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Enter Charles of Normandy and VilliersEnter Charles of Normandy and Villiers E3 IV.iii.1.1
I wounder Villiers, thou shouldest importune meI wonder, Villiers, thou shouldst importune meimportune (v.)
beg [for], ask persistently [for]
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For one that is our deadly ennemie.For one that is our deadly enemy. E3 IV.iii.2
Not for his sake my gratious Lord so much,Not for his sake, my gracious lord, so much E3 IV.iii.3
Am I become an earnest aduocate,Am I become an earnest advocate, E3 IV.iii.4
As that thereby my ransome will be quit,As that thereby my ransom will be quit.quit (v.)
remit, release from
E3 IV.iii.5
Thy ransome man: why needest thou talke of that?Thy ransom, man? Why need'st thou talk of that? E3 IV.iii.6
Art thou not free? and are not all occasions,Art thou not free? And are not all occasions E3 IV.iii.7
That happen for aduantage of our foes,That happen for advantage of our foes E3 IV.iii.8
To be accepted of, and stood vpon?To be accepted of and stood upon?stand upon (v.)

old form: vpon
make advantageous, profit from, make the most of
E3 IV.iii.9
No good my Lord except the same be iust,No, good my lord, except the same be just; E3 IV.iii.10
For profit must with honor be comixt,For profit must with honour be commixed,commix (v.)

old form: comixt
mix together, mingle, combine
E3 IV.iii.11
Or else our actions are but scandalous:Or else our actions are but scandalous. E3 IV.iii.12
But letting passe these intricate obiections,But, letting pass their intricate objections, E3 IV.iii.13
Wilt please your highnes to subscribe or no?Will't please your highness to subscribe, or no?subscribe (v.)
sign, endorse, support
E3 IV.iii.14
Villiers I will not, nor I cannot do it,Villiers, I will not nor I cannot do it; E3 IV.iii.15
Salisbury shall not haue his will so much,Salisbury shall not have his will so much E3 IV.iii.16
To clayme a pasport how it pleaseth himselfe,To claim a passport how it pleaseth himself. E3 IV.iii.17
Why then I know the extremitie my Loid,Why, then I know the extremity, my lord:extremity (n.)

old form: extremitie
conclusion, outcome, very end
E3 IV.iii.18
I must returne to prison whence I came,I must return to prison whence I came. E3 IV.iii.19
Returne, I hope thou wilt not,Return? I hope thou wilt not. E3 IV.iii.20
What bird that hath e(s)capt the fowlers gin,What bird that hath escaped the fowler's gingin (n.)
snare, trap
E3 IV.iii.21
Will not beware how shees insnard againe:Will not beware how she's ensnared again? E3 IV.iii.22
Or what is he so senceles and secure,Or what is he, so senseless and secure,senseless (adj.)

old form: senceles
lacking in sense, stupid, foolish
E3 IV.iii.23
secure (adj.)
over-confident, unsuspecting, too self-confident
That hauing hardely past a dangerous gulfe,That, having hardly passed a dangerous gulf,hardly (adv.)

old form: hardely
with great difficulty, only with difficulty
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Will put him selfe in perill there againe.Will put himself in peril there again? E3 IV.iii.25
Ah but itis mine othe my gratious Lord,Ah, but it is mine oath, my gracious lord, E3 IV.iii.26
Which I in conscience may not violate,Which I in conscience may not violate, E3 IV.iii.27
Or else a kingdome should not draw me hence.Or else a kingdom should not draw me hence. E3 IV.iii.28
Thine othe, why that doth bind thee to abide:Thine oath? Why, that doth bind thee to abide.abide (v.)
stay, remain, stop [in a position]
E3 IV.iii.29
Hast thou not sworne obedience to thy Prince?Hast thou not sworn obedience to thy prince? E3 IV.iii.30
In all things that vprightly he commands:In all things that uprightly he commands;uprightly (adv.)

old form: vprightly
in an upright way, justly, honourably
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But either to perswade or threaten me,But either to persuade or threaten me E3 IV.iii.32
Not to performe the couenant of my word,Not to perform the covenant of my word E3 IV.iii.33
Is lawlesse, and I need not to obey.Is lawless, and I need not to obey. E3 IV.iii.34
Why is it lawfull for a man to kill,Why, is it lawful for a man to kill, E3 IV.iii.35
And not to breake a promise with his foe?And not to break a promise with his foe? E3 IV.iii.36
To kill my Lord when warre is once proclaymd,To kill, my lord, when war is once proclaimed, E3 IV.iii.37
So that our quarrel be for wrongs receaude,So that our quarrel be for wrongs received, E3 IV.iii.38
No doubt is lawfully permitted vs:No doubt is lawfully permitted us; E3 IV.iii.39
But in an othe we must be well aduisd,But in an oath we must be well advised E3 IV.iii.40
How we do sweare, and when we once haue sworne,How we do swear, and, when we once have sworn, E3 IV.iii.41
Not to infringe it though we die therefore:Not to infringe it, though we die therefore. E3 IV.iii.42
Therefore my Lord, as willing I returne,Therefore, my lord, as willing I return E3 IV.iii.43
As if I were to flie to paradise.As if I were to fly to paradise. E3 IV.iii.44
Stay my Villeirs, thine honorable minde,Stay, my Villiers; thine honourable mind E3 IV.iii.45
Deserues to be eternally admirde,Deserves to be eternally admired. E3 IV.iii.46
Thy sute shalbe no longer thus deferd:Thy suit shall be no longer thus deferred:suit (n.)

old form: sute
formal request, entreaty, petition
E3 IV.iii.47
Giue me the paper, Ile subscribe to it,Give me the paper; I'll subscribe to it;subscribe to (v.)
sign, endorse, put one's name to
E3 IV.iii.48
And wheretofore I loued thee as Villeirs,And wheretofore I loved thee as Villiers, E3 IV.iii.49
Heereafter Ile embrace thee as my selfe,Hereafter I'll embrace thee as myself. E3 IV.iii.50
Stay and be still in fauour with thy Lord.Stay, and be still in favour with thy lord.still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
E3 IV.iii.51
I humbly thanke your grace, I must dispatch,I humbly thank your grace. I must dispatchdispatch, despatch (v.)
deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly
E3 IV.iii.52
And send this pasport first vnto the Earle,And send this passport first unto the earl, E3 IV.iii.53
And then I will attend your highnes pleasure.And then I will attend your highness' pleasure.attend (v.)
serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
E3 IV.iii.54
Do so Villeirs, and Charles when he hath neede,Do so, Villiers – and Charles, when he hath need, E3 IV.iii.55
Be such his souldiers, howsoeuer he speede.Be such his soldiers, howsoever he speed!speed (v.)

old form: speede
survive, succeed, prosper
E3 IV.iii.56
Exit Villeirs.Exit Villiers E3 IV.iii.56
Enter King Iohn.Enter King John E3 IV.iii.57
Come Charles and arme thee, Edward is intrapt,Come, Charles, and arm thee. Edward is entrapped, E3 IV.iii.57
The Prince of Wales is falne into our hands,The Prince of Wales is fall'n into our hands, E3 IV.iii.58
And we haue compast him he cannot scape.And we have compassed him; he cannot scape.scape, 'scape (v.)
escape, avoid
E3 IV.iii.59
compass (v.)

old form: compast
surround, trap, ring in
But will your highnes fight to day.But will your highness fight today? E3 IV.iii.60
What else my son, hees scarse eight thousand strongWhat else, my son? He's scarce eight thousand strong, E3 IV.iii.61
and we are threescore thousand at the least,And we are threescore thousand at the least. E3 IV.iii.62
I haue a prophecy my gratious Lord,I have a prophecy, my gracious lord, E3 IV.iii.63
Wherein is written what successe is likeWherein is written what success is likesuccess (n.)

old form: successe
result, outcome, issue
E3 IV.iii.64
like (adv.)
likely, probable / probably
To happen vs in this outragious warre,To happen us in this outrageous war.outrageous (adj.)

old form: outragious
excessively fierce, extremely violent
E3 IV.iii.65
happen (v.)
happen to, befall
It was deliuered me at Cresses field,It was delivered me at Crécy's fieldfield (n.)
field of battle, battleground, field of combat
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By one that is an aged Hermyt there,By one that is an aged hermit there. E3 IV.iii.67
(reads) E3 IV.iii.68
when fethered foul shal make thine army tremble,‘ When feathered fowl shall make thine army tremble, E3 IV.iii.68
and flint stones rise and breake the battell ray:And flintstones rise and break the battle 'ray, E3 IV.iii.69
Then thinke on him that doth not now dissembleThen think on him that doth not now dissemble,dissemble (v.)
deceive, disguise the truth, pretend
E3 IV.iii.70
For that shalbe the haples dreadfull day,For that shall be the hapless dreadful day.hapless (adj.)

old form: haples
luckless, unfortunate, unlucky
E3 IV.iii.71
Yet in the end thy foot thou shalt aduance,Yet in the end thy foot thou shalt advance E3 IV.iii.72
as farre in England, as thy foe in Fraunce,As far in England as thy foe in France.’ E3 IV.iii.73
By this it seemes we shalbe fortunate:By this it seems we shall be fortunate: E3 IV.iii.74
For as it is impossible that stonesFor, as it is impossible that stones E3 IV.iii.75
Should euer rise and breake the battaile ray,Should ever rise and break the battle 'ray, E3 IV.iii.76
Or airie foule make men in armes to quake,Or airy fowl make men in arms to quake, E3 IV.iii.77
So is it like we shall not be subdude:So is it like we shall not be (adv.)
likely, probable / probably
E3 IV.iii.78
Or say this might be true, yet in the end,Or say this might be true; yet, in the end, E3 IV.iii.79
Since he doth promise we shall driue him hence,Since he doth promise we shall drive him hence E3 IV.iii.80
And forrage their Countrie as they haue don oursAnd forage their country as they have done ours,forage (v.)

old form: forrage
plunder, pillage, ravage
E3 IV.iii.81
By this reuenge, that losse will seeme the lesse,By this revenge that loss will seem the less. E3 IV.iii.82
But all are fryuolous, fancies, toyes and dreames,But all are frivolous fancies, toys, and dreams:toy (n.)

old form: toyes
fancy, fantastic thought
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fancy (n.)
imagining, flight of fancy, fanciful thought
Once we are sure we haue insnard the sonne,Once we are sure we have ensnared the son, E3 IV.iii.84
Catch we the father after how we can. Catch we the father after as we can. E3 IV.iii.85
Exeunt.Exeunt E3 IV.iii.85
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