Henry IV Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter a Carrier with a lantern in his hand
day, by the in the morning, of the clock


Heigh-ho! An it be not four by the day

I'll be hanged. Charles's Wain is over the new chimney,

and yet our horse not packed. What, Ostler!
pack (v.) 5 load up, load with goods


(within) Anon, anon.


I prithee, Tom, beat Cut's saddle, put a
cut (n.) 3 work-horse, nag

few flocks in the point; poor jade is wrung in the withers
flock (n.) tuft of wool
jade (n.) 1 worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag
point (n.) 11 saddle-bow, pommel
withers (n.) [of a horse] ridge between the shoulder-blades
wring (v.) 3 rub, bruise, press

out of all cess.
cess (n.) 2 estimation, reckoning, evaluation

Enter another Carrier


Peas and beans are as dank here as a

dog, and that is the next way to give poor jades the bots.
bots (n.) stomach worm affecting horses See Topics: Swearing
jade (n.) 1 worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag
next (adj.) nearest, shortest, most direct

This house is turned upside down since Robin Ostler
house (n.) 1 inn, tavern



Poor fellow never joyed since the price of
joy (v.) 1 feel joy, be happy, rejoice

oats rose, it was the death of him.


I think this be the most villainous

house in all London road for fleas, I am stung like a
house (n.) 1 inn, tavern

tench (n.) type of freshwater fish [with red spots on its skin]


Like a tench! By the mass, there is ne'er

a king Christian could be better bit than I have been
christen (adj.) Christian

since the first cock.


Why, they will allow us ne'er a

jordan, and then we leak in your chimney, and your
chimney (n.) fireplace, hearth
jordan (n.) chamber-pot
leak (v.) urinate, piss

chamber-lye breeds fleas like a loach.
loach (n.) type of small fish


What, Ostler! Come away and be
come away (v.) come here, come on

hanged, come away!


I have a gammon of bacon, and two

razes of ginger, to be delivered as far as Charing Cross.
raze (n.) [of ginger] root


God's body! The turkeys in my pannier

are quite starved. What, Ostler! A plague on thee, hast

thou never an eye in thy head? Canst not hear? An

'twere not as good deed as drink to break the pate on
pate (n.) head, skull See Topics: Frequency count

thee, I am a very villain. Come, and be hanged! Hast no

faith in thee?
faith (n.) 4 reliability, dependability, trustworthiness

Enter Gadshill
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


Good morrow, carriers, what's o'clock?


I think it be two o'clock.


I prithee lend me thy lantern, to see my

gelding in the stable.


Nay, by God, soft! I know a trick worth
soft (adv.) 1 [used as a command] not so fast, wait a moment See Topics: Attention signals

two of that, i'faith.


I pray thee lend me thine.


Ay, when? Canst tell? Lend me thy

lantern, quoth he! Marry, I'll see thee hanged first.
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count


Sirrah carrier, what time do you mean to come

to London?


Time enough to go to bed with a

candle, I warrant thee! Come, neighbour Mugs, we'll
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

call up the gentlemen, they will along with company, for
company (n.) 1 group of people, party, band

they have great charge.
charge (n.) 8 money entrusted, valuables

Exeunt Carriers


What ho! Chamberlain!

Enter Chamberlain
pickpurse, pick-purse (n.) pickpocket, purse-stealer
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count


‘ At hand, quoth pick-purse.’


That's even as fair as ‘ At hand, quoth the

chamberlain,’ for thou variest no more from picking of

purses than giving direction doth from labouring. Thou

layest the plot how.
lay (v.) 4 set up, arrange, devise


Good morrow, Master Gadshill. It holds

current that I told you yesternight. There's a franklin in
current (adj.) 3 valid, correct, true
franklin (n.) landowner ranking below the gentry, rich freeholder, yeoman
yesternight (n.) last night

the Weald of Kent hath brought three hundred marks
mark (n.) 8 See Topics: Money

with him in gold – I heard him tell it to one of his

company last night at supper, a kind of auditor, one that
auditor (n.) official of the Exchequer, royal accounts officer
company (n.) 1 group of people, party, band

hath abundance of charge too, God knows what. They
charge (n.) 8 money entrusted, valuables

are up already, and call for eggs and butter. They will

away presently.
presently (adv.) 2 after a short time, soon, before long


Sirrah, if they meet not with Saint Nicholas'

clerks, I'll give thee this neck.
clerk (n.) 2 cleric, clergyman


No, I'll none of it, I pray thee keep that

for the hangman, for I know thou worshippest Saint

Nicholas, as truly as a man of falsehood may.


What talkest thou to me of the hangman? If I

hang, I'll make a fat pair of gallows. For if I hang, old
fat (adj.) 1 hefty, substantial, full-bodied

Sir John hangs with me, and thou knowest he is no

starveling. Tut, there are other Troyans that thou
starveling (n.) 1 starved individual, emaciated being
Troyan, Trojan (n.) 1 merry fellow, good companion

dreamest not of, the which for sport sake are content to
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count

do the profession some grace, that would, if matters

should be looked into, for their own credit sake make all

whole. I am joined with no foot-landrakers, no long-staff
foot-landraker (n.) roaming footpad, highwayman who travels on foot
long-staff (n.) long cudgel, quarterstaff

sixpenny strikers, none of these mad mustachio
mad (adj.) 1 wild, uncontrollable, excitable, high-spirited
mustachio (adj.) moustached, bewhiskered
sixpenny (adj.) petty, paltry, puny
striker (n.) highwayman, footpad, robber

purple-hued maltworms; but with nobility and tranquillity,
maltworm, malt-worm (n.) drinker [of malt-liquor], drunkard, inebriate
purple-hued (adj.) purple-faced

Burgomasters and great O-yeas, such as can
burgomaster (n.) borough-master, town official
onyer, oneyer (n.) [unclear meaning] officer with financial responsibility
O-yea (n.) [unclear meaning] public crier [who shouts Oyez, ‘Hear ye’]

hold in, such as will strike sooner than speak, and speak
hold in (v.) keep silence, keep one's mouth shut
strike (v.), past form stroke 4 steal, rob, thieve

sooner than drink, and drink sooner than pray. And yet,

zounds, I lie; for they pray continually to their saint the

commonwealth, or rather not pray to her, but prey on

her, for they ride up and down on her, and make her

their boots.
boot (n.) 4 booty, plunder, spoils


What, the commonwealth their boots?

Will she hold out water in foul way?
foul (adj.) 4 dirty, miry, muddy


She will, she will, justice hath liquored her.
liquor (v.) 2 lubricate, make drunk

We steal as in a castle, cock-sure. We have the receipt
cock-sure (adv.) with complete security, with total confidence
receipt (n.) 3 recipe, formula, prescription

of fern-seed, we walk invisible.
fern-seed (n.) seed from the fern [thought to confer invisibility]


Nay, by my faith, I think you are more

beholding to the night than to fern-seed for your
fern-seed (n.) seed from the fern [thought to confer invisibility]

walking invisible.


Give me thy hand, thou shalt have a share in

our purchase, as I am a true man.
purchase (n.) 1 proceeds, plunder, booty


Nay, rather let me have it as you are a

false thief.
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful


Go to, homo is a common name to all men.

Bid the Ostler bring my gelding out of the stable.

Farewell, you muddy knave.
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count
muddy (adj.) 3 dull-witted, muddle-headed


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