Henry V

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Enter Corporall Nym, and Lieutenant Bardolfe.Enter Corporal Nym and Lieutenant Bardolph H5 II.i.1
Well met Corporall Nym. Well met, Corporal Nym. H5 II.i.1
Good morrow Lieutenant Bardolfe. Good morrow, Lieutenant Bardolph. H5 II.i.2
What, are Ancient Pistoll and you friends yet? What, are Ancient Pistol and you friends yet?ancient, aunchient (n.)
ensign, standard-bearer
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For my part, I care not: I say little: but when time For my part, I care not. I say little; but when time H5 II.i.4
shall serue, there shall be smiles, but that shall be as it shall serve, there shall be smiles – but that shall be as it H5 II.i.5
may. I dare not fight, but I will winke and holde out mine may. I dare not fight, but I will wink and hold out minewink (v.)

old form: winke
shut one's eyes
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yron: it is a simple one, but what though? It will toste iron. It is a simple one, but what though? it will toast H5 II.i.7
Cheese, and it will endure cold, as another mans sword cheese, and it will endure cold as another man's sword H5 II.i.8
will: and there's an end. will – and there's an end. H5 II.i.9
I will bestow a breakfast to make you friendes, I will bestow a breakfast to make you friends,bestow (v.)
give, provide, grant
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and wee'l bee all three sworne brothers to France: Let't and we'll be all three sworn brothers to France. Let'tbrother, sworn
companion-in-arms, devoted friend
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be so good Corporall Nym. be so, good Corporal Nym. H5 II.i.12
Faith, I will liue so long as I may, that's the certaine Faith, I will live so long as I may, that's the certain H5 II.i.13
of it: and when I cannot liue any longer, I will doe as I of it; and when I cannot live any longer, I will do as I H5 II.i.14
may: That is my rest, that is the rendeuous of it. may. That is my rest, that is the rendezvous of it.rest (n.)
final stake, last resolve
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rendezvous (n.)

old form: rendeuous
last resort, final shift
It is certaine Corporall, that he is marryed to It is certain, Corporal, that he is married to H5 II.i.16
Nell Quickly, and certainly she did you wrong, for you Nell Quickly, and certainly she did you wrong, for you H5 II.i.17
were troth-plight to her. were troth-plight to her.troth-plight (adj.)
engaged, betrothed
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I cannot tell, Things must be as they may: men may I cannot tell; things must be as they may. Men may H5 II.i.19
sleepe, and they may haue their throats about them at sleep, and they may have their throats about them at H5 II.i.20
that time, and some say, kniues haue edges: It must be as that time, and some say knives have edges: it must be as H5 II.i.21
it may, though patience be a tyred name, yet shee will it may – though patience be a tired mare, yet she will H5 II.i.22
plodde, there must be Conclusions, well, I cannot tell. plod – there must be conclusions – well, I cannot tell. H5 II.i.23
Enter Pistoll, & Quickly.Enter Pistol and Hostess Quickly H5 II.i.24
Heere comes Ancient Pistoll and his wife: good Here comes Ancient Pistol and his wife. Good H5 II.i.24
Corporall be patient heere. Corporal, be patient here. H5 II.i.25
How now mine Hoaste Pistoll? How now, mine host Pistol? H5 II.i.26
Base Tyke, cal'st thou mee Hoste, Base tike, call'st thou me host?base (adj.)
low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank
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now by this hand I sweare I scorne the terme: Now by this hand I swear I scorn the term; H5 II.i.28
nor shall my Nel keep Lodgers. Nor shall my Nell keep lodgers. H5 II.i.29
No by my troth, not long: For we cannot lodge No, by my troth, not long; for we cannot lodgetroth, by my
by my truth [exclamation emphasizing an assertion]
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and board a dozen or fourteene Gentlewomen that liue and board a dozen or fourteen gentlewomen that live H5 II.i.31
honestly by the pricke of their Needles, but it will bee honestly by the prick of their needles but it will be H5 II.i.32
thought we keepe a Bawdy-house straight. thought we keep a bawdy-house straight.straight (adv.)
straightaway, immediately, at once
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bawdy-house (n.)
Nym draws his sword H5 II.i.34.1
O welliday Lady, if he be not hewne now, we shall O well-a-day, Lady, if he be not drawn now! We shallwell-a-day (int.)
exclamation of grief, sorrow, upset, etc
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see wilful adultery and murther committed. see wilful adultery and murder committed. H5 II.i.35
Good Lieutenant, good Corporal offer Good Lieutenant! Good Corporal! Offeroffer (v.)
attempt, start, try, make a move
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nothing heere. nothing here. H5 II.i.37
Pish. Pish! H5 II.i.38
Pish for thee, Island dogge: thou prickeard cur of Island. Pish for thee, Iceland dog! thou prick-eared cur of Iceland!Iceland (n.)
country known at the time for its long-haired dogs
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Good Corporall Nym shew thy valor, and put Good Corporal Nym, show thy valour, and put H5 II.i.40
vp your sword. up your sword. H5 II.i.41
Will you shogge off? I would haue you solus. Will you shog off? I would have you solus.shog, shog off (v.)

old form: shogge
go away, be gone, get along
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solus (adv.)
alone, on one's own
He sheathes his sword H5 II.i.43.1
Solus, egregious dog? O Viper vile; Solus,’ egregious dog? O viper vile!egregious (adj.)
shocking, outrageous, flagrant
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The solus in thy most meruailous face, The ‘ solus ’ in thy most mervailous face!mervailous (adj.)

old form: meruailous
marvellous, amazing, remarkable
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the solus in thy teeth, and in thy throate, The ‘ solus ’ in thy teeth and in thy throat, H5 II.i.45
and in thy hatefull Lungs, yea in thy Maw perdy; And in thy hateful lungs, yea, in thy maw, perdy!maw (n.)
belly, stomach; throat, gullet
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perdie, perdy (int.)
[French 'par Dieu'] by God
and which is worse, within thy nastie mouth. And, which is worse, within thy nasty mouth! H5 II.i.47
I do retort the solus in thy bowels, I do retort the ‘ solus ’ in thy bowels,retort (v.)
repay, pay back, recompense
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for I can take, and Pistols cocke is vp, For I can take, and Pistol's cock is up,take (v.)
strike, hit, catch
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cock (n.)

old form: cocke
[of a gun] pistol-hammer, cocking-piece
and flashing fire will follow. And flashing fire will follow. H5 II.i.50
I am not Barbason, you cannot coniure mee: I haue I am not Barbason; you cannot conjure me. I haveBarbason (n.)
[pron: 'bahrbason] in Christian tradition, the name of a devil
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conjure (v.)

old form: coniure
expel evil spirits from, exorcise
an humor to knocke you indifferently well: If you grow an humour to knock you indifferently well. If you growhumour (n.)

old form: humor
fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
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fowle with me Pistoll, I will scoure you with my Rapier, foul with me, Pistol, I will scour you with my rapier,scour (v.)

old form: scoure
clear out, quickly remove, cleanse
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foul (adj.)

old form: fowle
[of a pistol-barrel after firing] dirty, clogged
rapier (n.)
light sharp-pointed sword used for thrusting
as I may, in fayre tearmes. If you would walke off, I would as I may, in fair terms. If you would walk off, I would H5 II.i.54
pricke your guts a little in good tearmes, as I may, and prick your guts a little, in good terms, as I may, and H5 II.i.55
that's the humor of it. that's the humour of it.humour (n.)

old form: humor
style, method, way, fashion
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O Braggard vile, and damned furious wight, O braggart vile, and damned furious wight!wight (n.)
[archaism] person, human being
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The Graue doth gape, and doting death is neere, The grave doth gape, and doting death is near: H5 II.i.58
Therefore exhale. Therefore exhale!exhale (v.)
draw forth [a sword]
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They both draw H5 II.i.60
Heare me, heare me what I say: Hee that strikes Hear me, hear me what I say! He that strikes H5 II.i.60
the first stroake, Ile run him vp to the hilts, as I am a the first stroke, I'll run him up to the hilts, as I am a H5 II.i.61
soldier. soldier. H5 II.i.62
Draws H5 II.i.63.1
An oath of mickle might, and fury shall abate. An oath of mickle might, and fury shall abate.mickle (adj.)
great, much, large
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Pistol and Nym sheathe their swords H5 II.i.64
Giue me thy fist, thy fore-foote to me giue: Give me thy fist, thy forefoot to me give; H5 II.i.64
spirites are most tall. Thy spirits are most tall.tall (adj.)
brave, valiant, bold
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I will cut thy throate one time or other in faire termes, I will cut thy throat one time or other, in fair terms, H5 II.i.66
that is the humor of it. that is the humour of it. H5 II.i.67
Couple a gorge, Couple a gorge! H5 II.i.68
that is the word. I defie thee againe. That is the word. I thee defy again! H5 II.i.69
O hound of Creet, think'st thou my spouse to get? O hound of Crete, think'st thou my spouse to get?Crete (n.)
Mediterranean island, known for its dogs
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No, to the spittle goe, No, to the spital go,spital (n.)

old form: spittle
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and from the Poudring tub of infamy, And from the powdering tub of infamypowdering-tub (n.)

old form: Poudring tub
sweating-tub for the treatment of venereal disease
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fetch forth the Lazar Kite of Cressids kinde, Fetch forth the lazar kite of Cressid's kind,kite (n.)
bird of prey; thieving bird [of ill omen; also, strong term of abuse]
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lazar (adj.)
Cressid, Cressida
fickle daughter of Calchas, a priest of Troy; beloved by Troilus, a Trojan prince, she deserted him for Diomed; character in Troilus and Cressida
Doll Teare-sheete, she by name, and her espouse. Doll Tearsheet she by name, and her espouse.espouse (v.)
unite (in marriage), contract
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I haue, and I will hold the Quondam Quickely I have, and I will hold, the quondam Quicklyquondam (adj.)
former, erstwhile, previous
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for the onely shee: and Pauca, there's enough For the only she; and – pauca, there's enough.she (n.)

old form: shee
lady, woman, girl
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to go to. Go to! H5 II.i.77
Enter the Boy.Enter the Boy H5 II.i.78
Mine Hoast Pistoll, you must come to my Mayster, and Mine host Pistol, you must come to my master – and H5 II.i.78
your Hostesse: He is very sicke, & would to bed. Good you, Hostess: he is very sick, and would to bed. Good H5 II.i.79
Bardolfe, put thy face betweene his sheets, and do the Bardolph, put thy face between his sheets, and do the H5 II.i.80
Office of a Warming-pan: Faith, he's very ill. office of a warming-pan. Faith, he's very ill.office (n.)
role, position, place, function
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Away you Rogue. Away, you rogue! H5 II.i.82
By my troth he'l yeeld the Crow a pudding one By my troth, he'll yield the crow a pudding onepudding (n.)
type of large savoury dish; dumpling, pasty
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of these dayes: the King has kild his heart. Good of these days; the King has killed his heart. Good H5 II.i.84
Husband come home presently. husband, come home presently.presently (adv.)
immediately, instantly, at once
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ExitExit with Boy H5 II.i.85
Come, shall I make you two friends. Wee must Come, shall I make you two friends? We must H5 II.i.86
to France together: why the diuel should we keep kniues to France together: why the devil should we keep knives H5 II.i.87
to cut one anothers throats? to cut one another's throats? H5 II.i.88
Let floods ore-swell, and fiends for food howle on. Let floods o'erswell, and fiends for food howl on!overswell , over-swell (v.)

old form: ore-swell
flood, inundate, overflow
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You'l pay me the eight shillings I won of you at You'll pay me the eight shillings I won of you atshilling (n.)
coin valued at twelve old pence or one twentieth of a pound
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Betting? betting? H5 II.i.91
Base is the Slaue that payes. Base is the slave that pays!base (adj.)
dishonourable, low, unworthy
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That now I wil haue: that's the humor of it. That now I will have; that's the humour of it. H5 II.i.93
As manhood shal compound: push home. As manhood shall compound. Push home!compound (v.)
agree, settle
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DrawThey draw H5 II.i.95
By this sword, hee that makes the first thrust, By this sword, he that makes the first thrust, H5 II.i.95
Ile kill him: By this sword, I wil. I'll kill him! By this sword, I will. H5 II.i.96
Sword is an Oath, & Oaths must haue their course Sword is an oath, and oaths must have their course.course (n.)
habit, custom, practise, normal procedure
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He sheathes his sword H5 II.i.98.1
Coporall Nym, & thou wilt be friends be Corporal Nym, an thou wilt be friends, beand, an (conj.)
if, whether
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frends, and thou wilt not, why then be enemies with me friends: an thou wilt not, why then be enemies with me H5 II.i.99
to: prethee put vp. too. Prithee put up. H5 II.i.100
I shall have my eight shillings I won of you at betting? H5 II.i.101
A Noble shalt thou haue, and present pay, A noble shalt thou have, and present pay;noble (n.)
English gold coin, worth one third of a pound
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and Liquor likewise will I giue to thee, And liquor likewise will I give to thee, H5 II.i.103
and friendshippe shall combyne, and brotherhood. And friendship shall combine, and brotherhood. H5 II.i.104
Ile liue by Nymme, & Nymme shall liue by me, I'll live by Nym, and Nym shall live by me. H5 II.i.105
is not this iust? For I shal Sutler be Is not this just? For I shall sutler besutler (n.)
provision-seller to the army
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vnto the Campe, and profits will accrue. Unto the camp, and profits will accrue. H5 II.i.107
Giue mee thy hand. Give me thy hand. H5 II.i.108
Nym sheathes his sword H5 II.i.109
I shall haue my Noble? I shall have my noble? H5 II.i.109
In cash, most iustly payd. In cash most justly paid. H5 II.i.110
Well, then that the humor of't. Well then, that's the humour of't. H5 II.i.111
Enter Hostesse.Enter Hostess H5 II.i.112
As euer you come of women, come in quickly As ever you came of women, come in quickly H5 II.i.112
to sir Iohn: A poore heart, hee is so shak'd of a burning to Sir John. Ah, poor heart! he is so shaked of a burning H5 II.i.113
quotidian Tertian, that it is most lamentable to behold. quotidian tertian that it is most lamentable to behold.quotidian (n.)
type of fever with attacks every day
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tertian (n.)
type of fever with attacks every third day
Sweet men, come to him. Sweet men, come to him. H5 II.i.115
The King hath run bad humors on the Knight, that's The King hath run bad humours on the knight, that'srun (v.)
pass, spread, bring, cause to flow
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humour (n.)

old form: humors
secretion, fluid, juice
the euen of it. the even of it.even (n.)

old form: euen
plain truth, straightforward explanation
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Nym, thou hast spoke the right, Nym, thou hast spoke the right; H5 II.i.118
his heart is fracted and corroborate. His heart is fracted and corroborate.fracted (adj.)
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corroborate (adj.)
[unclear meaning; perhaps a malapropism] strengthened, fortified
The King is a good King, but it must bee as it may: he The King is a good king, but it must be as it may: he H5 II.i.120
passes some humors, and carreeres. passes some humours and careers.career (n.)

old form: carreeres
gambol, capering, nimble movement
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pass (v.)
use, show, employ
humour (n.)

old form: humors
fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
Let vs condole the Knight, for (Lambekins) we will liue. Let us condole the knight; for, lambkins, we will live.condole (v.)
grieve with, express sympathy with
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Exeunt H5 II.i.122
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