Henry VIII

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Enter L. Chamberlaine and L. Sandys.Enter the Lord Chamberlain and Lord Sands H8 I.iii.1.1
Is't possible the spels of France should iuggleIs't possible the spells of France should jugglejuggle (v.)
deceive, cheat, trick
H8 I.iii.1
Men into such strange mysteries?Men into such strange mysteries?mystery (n.)
way of behaving
H8 I.iii.2.1
strange (adj.)
remarkable, startling, abnormal, unnatural
L. San. SANDS 
New customes,New customs, H8 I.iii.2.2
Though they be neuer so ridiculous,Though they be never so ridiculous, H8 I.iii.3
(Nay let 'em be vnmanly) yet are follow'd.Nay, let 'em be unmanly, yet are followed. H8 I.iii.4
As farre as I see, all the good our EnglishAs far as I see, all the good our English H8 I.iii.5
Haue got by the late Voyage, is but meerelyHave got by the late voyage is but merelymerely (adv.)

old form: meerely
only, nothing more than
H8 I.iii.6
late (adj.)
recent, not long past
A fit or two o'th'face, (but they are shrewd ones)A fit or two o'th' face – but they are shrewd ones;shrewd (adj.)
knowing, artful, smart
H8 I.iii.7
fit (n.)
grimace, facial twitch
For when they hold 'em, you would sweare directlyFor when they hold 'em, you would swear directly H8 I.iii.8
Their very noses had been CouncelloursTheir very noses had been counsellors H8 I.iii.9
To Pepin or Clotharius, they keepe State so.To Pepin or Clotharius, they keep state so.keep (v.)

old form: keepe
keep up, maintain, carry on
H8 I.iii.10
state (n.)
splendour, magnificence, stateliness, dignity
Pepin, Pippen (n.)
king of the Franks in 8th-c
Clotharius (n.)
[pron: klo'tharius] king of the Franks in 6th-c
L. San. SANDS 
They haue all new legs, / And lame ones; one would take it,They have all new legs, and lame ones. One would take it,leg (n.)
bending of a knee, genuflection, obeisance
H8 I.iii.11
That neuer see 'em pace before, the SpauenThat never saw 'em pace before, the spavinspavin (n.)

old form: Spauen
swelling of a horse's leg-joint
H8 I.iii.12
A Spring-halt rain'd among 'em.Or springhalt reigned among 'em.springhalt (n.)

old form: Spring-halt
[of horses] disease causing twitching of the hind legs
H8 I.iii.13.1
Death my Lord,Death, my lord! H8 I.iii.13.2
Their cloathes are after such a Pagan cut too't,Their clothes are after such a pagan cut to't H8 I.iii.14
That sure th'haue worne out Christendome: That sure they've worn out Christendom. H8 I.iii.15.1
Enter Sir Thomas Louell.Enter Sir Thomas Lovell H8 I.iii.15
how now?How now? H8 I.iii.15.2
What newes, Sir Thomas Louell?What news, Sir Thomas Lovell? H8 I.iii.16.1
Louell. LOVELL 
Faith my Lord,Faith, my lord, H8 I.iii.16.2
I heare of none but the new Proclamation,I hear of none but the new proclamation H8 I.iii.17
That's clapt vpon the Court Gate.That's clapped upon the court gate.clap (v.)

old form: clapt
put smartly, place promptly, set effectively
H8 I.iii.18.1
What is't for?What is't for? H8 I.iii.18.2
The reformation of our trauel'd Gallants,The reformation of our travelled gallants,gallant (n.)
fine gentleman, man of fashion
H8 I.iii.19
That fill the Court with quarrels, talke, and Taylors.That fill the court with quarrels, talk, and tailors. H8 I.iii.20
I'm glad 'tis there; / Now I would pray our MonsieursI'm glad 'tis there. Now I would pray our monsieursmonsieur (n.)
French gentleman
H8 I.iii.21
To thinke an English Courtier may be wise,To think an English courtier may be wise, H8 I.iii.22
And neuer see the Louure.And never see the Louvre.Louvre (n.)
[pron: 'loovr] palace of the French Kings, Paris
H8 I.iii.23.1
They must eitherThey must either, H8 I.iii.23.2
(For so run the Conditions) leaue those remnantsFor so run the conditions, leave those remnants H8 I.iii.24
Of Foole and Feather, that they got in France,Of fool and feather that they got in France,fool and feather

old form: Foole
foolishness and foppery [feathered plumes]
H8 I.iii.25
With all their honourable points of ignoranceWith all their honourable points of ignorance H8 I.iii.26
Pertaining thereunto; as Fights and Fire-workes,Pertaining thereunto, as fights and fireworks, H8 I.iii.27
Abusing better men then they can beAbusing better men than they can beabuse (v.)
demean, do wrong to, dishonour
H8 I.iii.28
Out of a forreigne wisedome, renouncing cleaneOut of a foreign wisdom, renouncing cleanclean (adv.)

old form: cleane
totally, absolutely, utterly
H8 I.iii.29
The faith they haue in Tennis and tall Stockings,The faith they have in tennis and tall stockings,tall (adj.)
long, high
H8 I.iii.30
Short blistred Breeches, and those types of Trauell;Short blistered breeches, and those types of travel,type (n.)
mark, sign, indication
H8 I.iii.31
blistered (adj.)

old form: blistred
ornamented with puffs, displaying slashes to show the lining
And vnderstand againe like honest men,And understand again like honest men,understand (v.)

old form: vnderstand
use their brains
H8 I.iii.32
Or pack to their old Playfellowes; there, I take it,Or pack to their old playfellows. There, I take it,pack (v.)
take [oneself] off, be off, depart
H8 I.iii.33
They may Cum Pruiilegio, wee awayThey may, cum privilegio, ‘ oui awayoui away (v.)

old form: wee
chatter away in French
H8 I.iii.34
by special licence
The lag end of their lewdnesse, and be laugh'd at.The lag end of their lewdness, and be laughed at.lag (adj.)
late-coming, last, closing
H8 I.iii.35
lewdness (n.)

old form: lewdnesse
foolishness, absurd behaviour
L. San. SANDS 
Tis time to giue 'em Physicke, their diseases'Tis time to give 'em physic, their diseasesphysic (n.)

old form: Physicke
medicine, healing, treatment
H8 I.iii.36
Are growne so catching.Are grown so catching. H8 I.iii.37.1
What a losse our LadiesWhat a loss our ladies H8 I.iii.37.2
Will haue of these trim vanities?Will have of these trim vanities!trim (adj.)
fine, excellent, smart
H8 I.iii.38.1
vanity (n.)
fop, dandy, dude
Louell. LOVELL 
I marry,Ay, marry,marry (int.)
[exclamation] by Mary
H8 I.iii.38.2
There will be woe indeed Lords, the slye whorsonsThere will be woe indeed, lords! The sly whoresonswhoreson (n.)

old form: whorsons
[son of a whore; serious or jocular term of abuse] fellow, bastard
H8 I.iii.39
Haue got a speeding tricke to lay downe Ladies.Have got a speeding trick to lay down ladies.trick (n.)

old form: tricke
way, knack, skill
H8 I.iii.40
speeding (adj.)
effective, rapidly working, successful
A French Song, and a Fiddle, ha's no Fellow.A French song and a fiddle has no fellow. H8 I.iii.41
L. San. SANDS 
The Diuell fiddle 'em, / I am glad they are going,The devil fiddle 'em! I am glad they are going, H8 I.iii.42
For sure there's no conuerting of 'em: nowFor sure there's no converting of 'em. Now H8 I.iii.43
An honest Country Lord as I am, beatenAn honest country lord, as I am, beaten H8 I.iii.44
A long time out of play, may bring his plaine song,A long time out of play, may bring his plainsong,play (n.)
playing, performance
H8 I.iii.45
plainsong (n.)

old form: plaine song
simple straightforward melody
And haue an houre of hearing, and by'r LadyAnd have an hour of hearing, and, by'r lady, H8 I.iii.46
Held currant Musicke too.Held current music too.hold (v.)
consider, regard, esteem, value [as]
H8 I.iii.47.1
current (adj.)

old form: currant
acceptable, up-to-date, fashionable
Well said Lord Sands,Well said, Lord Sands. H8 I.iii.47.2
Your Colts tooth is not cast yet?Your colt's tooth is not cast yet?colt's tooth
youthful inclinations, sportive impulses
H8 I.iii.48.1
cast (v.)
cast off, discard, dismiss, reject
L. San. SANDS 
No my Lord,No, my lord, H8 I.iii.48.2
Nor shall not while I haue a stumpe.Nor shall not while I have a stump. H8 I.iii.49.1
Sir Thomas,Sir Thomas, H8 I.iii.49.2
Whither were you a going?Whither were you a-going? H8 I.iii.50.1
To the Cardinals;To the Cardinal's; H8 I.iii.50.2
Your Lordship is a guest too.Your lordship is a guest too. H8 I.iii.51.1
O, 'tis true;O, 'tis true. H8 I.iii.51.2
This night he makes a Supper, and a great one,This night he makes a supper, and a great one,make (v.)
give, provide
H8 I.iii.52
To many Lords and Ladies; there will beTo many lords and ladies. There will be H8 I.iii.53
The Beauty of this Kingdome Ile assure you.The beauty of this kingdom, I'll assure you. H8 I.iii.54
That Churchman / Beares a bounteous minde indeed, That churchman bears a bounteous mind indeed, H8 I.iii.55
A hand as fruitfull as the Land that feeds vs,A hand as fruitful as the land that feeds us.fruitful (adj.)

old form: fruitfull
generous, bountiful, liberal
H8 I.iii.56
His dewes fall euery where.His dews fall everywhere. H8 I.iii.57.1
No doubt hee's Noble;No doubt he's noble. H8 I.iii.57.2
He had a blacke mouth that said other of him.He had a black mouth that said other of him.black (adj.)

old form: blacke
wicked, slanderous, calumnious
H8 I.iii.58
L. San. SANDS 
He may my Lord, / Ha's wherewithall in him;He may, my lord; has wherewithal: in him H8 I.iii.59
Sparing would shew a worse sinne, then ill Doctrine,Sparing would show a worse sin than ill doctrine.ill (adj.)
evil, wicked, immoral
H8 I.iii.60
Men of his way, should be most liberall,Men of his way should be most liberal;way (n.)
calling, vocation, profession
H8 I.iii.61
They are set heere for examples.They are set here for examples. H8 I.iii.62.1
True, they are so;True, they are so; H8 I.iii.62.2
But few now giue so great ones: / My Barge stayes;But few now give so great ones. My barge stays;stay (v.)

old form: stayes
wait (for), await
H8 I.iii.63
Your Lordship shall along: Come, good Sir Thomas,Your lordship shall along. Come, good Sir Thomas, H8 I.iii.64
We shall be late else, which I would not be,We shall be late else, which I would not be, H8 I.iii.65
For I was spoke to, with Sir Henry GuilfordFor I was spoke to, with Sir Henry Guilford, H8 I.iii.66
This night to be Comptrollers.This night to be comptrollers.comptroller (n.)
steward, master of ceremonies
H8 I.iii.67.1
L. San. SANDS 
I am your Lordships. I am your lordship's. H8 I.iii.67.2
Exeunt.Exeunt H8 I.iii.67
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