Henry IV Part 2


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Act I
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Act III
Act IV
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Enter Northumberland, Lady Northumberland, and

Lady Percy


NORTHUMBERLAND

I pray thee, loving wife, and gentle daughter,
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

Give even way unto my rough affairs;
even (adj.) 3 smooth, without obstacles
rough (adj.) 1 violent, harsh, cruel

Put not you on the visage of the times
visage (n.) 1 face, countenance See Topics: Frequency count

And be like them to Percy troublesome.


LADY NORTHUMBERLAND

I have given over; I will speak no more.

Do what you will; your wisdom be your guide.


NORTHUMBERLAND

Alas, sweet wife, my honour is at pawn,

And but my going, nothing can redeem it.


LADY PERCY

O, yet, for God's sake, go not to these wars!

The time was, father, that you broke your word

When you were more endeared to it than now,
endeared (adj.) 1 attached in honour, bound by affection

When your own Percy, when my heart's dear Harry,

Threw many a northward look to see his father

Bring up his powers. But he did long in vain.
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Who then persuaded you to stay at home?

There were two honours lost, yours and your son's.

For yours, the God of heaven brighten it!

For his, it stuck upon him as the sun

In the grey vault of heaven, and by his light
stick (v.) 6 shine out, stand out, be prominent

Did all the chivalry of England move
chivalry (n.) 2 knights, men-at-arms

To do brave acts. He was indeed the glass
brave (adj.) 3 audacious, daring, bold

Wherein the noble youth did dress themselves.
glass (n.) 1 mirror, looking-glass See Topics: Frequency count

He had no legs that practised not his gait;
gait (n.) 1 manner of walking, bearing, movement
practise (v.) 4 copy, emulate, carry out

And speaking thick, which nature made his blemish,
thick (adv.) quickly, rapidly, fast

Became the accents of the valiant;

For those that could speak low and tardily

Would turn their own perfection to abuse,

To seem like him. So that in speech, in gait,

In diet, in affections of delight,
affection (n.) 2 emotion, feeling
delight (n.) pleasure, enjoyment

In military rules, humours of blood,
blood (n.) 5 disposition, temper, mood
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids] See Topics: Frequency count

He was the mark and glass, copy and book,
glass (n.) 1 mirror, looking-glass See Topics: Frequency count
mark (n.) 1 target, goal, aim

That fashioned others. And him – O wondrous him!
fashion (v.) 1 form, shape, make [into]

O miracle of men! – him did you leave,

Second to none, unseconded by you,
unseconded (adj.) unsupported, unsustained

To look upon the hideous god of war

In disadvantage, to abide a field
abide (v.) 1 endure, undergo, face
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Where nothing but the sound of Hotspur's name

Did seem defensible. So you left him.
defensible (adj.) defendable, capable of providing a defence

Never, O never, do his ghost the wrong

To hold your honour more precise and nice
nice (adj.) 1 fastidious, particular, fussy, overscrupulous

With others than with him! Let them alone.

The Marshal and the Archbishop are strong;

Had my sweet Harry had but half their numbers,

Today might I, hanging on Hotspur's neck,

Have talked of Monmouth's grave.
beshrew, 'shrew (v.) 1 curse, devil take, evil befall See Topics: Frequency count


NORTHUMBERLAND

                         Beshrew your heart,

Fair daughter, you do draw my spirits from me

With new lamenting ancient oversights.

But I must go and meet with danger there,

Or it will seek me in another place

And find me worse provided.


LADY NORTHUMBERLAND

                         O, fly to Scotland,

Till that the nobles and the armed commons
common (n.) 1 (people) common people, ordinary citizens

Have of their puissance made a little taste.
puissance (n.) power, might, force
taste (n.) 1 trial, testing, proof


LADY PERCY

If they get ground and vantage of the King,
ground (n.) 3 advantage, upper hand, edge
vantage (n.) 2 advantageous position, place of vantage, superiority

Then join you with them like a rib of steel,

To make strength stronger; but, for all our loves,

First let them try themselves. So did your son;
try (v.) 3 contest, decide, fight out

He was so suffered; so came I a widow,
suffer (v.) 1 allow, permit, let

And never shall have length of life enough

To rain upon remembrance with mine eyes,
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

That it may grow and sprout as high as heaven

For recordation to my noble husband.
recordation (n.) 1 remembrance, recollection, commemoration


NORTHUMBERLAND

Come, come, go in with me. 'Tis with my mind

As with the tide swelled up unto his height,

That makes a still-stand, running neither way.
still-stand (n.) standstill, cessation of movement

Fain would I go to meet the Archbishop,
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly See Topics: Frequency count

But many thousand reasons hold me back.

I will resolve for Scotland. There am I,
resolve (v.) 4 decide, make up one's mind

Till time and vantage crave my company.
crave (v.) 2 need, demand, require
vantage (n.) 1 right moment, suitable opportunity

Exeunt

 
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