Henry V

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V

Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury and the

Bishop of Ely


My lord, I'll tell you. That self bill is urged
self (adj.) same, selfsame, identical, exact

Which in th' eleventh year of the last King's reign

Was like, and had indeed against us passed,
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

But that the scambling and unquiet time
scambling (adj.) contentious, rough, quarrelsome, turbulent

Did push it out of farther question.
question (n.) 4 debating, discussion, investigation


But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?


It must be thought on. If it pass against us,

We lose the better half of our possession;

For all the temporal lands which men devout
temporal (adj.) secular, civil, worldly

By testament have given to the Church

Would they strip from us; being valued thus –

As much as would maintain, to the King's honour,

Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights,

Six thousand and two hundred good esquires;
esquire (n.) 1 candidate for knighthood, attendant on a knight

And, to relief of lazars and weak age,
lazar (n.) leper, diseased person

Of indigent faint souls past corporal toil,
faint (adj.) 3 weak, fatigued, lacking in strength

A hundred almshouses right well supplied;

And, to the coffers of the King beside,

A thousand pounds by th' year. Thus runs the bill.


This would drink deep.


                         'Twould drink the cup and all.


But what prevention?


The King is full of grace and fair regard.


And a true lover of the holy Church.


The courses of his youth promised it not.
course (n.) 2 habit, custom, practise, normal procedure

The breath no sooner left his father's body

But that his wildness, mortified in him,
mortified (adj.) 3 dying to sin, put under subjection

Seemed to die too. Yea, at that very moment,

Consideration like an angel came
consideration (n.) 2 spiritual self-examination, meditation, personal reflection

And whipped th' offending Adam out of him,

Leaving his body as a paradise

T' envelop and contain celestial spirits.

Never was such a sudden scholar made;

Never came reformation in a flood

With such a heady currance scouring faults;
currance (n.) current, torrent, flow
heady (adj.) 1 violent, weighty, raging
scour (v.) 1 clear out, quickly remove, cleanse

Nor never Hydra-headed wilfulness
Hydra-headed (adj.) many-headed, multifarious, manifold

So soon did lose his seat, and all at once,

As in this King.


                         We are blessed in the change.


Hear him but reason in divinity,

And all-admiring, with an inward wish,

You would desire the King were made a prelate.

Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs,

You would say it hath been all in all his study.

List his discourse of war, and you shall hear
discourse (n.) 1 conversation, talk, chat
list (v.) 3 listen to, pay attention to

A fearful battle rendered you in music.

Turn him to any cause of policy,
cause (n.) 4 affair, business, subject
policy (n.) 1 statecraft, statesmanship, diplomacy

The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,
Gordian knot apparently unsolvable problem, extreme difficulty

Familiar as his garter; that, when he speaks,

The air, a chartered libertine, is still,
chartered (adj.) licensed, privileged, permitted
libertine (n.) 2 free spirit, unconfined wanderer

And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears

To steal his sweet and honeyed sentences.

So that the art and practic part of life
art (n.) 5 practical application, knowledge drawn from experience
practic (adj.) practical, pragmatic, down-to-earth

Must be the mistress to this theoric –
theoric (n.) theory, academic speculation

Which is a wonder how his grace should glean it,

Since his addiction was to courses vain,
addiction (n.) inclination, leaning, bent
course (n.) 2 habit, custom, practise, normal procedure

His companies unlettered, rude, and shallow,
company (n.) 3 companion, associate, comrade
rude (adj.) 6 ignorant, unlearned, uneducated

His hours filled up with riots, banquets, sports,
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count

And never noted in him any study,

Any retirement, any sequestration,
retirement (n.) 2 withdrawal, returning [to one's rooms]
sequestration (n.) 2 seclusion, removal, withdrawal

From open haunts and popularity.
open (adj.) 2 public, widely frequented, fashionable
popularity (n.) populace, common people, the masses


The strawberry grows underneath the nettle,

And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best

Neighboured by fruit of baser quality:
base (adj.) 3 poor, wretched, of low quality See Topics: Frequency count

And so the Prince obscured his contemplation

Under the veil of wildness, which, no doubt,

Grew like the summer grass, fastest by night,

Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.
crescive (adj.) growing, increasing, developing
faculty (n.) function, power, capability


It must be so, for miracles are ceased;

And therefore we must needs admit the means

How things are perfected.


                         But, my good lord,

How now for mitigation of this bill

Urged by the Commons? Doth his majesty

Incline to it, or no?
indifferent (adj.) 1 impartial, unbiased, neutral


                         He seems indifferent,

Or rather swaying more upon our part

Than cherishing th' exhibiters against us;
exhibiter, exhibitor (n.) proposer, introducer, mover

For I have made an offer to his majesty –

Upon our spiritual Convocation,
convocation (n.) assembly, gathering, parliament

And in regard of causes now in hand,

Which I have opened to his grace at large
large, at 1 at length, in full, thoroughly

As touching France – to give a greater sum
touch (v.) 1 affect, concern, regard, relate to

Than ever at one time the clergy yet

Did to his predecessors part withal.


How did this offer seem received, my lord?


With good acceptance of his majesty,

Save that there was not time enough to hear,

As I perceived his grace would fain have done,
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly See Topics: Frequency count

The severals and unhidden passages
passage (n.) 3 passing on, extending, line of descent
several (n.) 1 (plural) details, particulars, individual points
unhidden (adj.) clear-cut, undisputed, manifest

Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms,
title (n.) 1 [legal] right, claim, entitlement

And generally to the crown and seat of France,
seat (n.) 1 throne

Derived from Edward, his great-grandfather.


What was th' impediment that broke this off?


The French ambassador upon that instant

Craved audience, and the hour, I think, is come
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count

To give him hearing. Is it four o'clock?


It is.


Then go we in to know his embassy;
embassy (n.) 1 message [especially via an ambassador]

Which I could with a ready guess declare

Before the Frenchman speak a word of it.


I'll wait upon you, and I long to hear it.


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