Henry IV Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Falstaff and Bardolph
before (adv.) 1 ahead, in advance


Bardolph, get thee before to Coventry. Fill me

a bottle of sack. Our soldiers shall march through. We'll

to Sutton Coldfield tonight.


Will you give me money, captain?


Lay out, lay out.
lay out (v.) expend, spend, use up


This bottle makes an angel.
angel (n.) 3 gold coin [with the angel Michael depicted] See Topics: Money
make (v.) 10 bring the total to


An if it do, take it for thy labour – and if it

make twenty, take them all, I'll answer the coinage. Bid
answer (v.) 4 suffer the consequences [for], be accountable [for]
coinage (n.) 2 means of making money

my lieutenant Peto meet me at town's end.


I will, captain. Farewell.



If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I am a

soused gurnet. I have misused the King's press damnably.
gurnet (n.) type of fish with a disproportionately large head [thus used as an insult]
press (n.) 3 commission to raise men
soused (adj.) preserved, pickled

I have got in exchange of a hundred and fifty

soldiers three hundred and odd pounds. I press me
press (v.) 1 levy, raise, conscript

none but good householders, yeomen's sons, enquire
good (adj.) 10 rich, wealthy, substantial
yeoman (n.) 1 man who owns property but is not a gentleman; land-holding farmer

me out contracted bachelors, such as had been asked

twice on the banns, such a commodity of warm slaves as
slave (n.) 1 fellow, rascal, rogue, villain
warm (adj.) 2 well-to-do, affluent, comfortably off

had as lief hear the devil as a drum, such as fear the
lief, had as should like just as much See Topics: Frequency count

report of a caliver worse than a struck fowl or a hurt wild
caliver (n.) type of lightweight musket See Topics: Weapons
struck (adj.) 2 stricken, wounded

duck. I pressed me none but such toasts-and-butter,
press (v.) 1 levy, raise, conscript
toast-and-butter (n.) milksop, wimp, pampered individual

with hearts in their bellies no bigger than pins' heads,

and they have bought out their services. And now my

whole charge consists of ancients, corporals, lieutenants,
ancient, aunchient (n.) 1 ensign, standard-bearer
charge (n.) 2 company, command

gentlemen of companies – slaves as ragged as Lazarus in
gentleman of a company non-ranking volunteer with a status higher than that of a private

the painted cloth, where the glutton's dogs licked his

sores. And such as indeed were never soldiers, but

discarded unjust serving-men, younger sons to younger
unjust (adj.) 1 dishonest, untrustworthy, crooked

brothers, revolted tapsters, and ostlers trade-fallen, the
revolted (adj.) 3 runaway, truant, delinquent
trade-fallen (adj.) out-of-work, unemployed, bankrupt

cankers of a calm world and a long peace, ten times more
canker (n./adj.) 2 cancer, ulcer, blight, corruption

dishonourable-ragged than an old fazed ancient. And
ancient, aunchient (n.) 2 flag, standard, ensign
fazed (adj.) frayed, unravelled, tattered

such have I to fill up the rooms of them as have bought

out their services, that you would think that I had a

hundred and fifty tattered prodigals lately come from
buy out (v.) 2 get rid of, cancel by making a payment
prodigal (n.) 1 waster, squanderer, spendthrift

swine-keeping, from eating draff and husks. A mad
draff (n.) pig-swill, refuse, garbage

fellow met me on the way, and told me I had unloaded

all the gibbets and pressed the dead bodies. No eye hath
press (v.) 1 levy, raise, conscript

seen such scarecrows. I'll not march through Coventry

with them, that's flat. Nay, and the villains march wide

betwixt the legs as if they had gyves on, for indeed I had
gyve (n.) 1 (plural) fetters, shackles

the most of them out of prison. There's not a shirt and a

half in all my company; and the half shirt is two napkins
napkin (n.) 2 square piece of cloth

tacked together and thrown over the shoulders like a

herald's coat without sleeves. And the shirt to say the truth

the truth stolen from my host at Saint Alban's, or the red-nose

innkeeper of Daventry. But that's all one, they'll

find linen enough on every hedge.

Enter the Prince and the Lord of Westmorland
blown (adj.) 3 swollen, inflated with pride
jack (n.) 1 jacket, tunic, coat [usually of quilted leather] See Topics: Clothing
quilt (n.) quilted furnishing, padded covering


How now, blown Jack? How now, quilt?


What, Hal! How now, mad wag? What a devil
wag (n.) fellow, lad, mischievous boy

dost thou in Warwickshire? My good Lord of Westmorland,

I cry you mercy, I thought your honour had

already been at Shrewsbury.


Faith, Sir John,'tis more than time that

I were there, and you too, but my powers are there
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

already. The King I can tell you looks for us all, we must

away all night.


Tut, never fear me: I am as vigilant as a cat to

steal cream.


I think, to steal cream indeed, for thy theft

hath already made thee butter. But tell me, Jack, whose

fellows are these that come after?


Mine, Hal, mine.


I did never see such pitiful rascals.


Tut, tut, good enough to toss, food for powder,
toss (v.) 3 throw, fling [into battle]

food for powder, they'll fill a pit as well as better.

Tush, man, mortal men, mortal men.
mortal (adj.) 2 human, subject to death, characterized by mortality


Ay, but Sir John, methinks they are
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

exceeding poor and bare, too beggarly.
bare (adj.) 4 gaunt, lean, needy
exceeding (adv.) exceedingly, extremely, very


Faith, for their poverty I know not where they

had that. And for their bareness I am sure they never
bareness (n.) gauntness, leanness, thin condition

learned that of me.


No, I'll be sworn, unless you call three

fingers in the ribs bare. But sirrah, make haste. Percy is

already in the field.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count



What, is the King encamped?


He is, Sir John: I fear we shall stay
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay

too long.




To the latter end of a fray, and the beginning of a feast

Fits a dull fighter and a keen guest.
dull (adj.) 1 dead, lifeless, sluggish, inactive


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