King Edward III


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Alarum. Enter Prince Edward and Artois
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count


ARTOIS

How fares your grace? Are you not shot, my lord?


PRINCE

No, dear Artois, but choked with dust and smoke,

And stepped aside for breath and fresher air.


ARTOIS

Breathe, then, and to it again. The amazed French

Are quite distract with gazing on the crows,
distract (adj.) 2 confused, perplexed

And, were our quivers full of shafts again,

Your grace should see a glorious day of this.

O, for more arrows, Lord! That's our want.
want (n.) 3 need, requirement, necessity


PRINCE

Courage, Artois! A fig for feathered shafts

When feathered fowls do bandy on our side!
bandy (v.) 2 band together, make a league, fight

What need we fight and sweat and keep a coil
coil (n.) turmoil, disturbance, fuss

When railing crows outscold our adversaries?
railing (adj.) abusive, derisive, haranguing

Up, up, Artois! The ground itself is armed

With fire-containing flint. Command our bows
bow (n.) 2 bowman, archer
flint (n.) 1 type of hard stone, flintstone

To hurl away their pretty-coloured yew,

And to it with stones! Away, Artois, away!

My soul doth prophesy we win the day.

Exeunt

Alarum. Enter King John
confound (v.) 6 amaze, dumbfound, stun


KING JOHN

Our multitudes are in themselves confounded,

Dismayed, and distraught; swift-starting fear
swift-starting (adj.) quick-spreading, rapidly moving

Hath buzzed a cold dismay through all our army,
buzz (v.) 1 spread, move about, send

And every petty disadvantage prompts

The fear-possessed abject soul to fly.

Myself, whose spirit is steel to their dull lead,

What with recalling of the prophecy,

And that our native stones from English arms

Rebel against us, find myself attainted
attaint (v.) 1 affect, touch, strike

With strong surprise of weak and yielding fear.
strong (adj.) 1 great, serious

Enter Charles


CHARLES

Fly, father, fly! The French do kill the French:

Some that would stand let drive at some that fly;
drive, let shoot, strike at, aim blows at
stand (v.) 13 make a stand [against], fight, resist

Our drums strike nothing but discouragement;

Our trumpets sound dishonour and retire;

The spirit of fear, that feareth naught but death,

Cowardly works confusion on itself.

Enter Philip


PHILIP

Pluck out your eyes and see not this day's shame!

An arm hath beat an army; one poor David

Hath with a stone foiled twenty stout Goliaths;

Some twenty naked starvelings with small flints
flint (n.) 1 type of hard stone, flintstone
starveling (n.) 1 starved individual, emaciated being

Hath driven back a puissant host of men
puissant (adj.) powerful, mighty, strong

Arrayed and fenced in all accomplements.
accomplement (n.) equipment, military trappings
fenced (adj.) fortified, furnished, equipped


KING JOHN

Mort Dieu! They quoit at us and kill us up.
quoit (v.) throw, pitch, chuck [like a quoit]

No less than forty thousand wicked elders

Have forty lean slaves this day stoned to death.


CHARLES

O that I were some other countryman!
countryman (n.) native of a country

This day hath set derision on the French,

And all the world will blurt and scorn at us.
blurt (v.) mouthe in contempt, scoff, mock


KING JOHN

What, is there no hope left?


PHILIP

No hope but death, to bury up our shame.


KING JOHN

Make up once more with me. The twentieth part
make up (v.) 1 advance to the front, move forward, press on

Of those that live are men enow to quail
enow (adv.) enough
quail (v.) 2 daunt, dishearten, intimidate

The feeble handful on the adverse part.
adverse (adj.) 2 opposing, opposite, other
part (n.) 2 side, camp, party


CHARLES

Then charge again. If heaven be not opposed,

We cannot lose the day.


KING JOHN

                         On, away!

Exeunt

Enter Audley, wounded, and rescued by two esquires
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count


FIRST ESQUIRE

How fares my lord?


AUDLEY

                         Even as a man may do

That dines at such a bloody feast as this.


SECOND ESQUIRE

I hope, my lord, that is no mortal scar.
scar (n.) wound, cut, injury


AUDLEY

No matter if it be; the count is cast,
cast (v.) 1 calculate, reckon, estimate
count (n.) 1 account, reckoning

And, in the worst, ends but a mortal man.

Good friends, convey me to the princely Edward,

That in the crimson bravery of my blood
bravery (n.) 1 finery, fine clothes, rich dress

I may become him with saluting him.
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count

I'll smile and tell him that this open scar
scar (n.) wound, cut, injury

Doth end the harvest of his Audley's war.

Exeunt

 
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