Henry IV Part 2


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Prince John of Lancaster and his army


You are well encountered here, my cousin Mowbray;

Good day to you, gentle Lord Archbishop;
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

And so to you, Lord Hastings, and to all.

My lord of York, it better showed with you

When that your flock, assembled by the bell,

Encircled you to hear with reverence

Your exposition on the holy text,

Than now to see you here an iron man,
iron (adj.) in armour, mail-clad

Cheering a rout of rebels with your drum,
rout (n.) 2 rabble, mob, disorderly crowd

Turning the word to sword, and life to death.
word (n.) 4 word of God

That man that sits within a monarch's heart

And ripens in the sunshine of his favour,

Would he abuse the countenance of the king?
countenance (n.) 6 favour, patronage, approval

Alack, what mischiefs might he set abroach
abroach (adv.) afoot, astir, in motion

In shadow of such greatness! With you, Lord Bishop,

It is even so. Who hath not heard it spoken

How deep you were within the books of God?
deep (adj.) 2 learned, profound, erudite

To us the speaker in His parliament,

To us th' imagined voice of God himself,

The very opener and intelligencer
intelligencer (n.) 1 messenger, informant, bringer of news
opener (n.) interpreter, elucidator, expositor

Between the grace, the sanctities, of heaven
sanctity (n.) 1 holiness, saintliness; or: sainthood, saints

And our dull workings. O, who shall believe
working (n.) 2 perception, mental operation, insight

But you misuse the reverence of your place,
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

Imply the countenance and grace of heaven
imply (v.) insinuate, suggest the involvement of

As a false favourite doth his prince's name,
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count

In deeds dishonourable? You have taken up,
take up (v.) 6 recruit, enlist, levy

Under the counterfeited zeal of God,
counterfeited (adj.) 2 pretended, feigned, sham
zeal (n.) ardour, fervour; or: loyalty, devotion

The subjects of His substitute, my father,
substitute (n.) subordinate, deputy, underling

And both against the peace of heaven and him

Have here up-swarmed them.
up-swarm (v.) raise up in swarms


                         Good my lord of Lancaster,

I am not here against your father's peace,

But, as I told my lord of Westmorland,

The time misordered doth, in common sense,
common (adj.) 2 of ordinary people, of the masses
misordered (adj.) disordered, confused, troubled
sense (n.) 4 perception, awareness, discernment, appreciation

Crowd us and crush us to this monstrous form
form (n.) 5 way of behaving, behaviour, code of conduct
monstrous (adj.) unnatural, outlandish, aberrant

To hold our safety up. I sent your grace
hold up (v.) 2 support, uphold, sustain

The parcels and particulars of our grief,
grief (n.) 1 grievance, complaint, hurt, injury
parcel (n.) 2 detail, particular, specific point
particular (n.) 1 individual issue, point of detail

The which hath been with scorn shoved from the court,

Whereon this Hydra son of war is born,

Whose dangerous eyes may well be charmed asleep

With grant of our most just and right desires,

And true obedience, of this madness cured,

Stoop tamely to the foot of majesty.


If not, we ready are to try our fortunes
try (v.) 3 contest, decide, fight out

To the last man.


                         And though we here fall down,

We have supplies to second our attempt.
second (v.) 1 support, assist, reinforce
supply (n.) reinforcement(s), support, relief

If they miscarry, theirs shall second them,
miscarry (v.) 3 go wrong, fail, be unsuccessful

And so success of mischief shall be born,
mischief (n.) 1 catastrophe, calamity, misfortune
success (n.) 3 succession, lineage, inheritance

And heir from heir shall hold this quarrel up

Whiles England shall have generation.
generation (n.) 1 family, progeny


You are too shallow, Hastings, much too shallow,
shallow (adj.) naive, gullible, lacking in depth of character

To sound the bottom of the after-times.
after-times (n.) hereafter, future, time to come
bottom (n.) 4 depths
sound (v.) 2 find out, ascertain, sound out


Pleaseth your grace to answer them directly

How far forth you do like their articles.


I like them all, and do allow them well,

And swear here, by the honour of my blood,
blood (n.) 7 nobility, breeding, gentility, good parentage

My father's purposes have been mistook,
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

And some about him have too lavishly
lavishly (adv.) excessively, in an undisciplined way

Wrested his meaning and authority.

My lord, these griefs shall be with speed redressed,
grief (n.) 1 grievance, complaint, hurt, injury

Upon my soul, they shall. If this may please you,

Discharge your powers unto their several counties,
discharge (v.) 6 release from service, let go, dismiss
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count
several (adj.) 2 various, sundry, respective, individual

As we will ours; and here, between the armies,

Let's drink together friendly and embrace,

That all their eyes may bear those tokens home

Of our restored love and amity.


I take your princely word for these redresses.


I give it you, and will maintain my word;

And thereupon I drink unto your grace.


Go, captain, and deliver to the army

This news of peace. Let them have pay, and part.

I know it will well please them. Hie thee, captain!
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count

Exit a captain


To you, my noble lord of Westmorland!


I pledge your grace – and if you knew what pains
pledge (v.) drink a toast to, drink to

I have bestowed to breed this present peace

You would drink freely; but my love to ye

Shall show itself more openly hereafter.


I do not doubt you.


                         I am glad of it.

Health to my lord and gentle cousin, Mowbray.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count


You wish me health in very happy season,
happy (adj.) 2 opportune, appropriate, propitious, favourable
season (n.) 2 opportunity, favourable moment

For I am on the sudden something ill.


Against ill chances men are ever merry,
chance (n.) 1 event, occurrence, situation [especially, bad]
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable See Topics: Frequency count

But heaviness foreruns the good event.
forerun (v.) forecast, foreshadow, be the precursor of
heaviness (n.) 1 sadness, grief, sorrow


Therefore be merry, coz, since sudden sorrow

Serves to say thus, ‘Some good thing comes tomorrow.'


Believe me, I am passing light in spirit.
light (adj.) 2 joyful, merry, light-hearted
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely


So much the worse, if your own rule be true.

Shouts within


The word of peace is rendered. Hark how they shout!


This had been cheerful after victory.


A peace is of the nature of a conquest,

For then both parties nobly are subdued,

And neither party loser.


                         Go, my lord,

And let our army be discharged too.
discharge (v.) 6 release from service, let go, dismiss

Exit Westmorland

And, good my lord, so please you, let our trains
train (n.) 1 retinue, following, entourage

March by us, that we may peruse the men

We should have coped withal.
cope, cope with (v.) 1 encounter, face, have to do [with], come into contact [with]


                         Go, good Lord Hastings,

And, ere they be dismissed, let them march by.

Exit Hastings


I trust, lords, we shall lie tonight together.

Enter Westmorland

Now, cousin, wherefore stands our army still?


The leaders, having charge from you to stand,

Will not go off until they hear you speak.


They know their duties.

Enter Hastings


My lord, our army is dispersed already.

Like youthful steers unyoked they take their courses
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

East, west, north, south; or like a school broke up,

Each hurries toward his home and sporting-place.
sporting-place (n.) place of recreation


Good tidings, my Lord Hastings – for the which

I do arrest thee, traitor, of high treason;

And you, Lord Archbishop, and you, Lord Mowbray,

Of capital treason I attach you both.
attach (v.) 1 arrest, seize, apprehend


Is this proceeding just and honourable?


Is your assembly so?


Will you thus break your faith?


                         I pawned thee none.

I promised you redress of these same grievances

Whereof you did complain, which, by mine honour,

I will perform with a most Christian care.

But, for you rebels, look to taste the due
look (v.) 5 be prepared, expect, count on

Meet for rebellion and such acts as yours.
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper See Topics: Frequency count

Most shallowly did you these arms commence,
shallowly (adv.) naively, gullibly; or: rashly

Fondly brought here, and foolishly sent hence.
fondly (adv.) foolishly, stupidly, madly

Strike up our drums, pursue the scattered stray;
stray (n.) 2 stragglers, remnants

God, and not we, hath safely fought today.

Some guard these traitors to the block of death,
guard (v.) 2 escort, accompany [under guard]

Treason's true bed and yielder up of breath.


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