Henry IV Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Hotspur alone, reading a letter


But for mine own part, my lord, I could be well

contented to be there, in respect of the love I bear your

house (n.) 3 ancestry, lineage, family

He could be contented! Why is he not then? In respect

of the love he bears our house? He shows in this he

loves his own barn better than he loves our house. Let

me see some more.

The purpose you undertake is dangerous,
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

Why, that's certain. 'Tis dangerous to take a cold, to

sleep, to drink. But I tell you, my lord fool, out of this

nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.

The purpose you undertake is dangerous, the friends you

have named uncertain, the time itself unsorted, and your
unsorted (adj.) unsuitable, unfit, badly chosen

whole plot too light, for the counterpoise of so great an
counterpoise (n.) counterbalance, of equivalent weight


Say you so, say you so? I say unto you again, you are a

shallow cowardly hind, and you lie. What a lack-brain is
hind (n.) 1 boor, fellow, rustic, peasant

this! By the Lord, our plot is a good plot, as ever was

laid, our friends true and constant. A good plot, good

friends, and full of expectation. An excellent plot, very

good friends. What a frosty-spirited rogue is this! Why,

my Lord of York commends the plot, and the general
commend (v.) 4 praise, admire, extol

course of the action. Zounds, an I were now by this
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

rascal I could brain him with his lady's fan. Is there not

my father, my uncle, and myself? Lord Edmund

Mortimer, my Lord of York, and Owen Glendower? Is

there not besides the Douglas? Have I not all their

letters to meet me in arms by the ninth of the next

month, and are they not some of them set forward

already? What a pagan rascal is this, an infidel! Ha!
pagan (adj.) unbelieving, faithless, doubting

You shall see now in very sincerity of fear and cold heart

will he to the King, and lay open all our proceedings!

O, I could divide myself, and go to buffets, for moving
buffet (n.) blow, stroke, knock

such a dish of skim milk with so honourable an action!

Hang him, let him tell the King, we are prepared. I will

set forward tonight.

Enter his lady

How now, Kate? I must leave you within these two



O my good lord, why are you thus alone?

For what offence have I this fortnight been

A banished woman from my Harry's bed?

Tell me, sweet lord, what is it that takes from thee

Thy stomach, pleasure, and thy golden sleep?
stomach (n.) 1 appetite, desire [for food]

Why dost thou bend thine eyes upon the earth,

And start so often when thou sittest alone?
start (v.) 1 jump, recoil, flinch

Why hast thou lost the fresh blood in thy cheeks,

And given my treasures and my rights of thee

To thick-eyed musing, and curst melancholy?
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
thick-eyed (adj.) heavy-eyed, dull-sighted

In thy faint slumbers I by thee have watched

And heard thee murmur tales of iron wars,

Speak terms of manage to thy bounding steed,
manage (n.) 1 management, handling, control [especially of a horse, as a result of training]

Cry ‘ Courage! To the field!’ And thou hast talked
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Of sallies, and retires, of trenches, tents,
retire (n.) retreat, withdrawal
sally (n.) sudden attack against an enemy, sortie

Of palisadoes, frontiers, parapets,
frontier (n.) 2 fortified outwork, barrier against attack
palisado (n.) palisade, defensive position using pointed stakes

Of basilisks, of cannon, culverin,
basilisk (n.) 2 type of large cannon See Topics: Weapons
culverin (n.) type of small cannon See Topics: Weapons

Of prisoners' ransom, and of soldiers slain,

And all the currents of a heady fight.
current (n.) 1 eddy, movement, flow
heady (adj.) 1 violent, weighty, raging

Thy spirit within thee hath been so at war

And thus hath so bestirred thee in thy sleep,

That beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]

Like bubbles in a late-disturbed stream,

And in thy face strange motions have appeared,
motion (n.) 9 expression, grimace; or: agitation, emotion

Such as we see when men restrain their breath

On some great sudden hest. O, what portents are these?
hest (n.) command, behest, order

Some heavy business hath my lord in hand,
heavy (adj.) 2 grave, serious, weighty

And I must know it, else he loves me not.


What ho!

Enter a Servant

                         Is Gilliams with the packet gone?


He is, my lord, an hour ago.


Hath Butler brought those horses from the



One horse, my lord, he brought even now.


What horse? A roan, a crop-ear is it not?


It is, my lord.


                         That roan shall by my throne.

Well, I will back him straight. O Esperance!
back (v.) 2 ride, mount, sit on
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Bid Butler lead him forth into the park.

Exit Servant


But hear you, my lord.


What sayest thou, my lady?


What is it carries you away?


Why, my horse, my love, my horse.


Out, you mad-headed ape!

A weasel hath not such a deal of spleen
spleen (n.) 2 irritability, malice, bad temper

As you are tossed with. In faith,
toss (v.) 1 stir up, disturb, toss about

I'll know your business, Harry, that I will.

I fear my brother Mortimer doth stir

About his title, and hath sent for you
title (n.) 1 [legal] right, claim, entitlement

To line his enterprise. But if you go –
line (v.) 1 strengthen, support, fortify


So far afoot I shall be weary, love.
afoot (adv.) 1 on foot


Come, come, you paraquito, answer me
paraquito (n.) parakeet, parrot

Directly unto this question that I ask.
directly (adv.) 1 immediately, at once

In faith, I'll break thy little finger, Harry,
break (v.) 10 wring, twist, squeeze

An if thou wilt not tell me all things true.



Away, you trifler! Love! I love thee not,

I care not for thee, Kate? This is no world

To play with mammets, and to tilt with lips.
cracked (adj.) 3 [of coins] flawed, damaged, blemished
mammet (n.) doll, puppet
tilt (v.) joust, fight [with lances], thrust

We must have bloody noses, and cracked crowns,
cracked (adj.) 2 broken, crushed, fractured

And pass them current too. God's me! My horse!

What sayst thou, Kate? What wouldst thou have with me?


Do you not love me? Do you not indeed?

Well, do not then, for since you love me not

I will not love myself. Do you not love me?

Nay, tell me if you speak in jest or no?


Come, wilt thou see me ride?

And when I am a-horseback I will swear

I love thee infinitely. But hark you, Kate,

I must not have you henceforth question me

Whither I go, nor reason whereabout.
whereabout (adv.) about what, on what business

Whither I must, I must. And, to conclude,

This evening must I leave you, gentle Kate.
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

I know you wise, but yet no farther wise

Than Harry Percy's wife. Constant you are,

But yet a woman. And for secrecy,

No lady closer, for I well believe
close (adj.) 5 secretive, tight-lipped, uncommunicative

Thou wilt not utter – what thou dost not know.

And so far will I trust thee, gentle Kate.


How? So far?


Not an inch further. But hark you, Kate.

Whither I go, thither shall you go too.

Today will I set forth, tomorrow you.

Will this content you, Kate?


                         It must, of force.

content (v.) 1 please, gratify, delight, satisfy
force, of necessarily, of necessity, whether one will or not

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