Henry VI Part 2

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Enter Cade.Enter Cade 2H6 IV.x.1
Cade. CADE 
Fye on Ambitions: fie on my selfe, that haue a sword, Fie on ambitions! Fie on myself, that have a sword 2H6 IV.x.1
and yet am ready to famish. These fiue daies haue I and yet am ready to famish! These five days have I 2H6 IV.x.2
hid me in these Woods, and durst not peepe out, for allhid me in these woods, and durst not peep out, for all 2H6 IV.x.3
the Country is laid for me: but now am I so hungry, thatthe country is laid for me; but now am I so hungry that,lay (v.)
circulate with warrants for arrest
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if I might haue a Lease of my life for a thousand yeares, if I might have a lease of my life for a thousand years, 2H6 IV.x.5
I could stay no longer. Wherefore on a Bricke wall haueI could stay no longer. Wherefore, on a brick wall havestay (v.)
stay in hiding, remain hidden
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I climb'd into this Garden, to see if I can eate Grasse, or picke I climbed into this garden, to see if I can eat grass, or pick 2H6 IV.x.7
a Sallet another while, which is not amisse to coole a mans a sallet another while, which is not amiss to cool a man'ssallet (n.)
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stomacke this hot weather: and I think this word Sallet stomach this hot weather. And I think this word ‘ sallet ’ 2H6 IV.x.9
was borne to do me good: for many a time but for a Sallet, was born to do me good; for many a time, but for a sallet,sallet (n.)
light round helmet
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my braine-pan had bene cleft with a brown Bill; and my brain-pan had been cleft with a brown bill; andbrown (adj.)
bronze-coloured, burnished
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bill (n.)
[applied to various kinds of long-handled spear-like weapon] halberd; bill-hook
many a time when I haue beene dry, & brauely marching, many a time, when I have been dry and bravely marching, 2H6 IV.x.12
it hath seru'd me insteede of a quart pot to drinke in: it hath served me instead of a quart pot to drink in; 2H6 IV.x.13
and now the word Sallet must serue me to feed on.and now the word ‘ sallet ’ must serve me to feed on. 2H6 IV.x.14
Enter Iden.Enter Alexander Iden 2H6 IV.x.15.1
Iden. IDEN 
Lord, who would liue turmoyled in the Court,Lord, who would live turmoiled in the court,turmoiled (adj.)
harassed, worried, troubled
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And may enioy such quiet walkes as these?And may enjoy such quiet walks as these?walk (n.)

old form: walkes
garden path, walkway
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This small inheritance my Father left me,This small inheritance my father left me 2H6 IV.x.17
Contenteth me, and worth a Monarchy.Contenteth me, and worth a monarchy.content (v.)
please, gratify, delight, satisfy
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I seeke not to waxe great by others warning,I seek not to wax great by others' waning,wax (v.)

old form: waxe
grow, become, turn
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Or gather wealth I care not with what enuy:Or gather wealth I care not with what envy;envy (n.)

old form: enuy
malice, ill-will, enmity
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Sufficeth, that I haue maintaines my state,Sufficeth that I have maintains my state,state (n.)
welfare, well-being, prosperity
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And sends the poore well pleased from my gate.And sends the poor well pleased from my gate. 2H6 IV.x.22
Cade. CADE  
(aside) 2H6 IV.x.23
Heere's the Lord of the soile come to seize meHere's the lord of the soil come to seize me 2H6 IV.x.23
for a stray, for entering his Fee-simple without leaue. for a stray, for entering his fee-simple without leave.stray (n.)
stray animal
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fee-simple, fee simple (n.)
private estate [belonging to the owner and his heirs for ever]; permanent lease, full possession
A Villaine, thou wilt betray me, and get a (to Iden) Ah, villain, thou wilt betray me, and get a 2H6 IV.x.25
1000. Crownes of the King by carrying my head to thousand crowns of the King by carrying my head tocrown (n.)
coin [usually showing a monarch's crown], English value: 5 shilllings
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him, but Ile make thee eate Iron like an Ostridge, and him; but I'll make thee eat iron like an ostrich, and 2H6 IV.x.27
swallow my Sword like a great pin ere thou and I part.swallow my sword like a great pin, ere thou and I part. 2H6 IV.x.28
Iden. IDEN 
Why rude Companion, whatsoere thou be,Why, rude companion, whatsoe'er thou be,rude (adj.)
impolite, offensive
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companion (n.)
rogue, rascal, fellow
I know thee not, why then should I betray thee?I know thee not; why then should I betray thee? 2H6 IV.x.30
Is't not enough to breake into my Garden,Is't not enough to break into my garden, 2H6 IV.x.31
And like a Theefe to come to rob my grounds:And like a thief to come to rob my grounds, 2H6 IV.x.32
Climbing my walles inspight of me the Owner,Climbing my walls in spite of me the owner, 2H6 IV.x.33
But thou wilt braue me with these sawcie termes?But thou wilt brave me with these saucy terms?saucy (adj.)

old form: sawcie
insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant
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brave (v.)

old form: braue
challenge, defy, confront, provoke
Cade. CADE 
Braue thee? I by the best blood that euer wasBrave thee? Ay, by the best blood that ever wasbest (adj.)
noblest, most eminent
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broach'd, and beard thee to. Looke on mee well, I hauebroached, and beard thee too. Look on me well; I havebroach (v.)

old form: broach'd
draw out, set flowing, cause to spurt out [by piercing]
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beard (v.)
defy, affront, oppose openly
eate no meate these fiue dayes, yet come thou and thy fiue eat no meat these five days, yet come thou and thy fivemeat (n.)

old form: meate
food, nourishment
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men, and if I doe not leaue you all as dead as a doore naile, I men, and if I do not leave you all as dead as a door-nail, I 2H6 IV.x.38
pray God I may neuer eate grasse more.pray God I may never eat grass more. 2H6 IV.x.39
Iden. IDEN 
Nay, it shall nere be said, while England stands,Nay, it shall ne'er be said, while England stands, 2H6 IV.x.40
That Alexander Iden an Esquire of Kent,That Alexander Iden, an esquire of Kent,esquire (n.)
gentleman, country squire
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Tooke oddes to combate a poore famisht man.Took odds to combat a poor famished man.odds (n. plural)

old form: oddes
superiority, advantage, edge
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Oppose thy stedfast gazing eyes to mine,Oppose thy steadfast gazing eyes to mine,oppose (v.)
display, exhibit, present
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See if thou canst out-face me with thy lookes:See if thou canst outface me with thy looks;outface (v.)

old form: out-face
defy, intimidate, overcome by confronting
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Set limbe to limbe, and thou art farre the lesser:Set limb to limb, and thou art far the lesser;set (v.)
compare, match, weigh up
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Thy hand is but a finger to my fist,Thy hand is but a finger to my fist; 2H6 IV.x.46
Thy legge a sticke compared with this Truncheon,Thy leg a stick compared with this truncheon;truncheon (n.)
thick club, stout cudgel
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My foote shall fight with all the strength thou hast,My foot shall fight with all the strength thou hast; 2H6 IV.x.48
And if mine arme be heaued in the Ayre,And if mine arm be heaved in the air,heave (v.)

old form: heaued
raise, lift up
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Thy graue is digg'd already in the earth:Thy grave is digged already in the earth. 2H6 IV.x.50
As for words, whose greatnesse answer's words,As for words, whose greatness answers words,answer (v.)
live up to, correspond to, be equal to
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Let this my sword report what speech forbeares.Let this my sword report what speech forbears.forbear (v.)

old form: forbeares
leave alone, avoid, stay away [from]
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Cade. CADE 
By my Valour: the most compleate Champion that By my valour, the most complete champion thatcomplete, compleat (adj.)

old form: compleate
accomplished, consummate, thorough
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euer I heard. Steele, if thou turne the edge, or cut not ever I heard! Steel, if thou turn the edge, or cut not 2H6 IV.x.54
out the burly bon'd Clowne in chines of Beefe, ere thou out the burly-boned clown in chines of beef ere thouchine (n.)
[of meat] joint, portion, piece
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burly-boned (adj.)

old form: burly bon'd
hulking, big-bodied
sleepe in thy Sheath, I beseech Ioue on my knees thou sleep in thy sheath, I beseech God on my knees thou 2H6 IV.x.56
mayst be turn'd to Hobnailes.mayst be turned to hobnails. 2H6 IV.x.57
Heere they Fight.Here they fight and Cade falls down 2H6 IV.x.58
O I am slaine, Famine and no other hath slaine me, let O, I am slain! Famine and no other hath slain me; let 2H6 IV.x.58
ten thousand diuelles come against me, and giue me but ten thousand devils come against me, and give me but 2H6 IV.x.59
the ten meales I haue lost, and I'de defie them all. Witherthe ten meals I have lost, and I'll defy them all. Wither, 2H6 IV.x.60
Garden, and be henceforth a burying place to all that dogarden, and be henceforth a burying-place to all that do 2H6 IV.x.61
dwell in this house, because the vnconquered soule ofdwell in this house, because the unconquered soul of 2H6 IV.x.62
Cade is fled.Cade is fled. 2H6 IV.x.63
Iden. IDEN 
Is't Cade that I haue slain, that monstrous traitor?Is't Cade that I have slain, that monstrous traitor?monstrous (adj.)
unnatural, outlandish, aberrant
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Sword, I will hallow thee for this thy deede,Sword, I will hallow thee for this thy deed,hallow (v.)
bless, glorify, honour as holy
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And hang thee o're my Tombe, when I am dead.And hang thee o'er my tomb when I am dead; 2H6 IV.x.66
Ne're shall this blood be wiped from thy point,Ne'er shall this blood be wiped from thy point, 2H6 IV.x.67
But thou shalt weare it as a Heralds coate,But thou shalt wear it as a herald's coat, 2H6 IV.x.68
To emblaze the Honor that thy Master got.To emblaze the honour that thy master got.emblaze (v.)
proclaim publicly, set forth [as on a coat-of-arms]
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Cade. CADE 
Iden farewell, and be proud of thy victory: TellIden, farewell; and be proud of thy victory. Tell 2H6 IV.x.70
Kent from me, she hath lost her best man, and exhort Kent from me she hath lost her best man, and exhort 2H6 IV.x.71
all the World to be Cowards: For I that neuer feared any,all the world to be cowards; for I, that never feared any, 2H6 IV.x.72
am vanquished by Famine, not by Valour. am vanquished by famine, not by valour. 2H6 IV.x.73
Dyes.He dies 2H6 IV.x.73
How much thou wrong'st me, heauen be my iudge;How much thou wrongest me, heaven be my judge. 2H6 IV.x.74
Die damned Wretch, the curse of her that bare thee:Die, damned wretch, the curse of her that bare thee; 2H6 IV.x.75
And as I thrust thy body in with my sword,And as I thrust thy body in with my sword, 2H6 IV.x.76
So wish I, I might thrust thy soule to hell.So wish I I might thrust thy soul to hell. 2H6 IV.x.77
Hence will I dragge thee headlong by the heelesHence will I drag thee headlong by the heelsheadlong (adv.)
head downwards, without ceremony
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Vnto a dunghill, which shall be thy graue,Unto a dunghill, which shall be thy grave, 2H6 IV.x.79
And there cut off thy most vngracious head,And there cut off thy most ungracious head; 2H6 IV.x.80
Which I will beare in triumph to the King,Which I will bear in triumph to the King, 2H6 IV.x.81
Leauing thy trunke for Crowes to feed vpon. Leaving thy trunk for crows to feed upon. 2H6 IV.x.82
Exit.Exit 2H6 IV.x.82
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