Henry VI Part 1
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Enter Mortimer, brought in a Chayre, and Iaylors.Enter Mortimer, brought in a chair, and Gaolers 1H6 II.v.1.1
Mort. MORTIMER 
Kind Keepers of my weake decaying Age,Kind keepers of my weak decaying age,keeper (n.)gaoler, warden, custodian1H6 II.v.1
Let dying Mortimer here rest himselfe.Let dying Mortimer here rest himself. 1H6 II.v.2
Euen like a man new haled from the Wrack,Even like a man new haled from the rack,hale (v.)drag, pull, haul1H6 II.v.3
So fare my Limbes with long Imprisonment:So fare my limbs with long imprisonment;fare (v.)get on, manage, do, cope1H6 II.v.4
And these gray Locks, the Pursuiuants of death,And these grey locks, the pursuivants of Death,pursuivant (n.)
old form: Pursuiuants
royal messenger, state messenger [with power to execute warrants]
1H6 II.v.5
Nestor-like aged, in an Age of Care,Nestor-like aged in an age of care,Nestor (n.)Greek leader in the siege of Troy, reputed for his age and wisdom1H6 II.v.6
Argue the end of Edmund Mortimer.Argue the end of Edmund Mortimer.argue (v.)indicate, betoken, be evidence of1H6 II.v.7
These Eyes, like Lampes,whose wasting Oyle is spent,These eyes, like lamps whose wasting oil is spent, 1H6 II.v.8
Waxe dimme, as drawing to their Exigent.Wax dim, as drawing to their exigent;wax (v.)
old form: Waxe
grow, become, turn
1H6 II.v.9
exigent (n.)end, extremity, last state
Weake Shoulders, ouer-borne with burthening Griefe,Weak shoulders, overborne with burdening grief, 1H6 II.v.10
And pyth-lesse Armes, like to a withered Vine,And pithless arms, like to a withered vinepithless (adj.)
old form: pyth-lesse
feeble, frail, puny [lacking pith, or marrow]
1H6 II.v.11
like to / unto (conj./prep.)similar to, comparable with
That droupes his sappe-lesse Branches to the ground.That droops his sapless branches to the ground. 1H6 II.v.12
Yet are these Feet, whose strength-lesse stay is numme,Yet are these feet, whose strengthless stay is numb,numb (adj.)
old form: numme
paralysed, immobile
1H6 II.v.13
stay (n.)support, prop
(Vnable to support this Lumpe of Clay)Unable to support this lump of clay, 1H6 II.v.14
Swift-winged with desire to get a Graue,Swift-winged with desire to get a grave, 1H6 II.v.15
As witting I no other comfort haue.As witting I no other comfort have.wit (v.)know, be aware, realize1H6 II.v.16
But tell me, Keeper, will my Nephew come?But tell me, keeper, will my nephew come?keeper (n.)gaoler, warden, custodian1H6 II.v.17
Keeper. GAOLER 
Richard Plantagenet, my Lord, will come:Richard Plantagenet, my lord, will come. 1H6 II.v.18
We sent vnto the Temple, vnto his Chamber,We sent unto the Temple, unto his chamber; 1H6 II.v.19
And answer was return'd, that he will come.And answer was returned that he will come. 1H6 II.v.20
Mort. MORTIMER 
Enough: my Soule shall then be satisfied.Enough; my soul shall then be satisfied. 1H6 II.v.21
Poore Gentleman, his wrong doth equall mine.Poor gentleman, his wrong doth equal mine.wrong (n.)dishonour, discredit, harm1H6 II.v.22
Since Henry Monmouth first began to reigne,Since Henry Monmouth first began to reign, 1H6 II.v.23
Before whose Glory I was great in Armes,Before whose glory I was great in arms, 1H6 II.v.24
This loathsome sequestration haue I had;This loathsome sequestration have I had;sequestration (n.)imprisonment, isolation; also: loss of property1H6 II.v.25
And euen since then, hath Richard beene obscur'd,And even since then hath Richard been obscured,obscure (v.)
old form: obscur'd
live in obscurity, overshadow, eclipse
1H6 II.v.26
Depriu'd of Honor and Inheritance.Deprived of honour and inheritance. 1H6 II.v.27
But now, the Arbitrator of Despaires,But now the arbitrator of despairs,arbitrator (n.)one who brings to a conclusion, resolver1H6 II.v.28
Iust Death, kinde Vmpire of mens miseries,Just Death, kind umpire of men's miseries,umpire (n.)
old form: Vmpire
arbitrator, mediator, adjudicator
1H6 II.v.29
With sweet enlargement doth dismisse me hence:With sweet enlargement doth dismiss me hence.enlargement (n.)release, liberation, freeing1H6 II.v.30
I would his troubles likewise were expir'd,I would his troubles likewise were expired,expired (adj.)
old form: expir'd
ended, finished, dead
1H6 II.v.31
That so he might recouer what was lost.That so he might recover what was lost. 1H6 II.v.32
Enter Richard.Enter Richard Plantagenet 1H6 II.v.33
Keeper. GAOLER 
My Lord,your louing Nephew now is come.My lord, your loving nephew now is come. 1H6 II.v.33
Mor. MORTIMER 
Richard Plantagenet, my friend, is he come?Richard Plantagenet, my friend, is he come? 1H6 II.v.34
Rich. RICHARD 
I, Noble Vnckle, thus ignobly vs'd,Ay, noble uncle, thus ignobly used,ignobly (adv.)dishonourably, shamefully, badly1H6 II.v.35
Your Nephew, late despised Richard, comes.Your nephew, late despised Richard, comes.despised (adj.)scorned, derided, treated with contempt1H6 II.v.36
late (adv.)recently, a little while ago / before
Mort. MORTIMER 
Direct mine Armes, I may embrace his Neck,Direct mine arms I may embrace his neck 1H6 II.v.37
And in his Bosome spend my latter gaspe.And in his bosom spend my latter gasp.spend (v.)expend, express, give vent to1H6 II.v.38
latter (adj.)last, dying, final
Oh tell me when my Lippes doe touch his Cheekes,O, tell me when my lips do touch his cheeks, 1H6 II.v.39
That I may kindly giue one fainting Kisse.That I may kindly give one fainting kiss.kindly (adv.)lovingly, gently, affectionately1H6 II.v.40
And now declare sweet Stem from Yorkes great Stock,And now declare, sweet stem from York's great stock,stock (n.)tree, family-tree, ancestry1H6 II.v.41
Why didst thou say of late thou wert despis'd?Why didst thou say of late thou wert despised?despised (adj.)
old form: despis'd
scorned, derided, treated with contempt
1H6 II.v.42
late, ofrecently, a little while ago
Rich. RICHARD 
First, leane thine aged Back against mine Arme,First, lean thine aged back against mine arm, 1H6 II.v.43
And in that ease, Ile tell thee my Disease.And in that ease I'll tell thee my disease.disease (n.)lack of ease, distress, trouble1H6 II.v.44
This day in argument vpon a Case,This day an argument upon a case 1H6 II.v.45
Some words there grew 'twixt Somerset and me:Some words there grew 'twixt Somerset and me; 1H6 II.v.46
Among which tearmes, he vs'd his lauish tongue,Among which terms he used his lavish tonguelavish (adj.)
old form: lauish
effusive, unrestrained, exuberant
1H6 II.v.47
tongue (n.)speech, expression, language, words, voice
And did vpbrayd me with my Fathers death;And did upbraid me with my father's death; 1H6 II.v.48
Which obloquie set barres before my tongue,Which obloquy set bars before my tongue,obloquy (n.)
old form: obloquie
disgrace, reproach, slander
1H6 II.v.49
Else with the like I had requited him.Else with the like I had requited him.like, thethe same1H6 II.v.50
Therefore good Vnckle, for my Fathers sake,Therefore, good uncle, for my father's sake, 1H6 II.v.51
In honor of a true Plantagenet,In honour of a true Plantagenet, 1H6 II.v.52
And for Alliance sake, declare the causeAnd for alliance' sake, declare the causedeclare (v.)explain, clarify, make plain1H6 II.v.53
alliance (n.)kinship, relationship, friendship
My Father, Earle of Cambridge, lost his Head.My father, Earl of Cambridge, lost his head. 1H6 II.v.54
Mort. MORTIMER 
That cause (faire Nephew) that imprison'd me,That cause, fair nephew, that imprisoned me 1H6 II.v.55
And hath detayn'd me all my flowring Youth,And hath detained me all my flowering youthflowering (adj.)
old form: flowring
flourishing, vigorous, in full bloom
1H6 II.v.56
Within a loathsome Dungeon, there to pyne,Within a loathsome dungeon, there to pine, 1H6 II.v.57
Was cursed Instrument of his decease.Was cursed instrument of his decease. 1H6 II.v.58
Rich. RICHARD 
Discouer more at large what cause that was,Discover more at large what cause that was,discover (v.)
old form: Discouer
reveal, show, make known
1H6 II.v.59
large, atat length, in full, thoroughly
For I am ignorant, and cannot guesse.For I am ignorant and cannot guess. 1H6 II.v.60
Mort. MORTIMER 
I will, if that my fading breath permit,I will, if that my fading breath permit 1H6 II.v.61
And Death approach not, ere my Tale be done.And death approach not ere my tale be done. 1H6 II.v.62
Henry the Fourth, Grandfather to this King,Henry the Fourth, grandfather to this king, 1H6 II.v.63
Depos'd his Nephew Richard, Edwards Sonne,Deposed his nephew Richard, Edward's son,nephew (n.)cousin1H6 II.v.64
The first begotten, and the lawfull HeireThe first-begotten and the lawful heir 1H6 II.v.65
Of Edward King, the Third of that Descent.Of Edward king, the third of that descent; 1H6 II.v.66
During whose Reigne, the Percies of the North,During whose reign the Percys of the north, 1H6 II.v.67
Finding his Vsurpation most vniust,Finding his usurpation most unjust, 1H6 II.v.68
Endeuour'd my aduancement to the Throne.Endeavoured my advancement to the throne.advancement (n.)
old form: aduancement
preferment, elevation, progress
1H6 II.v.69
endeavour (v.)
old form: Endeuour'd
try to obtain, strive to procure
The reason mou'd these Warlike Lords to this,The reason moved these warlike lords to this 1H6 II.v.70
Was, for that (young Richard thus remou'd,Was for that – young Richard thus removed, 1H6 II.v.71
Leauing no Heire begotten of his Body)Leaving no heir begotten of his body –  1H6 II.v.72
I was the next by Birth and Parentage:I was the next by birth and parentage; 1H6 II.v.73
For by my Mother, I deriued amFor by my mother I derived am 1H6 II.v.74
From Lionel Duke of Clarence, third SonneFrom Lionel Duke of Clarence, third son 1H6 II.v.75
To King Edward the Third; whereas hee,To King Edward the Third; whereas he 1H6 II.v.76
From Iohn of Gaunt doth bring his Pedigree,From John of Gaunt doth bring his pedigree,bring (v.)derive, receive, acquire1H6 II.v.77
Being but fourth of that Heroick Lyne.Being but fourth of that heroic line. 1H6 II.v.78
But marke: as in this haughtie great attempt,But mark: as in this haughty great attemptmark (v.)
old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
1H6 II.v.79
haughty (adj.)
old form: haughtie
high-minded, aspiring, lofty
They laboured, to plant the rightfull Heire,They laboured to plant the rightful heir, 1H6 II.v.80
I lost my Libertie, and they their Liues.I lost my liberty, and they their lives. 1H6 II.v.81
Long after this,when Henry the FiftLong after this, when Henry the Fifth, 1H6 II.v.82
(Succeeding his Father Bullingbrooke) did reigne;Succeeding his father Bolingbroke, did reign, 1H6 II.v.83
Thy Father, Earle of Cambridge, then deriu'dThy father, Earl of Cambridge then, derivedderive (v.)
old form: deriu'd
descend
1H6 II.v.84
From famous Edmund Langley, Duke of Yorke,From famous Edmund Langley, Duke of York, 1H6 II.v.85
Marrying my Sister, that thy Mother was;Marrying my sister that thy mother was, 1H6 II.v.86
Againe, in pitty of my hard distresse,Again, in pity of my hard distress, 1H6 II.v.87
Leuied an Army, weening to redeeme,Levied an army, weening to redeemween (v.)think, intend, expect, be minded1H6 II.v.88
redeem (v.)
old form: redeeme
free, liberate, extricate
levy (v.)
old form: Leuied
enlist, conscript, muster
And haue install'd me in the Diademe:And have installed me in the diadem;diadem (n.)
old form: Diademe
crown, sovereign power
1H6 II.v.89
But as the rest, so fell that Noble Earle,But, as the rest, so fell that noble earl, 1H6 II.v.90
And was beheaded. Thus the Mortimers,And was beheaded. Thus the Mortimers, 1H6 II.v.91
In whom the Title rested, were supprest.In whom the title rested, were suppressed. 1H6 II.v.92
Rich. RICHARD 
Of which, my Lord, your Honor is the last.Of which, my lord, your honour is the last. 1H6 II.v.93
Mort.MORTIMER 
True; and thou seest, that I no Issue haue,True, and thou seest that I no issue have,issue (n.)child(ren), offspring, family, descendant1H6 II.v.94
And that my fainting words doe warrant death:And that my fainting words do warrant death.warrant (v.)tell, assure, give good grounds to1H6 II.v.95
Thou art my Heire; the rest, I wish thee gather:Thou art my heir. The rest I wish thee gather;gather (v.)infer, work out [for oneself], guess at1H6 II.v.96
But yet be wary in thy studious care.But yet be wary in thy studious care.care (n.)attentiveness, heedfulness, diligence1H6 II.v.97
studious (adj.)heedful, devoted, diligent
Rich.RICHARD 
Thy graue admonishments preuayle with me:Thy grave admonishments prevail with me.admonishment (n.)warning, caution1H6 II.v.98
But yet me thinkes, my Fathers executionBut yet methinks my father's executionmethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
old form: me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
1H6 II.v.99
Was nothing lesse then bloody Tyranny.Was nothing less than bloody tyranny. 1H6 II.v.100
Mort.MORTIMER 
With silence, Nephew, be thou pollitick,With silence, nephew, be thou politic.politic (adj.)
old form: pollitick
prudent, cautious, discreet, shrewd
1H6 II.v.101
Strong fixed is the House of Lancaster,Strong fixed is the house of Lancaster 1H6 II.v.102
And like a Mountaine, to be remou'd.And like a mountain, not to be removed. 1H6 II.v.103
But now thy Vnckle is remouing hence,But now thy uncle is removing hence,remove (v.)
old form: remou'd
go, move off, depart
1H6 II.v.104
As Princes doe their Courts, when they are cloy'dAs princes do their courts when they are cloyedcloy (v.)
old form: cloy'd
satiate, gorge, satisfy
1H6 II.v.105
With long continuance in a setled place.With long continuance in a settled place.continuance (n.)stay, period of time1H6 II.v.106
settled (adj.)
old form: setled
fixed, established
Rich.RICHARD 
O Vnckle,would some part of my young yeeresO uncle, would some part of my young years 1H6 II.v.107
Might but redeeme the passage of your Age.Might but redeem the passage of your age!redeem (v.)
old form: redeeme
[of time lost] get back, buy back, make amends for
1H6 II.v.108
passage (n.)passing, progress, moving on
Mort.MORTIMER 
Thou do'st then wrong me, as yt slaughterer doth,Thou dost then wrong me, as that slaughterer doth 1H6 II.v.109
Which giueth many Wounds, when one will kill.Which giveth many wounds when one will kill. 1H6 II.v.110
Mourne not, except thou sorrow for my good,Mourn not, except thou sorrow for my good; 1H6 II.v.111
Onely giue order for my Funerall.Only give order for my funeral.order (n.)arrangement, disposition, direction1H6 II.v.112
And so farewell, and faire be all thy hopes,And so farewell, and fair be all thy hopes, 1H6 II.v.113
And prosperous be thy Life in Peace and Warre. And prosperous be thy life in peace and war! 1H6 II.v.114
Dyes.He dies 1H6 II.v.115.1
Rich. RICHARD 
And Peace, no Warre, befall thy parting Soule.And peace, no war, befall thy parting soul!befall (v.), past forms befallen, befellhappen to, come to1H6 II.v.115
In Prison hast thou spent a Pilgrimage,In prison hast thou spent a pilgrimage, 1H6 II.v.116
And like a Hermite ouer-past thy dayes.And like a hermit overpassed thy days.overpass (v.)
old form: ouer-past
spend, pass, live out
1H6 II.v.117
Well, I will locke his Councell in my Brest,Well, I will lock his counsel in my breast; 1H6 II.v.118
And what I doe imagine, let that rest.And what I do imagine, let that rest. 1H6 II.v.119
Keepers conuey him hence, and I my selfeKeepers, convey him hence, and I myselfkeeper (n.)gaoler, warden, custodian1H6 II.v.120
Will see his Buryall better then his Life. Will see his burial better than his life. 1H6 II.v.121
Exit.Exeunt Gaolers, with Mortimer's body 1H6 II.v.121
Here dyes the duskie Torch of Mortimer,Here dies the dusky torch of Mortimer,dusky (adj.)
old form: duskie
extinguished, lacking in light
1H6 II.v.122
Choakt with Ambition of the meaner sort.Choked with ambition of the meaner sort;mean (adj.)of low rank, inferior in position, less important1H6 II.v.123
sort (n.)class, level, social rank
And for those Wrongs, those bitter Iniuries,And for those wrongs, those bitter injuries, 1H6 II.v.124
Which Somerset hath offer'd to my House,Which Somerset hath offered to my house, 1H6 II.v.125
I doubt not, but with Honor to redresse.I doubt not but with honour to redress; 1H6 II.v.126
And therefore haste I to the Parliament,And therefore haste I to the parliament, 1H6 II.v.127
Eyther to be restored to my Blood,Either to be restored to my bloodblood (n.)hereditary rights, appropriate rank, rightful title1H6 II.v.128
Or make my will th'aduantage of my good. Or make my ill th' advantage of my good.ill (n.)wrong, injury, harm, evil1H6 II.v.129
Exit.Exit 1H6 II.v.129
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