Henry IV Part 2

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INDVCTION Enter Rumour.INDUCTION Enter Rumour, painted full of tonguesinduction (n.)

old form: INDVCTION
opening scene [of a play], initial step, preparation
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Open your Eares: For which of you will stopOpen your ears, for which of you will stop 2H4 induction.1
The vent of Hearing, when loud Rumor speakes?The vent of hearing when loud Rumour speaks?vent (n.)
aperture, opening
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I, from the Orient, to the drooping WestI, from the orient to the drooping west,drooping (adj.)
[of the sun] moving downward
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(Making the winde my Post-horse) still vnfoldMaking the wind my post-horse, still unfoldpost-horse (n.)
pony-express, express speed
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still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
The Acts commenced on this Ball of Earth.The acts commenced on this ball of earth. 2H4 induction.5
Vpon my Tongue, continuall Slanders ride,Upon my tongues continual slanders ride, 2H4 induction.6
The which, in euery Language, I pronounce,The which in every language I pronounce, 2H4 induction.7
Stuffing the Eares of them with false Reports:Stuffing the ears of men with false reports.false (adj.)
wrong, mistaken
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I speake of Peace, while couert EnmitieI speak of peace while covert enmity, 2H4 induction.9
(Vnder the smile of Safety) wounds the World:Under the smile of safety, wounds the world; 2H4 induction.10
And who but Rumour, who but onely IAnd who but Rumour, who but only I, 2H4 induction.11
Make fearfull Musters, and prepar'd Defence,Make fearful musters, and prepared defence,muster (n.)
(plural) enlistment of soldiers, mobilizing of troops
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fearful (adj.)

old form: fearfull
causing fear, awe-inspiring, terrifying, alarming
Whil'st the bigge yeare, swolne with some other griefes,Whiles the big year, swollen with some other grief,big (adj.)

old form: bigge
pregnant [with], swollen
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Is thought with childe, by the sterne Tyrant, Warre,Is thought with child by the stern tyrant War,tyrant (n.)
pitiless ruffian, cruel villain
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And no such matter? Rumour, is a PipeAnd no such matter? Rumour is a pipematter (n.)
reason, cause, ground
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Blowne by Surmises, Ielousies, Coniectures;Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures,jealousy (n.)

old form: Ielousies
suspicion, mistrust, apprehension
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conjecture (n.)

old form: Coniectures
suspicion, misgiving, evil doubt
And of so easie, and so plaine a stop,And of so easy and so plain a stopstop (n.)
means of closing a finger-hole in a wind instrument
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That the blunt Monster, with vncounted heads,That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,uncounted (adj.)

old form: vncounted
uncountable, innumerable
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blunt (adj.)
stupid, obtuse, dull-witted
The still discordant, wauering Multitude,The still-discordant wavering multitude,wavering (adj.)

old form: wauering
inconstant, fickle, capricious
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still-discordant (adj.)always disagreeing, perpetually quarrelling
Can play vpon it. But what neede I thusCan play upon it. But what need I thus 2H4 induction.20
My well-knowne Body to AnathomizeMy well-known body to anatomizeanatomize, annothanize (v.)

old form: Anathomize
dissect, reveal, lay open
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Among my houshold? Why is Rumour heere?Among my household? Why is Rumour here? 2H4 induction.22
I run before King Harries victory,I run before King Harry's victory, 2H4 induction.23
Who in a bloodie field by ShrewsburieWho in a bloody field by Shrewsburyfield (n.)
field of battle, battleground, field of combat
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Hath beaten downe yong Hotspurre, and his Troopes,Hath beaten down young Hotspur and his troops, 2H4 induction.25
Quenching the flame of bold Rebellion,Quenching the flame of bold rebellion 2H4 induction.26
Euen with the Rebels blood. But what meane IEven with the rebels' blood. But what mean I 2H4 induction.27
To speake so true at first? My Office isTo speak so true at first? My office isoffice (n.)
task, service, duty, responsibility
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To noyse abroad, that Harry Monmouth fellTo noise abroad that Harry Monmouth fell 2H4 induction.29
Vnder the Wrath of Noble Hotspurres Sword:Under the wrath of noble Hotspur's sword, 2H4 induction.30
And that the King, before the Dowglas RageAnd that the King before the Douglas' rage 2H4 induction.31
Stoop'd his Annointed head, as low as death.Stooped his anointed head as low as death.stoop (v.)

old form: Stoop'd
kneel, submit, bow down
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This haue I rumour'd through the peasant-Townes,This have I rumoured through the peasant townspeasant (adj.)
country, rural, backwoods
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Betweene the Royall Field of Shrewsburie,Between that royal field of Shrewsbury 2H4 induction.34
And this Worme-eaten-Hole of ragged Stone,And this worm-eaten hold of ragged stone,hold (n.)
stronghold, castle, fortress
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ragged (adj.)
rough-hewn, dilapidated, rugged
Where Hotspurres Father, old Northumberland,Where Hotspur's father, old Northumberland, 2H4 induction.36
Lyes crafty sicke. The Postes come tyring on,Lies crafty-sick. The posts come tiring on,post (n.)

old form: Postes
express messenger, courier
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tiring (adj.)

old form: tyring
exhausted, worn out from riding hard
crafty-sick (adj.)

old form: crafty sicke
pretending sickness
And not a man of them brings other newesAnd not a man of them brings other news 2H4 induction.38
Then they haue learn'd of Me. From Rumours Tongues,Than they have learnt of me. From Rumour's tongues 2H4 induction.39
They bring smooth-Comforts-false, worse then True-wrongs.They bring smooth comforts false, worse than true wrongs.false (adj.)
wrong, mistaken
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smooth (adj.)
pleasant, welcome, gratifying
Exit.Exit 2H4 induction.40
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