Henry V

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V

Enter Nym, Bardolph, Pistol, and Boy


On, on, on, on, on! To the breach, to the



Pray thee, corporal, stay – the knocks are too hot,
hot (adj.) 4 active, vigorous
knock (n.) hard blow, harsh stroke, buffet

and, for mine own part, I have not a case of lives. The
case (n.) 10 set, chest, box

humour of it is too hot, that is the very plainsong of it.
humour (n.) 3 style, method, way, fashion
plainsong (n.) 2 plain truth, bottom line


The plainsong is most just; for humours do abound.
plainsong (n.) 2 plain truth, bottom line

Knocks go and come; God's vassals drop and die;
vassal (n.) 1 servant, slave, subject

And sword and shield,

In bloody field,
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Doth win immortal fame.


Would I were in an alehouse in London! I would

give all my fame for a pot of ale, and safety.


And I:

If wishes would prevail with me,

My purpose should not fail with me,
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

But thither would I hie.
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count


As duly,

But not as truly,

As bird doth sing on bough.

Enter Fluellen
avaunt (int.) begone, go away, be off See Topics: Frequency count


Up to the breach, you dogs! Avaunt, you

cullion (n.) wretch, rascal, rogue

He drives them forward
mould (n.) 1 soil, earth, clay


Be merciful, great Duke, to men of mould!

Abate thy rage, abate thy manly rage,
abate (v.) 1 lessen, lower, diminish

Abate thy rage, great Duke!

Good bawcock, bate thy rage! Use lenity, sweet chuck!
bate (v.) 1 abate, modify, lessen
bawcock (n.) [fine bird] fine fellow, good chap See Topics: Address forms
chuck (n.) chicken, chick [usually as a term of endearment] See Topics: Address forms
lenity (n.) mildness, gentleness, mercifulness


These be good humours! Your honour wins bad


Exeunt all but the Boy


As young as I am, I have observed these three

swashers. I am boy to them all three, but all they three,
swasher (n.) swashbuckler, braggart, boaster

though they would serve me, could not be man to me;

for indeed three such antics do not amount to a man.
antic, antick(e), antique (n.) 1 grotesque figure, grinning jester, buffoon

For Bardolph, he is white-livered and red-faced; by
white-livered (adj.) lily-livered, cowardly, feeble-spirited

the means whereof 'a faces it out, but fights not. For
face out (v.) brazen out, carry through shamelessly

Pistol, he hath a killing tongue, and a quiet sword; by

the means whereof 'a breaks words, and keeps whole

weapons. For Nym, he hath heard that men of few

words are the best men; and therefore he scorns to say

his prayers, lest 'a should be thought a coward; but his

few bad words are matched with as few good deeds, for

'a never broke any man's head but his own, and that

was against a post, when he was drunk. They will steal

anything, and call it purchase. Bardolph stole a lute-case,
purchase (n.) 1 proceeds, plunder, booty

bore it twelve leagues, and sold it for three halfpence.

Nym and Bardolph are sworn brothers in filching,
brother, sworn companion-in-arms, devoted friend

and in Calais they stole a fire-shovel – I knew by that

piece of service the men would carry coals. They would
coals, carry submit to insult, show cowardice; also: do degrading work

have me as familiar with men's pockets as their gloves

or their handkerchers: which makes much against my
handkercher (n.) handkerchief

manhood, if I should take from another's pocket to

put into mine; for it is plain pocketing up of wrongs. I

must leave them, and seek some better service. Their

villainy goes against my weak stomach, and therefore

I must cast it up.
cast up (v.) vomit, throw up, regurgitate


Enter Fluellen, Gower following
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count


Captain Fluellen, you must come presently to

the mines. The Duke of Gloucester would speak with you.
mine (n.) 2 excavated passage under a fortress wall


To the mines? Tell you the Duke, it is not so

good to come to the mines, for, look you, the mines is

not according to the disciplines of the war. The
concavity (n.) concave quality, curvature, hollowness
discipline (n.) 1 military strategy, tactics, training in the art of war

concavities of it is not sufficient; for, look you, th' athversary,

you may discuss unto the Duke, look you, is digt himself
discuss (v.) disclose, make known, declare

four yard under the countermines. By Cheshu, I
countermine (n.) excavated passage made by fortress defenders to intercept an enemy mine

think 'a will plow up all, if there is not better directions.


The Duke of Gloucester, to whom the order of the
order (n.) 1 arrangement, disposition, direction

siege is given, is altogether directed by an Irishman, a

very valiant gentleman, i'faith.


It is Captain Macmorris, is it not?


I think it be.


By Cheshu, he is an ass, as in the world; I

will verify as much in his beard. He has no more
beard, in one's to one's face, openly
verify (v.) 1 confirm, substantiate, prove correct

directions in the true disciplines of the wars, look you,
discipline (n.) 1 military strategy, tactics, training in the art of war

of the Roman disciplines, than is a puppy-dog.

Enter Captain Macmorris and Captain Jamy


Here 'a comes, and the Scots captain, Captain

Jamy, with him.


Captain Jamy is a marvellous falorous gentleman,
marvellous (adv.) very, extremely, exceedingly See Topics: Frequency count

that is certain, and of great expedition and
expedition (n.) 4 ready learning, awareness, insight

knowledge in th' aunchient wars, upon my particular
ancient, aunchient (adj.) 2 former, earlier, past
particular (adj.) 1 personal, special, private

knowledge of his directions. By Cheshu, he will maintain

his argument as well as any military man in the world, in

the disciplines of the pristine wars of the Romans.


I say gud-day, Captain Fluellen.


Good-e'en to your worship, good Captain



How now, Captain Macmorris, have you quit the

mines? Have the pioneers given o'er?
pioneer, pioner (n.) 2 miner, digger, excavator


By Chrish, la, 'tish ill done! The work ish
ill (adv.) 1 badly, adversely, unfavourably See Topics: Frequency count

give over, the trompet sound the retreat. By my hand

I swear, and my father's soul, the work ish ill done: it

ish give over. I would have blowed up the town, so

Chrish save me, la, in an hour. O, tish ill done, 'tish ill

done – by my hand, 'tish ill done!


Captain Macmorris, I beseech you now, will

you voutsafe me, look you, a few disputations with you,
disputation (n.) dialogue, discourse, conversation

as partly touching or concerning the disciplines of the

war, the Roman wars, in the way of argument, look you,

and friendly communication? – partly to satisfy my

opinion, and partly for the satisfaction, look you, of my

mind – as touching the direction of the military discipline,
discipline (n.) 1 military strategy, tactics, training in the art of war

that is the point.


It sall be vary gud, gud feith, gud captens bath, and

I sall quit you with gud leve, as I may pick occasion: that
occasion (n.) 1 circumstance, opportunity
quit (v.) 9 answer, respond to, requite

sall I, marry.


It is no time to discourse, so Chrish save me!
discourse (v.) 1 talk, chat, converse

The day is hot, and the weather, and the wars, and the

King, and the Dukes – it is no time to discourse, the

town is beseeched, and the trumpet call us to the breach,

and we talk, and, be Chrish, do nothing; 'tis shame for us

all: so God sa' me, 'tis shame to stand still; it is shame, by

my hand – and there is throats to be cut, and works to be

done, and there ish nothing done, so Chrish sa' me, la!


By the mess, ere theise eyes of mine take themselves
take to (v.) 1 have recourse to, take oneself off to

to slomber, ay'll de gud service, or ay'll lig

i'th' grund for it, ay, or go to death! And ay'll pay't as

valorously as I may, that sall I suerly do, that is the

breff and the long. Marry, I wad full fain hear some
brief and the long / tedious, the the long and the short
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly See Topics: Frequency count

question 'tween you tway.
question (n.) 4 debating, discussion, investigation


Captain Macmorris, I think, look you, under

your correction, there is not many of your nation –


Of my nation? What ish my nation? Ish a

villain, and a bastard, and a knave, and a rascal. What
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

ish my nation? Who talks of my nation?


Look you, if you take the matter otherwise

than is meant, Captain Macmorris, peradventure I shall
peradventure (adv.) perhaps, maybe, very likely See Topics: Frequency count

think you do not use me with that affability as in
use (v.) 2 treat, deal with, manage

discretion you ought to use me, look you, being as good a

man as yourself, both in the disciplines of war, and in
discipline (n.) 1 military strategy, tactics, training in the art of war

the derivation of my birth, and in other particularities.
particularity (n.) personal matter, individual issue


I do not know you so good a man as myself.

So Chrish save me, I will cut off your head.


Gentlemen both, you will mistake each other.
mistake (v.) 1 misunderstand, take wrongly, misconceive


Ah, that's a foul fault!

A parley is sounded
parle, parley (n.) 1 negotiation, meeting [between enemies under a truce, to discuss terms] See Topics: Frequency count


The town sounds a parley.


Captain Macmorris, when there is more

better opportunity to be required, look you, I will be
require (v.) 4 call up, make available

so bold as to tell you, I know the disciplines of war; and

there is an end.


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