Henry IV Part 2


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter the Archbishop of York, Thomas Mowbray the

Earl Marshal, Lord Hastings, and Lord Bardolph


Thus have you heard our cause and known our means,
cause (n.) 1 reason, motive, ground

And, my most noble friends, I pray you all

Speak plainly your opinions of our hopes.

And first, Lord Marshal, what say you to it?


I well allow the occasion of our arms,
allow (v.) 3 acknowledge, grant, admit
occasion (n.) 2 ground, reason, cause, matter

But gladly would be better satisfied

How in our means we should advance ourselves
in (prep.) 6 within

To look with forehead bold and big enough
forehead (n.) 1 commanding countenance, assurance, audacity

Upon the power and puissance of the King.
puissance (n.) power, might, force


Our present musters grow upon the file
file (n.) 2 register, list, roll

To five-and-twenty thousand men of choice;
choice, of picked, specially selected

And our supplies live largely in the hope
largely (adv.) 2 abundantly, amply, greatly
supply (n.) reinforcement(s), support, relief

Of great Northumberland, whose bosom burns
bosom (n.) 1 heart, inner person

With an incensed fire of injuries.
incensed (adj.) inflamed, angered, enraged
injury (n.) 1 grievance, wrong, complaint


The question then, Lord Hastings, standeth thus –
stand (v.) 1 be, appear

Whether our present five-and-twenty thousand

May hold up head without Northumberland.
head (n.) 2 power, strength, scope
hold up (v.) 2 support, uphold, sustain


With him we may.


                         Yea, marry, there's the point;

But if without him we be thought too feeble,

My judgement is, we should not step too far

Till we had his assistance by the hand;

For in a theme so bloody-faced as this,

Conjecture, expectation, and surmise
conjecture (n.) 2 supposition, imaginary case
surmise (n.) 1 idea, imagining, conjecture

Of aids incertain should not be admitted.
incertain (adj.) 1 uncertain, doubtful, dubious


'Tis very true, Lord Bardolph, for indeed

It was young Hotspur's cause at Shrewsbury.
cause (n.) 7 matter of concern, apprehension


It was, my lord; who lined himself with hope,
line (v.) 1 strengthen, support, fortify

Eating the air and promise of supply,
supply (n.) reinforcement(s), support, relief

Flattering himself in project of a power
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count
project (n.) 2 anticipation, speculation, prospect

Much smaller than the smallest of his thoughts,

And so, with great imagination

Proper to madmen, led his powers to death,
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

And winking leaped into destruction.
wink (v.) 1 shut one's eyes


But, by your leave, it never yet did hurt

To lay down likelihoods and forms of hope.
lay down (v.) 2 formulate, work out, estimate


Yes, if this present quality of war,
quality (n.) 7 occasion, cause

Indeed, the instant action, a cause on foot,
action (n.) 1 campaign, military action, strategy
foot, on 1 in employment, taking place, under way
instant (adj.) 2 imminent, impending, close at hand

Lives so in hope – as in an early spring

We see th' appearing buds; which to prove fruit

Hope gives not so much warrant, as despair
warrant (n.) 1 assurance, pledge, guarantee

That frosts will bite them. When we mean to build,

We first survey the plot, then draw the model,
model (n.) 3 ground-plan, layout, outline

And when we see the figure of the house,
figure (n.) 1 form, design, shape, conception

Then must we rate the cost of the erection,
rate (v.) 2 reckon, estimate, appraise

Which if we find outweighs ability,
ability (n.) 3 means, resources, funds

What do we then but draw anew the model

In fewer offices, or at least desist
least, at ultimately, in the final analysis
office (n.) 6 room, apartment, living area

To build at all? Much more, in this great work –

Which is almost to pluck a kingdom down

And set another up – should we survey

The plot of situation and the model,

Consent upon a sure foundation,
consent (v.) agree, concur, acquiesce

Question surveyors, know our own estate,
estate (n.) 1 state, situation, circumstances

How able such a work to undergo,

To weigh against his opposite; or else
opposite (n.) 1 opponent, adversary, anatagonist
weigh (v.) 1 balance [as in scales], poise, match

We fortify in paper and in figures,

Using the names of men instead of men,

Like one that draws the model of an house

Beyond his power to build it, who, half-through,

Gives o'er and leaves his part-created cost
cost (n.) 3 expensive item, costly development
part-created (adj.) partly built

A naked subject to the weeping clouds,
naked (adj.) 3 exposed, unprotected, laid open
subject (n.) 3 object, thing, creature

And waste for churlish winter's tyranny.
waste (n.) 2 wasteland, wild domain


Grant that our hopes, yet likely of fair birth,

Should be still-born, and that we now possessed

The utmost man of expectation,
utmost (n.) maximum, largest number

I think we are so, body strong enough,

Even as we are, to equal with the King.


What, is the King but five-and-twenty thousand?


To us no more, nay, not so much, Lord Bardolph;

For his divisions, as the times do brawl,
brawl (v.) 1 quarrel, squabble, contend

Are in three heads: one power against the French;
power (n.) 2 single force, one power

And one against Glendower; perforce a third
perforce (adv.) 2 of necessity, with no choice in the matter See Topics: Frequency count

Must take up us. So is the unfirm King
take up (v.) 2 take on, handle, cope with
unfirm (adj.) 1 weak, feeble, lacking in strength

In three divided, and his coffers sound
sound (v.) 4 resound, ring, echo

With hollow poverty and emptiness.


That he should draw his several strengths together
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count

And come against us in full puissance
puissance (n.) power, might, force

Need not be dreaded.


                         If he should do so,

He leaves his back unarmed, the French and Welsh

Baying him at the heels; never fear that.
bay (v.) 1 bring to bay, drive to a last stand


Who is it like should lead his forces hither?
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count


The Duke of Lancaster and Westmorland;

Against the Welsh, himself and Harry Monmouth:

But who is substituted 'gainst the French
substitute (v.) delegate, depute, commission

I have no certain notice.
notice (n.) 1 information, intelligence, notification


                         Let us on,

And publish the occasion of our arms.
occasion (n.) 2 ground, reason, cause, matter

The commonwealth is sick of their own choice;
commonweal, commonwealth (n.) state, nation, community, body politic

Their over-greedy love hath surfeited.
surfeit (v.) 1 feed to excess, overindulge, glut

An habitation giddy and unsure
giddy (adj.) 2 foolish, stupid, ill-considered

Hath he that buildeth on the vulgar heart.
vulgar (adj.) 1 public, general, common

O thou fond many, with what loud applause
fond (adj.) 1 foolish, stupid, mad
many (n.) multitude, throng

Didst thou beat heaven with blessing Bolingbroke,

Before he was what thou wouldst have him be!

And being now trimmed in thine own desires,
trim up, trim (v.) 1 decorate, array, deck out

Thou, beastly feeder, art so full of him

That thou provokest thyself to cast him up.

So, so, thou common dog, didst thou disgorge

Thy glutton bosom of the royal Richard –
bosom (n.) 5 stomach, gut; or: being, person
glutton (adj.) gluttonous, voracious, greedy

And now thou wouldst eat thy dead vomit up,

And howlest to find it. What trust is in these times?

They that, when Richard lived, would have him die

Are now become enamoured on his grave.

Thou that threwest dust upon his goodly head,

When through proud London he came sighing on

After th' admired heels of Bolingbroke,

Cryest now ‘ O earth, yield us that king again,

And take thou this!’ O thoughts of men accursed!

Past and to come seems best; things present, worst.


Shall we go draw our numbers and set on?
draw (v.) 2 take up, receive, collect
set on (v.) 2 go forward, advance, proceed


We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.


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