Henry IV Part 1


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
The trumpets sound. Enter the King, Prince of Wales,

Lord John of Lancaster, Earl of Westmorland, with

Worcester and Vernon prisoners


KING HENRY

Thus ever did rebellion find rebuke.
rebuke (n.) 1 severe blow, violent check

Ill-spirited Worcester, did not we send grace,
ill-spirited (adj.) evil-hearted, wickedly minded

Pardon, and terms of love to all of you?

And wouldst thou turn our offers contrary?
contrary (adv.) 2 in a very different direction

Misuse the tenor of thy kinsman's trust?
tenor, tenour (n.) 2 meaning, purpose, intention

Three knights upon our party slain today,

A noble earl, and many a creature else

Had been alive this hour

If like a Christian thou hadst truly borne

Betwixt our armies true intelligence.
intelligence (n.) 1 information, news, communication


WORCESTER

What I have done my safety urged me to,

And I embrace this fortune patiently,

Since not to be avoided it falls on me.


KING HENRY

Bear Worcester to the death, and Vernon too.

Other offenders we will pause upon.
pause upon (v.) deliberate about, take time to consider

Exeunt Worcester and Vernon

How goes the field?
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count


PRINCE HAL

The noble Scot, Lord Douglas, when he saw

The fortune of the day quite turned from him,

The noble Percy slain, and all his men

Upon the foot of fear, fled with the rest,
foot (n.) 4 moving the feet, running away, flight

And falling from a hill he was so bruised

That the pursuers took him. At my tent

The Douglas is – and I beseech your grace

I may dispose of him.


KING HENRY

                         With all my heart.


PRINCE HAL

Then, brother John of Lancaster, to you

This honourable bounty shall belong.

Go to the Douglas and deliver him
deliver (v.) 4 hand over, convey, commit to the keeping [of someone]

Up to his pleasure, ransomless and free.

His valours shown upon our crests today
crest (n.) 1 [originally the plume of feathers on a] helmet, head-piece

Hath taught us how to cherish such high deeds

Even in the bosom of our adversaries.


LANCASTER

I thank your grace for this high courtesy,

Which I shall give away immediately.


KING HENRY

Then this remains, that we divide our power.
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

You, son John, and my cousin Westmorland

Towards York shall bend you with your dearest speed
bend (v.) 2 turn, direct one's steps, proceed
dear (adj.) 6 heartfelt, earnest, zealous

To meet Northumberland and the prelate Scroop,

Who, as we hear, are busily in arms.

Myself and you, son Harry, will towards Wales,

To fight with Glendower and the Earl of March.

Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway,
sway (n.) 1 power, dominion, rule

Meeting the check of such another day,

And since this business so fair is done,
fair (adv.) 6 successfully, promisingly, favourably

Let us not leave till all our own be won.

Exeunt

 
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