Henry VI Part 1


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Sennet. Enter the King, Gloucester, and Exeter


KING

Have you perused the letters from the Pope,

The Emperor, and the Earl of Armagnac?


GLOUCESTER

I have, my lord, and their intent is this:
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count

They humbly sue unto your excellence

To have a godly peace concluded of
conclude (v.) 3 come to terms, reach accord [over]

Between the realms of England and of France.


KING

How doth your grace affect their motion?
affect (v.) 1 incline to, like, favour, be drawn to
motion (n.) 6 proposal, proposition, suggestion, offer


GLOUCESTER

Well, my good lord, and as the only means

To stop effusion of our Christian blood
effusion (n.) spilling, shedding

And stablish quietness on every side.
quietness (n.) peace, amity, reconciliation


KING

Ay, marry, uncle; for I always thought

It was both impious and unnatural
impious (adj.) lacking reverence towards God, wicked, irreligious
unnatural (adj.) 1 against natural feeling, not in accord with kinship

That such immanity and bloody strife
immanity (n.) enormous barbarity, atrocious cruelty

Should reign among professors of one faith.


GLOUCESTER

Beside, my lord, the sooner to effect
beside (adv.) 3 besides, in addition
effect (v.) 1 cause, produce, bring about

And surer bind this knot of amity,
sure (adv.) 1 securely, safely, well

The Earl of Armagnac, near knit to Charles,
knit (v.) 2 relate, join in blood

A man of great authority in France,

Proffers his only daughter to your grace

In marriage, with a large and sumptuous dowry.


KING

Marriage, uncle? Alas, my years are young,

And fitter is my study and my books

Than wanton dalliance with a paramour.
dalliance (n.) 1 frivolity, idleness, wasteful activity
wanton (adj.) 1 carefree, light-hearted, frolicsome, playful

Yet call th' ambassadors; and, as you please,

So let them have their answers every one.

I shall be well content with any choice
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count

Tends to God's glory and my country's weal.
weal 2 welfare, well-being, prosperity

Enter Winchester, in cardinal's habit, and three

ambassadors, one a Papal Legate


EXETER

(aside)
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume See Topics: Frequency count

What, is my lord of Winchester installed,

And called unto a cardinal's degree?
degree (n.) 1 rank, station, standing

Then I perceive that will be verified
verify (v.) 3 come true, be fulfilled

Henry the Fifth did sometime prophesy:
sometime (adv.) 1 formerly, at one time, once

‘ If once he come to be a cardinal,

He'll make his cap co-equal with the crown.’


KING

My Lords Ambassadors, your several suits
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count

Have been considered and debated on.

Your purpose is both good and reasonable,
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

And therefore are we certainly resolved
certainly (adv.) firmly, steadfastly, unalterably

To draw conditions of a friendly peace,
draw (v.) 3 draw up, draft, frame

Which by my lord of Winchester we mean
mean (v.) 1 intend, purpose, mean to act

Shall be transported presently to France.
presently (adv.) 2 after a short time, soon, before long


GLOUCESTER

(to the Armagnac ambassador)
for (prep.) 8 regarding, as for
proffer (n.) 1 offer, proposal, proposition

And for the proffer of my lord your master,

I have informed his highness so at large
large, at 1 at length, in full, thoroughly

As, liking of the lady's virtuous gifts,

Her beauty, and the value of her dower,
dower (n.) dowry, property or wealth given with a wife

He doth intend she shall be England's Queen.


KING

In argument and proof of which contract,
argument (n.) 6 proof, evidence, demonstration

Bear her this jewel, pledge of my affection.

And so, my Lord Protector, see them guarded

And safely brought to Dover, where inshipped,
inship (v.) put on board a ship, embark

Commit them to the fortune of the sea.

Exeunt all but Winchester and the Legate


WINCHESTER

Stay, my Lord Legate. You shall first receive

The sum of money which I promised

Should be delivered to his holiness

For clothing me in these grave ornaments.
grave (adj.) 2 important, dignified, serious
ornament (n.) 2 (plural) robes, garments, attire


LEGATE

I will attend upon your lordship's leisure.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

He steps aside
trow (v.) 5 think, be sure See Topics: Discourse markers


WINCHESTER

Now Winchester will not submit, I trow,

Or be inferior to the proudest peer.

Humphrey of Gloucester, thou shalt well perceive

That neither in birth or for authority

The Bishop will be overborne by thee.
overbear (v.) 2 overrule, overcome, put down

I'll either make thee stoop and bend thy knee

Or sack this country with a mutiny.
mutiny (n.) 1 riot, civil disturbance, state of discord

Exeunt

 
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