Henry VI Part 1

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Dead March. Enter the Funerall of King Henry the Dead march. Enter the funeral of King Henry the 1H6 I.i.1.1
Fift, attended on by the Duke of Bedford, Regent of Fifth, attended on by the Duke of Bedford, Regent ofattend (v.)
serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
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France; the Duke of Gloster,Protector; the DukeFrance; the Duke of Gloucester, Protector; the Duke 1H6 I.i.1.3
of Exeter Warwicke, the Bishop of of Exeter; the Earl of Warwick; the Bishop of 1H6 I.i.1.4
Winchester, and the Duke of Somerset.Winchester; and the Duke of Somerset; with heralds 1H6 I.i.1.5
HVng be ye heauens with black, yield day to night;Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night!heavens (n.)

old form: heauens
[covering over the rear of a stage] sky
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Comets importing change of Times and States,Comets, importing change of times and states,import (v.)
portend, signify, predict
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Brandish your crystall Tresses in the Skie,Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky,crystal (adj.)

old form: crystall
bright, gleaming, glittering
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brandish (v.)
make shine, cause to flash
And with them scourge the bad reuolting Stars,And with them scourge the bad revolting starsrevolting (adj.)

old form: reuolting
rebellious, mutinous, insurgent
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That haue consented vnto Henries death:That have consented unto Henry's death – consent (v.)
agree, concur, acquiesce
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King Henry the Fift, too famous to liue long,King Henry the Fifth, too famous to live long! 1H6 I.i.6
England ne're lost a King of so much worth.England ne'er lost a king of so much worth. 1H6 I.i.7
England ne're had a King vntill his time:England ne'er had a king until his time. 1H6 I.i.8
Vertue he had, deseruing to command,Virtue he had, deserving to command;virtue (n.)

old form: Vertue
quality, accomplishment, ability
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His brandisht Sword did blinde men with his beames,His brandished sword did blind men with his beams; 1H6 I.i.10
His Armes spred wider then a Dragons Wings:His arms spread wider than a dragon's wings; 1H6 I.i.11
His sparkling Eyes, repleat with wrathfull fire,His sparkling eyes, replete with wrathful fire, 1H6 I.i.12
More dazled and droue back his Enemies,More dazzled and drove back his enemies 1H6 I.i.13
Then mid-day Sunne, fierce bent against their faces.Than midday sun fierce bent against their faces. 1H6 I.i.14
What should I say? his Deeds exceed all speech:What should I say? His deeds exceed all speech; 1H6 I.i.15
He ne're lift vp his Hand, but conquered.He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered. 1H6 I.i.16
We mourne in black, why mourn we not in blood?We mourn in black; why mourn we not in blood? 1H6 I.i.17
Henry is dead, and neuer shall reuiue:Henry is dead and never shall revive.revive (v.)

old form: reuiue
come back to life, live again
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Vpon a Woodden Coffin we attend;Upon a wooden coffin we attend;attend (v.)
serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
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And Deaths dishonourable Victorie,And death's dishonourable victory 1H6 I.i.20
We with our stately presence glorifie,We with our stately presence glorify,presence (n.)
royal assembly, eminent company
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Like Captiues bound to a Triumphant Carre.Like captives bound to a triumphant car.triumphant (adj.)
triumphal, glorious, celebrating a great victory
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car (n.)

old form: Carre
carriage, cart, chariot [often of the sun god]
What? shall we curse the Planets of Mishap,What? Shall we curse the planets of mishapmishap (n.)
evil, misfortune, calamity
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That plotted thus our Glories ouerthrow?That plotted thus our glory's overthrow? 1H6 I.i.24
Or shall we thinke the subtile-witted French,Or shall we think the subtle-witted Frenchsubtle-witted (adj.)

old form: subtile-witted
cunning, wily, slyly intelligent
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Coniurers and Sorcerers, that afraid of him,Conjurers and sorcerers, that, afraid of him, 1H6 I.i.26
By Magick Verses haue contriu'd his end.By magic verses have contrived his end?contrive (v.)

old form: contriu'd
scheme, plot, conspire
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He was a King, blest of the King of Kings.He was a king blessed of the King of Kings. 1H6 I.i.28
Vnto the French,the dreadfull Iudgement-DayUnto the French the dreadful Judgement Day 1H6 I.i.29
So dreadfull will not be, as was his sight.So dreadful will not be as was his sight. 1H6 I.i.30
The Battailes of the Lord of Hosts he fought:The battles of the Lord of Hosts he fought; 1H6 I.i.31
The Churches Prayers made him so prosperous.The Church's prayers made him so prosperous. 1H6 I.i.32
The Church? where is it? / Had not Church-men pray'd,The Church? Where is it? Had not churchmen prayed, 1H6 I.i.33
His thred of Life had not so soone decay'd.His thread of life had not so soon decayed.decay (v.)

old form: decay'd
be destroyed, become ruined, fail
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None doe you like, but an effeminate Prince,None do you like but an effeminate prince,effeminate (adj.)
feeble, soft, unmanly
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prince (n.)
ruler, monarch, sovereign
Whom like a Schoole-boy you may ouer-awe.Whom like a schoolboy you may overawe. 1H6 I.i.36
Gloster, what ere we like,thou art Protector,Gloucester, whate'er we like, thou art Protector 1H6 I.i.37
And lookest to command the Prince and Realme.And lookest to command the Prince and realm.look (v.)
expect, anticipate, hope, await the time
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Thy Wife is prowd, she holdeth thee in awe,Thy wife is proud; she holdeth thee in aweawe (n.)
fear, terror, dread
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More then God or Religious Church-men may.More than God or religious churchmen may. 1H6 I.i.40
Name not Religion, for thou lou'st the Flesh,Name not religion, for thou lovest the flesh; 1H6 I.i.41
And ne're throughout the yeere to Church thou go'st,And ne'er throughout the year to church thou goest, 1H6 I.i.42
Except it be to pray against thy foes.Except it be to pray against thy foes. 1H6 I.i.43
Cease, cease these Iarres, & rest your minds in peace:Cease, cease these jars, and rest your minds in peace;jar (n.)

old form: Iarres
conflict, quarrel, dissension
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Let's to the Altar: Heralds wayt on vs;Let's to the altar. Heralds, wait on us.wait on / upon (v.)

old form: wayt
go on before, proceed ahead of
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Exeunt heralds 1H6 I.i.45
In stead of Gold, wee'le offer vp our Armes,Instead of gold, we'll offer up our arms,arms (n.)

old form: Armes
weapons, armaments
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Since Armes auayle not, now that Henry's dead,Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead.avail (v.)

old form: auayle
be of use to, help, advantage
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Posteritie await for wretched yeeres,Posterity, await for wretched years,await for (v.)
expect, anticipate, look out for
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When at their Mothers moistned eyes, Babes shall suck,When at their mothers' moistened eyes babes shall suck, 1H6 I.i.49
Our Ile be made a Nourish of salt Teares,Our isle be made a nourish of salt tears,nourish (n.)
nurse, nursemaid
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And none but Women left to wayle the dead.And none but women left to wail the dead. 1H6 I.i.51
Henry the Fift, thy Ghost I inuocate:Henry the Fifth, thy ghost I invocate;invocate (v.)

old form: inuocate
invoke, call upon, entreat
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ghost (n.)
spirit, soul
Prosper this Realme, keepe it from Ciuill Broyles,Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils;prosper (v.)
make prosperous, give success to
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broil (n.)

old form: Broyles
turmoil, confused fighting, battle
Combat with aduerse Planets in the Heauens;Combat with adverse planets in the heavens!adverse (adj.)

old form: aduerse
unfavourable, harmful, hostile
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A farre more glorious Starre thy Soule will make,A far more glorious star thy soul will make 1H6 I.i.55
Then Iulius Casar, or bright----Than Julius Caesar or bright – Julius Caesar
[pron: 'seezer] Roman politician and general, 1st-c BC
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Enter a Messenger.Enter First Messenger 1H6 I.i.57
My honourable Lords, health to you all:My honourable lords, health to you all! 1H6 I.i.57
Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,sad (adj.)
serious, grave, solemn
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Of losse, of slaughter, and discomfiture:Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture:discomfiture (n.)
rout, overthrow, utter defeat
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Guyen, Champaigne, Rheimes, Orleance,Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Rouen, Orleans,Champaigne (n.)
[pron: shom'pen] Compiègne, Picardy, NE France
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Paris, Guysors, Poictiers, are all quite lost.Paris, Gisors, Poitiers, are all quite lost. 1H6 I.i.61
What say'st thou man, before dead Henry's Coarse?What sayest thou, man, before dead Henry's corse?corse (n.)

old form: Coarse
corpse, dead body
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Speake softly, or the losse of those great TownesSpeak softly, or the loss of those great towns 1H6 I.i.63
Will make him burst his Lead, and rise from death.Will make him burst his lead and rise from death.lead (n.)
leaden coffin lining
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Is Paris lost? is Roan yeelded vp?Is Paris lost? is Rouen yielded up?yield up (v.)

old form: yeelded vp
give up, surrender, relinquish
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If Henry were recall'd to life againe,If Henry were recalled to life again, 1H6 I.i.66
These news would cause him once more yeeld the Ghost.These news would cause him once more yield the ghost.yield the ghost (v.)

old form: yeeld
give up the spirit, die
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How were they lost? what trecherie was vs'd?How were they lost? What treachery was used? 1H6 I.i.68
No trecherie, but want of Men and Money.No treachery, but want of men and money.want (n.)
lack, shortage, dearth
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Amongst the Souldiers this is muttered,Amongst the soldiers this is muttered, 1H6 I.i.70
That here you maintaine seuerall Factions:That here you maintain several factions;several (adj.)

old form: seuerall
separate, different, distinct
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And whil'st a Field should be dispatcht and fought,And whilst a field should be dispatched and fought,field (n.)
field of battle, battleground, field of combat
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dispatch, despatch (v.)

old form: dispatcht
deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly
You are disputing of your Generals.You are disputing of your generals.of (prep.)
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One would haue lingring Warres, with little cost;One would have lingering wars with little cost;lingering (adj.)

old form: lingring
long-drawn-out, protracted, lengthy
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Another would flye swift, but wanteth Wings:Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings;want (v.)
lack, need, be without
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A third thinkes, without expence at all,A third thinks, without expense at all, 1H6 I.i.76
By guilefull faire words, Peace may be obtayn'd.By guileful fair words peace may be obtained.guileful (adj.)

old form: guilefull
full of guile, deceitful, devious
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Awake, awake, English Nobilitie,Awake, awake, English nobility! 1H6 I.i.78
Let not slouth dimme your Honors, new begot;Let not sloth dim your honours new-begot.new-begot (adj.)

old form: new begot
newly acquired, freshly obtained
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Cropt are the Flower-de-Luces in your ArmesCropped are the flower-de-luces in your arms;fleur-de-lis, flower-de-luce (n.)
heraldic lily [royal symbol of France]
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crop (v.)

old form: Cropt
cut down, remove, hack off
arms (n.)

old form: Armes
Of Englands Coat, one halfe is cut away.Of England's coat one half is cut away. 1H6 I.i.81
Exit 1H6 I.i.81
Were our Teares wanting to this Funerall,Were our tears wanting to this funeral,want (v.)
lack, need, be without
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These Tidings would call forth her flowing Tides.These tidings would call forth her flowing tides. 1H6 I.i.83
Me they concerne, Regent I am of France:Me they concern; Regent I am of France. 1H6 I.i.84
Giue me my steeled Coat, Ile fight for France.Give me my steeled coat; I'll fight for France.steeled (adj.)
steel-clad, armed with steel
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Away with these disgracefull wayling Robes;Away with these disgraceful wailing robes!disgraceful (adj.)

old form: disgracefull
lacking in grace, unbecoming, displeasing
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Wounds will I lend the French, in stead of Eyes,Wounds will I lend the French instead of eyes, 1H6 I.i.87
To weepe their intermissiue Miseries.To weep their intermissive miseries.intermissive (adj.)

old form: intermissiue
intermittent, recurrent; or: temporarily interrupted
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Enter to them another Messenger.Enter to them another Messenger 1H6 I.i.89
Lords view these Letters, full of bad mischance.Lords, view these letters full of bad mischance. 1H6 I.i.89
France is reuolted from the English quite,France is revolted from the English quite,quite (adv.)
totally, completely, entirely
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Except some petty Townes, of no import.Except some petty towns of no import.import (n.)
importance, significance, consequence
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petty (adj.)
small, weak, inadequate, insignificant
The Dolphin Charles is crowned King in Rheimes:The Dauphin Charles is crowned king in Rheims;dauphin, dolphin (n.)
title of the eldest son of the King of France [between 1349 and 1830]
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The Bastard of Orleance with him is ioyn'd:The Bastard of Orleans with him is joined; 1H6 I.i.93
Reynold, Duke of Aniou, doth take his part,Reignier, Duke of Anjou, doth take his part;part (n.)
side, camp, party
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The Duke of Alanson flyeth to his side. The Duke of Alençon flieth to his side. 1H6 I.i.95
Exit.Exit 1H6 I.i.95
The Dolphin crown'd King? all flye to him?The Dauphin crowned king! All fly to him?fly (v.)
flock, rush, hasten
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O whither shall we flye from this reproach?O, whither shall we fly from this reproach?reproach (n.)
blame, disgrace, shame
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fly (v.)

old form: flye
leave, run away [from], flee
We will not flye, but to our enemies throats.We will not fly but to our enemies' throats.fly (v.)
storm out, attack furiously
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Bedford, if thou be slacke, Ile fight it out.Bedford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it out. 1H6 I.i.99
Gloster, why doubtst thou of my forwardnesse?Gloucester, why doubtest thou of my forwardness? 1H6 I.i.100
An Army haue I muster'd in my thoughts,An army have I mustered in my thoughts, 1H6 I.i.101
Wherewith already France is ouer-run.Wherewith already France is overrun. 1H6 I.i.102
Enter another Messenger.Enter another Messenger 1H6 I.i.103
My gracious Lords, to adde to your laments,My gracious lords, to add to your laments, 1H6 I.i.103
Wherewith you now bedew King Henries hearse,Wherewith you now bedew King Henry's hearse,bedew (v.)
moisten with drops, wet with tears
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I must informe you of a dismall fight,I must inform you of a dismal fightdismal (adj.)

old form: dismall
disastrous, calamitous, devastating
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Betwixt the stout Lord Talbot, and the French.Betwixt the stout Lord Talbot and the French.stout (adj.)
brave, valiant, resolute
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What? wherein Talbot ouercame, is't so?What? Wherein Talbot overcame, is't so? 1H6 I.i.107
O no: wherein Lord Talbot was o'rethrown:O, no; wherein Lord Talbot was o'erthrown. 1H6 I.i.108
The circumstance Ile tell you more at large.The circumstance I'll tell you more at large.large, at
at length, in full, thoroughly
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circumstance (n.)
detail(s), particular(s), specifics
The tenth of August last, this dreadfull Lord,The tenth of August last this dreadful lord,dreadful (adj.)

old form: dreadfull
inspiring dread, causing fear, daunting
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Retyring from the Siege of Orleance,Retiring from the siege of Orleans, 1H6 I.i.111
Hauing full scarce six thousand in his troupe,Having full scarce six thousand in his troop,scarce (adv.)
scarcely, hardly, barely, only just
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By three and twentie thousand of the FrenchBy three-and-twenty thousand of the French 1H6 I.i.113
Was round incompassed, and set vpon:Was round encompassed and set upon.encompass (v.)

old form: incompassed
surround, encircle, enclose
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No leysure had he to enranke his men.No leisure had he to enrank his men;enrank (v.)

old form: enranke
set in ranks, draw up in battle lines
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He wanted Pikes to set before his Archers:He wanted pikes to set before his archers;pike (n.)
defensive stake
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want (v.)
lack, need, be without
In stead whereof, sharpe Stakes pluckt out of HedgesInstead whereof, sharp stakes plucked out of hedges 1H6 I.i.117
They pitched in the ground confusedly,They pitched in the ground confusedly 1H6 I.i.118
To keepe the Horsemen off, from breaking in.To keep the horsemen off from breaking in. 1H6 I.i.119
More then three houres the fight continued:More than three hours the fight continued, 1H6 I.i.120
Where valiant Talbot, aboue humane thought,Where valiant Talbot, above human thought,thought (n.)
imagination, conception, ability to comprehend
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above (prep.)

old form: aboue
Enacted wonders with his Sword and Lance.Enacted wonders with his sword and lance. 1H6 I.i.122
Hundreds he sent to Hell, and none durst stand him:Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durst stand him;stand (v.)
make a stand [against], fight, resist
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Here, there, and euery where enrag'd, he slew.Here, there, and everywhere enraged he slew. 1H6 I.i.124
The French exclaym'd, the Deuill was in Armes,The French exclaimed the devil was in arms; 1H6 I.i.125
All the whole Army stood agaz'd on him.All the whole army stood agazed on him.agazed (adj.)

old form: agaz'd
astounded, astonished, amazed
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His Souldiers spying his vndaunted Spirit,His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit,spy (v.)
perceive, observe, behold
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A Talbot, a Talbot, cry'd out amaine,‘ À Talbot! À Talbot!’ cried out amain,a (part.)
particle used in front of a proper name, as a supportive war-cry
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amain (adv.)

old form: amaine
forcefully, with all one's might
And rusht into the Bowels of the Battaile.And rushed into the bowels of the battle. 1H6 I.i.129
Here had the Conquest fully been seal'd vp,Here had the conquest fully been sealed upseal up (v.)

old form: seal'd vp
sew up, complete, make perfect
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If Sir Iohn Falstaffe had not play'd the Coward.If Sir John Falstaff had not played the coward. 1H6 I.i.131
He being in the Vauward, plac't behinde,He, being in the vaward, placed behindvaward (n.)

old form: Vauward
[military] vanguard, foremost division
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With purpose to relieue and follow them,With purpose to relieve and follow them,purpose (n.)
intention, aim, plan
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Cowardly fled, not hauing struck one stroake.Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke. 1H6 I.i.134
Hence grew the generall wrack and massacre:Hence grew the general wrack and massacre;wrack (n.)
destruction, ruin
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Enclosed were they with their Enemies.Enclosed were they with their enemies.enclose (v.)
seize, grip, imprison
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A base Wallon, to win the Dolphins grace,A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace,base (adj.)
low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank
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Thrust Talbot with a Speare into the Back,Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back, 1H6 I.i.138
Whom all France, with their chiefe assembled strength,Whom all France, with their chief assembled strength,chief (adj.)

old form: chiefe
finest, best, foremost
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strength (n.)
troops, forces, resources, followers
Durst not presume to looke once in the face.Durst not presume to look once in the face. 1H6 I.i.140
Is Talbot slaine then? I will slay my selfe,Is Talbot slain? Then I will slay myself, 1H6 I.i.141
For liuing idly here, in pompe and ease,For living idly here in pomp and ease, 1H6 I.i.142
Whil'st such a worthy Leader, wanting ayd,Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid,want (v.)
lack, need, be without
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Vnto his dastard foe-men is betray'd.Unto his dastard foemen is betrayed.dastard (adj.)
dastardly, cowardly, despicable
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O no, he liues, but is tooke Prisoner,O, no, he lives, but is took prisoner, 1H6 I.i.145
And Lord Scales with him, and Lord Hungerford:And Lord Scales with him, and Lord Hungerford; 1H6 I.i.146
Most of the rest slaughter'd, or tooke likewise.Most of the rest slaughtered or took likewise. 1H6 I.i.147
His Ransome there is none but I shall pay.His ransom there is none but I shall pay. 1H6 I.i.148
Ile hale the Dolphin headlong from his Throne,I'll hale the Dauphin headlong from his throne;hale (v.)
drag, pull, haul
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His Crowne shall be the Ransome of my friend:His crown shall be the ransom of my friend; 1H6 I.i.150
Foure of their Lords Ile change for one of ours.Four of their lords I'll change for one of ours.change (v.)
exchange, trade
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Farwell my Masters, to my Taske will I,Farewell, my masters; to my task will I. 1H6 I.i.152
Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make,Bonfires in France forthwith I am to makebe (v.)
intend, purpose, be determined
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To keepe our great Saint Georges Feast withall.To keep our great Saint George's feast withal.George, Saint
in Christian tradition, the patron saint of England, 3rd-c
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Ten thousand Souldiers with me I will take,Ten thousand soldiers with me I will take, 1H6 I.i.155
Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe quake.Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe quake. 1H6 I.i.156
So you had need, for Orleance is besieg'd,So you had need, for Orleans is besieged; 1H6 I.i.157
The English Army is growne weake and faint:The English army is grown weak and faint; 1H6 I.i.158
The Earle of Salisbury craueth supply,The Earl of Salisbury craveth supplysupply (n.)
reinforcement(s), support, relief
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crave (v.)

old form: craueth
beg, entreat, request
And hardly keepes his men from mutinie,And hardly keeps his men from mutiny,hardly (adv.)
with great difficulty, only with difficulty
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Since they so few, watch such a multitude.Since they, so few, watch such a multitude.watch (v.)
keep watch on, look out over
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Exit 1H6 I.i.161
Remember Lords your Oathes to Henry sworne:Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry sworn, 1H6 I.i.162
Eyther to quell the Dolphin vtterly,Either to quell the Dauphin utterlyquell (v.)
destroy, overcome, vanquish
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Or bring him in obedience to your yoake.Or bring him in obedience to your yoke. 1H6 I.i.164
I doe remember it, and here take my leaue,I do remember it, and here take my leave 1H6 I.i.165
To goe about my preparation. To go about my preparation. 1H6 I.i.166
Exit Bedford.Exit 1H6 I.i.166
Ile to the Tower with all the hast I can,I'll to the Tower with all the haste I can 1H6 I.i.167
To view th'Artillerie and Munition,To view th' artillery and munition, 1H6 I.i.168
And then I will proclayme young Henry King.And then I will proclaim young Henry king. 1H6 I.i.169
Exit Gloster.Exit 1H6 I.i.169
To Eltam will I, where the young King is,To Eltham will I, where the young King is, 1H6 I.i.170
Being ordayn'd his speciall Gouernor,Being ordained his special governor,ordain (v.)

old form: ordayn'd
appoint, establish, institute
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governor (n.)

old form: Gouernor
tutor, mentor
And for his safetie there Ile best deuise. And for his safety there I'll best devise.devise (v.)

old form: deuise
provide, prepare, make ready
1H6 I.i.172
Exit.Exeunt all but Winchester 1H6 I.i.172
Each hath his Place and Function to attend:Each hath his place and function to attend;place (n.)
precedence, proper place
1H6 I.i.173
attend (v.)
see to, look after, apply oneself to
I am left out; for me nothing remaines:I am left out; for me nothing remains. 1H6 I.i.174
But long I will not be Iack out of Office.But long I will not be Jack out of office. 1H6 I.i.175
The King from Eltam I intend to send,The King from Eltham I intend to steal 1H6 I.i.176
And sit at chiefest Sterne of publique Weale.And sit at chiefest stern of public weal.chief (adj.)
principal, topmost, pre-eminent
1H6 I.i.177
weal (n.)

old form: Weale
state, community, commonwealth
stern (n.)

old form: Sterne
guiding position, centre of control
Exit 1H6 I.i.177
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