The Two Noble Kinsmen
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Enter Palamon from the Bush.Enter Palamon from the bushfaith (n.)promise, assurance, pledgeTNK III.vi.1
Pal.PALAMON 
About this houre my Cosen gave his faithAbout this hour my cousin gave his faith TNK III.vi.1
To visit me againe, and with him bringTo visit me again, and with him bring TNK III.vi.2
Two Swords, and two good Armors; if he faileTwo swords and two good armours; if he fail,armour (n.)
old form: Armors
suit of armour
TNK III.vi.3
He's neither man, nor Souldier; when he left meHe's neither man nor soldier. When he left me, TNK III.vi.4
I did not thinke a weeke could have restordI did not think a week could have restored TNK III.vi.5
My lost strength to me, I was growne so low,My lost strength to me, I was grown so low TNK III.vi.6
And Crest-falne with my wants; I thanke thee Arcite,And crestfallen with my wants. I thank thee, Arcite, TNK III.vi.7
Thou art yet a faire Foe; and I feele my selfeThou art yet a fair foe; and I feel myself, TNK III.vi.8
With this refreshing, able once againeWith this refreshing, able once again TNK III.vi.9
To out dure danger: To delay it longerTo outdure danger. To delay it longeroutdure (v.)
old form: out dure
endure, outlast, survive
TNK III.vi.10
Would make the world think when it comes to hearing,Would make the world think, when it comes to hearing, TNK III.vi.11
That I lay fatting like a Swine, to fightThat I lay fatting like a swine to fight,fat (v.)fatten, feed up, nourishTNK III.vi.12
swine (n.)wild boar
And not a Souldier: Therefore this blest morningAnd not a soldier. Therefore this blest morning TNK III.vi.13
Shall be the last; and that Sword he refutes,Shall be the last; and that sword he refuses, TNK III.vi.14
If it but hold, I kill him with; tis Iustice:If it but hold, I kill him with; 'tis justice.hold (v.)stay unbroken, hold out [in a fight]TNK III.vi.15
So love, and Fortune for me:So, love and fortune for me! TNK III.vi.16.1
Enter Arcite with Armors and Swords.Enter Arcite with armours and swords TNK III.vi.16
O good morrow.O, good morrow.morrow (n.)morningTNK III.vi.16.2
Arc.ARCITE 
Good morrow noble kinesman,Good morrow, noble kinsman. TNK III.vi.17.1
Pal.PALAMON 
I have put youI have put you TNK III.vi.17.2
To too much paines Sir.To too much pains, sir. TNK III.vi.18.1
Arc.ARCITE 
That too much faire Cosen,That too much, fair cousin, TNK III.vi.18.2
Is but a debt to honour, and my duty.Is but a debt to honour, and my duty. TNK III.vi.19
Pal.PALAMON 
Would you were so in all Sir; I could wish yeWould you were so in all, sir; I could wish ye TNK III.vi.20
As kinde a kinsman, as you force me findeAs kind a kinsman as you force me find TNK III.vi.21
A beneficiall foe, that my embracesA beneficial foe, that my embraces TNK III.vi.22
Might thanke ye, not my blowes.Might thank ye, not my blows. TNK III.vi.23.1
Arc.ARCITE 
I shall thinke eitherI shall think either, TNK III.vi.23.2
Well done, a noble recompence.Well done, a noble recompense.quit (v.)pay back, repay, rewardTNK III.vi.24.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Then I shall quit you.Then I shall quit you. TNK III.vi.24.2
Arc.ARCITE 
Defy me in these faire termes, and you showDefy me in these fair terms, and you show show (v.)appear, look [like], present [as]TNK III.vi.25
More then a Mistris to me, no more angerMore than a mistress to me; no more anger, TNK III.vi.26
As you love any thing that's honourable;As you love anything that's honourable! TNK III.vi.27
We were not bred to talke man, when we are arm'dWe were not bred to talk, man; when we are armed, TNK III.vi.28
And both upon our guards, then let our furyAnd both upon our guards, then let our fury, TNK III.vi.29
Like meeting of two tides, fly strongly from us,Like meeting of two tides, fly strongly from us, TNK III.vi.30
And then to whom the birthright of this BeautyAnd then to whom the birthright of this beauty TNK III.vi.31
Truely pertaines (without obbraidings, scornes,Truly pertains – without upbraidings, scorns,pertain (v.)
old form: pertaines
belong, have a right
TNK III.vi.32
Dispisings of our persons, and such powtingsDespisings of our persons, and such poutings TNK III.vi.33
Fitter for Girles and Schooleboyes) will be seeneFitter for girls and schoolboys – will be seen, TNK III.vi.34
And quickly, yours, or mine: wilt please you arme Sir,And quickly, yours or mine. Wilt please you arm, sir? TNK III.vi.35
Or if you feele your selfe not fitting yetOr if you feel yourself not fitting yetfit (v.)be fit, be in satisfactory conditionTNK III.vi.36
And furnishd with your old strength, ile stay CosenAnd furnished with your old strength, I'll stay, cousin, TNK III.vi.37
And ev'ry day discourse you into health,And every day discourse you into health,discourse (v.)talk, chat, converseTNK III.vi.38
As I am spard, your person I am friends with,As I am spared. Your person I am friends with,spare (v.)
old form: spard
be free [at court], not needed
TNK III.vi.39
And I could wish I had not saide I lov'd herAnd I could wish I had not said I loved her, TNK III.vi.40
Though I had dide; But loving such a LadyThough I had died; but loving such a lady, TNK III.vi.41
And justifying my Love, I must not fly from't.And justifying my love, I must not fly from't. TNK III.vi.42
Pal.PALAMON 
Arcite, thou art so brave an enemyArcite, thou art so brave an enemybrave (adj.)noble, worthy, excellentTNK III.vi.43
That no man but thy Cosen's fit to kill thee,That no man but thy cousin's fit to kill thee. TNK III.vi.44
I am well, and lusty, choose your Armes.I am well and lusty. Choose your arms.lusty (adj.)vigorous, strong, robust, eagerTNK III.vi.45.1
Arc.ARCITE 
Choose you Sir.Choose you, sir.  TNK III.vi.45.2
Pal.PALAMON 
Wilt thou exceede in all, or do'st thou doe itWilt thou exceed in all, or dost thou do'texceed (v.)
old form: exceede
outdo, surpass, excel, be superior
TNK III.vi.46
To make me spare thee?To make me spare thee? TNK III.vi.47.1
Arc.ARCITE 
If you thinke so Cosen,If you think so, cousin, TNK III.vi.47.2
You are deceived, for as I am a Soldier.You are deceived, for as I am a soldier TNK III.vi.48
I will not spare you.I will not spare you.find (v.)
old form: finde
find the truth about, discover the reason for
TNK III.vi.49.1
Pal.PALAMON 
That's well said.That's well said. TNK III.vi.49.2
Arc.ARCITE 
You'l finde itYou'll find it. TNK III.vi.49.3
Pal.PALAMON 
Then as I am an honest man and love,Then as I am an honest man and love, TNK III.vi.50
With all the justice of affectionWith all the justice of affectionaffection (n.)love, devotionTNK III.vi.51
Ile pay thee soundly: This ile take.I'll pay thee soundly. This I'll take. TNK III.vi.52.1
He chooses his armourpay (v.)punish, pay back, retaliate againstTNK III.vi.52
soundly (adv.)severely, strongly, dearly, in full
Arc.ARCITE 
That's mine then,That's mine then. TNK III.vi.52.2
Ile arme you first.I'll arm you first. TNK III.vi.53.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Do: pray thee tell me Cosen,Do. Pray thee tell me, cousin, TNK III.vi.53.2
Where gotst thou this good Armour.Where gottest thou this good armour? TNK III.vi.54.1
Arc.ARCITE 
Tis the Dukes,'Tis the Duke's, TNK III.vi.54.2
And to say true, I stole it; doe I pinch you?And to say true, I stole it. Do I pinch you? TNK III.vi.55
Pal.PALAMON 
Noe.No. TNK III.vi.56.1
Arc.ARCITE 
Is't not too heavie?Is't not too heavy? TNK III.vi.56.2
Pal.PALAMON 
I have worne a lighter,I have worn a lighter, TNK III.vi.56.3
But I shall make it serve.But I shall make it serve.close (adv.)tightly, in a close-fitting wayTNK III.vi.57.1
Arc.ARCITE 
Ile buckl't close.I'll buckle't close. TNK III.vi.57.2
Pal.PALAMON 
By any meanes.By any means. TNK III.vi.58.1
Arc.ARCITE 
You care not for a Grand guard?You care not for a grand guard?grand guardpiece of tournament armour protecting the chest and left shoulderTNK III.vi.58.2
care for (v.)want, like, wish
Pal.PALAMON 
No, no, wee'l use no horses, I perceaveNo, no, we'll use no horses. I perceive TNK III.vi.59
You would faine be at that Fight.You would fain be at that fight.fain (adv.)
old form: faine
gladly, willingly
TNK III.vi.60.1
Arc.ARCITE 
I am indifferent.I am indifferent.indifferent (adj.)unconcerned, without a preferenceTNK III.vi.60.2
Pal.PALAMON 
Faith so am I: good Cosen, thrust the buckleFaith, so am I. Good cousin, thrust the buckle TNK III.vi.61
Through far enough.Through far enough. TNK III.vi.62.1
Arc.ARCITE 
I warrant you.I warrant you.warrant (v.)assure, promise, guarantee, confirmTNK III.vi.62.2
Pal.PALAMON 
My Caske now.My casque now.casque, caske (n.)helmetTNK III.vi.62.3
Arc.ARCITE 
Will you fight bare-armd?Will you fight bare-armed? TNK III.vi.63.1
Pal.PALAMON 
We shall be the nimbler.We shall be the nimbler. TNK III.vi.63.2
Arc.ARCITE 
But use your Gauntlets though; those are o'th least,But use your gauntlets, though. Those are o'th' least;gauntlet (n.)armoured glove protecting the hand and wristTNK III.vi.64
least, of thetoo small; or: inferior
Prethee take mine good Cosen.Prithee take mine, good cousin. TNK III.vi.65.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Thanke you Arcite.Thank you, Arcite. TNK III.vi.65.2
How doe I looke, am I falne much away?How do I look? Am I fallen much away?fall away (v.)
old form: falne
be thin, emaciate, waste away
TNK III.vi.66
Arc.ARCITE 
Faith very little; love has usd you kindly.Faith, very little; love has used you kindly. TNK III.vi.67
Pal.PALAMON 
Ile warrant thee, Ile strike home.I'll warrant thee I'll strike home.warrant (v.)assure, promise, guarantee, confirmTNK III.vi.68.1
Arc.ARCITE 
Doe, and spare not;Do, and spare not; TNK III.vi.68.2
Ile give you cause sweet Cosen.I'll give you cause, sweet cousin. TNK III.vi.69.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Now to you Sir,Now to you, sir. TNK III.vi.69.2
He arms Arcitemethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)it seems /seemed to meTNK III.vi.70
Me thinkes this Armo'rs very like that, Arcite,Methinks this armour's very like that, Arcite, TNK III.vi.70
Thou wor'st that day the 3. Kings fell, but lighter.Thou worest that day the three kings fell, but lighter. TNK III.vi.71
Arc.ARCITE 
That was a very good one, and that dayThat was a very good one, and that day, TNK III.vi.72
I well remember, you outdid me Cosen,I well remember, you outdid me, cousin. TNK III.vi.73
I never saw such valour: when you chargdI never saw such valour; when you charged TNK III.vi.74
Vpon the left wing of the Enemie,Upon the left wing of the enemy, TNK III.vi.75
I spurd hard to come up, and under meI spurred hard to come up, and under mecome up (v.)come forward [from the rear], reach, advanceTNK III.vi.76
I had a right good horse.I had a right good horse. TNK III.vi.77.1
Pal.PALAMON 
You had indeedeYou had indeed; TNK III.vi.77.2
A bright Bay I remember.A bright bay, I remember. TNK III.vi.78.1
Arc.ARCITE 
Yes but allYes, but all TNK III.vi.78.2
Was vainely labour'd in me, you outwent me,Was vainly laboured in me; you outwent me,outgo (v.)outdo, outstrip, surpassTNK III.vi.79
Nor could my wishes reach you; yet a littleNor could my wishes reach you; yet a littlereach (v.), past form raughtequal, match, attain toTNK III.vi.80
I did by imitation.I did by imitation.virtue (n.)courage, valour, braveryTNK III.vi.81.1
Pal.PALAMON 
More by vertue,More by virtue; TNK III.vi.81.2
You are modest Cosen.You are modest, cousin. TNK III.vi.82.1
Arc.ARCITE 
When I saw you charge first,When I saw you charge first, TNK III.vi.82.2
Me thought I heard a dreadfull clap of ThunderMethought I heard a dreadful clap of thundermethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
old form: Me thinkes
it seems /seemed to me
TNK III.vi.83
Breake from the Troope.Break from the troop. TNK III.vi.84.1
Pal.PALAMON 
But still before that flewBut still before that flew TNK III.vi.84.2
The lightning of your valour: Stay a little,The lightning of your valour. Stay a little; TNK III.vi.85
Is not this peece too streight?Is not this piece too strait?strait (adj.)
old form: streight
tight, close-fitting, narrow
TNK III.vi.86.1
Arc.ARCITE 
No, no, tis well.No, no, 'tis well. TNK III.vi.86.2
Pal.PALAMON 
I would have nothing hurt thee but my Sword,I would have nothing hurt thee but my sword; TNK III.vi.87
A bruise would be dishonour.A bruise would be dishonour.perfect (adj.)completely prepared, fully made readyTNK III.vi.88.1
Arc.ARCITE 
Now I am perfect.Now I am perfect. TNK III.vi.88.2
Pal.PALAMON 
Stand off then.Stand off then.stand off (v.)stand back, draw backTNK III.vi.89.1
hold (v.)consider, regard, esteem, value [as]
Arc.ARCITE 
Take my Sword, I hold it better.Take my sword; I hold it better. TNK III.vi.89.2
Pal.PALAMON 
I thanke ye: No, keepe it, your life lyes on it,I thank ye. No, keep it, your life lies on it.lie (v.)
old form: lyes
hang, depend, hinge
TNK III.vi.90
Here's one, if it but hold, I aske no more,Here's one; if it but hold, I ask no more,hold (v.)stay unbroken, hold out [in a fight]TNK III.vi.91
For all my hopes: My Cause and honour guard me.For all my hopes. My cause and honour guard me! TNK III.vi.92
Arc.ARCITE 
And me my love:And me my love! TNK III.vi.93.1
They bow severall wayes: then advance and stand.They bow several ways, then advance and stand aught (n.)
old form: ought
anything, [with negative word] nothing
TNK III.vi.93
several (adj.)
old form: severall
separate, different, distinct
stand (v.)stand still, stop, cease moving
Is there ought else to say?Is there aught else to say? TNK III.vi.93.2
Pal.PALAMON 
This onely, and no more: Thou art mine Aunts Son.This only, and no more. Thou art mine aunt's son, TNK III.vi.94
And that blood we desire to shed is mutuall,And that blood we desire to shed is mutual, TNK III.vi.95
In me, thine, and in thee, mine: My SwordIn me, thine, and in thee, mine; my sword TNK III.vi.96
Is in my hand, and if thou killst meIs in my hand, and if thou killest me TNK III.vi.97
The gods, and I forgive thee; If there beThe gods and I forgive thee. If there be TNK III.vi.98
A place prepar'd for those that sleepe in honour,A place prepared for those that sleep in honour, TNK III.vi.99
I wish his wearie soule, that falls may win it:I wish his weary soul that falls may win it. TNK III.vi.100
Fight bravely Cosen, give me thy noble hand.Fight bravely, cousin; give me thy noble hand. TNK III.vi.101
Arc.ARCITE 
Here Palamon: This hand shall never moreHere, Palamon. This hand shall never more TNK III.vi.102
Come neare thee with such friendship.Come near thee with such friendship.commend (v.)commit, entrust, hand overTNK III.vi.103.1
Pal.PALAMON 
I commend thee.I commend thee. TNK III.vi.103.2
Arc.ARCITE 
If I fall, curse me, and say I was a coward,If I fall, curse me, and say I was a coward, TNK III.vi.104
For none but such, dare die in these just Tryalls,For none but such dare die in these just trials. TNK III.vi.105
Once more farewell my Cosen,One more farewell, my cousin. TNK III.vi.106.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Farewell Arcite.Farewell, Arcite. TNK III.vi.106.2
Fight. Hornes within: they stand.They fight. Then horns sound within; they standstand (v.)stand still, stop, cease movingTNK III.vi.107
Arc.ARCITE 
Loe Cosen, loe, our Folly has undon us.Lo, cousin, lo, our folly has undone us! TNK III.vi.107
Pal.PALAMON 
Why?Why? TNK III.vi.108.1
Arc.ARCITE 
This is the Duke, a hunting as I told you,This is the Duke, a-hunting as I told you; TNK III.vi.108.2
If we be found, we are wretched, O retireIf we be found, we are wretched. O, retire TNK III.vi.109
For honours sake, and safely presentlyFor honour's sake, and safety, presentlypresently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceTNK III.vi.110
Into your Bush agen; Sir we shall findeInto your bush again, sir; we shall find TNK III.vi.111
Too many howres to dye in, gentle Cosen:Too many hours to die in. Gentle cousin,gentle (adj.)well-born, honourable, nobleTNK III.vi.112
If you be seene you perish instantlyIf you be seen you perish instantly TNK III.vi.113
For breaking prison, and I, if you reveale me,For breaking prison, and I, if you reveal me, TNK III.vi.114
For my contempt; Then all the world will scorne us,For my contempt; then all the world will scorn us,contempt (n.)disobedience, disregard, defianceTNK III.vi.115
And say we had a noble difference,And say we had a noble difference,difference (n.)quarrel, disagreement, disputeTNK III.vi.116
But base disposers of it.But base disposers of it.disposer (n.)settler, handler, managerTNK III.vi.117.1
base (adj.)dishonourable, low, unworthy
Pal.PALAMON 
No, no, CosenNo, no, cousin, TNK III.vi.117.2
I will no more be hidden, nor put offI will no more be hidden, nor put off TNK III.vi.118
This great adventure to a second Tryall:This great adventure to a second trial.adventure (n.)venture, enterprise, issue, hazardTNK III.vi.119
I know your cunning, and I know your cause,I know your cunning, and I know your cause;cunning (n.)deviousness, deceit, craftiness, artfulnessTNK III.vi.120
cause (n.)reason, motive, ground
He that faints now, shame take him, put thy selfeHe that faints now, shame take him! Put thyselffaint (v.)lose courage, show fear, lose heart, take frightTNK III.vi.121
Vpon thy present guard.Upon thy present guard. TNK III.vi.122.1
Arc.ARCITE 
You are not mad?You are not mad? TNK III.vi.122.2
Pal.PALAMON 
Or I will make th' advantage of this howreOr I will make th' advantage of this hour TNK III.vi.123
Mine owne, and what to come shall threaten me,Mine own, and what to come shall threaten me TNK III.vi.124
I feare lesse then my fortune: know weake CosenI fear less than my fortune. Know, weak cousin, TNK III.vi.125
I love Emilia, and in that ile buryI love Emilia, and in that I'll burybury (v.)abandon forever, consign to oblivion, eliminateTNK III.vi.126
Thee, and all crosses else.Thee, and all crosses else.cross (n.)hindrance, obstacle, stumbling blockTNK III.vi.127.1
Arc.ARCITE 
Then come, what can comeThen come what can come, TNK III.vi.127.2
Thou shalt know Palamon, I dare as wellThou shalt know, Palamon, I dare as well TNK III.vi.128
Die, as discourse, or sleepe: Onely this feares me,Die as discourse or sleep; only this fears me,discourse (v.)talk, chat, converseTNK III.vi.129
fear (v.)
old form: feares
frighten, scare, terrify, daunt
The law will have the honour of our ends.The law will have the honour of our ends.honour (n.)fame, renown, gloryTNK III.vi.130
Have at thy life.Have at thy life!have at [someone][said at the start of a fencing attack or other confrontation] I come at, let me at [a person]TNK III.vi.131.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Looke to thine owne well Arcite.Look to thine own well, Arcite. TNK III.vi.131.2
Fight againe. Hornes.They fight again. Horns sound within; enter Theseus, TNK III.vi.132.1
Enter Theseus, Hipolita, Emilia, Perithous and traine.Hippolyta, Emilia, Pirithous, and train TNK III.vi.132.2
Theseus.THESEUS 
What ignorant and mad malicious Traitors,What ignorant and mad malicious traitorsmalicious (adj.)wicked, evil-minded, of ill willTNK III.vi.132
Are you? That gainst the tenor of my LawesAre you, that 'gainst the tenor of my lawstenor, tenour (n.)meaning, purpose, intentionTNK III.vi.133
Are making Battaile, thus like Knights appointed,Are making battle, thus like knights appointed,appoint (v.)arm, equip, furnishTNK III.vi.134
Without my leave, and Officers of Armes?Without my leave and officers of arms?officer of arms (n.)
old form: Armes
herald, pursuivant
TNK III.vi.135
By Castor both shall dye.By Castor, both shall die.Castor (n.)one of the twins born to Jupiter and Leda (the other being Pollux)TNK III.vi.136.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Hold thy word Theseus,Hold thy word, Theseus;hold (v.)keep, maintain, observeTNK III.vi.136.2
We are certainly both Traitors, both despisersWe are certainly both traitors, both despisers TNK III.vi.137
Of thee, and of thy goodnesse: I am PalamonOf thee, and of thy goodness. I am Palamon TNK III.vi.138
That cannot love thee, he that broke thy Prison,That cannot love thee, he that broke thy prison –  TNK III.vi.139
Thinke well, what that deserves; and this is ArciteThink well what that deserves – and this is Arcite; TNK III.vi.140
A bolder Traytor never trod thy groundA bolder traitor never trod thy ground, TNK III.vi.141
A Falser neu'r seem'd friend: This is the manA falser ne'er seemed friend; this is the manfalse (adj.)treacherous, traitorous, perfidiousTNK III.vi.142
Was begd and banish'd, this is he contemnes theeWas begged and banished, this is he contemns theecontemn (v.)
old form: contemnes
despise, scorn, treat with contempt
TNK III.vi.143
And what thou dar'st doe; and in this disguiseAnd what thou darest do, and in this disguise, TNK III.vi.144
Against this owne Edict followes thy Sister,Against thine own edict follows thy sister,follow (v.)
old form: followes
seek after, pursue, strive for, court
TNK III.vi.145
That fortunate bright Star, the faire EmiliaThat fortunate bright star, the fair Emilia – fortunate (adj.)bringing good fortune, lucky, favourableTNK III.vi.146
Whose servant, (if there be a right in seeing,Whose servant, if there be a right in seeing,servant (n.)devotee, one who gives dedicated service, loverTNK III.vi.147
And first bequeathing of the soule to) justlyAnd first bequeathing of the soul to, justly TNK III.vi.148
I am, and which is more, dares thinke her his.I am – and which is more, dares think her his. TNK III.vi.149
This treacherie like a most trusty Lover,This treachery, like a most trusty lover, TNK III.vi.150
I call'd him now to answer; if thou bee'stI called him now to answer; if thou be'stanswer (v.)account for, justify, defendTNK III.vi.151
As thou art spoken, great and vertuous,As thou art spoken, great and virtuous, TNK III.vi.152
The true descider of all injuries,The true decider of all injuries, TNK III.vi.153
Say, Fight againe, and thou shalt see me TheseusSay ‘ Fight again,’ and thou shalt see me, Theseus, TNK III.vi.154
Doe such a Iustice, thou thy selfe wilt envie,Do such a justice thou thyself wilt envy. TNK III.vi.155
Then take my life, Ile wooe thee too't.Then take my life; I'll woo thee to't. TNK III.vi.156.1
Per.PIRITHOUS 
O heaven,O heaven, TNK III.vi.156.2
What more then man is this!What more than man is this! TNK III.vi.157.1
Thes.THESEUS 
I have sworne.I have sworn. TNK III.vi.157.2
Arc.ARCITE 
We seeke notWe seek not TNK III.vi.157.3
Thy breath of mercy Theseus, Tis to meThy breath of mercy, Theseus; 'tis to me TNK III.vi.158
A thing as soone to dye, as thee to say it,A thing as soon to die as thee to say it, TNK III.vi.159
And no more mov'd: where this man calls me Traitor,And no more moved. Where this man calls me traitor,move (v.)
old form: mov'd
arouse, affect, stir [by emotion]
TNK III.vi.160
where (conj.)whereas
Let me say thus much; if in love be Treason,Let me say thus much: if in love be treason, TNK III.vi.161
In service of so excellent a Beutie,In service of so excellent a beauty, TNK III.vi.162
As I love most, and in that faith will perish,As I love most, and in that faith will perish, TNK III.vi.163
As I have brought my life here to confirme it,As I have brought my life here to confirm it, TNK III.vi.164
As I have serv'd her truest, worthiest,As I have served her truest, worthiest, TNK III.vi.165
As I dare kill this Cosen, that denies it,As I dare kill this cousin that denies it, TNK III.vi.166
So let me be most Traitor, and ye please me:So let me be most traitor, and ye please me. TNK III.vi.167
For scorning thy Edict Duke, aske that LadyFor scorning thy edict, Duke, ask that ladyfor (conj.)as forTNK III.vi.168
Why she is faire, and why her eyes command meWhy she is fair, and why her eyes command me TNK III.vi.169
Stay here to love her; and if she say Traytor,Stay here to love her; and if she say ‘ traitor,’ TNK III.vi.170
I am a villaine fit to lye unburied.I am a villain fit to lie unburied. TNK III.vi.171
Pal.PALAMON 
Thou shalt have pitty of us both, o Theseus,Thou shalt have pity of us both, O Theseus, TNK III.vi.172
If unto neither thou shew mercy, stop,If unto neither thou show mercy. Stop,stop (v.)stop up, close (up), shutTNK III.vi.173
(As thou art just) thy noble eare against us,As thou art just, thy noble ear against us; TNK III.vi.174
As thou art valiant; for thy Cosens souleAs thou art valiant, for thy cousin's soul, TNK III.vi.175
Whose 12. strong labours crowne his memory,Whose twelve strong labours crown his memory, TNK III.vi.176
Lets die together, at one instant Duke,Let's die together, at one instant, Duke; TNK III.vi.177
Onely a little let him fall before me,Only a little let him fall before me, TNK III.vi.178
That I may tell my Soule he shall not have her.That I may tell my soul he shall not have her. TNK III.vi.179
Thes.THESEUS 
I grant your wish, for to say true, your CosenI grant your wish, for to say true your cousin TNK III.vi.180
Has ten times more offended, for I gave himHas ten times more offended, for I gave him TNK III.vi.181
More mercy then you found, Sir, your offensesMore mercy than you found, sir, your offences TNK III.vi.182
Being no more then his: None here speake for 'emBeing no more than his. None here speak for 'em; TNK III.vi.183
For ere the Sun set, both shall sleepe for ever.For ere the sun set, both shall sleep for ever. TNK III.vi.184
Hipol.HIPPOLYTA 
Alas the pitty, now or never SisterAlas the pity! Now or never, sister, TNK III.vi.185
Speake not to be denide; That face of yoursSpeak not to be denied; that face of yoursdeny (v.)
old form: denide
refuse, rebuff, reject
TNK III.vi.186
Will beare the curses else of after agesWill bear the curses else of after ages TNK III.vi.187
For these lost Cosens.For these lost cousins. TNK III.vi.188.1
Emil.EMILIA 
In my face deare SisterIn my face, dear sister, TNK III.vi.188.2
I finde no anger to 'em; nor no ruyn,I find no anger to 'em, nor no ruin; TNK III.vi.189
The misadventure of their owne eyes kill 'em;The misadventure of their own eyes kill 'em. TNK III.vi.190
Yet that I will be woman, and have pitty,Yet that I will be woman and have pity,that (conj.)to show thatTNK III.vi.191
My knees shall grow to 'th ground but Ile get mercie.My knees shall grow to th' ground but I'll get mercy. TNK III.vi.192
Helpe me deare Sister, in a deede so vertuous,Help me, dear sister; in a deed so virtuous, TNK III.vi.193
The powers of all women will be with us,The powers of all women will be with us. TNK III.vi.194
(The ladies kneel) TNK III.vi.195
Most royall Brother.Most royal brother –  TNK III.vi.195.1
Hipol.HIPPOLYTA 
Sir by our tye of Marriage.Sir, by our tie of marriage –  TNK III.vi.195.2
Emil.EMILIA 
By your owne spotlesse honour.By your own spotless honour –  TNK III.vi.196.1
Hip.HIPPOLYTA 
By that faith,By that faith, TNK III.vi.196.2
That faire hand, and that honest heart you gave me.That fair hand, and that honest heart you gave me –  TNK III.vi.197
Emil.EMILIA 
By that you would have pitty in another,By that you would have pity in another,by that (conj.)by the fact thatTNK III.vi.198
By your owne vertues infinite.By your own virtues infinite –  TNK III.vi.199.1
Hip.HIPPOLYTA 
By valour,By valour, TNK III.vi.199.2
By all the chaste nights I have ever pleasd you.By all the chaste nights I have ever pleased you – chaste (adj.)of allowed love-making [because married]TNK III.vi.200
Thes.THESEUS 
These are strange Conjurings.These are strange conjurings.conjuring (n.)entreaty, invocation, incantationTNK III.vi.201.1
Per.PIRITHOUS 
Nay then Ile in too:Nay, then I'll in too; TNK III.vi.201.2
By all our friendship Sir, by all our dangers,By all our friendship, sir, by all our dangers, TNK III.vi.202
By all you love most, warres; and this sweet Lady.By all you love most, wars and this sweet lady –  TNK III.vi.203
Emil.EMILIA 
By that you would have trembled to denyBy that you would have trembled to deny TNK III.vi.204
A blushing Maide.A blushing maid –  TNK III.vi.205.1
Hip.HIPPOLYTA 
By your owne eyes: By strengthBy your own eyes; by strength TNK III.vi.205.2
In which you swore I went beyond all women,In which you swore I went beyond all women,go beyond (v.)exceed, surpass, transcendTNK III.vi.206
Almost all men, and yet I yeelded Theseus.Almost all men, and yet I yielded, Theseus –  TNK III.vi.207
Per.PIRITHOUS 
To crowne all this; By your most noble souleTo crown all this; by your most noble soul, TNK III.vi.208
Which cannot want due mercie, I beg first.Which cannot want due mercy, I beg first – want (v.)lack, need, be withoutTNK III.vi.209
Hip.HIPPOLYTA 
Next heare my prayers.Next hear my prayers –  TNK III.vi.210.1
Emil.EMILIA 
Last let me intreate Sir.Last let me entreat, sir –  TNK III.vi.210.2
Per.PIRITHOUS 
For mercy.For mercy. TNK III.vi.211.1
Hip.HIPPOLYTA 
Mercy.Mercy. TNK III.vi.211.2
Emil.EMILIA 
Mercy on these Princes.Mercy on these princes! TNK III.vi.211.3
Thes.THESEUS 
Ye make my faith reele: Say I feltYe make my faith reel. Say I feltfaith (n.)constancy, fidelity, loyaltyTNK III.vi.212
Compassion to 'em both, how would you place it?Compassion to 'em both, how would you place it? TNK III.vi.213
Emil.EMILIA 
Vpon their lives: But with their banishments.Upon their lives – but with their banishments. TNK III.vi.214
Thes.THESEUS 
You are a right woman, Sister; you have pitty,You are a right woman, sister; you have pity,right (adj.)typical, true, classicTNK III.vi.215
But want the vnderstanding where to use it.But want the understanding where to use it.want (v.)lack, need, be withoutTNK III.vi.216
If you desire their lives, invent a wayIf you desire their lives, invent a way TNK III.vi.217
Safer then banishment: Can these two liveSafer than banishment; can these two live, TNK III.vi.218
And have the agony of love about 'em,And have the agony of love about 'em, TNK III.vi.219
And not kill one another? Every dayAnd not kill one another? Every day TNK III.vi.220
The'yld fight about yov; howrely bring your honourThey'd fight about you, hourly bring your honour TNK III.vi.221
In publique question with their Swords; Be wise thenIn public question with their swords. Be wise then,question (n.)argument, contention, disputeTNK III.vi.222
And here forget 'em; it concernes your credit,And here forget 'em; it concerns your creditcredit (n.)reputation, name, standing, honourTNK III.vi.223
And my oth equally: I have said they die,And my oath equally; I have said they die. TNK III.vi.224
Better they fall by 'th law, then one another.Better they fall by th' law than one another. TNK III.vi.225
Bow not my honor.Bow not my honour.bow (v.)make to bend, cause to bendTNK III.vi.226.1
Emil.EMILIA 
O my noble Brother,O, my noble brother, TNK III.vi.226.2
That oth was rashly made, and in your anger,That oath was rashly made, and in your anger; TNK III.vi.227
Your reason will not hold it, if such vowesYour reason will not hold it. If such vowsreason (n.)power of reason, judgement, common-sense [often opposed to ‘passion’]TNK III.vi.228
hold (v.)keep, maintain, observe
Stand for expresse will, all the world must perish.Stand for express will, all the world must perish.will (n.)intent, purpose, designTNK III.vi.229
express (adj.)
old form: expresse
fixed, final, irrevocable
stand (v.)continue, remain, wait, stay put
Beside, I have another oth, gainst yoursBeside, I have another oath 'gainst yours, TNK III.vi.230
Of more authority, I am sure more love,Of more authority, I am sure more love; TNK III.vi.231
Not made in passion neither, but good heede.Not made in passion neither, but good heed.passion (n.)fit of anger, feeling of rageTNK III.vi.232
heed (n.)
old form: heede
consideration, care, attention
Thes.THESEUS 
What is it Sister?What is it, sister?brave (adj.)noble, worthy, excellentTNK III.vi.233.1
Per.PIRITHOUS 
Vrge it home brave Lady.Urge it home, brave lady. TNK III.vi.233.2
Emil.EMILIA 
That you would nev'r deny me any thingThat you would ne'er deny me anything TNK III.vi.234
Fit for my modest suit, and your free granting:Fit for my modest suit, and your free granting.suit (n.)formal request, entreaty, petitionTNK III.vi.235
I tye you to your word now, if ye fall in't,I tie you to your word now; if ye fall in't,fall (v.)fall short, fail, do not live up toTNK III.vi.236
Thinke how you maime your honour;Think how you maim your honour –  TNK III.vi.237
(For now I am set a begging Sir, I am deafeFor now I am set a-begging, sir, I am deaf TNK III.vi.238
To all but your compassion) how their livesTo all but your compassion – how their lives TNK III.vi.239
Might breed the ruine of my name; Opinion,Might breed the ruin of my name, opinion.name (n.)reputation, fame, renownTNK III.vi.240
opinion (n.)gossip, suspicion, malicious rumour
opinion (n.)reputation, character, honour
Shall any thing that loves me perish for me?Shall anything that loves me perish for me? TNK III.vi.241
That were a cruell wisedome, doe men proyneThat were a cruel wisdom; do men prune TNK III.vi.242
The straight yong Bowes that blush with thousand BlossomsThe straight young boughs that blush with thousand blossoms TNK III.vi.243
Because they may be rotten? O Duke TheseusBecause they may be rotten? O Duke Theseus,be (v.)become, come to beTNK III.vi.244
The goodly Mothers that have groand for these,The goodly mothers that have groaned for these,groan (v.)
old form: groand
utter groans during childbirth
TNK III.vi.245
And all the longing Maides that ever lov'd,And all the longing maids that ever loved 'em, TNK III.vi.246
If your vow stand, shall curse me and my Beauty,If your vow stand, shall curse me and my beauty, TNK III.vi.247
And in their funerall songs, for these two CosensAnd in their funeral songs for these two cousins TNK III.vi.248
Despise my crueltie, and cry woe worth me,Despise my cruelty, and cry woe worth me,worth (v.)become of, happen to, fall onTNK III.vi.249
Till I am nothing but the scorne of women;Till I am nothing but the scorn of women; TNK III.vi.250
For heavens sake save their lives, and banish 'em.For heaven's sake, save their lives and banish 'em. TNK III.vi.251
Thes.THESEUS 
On what conditions?On what conditions? TNK III.vi.252.1
Emil.EMILIA 
Sweare 'em never moreSwear 'em never more TNK III.vi.252.2
To make me their Contention, or to know me,To make me their contention, or to know me,contention (n.)quarrel, dispute, strifeTNK III.vi.253
know (v.)acknowledge, remember, think [of]
To tread upon thy Dukedome, and to beTo tread upon thy dukedom, and to be, TNK III.vi.254
Where ever they shall travel, ever strangersWherever they shall travel, ever strangers TNK III.vi.255
to one another.To one another.a (prep.)variant form of 'in'TNK III.vi.256.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Ile be cut a peecesI'll be cut a-pieces TNK III.vi.256.2
Before I take this oth, forget I love her?Before I take this oath! Forget I love her? TNK III.vi.257
O all ye gods dispise me then: Thy BanishmentO all ye gods, despise me then. Thy banishment TNK III.vi.258
I not mislike, so we may fairely carryI not mislike, so we may fairly carrymislike (v.)dislike, be displeased withTNK III.vi.259
Our Swords, aud cause along: else never trifle,Our swords and cause along; else never trifle, TNK III.vi.260
But take our lives Duke, I must love and will,But take our lives, Duke. I must love and will, TNK III.vi.261
And for that love, must and dare kill this CosenAnd for that love must and dare kill this cousin TNK III.vi.262
On any peece the earth has.On any piece the earth has.piece (n.)
old form: peece
bit of ground, place
TNK III.vi.263.1
Thes.THESEUS 
Will you ArciteWill you, Arcite, TNK III.vi.263.2
Take these conditions?Take these conditions? TNK III.vi.264.1
Pal.PALAMON 
H'es a villaine then.He's a villain, then. TNK III.vi.264.2
Per.PIRITHOUS 
These are men.These are men! TNK III.vi.265
Arcite.ARCITE 
No, never Duke: Tis worse to me than beggingNo, never, Duke; 'tis worse to me than begging TNK III.vi.266
To take my life so basely, though I thinkeTo take my life so basely. Though I thinkbasely (adv.)dishonourably, shamefully, ignominiouslyTNK III.vi.267
take (v.)accept, receive, escape with
I never shall enjoy her, yet ile preserveI never shall enjoy her, yet I'll preserve TNK III.vi.268
The honour of affection, and dye for her,The honour of affection and die for her,affection (n.)love, devotionTNK III.vi.269
Make death a Devill.Make death a devil.devil (n.)
old form: Devill
diabolical thing, worst possible event
TNK III.vi.270
Thes.THESEUS 
What may be done? for now I feele compassion.What may be done? For now I feel compassion. TNK III.vi.271
The ladies risefall (v.)fall short, fail, do not live up toTNK III.vi.272
Per.PIRITHOUS 
Let it not fall agen Sir.Let it not fall again, sir. TNK III.vi.272.1
Thes.THESEUS 
Say EmiliaSay, Emilia, TNK III.vi.272.2
If one of them were dead, as one muff, are youIf one of them were dead, as one must, are you TNK III.vi.273
Content to take th' other to your husband?Content to take the other to your husband?content (adj.)agreeable, willing, readyTNK III.vi.274
They cannot both enjoy you; They are PrincesThey cannot both enjoy you. They are princes TNK III.vi.275
As goodly as your owne eyes, and as nobleAs goodly as your own eyes, and as noble TNK III.vi.276
As ever fame yet spoke of; looke upon 'em,As ever fame yet spoke of; look upon 'em, TNK III.vi.277
And if you can love, end this difference,And if you can love, end this difference.difference (n.)quarrel, disagreement, disputeTNK III.vi.278
I give consent, are you content too Princes?I give consent; are you content too, princes? TNK III.vi.279
Both.PALAMON and ARCITE 
With all our soules.With all our souls. TNK III.vi.280.1
Thes.THESEUS 
He that she refusesHe that she refuses TNK III.vi.280.2
Must dye then.Must die then. TNK III.vi.281.1
Both.PALAMON and ARCITE 
Any death thou canst invent Duke.Any death thou canst invent, Duke. TNK III.vi.281.2
Pal.PALAMON 
If I fall from that mouth, I fall with favour,If I fall from that mouth, I fall with favour, TNK III.vi.282
And Lovers yet unborne shall blesse my ashes.And lovers yet unborn shall bless my ashes. TNK III.vi.283
Arc.ARCITE 
If she refuse me, yet my grave will wed me,If she refuse me, yet my grave will wed me, TNK III.vi.284
And Souldiers sing my Epitaph.And soldiers sing my epitaph. TNK III.vi.285.1
Thes.THESEUS 
Make choice then.Make choice then. TNK III.vi.285.2
Emil.EMILIA 
I cannot Sir, they are both too excellentI cannot, sir, they are both too excellent; TNK III.vi.286
For me, a hayre shall never fall of these men.For me, a hair shall never fall of these men. TNK III.vi.287
Hip.HIPPOLYTA 
What will become of 'em?What will become of 'em? TNK III.vi.288.1
Thes.THESEUS 
Thus I ordaine it,Thus I ordain it, TNK III.vi.288.2
And by mine honor, once againe it stands,And by mine honour once again, it stands,stand (v.)continue, remain, wait, stay putTNK III.vi.289
Or both shall dye. You shall both to your Countrey,Or both shall die: you shall both to your country, TNK III.vi.290
And each within this moneth accompaniedAnd each within this month, accompanied TNK III.vi.291
With three faire Knights, appeare againe in this place,With three fair knights, appear again in this place, TNK III.vi.292
In which Ile plant a Pyramid; and whetherIn which I'll plant a pyramid; and whether,plant (v.)fix in the ground, set up, placeTNK III.vi.293
pyramid (n.)obelisk, pillar
Before us that are here, can force his CosenBefore us that are here, can force his cousin TNK III.vi.294
By fayre and knightly strength to touch the Pillar,By fair and knightly strength to touch the pillar, TNK III.vi.295
He shall enjoy her: the other loose his head,He shall enjoy her; the other lose his head, TNK III.vi.296
And all his friends; Nor shall he grudge to fall,And all his friends; nor shall he grudge to fall,grudge (v.)grumble, complain, be discontentedTNK III.vi.297
Nor thinke he dies with interest in this Lady:Nor think he dies with interest in this lady.interest (n.)valid claim [on], rights of possession [to]TNK III.vi.298
Will this content yee?Will this content ye? TNK III.vi.299.1
Pal.PALAMON 
Yes: here Cosen ArciteYes! – Here, cousin Arcite, TNK III.vi.299.2
I am friends againe, till that howre.I am friends again, till that hour. TNK III.vi.300.1
Arc.ARCITE 
I embrace ye.I embrace ye. TNK III.vi.300.2
Thes.THESEUS 
Are you content Sister?Are you content, sister? TNK III.vi.301.1
Emil,EMILIA 
Yes, I must Sir,Yes, I must, sir, TNK III.vi.301.2
Els both miscarry.Else both miscarry.miscarry (v.)come to harm, perish, meet deathTNK III.vi.302.1
Thes.THESEUS 
Come shake hands againe then,Come, shake hands again then, TNK III.vi.302.2
And take heede, as you are Gentlemen, this QuarrellAnd take heed, as you are gentlemen, this quarrel TNK III.vi.303
Sleepe till the howre prefixt, and hold your course.Sleep till the hour prefixed, and hold your course.course (n.)course of action, way of proceedingTNK III.vi.304
prefixed (adj.)
old form: prefixt
fixed, settled, prearranged, decided in advance
hold (v.)keep, maintain, observe
Pal.PALAMON 
We dare not faile thee Theseus.We dare not fail thee, Theseus. TNK III.vi.305.1
Thes.THESEUS 
Come, Ile give yeCome, I'll give ye TNK III.vi.305.2
Now usage like to Princes, and to Friends:Now usage like to princes and to friends. TNK III.vi.306
When ye returne, who wins, Ile settle heere,When ye return, who wins, I'll settle here;settle (v.)establish, set up, give a home toTNK III.vi.307
Who looses, yet Ile weepe upon his Beere.Who loses, yet I'll weep upon his bier. TNK III.vi.308
Exeunt.Exeunt TNK III.vi.308
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