Henry V

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Enter Gloucester, Bedford, Exeter, Erpingham with Enter Gloucester, Bedford, Exeter, Erpingham with H5 IV.iii.1.1
all his Hoast: Salisbury, and Westmerland.all his host; Salisbury and Westmorland H5 IV.iii.1.2
Where is the King?Where is the King? H5 IV.iii.1
The King himselfe is rode to view their Battaile.The King himself is rode to view their battle.battle (n.)

old form: Battaile
battle array, war formation, ranks of soldiers
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Of fighting men they haue full threescore thousand.Of fighting men they have full threescore thousand. H5 IV.iii.3
There's fiue to one, besides they all are fresh.There's five to one: besides, they all are fresh. H5 IV.iii.4
Gods Arme strike with vs, 'tis a fearefull oddes.God's arm strike with us! 'Tis a fearful odds. H5 IV.iii.5
God buy' you Princes all; Ile to my Charge:God bye you, Princes all: I'll to my charge.charge (n.)
company, command
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If we no more meet, till we meet in Heauen;If we no more meet till we meet in heaven, H5 IV.iii.7
Then ioyfully, my Noble Lord of Bedford,Then joyfully, my noble Lord of Bedford, H5 IV.iii.8
My deare Lord Gloucester, and my good Lord Exeter,My dear Lord Gloucester, and my good Lord Exeter, H5 IV.iii.9
And my kind Kinsman, Warriors all, adieu.And my kind kinsman, warriors all, adieu! H5 IV.iii.10
Farwell good Salisbury, & good luck go with thee:Farewell, good Salisbury, and good luck go with thee! H5 IV.iii.11
Farwell kind Lord: fight valiantly to day.Farewell, kind lord: fight valiantly today –  H5 IV.iii.12
And yet I doe thee wrong, to mind thee of it,And yet I do thee wrong to mind thee of it,mind (v.)
put in mind, remind
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For thou art fram'd of the firme truth of valour.For thou art framed of the firm truth of valour.frame (v.)

old form: fram'd
fashion, make, form, create
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Exit Salisbury H5 IV.iii.14
He is as full of Valour as of Kindnesse,He is as full of valour as of kindness, H5 IV.iii.15
Princely in both.Princely in both. H5 IV.iii.16.1
Enter the King.Enter the King H5 IV.iii.16
O that we now had hereO that we now had here H5 IV.iii.16.2
But one ten thousand of those men in England,But one ten thousand of those men in England H5 IV.iii.17
That doe no worke to day.That do no work today! H5 IV.iii.18.1
What's he that wishes so?What's he that wishes so? H5 IV.iii.18.2
My Cousin Westmerland. No, my faire Cousin:My cousin Westmorland? No, my fair cousin. H5 IV.iii.19
If we are markt to dye, we are enowIf we are marked to die, we are enowenow (adv.)
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To doe our Countrey losse: and if to liue,To do our country loss: and if to live, H5 IV.iii.21
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.The fewer men, the greater share of honour. H5 IV.iii.22
Gods will, I pray thee wish not one man more.God's will! I pray thee wish not one man more. H5 IV.iii.23
By Ioue, I am not couetous for Gold,By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,Jove (n.)
[pron: johv] alternative name for Jupiter, the Roman supreme god
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Nor care I who doth feed vpon my cost:Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;cost (n.)
outlay, expense, expenditure
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It yernes me not, if men my Garments weare;It yearns me not if men my garments wear;yearn (v.)

old form: yernes
grieve, make mourn, move with pity
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Such outward things dwell not in my desires.Such outward things dwell not in my desires. H5 IV.iii.27
But if it be a sinne to couet Honor,But if it be a sin to covet honour, H5 IV.iii.28
I am the most offending Soule aliue.I am the most offending soul alive. H5 IV.iii.29
No 'faith, my Couze, wish not a man from England:No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England: H5 IV.iii.30
Gods peace, I would not loose so great an Honor,God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour H5 IV.iii.31
As one man more me thinkes would share from me,As one man more methinks would share from memethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
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share from (v.)
receive at the expense of
For the best hope I haue. O, doe not wish one more:For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more! H5 IV.iii.33
Rather proclaime it (Westmerland) through my Hoast,Rather proclaim it, Westmorland, through my host,host (n.)

old form: Hoast
army, armed multitude
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That he which hath no stomack to this fight,That he which hath no stomach to this fight,stomach (n.)

old form: stomack
wish, inclination, desire
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Let him depart, his Pasport shall be made,Let him depart: his passport shall be made, H5 IV.iii.36
And Crownes for Conuoy put into his Purse:And crowns for convoy put into his purse.convoy (n.)

old form: Conuoy
means of transport, method of conveyance
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crown (n.)

old form: Crownes
coin [usually showing a monarch's crown], English value: 5 shilllings
We would not dye in that mans companie,We would not die in that man's company H5 IV.iii.38
That feares his fellowship, to dye with vs.That fears his fellowship to die with us. H5 IV.iii.39
This day is call'd the Feast of Crispian:This day is called the Feast of Crispian: H5 IV.iii.40
He that out-liues this day, and comes safe home,He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, H5 IV.iii.41
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,Will stand a-tiptoe when this day is named, H5 IV.iii.42
And rowse him at the Name of Crispian.And rouse him at the name of Crispian. H5 IV.iii.43
He that shall see this day, and liue old age,He that shall see this day, and live old age, H5 IV.iii.44
Will yeerely on the Vigil feast his neighbours,Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours, H5 IV.iii.45
And say, to morrow is Saint Crispian.And say, ‘ Tomorrow is Saint Crispian.’ H5 IV.iii.46
Then will he strip his sleeue, and shew his skarres:Then will he strip his sleeve, and show his scars, H5 IV.iii.47
And say, ‘ These wounds I had on Crispin's day.’Crispian, Crispin, Saints
English forms of Crispianus and Crispinus: in Christian tradition, martyrs under Roman emperor Diocletian; feast day 25 October
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Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot:Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot, H5 IV.iii.49
But hee'le remember, with aduantages,But he'll remember, with advantages,advantage (n.)

old form: aduantages
addition, enhancement, exaggeration
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What feats he did that day. Then shall our Names,What feats he did that day. Then shall our names, H5 IV.iii.51
Familiar in his mouth as household words,Familiar in his mouth as household words, H5 IV.iii.52
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter, H5 IV.iii.53
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester, H5 IV.iii.54
Be in their flowing Cups freshly remembred.Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered. H5 IV.iii.55
This story shall the good man teach his sonne:This story shall the good man teach his son; H5 IV.iii.56
And Crispine Crispian shall ne're goe by,And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, H5 IV.iii.57
From this day to the ending of the World,From this day to the ending of the world, H5 IV.iii.58
But we in it shall be remembred;But we in it shall be remembered –  H5 IV.iii.59
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers:We few, we happy few, we band of brothers: H5 IV.iii.60
For he to day that sheds his blood with me,For he today that sheds his blood with me H5 IV.iii.61
Shall be my brother: be he ne're so vile,Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,vile, vild (adj.)
lowly, of humble birth
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This day shall gentle his Condition.This day shall gentle his condition;gentle (v.)
elevate, ennoble, dignify
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condition (n.)
position, social rank, station
And Gentlemen in England, now a bed,And gentlemen in England now abed H5 IV.iii.64
Shall thinke themselues accurst they were not here;Shall think themselves accursed they were not here, H5 IV.iii.65
And hold their Manhoods cheape, whiles any speakes,And hold their manhoods cheap, whiles any speaks H5 IV.iii.66
That fought with vs vpon Saint Crispines day.That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day. H5 IV.iii.67
Enter Salisbury.Enter Salisbury H5 IV.iii.68.1
My Soueraign Lord, bestow your selfe with speed:My sovereign lord, bestow yourself with speed.bestow (v.)
carry, bear, acquit, conduct
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The French are brauely in their battailes set,The French are bravely in their battles set,bravely (adv.)

old form: brauely
showily, with great display, with a fine flourish
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battle (n.)

old form: battailes
battle array, war formation, ranks of soldiers
And will with all expedience charge on vs.And will with all expedience charge on us.expedience (n.)
speed, haste, dispatch
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All things are ready, if our minds be so.All things are ready, if our minds be so. H5 IV.iii.71
Perish the man, whose mind is backward now.Perish the man whose mind is backward now! H5 IV.iii.72
Thou do'st not wish more helpe from England, Couze?Thou dost not wish more help from England, coz? H5 IV.iii.73
Gods will, my Liege, would you and I alone,God's will, my liege, would you and I alone,liege (n.)
lord, sovereign
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Without more helpe, could fight this Royall battaile.Without more help, could fight this royal battle! H5 IV.iii.75
Why now thou hast vnwisht fiue thousand men:Why, now thou hast unwished five thousand men, H5 IV.iii.76
Which likes me better, then to wish vs one.Which likes me better than to wish us one. H5 IV.iii.77
You know your places: God be with you all.You know your places. God be with you all! H5 IV.iii.78
Tucket. Enter Montioy.Tucket. Enter Montjoy H5 IV.iii.79
Once more I come to know of thee King Harry,Once more I come to know of thee, King Harry, H5 IV.iii.79
If for thy Ransome thou wilt now compound,If for thy ransom thou wilt now compound,compound (v.)
come to terms, reach an agreement
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Before thy most assured Ouerthrow:Before thy most assured overthrow: H5 IV.iii.81
For certainly, thou art so neere the Gulfe,For certainly thou art so near the gulfgulf (n.)

old form: Gulfe
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Thou needs must be englutted. Besides, in mercyThou needs must be englutted. Besides, in mercy,englut (v.)
swallow up, gulp down, devour
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The Constable desires thee, thou wilt mindThe Constable desires thee thou wilt mindmind (v.)
put in mind, remind
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Thy followers of Repentance; that their SoulesThy followers of repentance, that their souls H5 IV.iii.85
May make a peacefull and a sweet retyreMay make a peaceful and a sweet retireretire (n.)

old form: retyre
retreat, withdrawal
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From off these fields: where (wretches) their poore bodiesFrom off these fields, where, wretches, their poor bodies H5 IV.iii.87
Must lye and fester.Must lie and fester.fester (v.)
corrupt, putrify, rot
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Who hath sent thee now?Who hath sent thee now? H5 IV.iii.88.2
The Constable of France.The Constable of France. H5 IV.iii.89
I pray thee beare my former Answer back:I pray thee bear my former answer back: H5 IV.iii.90
Bid them atchieue me, and then sell my bones.Bid them achieve me, and then sell my bones.achieve (v.)

old form: atchieue
finish off, bring to an end, kill
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Good God, why should they mock poore fellowes thus?Good God, why should they mock poor fellows thus? H5 IV.iii.92
The man that once did sell the Lyons skinThe man that once did sell the lion's skin H5 IV.iii.93
While the beast liu'd, was kill'd with hunting him.While the beast lived, was killed with hunting him. H5 IV.iii.94
A many of our bodyes shall no doubtA many of our bodies shall no doubt H5 IV.iii.95
Find Natiue Graues: vpon the which, I trustFind native graves; upon the which, I trust, H5 IV.iii.96
Shall witnesse liue in Brasse of this dayes worke.Shall witness live in brass of this day's work. H5 IV.iii.97
And those that leaue their valiant bones in France,And those that leave their valiant bones in France, H5 IV.iii.98
Dying like men, though buryed in your Dunghills,Dying like men, though buried in your dunghills, H5 IV.iii.99
They shall be fam'd: for there the Sun shall greet them,They shall be famed; for there the sun shall greet them, H5 IV.iii.100
And draw their honors reeking vp to Heauen,And draw their honours reeking up to heaven,reek (v.)
steam, smoke, give off vapour
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Leauing their earthly parts to choake your Clyme,Leaving their earthly parts to choke your clime,clime (n.)

old form: Clyme
land, region, realm
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The smell whereof shall breed a Plague in France.The smell whereof shall breed a plague in France. H5 IV.iii.103
Marke then abounding valour in our English:Mark then abounding valour in our English,mark (v.)

old form: Marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
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That being dead, like to the bullets crasing,That being dead, like to the bullet's crasing,like to / unto (conj./prep.)
similar to, comparable with
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crasing, crazing (n.)
grazing, ricochet, rebound
Breake out into a second course of mischiefe,Break out into a second course of mischief,course (n.)
bout, engagement, encounter
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Killing in relapse of Mortalitie.Killing in relapse of mortality.mortality (n.)

old form: Mortalitie
mortal nature, human life
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relapse (n.)
[unclear meaning] falling back, return; rebound
Let me speake prowdly: Tell the Constable,Let me speak proudly: tell the Constable H5 IV.iii.108
We are but Warriors for the working day:We are but warriors for the working-day; H5 IV.iii.109
Our Gaynesse and our Gilt are all besmyrchtOur gayness and our gilt are all besmirchedgilt (n.)
gold-gilded state, gold-coated effects
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besmirch (v.)

old form: besmyrcht
discolour, sully, stain
With raynie Marching in the painefull field.With rainy marching in the painful field.painful (adj.)

old form: painefull
arduous, gruelling, taxing
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field (n.)
field of battle, battleground, field of combat
There's not a piece of feather in our Hoast:There's not a piece of feather in our hosthost (n.)

old form: Hoast
army, armed multitude
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Good argument (I hope) we will not flye:Good argument, I hope, we will not fly – argument (n.)
proof, evidence, demonstration
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And time hath worne vs into slouenrie.And time hath worn us into slovenry.slovenry (n.)

old form: slouenrie
slovenliness, negligence, neglect
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But by the Masse, our hearts are in the trim:But, by the mass, our hearts are in the trim;trim, in the
in fine condition, in good order
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And my poore Souldiers tell me, yet ere Night,And my poor soldiers tell me, yet ere night H5 IV.iii.116
They'le be in fresher Robes, or they will pluckThey'll be in fresher robes, or they will pluck H5 IV.iii.117
The gay new Coats o're the French Souldiers heads,The gay new coats o'er the French soldiers' heads, H5 IV.iii.118
And turne them out of seruice. If they doe this,And turn them out of service. If they do this – service (n.)

old form: seruice
military service, affairs of war
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As if God please, they shall; my Ransome thenAs, if God please, they shall – my ransom then H5 IV.iii.120
Will soone be leuyed. / Herauld, saue thou thy labour:Will soon be levied. Herald, save thou thy labour; H5 IV.iii.121
Come thou no more for Ransome, gentle Herauld,Come thou no more for ransom, gentle Herald.gentle (adj.)
well-born, honourable, noble
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They shall haue none, I sweare, but these my ioynts:They shall have none, I swear, but these my joints, H5 IV.iii.123
Which if they haue, as I will leaue vm them,Which if they have as I will leave 'em them H5 IV.iii.124
Shall yeeld them little, tell the Constable.Shall yield them little, tell the Constable. H5 IV.iii.125
I shall, King Harry. And so fare thee well:I shall, King Harry. And so fare thee well:fare ... well (int.)
goodbye [to an individual]
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Thou neuer shalt heare Herauld any more. Thou never shalt hear herald any more. H5 IV.iii.127
Exit.Exit H5 IV.iii.127
I feare thou wilt once more come againe for a Ransome.I fear thou wilt once more come again for a ransom. H5 IV.iii.128
Enter Yorke.Enter York H5 IV.iii.128
Yorke. YORK 
My Lord, most humbly on my knee I beggeMy lord, most humbly on my knee I beg H5 IV.iii.129
The leading of the Vaward.The leading of the vaward.vaward (n.)
[military] vanguard, foremost division
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Take it, braue Yorke. / Now Souldiers march away,Take it, brave York. Now, soldiers, march away: H5 IV.iii.131
And how thou pleasest God, dispose the day.And how Thou pleasest, God, dispose the day!dispose (v.)
control, direct, govern
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Exeunt.Exeunt H5 IV.iii.132
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