Henry V

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Flourish. Enter Chorus.Flourish. Enter Chorus H5 II.chorus.1
Now all the Youth of England are on fire,Now all the youth of England are on fire, H5 II.chorus.1
And silken Dalliance in the Wardrobe lyes:And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies.dalliance (n.)
frivolity, idleness, wasteful activity
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Now thriue the Armorers, and Honors thoughtNow thrive the armourers, and honour's thought H5 II.chorus.3
Reignes solely in the breast of euery man.Reigns solely in the breast of every man.solely (adv.)
alone, by oneself
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They sell the Pasture now, to buy the Horse;They sell the pasture now to buy the horse, H5 II.chorus.5
Following the Mirror of all Christian Kings,Following the mirror of all Christian kingsmirror (n.)
supreme example, paragon, model of excellence
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With winged heeles, as English Mercuries.With winged heels, as English Mercuries. H5 II.chorus.7
For now sits Expectation in the Ayre,For now sits expectation in the air, H5 II.chorus.8
And hides a Sword, from Hilts vnto the Point,And hides a sword from hilts unto the point H5 II.chorus.9
With Crownes Imperiall, Crownes and Coronets,With crowns imperial, crowns and coronets, H5 II.chorus.10
Promis'd to Harry, and his followers.Promised to Harry and his followers. H5 II.chorus.11
The French aduis'd by good intelligenceThe French, advised by good intelligenceintelligence (n.)
spying, espionage, secretly obtained information
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advise, avise (v.)

old form: aduis'd
inform, be aware, apprise
Of this most dreadfull preparation,Of this most dreadful preparation, H5 II.chorus.13
Shake in their feare, and with pale PollicyShake in their fear, and with pale policypolicy (n.)

old form: Pollicy
stratagem, cunning, intrigue, craft
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pale (adj.)
wan, fearful, pale-hearted
Seeke to diuert the English purposes.Seek to divert the English purposes.purpose (n.)
intention, aim, plan
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O England: Modell to thy inward Greatnesse,O England! model to thy inward greatness,model (n.)

old form: Modell
microcosm, miniature, tiny replica
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Like little Body with a mightie Heart:Like little body with a mighty heart, H5 II.chorus.17
What mightst thou do, that honour would thee do,What mightst thou do, that honour would thee do, H5 II.chorus.18
Were all thy children kinde and naturall:Were all thy children kind and natural!natural (adj.)

old form: naturall
feeling proper affection, having normal feelings
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kind (adj.)

old form: kinde
showing natural feeling, acting by nature
But see, thy fault France hath in thee found out,But see, thy fault France hath in thee found out,fault (n.)
failing, weakness
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A nest of hollow bosomes, which he fillesA nest of hollow bosoms, which he fillsbosom (n.)

old form: bosomes
heart, inner person
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With treacherous Crownes, and three corrupted men:With treacherous crowns; and three corrupted men – crown (n.)
coin [usually showing a monarch's crown], English value: 5 shilllings
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One, Richard Earle of Cambridge, and the secondOne, Richard Earl of Cambridge, and the second, H5 II.chorus.23
Henry Lord Scroope of Masham, and the thirdHenry Lord Scroop of Masham, and the third, H5 II.chorus.24
Sir Thomas Grey Knight of Northumberland,Sir Thomas Grey, knight, of Northumberland –  H5 II.chorus.25
Haue for the Gilt of France (O guilt indeed)Have, for the gilt of France – O guilt indeed! – gilt (n.)
gold, money
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Confirm'd Conspiracy with fearefull France,Confirmed conspiracy with fearful France; H5 II.chorus.27
And by their hands, this grace of Kings must dye.And by their hands this grace of kings must die,grace (n.)
honour, favour, recognition, respect
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If Hell and Treason hold their promises,If hell and treason hold their promises, H5 II.chorus.29
Ere he take ship for France; and in Southampton.Ere he take ship for France, and in Southampton. H5 II.chorus.30
Linger your patience on, and wee'l digestLinger your patience on, and we'll digestdigest, disgest (v.)
endure, brook, put up with
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Th' abuse of distance; force a play:Th' abuse of distance, force a play.force (v.)
make happen, compel, bring about
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abuse (n.)
flouting, violation, improper use
The summe is payde, the Traitors are agreed,The sum is paid; the traitors are agreed; H5 II.chorus.33
The King is set from London, and the SceneThe King is set from London; and the scene H5 II.chorus.34
Is now transported (Gentles) to Southampton,Is now transported, gentles, to Southampton.gentle (n.)
(plural) ladies and gentlemen, gentlefolk
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There is the Play-house now, there must you sit,There is the playhouse now, there must you sit, H5 II.chorus.36
And thence to France shall we conuey you safe,And thence to France shall we convey you safe H5 II.chorus.37
And bring you backe: Charming the narrow seasAnd bring you back, charming the narrow seas H5 II.chorus.38
To giue you gentle Passe: for if we may,To give you gentle pass; for, if we may,pass (n.)

old form: Passe
passage, crossing, thoroughfare
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gentle (adj.)
peaceful, calm, free from violence
Wee'l not offend one stomacke with our Play.We'll not offend one stomach with our play. H5 II.chorus.40
But till the King come forth, and not till then,But till the King come forth, and not till then, H5 II.chorus.41
Vnto Southampton do we shift our Scene.Unto Southampton do we shift our scene. H5 II.chorus.42
ExitExit H5 II.chorus.42
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