Henry V


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Act I
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Act IV
Act V

Flourish. Enter Chorus
conjecture (n.) 2 supposition, imaginary case
entertain (v.) 10 accept as true, allow, accommodate


CHORUS

Now entertain conjecture of a time

When creeping murmur and the poring dark
poring (adj.) through which one needs to peer, eye-straining

Fills the wide vessel of the universe.

From camp to camp, through the foul womb of night,

The hum of either army stilly sounds,
stilly (adv.) quietly, in a hushed manner

That the fixed sentinels almost receive

The secret whispers of each other's watch.

Fire answers fire, and through their paly flames
answer (v.) 16 reflect, mirror, correspond to
paly (adj.) 2 pale, faint

Each battle sees the other's umbered face.
battle (n.) 1 army, fighting force, battalion
umbered (adj.) shadowed, shadowy

Steed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs,

Piercing the night's dull ear; and from the tents

The armourers, accomplishing the knights,
accomplish (v.) 1 equip, provide, furnish

With busy hammers closing rivets up,

Give dreadful note of preparation.
note (n.) 4 sign, mark, token

The country cocks do crow, the clocks do toll,

And the third hour of drowsy morning name.

Proud of their numbers, and secure in soul,
secure (adj.) 1 carefree, free from anxiety, unguarded

The confident and over-lusty French
over-lusty (adj.) 2 over-cheerful, excessively merry

Do the low-rated English play at dice,
play (v.) 3 play for, make bets about

And chide the cripple tardy-gaited night
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove See Topics: Frequency count
tardy-gaited slow-moving, sluggish

Who like a foul and ugly witch doth limp

So tediously away. The poor condemned English,

Like sacrifices, by their watchful fires

Sit patiently, and inly ruminate
inly (adv.) inwardly, deep within

The morning's danger; and their gesture sad,
gesture (n.) demeanour, attitude, manner
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy

Investing lank-lean cheeks and war-worn coats,
invest (v.) 3 envelop, permeate, infuse
lank-lean (adj.) gaunt, haggard, wasted

Presenteth them unto the gazing moon

So many horrid ghosts. O now, who will behold
horrid (adj.) horrifying, frightful, terrifying

The royal Captain of this ruined band

Walking from watch to watch, from tent to tent,

Let him cry, ‘ Praise and glory on his head!’

For forth he goes and visits all his host,
host (n.) 1 army, armed multitude

Bids them good morrow with a modest smile,
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count

And calls them brothers, friends, and countrymen.

Upon his royal face there is no note

How dread an army hath enrounded him,
dread (adj.) 2 frightening, terrifying, fearful
enround (v.) surround, encircle

Nor doth he dedicate one jot of colour

Unto the weary and all-watched night,
all-watched (adj.) maintaining watchfulness throughout

But freshly looks, and overbears attaint
attaint (n.) 4 sign of weariness, suggestion of fatigue
overbear (v.) 1 overwhelm, overcome, overpower

With cheerful semblance and sweet majesty;
semblance (n.) 1 appearance, outward show

That every wretch, pining and pale before,

Beholding him, plucks comfort from his looks.

A largess universal, like the sun,
largess (n.) free gift, generous present

His liberal eye doth give to every one,

Thawing cold fear, that mean and gentle all
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count
mean (adj.) 1 of low rank, inferior in position, less important

Behold, as may unworthiness define,
define (v.) 1 present, set forth, characterize

A little touch of Harry in the night.

And so our scene must to the battle fly;

Where – O for pity! – we shall much disgrace,

With four or five most vile and ragged foils,
foil (n.) 1 sword, rapier See Topics: Weapons
ragged (adj.) 2 broken, jagged, fragmented
vile, vild (adj.) 3 shameful, contemptible, wretched

Right ill-disposed in brawl ridiculous,
ill-disposed (adj.) 1 badly arranged, poorly presented

The name of Agincourt. Yet sit and see,

Minding true things by what their mockeries be.
mind (v.) 3 think of, call to mind

Exit

 
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