Henry IV Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Hotspur, Worcester, and Douglas


Well said, my noble Scot! If speaking truth

In this fine age were not thought flattery,
fine (adj.) 5 refined, sophisticated, cultivated

Such attribution should the Douglas have
attribution (n.) praise, credit, recognition

As not a soldier of this season's stamp
stamp (n.) 1 impression, mark, imprint

Should go as general current through the world.
current (n.) 3 circulation, currency
general (adj.) 1 common, of everyone, public

By God, I cannot flatter, I do defy
defy (v.) 2 distrust, suspect, doubt

The tongues of soothers, but a braver place
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent
soother (n.) flatterer, sycophant, adulator

In my heart's love hath no man than yourself.

Nay, task me to my word, approve me, lord.
approve (v.) 3 put to the proof, test, try
task (v.) 1 test, try out, challenge


Thou art the king of honour.

No man so potent breathes upon the ground
ground (n.) 4 face of the earth, globe
potent (adj.) 1 powerful, influential

But I will beard him.
beard (v.) defy, affront, oppose openly


                         Do so, and 'tis well.

Enter one with letters

What letters hast thou there? – I can but thank you.


These letters come from your father.


Letters from him? Why comes he not himself?


He cannot come, my lord, he is grievous sick.
grievous (adv.) very, extremely


Zounds, how has he the leisure to be sick

In such a justling time? Who leads his power?
justling (adj.) jostling, clashing, chaotic
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Under whose government come they along?
government (n.) 1 control, charge, management


His letters bear his mind, not I, my lord.


I prithee tell me, doth he keep his bed?


He did, my lord, four days ere I set forth,

And at the time of my departure thence

He was much feared by his physicians.
fear (v.) 2 fear for, worry about, be anxious about


I would the state of time had first been whole

Ere he by sickness had been visited.
visit (v.) 3 afflict with sickness, strike down with disease

His health was never better worth than now.


Sick now? Droop now? This sickness doth infect

The very life-blood of our enterprise.

'Tis catching hither, even to our camp.

He writes me here that inward sickness –

And that his friends by deputation could not
deputation (n.) 1 delegation, appointment as deputy

So soon be drawn, nor did he think it meet
draw (v.) 1 bring together, draw in, gather
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper See Topics: Frequency count

To lay so dangerous and dear a trust
dear (adj.) 2 important, major, significant

On any soul removed but on his own.
removed (adj.) 3 at a remove, not closely involved

Yet doth he give us bold advertisement
advertisement (n.) 1 advice, warning, instruction
bold (adj.) 1 confident, certain, sure

That with our small conjunction we should on,
conjunction (n.) 2 united forces, joint association See Topics: Cosmos
on (adv.) [go] onward, forward

To see how fortune is disposed to us.

For, as he writes, there is no quailing now,

Because the King is certainly possessed
possess (v.) 1 notify, inform, acquaint

Of all our purposes. What say you to it?
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count


Your father's sickness is a maim to us.


A perilous gash, a very limb lopped off –

And yet, in faith, it is not! His present want
present (adj.) 6 occurring at this time, taking place now
want (n.) 2 absence, non-appearance, non-attendance

Seems more than we shall find it. Were it good
more (adj.) 1 greater

To set the exact wealth of all our states
set (v.) 2 rate, stake, gamble
state (n.) 11 estate, property, wealth, means

All at one cast? To set so rich a main
cast (n.) 1 throw [of a dice], stroke
main (n.) 7 [gambling] stake, bet, throw
set (v.) 2 rate, stake, gamble

On the nice hazard of one doubtful hour?
hazard (n.) 2 [gambling] chance, fortune; throw [of dice]
nice (adj.) 3 critical, delicate, uncertain

It were not good, for therein should we read

The very bottom and the soul of hope,
bottom (n.) 2 total extent, basis, foundation
soul (n.) 1 driving force, animating principle
very (adj.) 1 [intensifying] thorough-going, absolute

The very list, the very utmost bound
list (n.) 3 boundary, limit, confines

Of all our fortunes.


Faith, and so we should, where now remains

A sweet reversion – we may boldly spend
reversion (n.) 2 prospective inheritance, expectation of possession

Upon the hope of what is to come in.

A comfort of retirement lives in this.
retirement (n.) 3 something to fall back on


A rendezvous, a home to fly unto,
rendezvous (n.) 1 refuge, retreat, haven

If that the devil and mischance look big
big (adv.) 1 threateningly, violently, menacingly

Upon the maidenhead of our affairs.
maidenhead (n.) 2 opening stage, first step


But yet I would your father had been here.

The quality and hair of our attempt
attempt (n.) 1 exploit, undertaking, enterprise
hair (n.) 1 character, nature, kind

Brooks no division. It will be thought,
brook (v.) 2 allow, permit, bear

By some that know not why he is away,

That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislike
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter See Topics: Frequency count

Of our proceedings kept the Earl from hence:

And think how such an apprehension
apprehension (n.) 5 opinion, notion, view

May turn the tide of fearful faction,
faction (n.) 1 party, group, set [of people]
fearful (adj.) 1 timid, timorous, frightened, full of fear

And breed a kind of question in our cause.

For well you know we of the offering side
offering (adj.) challenging, taking the offensive

Must keep aloof from strict arbitrement,
arbitrament, arbitrement (n.) 3 adjudication, judicious examination

And stop all sight-holes, every loop from whence
loop (n.) 1 loop-hole, opening, avenue
sight-hole (n.) hole to see through

The eye of reason may pry in upon us.

This absence of your father's draws a curtain

That shows the ignorant a kind of fear

Before not dreamt of.
strain (v.) 6 overstate, exaggerate, stretch the meaning


                         You strain too far.

I rather of his absence make this use.

It lends a lustre and more great opinion,
opinion (n.) 2 reputation, character, honour

A larger dare to our great enterprise,
dare (n.) daring, boldness, risk

Than if the Earl were here. For men must think

If we without his help can make a head
head (n.) 1 fighting force, army, body of troops

To push against a kingdom, with his help

We shall o'erturn it topsy-turvy down.

Yet all goes well, yet all our joints are whole.
joint (n.) limb, body part


As heart can think. There is not such a word

Spoke of in Scotland as this term of fear.

Enter Sir Richard Vernon


My cousin Vernon! Welcome, by my soul!


Pray God my news be worth a welcome, lord.

The Earl of Westmorland seven thousand strong

Is marching hitherwards, with him Prince John.


No harm, what more?


                         And further, I have learned,

The King himself in person is set forth,

Or hitherwards intended speedily,
intend (v.) 6 plan to go, direct one's course

With strong and mighty preparation.


He shall be welcome too. Where is his son,

The nimble-footed madcap Prince of Wales,
madcap (adj.) reckless, impulsive, wildly behaved

And his comrades that daffed the world aside
daff aside (v.) throw off, thrust aside

And bid it pass?
furnished (adj.) equipped, fitted out, outfitted


                         All furnished, all in arms,

All plumed like estridges that with the wind

Bated, like eagles having lately bathed,
bate (v.) 6 [falconry] beat the wings, flutter

Glittering in golden coats like images,
coat (n.) 1 coat-of-arms
coat (n.) 2 coat-of-mail, surcoat
image (n.) 2 effigy, statue, sculpture

As full of spirit as the month of May,

And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer,

Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.
wanton (adj.) 1 carefree, light-hearted, frolicsome, playful

I saw young Harry with his beaver on,

His cuishes on his thighs, gallantly armed,
cush, cuish, cuisse (n.) armoured thigh-piece See Topics: Body-armour

Rise from the ground like feathered Mercury,

And vaulted with such ease into his seat

As if an angel dropped down from the clouds

To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus,
wind (v.) 4 [horsemanship] make wheel about

And witch the world with noble horsemanship.
witch (v.) bewitch, charm, enchant


No more, no more! Worse than the sun in March,

This praise doth nourish agues. Let them come!
ague (n.) fever, sickness, shaking [as caused by a fever]

They come like sacrifices in their trim,
trim (n.) 2 trappings, equipment, outfit

And to the fire-eyed maid of smoky war

All hot and bleeding will we offer them.

The mailed Mars shall on his altar sit
mailed (adj.) mail-clad, armoured

Up to the ears in blood. I am on fire

To hear this rich reprisal is so nigh,
reprisal (n.) prize, booty, trophy

And yet not ours! Come, let me taste my horse,

Who is to bear me like a thunderbolt

Against the bosom of the Prince of Wales.

Harry to Harry shall, hot horse to horse,

Meet and ne'er part till one drop down a corpse.

O that Glendower were come!


                         There is more news.

I learned in Worcester as I rode along

He cannot draw his power this fourteen days.
draw (v.) 1 bring together, draw in, gather
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count


That's the worst tidings that I hear of yet.


Ay, by my faith, that bears a frosty sound.


What may the King's whole battle reach unto?
battle (n.) 1 army, fighting force, battalion


To thirty thousand.


                         Forty let it be.

My father and Glendower being both away,

The powers of us may serve so great a day.
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count
serve (v.) 2 suffice, be enough, do [for]

Come, let us take a muster speedily.

Doomsday is near. Die all, die merrily.
doomsday (n.) death-day, day of judgement


Talk not of dying, I am out of fear
out of (prep.) 2 free from

Of death or death's hand for this one half year.


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