Henry V

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Flourish. Enter Chorus.Flourish. Enter Chorus H5 III.chorus.1.1
Thus with imagin'd wing our swift Scene flyes,Thus with imagined wing our swift scene fliesimagined (adj.)
of imagination, conceived in the mind
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In motion of no lesse celeritieIn motion of no less celeritycelerity (n.)

old form: celeritie
alacrity, rapidity, swiftness
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then that of Thought. / Suppose, that you haue seeneThan that of thought. Suppose that you have seen H5 III.chorus.3
The well-appointed King at Douer Peer,The well-appointed King at Hampton pierHampton (n.)
Southampton; port city in Hampshire
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well-appointed (adj.)
well-equipped, properly fitted out
Embarke his Royaltie: and his braue Fleet,Embark his royalty, and his brave fleetroyalty (n.)

old form: Royaltie
majesty, royal highness
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brave (adj.)
fine, excellent, splendid, impressive
With silken Streamers, the young Phebus fayning;With silken streamers the young Phoebus fanning.Phoebus (n.)
[pron: 'feebus] Latin name for Apollo as the sun-god; also called Phoebus Apollo
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Play with your Fancies: and in them behold,Play with your fancies, and in them beholdfancy (n.)
imagination, creativity, inventiveness
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Vpon the Hempen Tackle, Ship-boyes climbing;Upon the hempen tackle ship-boys climbing; H5 III.chorus.8
Heare the shrill Whistle, which doth order giueHear the shrill whistle which doth order give H5 III.chorus.9
To sounds confus'd: behold the threaden Sayles,To sounds confused; behold the threaden sails,threaden (adj.)
made of linen thread
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Borne with th'inuisible and creeping Wind,Borne with th' invisible and creeping wind, H5 III.chorus.11
Draw the huge Bottomes through the furrowed Sea,Draw the huge bottoms through the furrowed sea,bottom (n.)

old form: Bottomes
[nautical: keel, hull] ship, vessel
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Bresting the loftie Surge. O, doe but thinkeBreasting the lofty surge. O, do but think H5 III.chorus.13
You stand vpon the Riuage, and beholdYou stand upon the rivage and beholdrivage (n.)

old form: Riuage
coast, shore, bank
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A Citie on th'inconstant Billowes dauncing:A city on th' inconstant billows dancing; H5 III.chorus.15
For so appeares this Fleet Maiesticall,For so appears this fleet majestical, H5 III.chorus.16
Holding due course to Harflew. Follow, follow:Holding due course to Harfleur. Follow, follow!Harfleur (n.)
[pron: 'ahrfler] town in Normandy, N France; besieged by Henry V in 1415
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Grapple your minds to sternage of this Nauie,Grapple your minds to sternage of this navy,sternage (n.)
sterns [of a fleet of ships]
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And leaue your England as dead Mid-night, still,And leave your England, as dead midnight still, H5 III.chorus.19
Guarded with Grandsires, Babyes, and old Women,Guarded with grandsires, babies, and old women, H5 III.chorus.20
Eyther past, or not arriu'd to pyth and puissance:Either past or not arrived to pith and puissance.puissance (n.)
power, might, force
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pith (n.)

old form: pyth
strength, toughness, mettle
For who is he, whose Chin is but enrichtFor who is he whose chin is but enriched H5 III.chorus.22
With one appearing Hayre, that will not followWith one appearing hair that will not follow H5 III.chorus.23
These cull'd and choyse-drawne Caualiers to France?These culled and choice-drawn cavaliers to France?choice-drawn (adj.)

old form: choyse-drawne
specially selected, chosen with great care
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culled (adj.)

old form: cull'd
chosen, picked, selected
Worke, worke your Thoughts, and therein see a Siege:Work, work your thoughts, and therein see a siege: H5 III.chorus.25
Behold the Ordenance on their Carriages,Behold the ordnance on their carriages,ordnance, ordinance (n.)

old form: Ordenance
cannon, artillery
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With fatall mouthes gaping on girded Harflew.With fatal mouths gaping on girded Harfleur.girded (adj.)
besieged, blockaded, encircled
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Suppose th' Embassador from the French comes back:Suppose th' ambassador from the French comes back; H5 III.chorus.28
Tells Harry, That the King doth offer himTells Harry that the King doth offer him H5 III.chorus.29
Katherine his Daughter, and with her to Dowrie,Katherine his daughter, and with her, to dowry, H5 III.chorus.30
Some petty and vnprofitable Dukedomes.Some petty and unprofitable dukedoms. H5 III.chorus.31
The offer likes not: and the nimble GunnerThe offer likes not; and the nimble gunnerlike (v.)
please, suit
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With Lynstock now the diuellish Cannon touches,With linstock now the devilish cannon touches,linstock (n.)

old form: Lynstock
stick holding a lit match for firing a cannon
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touch (v.)
touch off, fire off
Alarum, and Chambers goe off.Alarum, and chambers go offchamber (n.)
piece of ordnance, cannon, gun
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And downe goes all before them. Still be kind,And down goes all before them. Still be kind,still (adv.)
ever, now [as before]
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And eech out our performance with your mind.And eke out our performance with your mind.eke, eke out (v.)

old form: eech
add to, increase, supplement
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Exit.Exit H5 III.chorus.35
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