Henry VIII

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Enter Gardiner Bishop of Winchester, a Page with a Enter Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, a Page with a H8 V.i.1.1
Torch before him, met by Sir Thomas Louell.torch before him, met by Sir Thomas Lovell H8 V.i.1.2
It's one a clocke Boy, is't not.It's one o'clock, boy, is't not? H8 V.i.1.1
Boy. PAGE 
It hath strooke.It hath struck. H8 V.i.1.2
These should be houres for necessities,These should be hours for necessities, H8 V.i.2
Not for delights: Times to repayre our NatureNot for delights, times to repair our naturerepair (v.)

old form: repayre
restore, renew, revive
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With comforting repose, and not for vsWith comforting repose, and not for us H8 V.i.4
To waste these times. Good houre of night Sir Thomas:To waste these times. Good hour of night, Sir Thomas! H8 V.i.5
Whether so late?Whither so late? H8 V.i.6.1
Came you from the King, my Lord?Came you from the King, my lord? H8 V.i.6.2
I did Sir Thomas, and left him at PrimeroI did, Sir Thomas, and left him at primeroprimero (n.)
type of gambling card game
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With the Duke of Suffolke.With the Duke of Suffolk. H8 V.i.8.1
I must to him tooI must to him too, H8 V.i.8.2
Before he go to bed. Ile take my leaue.Before he go to bed. I'll take my leave. H8 V.i.9
Not yet Sir Thomas Louell: what's the matter?Not yet, Sir Thomas Lovell. What's the matter? H8 V.i.10
It seemes you are in hast: and if there beIt seems you are in haste. An if there bean if (conj.)
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No great offence belongs too't, giue your FriendNo great offence belongs to't, give your friend H8 V.i.12
Some touch of your late businesse: Affaires that walkeSome touch of your late business. Affairs that walk,touch (n.)
sense, feeling, intuition, hint
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(As they say Spirits do) at midnight, haueAs they say spirits do, at midnight, have H8 V.i.14
In them a wilder Nature, then the businesseIn them a wilder nature than the business H8 V.i.15
That seekes dispatch by day.That seeks dispatch by day.dispatch, despatch (n.)
prompt settlement, speedy handling
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My Lord, I loue you;My lord, I love you, H8 V.i.16.2
And durst commend a secret to your eareAnd durst commend a secret to your earcommend (v.)
commit, entrust, hand over
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Much waightier then this worke. The Queens in LaborMuch weightier than this work. The Queen's in labour,work (n.)

old form: worke
deed, doing, action
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They say in great Extremity, and fear'dThey say, in great extremity, and fearedextremity (n.)
utmost severity, extreme intensity, hardship
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Shee'l with the Labour, end.She'll with the labour end. H8 V.i.20.1
The fruite she goes withThe fruit she goes with H8 V.i.20.2
I pray for heartily, that it may findeI pray for heartily, that it may find H8 V.i.21
Good time, and liue: but for the Stocke Sir Thomas,Good time, and live; but for the stock, Sir Thomas,time (n.)
time to be born, delivery
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I wish it grubb'd vp now.I wish it grubbed up now.grub up (v.)

old form: grubb'd vp
dig up, uproot
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Me thinkes I couldMethinks I couldmethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: Me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
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Cry the Amen, and yet my Conscience sayesCry the amen, and yet my conscience says H8 V.i.24
Shee's a good Creature, and sweet-Ladie do'sShe's a good creature and, sweet lady, does H8 V.i.25
Deserue our better wishes.Deserve our better wishes. H8 V.i.26.1
But Sir, Sir,But, sir, sir, H8 V.i.26.2
Heare me Sir Thomas, y'are a GentlemanHear me, Sir Thomas. You're a gentleman H8 V.i.27
Of mine owne way. I know you Wise, Religious,Of mine own way; I know you wise, religious; H8 V.i.28
And let me tell you, it will ne're be well,And let me tell you, it will ne'er be well –  H8 V.i.29
'Twill not Sir Thomas Louell, tak't of me,'Twill not, Sir Thomas Lovell, take't of me –  H8 V.i.30
Till Cranmer, Cromwel, her two hands, and sheeTill Cranmer, Cromwell – her two hands – and she H8 V.i.31
Sleepe in their Graues.Sleep in their graves. H8 V.i.32.1
Louell. LOVELL 
Now Sir, you speake of twoNow, sir, you speak of two H8 V.i.32.2
The most remark'd i'th'Kingdome: as for Cromwell,The most remarked i'th' kingdom. As for Cromwell, H8 V.i.33
Beside that of the Iewell-House, is made MasterBeside that of the Jewel House, is made Master H8 V.i.34
O'th'Rolles, and the Kings Secretary. Further Sir,O'th' Rolls, and the King's secretary; further, sir, H8 V.i.35
Stands in the gap and Trade of moe Preferments,Stands in the gap and trade of more preferments,preferment (n.)
advancement, promotion
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gap (n.)
entrance, access-point, position of opportunity
trade (n.)
traffic, passage, coming and going
With which the Lime will loade him. Th'ArchbyshopWith which the time will load him. Th' Archbishop H8 V.i.37
Is the Kings hand, and tongue, and who dare speakIs the King's hand and tongue, and who dare speak H8 V.i.38
One syllable against him?One syllable against him? H8 V.i.39.1
Yes, yes, Sir Thomas,Yes, yes, Sir Thomas, H8 V.i.39.2
There are that Dare, and I my selfe haue ventur'dThere are that dare, and I myself have ventured H8 V.i.40
To speake my minde of him: and indeed this day,To speak my mind of him; and indeed this day, H8 V.i.41
Sir (I may tell it you) I thinke I haueSir – I may tell it you – I think I have H8 V.i.42
Incenst the Lords o'th'Councell, that he isIncensed the lords o'th' Council that he is – insense (v.)

old form: Incenst
make understand, inform
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(For so I know he is, they know he is)For so I know he is, they know he is –  H8 V.i.44
A most Arch-Heretique, a PestilenceA most arch heretic, a pestilence H8 V.i.45
That does infect the Land: with which, they mouedThat does infect the land; with which they, moved,moved (adj.)

old form: moued
aroused, provoked, exasperated
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Haue broken with the King, who hath so farreHave broken with the King, who hath so farbreak (v.)
broach a matter, speak
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Giuen eare to our Complaint, of his great Grace,Given ear to our complaint, of his great grace H8 V.i.48
And Princely Care, fore-seeing those fell Mischiefes,And princely care, foreseeing those fell mischiefsmischief (n.)

old form: Mischiefes
wicked action, evil deed, harmful scheme
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fell (adj.)
cruel, fierce, savage
Our Reasons layd before him, hath commandedOur reasons laid before him, hath commandedreason (n.)
reasoning, argument
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To morrow Morning to the Councell BoordTomorrow morning to the Council board H8 V.i.51
He be conuented. He's a ranke weed Sir Thomas,He be convented. He's a rank weed, Sir Thomas,rank (adj.)

old form: ranke
growing in abundance, excessively luxuriant [often unattractively]
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convent (v.)

old form: conuented
summon, call to appear, send for
And we must root him out. From your AffairesAnd we must root him out. From your affairs H8 V.i.53
I hinder you too long: Good night, Sir Thomas.I hinder you too long. Good night, Sir Thomas. H8 V.i.54
Many good nights, my Lord, I rest your seruant.Many good nights, my lord; I rest your servant.rest (v.)
remain, stay, stand
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Exit Gardiner and Page.Exeunt Gardiner and Page H8 V.i.55
Enter King and Suffolke.Enter the King and Suffolk H8 V.i.56
Charles, I will play no more to night,Charles, I will play no more tonight. H8 V.i.56
My mindes not on't, you are too hard for me.My mind's not on't; you are too hard for me. H8 V.i.57
Sir, I did neuer win of you before.Sir, I did never win of you before.win (v.)
gain advantage [over], get the better [of]
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But little Charles,But little, Charles, H8 V.i.59
Nor shall not when my Fancies on my play.Nor shall not, when my fancy's on my play.fancy (n.)

old form: Fancies
imagination, mind, mental state
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Now Louel, from the Queene what is the Newes.Now, Lovell, from the Queen what is the news? H8 V.i.61
I could not personally deliuer to herI could not personally deliver to her H8 V.i.62
What you commanded me, but by her woman,What you commanded me, but by her woman H8 V.i.63
I sent your Message, who return'd her thankesI sent your message, who returned her thanks H8 V.i.64
In the great'st humblenesse, and desir'd your HighnesseIn the great'st humbleness, and desired your highness H8 V.i.65
Most heartily to pray for her.Most heartily to pray for her. H8 V.i.66.1
What say'st thou? Ha?What sayst thou, ha? H8 V.i.66.2
To pray for her? What, is she crying out?To pray for her? What, is she crying out?cry out (v.)
be in labour
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So said her woman, and that her suffrance madeSo said her woman, and that her sufferance madesufferance (n.)

old form: suffrance
distress, suffering, hardship
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Almost each pang, a death.Almost each pang a death. H8 V.i.69.1
Alas good Lady.Alas, good lady! H8 V.i.69.2
God safely quit her of her Burthen, andGod safely quit her of her burden, andquit (v.)
rid, free, relieve
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With gentle Trauaile, to the gladding ofWith gentle travail, to the gladding ofgladding (n.)
delighting, making joyful
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gentle (adj.)
peaceful, calm, free from violence
travail, travel (n.)

old form: Trauaile
labour, pain of childbirth
Your Highnesse with an Heire.Your highness with an heir! H8 V.i.72.1
'Tis midnight Charles,'Tis midnight, Charles; H8 V.i.72.2
Prythee to bed, and in thy Prayres rememberPrithee to bed, and in thy prayers remember H8 V.i.73
Th'estate of my poore Queene. Leaue me alone,Th' estate of my poor Queen. Leave me alone,estate (n.)
state, situation, circumstances
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For I must thinke of that, which companyFor I must think of that which company H8 V.i.75
Would not be friendly too.Would not be friendly to. H8 V.i.76.1
I wish your HighnesseI wish your highness H8 V.i.76.2
A quiet night, and my good Mistris willA quiet night, and my good mistress will H8 V.i.77
Remember in my Prayers.Remember in my prayers. H8 V.i.78.1
Charles good night. Charles, good night. H8 V.i.78.2
Exit Suffolke.Exit Suffolk H8 V.i.78
Enter Sir Anthony Denny.Enter Sir Anthony Denny H8 V.i.79
Well Sir, what followes?Well, sir, what follows? H8 V.i.79
Sir, I haue brought my Lord the Arch-byshop,Sir, I have brought my lord the Archbishop, H8 V.i.80
As you commanded me.As you commanded me. H8 V.i.81.1
Ha? Canterbury?Ha? Canterbury? H8 V.i.81.2
I my good Lord.Ay, my good lord. H8 V.i.82.1
'Tis true: where is he Denny?'Tis true. Where is he, Denny? H8 V.i.82.2
He attends your Highnesse pleasure.He attends your highness' pleasure.attend (v.)
await, wait for, expect
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Bring him to Vs.Bring him to us. H8 V.i.83.2
Exit Denny H8 V.i.83
(aside) H8 V.i.84
This is about that, which the Byshop spake,This is about that which the Bishop spake; H8 V.i.84
I am happily come hither.I am happily come hither.happily (adv.)
opportunely, propitiously, with good fortune
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Enter Cranmer and Denny.Enter Cranmer and Denny H8 V.i.86.0
Auoyd the Gallery. Avoid the gallery.gallery (n.)
long large room used for walks, exercise, etc
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avoid (v.)

old form: Auoyd
leave, quit, clear out [of]
Louel seemes to stay.Lovell seems to stayseem (v.)

old form: seemes
have the look [of], give the appearance [of]
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Ha? I haue said. Be gone.Ha! I have said. Be gone. H8 V.i.86.2
What? What? H8 V.i.87.1
Exeunt Louell and Denny.Exeunt Lovell and Denny H8 V.i.87
(aside) H8 V.i.87
I am fearefull: Wherefore frownes he thus?I am fearful – wherefore frowns he thus?fearful (adj.)

old form: fearefull
timid, timorous, frightened, full of fear
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'Tis his Aspect of Terror. All's not well.'Tis his aspect of terror. All's not well.aspect (n.)
[of a human face] look, appearance, expression
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How now my Lord? / You do desire to know How now, my lord? You desire to know H8 V.i.89
wherefore / I sent for you.Wherefore I sent for you. H8 V.i.90.1
(kneeling) H8 V.i.90
It is my dutieIt is my duty H8 V.i.90.2
T'attend your Highnesse pleasure.T' attend your highness' pleasure. H8 V.i.91.1
Pray you arisePray you, arise, H8 V.i.91.2
My good and gracious Lord of Canterburie:My good and gracious Lord of Canterbury. H8 V.i.92
Come, you and I must walke a turne together:Come, you and I must walk a turn together; H8 V.i.93
I haue Newes to tell you. / Come, come, giue me your hand.I have news to tell you. Come, come, give me your hand. H8 V.i.94
Ah my good Lord, I greeue at what I speake,Ah, my good lord, I grieve at what I speak, H8 V.i.95
And am right sorrie to repeat what followes.And am right sorry to repeat what follows. H8 V.i.96
I haue, and most vnwillingly of lateI have, and most unwillingly, of latelate, of
recently, a little while ago
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Heard many greeuous. I do say my LordHeard many grievous – I do say, my lord,grievous (adj.)

old form: Greeuous
heavy, grave, serious
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Greeuous complaints of you; which being consider'd,Grievous – complaints of you; which, being considered, H8 V.i.99
Haue mou'd Vs, and our Councell, that you shallHave moved us and our Council that you shallmove (v.)

old form: mou'd
encourage, instigate, prompt
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This Morning come before vs, where I knowThis morning come before us, where I know H8 V.i.101
You cannot with such freedome purge your selfe,You cannot with such freedom purge yourselfpurge (v.)
clear, excuse, exonerate
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But that till further Triall, in those ChargesBut that, till further trial in those charges H8 V.i.103
Which will require your Answer, you must takeWhich will require your answer, you must take H8 V.i.104
Your patience to you, and be well contentedYour patience to you and be well contented H8 V.i.105
To make your house our Towre: you, a Brother of vsTo make your house our Tower. You a brother of us,brother (n.)
fellow-councillor, close adviser
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It fits we thus proceed, or else no witnesseIt fits we thus proceed, or else no witnessfit (v.)
suit, befit, be suitable [for]
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Would come against you.Would come against you. H8 V.i.108.1
(kneeling) H8 V.i.108
I humbly thanke your Highnesse,I humbly thank your highness, H8 V.i.108.2
And am right glad to catch this good occasionAnd am right glad to catch this good occasion H8 V.i.109
Most throughly to be winnowed, where my ChaffeMost throughly to be winnowed, where my chaffthroughly (adv.)
thoroughly, fully, completely
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And Corne shall flye asunder. For I knowAnd corn shall fly asunder, for I know H8 V.i.111
There's none stands vnder more calumnious tongues,There's none stands under more calumnious tonguesstand under (v.)

old form: stands vnder
suffer, endure, bear the weight of
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Then I my selfe, poore man.Than I myself, poor man. H8 V.i.113.1
Stand vp, good Canterbury,Stand up, good Canterbury; H8 V.i.113.2
Thy Truth, and thy Integrity is rootedThy truth and thy integrity is rooted H8 V.i.114
In vs thy Friend. Giue me thy hand, stand vp,In us, thy friend. Give me thy hand, stand up; H8 V.i.115
Prythee let's walke. Now by my Holydame,Prithee let's walk. Now, by my holidame,holidam / holidame, by my
what I hold holy; or: Our Lady
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What manner of man are you? My Lord, I look'dWhat manner of man are you? My lord, I lookedlook (v.)

old form: look'd
expect, anticipate, hope, await the time
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You would haue giuen me your Petition, thatYou would have given me your petition that H8 V.i.118
I should haue tane some paines, to bring togetherI should have ta'en some pains to bring together H8 V.i.119
Your selfe, and your Accusers, and to haue heard youYourself and your accusers, and to have heard you H8 V.i.120
Without indurance further.Without indurance further.indurance, endurance (n.)
distressing delay, hardship
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Most dread Liege,Most dread liege,liege (n.)
lord, sovereign
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dread (adj.)
revered, deeply honoured, held in awe
The good I stand on, is my Truth and Honestie:The good I stand on is my truth and honesty. H8 V.i.122
If they shall faile, I with mine EnemiesIf they shall fail, I with mine enemies H8 V.i.123
Will triumph o're my person, which I waigh not,Will triumph o'er my person, which I weigh not,weigh (v.)

old form: waigh
consider, take into account
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Being of those Vertues vacant. I feare nothingBeing of those virtues vacant. I fear nothingvacant (adj.)
lacking, devoid, deficient
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What can be said against me.What can be said against me. H8 V.i.126.1
Know you notKnow you not H8 V.i.126.2
How your state stands i'th'world, with the whole world?How your state stands i'th' world, with the whole world?stand (v.)
continue, remain, wait, stay put
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state (n.)
condition, circumstances, situation, state of affairs
Your Enemies are many, and not small; their practisesYour enemies are many, and not small; their practicespractice (n.)

old form: practises
scheme, plot, stratagem, intrigue
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Must beare the same proportion, and not euerMust bear the same proportion, and not everproportion (n.)
measure, extent, degree, magnitude
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The Iustice and the Truth o'th'question carriesThe justice and the truth o'th' question carries H8 V.i.130
The dew o'th'Verdict with it; at what easeThe due o'th' verdict with it. At what easedue (n.)

old form: dew
justice, rightfulness, validity
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Might corrupt mindes procure, Knaues as corruptMight corrupt minds procure knaves as corruptknave (n.)

old form: Knaues
scoundrel, rascal, rogue
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To sweare against you: Such things haue bene done.To swear against you? Such things have been done. H8 V.i.133
You are Potently oppos'd, and with a MaliceYou are potently opposed, and with a malicepotently (adv.)
mightily, strongly, powerfully
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Of as great Size. Weene you of better lucke,Of as great size. Ween you of better luck,ween (v.)

old form: Weene
think, intend, expect, be minded
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I meane in periur'd Witnesse, then your Master,I mean in perjured witness, than your Master, H8 V.i.136
Whose Minister you are, whiles heere he liu'dWhose minister you are, whiles here He lived H8 V.i.137
Vpon this naughty Earth? Go too, go too,Upon this naughty earth? Go to, go to;naughty (adj.)
wicked, evil, vile
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You take a Precepit for no leape of danger,You take a precipice for no leap of danger, H8 V.i.139
And woe your owne destruction.And woo your own destruction. H8 V.i.140.1
God, and your MaiestyGod and your majesty H8 V.i.140.2
Protect mine innocence, or I fall intoProtect mine innocence, or I fall into H8 V.i.141
The trap is laid for me.The trap is laid for me! H8 V.i.142.1
Be of good cheere,Be of good cheer;cheer (n.)

old form: cheere
mood, disposition
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They shall no more preuaile, then we giue way too:They shall no more prevail than we give way to. H8 V.i.143
Keepe comfort to you, and this Morning seeKeep comfort to you, and this morning see H8 V.i.144
You do appeare before them. If they shall chanceYou do appear before them. If they shall chance, H8 V.i.145
In charging you with matters, to commit you:In charging you with matters, to commit you,commit (v.)
send to jail, put in custody, imprison
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The best perswasions to the contraryThe best persuasions to the contrary H8 V.i.147
Faile not to vse, and with what vehemencieFail not to use, and with what vehemencyvehemency (n.)

old form: vehemencie
vehemence, forcefulness, fervour
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Th'occasion shall instruct you. If intreatiesTh' occasion shall instruct you. If entreaties H8 V.i.149
Will render you no remedy, this RingWill render you no remedy, this ring H8 V.i.150
Deliuer them, and your Appeale to vsDeliver them, and your appeal to us H8 V.i.151
There make before them. Looke, the goodman weeps:There make before them. Look, the good man weeps! H8 V.i.152
He's honest on mine Honor. Gods blest Mother,He's honest, on mine honour. God's blest mother! H8 V.i.153
I sweare he is true-hearted, and a souleI swear he is true-hearted, and a soul H8 V.i.154
None better in my Kingdome. Get you gone,None better in my kingdom. Get you gone, H8 V.i.155
And do as I haue bid you. And do as I have bid you. H8 V.i.156.1
Exit Cranmer.Exit Cranmer H8 V.i.156
He ha's strangled He has strangled H8 V.i.156.2
his Language in his teares.His language in his tears. H8 V.i.157.1
Enter Olde Lady.Enter Old Lady H8 V.i.157
within. (within) H8 V.i.157
Come backe: what meane you?Come back! What mean you? H8 V.i.157.2
Enter Lovell, following her H8 V.i.158
Ile not come backe, the tydings that I bringI'll not come back; the tidings that I bring H8 V.i.158
Will make my boldnesse, manners. Now good AngelsWill make my boldness manners. Now good angels H8 V.i.159
Fly o're thy Royall head, and shade thy personFly o'er thy royal head, and shade thy person H8 V.i.160
Vnder their blessed wings.Under their blessed wings! H8 V.i.161.1
Now by thy lookesNow by thy looks H8 V.i.161.2
I gesse thy Message. Is the Queene deliuer'd?I guess thy message. Is the Queen delivered? H8 V.i.162
Say I, and of a boy.Say ‘ Ay, and of a boy.’ H8 V.i.163.1
I, I my Liege,Ay, ay, my liege, H8 V.i.163.2
And of a louely Boy: the God of heauenAnd of a lovely boy. The God of heaven H8 V.i.164
Both now, and euer blesse her: 'Tis a GyrleBoth now and ever bless her! 'Tis a girl H8 V.i.165
Promises Boyes heereafter. Sir, your QueenPromises boys hereafter. Sir, your Queen H8 V.i.166
Desires your Visitation, and to beDesires your visitation, and to be H8 V.i.167
Acquainted with this stranger; 'tis as like you,Acquainted with this stranger. 'Tis as like you H8 V.i.168
As Cherry, is to Cherry.As cherry is to cherry. H8 V.i.169.1
Louell.Lovell! H8 V.i.169.2
Sir.Sir? H8 V.i.169.3
Giue her an hundred Markes. / Ile to the Queene. Give her an hundred marks. I'll to the Queen.mark (n.)
accounting unit in England (value: two-thirds of a pound)
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Exit King.Exit H8 V.i.170
An hundred Markes? By this light, Ile ha more.An hundred marks? By this light, I'll ha' more. H8 V.i.171
An ordinary Groome is for such payment.An ordinary groom is for such payment.groom (n.)

old form: Groome
serving-man, servant, male attendant
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I will haue more, or scold it out of him.I will have more, or scold it out of him. H8 V.i.173
Said I for this, the Gyrle was like to him? IleSaid I for this the girl was like to him? I'll H8 V.i.174
Haue more, or else vnsay't: and now, while 'tis hot,Have more, or else unsay't; and now, while 'tis hot,hot (adj.)
active, vigorous
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unsay (v.)

old form: vnsay
take back, withdraw, retract
Ile put it to the issue. I'll put it to the issue.issue (n.)
action, deed, proceeding
H8 V.i.176
Exit Ladie.Exeunt H8 V.i.176
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