Henry IV Part 1


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter the Archbishop of York and Sir Michael
brief (n.) 3 letter, dispatch, message
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count


ARCHBISHOP

Hie, good Sir Michael, bear this sealed brief

With winged haste to the Lord Marshal,

This to my cousin Scroop, and all the rest

To whom they are directed. If you knew

How much they do import you would make haste.


SIR MICHAEL

My good lord,

I guess their tenor.
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count
tenor, tenour (n.) 1 substance, content, matter, drift


ARCHBISHOP

                         Like enough you do.

Tomorrow, good Sir Michael, is a day

Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men

Must bide the touch. For, sir, at Shrewsbury,
bide (v.) 2 face, await, undergo
touch (n.) 6 touchstone, test, proof

As I am truly given to understand,

The King with mighty and quick-raised power
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Meets with Lord Harry, and, I fear, Sir Michael,

What with the sickness of Northumberland,

Whose power was in the first proportion,
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count
proportion (n.) 1 measure, extent, degree, magnitude

And what with Owen Glendower's absence thence,

Who with them was a rated sinew too,
rated (adj.) 2 valued, prized, to be reckoned with
sinew (n.) 3 strength, force, power

And comes not in, o'er-ruled by prophecies,

I fear the power of Percy is too weak
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

To wage an instant trial with the King.
instant (adj.) 1 immediate, direct
wage (v.) 1 risk, venture upon, engage in


SIR MICHAEL

Why, my good lord, you need not fear,

There is Douglas, and Lord Mortimer.


ARCHBISHOP

No, Mortimer is not there.


SIR MICHAEL

But there is Mordake, Vernon, Lord Harry Percy,

And there is my Lord of Worcester, and a head
head (n.) 1 fighting force, army, body of troops

Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen.


ARCHBISHOP

And so there is. But yet the King hath drawn

The special head of all the land together.
head (n.) 1 fighting force, army, body of troops

The Prince of Wales, Lord John of Lancaster,

The noble Westmorland, and warlike Blunt,

And many more corrivals and dear men
corrival, co-rival (n.) 2 ally, associate, partner
dear (adj.) 7 noble, honourable, worthy
mo, moe (adj.) more [in number]

Of estimation and command in arms.


SIR MICHAEL

Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well opposed.


ARCHBISHOP

I hope no less, yet needful 'tis to fear,

And to prevent the worst, Sir Michael, speed.
prevent (v.) 2 take steps to thwart, avoid by prompt action

For if Lord Percy thrive not, ere the King

Dismiss his power he means to visit us,
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

For he hath heard of our confederacy,
confederacy (n.) 1 alliance, conspiracy, plot, united opposition

And 'tis but wisdom to make strong against him.

Therefore make haste – I must go write again

To other friends. And so, farewell, Sir Michael.

Exeunt

 
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