Henry V

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Flourish. Enter Chorus H5 IV.chorus.1.1
Now entertaine coniecture of a time,Now entertain conjecture of a timeconjecture (n.)
supposition, imaginary case
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entertain (v.)
accept as true, allow, accommodate
When creeping Murmure and the poring DarkeWhen creeping murmur and the poring darkporing (adj.)
through which one needs to peer, eye-straining
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Fills the wide Vessell of the Vniuerse.Fills the wide vessel of the universe. H5 IV.chorus.3
From Camp to Camp, through the foule Womb of NightFrom camp to camp, through the foul womb of night, H5 IV.chorus.4
The Humme of eyther Army stilly sounds;The hum of either army stilly sounds,stilly (adv.)
quietly, in a hushed manner
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That the fixt Centinels almost receiueThat the fixed sentinels almost receive H5 IV.chorus.6
The secret Whispers of each others Watch.The secret whispers of each other's watch. H5 IV.chorus.7
Fire answers fire, and through their paly flamesFire answers fire, and through their paly flamespaly (adj.)
pale, faint
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answer (v.)
reflect, mirror, correspond to
Each Battaile sees the others vmber'd face.Each battle sees the other's umbered face.umbered (adj.)

old form: vmber'd
shadowed, shadowy
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battle (n.)

old form: Battaile
army, fighting force, battalion
Steed threatens Steed, in high and boastfull NeighsSteed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs, H5 IV.chorus.10
Piercing the Nights dull Eare: and from the Tents,Piercing the night's dull ear; and from the tents H5 IV.chorus.11
The Armourers accomplishing the Knights,The armourers, accomplishing the knights,accomplish (v.)
equip, provide, furnish
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With busie Hammers closing Riuets vp,With busy hammers closing rivets up, H5 IV.chorus.13
Giue dreadfull note of preparation.Give dreadful note of preparation.note (n.)
sign, mark, token
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The Countrey Cocks doe crow, the Clocks doe towle:The country cocks do crow, the clocks do toll, H5 IV.chorus.15
And the third howre of drowsie Morning nam'd,And the third hour of drowsy morning name. H5 IV.chorus.16
Prowd of their Numbers, and secure in Soule,Proud of their numbers, and secure in soul,secure (adj.)
carefree, free from anxiety, unguarded
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The confident and ouer-lustie French,The confident and overlusty Frenchoverlusty, over-lusty (adj.)

old form: ouer-lustie
over-cheerful, excessively merry
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Doe the low-rated English play at Dice;Do the low-rated English play at dice,play (v.)
play for, make bets about
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And chide the creeple-tardy-gated Night,And chide the cripple tardy-gaited nightchide (v.), past form chid
scold, rebuke, reprove
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old form: tardy-gated
slow-moving, sluggish
Who like a foule and ougly Witch doth limpeWho like a foul and ugly witch doth limp H5 IV.chorus.21
So tediously away. The poore condemned English,So tediously away. The poor condemned English, H5 IV.chorus.22
Like Sacrifices, by their watchfull FiresLike sacrifices, by their watchful fires H5 IV.chorus.23
Sit patiently, and inly ruminateSit patiently, and inly ruminateinly (adv.)
inwardly, deep within
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The Mornings danger: and their gesture sad,The morning's danger; and their gesture sad,sad (adj.)
downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy
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gesture (n.)
demeanour, attitude, manner
Inuesting lanke-leane Cheekes, and Warre-worne Coats,Investing lank-lean cheeks and war-worn coats,invest (v.)

old form: Inuesting
envelop, permeate, infuse
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lank-lean (adj.)

old form: lanke-leane
gaunt, haggard, wasted
Presented them vnto the gazing MoonePresenteth them unto the gazing moon H5 IV.chorus.27
So many horride Ghosts. O now, who will beholdSo many horrid ghosts. O now, who will beholdhorrid (adj.)

old form: horride
horrifying, frightful, terrifying
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The Royall Captaine of this ruin'd BandThe royal Captain of this ruined band H5 IV.chorus.29
Walking from Watch to Watch, from Tent to Tent;Walking from watch to watch, from tent to tent, H5 IV.chorus.30
Let him cry, Prayse and Glory on his head:Let him cry, ‘ Praise and glory on his head!’ H5 IV.chorus.31
For forth he goes, and visits all his Hoast,For forth he goes and visits all his host,host (n.)

old form: Hoast
army, armed multitude
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Bids them good morrow with a modest Smyle,Bids them good morrow with a modest smile,morrow (n.)
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And calls them Brothers, Friends, and Countreymen.And calls them brothers, friends, and countrymen. H5 IV.chorus.34
Vpon his Royall Face there is no note,Upon his royal face there is no note H5 IV.chorus.35
How dread an Army hath enrounded him;How dread an army hath enrounded him,enround (v.)
surround, encircle
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dread (adj.)
frightening, terrifying, fearful
Nor doth he dedicate one iot of ColourNor doth he dedicate one jot of colour H5 IV.chorus.37
Vnto the wearie and all-watched Night:Unto the weary and all-watched night,all-watched (adj.)
maintaining watchfulness throughout
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But freshly lookes, and ouer-beares Attaint,But freshly looks, and overbears attaintoverbear (v.)

old form: ouer-beares
overwhelm, overcome, overpower
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attaint (n.)
sign of weariness, suggestion of fatigue
With chearefull semblance, and sweet Maiestie:With cheerful semblance and sweet majesty;semblance (n.)
appearance, outward show
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That euery Wretch, pining and pale before,That every wretch, pining and pale before, H5 IV.chorus.41
Beholding him, plucks comfort from his Lookes.Beholding him, plucks comfort from his looks. H5 IV.chorus.42
A Largesse vniuersall, like the Sunne,A largess universal, like the sun,largess (n.)

old form: Largesse
free gift, generous present
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His liberall Eye doth giue to euery one,His liberal eye doth give to every one, H5 IV.chorus.44
Thawing cold feare, that meane and gentle allThawing cold fear, that mean and gentle allmean (adj.)

old form: meane
of low rank, inferior in position, less important
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gentle (adj.)
well-born, honourable, noble
Behold, as may vnworthinesse define.Behold, as may unworthiness define,define (v.)
present, set forth, characterize
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A little touch of Harry in the Night,A little touch of Harry in the night. H5 IV.chorus.47
And so our Scene must to the Battaile flye:And so our scene must to the battle fly; H5 IV.chorus.48
Where, O for pitty, we shall much disgrace,Where – O for pity! – we shall much disgrace, H5 IV.chorus.49
With foure or fiue most vile and ragged foyles,With four or five most vile and ragged foils,ragged (adj.)
broken, jagged, fragmented
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foil (n.)

old form: foyles
sword, rapier
vile, vild (adj.)
shameful, contemptible, wretched
(Right ill dispos'd, in brawle ridiculous) Right ill-disposed in brawl ridiculous,ill-disposed (adj.)

old form: ill dispos'd
badly arranged, poorly presented
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The Name of Agincourt: Yet sit and see,The name of Agincourt. Yet sit and see, H5 IV.chorus.52
Minding true things, by what their Mock'ries bee.Minding true things by what their mockeries be.mind (v.)
think of, call to mind
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Exit.Exit H5 IV.chorus.53
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