Henry IV Part 1

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Enter Prince, Poynes, and Peto.Enter Prince and Poins 1H4 II.ii.1
Come shelter, shelter, I haue remoued Falstafs Come, shelter, shelter! I have removed Falstaff's 1H4 II.ii.1
Horse, and he frets like a gum'd Veluet. horse, and he frets like a gummed velvet.fret (v.)
chafe, be vexed, worry
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velvet (n.)

old form: Veluet
piece of velvet fabric
Stand close. Stand close!close (adv.)
closely, staying near
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They hide 1H4 II.ii.4.1
Enter Falstaffe.Enter Falstaff 1H4 II.ii.4.2
Poines, Poines, and be hang'd Poines. Poins! Poins, and be hanged! Poins! 1H4 II.ii.4
Peace ye fat-kidney'd (coming forward) Peace, ye fat-kidneyed 1H4 II.ii.5
Rascall, what a brawling dost thou keepe. rascal, what a brawling dost thou keep! 1H4 II.ii.6
What Poines. Hal? Where's Poins, Hal? 1H4 II.ii.7
He is walk'd vp to the top of the hill, Ile He is walked up to the top of the hill. I'll 1H4 II.ii.8
go seek him. go seek him. 1H4 II.ii.9
He steps to one side 1H4 II.ii.10
I am accurst to rob in that Theefe company: I am accursed to rob in that thief's company. 1H4 II.ii.10
that Rascall hath remoued my Horse, and tied him I know The rascal hath removed my horse and tied him I know 1H4 II.ii.11
not where. If I trauell but foure foot by the squire further not where. If I travel but four foot by the square furthersquare (n.)

old form: squire
type of measuring instrument, especially for right angles
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a foote, I shall breake my winde. Well, I doubt not but to afoot, I shall break my wind. Well, I doubt not but towind (n.)

old form: winde
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break (v.)

old form: breake
wear out, exhaust
dye a faire death for all this, if I scape hanging for killing die a fair death for all this, if I scape hanging for killingscape, 'scape (v.)
escape, avoid
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that Rogue, I haue forsworne his company hourely any that rogue. I have forsworn his company hourly anyforswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore
abandon, renounce, reject, give up
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time this two and twenty yeare, & yet I am bewitcht time this two-and-twenty years, and yet I am bewitched 1H4 II.ii.16
with the Rogues company. If the Rascall haue not giuen with the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given 1H4 II.ii.17
me medicines to make me loue him, Ile be hang'd; it me medicines to make me love him, I'll be hanged. Itmedicine (n.)
love potion
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could not be else: I haue drunke Medicines. Poines, Hal,could not be else. I have drunk medicines. Poins! Hal! 1H4 II.ii.19
a Plague vpon you both. Bardolph, Peto: Ile starue ere A plague upon you both! Bardolph! Peto! I'll starve erestarve (v.)

old form: starue
die, perish
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I rob a foote further. And 'twere not as good a deede as I'll rob a foot further – an 'twere not as good a deed asand, an (conj.)
if, whether
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to drinke, to turne True-man, and to leaue these Rogues, I am drink to turn true man, and to leave these rogues, I amtrue (adj.)
honest, upright, law-abiding
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the veriest Varlet that euer chewed with a Tooth. Eight the veriest varlet that ever chewed with a tooth. Eightvarlet (n.)
knave, rogue, rascal, ruffian
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very (adj.)
[intensifying] thoroughgoing, absolute
yards of vneuen ground, is threescore & ten miles yards of uneven ground is threescore-and-ten miles 1H4 II.ii.24
afoot with me: and the stony-hearted Villaines knowe it afoot with me, and the stony-hearted villains know it 1H4 II.ii.25
well enough. A plague vpon't, when Theeues cannot be well enough. A plague upon it when thieves cannot be 1H4 II.ii.26
true one to another.true one to another!true (adj.)
loyal, firm, faithful in allegiance
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They Whistle.They whistle 1H4 II.ii.28
Whew: a plague light vpon you all. Giue my Horse you Whew! A plague upon you all. Give me my horse you 1H4 II.ii.28
Rogues: giue me my Horse, and be hang'd. rogues, give me my horse and be hanged! 1H4 II.ii.29
Peace ye fat guttes, lye (coming forward) Peace, ye fat-guts, lie 1H4 II.ii.30
downe, lay thine eare close to the ground, and list if thou down, lay thine ear close to the ground and list if thou 1H4 II.ii.31
can heare the tread of Trauellers. canst hear the tread of travellers. 1H4 II.ii.32
Haue you any Leauers to lift me vp again being Have you any levers to lift me up again, being 1H4 II.ii.33
downe? Ile not beare mine owne flesh so far afoot down? 'Sblood, I'll not bear my own flesh so far afoot'sblood (int.)
[oath] God's blood
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afoot (adv.)
on foot
again, for all the coine in thy Fathers Exchequer. What a again for all the coin in thy father's exchequer. What a 1H4 II.ii.35
plague meane ye to colt me thus? plague mean ye to colt me thus?colt (v.)
trick, dupe, fool
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Thou ly'st, thou art not colted, thou art Thou liest, thou art not colted, thou art 1H4 II.ii.37
vncolted. uncolted.uncolted (adj.)

old form: vncolted
deprived of a horse
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I prethee good Prince Hal, help me to my I prithee good Prince Hal, help me to my 1H4 II.ii.39
horse, good Kings sonne. horse, good king's son. 1H4 II.ii.40
Out you Rogue, shall I be your Ostler? Out, ye rogue, shall I be your ostler? 1H4 II.ii.41
Go hang thy selfe in thine owne heire-apparant-Hang thyself in thine own heir-apparent 1H4 II.ii.42
Garters: If I be tane, Ile peach for this: and I haue not garters! If I be taken, I'll peach for this. An I have notpeach (v.)
turn informer, give evidence against
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and, an (conj.)
if, whether
Ballads made on all, and sung to filthy tunes, let a ballads made on you all, and sung to filthy tunes, let a 1H4 II.ii.44
Cup of Sacke be my poyson: when a iest is so forward, cup of sack be my poison. When a jest is so forwardforward (adj.)
prepared, at an advanced stage of readiness
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& a foote too, I hate it. and afoot too – I hate it!afoot (adv.)

old form: a foote
on foot
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Enter Gads-hill.Enter Gadshill, Bardolph, and Peto 1H4 II.ii.47
Stand. Stand! 1H4 II.ii.47
So I do against my will. So I do, against my will. 1H4 II.ii.48
O 'tis our Setter, I know his voyce: Bardolfe, what O, 'tis our setter, I know his voice. Bardolph, whatsetter (n.)
informant, insider, confederate
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newes? news? 1H4 II.ii.50
Case ye, case ye; on with your Vizards, there's Case ye, case ye, on with your vizards, there 'svizard (n.)
mask, visor
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case (v.)
put on a mask, cover up
mony of the Kings comming downe the hill, 'tis going to money of the King's coming down the hill. 'Tis going to 1H4 II.ii.52
the Kings Exchequer. the King's exchequer. 1H4 II.ii.53
You lie you rogue, 'tis going to the Kings You lie, ye rogue, 'tis going to the King's 1H4 II.ii.54
Tauern. tavern. 1H4 II.ii.55
There's enough to make vs all. There's enough to make us all –  1H4 II.ii.56
To be hang'd. To be hanged. 1H4 II.ii.57
You foure shall front them in the narrow Sirs, you four shall front them in the narrowfront (v.)
confront, face, meet
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Lane: Ned and I, will walke lower; if they scape lane. Ned Poins and I will walk lower – if they scapescape, 'scape (v.)
escape, avoid
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from your encounter, then they light on vs. from your encounter, then they light on us. 1H4 II.ii.60
But how many be of them? How many be there of them? 1H4 II.ii.61
Some eight or ten. Some eight or ten. 1H4 II.ii.62
Will they not rob vs? Zounds, will they not rob us?zounds (int.)
God's wounds
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What, a Coward Sir Iohn Paunch? What, a coward, Sir John Paunch? 1H4 II.ii.64
Indeed I am not Iohn of Gaunt your Grandfather; Indeed, I am not John of Gaunt your grandfather, 1H4 II.ii.65
but yet no Coward, Hal. but yet no coward, Hal. 1H4 II.ii.66
Wee'l leaue that to the proofe. Well, we leave that to the proof. 1H4 II.ii.67
Sirra Iacke, thy horse stands behinde the hedg, Sirrah Jack, thy horse stands behind the hedge. 1H4 II.ii.68
when thou need'st him, there thou shalt finde him. When thou needest him, there thou shalt find him. 1H4 II.ii.69
Farewell, and stand fast. Farewell, and stand fast! 1H4 II.ii.70
Now cannot I strike him, if I should be hang'd. Now cannot I strike him, if I should be hanged. 1H4 II.ii.71
Ned, where are our (aside to Poins) Ned, where are our 1H4 II.ii.72
disguises? disguises? 1H4 II.ii.73
Heere hard by: Stand close. Here, hard by, stand close.hard (adv.)
close, near
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close (adv.)
closely, staying near
Exeunt Prince and Poins 1H4 II.ii.74
Now my Masters, happy man be his dole, say Now, my masters, happy man be his dole, saydole, happy man be his
destiny, fate, lot
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I: euery man to his businesse. I. Every man to his business. 1H4 II.ii.76
Enter Trauellers.Enter the Travellers 1H4 II.ii.77
Come Neighbor: the boy shall leade Come, neighbour, the boy shall lead 1H4 II.ii.77
our Horses downe the hill: Wee'l walke a-foot a while, and our horses down the hill. We'll walk afoot awhile andafoot (adv.)

old form: a-foot
on foot
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ease our Legges. ease our legs. 1H4 II.ii.79
Stay. Stand!stand (v.)
stop, halt
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Iesu blesse vs. Jesus bless us! 1H4 II.ii.81
Strike down with them, cut the villains Strike, down with them, cut the villains' 1H4 II.ii.82
throats; a whorson Caterpillars: Bacon-fed Knaues, throats! Ah, whoreson caterpillars, bacon-fed knaves,bacon-fed (adj.)
[= fed on bacon] rustic, peasant, hillbilly
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they hate vs youth; downe with them, fleece them. they hate us youth! Down with them, fleece them! 1H4 II.ii.84
O, we are vndone, both we and ours O, we are undone, both we and oursundone (adj.)

old form: vndone
ruined, destroyed, brought down
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for euer. for ever! 1H4 II.ii.86
Hang ye gorbellied knaues, are you vndone? Hang ye, gorbellied knaves, are ye undone?gorbellied (adj.)
pot-bellied, fat-paunched
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No ye Fat Chuffes, I would your store were heere. On No, ye fat chuffs, I would your store were here! On,chuff (n.)

old form: Chuffes
miser, skinflint; or: churl, clown
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store (n.)
possessions, belongings, property, fortune
Bacons, on, what ye knaues? Yong men must liue, bacons, on! What, ye knaves, young men must live!bacon (n.)
porker, fat one; also: rustic
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you are Grand Iurers, are ye? Wee'l iure ye ifaith. You are grandjurors, are ye? We'll jure ye, faith.jure (v.)

old form: iure
make a juror of
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grandjuror (n.)

old form: Grand Iurers
person who has served on a grand jury
Heere they rob them, and binde them. Here they rob them and bind them 1H4 II.ii.91.1
Exeunt 1H4 II.ii.91.2
Enter the Prince and Poines. Enter the Prince and Poins, disguised 1H4 II.ii.91.3
The Theeues haue bound the True-men: The thieves have bound the true men.true (adj.)
honest, upright, law-abiding
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Now could thou and I rob the Theeues, and go merily to Now, could thou and I rob the thieves, and go merrily to 1H4 II.ii.92
London, it would be argument for a Weeke, Laughter for a London, it would be argument for a week, laughter for aargument (n.)
subject of conversation, subject-matter, topic
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Moneth, and a good iest for euer. month, and a good jest for ever. 1H4 II.ii.94
Stand close, I heare them comming. Stand close, I hear them coming.close (adv.)
closely, staying near
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Enter Theeues againe.They hide 1H4 II.ii.96.1
Enter the thieves again 1H4 II.ii.96.2
Come my Masters, let vs share, and then to Come my masters, let us share, and then to 1H4 II.ii.96
horsse before day: and the Prince and Poynes bee not two horse before day. An the Prince and Poins be not twoand, an (conj.)
if, whether
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arrand Cowards, there's no equity stirring. There's no arrant cowards there's no equity stirring. There's noequity (n.)
justice, impartiality, fairness
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arrant (adj.)

old form: arrand
downright, absolute, unmitigated
moe valour in that Poynes, than in a wilde Ducke. more valour in that Poins than in a wild duck. 1H4 II.ii.99
As they are sharing, the Prince and Poynes set vpon them. As they are sharing the Prince and Poins set upon 1H4 II.ii.100.1
them 1H4 II.ii.100.2
Your money. Your money! 1H4 II.ii.100
Villaines. Villains! 1H4 II.ii.101
They all run away,They all run away, and Falstaff after a blow or two 1H4 II.ii.102.1
leauing the booty behind them. runs away too, leaving the booty behind them 1H4 II.ii.102.2
Got with much ease. Now merrily to Horse: Got with much ease. Now merrily to horse. 1H4 II.ii.102
The Theeues are scattred, and possest with fear The thieves are all scattered and possessed with fear 1H4 II.ii.103
so strongly, that they dare not meet each other: So strongly that they dare not meet each other. 1H4 II.ii.104
each takes his fellow for an Officer. Each takes his fellow for an officer!officer (n.)
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Away good Ned, Falstaffe sweates to death, Away, good Ned! Falstaff sweats to death, 1H4 II.ii.106
and Lards the leane earth as he walkes along: And lards the lean earth as he walks along.lard (v.)
drip fat on, enrich with fat
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wer't not for laughing, I should pitty him. Were it not for laughing I should pity him. 1H4 II.ii.108
How the Rogue roar'd.How the fat rogue roared! 1H4 II.ii.109
Exeunt.Exeunt 1H4 II.ii.109
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