Henry VI Part 1

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Here an Alarum againe,and Talbot pursueth Here an alarum again, and Talbot pursueth Charles 1H6 I.v.1.1
the Dolphin, and driueth him: Then enter Ioane de the Dauphin and driveth him. Then enter Joan la 1H6 I.v.1.2
Puzel, driuing Englishmen before her.Pucelle, driving Englishmen before her, and exeunt. 1H6 I.v.1.3
Then enter Talbot.Then enter Talbot 1H6 I.v.1.4
Where is my strength, my valour, and my force?Where is my strength, my valour, and my force? 1H6 I.v.1
Our English Troupes retyre, I cannot stay them,Our English troops retire, I cannot stay them;stay (v.)
dissuade, stop, prevent
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A Woman clad in Armour chaseth them.A woman clad in armour chaseth them. 1H6 I.v.3
Enter Puzel.Enter Joan la Pucelle 1H6 I.v.4.1
Here, here shee comes. Ile haue a bowt with thee:Here, here she comes. (To Pucelle) I'll have a bout with thee.bout (n.)

old form: bowt
fight, round, contest
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Deuill,or Deuils Dam, Ile coniure thee:Devil or devil's dam, I'll conjure thee.dam (n.)
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conjure (v.)

old form: coniure
control, constrain [by invoking divine powers]
Blood will I draw on thee, thou art a Witch,Blood will I draw on thee – thou art a witch – on (prep.)
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And straightway giue thy Soule to him thou seru'st.And straightway give thy soul to him thou servest. 1H6 I.v.7
Come, come, 'tis onely I that must disgrace thee. Come, come, 'tis only I that must disgrace thee. 1H6 I.v.8
Here they fight.Here they fight 1H6 I.v.8
Heauens, can you suffer Hell so to preuayle?Heavens, can you suffer hell so to prevail?suffer (v.)
allow, permit, let
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My brest Ile burst with straining of my courage,My breast I'll burst with straining of my courage,strain (v.)
stretch, make extra effort
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And from my shoulders crack my Armes asunder,And from my shoulders crack my arms asunder, 1H6 I.v.11
But I will chastise this high-minded Strumpet.But I will chastise this high-minded strumpet.strumpet (n.)
harlot, prostitute, whore
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high-minded (adj.)
arrogant, haughty, imperious
They fight againe.They fight again 1H6 I.v.13
Talbot farwell, thy houre is not yet come,Talbot, farewell; thy hour is not yet come. 1H6 I.v.13
I must goe Victuall Orleance forthwith:I must go victual Orleans forthwith.victual (v.)

old form: Victuall
supply, furnish, provide [with food]
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A short Alarum: then enter the Towne with A short alarum. Then she enters the town with 1H6 I.v.15.1
Souldiers.soldiers 1H6 I.v.15.2
O're-take me if thou canst, I scorne thy strength.O'ertake me if thou canst; I scorn thy strength. 1H6 I.v.15
Goe, goe, cheare vp thy hungry-starued men,Go, go, cheer up thy hungry-starved men;hungry-starved (adj.)

old form: hungry-starued
dying with hunger, famished
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Helpe Salisbury to make his Testament,Help Salisbury to make his testament.testament (n.)
will, last will and testament
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This Day is ours, as many more shall be. This day is ours, as many more shall be. 1H6 I.v.18
Exit.Exit 1H6 I.v.18
My thoughts are whirled like a Potters Wheele,My thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel; 1H6 I.v.19
I know not where I am, nor what I doe:I know not where I am nor what I do. 1H6 I.v.20
A Witch by feare, not force, like Hannibal,A witch by fear, not force, like Hannibal,Hannibal (n.)
Carthaginian general, 3rd-c BC
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Driues back our troupes, and conquers as she lists:Drives back our troops and conquers as she lists.list (v.)
wish, like, please
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So Bees with smoake, and Doues with noysome stench,So bees with smoke and doves with noisome stenchnoisome (adj.)

old form: noysome
noxious, harmful, evil
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Are from their Hyues and Houses driuen away.Are from their hives and houses driven away. 1H6 I.v.24
They call'd vs, for our fiercenesse, English Dogges,They called us, for our fierceness, English dogs; 1H6 I.v.25
Now like to Whelpes, we crying runne away.Now, like to whelps, we crying run away.like to / unto (conj./prep.)
similar to, comparable with
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A short Alarum.A short alarum 1H6 I.v.27
Hearke Countreymen, eyther renew the fight,Hark, countrymen! Either renew the fight 1H6 I.v.27
Or teare the Lyons out of Englands Coat;Or tear the lions out of England's coat;coat (n.)
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Renounce your Soyle, giue Sheepe in Lyons stead:Renounce your soil, give sheep in lions' stead.soil (n.)

old form: Soyle
country, homeland, nation
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style (n.)
[Q variant] title, name
give (v.)

old form: giue
display, show, bear arms of
Sheepe run not halfe so trecherous from the Wolfe,Sheep run not half so treacherous from the wolf, 1H6 I.v.30
Or Horse or Oxen from the Leopard,Or horse or oxen from the leopard, 1H6 I.v.31
As you flye from your oft-subdued slaues.As you fly from your oft-subdued slaves.oft-subdued (adj.)
often-defeated, frequently subjugated
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Alarum. Here another Skirmish.Alarum. Here another skirmish 1H6 I.v.33
It will not be, retyre into your Trenches:It will not be. Retire into your trenches. 1H6 I.v.33
You all consented vnto Salisburies death,You all consented unto Salisbury's death,consent (v.)
agree, concur, acquiesce
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For none would strike a stroake in his reuenge.For none would strike a stroke in his revenge. 1H6 I.v.35
Puzel is entred into Orleance,Pucelle is entered into Orleans 1H6 I.v.36
In spight of vs, or ought that we could doe.In spite of us or aught that we could do.aught (n.)

old form: ought
anything, [with negative word] nothing
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O would I were to dye with Salisbury,O, would I were to die with Salisbury! 1H6 I.v.38
The shame hereof, will make me hide my head.The shame hereof will make me hide my head. 1H6 I.v.39
Exit Talbot. Alarum, Retreat, Flourish.Exit Talbot. Alarum. Retreat 1H6 I.v.39
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