Henry IV Part 1

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Enter the King, Lord Iohn of Lancaster, Earle of Enter the King, Lord John of Lancaster, Earl of 1H4 I.i.1.1
Westmerland, with others. Westmorland, Sir Walter Blunt, with others 1H4 I.i.1.2
SO shaken as we are, so wan with care,So shaken as we are, so wan with care, 1H4 I.i.1
Finde we a time for frighted Peace to pant,Find we a time for frighted peace to pant,frighted (adj.)
frightened, terrified, scared
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And breath shortwinded accents of new broilsAnd breathe short-winded accents of new broilsaccent (n.)
talk, speech, utterance, words
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breathe (v.)

old form: breath
speak, utter, talk
broil (n.)
turmoil, confused fighting, battle
To be commenc'd in Stronds a-farre remote:To be commenced in strands afar remote.strand, strond (n.)
shore, land, region
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No more the thirsty entrance of this Soile,No more the thirsty entrance of this soil 1H4 I.i.5
Shall daube her lippes with her owne childrens blood:Shall daub her lips with her own children's blood,daub (v.)

old form: daube
bedaub, smear, defile
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No more shall trenching Warre channell her fields,No more shall trenching war channel her fields,trenching (adj.)
cutting, wounding, scarring
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Nor bruise her Flowrets with the Armed hoofesNor bruise her flowerets with the armed hoofsfloweret (n.)

old form: Flowrets
small flower
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Of hostile paces. Those opposed eyes,Of hostile paces. Those opposed eyes,opposed (adj.)
hostile, of conflicting forces
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Which like the Meteors of a troubled Heauen,Which, like the meteors of a troubled heaven, 1H4 I.i.10
All of one Nature, of one Substance bred,All of one nature, of one substance bred, 1H4 I.i.11
Did lately meete in the intestine shocke,Did lately meet in the intestine shockintestine (adj.)
internal, civil, domestic
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And furious cloze of ciuill Butchery,And furious close of civil butchery,close (n.)

old form: cloze
engagement, encounter, confrontation
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Shall now in mutuall well-beseeming rankesShall now, in mutual well-beseeming ranks,mutual (adj.)

old form: mutuall
well-matched, complementary
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well-beseeming (adj.)
fine-looking, well-ordered
March all one way, and be no more oppos'dMarch all one way, and be no more opposed 1H4 I.i.15
Against Acquaintance, Kindred, and Allies.Against acquaintance, kindred, and allies. 1H4 I.i.16
The edge of Warre, like an ill-sheathed knife,The edge of war, like an ill-sheathed knife,ill-sheathed (adj.)
badly sheathed
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No more shall cut his Master. Therefore Friends,No more shall cut his master. Therefore friends, 1H4 I.i.18
As farre as to the Sepulcher of Christ,As far as to the sepulchre of Christ –  1H4 I.i.19
Whose Souldier now vnder whose blessed CrosseWhose soldier now, under whose blessed cross 1H4 I.i.20
We are impressed and ingag'd to fight,We are impressed and engaged to fight – engage (v.)

old form: ingag'd
pledge, give the guarantee of
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impress (v.)
conscript, enlist, force into service
Forthwith a power of English shall we leuie,Forthwith a power of English shall we levy,power (n.)
armed force, troops, host, army
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Whose armes were moulded in their Mothers wombe,Whose arms were moulded in their mother's womb 1H4 I.i.23
To chace these Pagans in those holy Fields,To chase these pagans in those holy fields 1H4 I.i.24
Ouer whose Acres walk'd those blessed feeteOver whose acres walked those blessed feet, 1H4 I.i.25
Which fourteene hundred yeares ago were nail'dWhich fourteen hundred years ago were nailed 1H4 I.i.26
For our aduantage on the bitter Crosse.For our advantage on the bitter cross.advantage (n.)

old form: aduantage
benefit, gain, advancement, profit
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But this our purpose is a tweluemonth old,But this our purpose now is twelve month old,purpose (n.)
intention, aim, plan
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And bootlesse 'tis to tell you we will go:And bootless 'tis to tell you we will go.bootless (adj.)

old form: bootlesse
useless, worthless, fruitless, unavailing
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Therefore we meete not now. Then let me heareTherefore we meet not now. Then let me hear 1H4 I.i.30
Of you my gentle Cousin Westmerland,Of you, my gentle cousin Westmorland,gentle (adj.)
well-born, honourable, noble
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What yesternight our Councell did decree,What yesternight our Council did decree 1H4 I.i.32
In forwarding this deere expedience.In forwarding this dear expedience.expedience (n.)
rapid departure, hasty expedition, urgent enterprise
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dear (adj.)

old form: deere
important, major, significant
My Liege: This haste was hot in question,My liege, this haste was hot in question,question (n.)
debating, discussion, investigation
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hot (adj.)
active, vigorous
liege (n.)
lord, sovereign
And many limits of the Charge set downeAnd many limits of the charge set downset down (v.)

old form: downe
resolve, decide, determine
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limit (n.)
duty, assignment, responsibility
charge (n.)
command, order, injunction, instruction
But yesternight: when all athwart there cameBut yesternight, when all athwart there cameyesternight (n.)
last night
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athwart (adv.)
thwartingly, perversely, going against one's plans
A Post from Wales, loaden with heauy Newes;A post from Wales, loaden with heavy news,post (n.)
express messenger, courier
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heavy (adj.)

old form: heauy
grave, serious, weighty
Whose worst was, That the Noble Mortimer,Whose worst was that the noble Mortimer –  1H4 I.i.38
Leading the men of Herefordshire to fightLeading the men of Herefordshire to fight 1H4 I.i.39
Against the irregular and wilde Glendower,Against the irregular and wild Glendower – irregular (adj.)
lawless, disorderly, unruly
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Was by the rude hands of that Welshman taken,Was by the rude hands of that Welshman taken,rude (adj.)
violent, harsh, unkind
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rude (adj.)
uncivilized, uncultivated, unrefined
And a thousand of his people butchered:A thousand of his people butchered, 1H4 I.i.42
Vpon whose dead corpes there was such misuse,Upon whose dead corpses there was such misuse, 1H4 I.i.43
Such beastly, shamelesse transformation,Such beastly shameless transformation 1H4 I.i.44
By those Welshwomen done, as may not beBy those Welshwomen done, as may not be 1H4 I.i.45
(Without much shame) re-told or spoken of.Without much shame retold or spoken of. 1H4 I.i.46
It seemes then, that the tidings of this broile,It seems then that the tidings of this broilbroil (n.)

old form: broile
turmoil, confused fighting, battle
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Brake off our businesse for the Holy land.Brake off our business for the Holy Land. 1H4 I.i.48
This matcht with other like, my gracious Lord,This matched with other did, my gracious lord, 1H4 I.i.49
Farre more vneuen and vnwelcome NewesFor more uneven and unwelcome newsuneven (adj.)

old form: vneuen
irregular, erratic
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Came from the North, and thus it did report:Came from the north, and thus it did import. 1H4 I.i.51
On Holy-roode day, the gallant Hotspurre there,On Holy-rood day, the gallant Hotspur there,Holy-rood day
in Christian tradition, Holy Cross day, 14 September
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Young Harry Percy, and braue Archibald,Young Harry Percy, and brave Archibald,brave (adj.)

old form: braue
noble, worthy, excellent
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That euer-valiant and approoued Scot,That ever valiant and approved Scot,approved (adj.)

old form: approoued
tested, tried, established, proven
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At Holmeden met, where they did spendAt Holmedon met, where they did spendHolmedon (n.)
Humbleton, village in Northumberland
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A sad and bloody houre:A sad and bloody hour –  1H4 I.i.56
As by discharge of their Artillerie,As by discharge of their artillery, 1H4 I.i.57
And shape of likely-hood the newes was told:And shape of likelihood, the news was told;likelihood (n.)

old form: likely-hood
likely outcome, probability
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shape (n.)
shaping up, taking shape
For he that brought them, in the very heateFor he that brought them, in the very heat 1H4 I.i.59
And pride of their contention, did take horse,And pride of their contention did take horse,pride (n.)
highest point, culmination, climax
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contention (n.)
quarrel, dispute, strife
Vncertaine of the issue any way.Uncertain of the issue any way.issue (n.)
outcome, result, consequence(s)
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Heere is a deere and true industrious friend,Here is a dear, a true industrious friend,industrious (adj.)
devoted, zealous, attentive
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true (adj.)
loyal, firm, faithful in allegiance
Sir Walter Blunt, new lighted from his Horse,Sir Walter Blunt, new lighted from his horse,light (v.)
dismount, descend, alight
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Strain'd with the variation of each soyle,Stained with the variation of each soil 1H4 I.i.64
Betwixt that Holmedon, and this Seat of ours:Betwixt that Holmedon and this seat of ours, 1H4 I.i.65
And he hath brought vs smooth and welcome newes.And he hath brought us smooth and welcome news.smooth (adj.)
pleasant, welcome, gratifying
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The Earle of Dowglas is discomfited,The Earl of Douglas is discomfited.discomfit (v.)
defeat, overthrow, beat
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Ten thousand bold Scots, two and twenty KnightsTen thousand bold Scots, two-and-twenty knights, 1H4 I.i.68
Balk'd in their owne blood did Sir Walter seeBalked in their own blood, did Sir Walter seebalk, baulk (v.)

old form: Balk'd
fall on ridges between furrows; pile up in mounds
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On Holmedons Plaines. Of Prisoners, Hotspurre tookeOn Holmedon's plains. Of prisoners Hotspur took 1H4 I.i.70
Mordake Earle of Fife, and eldest sonneMordake, Earl of Fife and eldest son 1H4 I.i.71
To beaten Dowglas, and the Earle of Atholl,To beaten Douglas, and the Earl of Atholl, 1H4 I.i.72
Of Murry, Angus, and Menteith.Of Murray, Angus, and Menteith: 1H4 I.i.73
And is not this an honourable spoyle?And is not this an honourable spoil? 1H4 I.i.74
A gallant prize? Ha Cosin, is it not?A gallant prize? Ha, cousin, is it not? 1H4 I.i.75.1
InfaithIn faith, 1H4 I.i.75.2
it is. / A Conquest for a Prince to boast of.It is a conquest for a prince to boast of. 1H4 I.i.76
Yea, there thou mak'st me sad, & mak'st me sin,Yea, there thou makest me sad, and makest me sinsad (adj.)
downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy
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In enuy, that my Lord NorthumberlandIn envy that my Lord Northumberland 1H4 I.i.78
Should be the Father of so blest a Sonne:Should be the father to so blest a son: 1H4 I.i.79
A Sonne, who is the Theame of Honors tongue;A son who is the theme of honour's tongue, 1H4 I.i.80
Among'st a Groue, the very straightest Plant,Amongst a grove the very straightest plant, 1H4 I.i.81
Who is sweet Fortunes Minion, and her Pride:Who is sweet Fortune's minion and her pride – minion (n.)
darling, favourite, select one
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Fortune (n.)
Roman goddess, shown as a woman at a spinning-wheel, or controlling a rudder, and as blind
Whil'st I by looking on the praise of him,Whilst I by looking on the praise of him 1H4 I.i.83
See Ryot and Dishonor staine the browSee riot and dishonour stain the browbrow (n.)
appearance, aspect, countenance
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Of my yong Harry. O that it could be prou'd,Of my young Harry. O that it could be proved 1H4 I.i.85
That some Night-tripping-Faiery, had exchang'dThat some night-tripping fairy had exchanged 1H4 I.i.86
In Cradle-clothes, our Children where they lay,In cradle-clothes our children where they lay, 1H4 I.i.87
And call'd mine Percy, his Plantagenet:And called mine Percy, his Plantagenet! 1H4 I.i.88
Then would I haue his Harry, and he mine:Then would I have his Harry, and he mine. 1H4 I.i.89
But let him from my thoughts. What thinke you CozeBut let him from my thoughts. What think you, coz, 1H4 I.i.90
Of this young Percies pride? The PrisonersOf this young Percy's pride? The prisoners 1H4 I.i.91
Which he in this aduenture hath surpriz'd,Which he in this adventure hath surprised,surprise (v.)

old form: surpriz'd
take prisoner, capture [especially: suddenly, unexpectedly]
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To his owne vse he keepes, and sends me wordTo his own use he keeps, and sends me word 1H4 I.i.93
I shall haue none but Mordake Earle of Fife.I shall have none but Mordake, Earl of Fife. 1H4 I.i.94
This is his Vnckles teaching. This is WorcesterThis is his uncle's teaching. This is Worcester, 1H4 I.i.95
Maleuolent to you in all Aspects:Malevolent to you in all aspects, 1H4 I.i.96
Which makes him prune himselfe, and bristle vpWhich makes him prune himself, and bristle upprune (v.)
[of birds] trim feathers with the beak, preen
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The crest of Youth against your Dignity.The crest of youth against your dignity.dignity (n.)
official position, high office, rule
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crest (n.)
[on an animal head or neck] ridge of feathers, ridge of hairs; hackles
But I haue sent for him to answer this:But I have sent for him to answer this, 1H4 I.i.99
And for this cause a-while we must neglectAnd for this cause awhile we must neglect 1H4 I.i.100
Our holy purpose to Ierusalem.Our holy purpose to Jerusalem.purpose (n.)
intention, aim, plan
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Cosin, on Wednesday next, our Councell weCousin, on Wednesday next our Council we 1H4 I.i.102
will hold / At Windsor, and so informe the Lords:Will hold at Windsor, so inform the lords. 1H4 I.i.103
But come your selfe with speed to vs againe,But come yourself with speed to us again, 1H4 I.i.104
For more is to be saide, and to be done,For more is to be said and to be done 1H4 I.i.105
Then out of anger can be vttered.Than out of anger can be uttered. 1H4 I.i.106
I will my Liege.I will, my liege. 1H4 I.i.107
ExeuntExeunt 1H4 I.i.107
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