Henry VI Part 2

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Enter three or foure Petitioners, the Armorers Man Enter four Petitioners, Peter, the armourer's man, 2H6 I.iii.1.1
being one.being one 2H6 I.ii.1.2
My Masters, let's stand close, my My masters, let's stand close. Myclose (adv.)
close together
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Lord Protector will come this way by and by, and then Lord Protector will come this way by and by, and thenby and by (adv.)
shortly, soon, before long
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wee may deliuer our Supplications in the Quill.we may deliver our supplications in the quill.quill, in the
in a body, all together
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supplication (n.)
petition, written request
Marry the Lord protect him, Marry, the Lord protect him,marry (int.)
[exclamation] by Mary
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for hee's a good man, Iesu blesse him.for he's a good man. Jesu bless him! 2H6 I.iii.5
Enter Suffolke, and Queene.Enter Suffolk and the Queen 2H6 I.iii.6.1
Peter. PETER 
Here a comes me thinkes, and the Queene with him: Here a' comes, methinks, and the Queen with him.methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
it seems / seemed to me
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Ile be the first sure.I'll be the first, sure. 2H6 I.iii.7
Come backe foole, this is the Duke Come back, fool. This is the Duke 2H6 I.iii.8
of Suffolk, and not my Lord Protector.of Suffolk and not my Lord Protector. 2H6 I.iii.9
How now fellow: would'st any thing with me?How now, fellow? Wouldst anything with me? 2H6 I.iii.10
I pray my Lord pardon me, I tooke ye I pray, my lord, pardon me; I took ye 2H6 I.iii.11
for my Lord Protector.for my Lord Protector. 2H6 I.iii.12
Queene. QUEEN  
(reads) 2H6 I.iii.13
To my Lord Protector? Are your Supplications ‘ To my Lord Protector ’? Are your supplications 2H6 I.iii.13
to his Lordship? Let me see them: what is thine?to his lordship? Let me see them. What is thine? 2H6 I.iii.14
Mine is, and't please your Grace, Mine is, an't please your grace, 2H6 I.iii.15
against Iohn Goodman, my Lord Cardinals Man, for against John Goodman, my lord Cardinal's man, forman (n.)
agent, representative
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keeping my House, and Lands, and Wife and all, from me.keeping my house, and lands, and wife, and all, from me. 2H6 I.iii.17
Thy Wife too? that's some Wrong indeede.Thy wife too! That's some wrong indeed. –  2H6 I.iii.18
What's yours? What's heere? Against the Duke What's yours? What's here? (Reads) ‘ Against the Duke 2H6 I.iii.19
of Suffolke, for enclosing the Commons of Melforde. of Suffolk, for enclosing the commons of Melford.’ 2H6 I.iii.20
How now, Sir Knaue?How now, sir knave!knave (n.)

old form: Knaue
scoundrel, rascal, rogue
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Alas Sir, I am but a poore Petitioner Alas, sir, I am but a poor petitioner 2H6 I.iii.22
of our whole Towneship.of our whole township. 2H6 I.iii.23
Peter. PETER  
(offering his petition) 2H6 I.iii.24
Against my Master Thomas Against my master, Thomas 2H6 I.iii.24
Horner, for saying, / That the Duke of Yorke was rightfull Horner, for saying that the Duke of York was rightful 2H6 I.iii.25
Heire to the Crowne.heir to the crown. 2H6 I.iii.26
Queene. QUEEN 
What say'st thou? Did the Duke of Yorke say, hee was What sayst thou? Did the Duke of York say he was 2H6 I.iii.27
rightfull Heire to the Crowne?rightful heir to the crown? 2H6 I.iii.28
Peter. PETER 
That my Mistresse was? No forsooth: my Master said, That my master was? No, forsooth; my master saidforsooth (adv.)
in truth, certainly, truly, indeed
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That he was, and that the King was an Vsurper.that he was, and that the King was an usurper. 2H6 I.iii.30
Who is there?Who is there? 2H6 I.iii.31
Enter Seruant.Enter a servant 2H6 I.iii.32
Take this fellow in, and send for his Master with a Take this fellow in, and send for his master with a 2H6 I.iii.32
Purseuant presently: wee'le heare more of your matter pursuivant presently. We'll hear more of your mattermatter (n.)
affair(s), business, real issue
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presently (adv.)
immediately, instantly, at once
pursuivant (n.)
royal messenger, state messenger [with power to execute warrants]
before the King. before the King. 2H6 I.iii.34
Exit. Exit servant with Peter 2H6 I.iii.34
Queene. QUEEN 
And as for you that loue to be protectedAnd as for you that love to be protected 2H6 I.iii.35
Vnder the Wings of our Protectors Grace,Under the wings of our Protector's grace, 2H6 I.iii.36
Begin your Suites anew, and sue to him.Begin your suits anew and sue to him.suit (n.)

old form: Suites
formal request, entreaty, petition
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Teare the Supplication.She tears the supplications 2H6 I.iii.38.1
Away, base Cullions: Suffolke let them goe.Away, base cullions! Suffolk, let them go.base (adj.)
low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank
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cullion (n.)
wretch, rascal, rogue
Come, let's be gone. Come, let's be gone. 2H6 I.iii.39
Exit. Exeunt 2H6 I.iii.39
Queene. QUEEN 
My Lord of Suffolke, say, is this the guise?My lord of Suffolk, say, is this the guise,guise (n.)
way, custom, practice
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Is this the Fashions in the Court of England?Is this the fashions in the court of England? 2H6 I.iii.41
Is this the Gouernment of Britaines Ile?Is this the government of Britain's isle, 2H6 I.iii.42
And this the Royaltie of Albions King?And this the royalty of Albion's king?Albion (n.)
poetic name for England or Britain
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What, shall King Henry be a Pupill still,What, shall King Henry be a pupil stillstill (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
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Vnder the surly Glosters Gouernance?Under the surly Gloucester's governance? 2H6 I.iii.45
Am I a Queene in Title and in Stile,Am I a queen in title and in style,style (n.)

old form: Stile
mode of address, formal title
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title (n.)
[legal] right, claim, entitlement
And must be made a Subiect to a Duke?And must be made a subject to a duke? 2H6 I.iii.47
I tell thee Poole, when in the Citie ToursI tell thee, Pole, when in the city Tours 2H6 I.iii.48
Thou ran'st a-tilt in honor of my Loue,Thou rannest a tilt in honour of my lovetilt (n.)
lance-charge, joust, combat
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a-tilt (adv.)
as if jousting
And stol'st away the Ladies hearts of France;And stolest away the ladies' hearts of France, 2H6 I.iii.50
I thought King Henry had resembled thee,I thought King Henry had resembled thee 2H6 I.iii.51
In Courage, Courtship, and Proportion:In courage, courtship, and proportion.proportion (n.)
bodily shape, physical form
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courtship (n.)
court life, courtliness; also: wooing, courting
But all his minde is bent to Holinesse,But all his mind is bent to holiness, 2H6 I.iii.53
To number Aue-Maries on his Beades:To number Ave-Maries on his beads;Ave-Marie (n.)

old form: Aue
[of a rosary] Hail Mary
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bead (n.)

old form: Beades
[plural] rosary beads
His Champions, are the Prophets and Apostles,His champions are the prophets and apostles, 2H6 I.iii.55
His Weapons, holy Sawes of sacred Writ,His weapons holy saws of sacred writ;saw (n.)

old form: Sawes
wise saying, platitude, maxim
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writ (n.)
writing, text
His Studie is his Tilt-yard, and his LouesHis study is his tilt-yard, and his lovestilt-yard (n.)
tournament ground
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Are brazen Images of Canonized Saints.Are brazen images of canonized saints.image (n.)
effigy, statue, sculpture
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I would the Colledge of the CardinallsI would the College of the Cardinals 2H6 I.iii.59
Would chuse him Pope, and carry him to Rome,Would choose him Pope, and carry him to Rome, 2H6 I.iii.60
And set the Triple Crowne vpon his Head;And set the triple crown upon his head –  2H6 I.iii.61
That were a State fit for his Holinesse.That were a state fit for his holiness.state (n.)
status, rank, position
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Madame be patient: as I was causeMadam, be patient. As I was cause 2H6 I.iii.63
Your Highnesse came to England, so will IYour highness came to England, so will I 2H6 I.iii.64
In England worke your Graces full content.In England work your grace's full content.work (v.), past form wrought

old form: worke
bring about, arrange, effect
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content (n.)
pleasure, satisfaction, happiness
Queene. QUEEN 
Beside the haughtie Protector, haue we BeaufordBeside the haught Protector have we Beauforthaught (adj.)
haughty, arrogant, high and mighty
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The imperious Churchman; Somerset, Buckingham,The imperious churchman, Somerset, Buckingham, 2H6 I.iii.67
And grumbling Yorke: and not the least ofthese,And grumbling York; and not the least of these 2H6 I.iii.68
But can doe more in England then the King.But can do more in England than the King. 2H6 I.iii.69
And he of these, that can doe most of all,And he of these that can do most of all 2H6 I.iii.70
Cannot doe more in England then the Neuils:Cannot do more in England than the Nevils; 2H6 I.iii.71
Salisbury and Warwick are no simple Peeres.Salisbury and Warwick are no simple peers.simple (adj.)
common, ordinary, average, humble
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Queene. QUEEN 
Not all these Lords do vex me halfe so much,Not all these lords do vex me half so much 2H6 I.iii.73
As that prowd Dame, the Lord Protectors Wife:As that proud dame, the Lord Protector's wife; 2H6 I.iii.74
She sweepes it through the Court with troups of Ladies,She sweeps it through the court with troops of ladies,sweep (v.)

old form: sweepes
strut, parade, move majestically
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troop (n.)

old form: troups
company, retinue, band of followers
More like an Empresse, then Duke Humphreyes Wife:More like an empress than Duke Humphrey's wife. 2H6 I.iii.76
Strangers in Court, doe take her for the Queene:Strangers in court do take her for the queen.stranger (n.)
foreigner, alien, outsider
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She beares a Dukes Reuenewes on her backe,She bears a duke's revenues on her back, 2H6 I.iii.78
And in her heart she scornes our Pouertie:And in her heart she scorns our poverty. 2H6 I.iii.79
Shall I not liue to be aueng'd on her?Shall I not live to be avenged on her? 2H6 I.iii.80
Contemptuous base-borne Callot as she is,Contemptuous base-born callet as she is,base-born (adj.)

old form: base-borne
of low birth, low-born, plebeian
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contemptuous (adj.)
contemptible, despicable, loathsome
callet, callot (n.)
slut, drab, harlot
She vaunted 'mongst her Minions t'other day,She vaunted 'mongst her minions t' other dayminion (n.)
darling, favourite, select one
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vaunt (v.)
boast, brag, crow
The very trayne of her worst wearing Gowne,The very train of her worst wearing gownwearing, worst
most unfashionable, least stylish
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Was better worth then all my Fathers Lands,Was better worth than all my father's lands, 2H6 I.iii.84
Till Suffolke gaue two Dukedomes for his Daughter.Till Suffolk gave two dukedoms for his daughter. 2H6 I.iii.85
Madame, my selfe haue lym'd a Bush for her,Madam, myself have limed a bush for her,lime (v.)

old form: lym'd
add birdlime to
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And plac't a Quier of such enticing Birds,And placed a choir of such enticing birdschoir, quire (n.)

old form: Quier
company, group, assembly
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enticing (adj.)
acting as a decoy, seductive
That she will light to listen to the Layes,That she will light to listen to the lays,lay (n.)

old form: Layes
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light (v.)
alight, descend, fall, come to rest
And neuer mount to trouble you againe.And never mount to trouble you again. 2H6 I.iii.89
So let her rest: and Madame list to me,So let her rest; and, madam, list to me,rest, let
so much for, think no further of [someone / something]
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list (v.)
For I am bold to counsaile you in this;For I am bold to counsel you in this:bold (adj.)
over-confident, presumptuous, audacious, impudent
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Although we fancie not the Cardinall,Although we fancy not the Cardinal,fancy (v.)

old form: fancie
like, love, admire
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Yet must we ioyne with him and with the Lords,Yet must we join with him and with the lords 2H6 I.iii.93
Till we haue brought Duke Humphrey in disgrace.Till we have brought Duke Humphrey in disgrace. 2H6 I.iii.94
As for the Duke of Yorke, this late ComplaintAs for the Duke of York, this late complaintlate (adj.)
recent, not long past
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Will make but little for his benefit:Will make but little for his benefit. 2H6 I.iii.96
So one by one wee'le weed them all at last,So one by one we'll weed them all at last, 2H6 I.iii.97
And you your selfe shall steere the happy Helme. And you yourself shall steer the happy helm. 2H6 I.iii.98
Sound a Sennet. Enter the King, Duke Humfrey, Sound a sennet. Enter the King, Gloucester, the 2H6 I.iii.99.1
Cardinall, Buckingham, Yorke, Salisbury, Warwicke, Cardinal, Buckingham, York, Salisbury, Warwick, 2H6 I.iii.99.2
and the Duchesse.Somerset, and the Duchess of Gloucester 2H6 I.iii.99.3
King. KING 
For my part, Noble Lords, I care not which,For my part, noble lords, I care not which; 2H6 I.iii.99
Or Somerset, or Yorke, all's one to me.Or Somerset or York, all's one to me. 2H6 I.iii.100
Yorke. YORK 
If Yorke haue ill demean'd himselfe in France,If York have ill demeaned himself in France,ill (adv.)
badly, adversely, unfavourably
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demean (v.)

old form: demean'd
behave, conduct, comport [oneself]
Then let him be denay'd the Regent-ship. Then let him be denayed the Regentship.denay (v.)

old form: denay'd
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If Somerset be vnworthy of the Place,If Somerset be unworthy of the place,place (n.)
position, post, office, rank
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Let Yorke be Regent, I will yeeld to him.Let York be Regent. I will yield to him. 2H6 I.iii.104
Whether your Grace be worthy, yea or no,Whether your grace be worthy, yea or no, 2H6 I.iii.105
Dispute not that, Yorke is the worthyer.Dispute not that; York is the worthier. 2H6 I.iii.106
Ambitious Warwicke, let thy betters speake.Ambitious Warwick, let thy betters speak. 2H6 I.iii.107
The Cardinall's not my better in the field.The Cardinal's not my better in the field.field (n.)
field of battle, battleground, field of combat
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All in this presence are thy betters, Warwicke.All in this presence are thy betters, Warwick.