Henry V

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V

Flourish. Enter Chorus


Now all the youth of England are on fire,

And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies.
dalliance (n.) 1 frivolity, idleness, wasteful activity

Now thrive the armourers, and honour's thought

Reigns solely in the breast of every man.
solely (adv.) 2 alone, by oneself

They sell the pasture now to buy the horse,

Following the mirror of all Christian kings
mirror (n.) supreme example, paragon, model of excellence

With winged heels, as English Mercuries.

For now sits expectation in the air,

And hides a sword from hilts unto the point

With crowns imperial, crowns and coronets,

Promised to Harry and his followers.

The French, advised by good intelligence
advise, avise (v.) 3 inform, be aware, apprise
intelligence (n.) 2 spying, espionage, secretly obtained information

Of this most dreadful preparation,

Shake in their fear, and with pale policy
pale (adj.) wan, fearful, pale-hearted
policy (n.) 2 stratagem, cunning, intrigue, craft

Seek to divert the English purposes.
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

O England! model to thy inward greatness,
model (n.) 2 microcosm, miniature, tiny replica

Like little body with a mighty heart,

What mightst thou do, that honour would thee do,

Were all thy children kind and natural!
kind (adj.) 1 showing natural feeling, acting by nature
natural (adj.) 1 feeling proper affection, having normal feelings

But see, thy fault France hath in thee found out,
fault (n.) 3 failing, weakness

A nest of hollow bosoms, which he fills
bosom (n.) 1 heart, inner person

With treacherous crowns; and three corrupted men –

One, Richard Earl of Cambridge, and the second,

Henry Lord Scroop of Masham, and the third,

Sir Thomas Grey, knight, of Northumberland –

Have, for the gilt of France – O guilt indeed! –
gilt (n.) 1 gold, money

Confirmed conspiracy with fearful France;

And by their hands this grace of kings must die,
grace (n.) 1 honour, favour, recognition, respect

If hell and treason hold their promises,

Ere he take ship for France, and in Southampton.

Linger your patience on, and we'll digest
digest, disgest (v.) 5 endure, brook, put up with

Th' abuse of distance, force a play.
abuse (n.) 3 flouting, violation, improper use
force (v.) 3 make happen, compel, bring about

The sum is paid; the traitors are agreed;

The King is set from London; and the scene

Is now transported, gentles, to Southampton.
gentle (n.) 2 (plural) ladies and gentlemen, gentlefolk

There is the playhouse now, there must you sit,

And thence to France shall we convey you safe

And bring you back, charming the narrow seas

To give you gentle pass; for, if we may,
gentle (adj.) 4 peaceful, calm, free from violence
pass (n.) 3 passage, crossing, thoroughfare

We'll not offend one stomach with our play.

But till the King come forth, and not till then,

Unto Southampton do we shift our scene.


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