Henry IV Part 1
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Enter Harrie Hotspurre, Worcester, and Dowglas. Enter Hotspur, Worcester, and Douglas 1H4 IV.i.1
Hot.HOTSPUR 
Well said, my Noble Scot, if speaking truth Well said, my noble Scot! If speaking truth 1H4 IV.i.1
In this fine Age, were not thought flatterie, In this fine age were not thought flattery,fine (adj.)refined, sophisticated, cultivated1H4 IV.i.2
Such attribution should the Dowglas haue, Such attribution should the Douglas haveattribution (n.)praise, credit, recognition1H4 IV.i.3
As not a Souldiour of this seasons stampe, As not a soldier of this season's stampstamp (n.)
old form: stampe
impression, mark, imprint
1H4 IV.i.4
Should go so generall currant through the world. Should go as general current through the world.current (n.)
old form: currant
circulation, currency
1H4 IV.i.5
general (adj.)
old form: generall
common, of everyone, public
By heauen I cannot flatter: I defie By God, I cannot flatter, I do defydefy (v.)
old form: defie
distrust, suspect, doubt
1H4 IV.i.6
The Tongues of Soothers. But a Brauer place The tongues of soothers, but a braver placebrave (adj.)
old form: Brauer
noble, worthy, excellent
1H4 IV.i.7
soother (n.)flatterer, sycophant, adulator
In my hearts loue, hath no man then your Selfe. In my heart's love hath no man than yourself. 1H4 IV.i.8
Nay, taske me to my word: approue me Lord. Nay, task me to my word, approve me, lord.approve (v.)
old form: approue
put to the proof, test, try
1H4 IV.i.9
task (v.)
old form: taske
test, try out, challenge
Dow.DOUGLAS  
Thou art the King of Honor: Thou art the king of honour. 1H4 IV.i.10
No man so potent breathes vpon the ground, No man so potent breathes upon the groundpotent (adj.)powerful, influential1H4 IV.i.11
ground (n.)face of the earth, globe
But I will Beard him. But I will beard him.beard (v.)defy, affront, oppose openly1H4 IV.i.12.1
Hot.HOTSPUR 
Do so, and 'tis well. Do so, and 'tis well. 1H4 IV.ii.12.2
Enter a Messenger.Enter one with letters 1H4 IV.i.13
What letters hast there? I can but thanke you. What letters hast thou there? – I can but thank you. 1H4 IV.i.13
Mess.MESSENGER  
These Letters come from your Father. These letters come from your father. 1H4 IV.i.14
Hot.HOTSPUR  
Letters from him? Why comes he not himselfe? Letters from him? Why comes he not himself? 1H4 IV.i.15
Mes.MESSENGER  
He cannot come, my Lord, He is greeuous sicke. He cannot come, my lord, he is grievous sick.grievous (adv.)
old form: greeuous
very, extremely
1H4 IV.i.16
Hot.HOTSPUR  
How? haz he the leysure to be sicke now, Zounds, how has he the leisure to be sickzounds (int.)God's wounds1H4 IV.i.17
In such a iustling time? Who leades his power? In such a justling time? Who leads his power?power (n.)armed force, troops, host, army1H4 IV.i.18
justling (adj.)
old form: iustling
jostling, clashing, chaotic
Vnder whose Gouernment come they along? Under whose government come they along?government (n.)
old form: Gonernment
control, charge, management
1H4 IV.i.19
Mess.MESSENGER  
His Letters beares his minde, not I his minde. His letters bear his mind, not I, my lord.bear (v.), past forms bore, borne
old form: beares
keep, present, show
1H4 IV.i.20
Wor.WORCESTER  
I prethee tell me, doth he keepe his Bed? I prithee tell me, doth he keep his bed? 1H4 IV.i.21
Mess.MESSENGER  
He did, my Lord, foure dayes ere I set forth: He did, my lord, four days ere I set forth, 1H4 IV.i.22
And at the time of my departure thence, And at the time of my departure thence 1H4 IV.i.23
He was much fear'd by his Physician. He was much feared by his physicians.fear (v.)
old form: fear'd
fear for, worry about, be anxious about
1H4 IV.i.24
Wor.WORCESTER  
I would the state of time had first beene whole, I would the state of time had first been whole 1H4 IV.i.25
Ere he by sicknesse had beene visited: Ere he by sickness had been visited.visit (v.)afflict with sickness, strike down with disease1H4 IV.i.26
His health was neuer better worth then now. His health was never better worth than now. 1H4 IV.i.27
Hotsp.HOTSPUR  
Sicke now? droope now? this sicknes doth infect Sick now? Droop now? This sickness doth infect 1H4 IV.i.28
The very Life-blood of our Enterprise, The very life-blood of our enterprise. 1H4 IV.i.29
'Tis catching hither, euen to our Campe. 'Tis catching hither, even to our camp. 1H4 IV.i.30
He writes me here, that inward sicknesse, He writes me here that inward sickness –  1H4 IV.i.31
And that his friends by deputation / Could not And that his friends by deputation could notdeputation (n.)delegation, appointment as deputy1H4 IV.i.32
so soone be drawne: nor did he thinke it meet, So soon be drawn, nor did he think it meetdraw (v.)
old form: drawne
bring together, draw in, gather
1H4 IV.i.33
meet (adj.)fit, suitable, right, proper
To lay so dangerous and deare a trust To lay so dangerous and dear a trustdear (adj.)
old form: deare
important, major, significant
1H4 IV.i.34
On any Soule remou'd, but on his owne. On any soul removed but on his own.removed (adj.)
old form: remou'd
at a remove, not closely involved
1H4 IV.i.35
Yet doth he giue vs bold aduertisement, Yet doth he give us bold advertisementadvertisement (n.)
old form: aduertisement
advice, warning, instruction
1H4 IV.i.36
bold (adj.)confident, certain, sure
That with our small coniunction we should on, That with our small conjunction we should on,conjunction (n.)
old form: coniunction
united forces, joint association
1H4 IV.i.37
on (adv.)[go] onward, forward
To see how Fortune is dispos'd to vs: To see how fortune is disposed to us. 1H4 IV.i.38
For, as he writes, there is no quailing now, For, as he writes, there is no quailing now, 1H4 IV.i.39
Because the King is certainely possest Because the King is certainly possessedpossess (v.)
old form: possest
notify, inform, acquaint
1H4 IV.i.40
Of all our purposes. What say you to it? Of all our purposes. What say you to it?purpose (n.)intention, aim, plan1H4 IV.i.41
Wor.WORCESTER  
Your Fathers sicknesse is a mayme to vs. Your father's sickness is a maim to us. 1H4 IV.i.42
Hotsp.HOTSPUR  
A perillous Gash, a very Limme lopt off: A perilous gash, a very limb lopped off –  1H4 IV.i.43
And yet, in faith, it is not his present want And yet, in faith, it is not! His present wantpresent (adj.)occurring at this time, taking place now1H4 IV.i.44
want (n.)absence, non-appearance, non-attendance
Seemes more then we shall finde it. / Were it good, Seems more than we shall find it. Were it goodmore (adj.)greater1H4 IV.i.45
to set the exact wealth of all our states To set the exact wealth of all our statesstate (n.)estate, property, wealth, means1H4 IV.i.46
set (v.)rate, stake, gamble
All at one Cast? To set so rich a mayne All at one cast? To set so rich a maincast (n.)throw [of a dice], stroke1H4 IV.i.47
main (n.)
old form: mayne
[gambling] stake, bet, throw
On the nice hazard of one doubtfull houre, On the nice hazard of one doubtful hour?nice (adj.)critical, delicate, uncertain1H4 IV.i.48
hazard (n.)[gambling] chance, fortune; throw [of dice]
It were not good: for therein should we reade It were not good, for therein should we read 1H4 IV.i.49
The very Bottome, and the Soule of Hope, The very bottom and the soul of hope,bottom (n.)
old form: Bottome
total extent, basis, foundation
1H4 IV.i.50
soul (n.)
old form: Soule
driving force, animating principle
very (adj.)[intensifying] thorough-going, absolute
The very List, the very vtmost Bound The very list, the very utmost boundlist (n.)boundary, limit, confines1H4 IV.i.51
Of all our fortunes. Of all our fortunes. 1H4 IV.i.52
Dowg.DOUGLAS  
Faith, and so wee should, / Where now remaines Faith, and so we should, where now remains 1H4 IV.i.53
a sweet reuersion. / We may boldly spend, A sweet reversion – we may boldly spendreversion (n.)
old form: reuersion
prospective inheritance, expectation of possession
1H4 IV.i.54
vpon the hope / Of what is to come in: Upon the hope of what is to come in. 1H4 IV.i.55
A comfort of retyrement liues in this. A comfort of retirement lives in this.retirement (n.)
old form: retyrement
something to fall back on
1H4 IV.i.56
Hotsp.HOTSPUR  
A Randeuous, a Home to flye vnto, A rendezvous, a home to fly unto,rendezvous (n.)
old form: Randeuous
refuge, retreat, haven
1H4 IV.i.57
If that the Deuill and Mischance looke bigge If that the devil and mischance look bigbig (adv.)
old form: bigge
threateningly, violently, menacingly
1H4 IV.i.58
Vpon the Maydenhead of our Affaires. Upon the maidenhead of our affairs.maidenhead (n.)
old form: Maydenhead
opening stage, first step
1H4 IV.i.59
Wor.WORCESTER  
But yet I would your Father had beene here: But yet I would your father had been here. 1H4 IV.i.60
The qualitie and Heire of our Attempt The quality and hair of our attemptattempt (n.)exploit, undertaking, enterprise1H4 IV.i.61
hair (n.)
old form: Heire
character, nature, kind
Brookes no diuision: It will be thought Brooks no division. It will be thought,brook (v.)
old form: Brookes
allow, permit, bear
1H4 IV.i.62
By some, that know not why he is away, By some that know not why he is away, 1H4 IV.i.63
That wisedome, loyaltie, and meere dislike That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislikemere (adj.)
old form: meere
complete, total, absolute, utter
1H4 IV.i.64
Of our proceedings, kept the Earle from hence. Of our proceedings kept the Earl from hence: 1H4 IV.i.65
And thinke, how such an apprehension And think how such an apprehensionapprehension (n.)opinion, notion, view1H4 IV.i.66
May turne the tyde of fearefull Faction, May turn the tide of fearful faction,faction (n.)party, group, set [of people]1H4 IV.i.67
fearful (adj.)
old form: fearefull
timid, timorous, frightened, full of fear
And breede a kinde of question in our cause: And breed a kind of question in our cause. 1H4 IV.i.68
For well you know, wee of the offring side, For well you know we of the offering sideoffering (adj.)
old form: offring
challenging, taking the offensive
1H4 IV.i.69
Must keepe aloofe from strict arbitrement, Must keep aloof from strict arbitrement,arbitrament, arbitrement (n.)
old form: arbitrement
adjudication, judicious examination
1H4 IV.i.70
And stop all sight-holes, euery loope, from whence And stop all sight-holes, every loop from whencesight-hole (n.)hole to see through1H4 IV.i.71
loop (n.)
old form: loope
loop-hole, opening, avenue
The eye of reason may prie in vpon vs: The eye of reason may pry in upon us. 1H4 IV.i.72
This absence of your Father drawes a Curtaine, This absence of your father's draws a curtain 1H4 IV.i.73
That shewes the ignorant a kinde of feare, That shows the ignorant a kind of fear 1H4 IV.i.74
Before not dreamt of. Before not dreamt of. 1H4 IV.i.75.1
Hotsp.HOTSPUR  
You strayne too farre. You strain too far.strain (v.)overstate, exaggerate, stretch the meaning1H4 IV.i.75.2
I rather of his absence make this vse: I rather of his absence make this use. 1H4 IV.i.76
It lends a Lustre, and more great Opinion, It lends a lustre and more great opinion,opinion (n.)reputation, character, honour1H4 IV.i.77
A larger Dare to your great Enterprize, A larger dare to our great enterprise,dare (n.)daring, boldness, risk1H4 IV.i.78
Then if the Earle were here: for men must thinke, Than if the Earl were here. For men must think 1H4 IV.i.79
If we without his helpe, can make a Head If we without his help can make a headhead (n.)fighting force, army, body of troops1H4 IV.i.80
To push against the Kingdome; with his helpe, To push against a kingdom, with his help 1H4 IV.i.81
We shall o're-turne it topsie-turuy downe: We shall o'erturn it topsy-turvy down. 1H4 IV.i.82
Yet all goes well, yet all our ioynts are whole. Yet all goes well, yet all our joints are whole.joint (n.)
old form: ioynts
limb, body part
1H4 IV.i.83
Dowg.DOUGLAS  
As heart can thinke: / There is not such a word As heart can think. There is not such a word 1H4 IV.i.84
spoke of in Scotland, / At this Dreame of Feare. Spoke of in Scotland as this term of fear. 1H4 IV.i.85
Enter Sir Richard Vernon.Enter Sir Richard Vernon 1H4 IV.i.85
Hotsp.HOTSPUR  
My Cousin Vernon, welcome by my Soule. My cousin Vernon! Welcome, by my soul! 1H4 IV.i.86
Vern.VERNON  
Pray God my newes be worth a welcome, Lord. Pray God my news be worth a welcome, lord. 1H4 IV.i.87
The Earle of Westmerland, seuen thousand strong, The Earl of Westmorland seven thousand strong 1H4 IV.i.88
Is marching hither-wards, with Prince Iohn. Is marching hitherwards, with him Prince John. 1H4 IV.i.89
Hotsp.HOTSPUR  
No harme: what more? No harm, what more? 1H4 IV.i.90.1
Vern.VERNON 
And further, I haue learn'd, And further, I have learned, 1H4 IV.i.90.2
The King himselfe in person hath set forth, The King himself in person is set forth, 1H4 IV.i.91
Or hither-wards intended speedily, Or hitherwards intended speedily,intend (v.)plan to go, direct one's course1H4 IV.i.92
With strong and mightie preparation. With strong and mighty preparation. 1H4 IV.i.93
Hotsp.HOTSPUR  
He shall be welcome too. Where is his Sonne, He shall be welcome too. Where is his son, 1H4 IV.i.94
The nimble-footed Mad-Cap, Prince of Wales, The nimble-footed madcap Prince of Wales,madcap (adj.)
old form: Mad-Cap
reckless, impulsive, wildly behaved
1H4 IV.i.95
And his Cumrades, that daft the World aside, And his comrades that daffed the world asidedaff aside (v.)
old form: daft
throw off, thrust aside
1H4 IV.i.96
And bid it passe? And bid it pass? 1H4 IV.i.97.1
Vern.VERNON 
All furnisht, all in Armes, All furnished, all in arms,furnished (adj.)equipped, fitted out, outfitted1H4 IV.i.97.2
All plum'd like Estridges, that with the Winde All plumed like estridges that with the wind 1H4 IV.i.98
Bayted like Eagles, hauing lately bath'd, Bated, like eagles having lately bathed,bate (v.)
old form: Bayted
[falconry] beat the wings, flutter
1H4 IV.i.99
Glittering in Golden Coates, like Images, Glittering in golden coats like images,coat (n.)
old form: Coates
coat-of-arms
1H4 IV.i.100
coat (n.)
old form: Coates
coat-of-mail, surcoat
image (n.)effigy, statue, sculpture
As full of spirit as the Moneth of May, As full of spirit as the month of May, 1H4 IV.i.101
And gorgeous as the Sunne at Mid-summer, And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer, 1H4 IV.i.102
Wanton as youthfull Goates, wilde as young Bulls. Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.wanton (adj.)carefree, light-hearted, frolicsome, playful1H4 IV.i.103
I saw young Harry with his Beuer on, I saw young Harry with his beaver on,beaver (n.)visor of a helmet, face-guard1H4 IV.i.104
His Cushes on his thighes, gallantly arm'd, His cuishes on his thighs, gallantly armed,cush, cuish, cuisse (n.)armoured thigh-piece1H4 IV.i.105
Rise from the ground like feathered Mercury, Rise from the ground like feathered Mercury,Mercury (n.)messenger of the Roman gods; also, god of commerce 1H4 IV.i.106
And vaulted with such ease into his Seat, And vaulted with such ease into his seat 1H4 IV.i.107
As if an Angell dropt downe from the Clouds, As if an angel dropped down from the clouds 1H4 IV.i.108
To turne and winde a fierie Pegasus, To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus,Pegasus (n.)winged horse which sprang from the body of Medusa after her death; he brought thunderbolts to Zeus1H4 IV.i.109
wind (v.)
old form: winde
[horsemanship] make wheel about
And witch the World with Noble Horsemanship. And witch the world with noble horsemanship.witch (v.)bewitch, charm, enchant1H4 IV.i.110
Hotsp.HOTSPUR  
No more, no more, / Worse then the Sunne in March: No more, no more! Worse than the sun in March, 1H4 IV.i.111
This prayse doth nourish Agues: let them come. This praise doth nourish agues. Let them come!ague (n.)fever, sickness, shaking [as caused by a fever]1H4 IV.i.112
They come like Sacrifices in their trimme, They come like sacrifices in their trim,trim (n.)
old form: trimme
trappings, equipment, outfit
1H4 IV.i.113
And to the fire-ey'd Maid of smoakie Warre, And to the fire-eyed maid of smoky war 1H4 IV.i.114
All hot, and bleeding, will wee offer them: All hot and bleeding will we offer them. 1H4 IV.i.115
The mayled Mars shall on his Altar sit The mailed Mars shall on his altar sitMars (n.)Roman god of war1H4 IV.i.116
mailed (adj.)
old form: mayled
mail-clad, armoured
Vp to the eares in blood. I am on fire, Up to the ears in blood. I am on fire 1H4 IV.i.117
To heare this rich reprizall is so nigh, To hear this rich reprisal is so nigh,reprisal (n.)
old form: reprizall
prize, booty, trophy
1H4 IV.i.118
And yet not ours. Come, let me take my Horse, And yet not ours! Come, let me taste my horse, 1H4 IV.i.119
Who is to beare me like a Thunder-bolt, Who is to bear me like a thunderbolt 1H4 IV.i.120
Against the bosome of the Prince of Wales. Against the bosom of the Prince of Wales. 1H4 IV.i.121
Harry to Harry, shall not Horse to Horse Harry to Harry shall, hot horse to horse, 1H4 IV.i.122
Meete, and ne're part, till one drop downe a Coarse? Meet and ne'er part till one drop down a corpse. 1H4 IV.i.123
Oh, that Glendower were come. O that Glendower were come! 1H4 IV.i.124.1
Ver.VERNON 
There is more newes: There is more news. 1H4 IV.ii.124.2
I learned in Worcester, as I rode along, I learned in Worcester as I rode along 1H4 IV.i.125
He cannot draw his Power this fourteene dayes. He cannot draw his power this fourteen days.draw (v.)bring together, draw in, gather1H4 IV.i.126
power (n.)armed force, troops, host, army
Dowg.DOUGLAS  
That's the worst Tidings that I heare of yet. That's the worst tidings that I hear of yet. 1H4 IV.i.127
Wor.WORCESTER  
I by my faith, that beares a frosty sound. Ay, by my faith, that bears a frosty sound. 1H4 IV.i.128
Hotsp.HOTSPUR  
What may the Kings whole Battaile reach vnto? What may the King's whole battle reach unto?battle (n.)
old form: Battaile
army, fighting force, battalion
1H4 IV.i.129
Ver.VERNON  
To thirty thousand. To thirty thousand. 1H4 IV.i.130.1
Hot.HOTSPUR 
Forty let it be, Forty let it be. 1H4 IV.i.130.2
My Father and Glendower being both away, My father and Glendower being both away, 1H4 IV.i.131
The powres of vs, may serue so great a day. The powers of us may serve so great a day.power (n.)
old form: powres
armed force, troops, host, army
1H4 IV.i.132
serve (v.)
old form: serue
suffice, be enough, do [for]
Come, let vs take a muster speedily: Come, let us take a muster speedily. 1H4 IV.i.133
Doomesday is neere; dye all, dye merrily. Doomsday is near. Die all, die merrily.doomsday (n.)
old form: Doomesday
death-day, day of judgement
1H4 IV.i.134
Dow.DOUGLAS  
Talke not of dying, I am out of feare Talk not of dying, I am out of fearout of (prep.)free from1H4 IV.i.135
Of death, or deaths hand, for this one halfe yeare. Of death or death's hand for this one half year. 1H4 IV.i.136
Exeunt Omnes.Exeunt 1H4 IV.i.136
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