Henry VIII

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Pursuivants, pages, and others, attending before thepursuivant (n.)
royal messenger, state messenger [with power to execute warrants]
H8 V.ii.1.1
attend (v.)
serve at court, wait on royalty
Council Chamber H8 V.ii.1.2
Enter Cranmer, Archbyshop of Canterbury.Enter Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury H8 V.ii.1.3
I hope I am not too late, and yet the GentlemanI hope I am not too late, and yet the gentleman H8 V.ii.1
That was sent to me from the Councell, pray'd meThat was sent to me from the Council prayed me H8 V.ii.2
To make great hast. All fast? What meanes this? Hoa?To make great haste. All fast? What means this? Ho!fast (adj.)
locked up, firmly bolted
H8 V.ii.3
Who waites there? Who waits there? H8 V.ii.4.1
Enter Keeper.Enter Keeper H8 V.ii.4
Sure you know me?Sure, you know me? H8 V.ii.4.2
Yes, my Lord:Yes, my lord, H8 V.ii.4.3
But yet I cannot helpe you.But yet I cannot help you. H8 V.ii.5.1
Why?Why? H8 V.ii.5.2
Enter Doctor Buts.Enter Doctor Butts H8 V.ii.5
Your Grace Your grace H8 V.ii.5.3
must waight till you be call'd for.Must wait till you be called for. H8 V.ii.6.1
So.So! H8 V.ii.6.2
Buts. BUTTS  
(aside) H8 V.ii.7
This is a Peere of Malice: I am gladThis is a piece of malice. I am glad H8 V.ii.7
I came this way so happily. The KingI came this way so happily; the Kinghappily (adv.)
opportunely, propitiously, with good fortune
H8 V.ii.8
Shall vnderstand it presently. Shall understand it presently.presently (adv.)
immediately, instantly, at once
H8 V.ii.9.1
understand (v.)

old form: vnderstand
be informed about, learn about
understand (v.)
be informed about, learn about
Exit ButsExit H8 V.ii.9
(aside) H8 V.ii.9
'Tis Buts.'Tis Butts, H8 V.ii.9.2
The Kings Physitian, as he past alongThe King's physician. As he passed along, H8 V.ii.10
How earnestly he cast his eyes vpon me:How earnestly he cast his eyes upon me! H8 V.ii.11
Pray heauen he sound not my disgrace: for certainePray heaven he sound not my disgrace! For certainsound (v.)
cry out, declare, proclaim
H8 V.ii.12
This is of purpose laid by some that hate me,This is of purpose laid by some that hate me – purpose (n.)
intention, aim, plan
H8 V.ii.13
(God turne their hearts, I neuer sought their malice)God turn their hearts! I never sought their malice –  H8 V.ii.14
To quench mine Honor; they would shame to make meTo quench mine honour. They would shame to make me H8 V.ii.15
Wait else at doore: a fellow CouncellorWait else at door, a fellow Councillor, H8 V.ii.16
'Mong Boyes, Groomes, and Lackeyes. / But their pleasures'Mong boys, grooms, and lackeys. But their pleasureslackey (n.)

old form: Lackeyes
footman, minion, flunky
H8 V.ii.17
Must be fulfill'd, and I attend with patience.Must be fulfilled, and I attend with patience.attend (v.)
await, wait for, expect
H8 V.ii.18
Enter the King, and Buts, at a Windowe aboue.Enter the King and Butts, at a window above H8 V.ii.19
Buts. BUTTS 
Ile shew your Grace the strangest sight.I'll show your grace the strangest sight –  H8 V.ii.19.1
What's that Buts?What's that, Butts? H8 V.ii.19.2
Butts. BUTTS 
I thinke your Highnesse saw this many a day.I think your highness saw this many a day. H8 V.ii.20
Body a me: where is it?Body o'me, where is it?body o' me
my body, my life
H8 V.ii.21.1
Butts. BUTTS 
There my Lord:There, my lord –  H8 V.ii.21.2
The high promotion of his Grace of Canterbury,The high promotion of his grace of Canterbury, H8 V.ii.22
Who holds his State at dore 'mongst Purseuants,Who holds his state at door, 'mongst pursuivants,pursuivant (n.)

old form: Purseuants
royal messenger, state messenger [with power to execute warrants]
H8 V.ii.23
Pages, and Foot-boyes.Pages, and footboys.footboy (n.)

old form: Foot-boyes
boy attendant, page-boy, servant on foot [accompanying a rider]
H8 V.ii.24.1
Ha? 'Tis he indeed.Ha! 'Tis he indeed. H8 V.ii.24.2
Is this the Honour they doe one another?Is this the honour they do one another? H8 V.ii.25
'Tis well there's one aboue 'em yet; I had thought'Tis well there's one above 'em yet. I had thought H8 V.ii.26
They had parted so much honesty among 'em,They had parted so much honesty among 'em – part (v.)
divide, share, split up
H8 V.ii.27
At least good manners; as not thus to sufferAt least good manners – as not thus to suffer H8 V.ii.28
A man of his Place, and so neere our fauourA man of his place, and so near our favour, H8 V.ii.29
To dance attendance on their Lordships pleasures,To dance attendance on their lordships' pleasures, H8 V.ii.30
And at the dore too, like a Post with Packets:And at the door too, like a post with packets.post (n.)
express messenger, courier
H8 V.ii.31
By holy Mary (Butts) there's knauery;By holy Mary, Butts, there's knavery!knavery (n.)

old form: knauery
treachery, trap, trickery
H8 V.ii.32
Let 'em alone, and draw the Curtaine close:Let 'em alone, and draw the curtain close; H8 V.ii.33
We shall heare more anon.We shall hear more anon.anon (adv.)
soon, shortly, presently
H8 V.ii.34
They partly close the curtain, but remain watching; H8 V.ii.34
Cranmer withdraws to wait without H8 V.ii.34
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