Henry V

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V

Alarum. Enter the King and his train, Exeter and

others, with prisoners


Well have we done, thrice-valiant countrymen;

But all's not done – yet keep the French the field.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
keep (v.) 7 stay on, remain on


The Duke of York commends him to your majesty.
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards See Topics: Frequency count


Lives he, good uncle? Thrice within this hour

I saw him down; thrice up again, and fighting.

From helmet to the spur all blood he was.


In which array, brave soldier, doth he lie,
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

Larding the plain; and by his bloody side,
lard (v.) 4 enrich [with blood], saturate

Yoke-fellow to his honour-owing wounds,
honour-owing (adj.) honour-owning, honourable
yoke-fellow (n.) fellow-worker, comrade, partner

The noble Earl of Suffolk also lies.

Suffolk first died: and York, all haggled over,
haggle (v.) mangle, hack, lacerate

Comes to him, where in gore he lay insteeped,
insteeped (adj.) steeped, immersed, soaked

And takes him by the beard, kisses the gashes

That bloodily did yawn upon his face.
yawn (v.) open wide, gape

And cries aloud, ‘ Tarry, my cousin Suffolk!
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger

My soul shall thine keep company to heaven.

Tarry, sweet soul, for mine, then fly abreast,

As in this glorious and well-foughten field
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

We kept together in our chivalry!’

Upon these words I came and cheered him up;

He smiled me in the face, raught me his hand,

And, with a feeble grip, says, ‘ Dear my lord,

Commend my service to my sovereign.’
commend (v.) 3 present, introduce, bring [for favourable acceptance]

So did he turn, and over Suffolk's neck

He threw his wounded arm, and kissed his lips,

And so espoused to death, with blood he sealed
espouse (v.) unite (in marriage), contract

A testament of noble-ending love.

The pretty and sweet manner of it forced
pretty (adj.) 4 good, excellent, fine

Those waters from me which I would have stopped;

But I had not so much of man in me,

And all my mother came into mine eyes
mother (n.) 2 womanish qualities

And gave me up to tears.


                         I blame you not;

For, hearing this, I must perforce compound
compound (v.) 2 come to terms, reach an agreement

With mistful eyes, or they will issue too.
mistful (adj.) misty, tearful
perforce (adv.) 2 of necessity, with no choice in the matter See Topics: Frequency count

alarm, alarum, 'larm, 'larum (n.) 1 call to arms, call to battle, signal to begin fighting See Topics: Stage directions

But hark! what new alarum is this same?

The French have reinforced their scattered men.

Then every soldier kill his prisoners!

Give the word through.


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