Henry VI Part 1

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Enter Richard Plantagenet, Warwick, Somerset,Enter Richard Plantagenet, Warwick, Somerset, 1H6 II.iv.1.1
Poole, and others.Suffolk, Vernon, a Lawyer, and other gentlemen 1H6 II.iv.1.2
Great Lords and Gentlemen, / What meanes this silence?Great lords and gentlemen, what means this silence? 1H6 II.iv.1
Dare no man answer in a Case of Truth?Dare no man answer in a case of truth? 1H6 II.iv.2
Within the Temple Hall we were too lowd,Within the Temple Hall we were too loud; 1H6 II.iv.3
The Garden here is more conuenient.The garden here is more convenient.convenient (adj.)

old form: conuenient
fitting, suitable, appropriate
1H6 II.iv.4
Then say at once, if I maintain'd the Truth:Then say at once if I maintained the truth; 1H6 II.iv.5
Or else was wrangling Somerset in th'error?Or else was wrangling Somerset in th' error?wrangling (adj.)
quarrelsome, disputatious, argumentative
1H6 II.iv.6
Faith I haue beene a Truant in the Law,Faith, I have been a truant in the lawtruant (n.)
negligent student, remiss practitioner, absentee
1H6 II.iv.7
And neuer yet could frame my will to it,And never yet could frame my will to it;frame (v.)
adapt, adjust, shape, accommodate
1H6 II.iv.8
And therefore frame the Law vnto my will.And therefore frame the law unto my will. 1H6 II.iv.9
Iudge you, my Lord of Warwicke, then betweene vs.Judge you, my Lord of Warwick, then between us. 1H6 II.iv.10
Between two Hawks, which flyes the higher pitch,Between two hawks, which flies the higher pitch;pitch (n.)
height [to which a bird of prey soars before swooping]
1H6 II.iv.11
Between two Dogs, which hath the deeper mouth,Between two dogs, which hath the deeper mouth;mouth (n.)
bark, baying, howl
1H6 II.iv.12
deep (adj.)
loud, resounding; low-pitched
Between two Blades, which beares the better temper,Between two blades, which bears the better temper;temper (n.)
quality, constitution, condition
1H6 II.iv.13
bear (v.), past forms bore, borne

old form: beares
keep, present, show
Between two Horses, which doth beare him best,Between two horses, which doth bear him best;bear (v.), past forms bore, borne

old form: beare
behave, look, conduct [oneself]
1H6 II.iv.14
Between two Girles, which hath the merryest eye,Between two girls, which hath the merriest eye, 1H6 II.iv.15
I haue perhaps some shallow spirit of Iudgement:I have perhaps some shallow spirit of judgement; 1H6 II.iv.16
But in these nice sharpe Quillets of the Law,But in these nice sharp quillets of the law,nice (adj.)
fine, precise, particular, subtle
1H6 II.iv.17
quillet (n.)
quibble, equivocation, hair-splitting distinction
sharp (adj.)

old form: sharpe
subtle, delicate, acute
Good faith I am no wiser then a Daw.Good faith, I am no wiser than a daw.daw (n.)
jackdaw [as noted for its stupidity]; dolt, fool
1H6 II.iv.18
Tut, tut, here is a mannerly forbearance:Tut, tut, here is a mannerly forbearance.mannerly (adj.)
well-mannered, courteous, genteel
1H6 II.iv.19
forbearance (n.)
refusal, reluctance [to be involved]
The truth appeares so naked on my side,The truth appears so naked on my side 1H6 II.iv.20
That any purblind eye may find it out.That any purblind eye may find it out.purblind (adj.)
half-blind, dim-sighted
1H6 II.iv.21
find out (v.)
detect, perceive, grasp
And on my side it is so well apparrell'd,And on my side it is so well-apparelled,apparel (v.)

old form: apparrell'd
clothe, dress up, trick out
1H6 II.iv.22
So cleare, so shining, and so euident,So clear, so shining, and so evident, 1H6 II.iv.23
That it will glimmer through a blind-mans eye.That it will glimmer through a blind man's eye. 1H6 II.iv.24
Since you are tongue-ty'd, and so loth to speake,Since you are tongue-tied and so loath to speak, 1H6 II.iv.25
In dumbe significants proclayme your thoughts:In dumb significants proclaim your thoughts.significant (n.)
sign, signal, indication
1H6 II.iv.26
dumb (adj.)

old form: dumbe
wordless, silent, mute
Let him that is a true-borne Gentleman,Let him that is a true-born gentleman 1H6 II.iv.27
And stands vpon the honor of his birth,And stands upon the honour of his birth,stand upon (v.)

old form: vpon
make an issue of, insist upon, bother about
1H6 II.iv.28
If he suppose that I haue pleaded truth,If he suppose that I have pleaded truth,plead (v.)
make a case for, present an argument for
1H6 II.iv.29
From off this Bryer pluck a white Rose with me.From off this briar pluck a white rose with me. 1H6 II.iv.30
Let him that is no Coward, nor no Flatterer,Let him that is no coward nor no flatterer, 1H6 II.iv.31
But dare maintaine the partie of the truth,But dare maintain the party of the truth,party (n.)

old form: partie
side, position, viewpoint
1H6 II.iv.32
Pluck a red Rose from off this Thorne with me.Pluck a red rose from off this thorn with me. 1H6 II.iv.33
I loue no Colours: and without all colourI love no colours; and, without all colourcolour (n.)
semblance, outward appearance, character
1H6 II.iv.34
Of base insinuating flatterie,Of base insinuating flattery,insinuating (adj.)
ingratiating, fawning, obsequious
1H6 II.iv.35
base (adj.)
dishonourable, low, unworthy
I pluck this white Rose with Plantagenet.I pluck this white rose with Plantagenet. 1H6 II.iv.36
I pluck this red Rose, with young Somerset,I pluck this red rose with young Somerset, 1H6 II.iv.37
And say withall, I thinke he held the right.And say withal I think he held the right.hold (v.)
keep, maintain, observe
1H6 II.iv.38
Vernon. VERNON 
Stay Lords and Gentlemen, and pluck no moreStay, lords and gentlemen, and pluck no more 1H6 II.iv.39
Till you conclude, that he vpon whose sideTill you conclude that he upon whose side 1H6 II.iv.40
The fewest Roses are cropt from the Tree,The fewest roses are cropped from the treecrop (v.)

old form: cropt
cut down, remove, hack off
1H6 II.iv.41
Shall yeeld the other in the right opinion.Shall yield the other in the right opinion.yield (v.)

old form: yeeld
concede, acknowledge, grant
1H6 II.iv.42
Good Master Vernon, it is well obiected:Good Master Vernon, it is well objected;objected (adj.)

old form: obiected
[legal sense] urged as an objection, brought forward in argument
1H6 II.iv.43
If I haue fewest, I subscribe in silence.If I have fewest, I subscribe in silence.subscribe (v.)
concur, consent, give assent
1H6 II.iv.44
And I.And I. 1H6 II.iv.45
Vernon. VERNON 
Then for the truth, and plainnesse of the Case,Then, for the truth and plainness of the case, 1H6 II.iv.46
I pluck this pale and Maiden Blossome here,I pluck this pale and maiden blossom here, 1H6 II.iv.47
Giuing my Verdict on the white Rose side.Giving my verdict on the white rose side.verdict (n.)
decision, pledge, final word
1H6 II.iv.48
Prick not your finger as you pluck it off,Prick not your finger as you pluck it off, 1H6 II.iv.49
Least bleeding, you doe paint the white Rose red,Lest, bleeding, you do paint the white rose red, 1H6 II.iv.50
And fall on my side so against your will.And fall on my side so against your will. 1H6 II.iv.51
Vernon. VERNON 
If I, my Lord, for my opinion bleed,If I, my lord, for my opinion bleed,opinion (n.)
judgement, conviction, belief
1H6 II.iv.52
Opinion shall be Surgeon to my hurt,Opinion shall be surgeon to my hurtopinion (n.)
reputation, character, honour
1H6 II.iv.53
And keepe me on the side where still I am.And keep me on the side where still I am. 1H6 II.iv.54
Well, well, come on, who else?Well, well, come on; who else? 1H6 II.iv.55
Lawyer. LAWYER  
(to Somerset) 1H6 II.iii.56
Vnlesse my Studie and my Bookes be false,Unless my study and my books be false,false (adj.)
wrong, mistaken
1H6 II.iv.56
The argument you held, was wrong in you;The argument you held was wrong in you; 1H6 II.iv.57
In signe whereof, I pluck a white Rose too.In sign whereof I pluck a white rose too. 1H6 II.iv.58
Now Somerset, where is your argument?Now, Somerset, where is your argument? 1H6 II.iv.59
Here in my Scabbard, meditating, thatHere in my scabbard, meditating thatmeditate (v.)
contemplate, plan, deliberate
1H6 II.iv.60
Shall dye your white Rose in a bloody red.Shall dye your white rose in a bloody red.bloody (adj.)
portending bloodshed; or: blood-red, scarlet
1H6 II.iv.61
Meane time your cheeks do counterfeit our Roses:Meantime your cheeks do counterfeit our roses;counterfeit (v.)
copy, imitate, simulate
1H6 II.iv.62
For pale they looke with feare, as witnessingFor pale they look with fear, as witnessing 1H6 II.iv.63
The truth on our side.The truth on our side. 1H6 II.iv.64.1
No Plantagenet:No, Plantagenet, 1H6 II.iv.64.2
'Tis not for feare, but anger, that thy cheekes'Tis not for fear, but anger, that thy cheeks 1H6 II.iv.65
Blush for pure shame, to counterfeit our Roses,Blush for pure shame to counterfeit our roses, 1H6 II.iv.66
And yet thy tongue will not confesse thy error.And yet thy tongue will not confess thy error. 1H6 II.iv.67
Hath not thy Rose a Canker, Somerset?Hath not thy rose a canker, Somerset?canker (n./adj.)
grub that destroys plant buds and leaves, cankerworm, parasite
1H6 II.iv.68
Hath not thy Rose a Thorne, Plantagenet?Hath not thy rose a thorn, Plantagenet? 1H6 II.iv.69
I, sharpe and piercing to maintaine his truth,Ay, sharp and piercing, to maintain his truth, 1H6 II.iv.70
Whiles thy consuming Canker eates his falsehood.Whiles thy consuming canker eats his falsehood. 1H6 II.iv.71
Well, Ile find friends to weare my bleeding Roses,Well, I'll find friends to wear my bleeding roses, 1H6 II.iv.72
That shall maintaine what I haue said is true,That shall maintain what I have said is true 1H6 II.iv.73
Where false Plantagenet dare not be seene.Where false Plantagenet dare not be seen.false (adj.)
treacherous, traitorous, perfidious
1H6 II.iv.74
Now by this Maiden Blossome in my hand,Now, by this maiden blossom in my hand, 1H6 II.iv.75
I scorne thee and thy fashion, peeuish Boy.I scorn thee and thy fashion, peevish boy.peevish (adj.)

old form: peeuish
silly, foolish; or: headstrong, impulsive
1H6 II.iv.76
fashion (n.)
observance, style, latest practice
Turne not thy scornes this way, Plantagenet.Turn not thy scorns this way, Plantagenet.scorn (n.)

old form: scorne
mockery, taunt, insult, act of derision
1H6 II.iv.77
Prowd Poole, I will, and scorne both him and thee.Proud Pole, I will, and scorn both him and thee. 1H6 II.iv.78
Ile turne my part thereof into thy throat.I'll turn my part thereof into thy throat. 1H6 II.iv.79
Away, away, good William de la Poole,Away, away, good William de la Pole! 1H6 II.iv.80
We grace the Yeoman, by conuersing with him.We grace the yeoman by conversing with him.grace (v.)
favour, add merit to, do honour to
1H6 II.iv.81
yeoman (n.)
[term of abuse] commoner, plebeian
Now by Gods will thou wrong'st him, Somerset:Now, by God's will, thou wrongest him, Somerset; 1H6 II.iv.82
His Grandfather was Lyonel Duke of Clarence,His grandfather was Lionel Duke of Clarence, 1H6 II.iv.83
Third Sonne to the third Edward King of England:Third son to the third Edward, King of England. 1H6 II.iv.84
Spring Crestlesse Yeomen from so deepe a Root?Spring crestless yeomen from so deep a root?crestless (adj.)

old form: Crestlesse
lacking a heraldic crest
1H6 II.iv.85
He beares him on the place's Priuiledge,He bears him on the place's privilege,privilege (n.)

old form: Priuiledge
sanctuary, immunity, asylum
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bear (v.), past forms bore, borne

old form: beares
carry on, manage, conduct [an affair]
Or durst not for his crauen heart say thus.Or durst not for his craven heart say thus.craven (adj.)

old form: crauen
cowardly, spineless, weak-hearted
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By him that made me, Ile maintaine my wordsBy Him that made me, I'll maintain my words 1H6 II.iv.88
On any Plot of Ground in Christendome.On any plot of ground in Christendom. 1H6 II.iv.89
Was not thy Father Richard, Earle of Cambridge,Was not thy father, Richard Earl of Cambridge, 1H6 II.iv.90
For Treason executed in our late Kings dayes?For treason executed in our late king's days? 1H6 II.iv.91
And by his Treason, stand'st not thou attainted,And by his treason standest not thou attainted,attaint (v.)
taint [by treason], corrupt
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Corrupted, and exempt from ancient Gentry?Corrupted, and exempt from ancient gentry?exempt (adj.)
removed, cut off, excluded, debarred
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gentry (n.)
position of gentleman, high rank
corrupted (adj.)
tainted [by a crime], deprived of title
ancient, aunchient (adj.)
long-established, long-standing
His Trespas yet liues guiltie in thy blood,His trespass yet lives guilty in thy blood, 1H6 II.iv.94
And till thou be restor'd, thou art a Yeoman.And till thou be restored thou art a yeoman.restore (v.)

old form: restor'd
have one's titles returned, reinstate
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yeoman (n.)
[term of abuse] commoner, plebeian
My Father was attached, not attainted,My father was attached, not attainted,attaint (v.)
taint [by treason], corrupt
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attach (v.)
arrest, seize by warrant
Condemn'd to dye for Treason, but no Traytor;Condemned to die for treason, but no traitor; 1H6 II.iv.97
And that Ile proue on better men then Somerset,And that I'll prove on better men than Somerset,prove (v.)

old form: proue
test, try out, make trial [of]
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Were growing time once ripened to my will.Were growing time once ripened to my will. 1H6 II.iv.99
For your partaker Poole, and you your selfe,For your partaker Pole, and you yourself,partaker (n.)
ally, supporter, associate
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Ile note you in my Booke of Memorie,I'll note you in my book of memory 1H6 II.iv.101
To scourge you for this apprehension:To scourge you for this apprehension.apprehension (n.)
opinion, notion, view
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Looke to it well, and say you are well warn'd.Look to it well and say you are well warned. 1H6 II.iv.103
Ah, thou shalt finde vs ready for thee still:Ah, thou shalt find us ready for thee still;still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
1H6 II.iv.104
And know vs by these Colours for thy Foes,And know us by these colours for thy foes, 1H6 II.iv.105
For these, my friends in spight of thee shall weare.For these my friends in spite of thee shall wear.spite of, in spite of (prep.)

old form: spight
in defiance of
1H6 II.iv.106
And by my Soule, this pale and angry Rose,And, by my soul, this pale and angry rose, 1H6 II.iv.107
As Cognizance of my blood-drinking hate,As cognizance of my blood-drinking hate,cognizance (n.)
badge, sign, token
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blood-drinking (adj.)
bloodthirsty, eager for bloodshed
Will I for euer, and my Faction weare,Will I for ever, and my faction, wear 1H6 II.iv.109
Vntill it wither with me to my Graue,Until it wither with me to my grave, 1H6 II.iv.110
Or flourish to the height of my Degree.Or flourish to the height of my degree.degree (n.)
rank, station, standing
1H6 II.iv.111
Goe forward, and be choak'd with thy ambition:Go forward, and be choked with thy ambition! 1H6 II.iv.112
And so farwell, vntill I meet thee next. And so farewell until I meet thee next. 1H6 II.iv.113
Exit.Exit 1H6 II.iv.113
Haue with thee Poole: Farwell ambitious Richard. Have with thee, Pole. Farewell, ambitious Richard.have with you

old form: Haue
I'll join you, I'll be with you
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Exit.Exit 1H6 II.iv.114
How I am brau'd, and must perforce endure it?How I am braved and must perforce endure it!endure (v.)
undergo, suffer, put up with
1H6 II.iv.115
perforce (adv.)
of necessity, with no choice in the matter
brave (v.)

old form: brau'd
challenge, defy, confront, provoke
This blot that they obiect against your House,This blot that they object against your houseobject (v.)

old form: obiect
urge, adduce, bring up
1H6 II.iv.116
Shall be whipt out in the next Parliament,Shall be wiped out in the next parliament, 1H6 II.iv.117
Call'd for the Truce of Winchester and Gloucester:Called for the truce of Winchester and Gloucester; 1H6 II.iv.118
And if thou be not then created Yorke,And if thou be not then created York, 1H6 II.iv.119
I will not liue to be accounted Warwicke.I will not live to be accounted Warwick. 1H6 II.iv.120
Meane time, in signall of my loue to thee,Meantime, in signal of my love to thee,signal (n.)

old form: signall
sign, indication, token
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Against prowd Somerset, and William Poole,Against proud Somerset and William Pole, 1H6 II.iv.122
Will I vpon thy partie weare this Rose.Will I upon thy party wear this rose:party (n.)

old form: partie
side, faction, camp
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And here I prophecie: this brawle to day,And here I prophesy; this brawl today, 1H6 II.iv.124
Growne to this faction in the Temple Garden,Grown to this faction in the Temple garden,faction (n.)
party, group, set [of people]
1H6 II.iv.125
Shall send betweene the Red-Rose and the White,Shall send between the red rose and the white 1H6 II.iv.126
A thousand Soules to Death and deadly Night.A thousand souls to death and deadly night. 1H6 II.iv.127
Good Master Vernon, I am bound to you,Good Master Vernon, I am bound to youbound (adj.)
obliged, indebted, under an obligation
1H6 II.iv.128
That you on my behalfe would pluck a Flower.That you on my behalf would pluck a flower. 1H6 II.iv.129
In your behalfe still will I weare the same.In your behalf still will I wear the same.still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
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Lawyer. LAWYER 
And so will I.And so will I. 1H6 II.iv.131
Thankes gentle.Thanks, gentle sir.gentle (adj.)
well-born, honourable, noble
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Come, let vs foure to Dinner: I dare say,Come, let us four to dinner. I dare say 1H6 II.iv.133
This Quarrell will drinke Blood another day.This quarrel will drink blood another day. 1H6 II.iv.134
Exeunt.Exeunt 1H6 II.iv.134
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