Henry IV Part 1

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Enter the King, Northumberland, Worcester, Hotspurre, Enter the King, Northumberland, Worcester, Hotspur, 1H4 I.iii.1.1
Sir Walter Blunt, and others. Sir Walter Blunt, with others 1H4 I.iii.1.2
My blood hath beene too cold and temperate,My blood hath been too cold and temperate, 1H4 I.iii.1
Vnapt to stirre at these indignities,Unapt to stir at these indignities,unapt (adj.)

old form: Vnapt
not inclined, unwilling, not prone
1H4 I.iii.2
And you haue found me; for accordingly,And you have found me – for accordingly 1H4 I.iii.3
You tread vpon my patience: But be sure,You tread upon my patience. But be sure 1H4 I.iii.4
I will from henceforth rather be my Selfe,I will from henceforth rather be myself, 1H4 I.iii.5
Mighty, and to be fear'd, then my conditionMighty, and to be feared, than my condition,condition (n.)
disposition, temper, mood, character
1H4 I.iii.6
Which hath beene smooth as Oyle, soft as yong Downe,Which hath been smooth as oil, soft as young down, 1H4 I.iii.7
And therefore lost that Title of respect,And therefore lost that title of respect 1H4 I.iii.8
Which the proud soule ne're payes, but to the proud.Which the proud soul ne'er pays but to the proud. 1H4 I.iii.9
Our house (my Soueraigne Liege) little deseruesOur house, my sovereign liege, little deservesliege (n.)
lord, sovereign
1H4 I.iii.10
The scourge of greatnesse to be vsed on it,The scourge of greatness to be used on it, 1H4 I.iii.11
And that same greatnesse too, which our owne handsAnd that same greatness too which our own hands 1H4 I.iii.12
Haue holpe to make so portly.Have helped to make so portly.portly (adj.)
stately, majestic, dignified
1H4 I.iii.13.1
My Lord.My lord –  1H4 I.iii.13.2
Worcester get thee gone: for I do seeWorcester, get thee gone, for I do see 1H4 I.iii.14
Danger and disobedience in thine eye.Danger and disobedience in thine eye. 1H4 I.iii.15
O sir, your presence is too bold and peremptory,O sir, your presence is too bold and peremptory, 1H4 I.iii.16
And Maiestie might neuer yet endureAnd majesty might never yet endure 1H4 I.iii.17
The moody Frontier of a seruant brow,The moody frontier of a servant brow.moody (adj.)
angry, wrathful, rancorous, sullen
1H4 I.iii.18
frontier (n.)
confrontation, defiance, challenge
brow (n.)
You haue good leaue to leaue vs. When we needYou have good leave to leave us. When we need 1H4 I.iii.19
Your vse and counsell, we shall send for you.Your use and counsel we shall send for you. 1H4 I.iii.20
Exit Worcester 1H4 I.iii.20
(to Northumberland) 1H4 I.iii.21
You were about to speake. You were about to speak. 1H4 I.iii.21.1
Yea, my good Lord.Yea, my good lord. 1H4 I.iii.21.2
Those Prisoners in your Highnesse demanded,Those prisoners in your highness' name demanded, 1H4 I.iii.22
Which Harry Percy heere at Holmedon tooke,Which Harry Percy here at Holmedon took,Holmedon (n.)
Humbleton, village in Northumberland
1H4 I.iii.23
Were (as he sayes) not with such strength deniedWere, as he says, not with such strength denied 1H4 I.iii.24
As was deliuered to your Maiesty:As is delivered to your majesty.deliver (v.)

old form: deliuered
report [to], communicate [to], tell, describe
1H4 I.iii.25
Who either through enuy, or misprision,Either envy therefore, or misprision,envy (n.)

old form: enuy
malice, ill-will, enmity
1H4 I.iii.26
misprision (n.)
mistake, error, misunderstanding, misconception
Was guilty of this fault; and not my Sonne.Is guilty of this fault, and not my son. 1H4 I.iii.27
My Liege, I did deny no Prisoners.My liege, I did deny no prisoners. 1H4 I.iii.28
But, I remember when the fight was done,But I remember when the fight was done, 1H4 I.iii.29
When I was dry with Rage, and extreame Toyle,When I was dry with rage and extreme toil,rage (n.)
warlike ardour, martial spirit
1H4 I.iii.30
Breathlesse, and Faint, leaning vpon my Sword,Breathless and faint, leaning upon my sword, 1H4 I.iii.31
Came there a certaine Lord, neat and trimly drest;Came there a certain lord, neat and trimly dressed, 1H4 I.iii.32
Fresh as a Bride-groome, and his Chin new reapt,Fresh as a bridegroom, and his chin new reapednew (adv.)
newly, freshly, recently, just
1H4 I.iii.33
reaped (adj.)

old form: reapt
barbered, clipped, trimmed
Shew'd like a stubble Land at Haruest home.Showed like a stubble-land at harvest-home.harvest-home (n.)

old form: Haruest home
close of the harvesting season
1H4 I.iii.34
He was perfumed like a Milliner,He was perfumed like a milliner, 1H4 I.iii.35
And 'twixt his Finger and his Thumbe, he heldAnd 'twixt his finger and his thumb he held 1H4 I.iii.36
A Pouncet-box: which euer and anonA pouncet-box, which ever and anonpouncet-box (n.)
small box with a perforated lid for holding snuff or perfume
1H4 I.iii.37
anon, ever and

old form: euer
every now and then, at regular intervals
He gaue his Nose, and took't away againe:He gave his nose, and took it away again –  1H4 I.iii.38
Who therewith angry, when it next came there,Who therewith angry, when it next came there, 1H4 I.iii.39
Tooke it in Snuffe. And still he smil'd and talk'd:Took it in snuff. And still he smiled and talked.still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
1H4 I.iii.40
And as the Souldiers bare dead bodies by,And as the soldiers bore dead bodies by, 1H4 I.iii.41
He call'd them vntaught Knaues, Vnmannerly,He called them untaught knaves, unmannerly,untaught (adj.)

old form: vntaught
uninstructed, uneducated, uncultivated
1H4 I.iii.42
To bring a slouenly vnhandsome CoarseTo bring a slovenly unhandsome corpseslovenly (adj.)

old form: slouenly
nasty, disgusting, foul
1H4 I.iii.43
Betwixt the Winde, and his Nobility.Betwixt the wind and his nobility. 1H4 I.iii.44
With many Holiday and Lady tearmeWith many holiday and lady termslady (adj.)
lady-like, effeminately delicate, aristocratic
1H4 I.iii.45
holiday (adj.)
refined, select, genteel
He question'd me: Among the rest, demandedHe questioned me, amongst the rest demandedquestion (v.)

old form: question'd
converse with, talk away [at / with]
1H4 I.iii.46
My Prisoners, in your Maiesties behalfe.My prisoners in your majesty's behalf.behalf (n.), especially: in behalf (of)

old form: behalfe
name, right, title
1H4 I.iii.47
I then, all-smarting, with my wounds being cold,I then, all smarting with my wounds being cold, 1H4 I.iii.48
(To be so pestered with a Popingay)To be so pestered with a popinjay,popinjay (n.)

old form: Popingay
parrot, prattler, chatterer
1H4 I.iii.49
Out of my Greefe, and my Impatience,Out of my grief and my impatiencegrief (n.)

old form: Greefe
pain, torment, distress
1H4 I.iii.50
Answer'd (neglectingly) I know not what,Answered neglectingly, I know not what,neglectingly (adv.)
neglectfully, negligently, carelessly
1H4 I.iii.51
He should, or should not: For he made me mad,He should, or he should not, for he made me mad 1H4 I.iii.52
To see him shine so briske, and smell so sweet,To see him shine so brisk, and smell so sweet,brisk (adv.)

old form: briske
sprucely, smartly, finely dressed
1H4 I.iii.53
And talke so like a Waiting-Gentlewoman,And talk so like a waiting-gentlewomanwaiting-gentlewoman (n.)
1H4 I.iii.54
Of Guns, & Drums, and Wounds: God saue the marke;Of guns, and drums, and wounds, God save the mark!mark (n.)

old form: marke
in an apologetic exclamation, after referring to something unpleasant
1H4 I.iii.55
And telling me, the Soueraign'st thing on earthAnd telling me the sovereignest thing on earthsovereign (adj.)

old form: Soueraign'st
excellent, excelling, superlative
1H4 I.iii.56
Was Parmacity, for an inward bruise:Was parmacity for an inward bruise,parmacity (n.)
spermaceti [medicinal substance from the sperm-whale]
1H4 I.iii.57
And that it was great pitty, so it was,And that it was great pity, so it was, 1H4 I.iii.58
That villanous Salt-peter should be digg'dThis villainous saltpetre should be diggedsaltpetre (n.)

old form: Salt-peter
substance used for making gunpowder [potassium nitrate]
1H4 I.iii.59
Out of the Bowels of the harmlesse Earth,Out of the bowels of the harmless earth, 1H4 I.iii.60
Which many a good Tall Fellow had destroy'dWhich many a good tall fellow had destroyedtall (adj.)
brave, valiant, bold
1H4 I.iii.61
So Cowardly. And but for these vile Gunnes,So cowardly, and but for these vile guns 1H4 I.iii.62
He would himselfe haue beene a Souldier.He would himself have been a soldier. 1H4 I.iii.63
This bald, vnioynted Chat of his (my Lord)This bald unjointed chat of his, my lord,unjointed (adj.)

old form: vnioynted
disconnected, confused, incoherent
1H4 I.iii.64
bald (adj.)
trivial, foolish, witless
Made me to answer indirectly (as I said.)I answered indirectly, as I said,indirectly (adv.)
inattentively, distractedly, away from the point
1H4 I.iii.65
And I beseech you, let not this reportAnd I beseech you, let not his report 1H4 I.iii.66
Come currant for an Accusation,Come current for an accusationcurrent (adj.)

old form: currant
accepted, genuine, taken at face value
1H4 I.iii.67
Betwixt my Loue, and your high Maiesty.Betwixt my love and your high majesty. 1H4 I.iii.68
The circumstance considered, good my Lord,The circumstance considered, good my lord, 1H4 I.iii.69
What euer Harry Percie then had said,Whate'er Lord Harry Percy then had said 1H4 I.iii.70
To such a person, and in such a place,To such a person, and in such a place, 1H4 I.iii.71
At such a time, with all the rest retold,At such a time, with all the rest retold, 1H4 I.iii.72
May reasonably dye, and neuer riseMay reasonably die, and never rise 1H4 I.iii.73
To do him wrong, or any way impeachTo do him wrong, or any way impeachimpeach (v.)
discredit, disparage, call into question
1H4 I.iii.74
wrong (n.)
dishonour, discredit, harm
What then he said, so he vnsay it now.What then he said, so he unsay it now.unsay (v.)

old form: vnsay
take back, withdraw, retract
1H4 I.iii.75
Why yet doth deny his Prisoners,Why, yet he doth deny his prisoners, 1H4 I.iii.76
But with Prouiso and Exception,But with proviso and exception, 1H4 I.iii.77
That we at our owne charge, shall ransome straightThat we at our own charge shall ransom straightstraight (adv.)
straightaway, immediately, at once
1H4 I.iii.78
His Brother-in-Law, the foolish Mortimer,His brother-in-law, the foolish Mortimer, 1H4 I.iii.79
Who (in my soule) hath wilfully betraidWho, on my soul, hath wilfully betrayed 1H4 I.iii.80
The liues of those, that he did leade to Fight,The lives of those that he did lead to fight 1H4 I.iii.81
Against the great Magitian, damn'd Glendower:Against that great magician, damned Glendower, 1H4 I.iii.82
Whose daughter (as we heare) the Earle of MarchWhose daughter, as we hear, that Earl of March 1H4 I.iii.83
Hath lately married. Shall our Coffers then,Hath lately married. Shall our coffers then 1H4 I.iii.84
Be emptied, to redeeme a Traitor home?Be emptied to redeem a traitor home? 1H4 I.iii.85
Shall we buy Treason? and indent with Feares,Shall we buy treason, and indent with fearsindent (v.)
bargain, covenant, make an agreement
1H4 I.iii.86
fear (n.)

old form: Feares
object of dread, thing to be feared
When they haue lost and forfeyted themselues.When they have lost and forfeited themselves? 1H4 I.iii.87
No: on the barren Mountaine let him sterue:No, on the barren mountains let him starve. 1H4 I.iii.88
For I shall neuer hold that man my Friend,For I shall never hold that man my friend 1H4 I.iii.89
Whose tongue shall aske me for one peny costWhose tongue shall ask me for one penny cost 1H4 I.iii.90
To ransome home reuolted Mortimer.To ransom home revolted Mortimer.revolted (adj.)

old form: reuolted
rebellious, insurgent, insubordinate
1H4 I.iii.91
Reuolted Mortimer?Revolted Mortimer! 1H4 I.iii.92
He neuer did fall off, my Soueraigne Liege,He never did fall off, my sovereign liege, 1H4 I.iii.93
But by the chance of Warre: to proue that true,But by the chance of war. To prove that true 1H4 I.iii.94
Needs no more but one tongue. For all those Wounds,Needs no more but one tongue for all those wounds, 1H4 I.iii.95
Those mouthed Wounds, which valiantly he tooke,Those mouthed wounds, which valiantly he took, 1H4 I.iii.96
When on the gentle Seuernes siedgie banke,When on the gentle Severn's sedgy bank,gentle (adj.)
peaceful, calm, free from violence
1H4 I.iii.97
sedgy (adj.)

old form: siedgie
bordered with rushes, reed-covered
In single Opposition hand to hand,In single opposition hand to hand, 1H4 I.iii.98
He did confound the best part of an houreHe did confound the best part of an hourconfound (v.)
spend, take up, consume
1H4 I.iii.99
In changing hardiment with great Glendower:In changing hardiment with great Glendower.change (v.)
exchange, trade
1H4 I.iii.100
hardiment (n.)
display of valour, daring deed
Three times they breath'd, and three times did they drinkThree times they breathed, and three times did they drink 1H4 I.iii.101
Vpon agreement, of swift Seuernes flood;Upon agreement of swift Severn's flood, 1H4 I.iii.102
Who then affrighted with their bloody lookes,Who then affrighted with their bloody looks 1H4 I.iii.103
Ran fearefully among the trembling Reeds,Ran fearfully among the trembling reeds 1H4 I.iii.104
And hid his crispe-head in the hollow banke,And hid his crisp head in the hollow bank,head (n.)
surface, surge, swell
1H4 I.iii.105
crisp (adj.)
rippling, undulating, curling with waves
Blood-stained with these Valiant Combatants.Bloodstained with these valiant combatants. 1H4 I.iii.106
Neuer did base and rotten PolicyNever did base and rotten policypolicy (n.)
stratagem, cunning, intrigue, craft
1H4 I.iii.107
base (adj.)
dishonourable, low, unworthy
Colour her working with such deadly wounds;Colour her working with such deadly wounds,colour (v.)
disguise, conceal, cloak
1H4 I.iii.108
Nor neuer could the Noble MortimerNor never could the noble Mortimer 1H4 I.iii.109
Receiue so many, and all willingly:Receive so many, and all willingly. 1H4 I.iii.110
Then let him not be sland'red with Reuolt.Then let not him be slandered with revolt. 1H4 I.iii.111
Thou do'st bely him Percy, thou dost bely him;Thou dost belie him, Percy, thou dost belie him,belie (v.)

old form: bely
slander, tell lies about
1H4 I.iii.112
He neuer did encounter with Glendower:He never did encounter with Glendower. 1H4 I.iii.113
I tell thee, he durst as well haue met the diuell alone,I tell thee, he durst as well have met the devil alone 1H4 I.iii.114
As Owen Glendower for an enemy.As Owen Glendower for an enemy. 1H4 I.iii.115
Art thou not asham'd? But Sirrah, henceforthArt thou not ashamed? But sirrah, henceforthsirrah (n.)
sir [commanding, insulting, or familiar, depending on context]
1H4 I.iii.116
Let me not heare you speake of Mortimer.Let me not hear you speak of Mortimer. 1H4 I.iii.117
Send me your Prisoners with the speediest meanes,Send me your prisoners with the speediest means –  1H4 I.iii.118
Or you shall heare in such a kinde from meOr you shall hear in such a kind from mekind (n.)

old form: kinde
manner, way, state
1H4 I.iii.119
As will displease ye. My Lord Northumberland,As will displease you. My Lord Northumberland: 1H4 I.iii.120
We License your departure with your sonne,We license your departure with your son. 1H4 I.iii.121
Send vs your Prisoners, or you'l heare of it.Send us your prisoners, or you will hear of it. 1H4 I.iii.122
Exit King.Exit the King with Blunt and train 1H4 I.iii.122
And if the diuell come and roare for themAnd if the devil come and roar for them 1H4 I.iii.123
I will not send them. I will after straightI will not send them. I will after straightstraight (adv.)
straightaway, immediately, at once
1H4 I.iii.124
And tell him so: for I will ease my heart,And tell him so, for I will ease my heart, 1H4 I.iii.125
Although it be with hazard of my head.Albeit I make a hazard of my head. 1H4 I.iii.126
What? drunke with choller? stay & pause awhile,What? Drunk with choler? Stay, and pause awhile,choler (n.)

old form: choller
anger, rage, wrath
1H4 I.iii.127
Heere comes your Vnckle.Here comes your uncle. 1H4 I.iii.128.1
Enter Worcester.Enter Worcester 1H4 I.iii.128
Speake of Mortimer?Speak of Mortimer? 1H4 I.iii.128.2
Yes, I will speake of him, and let my souleZounds, I will speak of him, and let my soulzounds (int.)
God's wounds
1H4 I.iii.129
Want mercy, if I do not ioyne with him.Want mercy if I do not join with him.want (v.)
lack, need, be without
1H4 I.iii.130
In his behalfe, Ile empty all these Veines,Yea, on his part I'll empty all these veins 1H4 I.iii.131
And shed my deere blood drop by drop i'th dust,And shed my dear blood, drop by drop in the dust, 1H4 I.iii.132
But I will lift the downfall MortimerBut I will lift the downtrod Mortimerdowntrod (adj.)
downtrodden, crushed, oppressed
1H4 I.iii.133
As high i'th Ayre, as this Vnthankfull King,As high in the air as this unthankful King, 1H4 I.iii.134
As this Ingrate and Cankred Bullingbrooke.As this ingrate and cankered Bolingbroke.ingrate (adj.)
ungrateful, unthankful, unappreciative
1H4 I.iii.135
cankered (adj.)

old form: Cankred
corrupted, rotten to the core
Brother, the King hath made your Nephew madBrother, the King hath made your nephew mad. 1H4 I.iii.136
Who strooke this heate vp after I was gone?Who struck this heat up after I was gone? 1H4 I.iii.137
He will (forsooth) haue all my Prisoners:He will forsooth have all my prisoners,forsooth (adv.)
in truth, certainly, truly, indeed
1H4 I.iii.138
And when I vrg'd the ransom once againeAnd when I urged the ransom once again 1H4 I.iii.139
Of my Wiues Brother, then his cheeke look'd pale,Of my wife's brother, then his cheek looked pale, 1H4 I.iii.140
And on my face he turn'd an eye of death,And on my face he turned an eye of death,eye (n.)
look, glance, gaze
1H4 I.iii.141
Trembling euen at the name of Mortimer.Trembling even at the name of Mortimer. 1H4 I.iii.142
I cannot blame him: was he not proclaim'dI cannot blame him. Was not he proclaimed, 1H4 I.iii.143
By Richard that dead is, the next of blood?By Richard that dead is, the next of blood?blood (n.)
blood relationship, kinship
1H4 I.iii.144
He was: I heard the Proclamation,He was, I heard the proclamation. 1H4 I.iii.145
And then it was, when the vnhappy KingAnd then it was, when the unhappy King –  1H4 I.iii.146
(Whose wrongs in vs God pardon) did set forthWhose wrongs in us God pardon! – did set forth 1H4 I.iii.147
Vpon his Irish Expedition:Upon his Irish expedition; 1H4 I.iii.148
From whence he intercepted, did returneFrom whence he, intercepted, did return 1H4 I.iii.149
To be depos'd, and shortly murthered.To be deposed, and shortly murdered. 1H4 I.iii.150
And for whose death, we in the worlds wide mouthAnd for whose death we in the world's wide mouth 1H4 I.iii.151
Liue scandaliz'd, and fouly spoken of.Live scandalized and foully spoken of.scandalized (adj.)

old form: scandaliz'd
disgraced, defamed, made a subject of scandal
1H4 I.iii.152
But soft I pray you; did King Richard thenBut soft, I pray you, did King Richard thensoft (int.)
[used as a command] not so fast, wait a moment, be quiet
1H4 I.iii.153
Proclaime my brother Mortimer,Proclaim my brother Edmund Mortimer 1H4 I.iii.154
Heyre to the Crowne?Heir to the crown? 1H4 I.iii.155.1
He did, my selfe did heare it.He did, myself did hear it. 1H4 I.iii.155.2
Nay then I cannot blame his Cousin King,Nay then, I cannot blame his cousin King 1H4 I.iii.156
That wish'd him on the barren Mountaines staru'd.That wished him on the barren mountains starve. 1H4 I.iii.157
But shall it be, that you that set the CrowneBut shall it be that you that set the crown 1H4 I.iii.158
Vpon the head of this forgetfull man,Upon the head of this forgetful man 1H4 I.iii.159
And for his sake, wore the detested blotAnd for his sake wear the detested blot 1H4 I.iii.160
Of murtherous subornation? Shall it be,Of murderous subornation – shall it besubornation (n.)
aiding and abetting, inducement to do wrong, instigation
1H4 I.iii.161
That you a world of curses vndergoe,That you a world of curses undergo, 1H4 I.iii.162
Being the Agents, or base second meanes,Being the agents, or base second means,second (adj.)
using a deputy, surrogate, proxy
1H4 I.iii.163
base (adj.)
dishonourable, low, unworthy
The Cords, the Ladder, or the Hangman rather?The cords, the ladder, or the hangman rather? 1H4 I.iii.164
O pardon, if that I descend so low,O pardon me, that I descend so low, 1H4 I.iii.165
To shew the Line, and the PredicamentTo show the line and the predicamentpredicament (n.)
category, class, division
1H4 I.iii.166
line (n.)
degree, rank, station
Wherein you range vnder this subtill King.Wherein you range under this subtle King!subtle, subtile (adj.)

old form: subtill
crafty, cunning, wily
1H4 I.iii.167
range (v.)
occupy, take up, be placed
Shall it for shame, be spoken in these dayes,Shall it for shame be spoken in these days, 1H4 I.iii.168
Or fill vp Chronicles in time to come,Or fill up chronicles in time to come, 1H4 I.iii.169
That men of your Nobility and Power,That men of your nobility and power 1H4 I.iii.170
Did gage them both in an vniust behalfeDid gage them both in an unjust behalf – gage (v.)
pledge, contract, stake
1H4 I.iii.171
(As Both of you, God pardon it, haue done)As both of you, God pardon it, have done –  1H4 I.iii.172
To put downe Richard, that sweet louely Rose,To put down Richard, that sweet lovely rose, 1H4 I.iii.173
And plant this Thorne, this Canker Bullingbrooke?And plant this thorn, this canker Bolingbroke?canker (n./adj.)
cancer, ulcer, blight, corruption
1H4 I.iii.174
And shall it in more shame be further spoken,And shall it in more shame be further spoken, 1H4 I.iii.175
That you are fool'd, discarded, and shooke offThat you are fooled, discarded, and shook off 1H4 I.iii.176
By him, for whom these shames ye vnderwent?By him for whom these shames ye underwent? 1H4 I.iii.177
No: yet time serues, wherein you may redeemeNo, yet time serves wherein you may redeem 1H4 I.iii.178
Your banish'd Honors, and restore your seluesYour banished honours, and restore yourselves 1H4 I.iii.179
Into the good Thoughts of the world againe.Into the good thoughts of the world again: 1H4 I.iii.180
Reuenge the geering and disdain'd contemptRevenge the jeering and disdained contemptdisdained (adj.)

old form: disdain'd
disdainful, scornful, supercilious
1H4 I.iii.181
Of this proud King, who studies day and nightOf this proud King, who studies day and night 1H4 I.iii.182
To answer all the Debt he owes vnto you,To answer all the debt he owes to you, 1H4 I.iii.183
Euen with the bloody Payment of your deaths:Even with the bloody payment of your deaths. 1H4 I.iii.184
Therefore I say---Therefore, I say –  1H4 I.iii.185.1
Peace Cousin, say no more.Peace, cousin, say no more. 1H4 I.iii.185.2
And now I will vnclaspe a Secret booke,And now I will unclasp a secret book,unclasp (v.)

old form: vnclaspe
reveal, display, divulge
1H4 I.iii.186
And to your quicke conceyuing Discontents,And to your quick-conceiving discontentsquick-conceiving (adj.)perceptive, astute, ready to understand1H4 I.iii.187
discontent (n.)
discontented mind, dissatisfied soul
Ile reade you Matter, deepe and dangerous,I'll read you matter deep and dangerous,deep (adj.)

old form: deepe
solemn, weighty, important
1H4 I.iii.188
As full of perill and aduenturous Spirit,As full of peril and adventurous spirit 1H4 I.iii.189
As to o're-walke a Current, roaring loudAs to o'erwalk a current roaring loudoverwalk, over-walk (v.)

old form: o're-walke
walk over, cross by walking
1H4 I.iii.190
On the vnstedfast footing of a Speare.On the unsteadfast footing of a spear.footing (n.)
support, surface, foundation, foothold
1H4 I.iii.191
unsteadfast (adj.)

old form: vnstedfast
unsteady, precarious, not firm
If he fall in, good night, or sinke or swimme:If he fall in, good night, or sink, or swim! 1H4 I.iii.192
Send danger from the East vnto the West,Send danger from the east unto the west, 1H4 I.iii.193
So Honor crosse it from the North to South,So honour cross it from the north to south, 1H4 I.iii.194
And let them grapple: The blood more stirresAnd let them grapple. O, the blood more stirs 1H4 I.iii.195
To rowze a Lyon, then to start a Hare.To rouse a lion than to start a hare!rouse (v.)

old form: rowze
[hunting] startle from a lair, draw out
1H4 I.iii.196
start (v.)
[hunting] raise from cover
Imagination of some great exploit,Imagination of some great exploit 1H4 I.iii.197
Driues him beyond the bounds of Patience.Drives him beyond the bounds of patience. 1H4 I.iii.198
By heauen, me thinkes it were an easie leap,By heaven, methinks it were an easy leapmethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
1H4 I.iii.199
To plucke bright Honor from the pale-fac'd Moone,To pluck bright honour from the pale-faced moon, 1H4 I.iii.200
Or diue into the bottome of the deepe,Or dive into the bottom of the deep, 1H4 I.iii.201
Where Fadome-line could neuer touch the ground,Where fathom-line could never touch the ground,ground (n.)
bottom [as of the sea]
1H4 I.iii.202
And plucke vp drowned Honor by the Lockes:And pluck up drowned honour by the locks, 1H4 I.iii.203
So he that doth redeeme her thence, might weareSo he that doth redeem her thence might wear 1H4 I.iii.204
Without Co-riuall, all her Dignities:Without corrival all her dignities.corrival, co-rival (n.)

old form: Co-riuall
equal, match, compeer
1H4 I.iii.205
But out vpon this halfe-fac'd Fellowship.But out upon this half-faced fellowship!half-faced (adj.)

old form: halfe-fac'd
imperfect, incomplete, defective
1H4 I.iii.206
He apprehends a World of Figures here,He apprehends a world of figures here,figure (n.)
figure of speech, device, piece of rhetoric
1H4 I.iii.207
apprehend (v.)
seize upon, snatch at, lay hold of
But not the forme of what he should attend:But not the form of what he should attend.form (n.)

old form: forme
substance, essence, true meaning
1H4 I.iii.208
attend (v.)
regard, consider
Good Cousin giue me audience for a-while, / And list to me.Good cousin, give me audience for a while.audience (n.)
hearing, attention, reception
1H4 I.iii.209
I cry you mercy.I cry you mercy. 1H4 I.iii.210.1
Those same Noble ScottesThose same noble Scots 1H4 I.iii.210.2
That are your Prisoners.That are your prisoners –  1H4 I.iii.211.1
Ile keepe them all.I'll keep them all! 1H4 I.iii.211.2
By heauen, he shall not haue a Scot of them:By God he shall not have a Scot of them, 1H4 I.iii.212
No, if a Scot would saue his Soule, he shall not.No, if a scot would save his soul he shall not.scot (n.)

old form: Scot
payment, contribution, small amount
1H4 I.iii.213
Ile keepe them, by this Hand.I'll keep them, by this hand! 1H4 I.iii.214.1
You start away,You start awaystart (v.)
hurry, rush, hasten
1H4 I.iii.214.2
And lend no eare vnto my purposes.And lend no ear unto my purposes.purpose (n.)
intention, aim, plan
1H4 I.iii.215
Those Prisoners you shall keepe.Those prisoners you shall keep –  1H4 I.iii.216.1
Nay, I will: that's flat:Nay, I will. That's flat! 1H4 I.iii.216.2
He said, he would not ransome Mortimer:He said he would not ransom Mortimer, 1H4 I.iii.217
Forbad my tongue to speake of Mortimer.Forbade my tongue to speak of Mortimer, 1H4 I.iii.218
But I will finde him when he lyes asleepe,But I will find him when he lies asleep, 1H4 I.iii.219
And in his eare, Ile holla Mortimer.And in his ear I'll holla ‘ Mortimer!’holla, holloa (v.)
halloo, shout, call out [to]
1H4 I.iii.220
Nay, Ile haue a Starling shall be taught to speakeNay, I'll have a starling shall be taught to speak 1H4 I.iii.221
Nothing but Mortimer, and giue it him,Nothing but ‘ Mortimer,’ and give it him 1H4 I.iii.222
To keepe his anger still in motion.To keep his anger still in motion.still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
1H4 I.iii.223
Heare you Cousin: a word.Hear you, cousin, a word. 1H4 I.iii.224
All studies heere I solemnly defie,All studies here I solemnly defy,study (n.)
pursuit, concern, occupation
1H4 I.iii.225
defy (v.)

old form: defie
reject, despise, disdain, renounce
Saue how to gall and pinch this Bullingbrooke,Save how to gall and pinch this Bolingbroke.pinch (v.)
torment, pain, torture
1H4 I.iii.226
gall (v.)
vex, annoy, irritate
And that same Sword and Buckler Prince of Wales.And that same sword-and-buckler Prince of Wales – buckler (n.)
small round shield
1H4 I.iii.227
But that I thinke his Father loues him not,But that I think his father loves him not 1H4 I.iii.228
And would be glad he met with some mischance,And would be glad he met with some mischance –  1H4 I.iii.229
I would haue poyson'd him with a pot of Ale.I would have him poisoned with a pot of ale. 1H4 I.iii.230
Farewell Kinsman: Ile talke to youFarewell, kinsman. I'll talk to you 1H4 I.iii.231
When you are better temper'd to attend.When you are better tempered to attend.attend (v.)
listen [to], pay attention [to]
1H4 I.iii.232
Why what a Waspe-tongu'd & impatient fooleWhy, what a wasp-stung and impatient fool 1H4 I.iii.233
Art thou, to breake into this Womans mood,Art thou to break into this woman's mood, 1H4 I.iii.234
Tying thine eare to no tongue but thine owne?Tying thine ear to no tongue but thine own! 1H4 I.iii.235
Why look you, I am whipt & scourg'd with rods,Why, look you, I am whipped and scourged with rods, 1H4 I.iii.236
Netled, and stung with Pismires, when I heareNettled, and stung with pismires, when I hearpismire (n.)
1H4 I.iii.237
Of this vile Politician Bullingbrooke.Of this vile politician Bolingbroke. 1H4 I.iii.238
In Richards time: What de'ye call the place?In Richard's time – what do you call the place? 1H4 I.iii.239
A plague vpon't, it is in Gloustershire:A plague upon it, it is in Gloucestershire. 1H4 I.iii.240
'Twas, where the madcap Duke his Vncle kept,'Twas where the madcap Duke his uncle keptkeep (v.)
lodge, live, dwell
1H4 I.iii.241
His Vncle Yorke, where I first bow'd my kneeHis uncle York – where I first bowed my knee 1H4 I.iii.242
Vnto this King of Smiles, this Bullingbrooke:Unto this king of smiles, this Bolingbroke –  1H4 I.iii.243
When you and he came backe from Rauenspurgh.'Sblood, when you and he came back from Ravenspurgh – 'sblood (int.)
[oath] God's blood
1H4 I.iii.244
At Barkley Castle.At Berkeley Castle. 1H4 I.iii.245
You say true:You say true. 1H4 I.iii.246
Why what a caudie deale of curtesie,Why, what a candy deal of courtesydeal (n.)

old form: deale
amount, quantity
1H4 I.iii.247
candy (adj.)

old form: caudie
sugary, syrupy, honeyed
This fawning Grey-hound then did proffer me,This fawning greyhound then did proffer me! 1H4 I.iii.248
Looke when his infant Fortune came to age,‘ Look, when his infant fortune came to age,’ 1H4 I.iii.249
And gentle Harry Percy, and kinde Cousin:And ‘ gentle Harry Percy,’ and ‘ kind cousin.’gentle (adj.)
well-born, honourable, noble
1H4 I.iii.250
O, the Diuell take such Couzeners, God forgiue me,O, the devil take such cozeners – God forgive me!cozener (n.)

old form: Couzeners
cheat, deceiver, fraud
1H4 I.iii.251
Good Vncle tell your tale, for I haue done.Good uncle, tell your tale. I have done. 1H4 I.iii.252
Nay, if you haue not, too't againe,Nay, if you have not, to it again, 1H4 I.iii.253
Wee'l stay your leysure.We will stay your leisure. 1H4 I.iii.254.1
I haue done insooth.I have done, i'faith. 1H4 I.iii.254.2
Then once more to your Scottish Prisoners.Then once more to your Scottish prisoners. 1H4 I.iii.255
Deliuer them vp without their ransome straight,Deliver them up without their ransom straight,straight (adv.)
straightaway, immediately, at once
1H4 I.iii.256
And make the Dowglas sonne your onely meaneAnd make the Douglas' son your only meanmean (n.)

old form: meane
means, way, method
1H4 I.iii.257
For powres in Scotland: which for diuers reasonsFor powers in Scotland, which, for divers reasonspower (n.)

old form: powres
armed force, troops, host, army
1H4 I.iii.258
divers (adj.)

old form: diuers
different, various, several
Which I shall send you written, be assur'dWhich I shall send you written, be assured 1H4 I.iii.259
Will easily be granted you, my Lord.Will easily be granted. (To Northumberland) You my lord, 1H4 I.iii.260

(To Northumberland) 1H4 I.iii.261
Your Sonne in Scotland being thus imploy'd,Your son in Scotland being thus employed, 1H4 I.iii.261
Shall secretly into the bosome creepeShall secretly into the bosom creep 1H4 I.iii.262
Of that same noble Prelate, well belou'd,Of that same noble prelate well-beloved, 1H4 I.iii.263
The Archbishop.The Archbishop. 1H4 I.iii.264.1
Of Yorke, is't not?Of York, is it not? 1H4 I.iii.264.2
True, who beares hardTrue, who bears hardhard (adv.)
badly, poorly, ill
1H4 I.iii.264.3
His Brothers death at Bristow, the Lord Scroope.His brother's death at Bristol, the Lord Scroop.Bristow, Bristol (n.)
city-port in SW England, close to the mouth of the R Severn
1H4 I.iii.265
I speake not this in estimation,I speak not this in estimation,estimation (n.)
guess, conjecture, speculation
1H4 I.iii.266
As what I thinke might be, but what I knowAs what I think might be, but what I know 1H4 I.iii.267
Is ruminated, plotted, and set downe,Is ruminated, plotted, and set down, 1H4 I.iii.268
And onely stayes but to behold the faceAnd only stays but to behold the face 1H4 I.iii.269
Of that occasion that shall bring it on.Of that occasion that shall bring it on. 1H4 I.iii.270
I smell it: Vpon my life, it will do wond'rous well.I smell it! Upon my life it will do well! 1H4 I.iii.271
Before the game's a-foot, thou still let'st slip.Before the game is afoot thou still lettest slip.still (adv.)
ever, now [as before]
1H4 I.iii.272
slip, let
let go, allow to leave, unleash
Why, it cannot choose but be a Noble plot,Why, it cannot choose but be a noble plot; 1H4 I.iii.273
And then the power of Scotland, and of YorkeAnd then the power of Scotland, and of York,power (n.)
armed force, troops, host, army
1H4 I.iii.274
To ioyne with Mortimer, Ha.To join with Mortimer, ha? 1H4 I.iii.275.1
And so they shall.And so they shall. 1H4 I.iii.275.2
Infaith it is exceedingly well aym'd.In faith it is exceedingly well aimed. 1H4 I.iii.276
And 'tis no little reason bids vs speed,And 'tis no little reason bids us speed, 1H4 I.iii.277
To saue our heads, by raising of a Head:To save our heads by raising of a head.head (n.)
fighting force, army, body of troops
1H4 I.iii.278
For, beare our selues as euen as we can,For, bear ourselves as even as we can,even, e'en (adv.)

old form: euen
carefully, steadily, circumspectly
1H4 I.iii.279
The King will alwayes thinke him in our debt,The King will always think him in our debt, 1H4 I.iii.280
And thinke, we thinke our selues vnsatisfied,And think we think ourselves unsatisfied, 1H4 I.iii.281
Till he hath found a time to pay vs home.Till he hath found a time to pay us home.home (adv.)
fully, thoroughly, unsparingly
1H4 I.iii.282
And see already, how he doth beginneAnd see already how he doth begin 1H4 I.iii.283
To make vs strangers to his lookes of loue.To make us strangers to his looks of love. 1H4 I.iii.284
He does, he does; wee'l be reueng'd on him.He does, he does, we'll be revenged on him. 1H4 I.iii.285
Cousin, farewell. No further go in this,Cousin, farewell. No further go in this 1H4 I.iii.286
Then I by Letters shall direct your courseThan I by letters shall direct your course.course (n.)
course of action, way of proceeding
1H4 I.iii.287
When time is ripe, which will be sodainly:When time is ripe, which will be suddenly,suddenly (adv.)

old form: sodainly
immediately, at once, without delay
1H4 I.iii.288
Ile steale to Glendower, and loe, Mortimer,I'll steal to Glendower, and Lord Mortimer, 1H4 I.iii.289
Where you, and Dowglas, and our powres at once,Where you, and Douglas, and our powers at once,once, at (adv.)
all together, jointly, collectively
1H4 I.iii.290
power (n.)

old form: powres
armed force, troops, host, army
As I will fashion it, shall happily meete,As I will fashion it, shall happily meet,fashion (v.)
arrange, contrive, manage
1H4 I.iii.291
To beare our fortunes in our owne strong armes,To bear our fortunes in our own strong arms, 1H4 I.iii.292
Which now we hold at much vncertainty.Which now we hold at much uncertainty. 1H4 I.iii.293
Farewell good Brother, we shall thriue, I trust.Farewell, good brother. We shall thrive, I trust.thrive (v.)

old form: thriue
be successful, have good fortune
1H4 I.iii.294
Vncle, adieu: O let the houres be short,Uncle, adieu. O, let the hours be short, 1H4 I.iii.295
Till fields, and blowes, and grones, applaud our sport.Till fields, and blows, and groans applaud our sport!sport (n.)
recreation, amusement, entertainment
1H4 I.iii.296
field (n.)
field of battle, battleground, field of combat
exitExeunt 1H4 I.iii.296
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