Henry IV Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Douglas, Vernon


We'll fight with him tonight.


                         It may not be.


You give him then advantage.


                         Not a whit.


Why say you so, looks he not for supply?
supply (n.) reinforcement(s), support, relief


So do we.


                         His is certain, ours is doubtful.


Good cousin, be advised, stir not tonight.
advise, avise (v.) 2 warn, counsel, caution


Do not, my lord.


                         You do not counsel well.

You speak it out of fear and cold heart.


Do me no slander, Douglas. By my life,

And I dare well maintain it with my life,

If well-respected honour bid me on,
well-respected (adj.) well-considered, duly regarded

I hold as little counsel with weak fear
counsel (n.) 8 private reflection, self-communing

As you, my lord, or any Scot that this day lives.

Let it be seen tomorrow in the battle

Which of us fears.
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count


                         Yea, or tonight.




Tonight, say I.


Come, come, it may not be. I wonder much,

Being men of such great leading as you are,
leading (n.) leadership, command, generalship

That you foresee not what impediments

Drag back our expedition. Certain horse
horse (n.) cavalry, horse soldiers

Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up,

Your uncle Worcester's horse came but today,
horse (n.) cavalry, horse soldiers

And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
mettle, mettell (n.) 2 spirit, vigour, zest
pride (n.) 6 [of horses] spirit, vigour, mettle

Their courage with hard labour tame and dull,

That not a horse is half the half himself.


So are the horses of the enemy

In general journey-bated and brought low.
journey-bated (adj.) weakened by travel, tired-out

The better part of ours are full of rest.


The number of the King exceedeth ours.

For God's sake, cousin, stay till all come in.
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay

The trumpet sounds a parley

Enter Sir Walter Blunt


I come with gracious offers from the King,
parle, parley (n.) 1 negotiation, meeting [between enemies under a truce, to discuss terms] See Topics: Frequency count

If you vouchsafe me hearing and respect.
respect (n.) 2 attention, heed, deliberation


Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt: and would to God

You were of our determination!

Some of us love you well, and even those some

Envy your great deservings and good name,

Because you are not of our quality,
quality (n.) 9 party, company, side

But stand against us like an enemy.


And God defend but still I should stand so,
defend (v.) forbid, prohibit
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

So long as out of limit and true rule
limit (n.) 2 permitted extent, bounds [of allegiance]
rule (n.) 2 proper discipline, good management

You stand against anointed majesty.

But to my charge. The King hath sent to know
charge (n.) 4 commission, responsibility, official duty

The nature of your griefs, and whereupon
grief (n.) 1 grievance, complaint, hurt, injury

You conjure from the breast of civil peace
conjure (v.) 2 call up, bring out, produce

Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land

Audacious cruelty. If that the King

Have any way your good deserts forgot,

Which he confesseth to be manifold,

He bids you name your griefs, and with all speed
grief (n.) 1 grievance, complaint, hurt, injury

You shall have your desires with interest

And pardon absolute for yourself, and these
absolute (adj.) 5 unrestricted, unconditional, without restraint

Herein misled by your suggestion.
suggestion (n.) temptation, instigation, prompting towards evil


The King is kind, and well we know the King

Knows at what time to promise, when to pay.

My father, and my uncle, and myself

Did give him that same royalty he wears,
royalty (n.) 3 emblem of royalty, symbol of sovereignty

And when he was not six-and-twenty strong,

Sick in the world's regard, wretched and low,

A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,

My father gave him welcome to the shore.

And when he heard him swear and vow to God

He came but to be Duke of Lancaster,

To sue his livery, and beg his peace
sue one's livery institute a suit to obtain possession of lands

With tears of innocency and terms of zeal,
innocency (n.) innocence

My father, in kind heart and pity moved,

Swore him assistance, and performed it too.

Now when the lords and barons of the realm

Perceived Northumberland did lean to him,

The more and less came in with cap and knee,
cap and knee (n.) cap in hand and bended knee [in order to be deferential]
more and less 1 men of high and low rank

Met him in boroughs, cities, villages,

Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect See Topics: Frequency count

Laid gifts before him, proffered him their oaths,

Gave him their heirs as pages, followed him

Even at the heels in golden multitudes.
golden (adj.) resplendent, dazzling, richly dressed

He presently, as greatness knows itself,
presently (adv.) 2 after a short time, soon, before long

Steps me a little higher than his vow

Made to my father while his blood was poor

Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurgh;

And now forsooth takes on him to reform
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed See Topics: Frequency count

Some certain edicts and some strait decrees
strait (adj.) 1 stringent, strict, harsh

That lie too heavy on the commonwealth,
commonweal, commonwealth (n.) state, nation, community, body politic
heavy (adj.) 3 pressing, weighty, overpowering

Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep

Over his country's wrongs – and by this face,
face (n.) 1 appearance, outward show, look

This seeming brow of justice, did he win
brow (n.) 1 appearance, aspect, countenance See Topics: Frequency count
seeming (adj.) apparent, convincing in appearance

The hearts of all that he did angle for.

Proceeded further – cut me off the heads

Of all the favourites that the absent King

In deputation left behind him here,
deputation (n.) 1 delegation, appointment as deputy

When he was personal in the Irish war.
personal (adj.) personally engaged, present in person


Tut, I came not to hear this.


                         Then to the point.

In short time after he deposed the King,

Soon after that deprived him of his life,

And in the neck of that tasked the whole state.
neck of, in the (prep.) immediately afterwards
task (v.) 3 impose a tax upon

To make that worse, suffered his kinsman March –
suffer (v.) 1 allow, permit, let

Who is, if every owner were well placed,

Indeed his King – to be engaged in Wales,
engage (v.) 4 hold as a hostage

There without ransom to lie forfeited.

Disgraced me in my happy victories,

Sought to entrap me by intelligence,
intelligence (n.) 2 spying, espionage, secretly obtained information

Rated mine uncle from the Council-board,
rate (v.) 1 berate, reproach, rebuke, scold

In rage dismissed my father from the court,

Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong,

And in conclusion drove us to seek out

This head of safety, and withal to pry
head (n.) 1 fighting force, army, body of troops
withal (adv.) 1 in addition, moreover, as well See Topics: withal and -withal

Into his title, the which we find
title (n.) 1 [legal] right, claim, entitlement

Too indirect for long continuance.


Shall I return this answer to the King?


Not so, Sir Walter. We'll withdraw awhile.

Go to the King, and let there be impawned
impawn (v.) 1 pledge as security, put in pawn, commit

Some surety for a safe return again,

And in the morning early shall mine uncle

Bring him our purposes – and so, farewell.
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count


I would you would accept of grace and love.


And may be so we shall.


                         Pray God you do.


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