Henry IV Part 1

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The Trumpets sound. Enter the King, Prince of Wales, The trumpets sound. Enter the King, Prince of Wales, 1H4 V.v.1.1
Lord Iohn of Lancaster, Earle of Westmerland, with Lord John of Lancaster, Earl of Westmorland, with 1H4 V.v.1.2
Worcester & Vernon Prisoners. Worcester and Vernon prisoners 1H4 V.v.1.3
Thus euer did Rebellion finde Rebuke. Thus ever did rebellion find rebuke.rebuke (n.)
severe blow, violent check
1H4 V.v.1
Ill-spirited Worcester, did we not send Grace, Ill-spirited Worcester, did not we send grace,ill-spirited (adj.)
evil-hearted, wickedly minded
1H4 V.v.2
Pardon, and tearmes of Loue to all of you? Pardon, and terms of love to all of you? 1H4 V.v.3
And would'st thou turne our offers contrary? And wouldst thou turn our offers contrary?contrary (adv.)
in a very different direction
1H4 V.v.4
Misuse the tenor of thy Kinsmans trust? Misuse the tenor of thy kinsman's trust?tenor, tenour (n.)
meaning, purpose, intention
1H4 V.v.5
Three Knights vpon our party slaine to day, Three knights upon our party slain today, 1H4 V.v.6
A Noble Earle, and many a creature else, A noble earl, and many a creature else 1H4 V.v.7
Had beene aliue this houre, Had been alive this hour 1H4 V.v.8
If like a Christian thou had'st truly borne If like a Christian thou hadst truly borne 1H4 V.v.9
Betwixt our Armies, true Intelligence. Betwixt our armies true intelligence.intelligence (n.)
information, news, communication
1H4 V.v.10
What I haue done, my safety vrg'd me to, What I have done my safety urged me to, 1H4 V.v.11
And I embrace this fortune patiently, And I embrace this fortune patiently, 1H4 V.v.12
Since not to be auoyded, it fals on mee. Since not to be avoided it falls on me. 1H4 V.v.13
Beare Worcester to death, and Vernon too: Bear Worcester to the death, and Vernon too. 1H4 V.v.14
Other offenders we will pause vpon. Other offenders we will pause upon .pause upon (v.)

old form: vpon
deliberate about, take time to consider
1H4 V.v.15
Exit Worcester and Vernon.Exeunt Worcester and Vernon 1H4 V.v.15
How goes the Field? How goes the field?field (n.)
field of battle, battleground, field of combat
1H4 V.v.16
The Noble Scot Lord Dowglas, when hee saw The noble Scot, Lord Douglas, when he saw 1H4 V.v.17
The fortune of the day quite turn'd from him, The fortune of the day quite turned from him, 1H4 V.v.18
The Noble Percy slaine, and all his men, The noble Percy slain, and all his men 1H4 V.v.19
Vpon the foot of feare, fled with the rest; Upon the foot of fear, fled with the rest,foot (n.)
moving the feet, running away, flight
1H4 V.v.20
And falling from a hill, he was so bruiz'd And falling from a hill he was so bruised 1H4 V.v.21
That the pursuers tooke him. At my Tent That the pursuers took him. At my tent 1H4 V.v.22
The Dowglas is, and I beseech your Grace, The Douglas is – and I beseech your grace 1H4 V.v.23
I may dispose of him. I may dispose of him. 1H4 V.v.24.1
With all my heart. With all my heart. 1H4 V.v.24.2
Then Brother Iohn of Lancaster, / To you Then, brother John of Lancaster, to you 1H4 V.v.25
this honourable bounty shall belong: This honourable bounty shall belong. 1H4 V.v.26
Go to the Dowglas, and deliuer him Go to the Douglas and deliver himdeliver (v.)

old form: deliuer
hand over, convey, commit to the keeping [of someone]
1H4 V.v.27
Vp to his pleasure, ransomlesse and free: Up to his pleasure, ransomless and free. 1H4 V.v.28
His Valour shewne vpon our Crests to day, His valours shown upon our crests todaycrest (n.)
[originally the plume of feathers on a] helmet, head-piece
1H4 V.v.29
Hath taught vs how to cherish such high deeds, Hath taught us how to cherish such high deeds 1H4 V.v.30
Euen in the bosome of our Aduersaries. Even in the bosom of our adversaries. 1H4 V.v.31
I thank your grace for this high courtesy, 1H4 V.v.32
Which I shall give away immediately. 1H4 V.v.33
Then this remaines: that we diuide our Power. Then this remains, that we divide our power.power (n.)
armed force, troops, host, army
1H4 V.v.34
You Sonne Iohn, and my Cousin Westmerland You, son John, and my cousin Westmorland 1H4 V.v.35
Towards Yorke shall bend you, with your deerest speed Towards York shall bend you with your dearest speeddear (adj.)

old form: deerest
heartfelt, earnest, zealous
1H4 V.v.36
bend (v.)
turn, direct one's steps, proceed
To meet Northumberland, and the Prelate Scroope, To meet Northumberland and the prelate Scroop, 1H4 V.v.37
Who (as we heare) are busily in Armes. Who, as we hear, are busily in arms. 1H4 V.v.38
My Selfe, and you Sonne Harry will towards Wales, Myself and you, son Harry, will towards Wales, 1H4 V.v.39
To fight with Glendower, and the Earle of March. To fight with Glendower and the Earl of March. 1H4 V.v.40
Rebellion in this Land shall lose his way, Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway,sway (n.)
power, dominion, rule
1H4 V.v.41
Meeting the Checke of such another day: Meeting the check of such another day, 1H4 V.v.42
And since this Businesse so faire is done, And since this business so fair is done,fair (adv.)

old form: faire
successfully, promisingly, favourably
1H4 V.v.43
Let vs not leaue till all our owne be wonne. Let us not leave till all our own be won. 1H4 V.v.44
Exeunt.Exeunt 1H4 V.v.44
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