Henry IV Part 1

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Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Dowglas, and Vernon. Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Douglas, Vernon 1H4 IV.iii.1
Wee'le fight with him to Night. We'll fight with him tonight. 1H4 IV.iii.1.1
It may not be. It may not be. 1H4 IV.iii.1.2
You giue him then aduantage. You give him then advantage. 1H4 IV.iii.2.1
Not a whit. Not a whit. 1H4 IV.iii.2.2
Why say you so? lookes he not for supply? Why say you so, looks he not for supply?supply (n.)
reinforcement(s), support, relief
1H4 IV.iii.3
So doe wee. So do we. 1H4 IV.iii.4.1
His is certaine, ours is doubtfull. His is certain, ours is doubtful. 1H4 IV.iii.4.2
Cousin be aduis'd, stirre not to night. Good cousin, be advised, stir not tonight.advise, avise (v.)

old form: aduis'd
warn, counsel, caution
1H4 IV.iii.5
Doe not, my Lord. Do not, my lord. 1H4 IV.iii.6.1
You doe not counsaile well: You do not counsel well. 1H4 IV.iii.6.2
You speake it out of feare, and cold heart. You speak it out of fear and cold heart. 1H4 IV.iii.7
Doe me no slander, Dowglas: by my Life, Do me no slander, Douglas. By my life, 1H4 IV.iii.8
And I dare well maintaine it with my Life, And I dare well maintain it with my life, 1H4 IV.iii.9
If well-respected Honor bid me on, If well-respected honour bid me on,well-respected (adj.)
well-considered, duly regarded
1H4 IV.iii.10
I hold as little counsaile with weake feare, I hold as little counsel with weak fearcounsel (n.)
private reflection, self-communing
1H4 IV.iii.11
As you, my Lord, or any Scot that this day liues. As you, my lord, or any Scot that this day lives. 1H4 IV.iii.12
Let it be seene to morrow in the Battell, Let it be seen tomorrow in the battle 1H4 IV.iii.13
Which of vs feares. Which of us fears. 1H4 IV.iii.14.1
Yea, or to night. Yea, or tonight. 1H4 IV.iii.14.2
Content. Content.content (adj.)
agreeable, willing, ready
1H4 IV.iii.14.3
To night, say I. Tonight, say I. 1H4 IV.iii.15
Come, come, it may not be. / I wonder much, Come, come, it may not be. I wonder much, 1H4 IV.iii.16
being mẽ of such great leading as you are Being men of such great leading as you are,leading (n.)
leadership, command, generalship
1H4 IV.iii.17
That you fore-see not what impediments That you foresee not what impediments 1H4 IV.iii.18
Drag backe our expedition: certaine Horse Drag back our expedition. Certain horsehorse (n.)
cavalry, horse soldiers
1H4 IV.iii.19
Of my Cousin Vernons are not yet come vp, Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up, 1H4 IV.iii.20
Your Vnckle Worcesters Horse came but to day, Your uncle Worcester's horse came but today, 1H4 IV.iii.21
And now their pride and mettall is asleepe, And now their pride and mettle is asleep,mettle, mettell (n.)

old form: mettall
spirit, vigour, zest
1H4 IV.iii.22
pride (n.)
[of horses] spirit, vigour, mettle
Their courage with hard labour tame and dull, Their courage with hard labour tame and dull, 1H4 IV.iii.23
That not a Horse is halfe the halfe of himselfe. That not a horse is half the half himself. 1H4 IV.iii.24
So are the Horses of the Enemie So are the horses of the enemy 1H4 IV.iii.25
In generall iourney bated, and brought low: In general journey-bated and brought low.journey-bated (adj.)

old form: iourney bated
weakened by travel, tired-out
1H4 IV.iii.26
The better part of ours are full of rest. The better part of ours are full of rest. 1H4 IV.iii.27
The number of the King exceedeth ours: The number of the King exceedeth ours. 1H4 IV.iii.28
For Gods sake, Cousin, stay till all come in. For God's sake, cousin, stay till all come in.stay (v.)
linger, tarry, delay
1H4 IV.iii.29
The Trumpet sounds a Parley. The trumpet sounds a parleyparle, parley (n.)
negotiation, meeting [between enemies under a truce, to discuss terms]
1H4 IV.iii.30.1
Enter Sir Walter Blunt. Enter Sir Walter Blunt 1H4 IV.iii.30.2
I come with gracious offers from the King, I come with gracious offers from the King, 1H4 IV.iii.30
If you vouchsafe me hearing, and respect. If you vouchsafe me hearing and respect.respect (n.)
attention, heed, deliberation
1H4 IV.iii.31
Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt: / And would to God Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt: and would to God 1H4 IV.iii.32
you were of our determination. You were of our determination! 1H4 IV.iii.33
Some of vs loue you well: and euen those some Some of us love you well, and even those some 1H4 IV.iii.34
Enuie your great deseruings, and good name, Envy your great deservings and good name, 1H4 IV.iii.35
Because you are not of our qualitie, Because you are not of our quality,quality (n.)

old form: qualitie
party, company, side
1H4 IV.iii.36
But stand against vs like an Enemie. But stand against us like an enemy. 1H4 IV.iii.37
And Heauen defend, but still I should stand so, And God defend but still I should stand so,still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
1H4 IV.iii.38
defend (v.)
forbid, prohibit
So long as out of Limit, and true Rule, So long as out of limit and true rulerule (n.)
proper discipline, good management
1H4 IV.iii.39
limit (n.)
permitted extent, bounds [of allegiance]
You stand against anoynted Maiestie. You stand against anointed majesty. 1H4 IV.iii.40
But to my Charge. / The King hath sent to know But to my charge. The King hath sent to knowcharge (n.)
commission, responsibility, official duty
1H4 IV.iii.41
The nature of your Griefes, and whereupon The nature of your griefs, and whereupongrief (n.)

old form: Griefes
grievance, complaint, hurt, injury
1H4 IV.iii.42
You coniure from the Brest of Ciuill Peace, You conjure from the breast of civil peaceconjure (v.)

old form: coniure
call up, bring out, produce
1H4 IV.iii.43
Such bold Hostilitie, teaching his dutious Land Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land 1H4 IV.iii.44
Audacious Crueltie. If that the King Audacious cruelty. If that the King 1H4 IV.iii.45
Haue any way your good Deserts forgot, Have any way your good deserts forgot, 1H4 IV.iii.46
Which he confesseth to be manifold, Which he confesseth to be manifold, 1H4 IV.iii.47
He bids you name your Griefes, and with all speed He bids you name your griefs, and with all speed 1H4 IV.iii.48
You shall haue your desires, with interest; You shall have your desires with interest 1H4 IV.iii.49
And Pardon absolute for your selfe, and these, And pardon absolute for yourself, and theseabsolute (adj.)
unrestricted, unconditional, without restraint
1H4 IV.iii.50
Herein mis-led, by your suggestion. Herein misled by your suggestion.suggestion (n.)
temptation, instigation, prompting towards evil
1H4 IV.iii.51
The King is kinde: / And well wee know, the King The King is kind, and well we know the King 1H4 IV.iii.52
Knowes at what time to promise, when to pay. Knows at what time to promise, when to pay. 1H4 IV.iii.53
My Father, my Vnckle, and my selfe, My father, and my uncle, and myself 1H4 IV.iii.54
Did giue him that same Royaltie he weares: Did give him that same royalty he wears,royalty (n.)

old form: Royaltie
emblem of royalty, symbol of sovereignty
1H4 IV.iii.55
And when he was not sixe and twentie strong, And when he was not six-and-twenty strong, 1H4 IV.iii.56
Sicke in the Worlds regard, wretched, and low, Sick in the world's regard, wretched and low, 1H4 IV.iii.57
A poore vnminded Out-law, sneaking home, A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home, 1H4 IV.iii.58
My Father gaue him welcome to the shore: My father gave him welcome to the shore. 1H4 IV.iii.59
And when he heard him sweare, and vow to God, And when he heard him swear and vow to God 1H4 IV.iii.60
He came but to be Duke of Lancaster, He came but to be Duke of Lancaster, 1H4 IV.iii.61
To sue his Liuerie, and begge his Peace, To sue his livery, and beg his peacesue one's livery

old form: Liuerie
institute a suit to obtain possession of land
1H4 IV.iii.62
With teares of Innocencie, and tearmes of Zeale; With tears of innocency and terms of zeal,innocency (n.)

old form: Innocencie
1H4 IV.iii.63
My Father, in kinde heart and pitty mou'd, My father, in kind heart and pity moved, 1H4 IV.iii.64
Swore him assistance, and perform'd it too. Swore him assistance, and performed it too. 1H4 IV.iii.65
Now, when the Lords and Barons of the Realme Now when the lords and barons of the realm 1H4 IV.iii.66
Perceiu'd Northumberland did leane to him, Perceived Northumberland did lean to him, 1H4 IV.iii.67
The more and lesse came in with Cap and Knee, The more and less came in with cap and knee,more and less

old form: lesse
men of high and low rank
1H4 IV.iii.68
cap and knee (n.)
cap in hand and bended knee [in order to be deferential]
Met him in Boroughs, Cities, Villages, Met him in boroughs, cities, villages, 1H4 IV.iii.69
Attended him on Bridges, stood in Lanes, Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,attend (v.)
await, wait for, expect
1H4 IV.iii.70
Layd Gifts before him, proffer'd him their Oathes, Laid gifts before him, proffered him their oaths, 1H4 IV.iii.71
Gaue him their Heires, as Pages followed him, Gave him their heirs as pages, followed him 1H4 IV.iii.72
Euen at the heeles, in golden multitudes. Even at the heels in golden multitudes.golden (adj.)
resplendent, dazzling, richly dressed
1H4 IV.iii.73
He presently, as Greatnesse knowes it selfe, He presently, as greatness knows itself,presently (adv.)
after a short time, soon, before long
1H4 IV.iii.74
Step me a little higher then his Vow Steps me a little higher than his vow 1H4 IV.iii.75
Made to my Father, while his blood was poore, Made to my father while his blood was poor 1H4 IV.iii.76
Vpon the naked shore at Rauenspurgh: Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurgh; 1H4 IV.iii.77
And now (forsooth) takes on him to reforme And now forsooth takes on him to reformforsooth (adv.)
in truth, certainly, truly, indeed
1H4 IV.iii.78
Some certaine Edicts, and some strait Decrees, Some certain edicts and some strait decreesstrait (adj.)
stringent, strict, harsh
1H4 IV.iii.79
That lay too heauie on the Common-wealth; That lie too heavy on the commonwealth,heavy (adj.)

old form: heauie
pressing, weighty, overpowering
1H4 IV.iii.80
commonweal, commonwealth (n.)

old form: Common-wealth
state, nation, community, body politic
Cryes out vpon abuses, seemes to weepe Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep 1H4 IV.iii.81
Ouer his Countries Wrongs: and by this Face, Over his country's wrongs – and by this face,face (n.)
appearance, outward show, look
1H4 IV.iii.82
This seeming Brow of Iustice, did he winne This seeming brow of justice, did he winseeming (adj.)
apparent, convincing in appearance
1H4 IV.iii.83
brow (n.)
appearance, aspect, countenance
The hearts of all that hee did angle for. The hearts of all that he did angle for. 1H4 IV.iii.84
Proceeded further, cut me off the Heads Proceeded further – cut me off the heads 1H4 IV.iii.85
Of all the Fauorites, that the absent King Of all the favourites that the absent King 1H4 IV.iii.86
In deputation left behinde him heere, In deputation left behind him here,deputation (n.)
delegation, appointment as deputy
1H4 IV.iii.87
When hee was personall in the Irish Warre. When he was personal in the Irish war.personal (adj.)

old form: personall
personally engaged, present in person
1H4 IV.iii.88
Tut, I came not to hear this. Tut, I came not to hear this. 1H4 IV.iii.89.1
Then to the point. Then to the point. 1H4 IV.iii.89.2
In short time after, hee depos'd the King. In short time after he deposed the King, 1H4 IV.iii.90
Soone after that, depriu'd him of his Life: Soon after that deprived him of his life, 1H4 IV.iii.91
And in the neck of that, task't the whole State. And in the neck of that tasked the whole state.neck of, in the (prep.)
immediately afterwards
1H4 IV.iii.92
task (v.)

old form: task't
impose a tax upon
To make that worse, suffer'd his Kinsman March, To make that worse, suffered his kinsman March – suffer (v.)

old form: suffer'd
allow, permit, let
1H4 IV.iii.93
Who is, if euery Owner were plac'd, Who is, if every owner were well placed, 1H4 IV.iii.94
Indeede his King, to be engag'd in Wales, Indeed his King – to be engaged in Wales,engage (v.)

old form: engag'd
hold as a hostage
1H4 IV.iii.95
There, without Ransome, to lye forfeited: There without ransom to lie forfeited. 1H4 IV.iii.96
Disgrac'd me in my happie Victories, Disgraced me in my happy victories, 1H4 IV.iii.97
Sought to intrap me by intelligence, Sought to entrap me by intelligence,intelligence (n.)
spying, espionage, secretly obtained information
1H4 IV.iii.98
Rated my Vnckle from the Councell-Boord, Rated mine uncle from the council board,rate (v.)
berate, reproach, rebuke, scold
1H4 IV.iii.99
In rage dismiss'd my Father from the Court, In rage dismissed my father from the court, 1H4 IV.iii.100
Broke Oath on Oath, committed Wrong on Wrong, Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong, 1H4 IV.iii.101
And in conclusion, droue vs to seeke out And in conclusion drove us to seek out 1H4 IV.iii.102
This Head of safetie; and withall, to prie This head of safety, and withal to prywithal (adv.)

old form: withall
in addition, moreover, as well
1H4 IV.iii.103
head (n.)
fighting force, army, body of troops
Into his Title: the which wee finde Into his title, the which we findtitle (n.)
[legal] right, claim, entitlement
1H4 IV.iii.104
Too indirect, for long continuance. Too indirect for long continuance. 1H4 IV.iii.105
Shall I returne this answer to the King? Shall I return this answer to the King? 1H4 IV.iii.106
Not so, Sir Walter. / Wee'le with-draw a while: Not so, Sir Walter. We'll withdraw awhile. 1H4 IV.iii.107
Goe to the King, and let there be impawn'd Go to the King, and let there be impawnedimpawn (v.)

old form: impawn'd
pledge as security, put in pawn, commit
1H4 IV.iii.108
Some suretie for a safe returne againe, Some surety for a safe return again, 1H4 IV.iii.109
And in the Morning early shall my Vnckle And in the morning early shall mine uncle 1H4 IV.iii.110
Bring him our purpose: and so farewell. Bring him our purposes – and so, farewell.purpose (n.)
intention, aim, plan
1H4 IV.iii.111
I would you would accept of Grace and Loue. I would you would accept of grace and love. 1H4 IV.iii.112
And't may be, so wee shall. And may be so we shall. 1H4 IV.iii.113.1
Blunt. BLUNT  
Pray Heauen you doe. Pray God you do. 1H4 IV.iii.113.2
Exeunt.Exeunt 1H4 IV.iii.113
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