King John

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Enter Prince Henry, Salisburie, and Bigot.Enter Prince Henry, Salisbury, and Bigot KJ V.vii.1
It is too late, the life of all his bloodIt is too late. The life of all his blood KJ V.vii.1
Is touch'd, corruptibly: and his pure braineIs touched corruptibly, and his pure brain,pure (adj.)
clear, lucid
KJ V.vii.2
touch (v.)

old form: touch'd
threaten, endanger, imperil
corruptibly (adv.)
in a corruptible way, causing decomposition
(Which some suppose the soules fraile dwelling house)Which some suppose the soul's frail dwelling-house, KJ V.vii.3
Doth by the idle Comments that it makes,Doth by the idle comments that it makesidle (adj.)
mad, crazy, lunatic
KJ V.vii.4
Fore-tell the ending of mortality.Foretell the ending of mortality.mortality (n.)
mortal nature, human life
KJ V.vii.5
Enter Pembroke.Enter Pembroke KJ V.vii.6
His Highnesse yet doth speak, & holds beleefe,His highness yet doth speak, and holds belief KJ V.vii.6
That being brought into the open ayre,That, being brought into the open air, KJ V.vii.7
It would allay the burning qualitieIt would allay the burning quality KJ V.vii.8
Of that fell poison which assayleth him.Of that fell poison which assaileth him.fell (adj.)
cruel, fierce, savage
KJ V.vii.9
Let him be brought into the Orchard heere:Let him be brought into the orchard here.orchard (n.)
KJ V.vii.10
Exit Bigot KJ V.vii.10
Doth he still rage?Doth he still rage?rage (v.)
rave, show signs of madness
KJ V.vii.11.1
He is more patientHe is more patient KJ V.vii.11.2
Then when you left him; euen now he sung.Than when you left him. Even now he sung. KJ V.vii.12
Oh vanity of sicknesse: fierce extreamesO vanity of sickness! Fierce extremesvanity (n.)
foolishness, absurdity, inanity
KJ V.vii.13
In their continuance, will not feele themselues.In their continuance will not feel themselves. KJ V.vii.14
Death hauing praide vpon the outward partsDeath, having preyed upon the outward parts, KJ V.vii.15
Leaues them inuisible, and his seige is nowLeaves them invincible, and his siege is now KJ V.vii.16
Against the winde, the which he prickes and woundsAgainst the mind, the which he pricks and wounds KJ V.vii.17
With many legions of strange fantasies,With many legions of strange fantasies,fantasy (n.)
whim, caprice, fancy
KJ V.vii.18
Which in their throng, and presse to that last hold,Which, in their throng and press to that last hold,hold (n.)
stronghold, castle, fortress
KJ V.vii.19
Counfound themselues. 'Tis strange yt death shold sing:Confound themselves. 'Tis strange that death should sing.confound (v.)

old form: Counfound
destroy, overthrow, ruin
KJ V.vii.20
I am the Symet to this pale faint Swan,I am the cygnet to this pale faint swan KJ V.vii.21
Who chaunts a dolefull hymne to his owne death,Who chants a doleful hymn to his own death, KJ V.vii.22
And from the organ-pipe of frailety singsAnd from the organ-pipe of frailty sings KJ V.vii.23
His soule and body to their lasting rest.His soul and body to their lasting rest. KJ V.vii.24
Be of good comfort (Prince) for you are borneBe of good comfort, prince; for you are born KJ V.vii.25
To set a forme vpon that indigestTo set a form upon that indigestindigest (n.)
shapeless mass, confused situation
KJ V.vii.26
form (n.)

old form: forme
pattern, shaping, outcome, order
Which he hath left so shapelesse, and so rude.Which he hath left so shapeless and so rude.rude (adj.)
rough, wild, harsh-looking
KJ V.vii.27
Iohn brought in.King John is brought in by Bigot and other attendants KJ V.vii.28.1
I marrie, now my soule hath elbow roome,Ay, marry, now my soul hath elbow-room;marry (int.)
[exclamation] by Mary
KJ V.vii.28
It would not out at windowes, nor at doores,It would not out at windows nor at doors. KJ V.vii.29
There is so hot a summer in my bosome,There is so hot a summer in my bosom, KJ V.vii.30
That all my bowels crumble vp to dust:That all my bowels crumble up to dust. KJ V.vii.31
I am a scribled forme drawne with a penI am a scribbled form, drawn with a pen KJ V.vii.32
Vpon a Parchment, and against this fireUpon a parchment, and against this fire KJ V.vii.33
Do I shrinke vp.Do I shrink up. KJ V.vii.34.1
How fares your Maiesty?How fares your majesty? KJ V.vii.34.2
Poyson'd, ill fare: dead, forsooke, cast off,Poisoned – ill fare! Dead, forsook, cast off;ill (adj.)
bad, adverse, unfavourable
KJ V.vii.35
fare (n.)
food, provision
And none of you will bid the winter comeAnd none of you will bid the winter come KJ V.vii.36
To thrust his ycie fingers in my maw;To thrust his icy fingers in my maw,maw (n.)
belly, stomach; throat, gullet
KJ V.vii.37
Nor let my kingdomes Riuers take their courseNor let my kingdom's rivers take their course KJ V.vii.38
Through my burn'd bosome: nor intreat the NorthThrough my burned bosom, nor entreat the northnorth (n.)
north wind
KJ V.vii.39
To make his bleake windes kisse my parched lips,To make his bleak winds kiss my parched lipsbleak (adj.)

old form: bleake
cold, chill, icy
KJ V.vii.40
And comfort me with cold. I do not aske you much,And comfort me with cold. I do not ask you much –  KJ V.vii.41
I begge cold comfort: and you are so straightI beg cold comfort; and you are so straitstrait (adj.)

old form: straight
mean, niggardly, stingy
KJ V.vii.42
And so ingratefull, you deny me that.And so ingrateful you deny me that.ingrateful (adj.)

old form: ingratefull
ungrateful, unappreciative
KJ V.vii.43
Oh that there were some vertue in my teares,O that there were some virtue in my tearsvirtue (n.)

old form: vertue
power, capability, efficacy, property
KJ V.vii.44
That might releeue you.That might relieve you! KJ V.vii.45.1
The salt in them is hot.The salt in them is hot. KJ V.vii.45.2
Within me is a hell, and there the poysonWithin me is a hell, and there the poison KJ V.vii.46
Is, as a fiend, confin'd to tyrannize,Is as a fiend confined to tyrannize KJ V.vii.47
On vnrepreeuable condemned blood.On unreprievable, condemned blood. KJ V.vii.48
Enter Bastard.Enter the Bastard KJ V.vii.49
Oh, I am scalded with my violent motionO, I am scalded with my violent motion KJ V.vii.49
And spleene of speede, to see your Maiesty.And spleen of speed to see your majesty!spleen (n.)

old form: spleene
eagerness, spirits, impetuosity
KJ V.vii.50
Oh Cozen, thou art come to set mine eye:O cousin, thou art come to set mine eye!set (v.)
close, shut
KJ V.vii.51
The tackle of my heart, is crack'd and burnt,The tackle of my heart is cracked and burnt,tackle (n.)
[of a ship] rigging and sails
KJ V.vii.52
And all the shrowds wherewith my life should saile,And all the shrouds wherewith my life should sailshroud (n.)

old form: shrowds
KJ V.vii.53
Are turned to one thred, one little haire:Are turned to one thread, one little hair; KJ V.vii.54
My heart hath one poore string to stay it by,My heart hath one poor string to stay it by,stay (v.)
hold, support, prop [up]
KJ V.vii.55
Which holds but till thy newes be vttered,Which holds but till thy news be uttered; KJ V.vii.56
And then all this thou seest, is but a clod,And then all this thou seest is but a clod KJ V.vii.57
And module of confounded royalty.And module of confounded royalty.module (n.)
image, pattern, model, empty pretence
KJ V.vii.58
confounded (adj.)
destroyed, ruined, wrecked
The Dolphin is preparing hither-ward,The Dauphin is preparing hitherward, KJ V.vii.59
Where heauen he knowes how we shall answer him.Where God He knows how we shall answer him!answer (v.)
engage with, encounter, meet [in fight]
KJ V.vii.60
For in a night the best part of my powre,For in a night the best part of my power,power (n.)

old form: powre
armed force, troops, host, army
KJ V.vii.61
As I vpon aduantage did remoue,As I upon advantage did remove,advantage (n.)

old form: aduantage
advantageous position, place of vantage, superiority
KJ V.vii.62
Were in the Washes all vnwarily,Were in the Washes all unwarily KJ V.vii.63
Deuoured by the vnexpected flood.Devoured by the unexpected flood.flood (n.)
sea, deep, waves, rushing water
KJ V.vii.64
King John dies KJ V.vii.64
You breath these dead newes in as dead an eareYou breathe these dead news in as dead an ear.dead (adj.)
deadly, dire, grave
KJ V.vii.65
My Liege, my Lord: but now a King, now thus.My liege! My lord! But now a king, now thus! KJ V.vii.66
Euen so must I run on, and euen so stop.Even so must I run on, and even so stop. KJ V.vii.67
What surety of the world, what hope, what stay,What surety of the world, what hope, what stay,stay (n.)
support, prop
KJ V.vii.68
surety (n.)
security, confidence, stability
When this was now a King, and now is clay?When this was now a king, and now is clay? KJ V.vii.69
Art thou gone so? I do but stay behinde,Art thou gone so? I do but stay behind KJ V.vii.70
To do the office for thee, of reuenge,To do the office for thee of revenge,office (n.)
task, service, duty, responsibility
KJ V.vii.71
And then my soule shall waite on thee to heauen,And then my soul shall wait on thee to heaven, KJ V.vii.72
As it on earth hath bene thy seruant still.As it on earth hath been thy servant still.still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
KJ V.vii.73
Now, now you Starres, that moue in your right spheres,Now, now, you stars that move in your right spheres,sphere (n.)
celestial globe in which a heavenly body was thought to move, orbit
KJ V.vii.74
Where be your powres? Shew now your mended faiths,Where be your powers? Show now your mended faiths,power (n.)

old form: powres
armed force, troops, host, army
KJ V.vii.75
faith (n.)
constancy, fidelity, loyalty
And instantly returne with me againe.And instantly return with me again KJ V.vii.76
To push destruction,and perpetuall shameTo push destruction and perpetual shame KJ V.vii.77
Out of the weake doore of our fainting Land:Out of the weak door of our fainting land. KJ V.vii.78
Straight let vs seeke, or straight we shall be sought,Straight let us seek, or straight we shall be sought;straight (adv.)
straightaway, immediately, at once
KJ V.vii.79
The Dolphine rages at our verie heeles.The Dauphin rages at our very heels. KJ V.vii.80
It seemes you know not then so much as we,It seems you know not, then, so much as we. KJ V.vii.81
The Cardinall Pandulph is within at rest,The Cardinal Pandulph is within at rest, KJ V.vii.82
Who halfe an houre since came from the Dolphin,Who half an hour since came from the Dauphin, KJ V.vii.83
And brings from him such offers of our peace,And brings from him such offers of our peaceoffer (n.)
offering, proposal, invitation, inducement
KJ V.vii.84
As we with honor and respect may take,As we with honour and respect may take,respect (n.)
esteem, status, honour
KJ V.vii.85
With purpose presently to leaue this warre.With purpose presently to leave this war.presently (adv.)
immediately, instantly, at once
KJ V.vii.86
purpose (n.)
intention, aim, plan
Hc will the rather do it, when he seesHe will the rather do it when he sees KJ V.vii.87
Our selues well sinew'd to our defence.Ourselves well sinewed to our defence.well-sinewed (adj.)

old form: well sinew'd
well-strengthened, strongly prepared
KJ V.vii.88
Nay, 'tis in a manner done already,Nay, 'tis in a manner done already; KJ V.vii.89
For many carriages hee hath dispatch'dFor many carriages he hath dispatchedcarriage (n.)
wagon, gun-carriage
KJ V.vii.90
To the sea side, and put his cause and quarrellTo the seaside, and put his cause and quarrel KJ V.vii.91
To the disposing of the Cardinall,To the disposing of the Cardinal;disposing (n.)
disposal, management, control
KJ V.vii.92
With whom your selfe, my selfe, and other Lords,With whom yourself, myself, and other lords, KJ V.vii.93
If you thinke meete, this afternoone will poastIf you think meet, this afternoon will postpost (v.)

old form: poast
hasten, speed, ride fast
KJ V.vii.94
meet (adj.)

old form: meete
fit, suitable, right, proper
To consummate this businesse happily.To consummate this business happily.consummate (v.)
accomplish, complete, bring to a conclusion
KJ V.vii.95
Let it be so, and you my noble Prince,Let it be so. And you, my noble prince, KJ V.vii.96
With other Princes that may best be spar'd,With other princes that may best be spared,prince (n.)
person of royal blood [of either sex], noble
KJ V.vii.97
Shall waite vpon your Fathers Funerall.Shall wait upon your father's funeral.wait on / upon (v.)

old form: waite vpon
follow in escort, attend
KJ V.vii.98
At Worster must his bodie be interr'd,At Worcester must his body be interred, KJ V.vii.99
For so he will'd it.For so he willed it. KJ V.vii.100.1
Thither shall it then,Thither shall it then. KJ V.vii.100.2
And happily may your sweet selfe put onAnd happily may your sweet self put onhappily (adv.)
opportunely, propitiously, with good fortune
KJ V.vii.101
The lineall state, and glorie of the Land,The lineal state and glory of the land!state (n.)
kingship, majesty, sovereignty
KJ V.vii.102
lineal (adj.)

old form: lineall
lineally descended, in the direct line, hereditary
To whom with all submission on my knee,To whom, with all submission, on my knee, KJ V.vii.103
I do bequeath my faithfull seruicesI do bequeath my faithful services KJ V.vii.104
And true subiection euerlastingly.And true subjection everlastingly.subjection (n.)

old form: subiection
duty as a subject, obedience
KJ V.vii.105
And the like tender of our loue wee makeAnd the like tender of our love we make,tender (n.)
offer, offering
KJ V.vii.106
like (adj.)
same, similar, alike, equal
To rest without a spot for euermore.To rest without a spot for (n.)
stain, blemish, blot
KJ V.vii.107
I haue a kinde soule,that would giue thankes,I have a kind soul that would give thanks,kind (adj.)

old form: kinde
loving, affectionate, fond
KJ V.vii.108
And knowes not how to do it, but with teares.And knows not how to do it but with tears. KJ V.vii.109
Oh let vs pay the time: but needfull woe,O, let us pay the time but needful woe, KJ V.vii.110
Since it hath beene before hand with our greefes.Since it hath been beforehand with our griefs.beforehand (adv.)

old form: before hand
in advance, at an earlier point
KJ V.vii.111
This England neuer did, nor neuer shallThis England never did, nor never shall, KJ V.vii.112
Lye at the proud foote of a Conqueror,Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror KJ V.vii.113
But when it first did helpe to wound it selfe.But when it first did help to wound itself. KJ V.vii.114
Now, these her Princes are come home againe,Now these her princes are come home again, KJ V.vii.115
Come the three corners of the world in Armes,Come the three corners of the world in arms KJ V.vii.116
And we shall shocke them: Naught shall make vs rue,And we shall shock them! Naught shall make us rueshock (v.)

old form: shocke
repel with force, throw into confusion
KJ V.vii.117
If England to it selfe, do rest but true. If England to itself do rest but true! KJ V.vii.118
Exeunt.Exeunt KJ V.vii.118
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