Henry VI Part 1


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter the King, Gloucester, Winchester, Richard

Duke of York, Suffolk, Somerset, Warwick, Exeter,

Vernon, Basset, and other courtiers. To them, with

his soldiers, Talbot


TALBOT

My gracious prince, and honourable peers,

Hearing of your arrival in this realm,

I have awhile given truce unto my wars

To do my duty to my sovereign;
duty (n.) 1 act of loyalty, expression of homage

In sign whereof this arm that hath reclaimed
reclaim (v.) 2 win back, bring back

To your obedience fifty fortresses,

Twelve cities, and seven walled towns of strength,

Beside five hundred prisoners of esteem,
esteem (n.) 3 high rank, nobility

Lets fall his sword before your highness' feet,

(He kneels)

And with submissive loyalty of heart

Ascribes the glory of his conquest got
ascribe (v.) dedicate, attribute, assign

First to my God and next unto your grace.


KING

Is this the Lord Talbot, uncle Gloucester,

That hath so long been resident in France?


GLOUCESTER

Yes, if it please your majesty, my liege.


KING

Welcome, brave captain and victorious lord!
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

When I was young – as yet I am not old –

I do remember how my father said

A stouter champion never handled sword.
champion (n.) warrior, fighter, man of valour
stout (adj.) 1 brave, valiant, resolute

Long since we were resolved of your truth,
resolved (adj.) 2 convinced, satisfied, assured

Your faithful service, and your toil in war;

Yet never have you tasted our reward

Or been reguerdoned with so much as thanks,
reguerdon (v.) recompense, reward, repay

Because till now we never saw your face.

Therefore stand up, and for these good deserts
desert, desart (n.) 3 worthy deed, meritorious action

We here create you Earl of Shrewsbury;

And in our coronation take your place.

Sennet. Flourish. Exeunt all but Vernon

and Basset


VERNON

Now, sir, to you, that were so hot at sea,
hot (adj.) 1 hot-tempered, angry, passionate

Disgracing of these colours that I wear
colours (n.) 3 emblems, badges
disgrace (v.) insult, dishonour, deny respect [to]

In honour of my noble lord of York,

Darest thou maintain the former words thou spakest?


BASSET

Yes, sir, as well as you dare patronage
patronage (v.) protect, uphold, defend

The envious barking of your saucy tongue
envious (adj.) malicious, spiteful, vindictive, full of enmity See Topics: Frequency count
saucy (adj.) 1 insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant

Against my lord the Duke of Somerset.


VERNON

Sirrah, thy lord I honour as he is.
as (conj.) 3 for what


BASSET

Why, what is he? As good a man as York.


VERNON

Hark ye, not so. In witness take ye that.

He strikes him


BASSET

Villain, thou knowest the law of arms is such

That whoso draws a sword 'tis present death,

Or else this blow should broach thy dearest blood.
broach (v.) 3 draw out, set flowing, cause to spurt out [by piercing]

But I'll unto his majesty and crave
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count

I may have liberty to venge this wrong,
liberty (n.) 4 permission, leave, consent
venge (v.) avenge, revenge
wrong (n.) 2 insult, offence, slight

When thou shalt see I'll meet thee to thy cost.


VERNON

Well, miscreant, I'll be there as soon as you,
miscreant (n.) 1 villain, wretch, rascal

And after meet you sooner than you would.

Exeunt

 
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