Henry IV Part 2


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Warwick and the Lord Chief Justice


WARWICK

How now, my Lord Chief Justice, whither away?


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

How doth the King?


WARWICK

Exceeding well; his cares are now all ended.
exceeding (adv.) exceedingly, extremely, very


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

I hope, not dead.
nature (n.) 4 mortal life, natural life


WARWICK

                         He's walked the way of nature,

And to our purposes he lives no more.
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

I would his majesty had called me with him.

The service that I truly did his life

Hath left me open to all injuries.


WARWICK

Indeed I think the young King loves you not.


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

I know he doth not, and do arm myself

To welcome the condition of the time,
condition (n.) 3 nature, state, circumstances

Which cannot look more hideously upon me

Than I have drawn it in my fantasy.
fantasy (n.) 2 imagination, inventiveness, mental creativity

Enter Prince John of Lancaster, Clarence, Gloucester

and attendant lords


WARWICK

Here come the heavy issue of dead Harry.
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant See Topics: Frequency count

O that the living Harry had the temper
temper (n.) 1 frame of mind, temperament, disposition

Of him, the worst of these three gentlemen!

How many nobles then should hold their places
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

That must strike sail to spirits of vile sort!
strike (v.), past form stroke 6 [of sails] lower, take down [especially before a mightier vessel]


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

O God, I fear all will be overturned.


PRINCE JOHN

Good morrow, cousin Warwick, good morrow.
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


GLOUCESTER and CLARENCE

Good morrow, cousin.


PRINCE JOHN

We meet like men that had forgot to speak.


WARWICK

We do remember, but our argument
argument (n.) 1 subject of conversation, subject-matter, topic

Is all too heavy to admit much talk.
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count


PRINCE JOHN

Well, peace be with him that hath made us heavy.


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

Peace be with us, lest we be heavier!


GLOUCESTER

O, good my lord, you have lost a friend indeed,

And I dare swear you borrow not that face

Of seeming sorrow – it is sure your own.
seeming (adj.) apparent, convincing in appearance


PRINCE JOHN

Though no man be assured what grace to find,
find (v.) 6 expect, receive, meet with
grace (n.) 1 honour, favour, recognition, respect

You stand in coldest expectation.
cold (adj.) 9 bad, unwelcome, disagreeable
expectation (n.) 1 anticipation, hopefulness

I am the sorrier; would 'twere otherwise.


CLARENCE

Well, you must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair,
fair (adv.) 1 kindly, encouragingly, courteously

Which swims against your stream of quality.
quality (n.) 1 nature, disposition, character
stream (n.) current, flow, drift


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

Sweet Princes, what I did I did in honour,

Led by th' impartial conduct of my soul.
conduct (n.) 2 guidance, direction

And never shall you see that I will beg

A ragged and forestalled remission.
forestalled (adj.) [unclear meaning] certain to be refused
ragged (adj.) 5 beggarly, shabby, abject
remission (n.) 1 pardon, forgiveness

If truth and upright innocency fail me,
innocency (n.) innocence

I'll to the King my master that is dead,

And tell him who hath sent me after him.


WARWICK

Here comes the Prince.

Enter King Henry V, attended by Blunt and others
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

Good morrow, and God save your majesty!


KING HENRY V

This new and gorgeous garment, majesty,

Sits not so easy on me as you think.

Brothers, you mix your sadness with some fear.

This is the English, not the Turkish court;

Not Amurath an Amurath succeeds,

But Harry Harry. Yet be sad, good brothers,
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy

For, by my faith, it very well becomes you.
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count

Sorrow so royally in you appears

That I will deeply put the fashion on
deeply (adv.) 1 profoundly, thoroughly, sincerely

And wear it in my heart. Why then, be sad;

But entertain no more of it, good brothers,
entertain (v.) 1 receive, admit, let in

Than a joint burden laid upon us all.

For me, by heaven, I bid you be assured,

I'll be your father and your brother too.

Let me but bear your love, I 'll bear your cares.

Yet weep that Harry's dead, and so will I;

But Harry lives, that shall convert those tears

By number into hours of happiness.


PRINCES

We hope no otherwise from your majesty.


KING HENRY V

You all look strangely on me – and (to Lord Chief Justice) you most;

You are, I think, assured I love you not.


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

I am assured, if I be measured rightly,
measure (v.) 3 judge, appraise

Your majesty hath no just cause to hate me.


KING HENRY V

No?

How might a prince of my great hopes forget

So great indignities you laid upon me?

What! Rate, rebuke, and roughly send to prison
rate (v.) 1 berate, reproach, rebuke, scold

Th' immediate heir of England! Was this easy?
easy (adj.) 1 slight, petty, insignificant

May this be washed in Lethe and forgotten?


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

I then did use the person of your father;
use the person of represent, stand in place of

The image of his power lay then in me
image (n.) 1 embodiment, instance, form
power (n.) 3 authority, government

And in th' administration of his law.

Whiles I was busy for the commonwealth,

Your highness pleased to forget my place,
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

The majesty and power of law and justice,

The image of the King whom I presented,
present (v.) 1 symbolize, represent, suggest

And struck me in my very seat of judgement;

Whereon, as an offender to your father,

I gave bold way to my authority

And did commit you. If the deed were ill,
ill (adj.) 2 evil, wicked, immoral

Be you contented, wearing now the garland,
garland (n.) 1 wreath of victory

To have a son set your decrees at naught?

To pluck down justice from your awful bench?
awful (adj.) 1 awe-inspiring, worthy of respect

To trip the course of law, and blunt the sword
course (n.) 2 habit, custom, practise, normal procedure
trip (v.) 3 overthrow, catch out, point out fault in

That guards the peace and safety of your person?

Nay, more, to spurn at your most royal image,
spurn against / at (v.) kick out at, treat with contempt

And mock your workings in a second body?
body (n.) 6 person, individual
second (adj.) using a deputy, surrogate, proxy
working (n.) 3 aim, endeavour, performance

Question your royal thoughts, make the case yours;

Be now the father and propose a son,
propose (v.) 3 imagine, contemplate, picture

Hear your own dignity so much profaned,

See your most dreadful laws so loosely slighted,

Behold yourself so by a son disdained;

And then imagine me taking your part,

And in your power soft silencing your son.
power (n.) 5 exercise of power, authoritative action
silence (v.) force to remain in silence, keep under restraint
soft (adv.) 2 gently, calmly, not so forcefully

After this cold considerance sentence me,
cold (adj.) 6 calm, cool, deliberate
considerance (n.) consideration, reflection, thought

And, as you are a king, speak in your state
state (n.) 6 kingship, majesty, sovereignty

What I have done that misbecame my place,
misbecome (v.) appear unbecoming to, be unseemly to
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

My person, or my liege's sovereignty.


KING HENRY V

You are right justice, and you weigh this well.
right (adj.) 3 veritable, true, good
weigh (v.) 3 judge, rate, assess the value of

Therefore still bear the balance and the sword,
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]

And I do wish your honours may increase

Till you do live to see a son of mine

Offend you and obey you, as I did.

So shall I live to speak my father's words:

‘ Happy am I, that have a man so bold

That dares do justice on my proper son;
proper (adj.) 2 very, own

And not less happy, having such a son

That would deliver up his greatness so

Into the hands of justice.’ You did commit me –

For which I do commit into your hand

Th' unstained sword that you have used to bear,

With this remembrance: that you use the same

With the like bold, just, and impartial spirit
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

As you have done 'gainst me. There is my hand.

You shall be as a father to my youth;

My voice shall sound as you do prompt mine ear,

And I will stoop and humble my intents
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count
stoop (v.) 1 kneel, submit, bow down

To your well-practised wise directions.

And, Princes all, believe me, I beseech you,

My father is gone wild into his grave,
affection (n.) 2 emotion, feeling
wild (adj.) 1 erratic, irregular, unruly

For in his tomb lie my affections;

And with his spirits sadly I survive
sadly (adv.) 1 seriously, gravely, solemnly
spirit (n.) 2 (plural) sentiments, faculties, traits of character

To mock the expectation of the world,
mock (v.) 4 disprove, defy, disppoint

To frustrate prophecies, and to raze out
raze, raze out erase, obliterate, wipe out

Rotten opinion, who hath writ me down
opinion (n.) 1 public opinion, popular judgement
rotten (adj.) 3 flawed, erroneous, corrupt

After my seeming. The tide of blood in me
blood (n.) 5 disposition, temper, mood
seeming (n.) 3 demeanour, outward behaviour

Hath proudly flowed in vanity till now.
proudly (adv.) haughtily, arrogantly, disdainfully

Now doth it turn, and ebb back to the sea,

Where it shall mingle with the state of floods,
flood (n.) 1 sea, deep, waves, rushing water
mingle (v.) join, unite, combine
state (n.) 6 kingship, majesty, sovereignty

And flow henceforth in formal majesty.

Now call we our high court of parliament,

And let us choose such limbs of noble counsel
limb (n.) 1 member, branch

That the great body of our state may go

In equal rank with the best-governed nation;

That war, or peace, or both at once, may be

As things acquainted and familiar to us;

In which you, father, shall have foremost hand.

Our coronation done, we will accite,
accite (v.) 1 cite, summon, call

As I before remembered, all our state.
remember (v.) 4 mention, make known
state (n.) 10 government, ruling body, administration

And, God consigning to my good intents,
consign to (v.) 1 agree with, accept, assent to, endorse
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count

No prince nor peer shall have just cause to say,

God shorten Harry's happy life one day!

Exeunt

 
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