Henry IV Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Worcester and Sir Richard Vernon


O no, my nephew must not know, Sir Richard,

The liberal and kind offer of the King.


'Twere best he did.
undone (adj.) ruined, destroyed, brought down See Topics: Frequency count


                         Then are we all undone.

It is not possible, it cannot be,

The King should keep his word in loving us.

He will suspect us still, and find a time
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

To punish this offence in other faults.

Supposition all our lives shall be stuck full of eyes,

For treason is but trusted like the fox,

Who, never so tame, so cherished and locked up,

Will have a wild trick of his ancestors.
trick (n.) 3 peculiarity, idiosyncrasy, distinguishing trait

Look how we can or sad or merrily,
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count

Interpretation will misquote our looks,

And we shall feed like oxen at a stall,

The better cherished still the nearer death.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

My nephew's trespass may be well forgot,

It hath the excuse of youth and heat of blood,

And an adopted name of privilege –
privilege (n.) 3 benefit, advantage, licence

A hare-brained Hotspur, governed by a spleen.
spleen (n.) 5 impulse, caprice, whim

All his offences live upon my head
live (v.) 1 be active, live on, make a home

And on his father's. We did train him on,
train (v.) 1 lure, entice, decoy

And, his corruption being taken from us,
take (v.) 2 catch, receive, get

We as the spring of all shall pay for all.

Therefore, good cousin, let not Harry know

In any case the offer of the King.


Deliver what you will; I'll say 'tis so.

Here comes your cousin.

Enter Hotspur and Douglas


                         My uncle is returned;

Deliver up my Lord of Westmorland.

Uncle, what news?


The King will bid you battle presently.
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count


Defy him by the Lord of Westmorland.


Lord Douglas, go you and tell him so.


Marry, and shall, and very willingly.



There is no seeming mercy in the King.
seeming (adj.) apparent, convincing in appearance


Did you beg any? God forbid!


I told him gently of our grievances,

Of his oath-breaking – which he mended thus,
mend (v.) 1 amend, improve, make better, put right

By now forswearing that he is forsworn.
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word See Topics: Frequency count

He calls us rebels, traitors, and will scourge

With haughty arms this hateful name in us.

Enter Douglas


Arm, gentlemen, to arms! For I have thrown

A brave defiance in King Henry's teeth,
brave (adj.) 3 audacious, daring, bold

And Westmorland that was engaged did bear it,
engage (v.) 4 hold as a hostage

Which cannot choose but bring him quickly on.


The Prince of Wales stepped forth before the King,

And, nephew, challenged you to single fight.


O, would the quarrel lay upon our heads,

And that no man might draw short breath today

But I and Harry Monmouth! Tell me, tell me,

How showed his tasking? Seemed it in contempt?
tasking (n.) offering of a challenge


No, by my soul, I never in my life

Did hear a challenge urged more modestly,
urge (v.) 5 state formally, present, propose

Unless a brother should a brother dare

To gentle exercise and proof of arms.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count
proof (n.) 3 test, trial

He gave you all the duties of a man,
duty (n.) 3 fitting praise, due respect, proper regard

Trimmed up your praises with a princely tongue,

Spoke your deserving like a chronicle,
speak (v.) 1 give an account of, report, describe

Making you ever better than his praise

By still dispraising praise valued with you,
dispraise (v.) disparage, belittle, denigrate
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count
value (v.) 1 consider, appraise, take into account

And, which became him like a prince indeed,
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

He made a blushing cital of himself,
blushing (adj.) 2 modest, self-effacing, unassuming
cital (n.) account, report, mention

And chid his truant youth with such a grace

As if he mastered there a double spirit

Of teaching and of learning instantly.
instantly (adv.) at once, simultaneously, in a moment

There did he pause. But let me tell the world –

If he outlive the envy of this day,
envy (n.) 1 malice, ill-will, enmity

England did never owe so sweet a hope
owe (v.) 1 own, possess, have See Topics: Frequency count

So much misconstrued in his wantonness.
wantonness (n.) 1 foolish behaviour, caprice, whims


Cousin, I think thou art enamoured

On his follies! Never did I hear

Of any prince so wild a liberty.
liberty (n.) 1 unrestrained act, improper licence, reckless freedom

But be he as he will, yet once ere night

I will embrace him with a soldier's arm,

That he shall shrink under my courtesy.

Arm, arm with speed! And fellows, soldiers, friends,

Better consider what you have to do

Than I that have not well the gift of tongue

Can lift your blood up with persuasion.
blood (n.) 4 spirit, vigour, mettle

Enter a Messenger


My lord, here are letters for you.


I cannot read them now.

O gentlemen, the time of life is short!

To spend that shortness basely were too long
basely (adv.) dishonourably, shamefully, ignominiously

If life did ride upon a dial's point,
dial (n.) watch, timepiece, pocket sundial
point (n.) 8 finger, hand, pointer

Still ending at the arrival of an hour.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

And if we live, we live to tread on kings,

If die, brave death when princes die with us!
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

Now, for our consciences, the arms are fair

When the intent of bearing them is just.
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count

Enter another Messenger
apace (adv.) quickly, speedily, at a great rate See Topics: Frequency count


My lord, prepare, the King comes on apace.


I thank him that he cuts me from my tale,
tale (n.) 1 talking, discourse

For I profess not talking. Only this –
profess (v.) 3 practise, pursue, claim knowledge of

Let each man do his best. And here draw I

A sword whose temper I intend to stain
temper (n.) 2 quality, constitution, condition

With the best blood that I can meet withal

In the adventure of this perilous day.
adventure (n.) 1 venture, enterprise, issue, hazard

Now, Esperance! Percy! and set on!
set on (v.) 2 go forward, advance, proceed

Sound all the lofty instruments of war,

And by that music let us all embrace,

For, heaven to earth, some of us never shall

A second time do such a courtesy.

Here they embrace, the trumpets sound.


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