Henry VI Part 1

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Enter Talbot with Trumpe and Drumme, before Burdeaux.Enter Talbot, with trump and drum, before Bordeauxtrump (n.)

old form: Trumpe
1H6 IV.ii.1
Go to the Gates of Burdeaux Trumpeter,Go to the gates of Bordeaux, trumpeter; 1H6 IV.ii.1
Summon their Generall vnto the Wall. Summon their general unto the wall. 1H6 IV.ii.2
Sounds. Enter Generall aloft.Trumpet sounds. Enter the General aloft with his men 1H6 IV.ii.3.1
English Iohn Talbot (Captaines) call you forth,English John Talbot, captains, calls you forth,captain (n.)
commander, chief, leader
1H6 IV.ii.3
Seruant in Armes to Harry King of England,Servant in arms to Harry King of England; 1H6 IV.ii.4
And thus he would. Open your Citie Gates,And thus he would: open your city gates,will (v.), past form would
desire, wish, want
1H6 IV.ii.5
Be humble to vs, call my Soueraigne yours,Be humble to us, call my sovereign yours 1H6 IV.ii.6
And do him homage as obedient Subiects,And do him homage as obedient subjects, 1H6 IV.ii.7
And Ile withdraw me, and my bloody power.And I'll withdraw me and my bloody power;power (n.)
armed force, troops, host, army
1H6 IV.ii.8
bloody (adj.)
able to cause bloodshed
But if you frowne vpon this proffer'd Peace,But if you frown upon this proffered peace, 1H6 IV.ii.9
You tempt the fury of my three attendants,You tempt the fury of my three attendants, 1H6 IV.ii.10
Leane Famine, quartering Steele, and climbing Fire,Lean famine, quartering steel, and climbing fire;quartering (adj.)
for cutting into quarters, dismembering
1H6 IV.ii.11
Who in a moment, eeuen with the earth,Who in a moment even with the eartheven (adj.)

old form: eeuen
level, horizontal, flat
1H6 IV.ii.12
Shall lay your stately, and ayre-brauing Towers,Shall lay your stately and air-braving towers,air-braving (adj.)

old form: ayre-brauing
lofty, challenging the air
1H6 IV.ii.13
If you forsake the offer of their loue.If you forsake the offer of their love.forsake (v.)
refuse, decline, reject
1H6 IV.ii.14
Thou ominous and fearefull Owle of death,Thou ominous and fearful owl of death, 1H6 IV.ii.15
Our Nations terror, and their bloody scourge,Our nation's terror and their bloody scourge! 1H6 IV.ii.16
The period of thy Tyranny approacheth,The period of thy tyranny approacheth.tyranny (n.)
cruelty, barbarity, unmerciful violence
1H6 IV.ii.17
period (n.)
full stop, end, ending, conclusion
On vs thou canst not enter but by death:On us thou canst not enter but by death; 1H6 IV.ii.18
For I protest we are well fortified,For I protest we are well fortified,protest (v.)
make protestation, avow, affirm, proclaim
1H6 IV.ii.19
And strong enough to issue out and fight.And strong enough to issue out and fight. 1H6 IV.ii.20
If thou retire, the Dolphin well appointed,If thou retire, the Dauphin, well-appointed,appoint (v.)
arm, equip, furnish
1H6 IV.ii.21
Stands with the snares of Warre to tangle thee.Stands with the snares of war to tangle thee.tangle (v.)
trap, snare, enmesh, hold fast
1H6 IV.ii.22
On either hand thee, there are squadrons pitcht,On either hand thee there are squadrons pitchedpitched (adj.)

old form: pitcht
strategically planned, made ready for combat
1H6 IV.ii.23
squadron (n.)
army detachment, body of soldiers
To wall thee from the liberty of Flight;To wall thee from the liberty of flight;wall (v.)
shut off, block, impede
1H6 IV.ii.24
And no way canst thou turne thee for redresse,And no way canst thou turn thee for redressredress (n.)

old form: redresse
relief, assistance, help, comfort
1H6 IV.ii.25
But death doth front thee with apparant spoyle,But death doth front thee with apparent spoilspoil (n.)

old form: spoyle
slaughter, destruction, ruination
1H6 IV.ii.26
front (v.)
confront, face, meet
apparent (adj.)

old form: apparant
plainly visible, conspicuous, evident, obvious
And pale destruction meets thee in the face:And pale destruction meets thee in the face. 1H6 IV.ii.27
Ten thousand French haue tane the Sacrament,Ten thousand French have ta'en the sacrament 1H6 IV.ii.28
To ryue their dangerous ArtillerieTo rive their dangerous artilleryrive (v.)

old form: ryue
set off, fire, make explode
1H6 IV.ii.29
Vpon no Christian soule but English Talbot:Upon no Christian soul but English Talbot. 1H6 IV.ii.30
Loe, there thou standst a breathing valiant manLo, there thou standest, a breathing valiant man 1H6 IV.ii.31
Of an inuincible vnconquer'd spirit:Of an invincible unconquered spirit! 1H6 IV.ii.32
This is the latest Glorie of thy praise,This is the latest glory of thy praiselatest (adj.)
last, final
1H6 IV.ii.33
That I thy enemy dew thee withall:That I, thy enemy, due thee withal;due (v.)

old form: dew
endue, grace, endow
1H6 IV.ii.34
For ere the Glasse that now begins to runne,For ere the glass that now begins to runglass (n.)

old form: Glasse
[sand of the] hourglass
1H6 IV.ii.35
Finish the processe of his sandy houre,Finish the process of his sandy hour, 1H6 IV.ii.36
These eyes that see thee now well coloured,These eyes that see thee now well coloured,coloured (adj.)
complexioned, with colour in one's cheeks
1H6 IV.ii.37
Shall see thee withered, bloody, pale, and dead.Shall see thee withered, bloody, pale, and dead. 1H6 IV.ii.38
Drum a farre off.Drum afar off 1H6 IV.ii.39
Harke, harke, the Dolphins drumme, a warning bell,Hark! hark! The Dauphin's drum, a warning bell, 1H6 IV.ii.39
Sings heauy Musicke to thy timorous soule,Sings heavy music to thy timorous soul;timorous (adj.)
fearful, apprehensive, doubting
1H6 IV.ii.40
heavy (adj.)

old form: heauy
sorrowful, sad, gloomy
And mine shall ring thy dire departure out. And mine shall ring thy dire departure out.departure (n.)
death, decease, demise
1H6 IV.ii.41
ExitExit with his men 1H6 IV.ii.41
He Fables not, I heare the enemie:He fables not; I hear the enemy.fable (v.)
speak falsely, lie, fabricate
1H6 IV.ii.42
Out some light Horsemen, and peruse their Wings.Out, some light horsemen, and peruse their wings.wing (n.)
flank, force at the side of the main body of troops
1H6 IV.ii.43
peruse (v.)
reconnoitre, scout out, survey
O negligent and heedlesse Discipline,O, negligent and heedless discipline!discipline (n.)
military strategy, tactics, training in the art of war
1H6 IV.ii.44
How are we park'd and bounded in a pale?How are we parked and bounded in a palepale (n.)
fence, paling, enclosure
1H6 IV.ii.45
park (v.)

old form: park'd
enclose, contain, shut in [as if in a park]
A little Heard of Englands timorous Deere,A little herd of England's timorous deer,timorous (adj.)
fearful, apprehensive, doubting
1H6 IV.ii.46
Maz'd with a yelping kennell of French Curres.Mazed with a yelping kennel of French curs!maze (v.)

old form: Maz'd
confuse, bewilder, perplex
1H6 IV.ii.47
kennel (n.)

old form: kennell
pack, mob
If we be English Deere, be then in blood,If we be English deer, be then in blood;blood, in
[hunting] full of life, in fine condition
1H6 IV.ii.48
Not Rascall-like to fall downe with a pinch,Not rascal-like to fall down with a pinch,rascal (n.)

old form: Rascall
young or inferior deer in a herd; one of the common herd
1H6 IV.ii.49
rascal (n.)

old form: Rascall
worthless wretch, good-for-nothing
pinch (n.)
tiny bite, slight nip
But rather moodie mad: And desperate Stagges,But rather, moody-mad and desperate stags,moody-mad (adj.)

old form: moodie mad
wild with rage, furiously angry
1H6 IV.ii.50
Turne on the bloody Hounds with heads of Steele,Turn on the bloody hounds with heads of steel 1H6 IV.ii.51
And make the Cowards stand aloofe at bay:And make the cowards stand aloof at bay.bay (n.)
baying, barking, howling
1H6 IV.ii.52
Sell euery man his life as deere as mine,Sell every man his life as dear as mine,dear (adj.)

old form: deere
expensive, costly
1H6 IV.ii.53
And they shall finde deere Deere of vs my Friends.And they shall find dear deer of us, my friends. 1H6 IV.ii.54
God, and S. George, Talbot and Englands right,God and Saint George, Talbot and England's right,George, Saint
in Christian tradition, the patron saint of England, 3rd-c
1H6 IV.ii.55
Prosper our Colours in this dangerous fight.Prosper our colours in this dangerous fight!colours (n.)
battle-flags, ensigns, standards, banners
1H6 IV.ii.56
Exeunt 1H6 IV.ii.56
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