Henry IV Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
III.1Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Lord Mortimer, Owen



These promises are fair, the parties sure,
party (n.) 4 participant, accessory, supporter
sure (adj.) 4 loyal, trustworthy, steadfast

And our induction full of prosperous hope.
induction (n.) opening scene [of a play], initial step, preparation
prosperous (adj.) 1 profitable, beneficial, leading to a successful outcome


Lord Mortimer, and cousin Glendower, will you sit down?

And uncle Worcester. A plague upon it!

I have forgot the map.


                         No, here it is.

Sit, cousin Percy, sit – good cousin Hotspur –

For by that name as oft as Lancaster doth speak of you
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

His cheek looks pale, and with a rising sigh

He wisheth you in heaven.


                         And you in hell,

As oft as he hears Owen Glendower spoke of.


I cannot blame him. At my nativity

The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes,

Of burning cressets, and at my birth
cresset (n.) beacon, blazing torch, fire-basket

The frame and huge foundation of the earth

Shaked like a coward.


                         Why, so it would have done

At the same season if your mother's cat

Had but kittened, though yourself had never been born.


I say the earth did shake when I was born.


And I say the earth was not of my mind,

If you suppose as fearing you it shook.


The heavens were all on fire, the earth did tremble –


O, then the earth shook to see the heavens on fire,

And not in fear of your nativity.

Diseased nature oftentimes breaks forth
oftentimes (adv.) often, frequently, on many occasions

In strange eruptions, oft the teeming earth
eruption (n.) 1 disturbance, outbreak of calamity, turbulence
teeming (adj.) pregnant, prolific, overfull

Is with a kind of colic pinched and vexed
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

By the imprisoning of unruly wind

Within her womb, which for enlargement striving
enlargement (n.) 1 release, liberation, freeing

Shakes the old beldam earth, and topples down
beldam, beldame (n.) 1 grandmother, aged matron

Steeples and moss-grown towers. At your birth

Our grandam earth, having this distemperature,
distemperature (n.) 2 disordered condition, inclement state [of weather]

In passion shook.
passion (n.) 1 powerful feeling, overpowering emotion [often opposed to ‘reason’]


                         Cousin, of many men

I do not bear these crossings. Give me leave
crossing (n.) thwarting, opposing, challenging, contradiction

To tell you once again that at my birth

The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes,

The goats ran from the mountains, and the herds

Were strangely clamorous to the frighted fields.
frighted (adj.) frightened, terrified, scared

These signs have marked me extraordinary,
mark (v.) 2 destine, brand, designate

And all the courses of my life do show

I am not in the roll of common men.
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

Where is he living, clipped in with the sea
clip in (v.) bound, surround, encompass

That chides the banks of England, Scotland, Wales,
bank (n.) 1 coast, shore
chide (v.), past form chid 2 contend with, beat against

Which calls me pupil or hath read to me?
read to (v.) lecture, tutor, coach

And bring him out that is but woman's son

Can trace me in the tedious ways of art
art (n.) 1 knowledge, learning, scholarship, science
tedious (adj.) 1 laborious, painstaking, wearyingly intricate
trace (v.) 1 imitate, pursue, follow in one's footsteps

And hold me pace in deep experiments.
deep (adj.) 4 profound, esoteric, occult
experiment (n.) investigation, inquiry, exploration
hold (v.) 1 keep, maintain, observe


I think there's no man speaks better Welsh.

I'll to dinner.


Peace, cousin Percy, you will make him mad.


I can call spirits from the vasty deep.
vasty (adj.) vast, immense, spacious


Why, so can I, or so can any man:

But will they come when you do call for them?


Why, I can teach you, cousin, to command the devil.


And I can teach thee, coz, to shame the devil

By telling truth. Tell truth, and shame the devil.

If thou have power to raise him, bring him hither,

And I'll be sworn I have power to shame him hence.

O, while you live, tell truth, and shame the devil!


Come, come, no more of this unprofitable chat.


Three times hath Henry Bolingbroke made head
head (n.) 1 fighting force, army, body of troops
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Against my power, thrice from the banks of Wye

And sandy-bottomed Severn have I sent him

Bootless home, and weather-beaten back.
bootless (adv.) fruitlessly, uselessly, unsuccessfully, in vain


Home without boots, and in foul weather too!

How scapes he agues, in the devil's name?
ague (n.) fever, sickness, shaking [as caused by a fever]
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count


Come, here is the map, shall we divide our right
right (n.) 1 just claim, rights, title

According to our threefold order taken?
order (n.) 3 agreement, arrangement, entente
threefold (adj.) triple, three-part


The Archdeacon hath divided it

Into three limits very equally.
limit (n.) 3 delimited territory, precinct, bounded region

England, from Trent and Severn hitherto,
hitherto (adv.) 1 to this point, up to here See Topics: hither, thither, and whither

By south and east is to my part assigned.

All westward, Wales beyond the Severn shore,

And all the fertile land within that bound,

To Owen Glendower. And, dear coz, to you

The remnant northward lying off from Trent.

And our indentures tripartite are drawn,
draw (v.) 3 draw up, draft, frame
indenture (n.) 1 (plural) [legal] joint agreement, articles of agreement
tripartite (adj.) triple, three-part

Which being sealed interchangeably –
interchangeably (adv.) in turn, in exchange, reciprocally

A business that this night may execute –
execute (v.) 1 carry out, fulfil, perform
night (n.) 1 evening

Tomorrow, cousin Percy, you and I

And my good Lord of Worcester will set forth

To meet your father and the Scottish power,
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

As is appointed us, at Shrewsbury.

My father Glendower is not ready yet,

Not shall we need his help these fourteen days.

(To Glendower) Within that space you may have drawn together

Your tenants, friends, and neighbouring gentlemen.


A shorter time shall send me to you, lords,

And in my conduct shall your ladies come,
conduct (n.) 4 care, protection

From whom you now must steal and take no leave,

For there will be a world of water shed
water (n.) 1 tears

Upon the parting of your wives and you.


Methinks my moiety, north from Burton here,
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count
moiety (n.) 1 share, portion, part

In quantity equals not one of yours.

See how this river comes me cranking in,
crank (v.) wind, twist, zigzag

And cuts me from the best of all my land

A huge half-moon, a monstrous cantle out.
cantle (n.) segment, corner, slice

I'll have the current in this place dammed up,

And here the smug and silver Trent shall run
smug (adj.) 2 placid, tranquil, smooth-running

In a new channel fair and evenly.
evenly (adv.) 1 directly, in a straight line

It shall not wind with such a deep indent,
indent (n.) indentation, gouge, recess

To rob me of so rich a bottom here.
bottom (n.) 5 valley, hollow, dell


Not wind? It shall, it must – you see it doth.



But mark how he bears his course, and runs me up
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

With like advantage on the other side,
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

Gelding the opposed continent as much
continent (n.) 5 bank, embankment, course
geld (v.), past forms gelded, gelt 2 deprive, strip, dispossess
opposed (adj.) 1 opposite, facing

As on the other side it takes from you.


Yea, but a little charge will trench him here,
charge (n.) 7 expense, cost, outlay
trench (v.) 1 divert by means of a trench

And on this north side win this cape of land,

And then he runs straight and even.


I'll have it so, a little charge will do it.
charge (n.) 7 expense, cost, outlay


I'll not have it altered.


                         Will not you?


No, nor you shall not.


                         Who shall say me nay?


Why, that will I.


Let me not understand you then, speak it in Welsh.


I can speak English, lord, as well as you,

For I was trained up in the English court,

Where being but young I framed to the harp

Many an English ditty lovely well,

And gave the tongue a helpful ornament –
ornament (n.) 1 special quality, distinction
tongue (n.) 1 speech, expression, language, words, voice

A virtue that was never seen in you.


Marry and I am glad of it with all my heart!

I had rather be a kitten and cry ‘ mew ’

Than one of these same metre ballad-mongers.
metre (adj.) metrical, doggerel

I had rather hear a brazen canstick turned,
canstick (n.) candlestick

Or a dry wheel grate on the axle-tree,
axletree, axle-tree (n.) 1 wooden beam acting as the pivot for a cart wheel

And that would set my teeth nothing on edge,

Nothing so much as mincing poetry.
mincing (adj.) affected, pretentious, daintily moving

'Tis like the forced gait of a shuffling nag.


Come, you shall have Trent turned.


I do not care, I'll give thrice so much land

To any well-deserving friend.

But in the way of bargain, mark ye me,
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

I'll cavil on the ninth part of a hair.
cavil (v.) dispute over details, raise pointless objections

Are the indentures drawn? Shall we be gone?
draw (v.) 3 draw up, draft, frame
indenture (n.) 1 (plural) [legal] joint agreement, articles of agreement


The moon shines fair, you may away by night.
fair (adv.) 5 well, nobly, beautifully

I'll haste the writer, and withal

Break with your wives of your departure hence.
break (v.) 5 reveal, disclose, impart

I am afraid my daughter will run mad,

So much she doteth on her Mortimer.



Fie, cousin Percy, how you cross my father!


I cannot choose. Sometime he angers me

With telling me of the moldwarp and the ant,
moldwarp (n.) mole [animal]

Of the dreamer Merlin and his prophecies,

And of a dragon and a finless fish,

A clip-winged griffin and a moulten raven,
clip-winged (adj.) with wings clipped
griffin (n.) fabulous beast, part lion part eagle
moulten (adj.) having moulted

A couching lion and a ramping cat,
couching (adj.) [heraldry] lying down, crouching
ramping (adj.) rampant, rearing up

And such a deal of skimble-skamble stuff
skimble-skamble (adj.) nonsensical, incoherent, rubbishy

As puts me from my faith. I tell you what –

He held me last night at least nine hours

In reckoning up the several devils' names
several (adj.) 2 various, sundry, respective, individual

That were his lackeys. I cried ‘ Hum,’ and ‘ Well, go to!’

But marked him not a word. O, he is as tedious
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

As a tired horse, a railing wife,
railing (adj.) abusive, derisive, haranguing

Worse than a smoky house. I had rather live

With cheese and garlic in a windmill, far,

Than feed on cates and have him talk to me
cates (n.) 1 (plural) delicacies, choice foodstuffs

In any summer house in Christendom.


In faith, he is a worthy gentleman,

Exceedingly well read, and profited
profited (adj.) proficient, advanced, skilful

In strange concealments, valiant as a lion,
concealment (n.) 2 secret arts, esoteric knowledge, mystery
strange (adj.) 2 rare, singular, exceptional

And wondrous affable, and as bountiful

As mines of India. Shall I tell you, cousin?

He holds your temper in a high respect
temper (n.) 1 frame of mind, temperament, disposition

And curbs himself even of his natural scope
scope (n.) 1 goal, prospect, purpose, aim

When you come 'cross his humour, faith he does.
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids] See Topics: Frequency count

I warrant you that man is not alive
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

Might so have tempted him as you have done

Without the taste of danger and reproof.

But do not use it oft, let me entreat you.
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count


In faith, my lord, you are too wilful-blame,
wilful-blame (adj.) wilfully blameworthy, at fault for being too obstinate

And since your coming hither have done enough

To put him quite besides his patience.

You must needs learn, lord, to amend this fault.
amend (v.) 1 cure, heal, improve

Though sometimes it show greatness, courage, blood –
blood (n.) 4 spirit, vigour, mettle

And that's the dearest grace it renders you –
dear (adj.) 7 noble, honourable, worthy
grace (n.) 1 honour, favour, recognition, respect

Yet oftentimes it doth present harsh rage,
present (v.) 3 show, reveal, manifest

Defect of manners, want of government,
government (n.) 2 self-control, self-discipline, moral conduct
want (n.) 1 lack, shortage, dearth

Pride, haughtiness, opinion, and disdain,
opinion (n.) 5 arrogance, self-conceit, hubris

The least of which haunting a nobleman

Loseth men's hearts and leaves behind a stain
stain (n.) 1 disgrace, shame

Upon the beauty of all parts besides,

Beguiling them of commendation.
beguile (v.) 1 cheat, deceive, trick


Well, I am schooled – good manners be your speed!
speed (n.) 1 success, fortune, good luck

Here come our wives, and let us take our leave.

Enter Glendower with the ladies
spite (n.) 1 annoyance, vexation, irritation


This is the deadly spite that angers me,

My wife can speak no English, I no Welsh.


My daughter weeps, she'll not part with you;

She'll be a soldier too, she'll to the wars.


Good father, tell her that she and my aunt Percy

Shall follow in your conduct speedily.

Glendower speaks to her in Welsh, and she answers him

in the same


She is desperate here, a peevish self-willed

harlotry, one that no persuasion can do good upon.
harlotry (n.) 2 [affectionate] little wretch, baggage

The lady speaks in Welsh


I understand thy looks, that pretty Welsh

Which thou pourest down from these swelling heavens
swelling (adj.) 3 tearful, overflowing, brimming with tears

I am too perfect in, and but for shame

In such a parley should I answer thee.
parle, parley (n.) 3 talk, conversation, discourse

The lady speaks again in Welsh

I understand thy kisses, and thou mine,

And that's a feeling disputation,
disputation (n.) dialogue, discourse, conversation

But I will never be a truant, love,

Till I have learnt thy language, for thy tongue

Makes Welsh as sweet as ditties highly penned,
highly (adv.) 3 in high style, in an elevated manner

Sung by a fair queen in a summer's bower

With ravishing division to her lute.
division (n.) 2 [music] variation, modulation


Nay, if you melt, then will she run mad.

The lady speaks again in Welsh


O, I am ignorance itself in this!


She bids you on the wanton rushes lay you down,
wanton (adj.) 11 luxuriant, flourishing, lush, profuse in growth

And rest your gentle head upon her lap,
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

And she will sing the song that pleaseth you,

And on your eyelids crown the god of sleep,
crown (v.) 2 enthrone, give absolute power to

Charming your blood with pleasing heaviness,

Making such difference 'twixt wake and sleep

As is the difference betwixt day and night,

The hour before the heavenly-harnessed team

Begins his golden progress in the east.


With all my heart I'll sit and hear her sing,

By that time will our book I think be drawn
book (n.) 2 deed, charter, set of indentures
draw (v.) 3 draw up, draft, frame


Do so, and those musicians that shall play to you

Hang in the air a thousand leagues from hence,

And straight they shall be here. Sit, and attend.
attend (v.) 7 listen [to], pay attention [to]
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count


Come, Kate, thou art perfect in lying down.

Come, quick, quick, that I may lay my head in thy lap.


Go, ye giddy goose.

The music plays


Now I perceive the devil understands Welsh,

And 'tis no marvel he is so humorous,

By'r lady, he is a good musician.


Then should you be nothing but musical,

For you are altogether governed by humours.

Lie still, ye thief, and hear the lady sing in Welsh.
thief (n.) villain, scoundrel, rogue, wretch


I had rather hear Lady my brach howl in Irish.
brach (n.) hound [which hunts by scent], bitch


Wouldst thou have thy head broken?
break (v.) 8 crack, split, beat




Then be still.
still (adj.) 1 silent, quiet


Neither,'tis a woman's fault.


Now, God help thee!


To the Welsh lady's bed.


What's that?


Peace, she sings.

Here the lady sings a Welsh song

Come, Kate, I'll have your song too.


Not mine, in good sooth.


Not yours, in good sooth! Heart! you swear like

a comfit-maker's wife – ‘ Not you, in good sooth!’, and
comfit-maker (n.) confectioner, maker of sweetmeats

‘ As true as I live!’, and ‘ As God shall mend me!’, and
mend (v.) 1 amend, improve, make better, put right

‘ As sure as day!’ –

And givest such sarcenet surety for thy oaths
sarcenet, sarsanet (adj.) of thin silk, light, flimsy
surety (n.) 1 guarantee, ratification, warrant

As if thou never walkest further than Finsbury.

Swear me, Kate, like a lady as thou art,
lady (n.) aristocrat, noble See Topics: Address forms

A good mouth-filling oath, and leave ‘ In sooth,’

And such protest of pepper-gingerbread,
pepper-gingerbread (n.) hot-spiced gingerbread
protest (n.) protestation, declaration, avowal

To velvet-guards, and Sunday citizens.
velvet-guard (n.) [someone who wears] velvet trimming

Come, sing.


I will not sing.


'Tis the next way to turn tailor, or be redbreast

teacher. An the indentures be drawn I'll away within
draw (v.) 3 draw up, draft, frame
indenture (n.) 1 (plural) [legal] joint agreement, articles of agreement

these two hours. And so, come in when ye will.



Come, come, Lord Mortimer, you are as slow

As hot Lord Percy is on fire to go.

By this our book is drawn – we'll but seal,
book (n.) 2 deed, charter, set of indentures
draw (v.) 3 draw up, draft, frame

And then to horse immediately.


                         With all my heart.


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