)harlot, prostitute, whoreKJ III.i.61
Tell me thou fellow, is not France forsworne?Tell me, thou fellow, is not France forsworn?forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore
old form: forsworne
swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word
KJ III.i.62
Euvenom him with words, or get thee gone,Envenom him with words, or get thee goneenvenom (v.)
old form: Euvenom
poison, taint, destroy
KJ III.i.63
And leaue those woes alone, which I aloneAnd leave those woes alone which I alonealone (adv.)only, solely, uniquelyKJ III.i.64
Am bound to vnder-beare.Am bound to underbear.underbear (v.)
old form: vnder-beare
endure, suffer, put up with
KJ III.i.65.1
Sal. SALISBURY 
Pardon me Madam,Pardon me, madam, KJ III.i.65.2
I may not goe without you to the kings.I may not go without you to the Kings. KJ III.i.66
Con. CONSTANCE 
Thou maist, thou shalt, I will not go with thee,Thou mayst, thou shalt. I will not go with thee. KJ III.i.67
I will instruct my sorrowes to bee proud,I will instruct my sorrows to be proud, KJ III.i.68
For greefe is proud, and makes his owner stoope,For grief is proud and makes his owner stoop. KJ III.i.69
She seats herself on the ground KJ III.i.70.1
To me and to the state of my great greefe,To me and to the state of my great griefstate (n.)throne, chair of stateKJ III.i.70
Let kings assemble: for my greefe's so great,Let kings assemble; for my grief's so great KJ III.i.71
That no supporter but the huge firme earthThat no supporter but the huge firm earth KJ III.i.72
Can hold it vp: here I and sorrowes sit,Can hold it up. Here I and sorrows sit; KJ III.i.73
Heere is my Throne, bid kings come bow to it.Here is my throne. Bid kings come bow to it. KJ III.i.74
Exit Salisbury with Arthur, KJ III.i.74.1
leaving Constance seated KJ III.i.74.2
Enter King Iohn, France, Dolphin, Blanch, Elianor, Philip,Enter King John, King Philip, Queen Eleanor, Lewis KJ III.i.75.1
Austria, Constance.the Dauphin, Blanche, the Bastard, Austria, and KJ III.i.75.2
attendants KJ III.i.75.3
Fran. KING PHILIP 
'Tis true (faire daughter) and this blessed day,'Tis true, fair daughter; and this blessed day KJ III.i.75
Euer in France shall be kept festiuall:Ever in France shall be kept festival. KJ III.i.76
To solemnize this day the glorious sunneTo solemnize this day the glorious sun KJ III.i.77
Stayes in his course, and playes the Alchymist,Stays in his course and plays the alchemist,stay (v.)
old form: Stayes
stop, halt, come to a standstill
KJ III.i.78
Turning with splendor of his precious eyeTurning with splendour of his precious eye KJ III.i.79
The meager cloddy earth to glittering gold:The meagre cloddy earth to glittering gold.meagre (adj.)
old form: meager
barren, poor-quality, unproductive
KJ III.i.80
cloddy (adj.)full of clods, clay-filled
The yearely course that brings this day about,The yearly course that brings this day about KJ III.i.81
Shall neuer see it, but a holy day.Shall never see it but a holiday. KJ III.i.82
Const.CONSTANCE  
(rising) KJ III.i.83
A wicked day, and not a holy day.A wicked day, and not a holy day! KJ III.i.83
What hath this day deseru'd? what hath it done,What hath this day deserved, what hath it done, KJ III.i.84
That it in golden letters should be setThat it in golden letters should be set KJ III.i.85
Among the high tides in the Kalender?Among the high tides in the calendar?tide (n.)season, date, time [of year]KJ III.i.86
Nay, rather turne this day out of the weeke,Nay, rather turn this day out of the week, KJ III.i.87
This day of shame, oppression, periury.This day of shame, oppression, perjury. KJ III.i.88
Or if it must stand still, let wiues with childeOr, if it must stand still, let wives with childstand (v.)continue, remain, wait, stay putKJ III.i.89
wife (n.)
old form: wiues
woman
Pray that their burthens may not fall this day,Pray that their burdens may not fall this day,burden, burthen (n.)birth, state of pregnancyKJ III.i.90
Lest that their hopes prodigiously be crost:Lest that their hopes prodigiously be crossed.prodigiously (adv.)with monstrous outcome, with unnatural birthKJ III.i.91
cross (v.)
old form: crost
prevent, thwart, forestall
But (on this day) let Sea-men feare no wracke,But on this day let seamen fear no wrack;wrack (n.)
old form: wracke
wreck, loss, shipwreck
KJ III.i.92
No bargaines breake that are not this day made;No bargains break that are not this day made; KJ III.i.93
This day all things begun, come to ill end,This day all things begun come to ill end,ill (adj.)bad, adverse, unfavourableKJ III.i.94
Yea, faith it selfe to hollow falshood change.Yea, faith itself to hollow falsehood change! KJ III.i.95
Fra. KING PHILIP 
By heauen Lady, you shall haue no causeBy heaven, lady, you shall have no cause KJ III.i.96
To curse the faire proceedings of this day:To curse the fair proceedings of this day. KJ III.i.97
Haue I not pawn'd to you my Maiesty?Have I not pawned to you my majesty? KJ III.i.98
Const. CONSTANCE 
You haue beguil'd me with a counterfeitYou have beguiled me with a counterfeitcounterfeit (n.)false imitation, spurious imageKJ III.i.99
Resembling Maiesty, which being touch'd and tride,Resembling majesty, which, being touched and tried,touch (v.)
old form: touch'd
test the quality [of], put to the test
KJ III.i.100
try (v.)
old form: tride
put to the test, test the goodness [of]
Proues valuelesse: you are forsworne, forsworne,Proves valueless. You are forsworn, forsworn!forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore
old form: forsworne
swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word
KJ III.i.101
You came in Armes to spill mine enemies bloud,You came in arms to spill mine enemies' blood, KJ III.i.102
But now in Armes, you strengthen it with yours.But now in arms you strengthen it with yours. KJ III.i.103
The grapling vigor, and rough frowne of WarreThe grappling vigour and rough frown of war KJ III.i.104
Is cold in amitie, and painted peace,Is cold in amity and painted peace,painted (adj.)feigned, counterfeit, disguisedKJ III.i.105
And our oppression hath made vp this league:And our oppression hath made up this league.make up (v.)
old form: vp
create, cause the formation of
KJ III.i.106
Arme, arme, you heauens, against these periur'd Kings,Arm, arm, you heavens, against these perjured Kings! KJ III.i.107
A widdow cries, be husband to me (heauens)A widow cries; be husband to me, heavens. KJ III.i.108
Let not the howres of this vngodly dayLet not the hours of this ungodly day KJ III.i.109
Weare out the daies in Peace; but ere Sun-set,Wear out the day in peace; but, ere sunset, KJ III.i.110
Set armed discord 'twixt these periur'd Kings,Set armed discord 'twixt these perjured Kings. KJ III.i.111
Heare me, Oh, heare me.Hear me! O, hear me! KJ III.i.112.1
Aust. AUSTRIA 
Lady Constance, peace.Lady Constance, peace! KJ III.i.112.2
Const. CONSTANCE 
War, war, no peace, peace is to me a warre:War! War! No peace! Peace is to me a war. KJ III.i.113
O Lymoges, O Austria, thou dost shameO Limoges! O Austria! Thou dost shame KJ III.i.114
That bloudy spoyle: thou slaue thou wretch, yu coward,That bloody spoil. Thou slave, thou wretch, thou coward!spoil (n.)
old form: spoyle
plunder, booty
KJ III.i.115
Thou little valiant, great in villanie,Thou little valiant, great in villainy! KJ III.i.116
Thou euer strong vpon the stronger side;Thou ever strong upon the stronger side! KJ III.i.117
Thou Fortunes Champion, that do'st neuer fightThou fortune's champion, that dost never fight KJ III.i.118
But when her humourous Ladiship is byBut when her humorous ladyship is byhumorous (adj.)
old form: humourous
capricious, moody, temperamental
KJ III.i.119
To teach thee safety: thou art periur'd too,To teach thee safety! Thou art perjured too, KJ III.i.120
And sooth'st vp greatnesse. What a foole art thou,And soothest up greatness. What a fool art thou,soothe up (v.)
old form: sooth'st vp
flatter, humour, play up to
KJ III.i.121
A ramping foole, to brag, and stamp, and sweare,A ramping fool, to brag and stamp and swearramping (adj.)rampant, rearing upKJ III.i.122
Vpon my partie: thou cold blooded slaue,Upon my party! Thou cold-blooded slave!party (n.)
old form: partie
side, faction, camp
KJ III.i.123
Hast thou not spoke like thunder on my side?Hast thou not spoke like thunder on my side, KJ III.i.124
Beene sworne my Souldier, bidding me dependBeen sworn my soldier, bidding me depend KJ III.i.125
Vpon thy starres, thy fortune, and thy strength,Upon thy stars, thy fortune, and thy strength, KJ III.i.126
And dost thou now fall ouer to my foes?And dost thou now fall over to my foes?fall over (v.)
old form: ouer
defect, revolt, go over
KJ III.i.127
Thou weare a Lyons hide, doff it for shame,Thou wear a lion's hide! Doff it for shame,doff (v.)throw off, get rid of, do away withKJ III.i.128
And hang a Calues skin on those recreant limbes.And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs.recreant (adj.)cowardly, faint-hearted, cravenKJ III.i.129
Aus. AUSTRIA 
O that a man should speake those words to me.O that a man should speak those words to me! KJ III.i.130
Phil. BASTARD 
And hang a Calues-skin on those recreant limbsAnd hang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs. KJ III.i.131
Aus. AUSTRIA 
Thou dar'st not say so villaine for thy life.Thou darest not say so, villain, for thy life! KJ III.i.132
Phil.BASTARD 
And hang a Calues-skin on those recreant limbs.And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs. KJ III.i.133
Iohn. KING JOHN 
We like not this, thou dost forget thy selfe.We like not this; thou dost forget thyself. KJ III.i.134
Enter Pandulph.Enter Cardinal Pandulph KJ III.i.135
Fra. KING PHILIP 
Heere comes the holy Legat of the Pope.Here comes the holy legate of the Pope. KJ III.i.135
Pan. CARDINAL PANDULPH 
Haile you annointed deputies of heauen;Hail, you anointed deputies of heaven! KJ III.i.136
To thee King Iohn my holy errand is:To thee, King John, my holy errand is. KJ III.i.137
I Pandulph, of faire Millane Cardinall,I Pandulph, of fair Milan Cardinal, KJ III.i.138
And from Pope Innocent the Legate heere,And from Pope Innocent the legate here, KJ III.i.139
Doe in his name religiously demandDo in his name religiously demandreligiously (adv.)solemnly, with all due ceremonyKJ III.i.140
Why thou against the Church, our holy Mother,Why thou against the church, our holy mother, KJ III.i.141
So wilfully dost spurne; and force perforceSo wilfully dost spurn; and force perforceforce perforcewith violent compulsionKJ III.i.142
spurn (v.)
old form: spurne
reject, scorn, despise, treat with contempt
Keepe Stephen Langton chosen ArshbishopKeep Stephen Langton, chosen Archbishop KJ III.i.143
Of Canterbury from that holy Sea:Of Canterbury, from that holy see. KJ III.i.144
This in our foresaid holy Fathers nameThis, in our foresaid Holy Father's name,foresaid (adj.)aforesaidKJ III.i.145
Pope Innocent, I doe demand of thee.Pope Innocent, I do demand of thee. KJ III.i.146
Iohn. KING JOHN 
What earthie name to InterrogatoriesWhat earthy name to interrogatoriesearthy (adj.)
old form: earthie
earthly, dwelling in this world
KJ III.i.147
interrogatory (n.)interrogation, questioning, inquisition
name (n.)rightful claimant, legitimate authority
Can tast the free breath of a sacred King?Can task the free breath of a sacred king?sacred (adj.)consecrated, hallowed, sanctifiedKJ III.i.148
task (v.)test, try out, challenge
taste (v.)try out, test, put to the proof
breath (n.)utterance, speech, voice
Thou canst not (Cardinall) deuise a nameThou canst not, Cardinal, devise a name KJ III.i.149
So slight, vnworthy, and ridiculousSo slight, unworthy, and ridiculous, KJ III.i.150
To charge me to an answere, as the Pope:To charge me to an answer, as the Pope.charge (v.)order, command, enjoinKJ III.i.151
Tell him this tale, and from the mouth of England,Tell him this tale, and from the mouth of England KJ III.i.152
Adde thus much more, that no Italian PriestAdd thus much more: that no Italian priest KJ III.i.153
Shall tythe or toll in our dominions:Shall tithe or toll in our dominions;toll (v.)levy a toll, exact a paymentKJ III.i.154
tithe (v.)
old form: tythe
levy a tax, collect church revenue
But as we, vnder heauen, are supreame head,But as we, under God, are supreme head, KJ III.i.155
So vnder him that great supremacySo, under Him, that great supremacy KJ III.i.156
Where we doe reigne, we will alone vpholdWhere we do reign we will alone uphold, KJ III.i.157
Without th'assistance of a mortall hand:Without th' assistance of a mortal hand. KJ III.i.158
So tell the Pope, all reuerence set apartSo tell the Pope, all reverence set apartset apart (v.)discard, abandon, cast asideKJ III.i.159
To him and his vsurp'd authoritie.To him and his usurped authority. KJ III.i.160
Fra. KING PHILIP 
Brother of England, you blaspheme in this.Brother of England, you blaspheme in this. KJ III.i.161
Iohn. KING JOHN 
Though you, and all the Kings of ChristendomThough you, and all the kings of Christendom, KJ III.i.162
Are led so grossely by this medling Priest,Are led so grossly by this meddling priest,lead (v.)govern, dominate, directKJ III.i.163
grossly (adv.)
old form: grossely
stupidly, senselessly, foolishly
Dreading the curse that money may buy out,Dreading the curse that money may buy out,buy out (v.)get rid of, cancel by making a paymentKJ III.i.164
And by the merit of vilde gold, drosse, dust,And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust, KJ III.i.165
Purchase corrupted pardon of a man,Purchase corrupted pardon of a man, KJ III.i.166
Who in that sale sels pardon from himselfe:Who in that sale sells pardon from himself –  KJ III.i.167
Though you, and al the rest so grossely led,Though you and all the rest, so grossly led, KJ III.i.168
This iugling witchcraft with reuennue cherish,This juggling witchcraft with revenue cherish,cherish (v.)nourish, cause to growKJ III.i.169
juggling (adj.)
old form: iugling
deceiving, cheating, full of trickery
Yet I alone, alone doe me opposeYet I alone, alone do me oppose KJ III.i.170
Against the Pope, and count his friends my foes.Against the Pope, and count his friends my foes. KJ III.i.171
Pand. CARDINAL PANDULPH 
Then by the lawfull power that I haue,Then, by the lawful power that I have, KJ III.i.172
Thou shalt stand curst, and excommunicate,Thou shalt stand cursed and excommunicate, KJ III.i.173
And blessed shall he be that doth reuoltAnd blessed shall he be that doth revolt KJ III.i.174
From his Allegeance to an heretique,From his allegiance to an heretic; KJ III.i.175
And meritorious shall that hand be call'd,And meritorious shall that hand be called, KJ III.i.176
Canonized and worship'd as a Saint,Canonized and worshipped as a saint, KJ III.i.177
That takes away by any secret courseThat takes away by any secret coursecourse (n.)course of action, way of proceedingKJ III.i.178
Thy hatefull life.Thy hateful life. KJ III.i.179.1
Con. CONSTANCE 
O lawfull let it beO, lawful let it be KJ III.i.179.2
That I haue roome with Rome to curse a while,That I have room with Rome to curse awhile!room (n.)
old form: roome
opportunity, scope, chance
KJ III.i.180
Good Father Cardinall, cry thou AmenGood father Cardinal, cry thou ‘ Amen ’ KJ III.i.181
To my keene curses; for without my wrongTo my keen curses; for without my wrong KJ III.i.182
There is no tongue hath power to curse him right.There is no tongue hath power to curse him right. KJ III.i.183
Pan. CARDINAL PANDULPH 
There's Law and Warrant (Lady) for my curse.There's law and warrant, lady, for my curse. KJ III.i.184
Cons. CONSTANCE 
And for mine too, when Law can do no right.And for mine too; when law can do no right, KJ III.i.185
Let it be lawfull, that Law barre no wrong:Let it be lawful that law bar no wrong. KJ III.i.186
Law cannot giue my childe his kingdome heere;Law cannot give my child his kingdom here, KJ III.i.187
For he that holds his Kingdome, holds the Law:For he that holds his kingdom holds the law. KJ III.i.188
Therefore since Law it selfe is perfect wrong,Therefore, since law itself is perfect wrong, KJ III.i.189
How can the Law forbid my tongue to curse?How can the law forbid my tongue to curse? KJ III.i.190
Pand. CARDINAL PANDULPH 
Philip of France, on perill of a curse,Philip of France, on peril of a curse, KJ III.i.191
Let goe the hand of that Arch-heretique,Let go the hand of that arch-heretic, KJ III.i.192
And raise the power of France vpon his head,And raise the power of France upon his head,power (n.)armed force, troops, host, armyKJ III.i.193
Vnlesse he doe submit himselfe to Rome.Unless he do submit himself to Rome. KJ III.i.194
Elea.QUEEN ELEANOR 
Look'st thou pale France? do not let go thy hand.Lookest thou pale, France? Do not let go thy hand. KJ III.i.195
Con. CONSTANCE 
Looke to that Deuill, lest that France repent,Look to it, devil, lest that France repent, KJ III.i.196
And by disioyning hands hell lose a soule.And by disjoining hands, hell lose a soul.disjoin (v.)
old form: disioyning
disengage, separate [oneself]
KJ III.i.197
Aust. AUSTRIA 
King Philip, listen to the Cardinall.King Philip, listen to the Cardinal. KJ III.i.198
Bast. BASTARD 
And hang a Calues-skin on his recreant limbs.And hang a calf's-skin on his recreant limbs. KJ III.i.199
Aust. AUSTRIA 
Well ruffian, I must pocket vp these wrongs,Well, ruffian, I must pocket up these wrongspocket up (v.)
old form: vp
put up with, endure, swallow
KJ III.i.200
Because,Because –  KJ III.i.201.1
Bast. BASTARD 
Your breeches best may carry them.Your breeches best may carry them. KJ III.i.201.2
Iohn. KING JOHN 
Philip, what saist thou to the Cardinall?Philip, what sayst thou to the Cardinal? KJ III.i.202
Con. CONSTANCE 
What should he say, but as the Cardinall?What should he say, but as the Cardinal? KJ III.i.203
Dolph. LEWIS THE DAUPHIN 
Bethinke you father, for the differenceBethink you, father, for the differencedifference (n.)choice, alternative, optionKJ III.i.204
bethink (v.), past form bethought
old form: Bethinke
call to mind, think about, consider, reflect
Is purchase of a heauy curse from Rome,Is purchase of a heavy curse from Rome,heavy (adj.)
old form: heauy
grave, serious, weighty
KJ III.i.205
Or the light losse of England, for a friend:Or the light loss of England for a friend. KJ III.i.206
Forgoe the easier.Forgo the easier.easy (adj.)slight, petty, insignificantKJ III.i.207.1
Bla. BLANCHE 
Thats the curse of Rome.That's the curse of Rome. KJ III.i.207.2
Con. CONSTANCE 
O Lewis, stand fast, the deuill tempts thee heereO Lewis, stand fast! The devil tempts thee here KJ III.i.208
In likenesse of a new vntrimmed Bride.In likeness of a new, untrimmed bride.untrimmed (adj.)
old form: vntrimmed
[unclear meaning] unbedded, virgin
KJ III.i.209
Bla. BLANCHE 
The Lady Constance speakes not from her faith,The Lady Constance speaks not from her faith, KJ III.i.210
But from her need.But from her need. KJ III.i.211.1
Con. CONSTANCE 
Oh, if thou grant my need,O, if thou grant my need, KJ III.i.211.2
Which onely liues but by the death of faith,Which only lives but by the death of faith, KJ III.i.212
That need, must needs inferre this principle,That need must needs infer this principle, KJ III.i.213
That faith would liue againe by death of need:That faith would live again by death of need. KJ III.i.214
O then tread downe my need, and faith mounts vp,O then, tread down my need, and faith mounts up; KJ III.i.215
Keepe my need vp, and faith is trodden downe.Keep my need up, and faith is trodden down.tread down (v.)
old form: downe
trample on, crush, repress
KJ III.i.216
Iohn. KING JOHN 
The king is moud, and answers not to this.The King is moved, and answers not to this.move (v.)
old form: moud
arouse, affect, stir [by emotion]
KJ III.i.217
Con. CONSTANCE  
(to King Philip) KJ III.i.218
O be remou'd from him, and answere well.O, be removed from him, and answer well! KJ III.i.218
Aust. AUSTRIA 
Doe so king Philip, hang no more in doubt.Do so, King Philip; hang no more in doubt. KJ III.i.219
Bast. BASTARD 
Hang nothing but a Calues skin most sweet lout.Hang nothing but a calf's-skin, most sweet lout. KJ III.i.220
Fra. KING PHILIP 
I am perplext, and know not what to say.I am perplexed, and know not what to say.perplexed (adj.)
old form: perplext
bewildered, distracted, disoriented
KJ III.i.221
Pan. CARDINAL PANDULPH 
What canst thou say, but wil perplex thee more?What canst thou say but will perplex thee more, KJ III.i.222
If thou stand excommunicate, and curst?If thou stand excommunicate and cursed? KJ III.i.223
Fra. KING PHILIP 
Good reuerend father, make my person yours,Good reverend father, make my person yours, KJ III.i.224
And tell me how you would bestow your selfe?And tell me how you would bestow yourself.bestow (v.)carry, bear, acquit, conductKJ III.i.225
This royall hand and mine are newly knit,This royal hand and mine are newly knit,knit (v.)unite, join, make oneKJ III.i.226
And the coniunction of our inward soulesAnd the conjunction of our inward soulsconjunction (n.)
old form: coniunction
union, uniting, joining together
KJ III.i.227
Married in league, coupled, and link'd togetherMarried in league, coupled and linked together KJ III.i.228
With all religous strength of sacred vowes,With all religious strength of sacred vows; KJ III.i.229
The latest breath that gaue the sound of wordsThe latest breath that gave the sound of wordslate (adj.)recent, not long pastKJ III.i.230
Was deepe-sworne faith, peace, amity, true loueWas deep-sworn faith, peace, amity, true love KJ III.i.231
Betweene our kingdomes and our royall selues,Between our kingdoms and our royal selves; KJ III.i.232
And euen before this truce, but new before,And even before this truce, but new before,even, e'en (adv.)
old form: euen
just [now]
KJ III.i.233
new (adv.)immediately, just
No longer then we well could wash our hands,No longer than we well could wash our hands KJ III.i.234
To clap this royall bargaine vp of peace,To clap this royal bargain up of peace,clap up (v.)
old form: vp
seal, settle hastily, complete suddenly
KJ III.i.235
Heauen knowes they were besmear'd and ouer-staindHeaven knows, they were besmeared and overstainedoverstain (v.)
old form: ouer-staind
cover with stains, smear over
KJ III.i.236
besmear (v.)
old form: besmear'd
smear over, bedaub
With slaughters pencill; where reuenge did paintWith slaughter's pencil, where revenge did paintpencil (n.)
old form: pencill
finely-pointed paint-brush
KJ III.i.237
The fearefull difference of incensed kings:The fearful difference of incensed kings.incensed (adj.)inflamed, angered, enragedKJ III.i.238
difference (n.)quarrel, disagreement, dispute
And shall these hands so lately purg'd of bloud?And shall these hands, so lately purged of blood,purge (v.)
old form: purg'd
cleanse, purify, get rid of impurities [in]
KJ III.i.239
So newly ioyn'd in loue? so strong in both,So newly joined in love, so strong in both, KJ III.i.240
Vnyoke this seysure, and this kinde regreete?Unyoke this seizure and this kind regreet?seizure (n.)
old form: seysure
grasping of hands, clasp, hold
KJ III.i.241
regreet (n.)
old form: regreete
fresh greeting, return of salutation
unyoke (v.)
old form: Vnyoke
separate, disjoin, unlink
Play fast and loose with faith? so iest with heauen,Play fast and loose with faith? So jest with heaven, KJ III.i.242
Make such vnconstant children of onr seluesMake such unconstant children of ourselves,unconstant (adj.)
old form: vnconstant
changeable, fickle, unpredictable
KJ III.i.243
As now againe to snatch our palme from palme:As now again to snatch our palm from palm, KJ III.i.244
Vn-sweare faith sworne, and on the marriage bedUnswear faith sworn, and on the marriage-bed KJ III.i.245
Of smiling peace to march a bloody hoast,Of smiling peace to march a bloody host, KJ III.i.246
And make a ryot on the gentle browAnd make a riot on the gentle browgentle (adj.)soft, tender, kindKJ III.i.247
brow (n.)forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]
Of true sincerity? O holy SirOf true sincerity? O holy sir, KJ III.i.248
My reuerend father, let it not be so;My reverend father, let it not be so! KJ III.i.249
Out of your grace, deuise, ordaine, imposeOut of your grace, devise, ordain, impose KJ III.i.250
Some gentle order, and then we shall be blestSome gentle order, and then we shall be blessedorder (n.)arrangement, disposition, directionKJ III.i.251
gentle (adj.)peaceful, calm, free from violence
To doe your pleasure, and continue friends.To do your pleasure and continue friends. KJ III.i.252
Pand. CARDINAL PANDULPH 
All forme is formelesse, Order orderlesse,All form is formless, order orderless, KJ III.i.253
Saue what is opposite to Englands loue.Save what is opposite to England's love.opposite (adj.)opposed, hostile, adverse, antagonistic [to]KJ III.i.254
Therefore to Armes, be Champion of our Church,Therefore to arms! Be champion of our church, KJ III.i.255
Or let the Church our mother breathe her curse,Or let the church, our mother, breathe her curse, KJ III.i.256
A mothers curse, on her reuolting sonne:A mother's curse, on her revolting son.revolting (adj.)
old form: reuolting
rebellious, mutinous, insurgent
KJ III.i.257
France, thou maist hold a serpent by the tongue,France, thou mayst hold a serpent by the tongue, KJ III.i.258
A cased Lion by the mortall paw,A chafed lion by the mortal paw,chafed (adj.)enraged, irritated, angeredKJ III.i.259
mortal (adj.)
old form: mortall
fatal, deadly, lethal
cased (adj.)caged; or: living
A fasting Tyger safer by the tooth,A fasting tiger safer by the tooth, KJ III.i.260
Then keepe in peace that hand which thou dost hold.Than keep in peace that hand which thou dost hold. KJ III.i.261
Fra. KING PHILIP 
I may dis-ioyne my hand, but not my faith.I may disjoin my hand, but not my faith.disjoin (v.)
old form: dis-ioyne
disengage, separate [oneself]
KJ III.i.262
Pand. CARDINAL PANDULPH 
So mak'st thou faith an enemy to faith,So makest thou faith an enemy to faith, KJ III.i.263
And like a ciuill warre setst oath to oath,And like a civil war settest oath to oath, KJ III.i.264
Thy tongue against thy tongue. O let thy vowThy tongue against thy tongue. O, let thy vow KJ III.i.265
First made to heauen, first be to heauen perform'd,First made to heaven, first be to heaven performed, KJ III.i.266
That is, to be the Champion of our Church,That is, to be the champion of our church. KJ III.i.267
What since thou sworst, is sworne against thy selfe,What since thou sworest is sworn against thyself KJ III.i.268
And may not be performed by thy selfe,And may not be performed by thyself. KJ III.i.269
For that which thou hast sworne to doe amisse,For that which thou hast sworn to do amiss KJ III.i.270
Is not amisse when it is truely done:Is not amiss when it is truly done; KJ III.i.271
And being not done, where doing tends to ill,And being not done, where doing tends to ill,ill (n.)wrong, injury, harm, evilKJ III.i.272
The truth is then most done not doing it:The truth is then most done not doing it. KJ III.i.273
The better Act of purposes mistooke,The better act of purposes mistookpurpose (n.)intention, aim, planKJ III.i.274
act (n.)activity, action, performance
Is to mistake again, though indirect,Is to mistake again; though indirect, KJ III.i.275
Yet indirection thereby growes direct,Yet indirection thereby grows direct,indirection (n.)devious means, malpracticeKJ III.i.276
And falshood, falshood cures, as fire cooles fireAnd falsehood falsehood cures, as fire cools fire KJ III.i.277
Within the scorched veines of one new burn'd:Within the scorched veins of one new-burned. KJ III.i.278
It is religion that doth make vowes kept,It is religion that doth make vows kept, KJ III.i.279
But thou hast sworne against religion:But thou hast sworn against religion KJ III.i.280
By what thou swear'st against the thing thou swear'st,By what thou swearest against the thing thou swearest, KJ III.i.281
And mak'st an oath the suretie for thy truth,And makest an oath the surety for thy truthsurety (n.)
old form: suretie
guarantee, ratification, warrant
KJ III.i.282
Against an oath the truth, thou art vnsureAgainst an oath! The truth thou art unsure KJ III.i.283
To sweare, sweares onely not to be forsworne,To swear, swears only not to be forsworn – forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore
old form: forsworne
swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word
KJ III.i.284
Else what a mockerie should it be to sweare?Else what a mockery should it be to swear! KJ III.i.285
But thou dost sweare, onely to be forsworne,But thou dost swear only to be forsworn, KJ III.i.286
And most forsworne, to keepe what thou dost sweare,And most forsworn to keep what thou dost swear. KJ III.i.287
Therefore thy later vowes, against thy first,Therefore thy later vows, against thy first, KJ III.i.288
Is in thy selfe rebellion to thy selfe:Is in thyself rebellion to thyself; KJ III.i.289
And better conquest neuer canst thou make,And better conquest never canst thou make KJ III.i.290
Then arme thy constant and thy nobler partsThan arm thy constant and thy nobler parts KJ III.i.291
Against these giddy loose suggestions:Against these giddy loose suggestions.loose (adj.)immoral, improper, contemptibleKJ III.i.292
suggestion (n.)temptation, instigation, prompting towards evil
giddy (adj.)foolish, stupid, ill-considered
Vpon which better part, our prayrs come in,Upon which better part our prayers come in,part (n.)side, camp, partyKJ III.i.293
If thou vouchsafe them. But if not, then knowIf thou vouchsafe them. But if not, then knowvouchsafe (v.)allow, permit, grantKJ III.i.294
The perill of our curses light on theeThe peril of our curses light on thee KJ III.i.295
So heauy, as thou shalt not shake them offSo heavy as thou shalt not shake them off, KJ III.i.296
But in despaire, dye vnder their blacke weight.But in despair die under their black weight. KJ III.i.297
Aust. AUSTRIA 
Rebellion, flat rebellion.Rebellion, flat rebellion! KJ III.i.298.1
Bast. BASTARD 
Wil't not be?Will't not be –  KJ III.i.298.2
Will not a Calues-skin stop that mouth of thine?Will not a calf's-skin stop that mouth of thine? KJ III.i.299
Daul. LEWIS THE DAUPHIN 
Father, to Armes.Father, to arms! KJ III.i.300.1
Blanch. BLANCHE 
Vpon thy wedding day?Upon thy wedding-day? KJ III.i.300.2
Against the blood that thou hast married?Against the blood that thou hast married?blood (n.)nobility, breeding, gentility, good parentageKJ III.i.301
What, shall our feast be kept with slaughtered men?What, shall our feast be kept with slaughtered men? KJ III.i.302
Shall braying trumpets, and loud churlish drumsShall braying trumpets and loud churlish drums,churlish (adj.)violent, rough, harshKJ III.i.303
Clamors of hell, be measures to our pomp?Clamours of hell, be measures to our pomp?measure (n.)accompaniment, background melodyKJ III.i.304
pomp (n.)pageant, ceremony, procession
O husband heare me: aye, alacke, how newO husband, hear me! Ay, alack, how new KJ III.i.305
Is husband in my mouth? euen for that nameIs ‘husband' in my mouth! Even for that name, KJ III.i.306
Which till this time my tongue did nere pronounce;Which till this time my tongue did ne'er pronounce, KJ III.i.307
Vpon my knee I beg, goe not to ArmesUpon my knee I beg, go not to arms KJ III.i.308
Against mine Vncle.Against mine uncle. KJ III.i.309.1
Const. CONSTANCE 
O, vpon my kneeO, upon my knee, KJ III.i.309.2
made hard with kneeling, / I doe pray to thee,Made hard with kneeling, I do pray to thee, KJ III.i.310
thou vertuous Daulphin, / Alter not the doomeThou virtuous Dauphin, alter not the doomdoom (n.)
old form: doome
final destiny, deciding fate, death and destruction
KJ III.i.311
fore-thought by heauen.Forethought by heaven.forethink (v.)
old form: fore-thought
anticipate, foresee, predict
KJ III.i.312
Blan. BLANCHE 
Now shall I see thy loue, what motiue mayNow shall I see thy love! What motive may KJ III.i.313
Be stronger with thee, then the name of wife?Be stronger with thee than the name of wife? KJ III.i.314
Con. CONSTANCE 
That which vpholdeth him, that thee vpholds,That which upholdeth him that thee upholds, KJ III.i.315
His Honor, Oh thine Honor, Lewis thine Honor.His honour! O, thine honour, Lewis, thine honour! KJ III.i.316
Dolph. LEWIS THE DAUPHIN 
I muse your Maiesty doth seeme so cold,I muse your majesty doth seem so cold,muse (v.)wonder, be surprisedKJ III.i.317
cold (adj.)indifferent, unenthusiastic, uninterested
When such profound respects doe pull you on?When such profound respects do pull you on!profound (adj.)weighty, importantKJ III.i.318
respect (n.)consideration, factor, circumstance
Pand. CARDINAL PANDULPH 
I will denounce a curse vpon his head.I will denounce a curse upon his head.denounce (v.)declare, proclaim, announceKJ III.i.319
Fra. KING PHILIP 
Thou shalt not need. England, I will fall frõ thee.Thou shalt not need. England, I will fall from thee.fall from (v.)
old form: frō
desert, forsake, renounce
KJ III.i.320
Const. CONSTANCE 
O faire returne of banish'd Maiestie.O fair return of banished majesty! KJ III.i.321
Elea. QUEEN ELEANOR 
O foule reuolt of French inconstancy.O foul revolt of French inconstancy! KJ III.i.322
Eng. KING JOHN 
France, yu shalt rue this houre within this houre.France, thou shalt rue this hour within this hour. KJ III.i.323
Bast.BASTARD 
Old Time the clocke setter, yt bald sexton Time:Old Time the clock-setter, that bald sexton Time,clock-setter (n.)
old form: clocke setter
clock-keeper, clock-regulator
KJ III.i.324
Is it as he will? well then, France shall rue.Is it as he will? Well then, France shall rue. KJ III.i.325
Bla. BLANCHE 
The Sun's orecast with bloud: faire day adieu,The sun's o'ercast with blood; fair day, adieu! KJ III.i.326
Which is the side that I must goe withall?Which is the side that I must go withal? KJ III.i.327
I am with both, each Army hath a hand,I am with both; each army hath a hand, KJ III.i.328
And in their rage, I hauing hold of both,And in their rage, I having hold of both, KJ III.i.329
They whurle a-sunder, and dismember mee.They whirl asunder and dismember me. KJ III.i.330
Husband, I cannot pray that thou maist winne:Husband, I cannot pray that thou mayst win; KJ III.i.331
Vncle, I needs must pray that thou maist lose:Uncle, I needs must pray that thou mayst lose; KJ III.i.332
Father, I may not wish the fortune thine:Father, I may not wish the fortune thine;fortune (n.)good fortune, successKJ III.i.333
Grandam, I will not wish thy wishes thriue:Grandam, I will not wish thy wishes thrive; KJ III.i.334
Who-euer wins, on that side shall I lose:Whoever wins, on that side shall I lose –  KJ III.i.335
Assured losse, before the match be plaid.Assured loss, before the match be played! KJ III.i.336
Dolph. LEWIS THE DAUPHIN 
Lady, with me, with me thy fortune lies.Lady, with me, with me thy fortune lies. KJ III.i.337
Bla. BLANCHE 
There where my fortune liues, there my life dies.There where my fortune lives, there my life dies. KJ III.i.338
Iohn. KING JOHN 
Cosen, goe draw our puisance together,Cousin, go draw our puissance together.puissance (n.)
old form: puisance
power, might, force
KJ III.i.339
Exit the Bastard KJ III.i.339
France, I am burn'd vp with inflaming wrath,France, I am burned up with inflaming wrath –  KJ III.i.340
A rage, whose heat hath this condition;A rage whose heat hath this condition,condition (n.)quality, behaviour, attribute, habitKJ III.i.341
That nothing can allay, nothing but blood,That nothing can allay, nothing but blood, KJ III.i.342
The blood and deerest valued bloud of France.The blood, and dearest-valued blood, of France. KJ III.i.343
Fra. KING PHILIP 
Thy rage shall burne thee vp, & thou shalt turneThy rage shall burn thee up, and thou shalt turn KJ III.i.344
To ashes, ere our blood shall quench that fire:To ashes, ere our blood shall quench that fire. KJ III.i.345
Looke to thy selfe, thou art in ieopardie.Look to thyself, thou art in jeopardy! KJ III.i.346
Iohn.KING JOHN 
No more then he that threats. To Arms le'ts hie.No more than he that threats. To arms let's hie!hie (v.)hasten, hurry, speedKJ III.i.347
Exeunt.Exeunt KJ III.i.347
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