Henry V


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V

Flourish. Enter Chorus
imagined (adj.) 1 of imagination, conceived in the mind


CHORUS

Thus with imagined wing our swift scene flies

In motion of no less celerity
celerity (n.) alacrity, rapidity, swiftness

Than that of thought. Suppose that you have seen

The well-appointed King at Hampton pier
well-appointed (adj.) well-equipped, properly fitted out

Embark his royalty, and his brave fleet
royalty (n.) 1 majesty, royal highness

With silken streamers the young Phoebus fanning.
brave (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, splendid, impressive See Topics: Frequency count

Play with your fancies, and in them behold
fancy (n.) 3 imagination, creativity, inventiveness

Upon the hempen tackle ship-boys climbing;

Hear the shrill whistle which doth order give

To sounds confused; behold the threaden sails,
threaden (adj.) made of linen thread

Borne with th' invisible and creeping wind,

Draw the huge bottoms through the furrowed sea,
bottom (n.) 6 [nautical: keel, hull] ship, vessel

Breasting the lofty surge. O, do but think

You stand upon the rivage and behold
rivage (n.) coast, shore, bank

A city on th' inconstant billows dancing;

For so appears this fleet majestical,

Holding due course to Harfleur. Follow, follow!

Grapple your minds to sternage of this navy,
sternage (n.) sterns [of a fleet of ships]

And leave your England, as dead midnight still,

Guarded with grandsires, babies, and old women,

Either past or not arrived to pith and puissance.
pith (n.) 1 strength, toughness, mettle
puissance (n.) power, might, force

For who is he whose chin is but enriched

With one appearing hair that will not follow

These culled and choice-drawn cavaliers to France?
choice-drawn (adj.) specially selected, chosen with great care
culled (adj.) chosen, picked, selected

Work, work your thoughts, and therein see a siege:

Behold the ordnance on their carriages,
ordnance, ordinance (n.) cannon, artillery

With fatal mouths gaping on girded Harfleur.
girded (adj.) besieged, blockaded, encircled

Suppose th' ambassador from the French comes back;

Tells Harry that the King doth offer him

Katherine his daughter, and with her, to dowry,

Some petty and unprofitable dukedoms.

The offer likes not; and the nimble gunner
like (v.) 1 please, suit See Topics: Politeness

With linstock now the devilish cannon touches,
linstock (n.) stick holding a lit match for firing a cannon
touch (v.) 11 touch off, fire off

Alarum, and chambers go off
chamber (n.) 3 piece of ordnance, cannon, gun
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]

And down goes all before them. Still be kind,

And eke out our performance with your mind.
eke, eke out (v.) add to, increase, supplement

Exit

 
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