Henry IV Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter the King, Prince of Wales, Lord John

of Lancaster, Sir Walter Blunt, Falstaff


How bloodily the sun begins to peer

Above yon bulky hill! The day looks pale
busky (adj.) bosky, bushy, shrub-covered

At his distemperature.
distemperature (n.) 2 disordered condition, inclement state [of weather]


                         The southern wind

Doth play the trumpet to his purposes,
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

And by his hollow whistling in the leaves

Foretells a tempest and a blustering day.


Then with the losers let it sympathize,
sympathize with (v.) resemble, be like, have an affinity with

For nothing can seem foul to those that win.

The trumpet sounds

Enter Worcester and Vernon

How now, my Lord of Worcester! 'Tis not well

That you and I should meet upon such terms

As now we meet. You have deceived our trust,
deceive (v.) 1 delude, mislead, take in

And made us doff our easy robes of peace

To crush our old limbs in ungentle steel.

This is not well, my lord, this is not well.

What say you to it? Will you again unknit

This churlish knot of all-abhorred war,
all-abhorred (adj.) hated by everyone
churlish (adj.) 3 stiff, hard, unyielding

And move in that obedient orb again
orb (n.) 2 sphere, orbit, circle

Where you did give a fair and natural light,

And be no more an exhaled meteor,
exhaled (adj.) dragged from a proper course; also: drawn up as a vapour

A prodigy of fear, and a portent
prodigy (n.) 1 omen, portent, sign

Of broached mischief to the unborn times?
broached (adj.) newly begun, freshly started


Hear me, my liege.

For mine own part I could be well content
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count

To entertain the lag end of my life

With quiet hours. For I protest

I have not sought the day of this dislike.
dislike (n.) 2 discord, disagreement, dissension


You have not sought it? How comes it, then?


Rebellion lay in his way, and he found it.


Peace, chewet, peace!
chewet (n.) jackdaw, chatterer


It pleased your majesty to turn your looks

Of favour from myself, and all our house,

And yet I must remember you, my lord,
remember (v.) 1 remind, bring to someone's mind

We were the first and dearest of your friends.

For you my staff of office did I break
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function

In Richard's time, and posted day and night
post (v.) 1 hasten, speed, ride fast

To meet you on the way, and kiss your hand,

When yet you were in place and in account
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

Nothing so strong and fortunate as I.

It was myself, my brother, and his son,

That brought you home, and boldly did outdare
outdare (v.) 1 overcome by daring, outbrave

The dangers of the time. You swore to us,

And you did swear that oath at Doncaster,

That you did nothing purpose 'gainst the state,
purpose (v.) 1 intend, plan

Nor claim no further than your new-fallen right,
new-fallen (adj.) newly become due, recently acquired

The seat of Gaunt, dukedom of Lancaster.
seat (n.) 2 estate

To this we swore our aid. But in short space

It rained down fortune showering on your head,

And such a flood of greatness fell on you,

What with our help, what with the absent King,

What with the injuries of a wanton time,
injury (n.) 1 grievance, wrong, complaint
wanton (adj.) 3 unrestrained, undisciplined, boisterous, uncontrolled

The seeming sufferances that you had borne,
seeming (adj.) apparent, convincing in appearance
sufferance (n.) 1 distress, suffering, hardship

And the contrarious winds that held the King
contrarious (adj.) 2 adverse, unfavourable, hostile

So long in his unlucky Irish wars

That all in England did repute him dead.

And from this swarm of fair advantages

You took occasion to be quickly wooed

To gripe the general sway into your hand,
gripe (v.) clutch, grasp, seize
sway (n.) 1 power, dominion, rule

Forget your oath to us at Doncaster,

And being fed by us, you used us so

As that ungentle gull the cuckoo's bird
bird (n.) 1 young bird, fledgeling, nestling
gull (n.) 3 unfledged bird

Useth the sparrow – did oppress our nest,

Grew by our feeding to so great a bulk

That even our love durst not come near your sight

For fear of swallowing. But with nimble wing

We were enforced for safety sake to fly

Out of your sight, and raise this present head,
head (n.) 1 fighting force, army, body of troops

Whereby we stand opposed by such means

As you yourself have forged against yourself,

By unkind usage, dangerous countenance,
countenance (n.) 1 demeanour, bearing, manner
dangerous (adj.) threatening, severe, menacing

And violation of all faith and troth

Sworn to us in your younger enterprise.
younger (adj.) earlier, former, previous


These things indeed you have articulate,
articulate (v.) 2 speak about, spell out, express in words

Proclaimed at market crosses, read in churches,

To face the garment of rebellion
face (v.) 4 cover over, put a false face on

With some fine colour that may please the eye

Of fickle changelings and poor discontents,
changeling (n./adj.) 4 waverer, turncoat, fickle thing
discontent (n.) 1 discontented person, malcontent, agitator

Which gape and rub the elbow at the news

Of hurlyburly innovation.
hurly-burly (adj.) hectic, turbulent, stormy
innovation (n.) 1 revolution, disturbance, commotion

And never yet did insurrection want

Such water-colours to impaint his cause,
impaint (v.) depict, portray, paint a picture of
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

Nor moody beggars starving for a time
moody (adj.) 1 angry, wrathful, rancorous, sullen

Of pell-mell havoc and confusion.


In both your armies there is many a soul

Shall pay full dearly for this encounter

If once they join in trial. Tell your nephew,
join (v.) 1 encounter, come together, meet in conflict

The Prince of Wales doth join with all the world

In praise of Henry Percy. By my hopes,

This present enterprise set off his head,
set off (v.) 2 take away, remove, set aside [from]

I do not think a braver gentleman,
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

More active-valiant or more valiant-young,

More daring or more bold, is now alive

To grace this latter age with noble deeds.

For my part, I may speak it to my shame,

I have a truant been to chivalry,
chivalry (n.) 3 knighthood, knightly qualities

And so I hear he doth account me too.

Yet this before my father's majesty –

I am content that he shall take the odds
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count

Of his great name and estimation,

And will, to save the blood on either side,

Try fortune with him in a single fight.


And, Prince of Wales, so dare we venture thee,

Albeit considerations infinite

Do make against it. No, good Worcester, no,

We love our people well, even those we love

That are misled upon your cousin's part,

And will they take the offer of our grace,
grace (n.) 6 pardon, clemency

Both he, and they, and you, yea, every man

Shall be my friend again, and I'll be his.

So tell your cousin, and bring me word

What he will do. But if he will not yield,

Rebuke and dread correction wait on us,
dread (adj.) 2 frightening, terrifying, fearful

And they shall do their office. So, be gone;
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

We will not now be troubled with reply.

We offer fair, take it advisedly.

Exeunt Worcester and Vernon


It will not be accepted, on my life.

The Douglas and the Hotspur both together

Are confident against the world in arms.


Hence, therefore, every leader to his charge,
charge (n.) 2 company, command

For on their answer will we set on them,

And God befriend us as our cause is just!

Exeunt all but the Prince and Falstaff


Hal, if thou see me down in the battle and

bestride me, so. 'Tis a point of friendship.
bestride (v.) 1 stand over, protect, safeguard


Nothing but a Colossus can do thee that

friendship. Say thy prayers, and farewell.


I would 'twere bed-time, Hal, and all well.


Why, thou owest God a death.



'Tis not due yet – I would be loath to pay him

before his day. What need I be so forward with him that

calls not on me? Well, 'tis no matter, honour pricks
call on / upon (v.) 2 make a call on, claim repayment of
prick on (v.) incite, urge on, spur on

me on. Yea, but how if honour prick me off when I
prick off (v.) mark down, pick out, select [for death]

come on, how then? Can honour set to a leg? No. Or
set to (v.) set [a broken limb]

an arm? No. Or take away the grief of a wound? No.
grief (n.) 2 pain, torment, distress

Honour hath no skill in surgery, then? No. What is

honour? A word. What is in that word honour? What is

that honour? Air. A trim reckoning! Who hath it? He
trim (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, smart

that died a' Wednesday. Doth he feel it? No. Doth he

hear it? No. 'Tis insensible, then? Yea, to the dead.
insensible (adj.) incapable of being perceived by the senses

But will it not live with the living? No. Why? Detraction
detraction (n.) slander, calumny, defamation, disparagement

will not suffer it. Therefore I'll none of it. Honour
suffer (v.) 2 put up with, tolerate, do nothing about

is a mere scutcheon – and so ends my catechism.
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter See Topics: Frequency count
scutcheon (n.) escutcheon, painted shield


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