Henry IV Part 2


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
They take up the King and lay him on a bed
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count


Let there be no noise made, my gentle friends,

Unless some dull and favourable hand
dull (adj.) 7 [unclear meaning] sleep-inducing, soothing, producing drowsiness

Will whisper music to my weary spirit.


Call for the music in the other room.


Set me the crown upon my pillow here.


His eye is hollow, and he changes much.
change (v.) 4 change countenance, turn pale


Less noise, less noise!

Enter Prince Henry


Who saw the Duke of Clarence?


I am here, brother, full of heaviness.
heaviness (n.) 1 sadness, grief, sorrow


How now, rain within doors, and none

abroad? How doth the King?


Exceeding ill.


Heard he the good news yet? Tell it him.


He altered much upon hearing it.


If he be sick with joy, he'll recover

without physic.
physic (n.) 1 medicine, healing, treatment See Topics: Frequency count


Not so much noise, my lords. Sweet Prince, speak low;

The King your father is disposed to sleep.


Let us withdraw into the other room.


Will't please your grace to go along with us?


No, I will sit and watch here by the King.

Exeunt all but Prince Henry

Why doth the crown lie there upon his pillow,

Being so troublesome a bedfellow?

O polished perturbation! Golden care!

That keepest the ports of slumber open wide
port (n.) 1 portal, entrance, gateway

To many a watchful night! Sleep with it now!
watchful (adj.) wakeful, unsleeping, vigilant

Yet not so sound, and half so deeply sweet,

As he whose brow with homely biggen bound
biggen (n.) nightcap
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]

Snores out the watch of night. O majesty!
watch (n.) 4 time interval, period of time

When thou dost pinch thy bearer, thou dost sit
bearer (n.) possessor, owner, holder
pinch (v.) 1 torment, pain, torture

Like a rich armour worn in heat of day,

That scaldest with safety. By his gates of breath

There lies a downy feather which stirs not;
downy (adj.) 2 fluffy, soft

Did he suspire, that light and weightless down
suspire (v.) breathe

Perforce must move. My gracious lord! My father!
perforce (adv.) 2 of necessity, with no choice in the matter See Topics: Frequency count

This sleep is sound indeed; this is a sleep

That from this golden rigol hath divorced
rigol (n.) circle, ring

So many English kings. Thy due from me

Is tears and heavy sorrows of the blood,
heavy (adj.) 2 grave, serious, weighty

Which nature, love, and filial tenderness

Shall, O dear father, pay thee plenteously.

My due from thee is this imperial crown,

Which, as immediate from thy place and blood,
immediate (adj.) 1 close in succession, proximate, direct
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

Derives itself to me.

He puts the crown on his head
derive (v.) 1 descend

                         Lo where it sits,

Which God shall guard, and put the world's whole strength

Into one giant arm, it shall not force

This lineal honour from me. This from thee
lineal (adj.) lineally descended, in the direct line, hereditary

Will I to mine leave, as 'tis left to me.



Warwick! Gloucester! Clarence!

Enter Warwick, Gloucester, Clarence, and attendant



Doth the King call?


                         What would your majesty?


Why did you leave me here alone, my lords?


We left the Prince my brother here, my liege,

Who undertook to sit and watch by you.


The Prince of Wales? Where is he?

Let me see him. He is not here.


This door is open; he is gone this way.


He came not through the chamber where we stayed.


Where is the crown? Who took it from

my pillow?


When we withdrew, my liege, we left it here.


The Prince hath ta'en it hence. Go, seek him out.

Is he so hasty that he doth suppose

My sleep my death?

Find him, my lord of Warwick; chide him hither.
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove See Topics: Frequency count

Exit Warwick

This part of his conjoins with my disease,
conjoin (v.) 1 unite, join together
part (n.) 4 action, conduct, behaviour

And helps to end me. See, sons, what things you are.

How quickly nature falls into revolt

When gold becomes her object!

For this the foolish over-careful fathers

Have broke their sleep with thoughts,
break (v.) 7 interrupt, break in on, cut in on
thought (n.) 2 melancholic reflection, anxiety, sorrow, worry

Their brains with care, their bones with industry;

For this they have engrossed and pilled up
engross (v.) 1 get together, collect, gather, seize
pill up (v.) [unclear meaning] plunder, rob; pile up, accumulate

The cankered heaps of strange-achieved gold;
cankered (adj.) 1 rusted, corroded, tarnished
strange-achieved (adj.) [unclear meaning] specially obtained; procured abroad

For this they have been thoughtful to invest

Their sons with arts and martial exercises;
exercise (n.) 2 manly sport, martial practice

When, like the bee tolling from every flower,
toll (v.) 1 levy a toll, exact a payment
virtuous (adj.) 2 showing fine qualities, praiseworthy

Our thighs packed with wax, our mouths with honey,
pack (v.) 5 load up, load with goods

We bring it to the hive; and like the bees

Are murdered for our pains. This bitter taste

Yields his engrossments to the ending father.
ending (adj.) dying, near one's end
engrossment (n.) stockpiling, accumulation, collecting activity

Enter Warwick

Now where is he that will not stay so long

Till his friend sickness hath determined me?
determine (v.) 4 put an end to, do away with, terminate


My lord, I found the Prince in the next room,

Washing with kindly tears his gentle cheeks,
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count
kindly (adj.) 1 natural, proper

With such a deep demeanour in great sorrow,

That tyranny, which never quaffed but blood,
quaff (v.) drink down, take a long draught of
tyranny (n.) cruelty, barbarity, unmerciful violence

Would, by beholding him, have washed his knife

With gentle eye-drops. He is coming hither.
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind


But wherefore did he take away the crown?

Enter Prince Henry

Lo, where he comes. Come hither to me, Harry. –

Depart the chamber, leave us here alone.

Exeunt all except King Henry IV and Prince Henry


I never thought to hear you speak again.


Thy wish was father, Harry, to that thought.

I stay too long by thee, I weary thee.

Dost thou so hunger for mine empty chair
chair (n.) 1 throne

That thou wilt needs invest thee with my honours

Before thy hour be ripe? O foolish youth!

Thou seekest the greatness that will overwhelm thee.

Stay but a little, for my cloud of dignity
dignity (n.) 2 official position, high office, rule

Is held from falling with so weak a wind

That it will quickly drop; my day is dim.

Thou hast stolen that which after some few hours

Were thine without offence, and at my death

Thou hast sealed up my expectation.
seal up (v.) 2 confirm, ratify, put beyond doubt

Thy life did manifest thou lovedst me not,

And thou wilt have me die assured of it.

Thou hidest a thousand daggers in thy thoughts,

Which thou hast whetted on thy stony heart,

To stab at half an hour of my life.

What, canst thou not forbear me half an hour?
forbear (v.) 3 control oneself, have patience [for]

Then get thee gone, and dig my grave thyself,

And bid the merry bells ring to thine ear

That thou art crowned, not that I am dead.

Let all the tears that should bedew my hearse
bedew (v.) moisten with drops, wet with tears

Be drops of balm to sanctify thy head;
balm (n.) 1 fragrant oil used for anointing, consecrated oil

Only compound me with forgotten dust.
compound (v.) 4 mix, mingle, combine

Give that which gave thee life unto the worms.

Pluck down my officers, break my decrees;

For now a time is come to mock at form –
form (n.) 6 formal procedure, due process, formality

Harry the Fifth is crowned! Up, vanity!
vanity (n.) 1 worthlessness, futility, unprofitable way of life

Down, royal state! All you sage counsellors, hence!

And to the English court assemble now,

From every region, apes of idleness!
ape (n.) 2 fool, idiot, jackass

Now, neighbour confines, purge you of your scum!
confine (n.) 1 territory, region, domain
purge (v.) 1 cleanse, purify, get rid of impurities [in]

Have you a ruffian that will swear, drink, dance,

Revel the night, rob, murder, and commit

The oldest sins the newest kind of ways?

Be happy, he will trouble you no more.

England shall double gild his treble guilt;

England shall give him office, honour, might;
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function

For the fifth Harry from curbed licence plucks

The muzzle of restraint, and the wild dog

Shall flesh his tooth on every innocent.
flesh (v.) 4 [give a piece of the kill to a hound to stimulate its desire to hunt further] reward, stimulate, excite

O my poor kingdom, sick with civil blows!
civil (adj.) 3 of civil war

When that my care could not withhold thy riots,

What wilt thou do when riot is thy care?
care (n.) 2 responsibility, duty, matter of concern

O, thou wilt be a wilderness again,

Peopled with wolves, thy old inhabitants!



O, pardon me, my liege! But for my tears,

The moist impediments unto my speech,

I had forestalled this dear and deep rebuke
dear (adj.) 1 dire, grievous, hard

Ere you with grief had spoke and I had heard

The course of it so far. There is your crown,
course (n.) 4 gist, scope, tenor

And He that wears the crown immortally

Long guard it yours! If I affect it more
affect (v.) 1 incline to, like, favour, be drawn to

Than as your honour and as your renown,

Let me no more from this obedience rise,
obedience (n.) obeisance, act of submission

Which my most inward true and duteous spirit

Teacheth this prostrate and exterior bending.

God witness with me, when I here came in

And found no course of breath within your majesty,

How cold it struck my heart! If I do feign,

O, let me in my present wildness die,

And never live to show th' incredulous world

The noble change that I have purposed!
purpose (v.) 1 intend, plan

Coming to look on you, thinking you dead,

And dead almost, my liege, to think you were,

I spake unto this crown as having sense,
sense (n.) 2 ability to respond to sensation, physical perception

And thus upbraided it: ‘ The care on thee depending

Hath fed upon the body of my father;

Therefore thou best of gold art worst of gold.

Other, less fine in carat, is more precious,
carat (n.) worth, value, quality

Preserving life in medicine potable;
medicine potable elixir believed to be of special efficacy because derived from gold

But thou, most fine, most honoured, most renowned,

Hast eat thy bearer up.’ Thus, my most royal liege,

Accusing it, I put it on my head,

To try with it, as with an enemy
try (v.) 3 contest, decide, fight out

That had before my face murdered my father,

The quarrel of a true inheritor.
quarrel (n.) cause of complaint, reason for hostility, difference, claim

But if it did infect my blood with joy

Or swell my thoughts to any strain of pride,
strain (n.) 1 quality, character, disposition

If any rebel or vain spirit of mine

Did with the least affection of a welcome
affection (n.) 2 emotion, feeling

Give entertainment to the might of it,
entertainment (n.) 2 pleasant reception, favourable welcome

Let God for ever keep it from my head,

And make me as the poorest vassal is
vassal (n.) 1 servant, slave, subject

That doth with awe and terror kneel to it!


God put it in thy mind to take it hence,

That thou mightst win the more thy father's love,

Pleading so wisely in excuse of it!

Come hither, Harry; sit thou by my bed,

And hear, I think, the very latest counsel
latest (adj.) last, final

That ever I shall breathe. God knows, my son,

By what by-paths and indirect crooked ways
crooked (adj.) 1 malignant, perverse, contrary, devious

I met this crown, and I myself know well

How troublesome it sat upon my head.

To thee it shall descend with better quiet,

Better opinion, better confirmation,
opinion (n.) 2 reputation, character, honour

For all the soil of the achievement goes
achievement (n.) feat, accomplishment, successful action
soil (n.) 1 blemish, stain, tarnish

With me into the earth. It seemed in me

But as an honour snatched with boisterous hand,
boisterous (adj.) 2 tumultuous, violent, tempestuous

And I had many living to upbraid

My gain of it by their assistances,

Which daily grew to quarrel and to bloodshed,

Wounding supposed peace. All these bold fears
fear (n.) 3 object of dread, thing to be feared

Thou seest with peril I have answered,
answer (v.) 5 cope with, face, encounter

For all my reign hath been but as a scene

Acting that argument. And now my death
argument (n.) 2 story, subject, plot

Changes the mood, for what in me was purchased
mood (n.) 4 mode, tune, key
purchase (v.) 1 acquire, obtain, win

Falls upon thee in a more fairer sort,
sort (n.) 3 way, manner

So thou the garland wearest successively.
garland (n.) 1 wreath of victory
successively (adv.) by right of succession, through inheritance

Yet though thou standest more sure than I could do,

Thou art not firm enough, since griefs are green;
green (adj.) 1 fresh, recent, new
grief (n.) 1 grievance, complaint, hurt, injury

And all my friends, which thou must make thy friends,

Have but their stings and teeth newly ta'en out,

By whose fell working I was first advanced,
fell (adj.) 2 mighty, terrible

And by whose power I well might lodge a fear
lodge (v.) 3 harbour, entertain, foster

To be again displaced; which to avoid,

I cut them off, and had a purpose now
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

To lead out many to the Holy Land,

Lest rest and lying still might make them look

Too near unto my state. Therefore, my Harry,
near (adj.) 1 close to the throne [in order of succession], near relation

Be it thy course to busy giddy minds
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count
giddy (adj.) 1 frivolous, flighty, fickle, irresponsible

With foreign quarrels, that action hence borne out
bear out (v.) 4 undertake, carry on, conduct

May waste the memory of the former days.
waste (v.) 5 efface, wipe out, destroy

More would I, but my lungs are wasted so
waste (v.) 4 lay waste, ravage, devastate

That strength of speech is utterly denied me.

How I came by the crown, O God forgive,

And grant it may with thee in true peace live!


You won it, wore it, kept it, gave it me;

Then plain and right must my possession be,

Which I with more than with a common pain

'Gainst all the world will rightfully maintain.

Enter Prince John of Lancaster, Warwick, and

attendant lords


Look, look, here comes my John of Lancaster.


Health, peace, and happiness to my royal father!


Thou bringest me happiness and peace, son John,

But health, alack, with youthful wings is flown

From this bare withered trunk. Upon thy sight

My worldly business makes a period.
period (n.) 1 full stop, end, ending, conclusion

Where is my lord of Warwick?


                         My lord of Warwick!


Doth any name particular belong

Unto the lodging where I first did swoon?


'Tis called Jerusalem, my noble lord.


Laud be to God! Even there my life must end.
laud (n.) 1 praise, homage, honour

It hath been prophesied to me, many years,

I should not die but in Jerusalem,

Which vainly I supposed the Holy Land.

But bear me to that chamber; there I'll lie;

In that Jerusalem shall Harry die.


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