Henry V

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Enter the two Bishops of Canterbury and Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury and the H5 I.i.1.1
Ely.Bishop of Ely H5 I.i.1.2
My Lord, Ile tell you, that selfe Bill is vrg'd, My lord, I'll tell you. That self bill is urgedself (adj.)

old form: selfe
same, selfsame, identical, exact
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Which in th' eleuẽth yere of ye last Kings reign Which in th' eleventh year of the last King's reign H5 I.i.2
Was like, and had indeed against vs past, Was like, and had indeed against us passed,like (adj.)
same, similar, alike, equal
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But that the scambling and vnquiet time But that the scambling and unquiet timescambling (adj.)
contentious, rough, quarrelsome, turbulent
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Did push it out of farther question. Did push it out of farther question.question (n.)
debating, discussion, investigation
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But how my Lord shall we resist it now? But how, my lord, shall we resist it now? H5 I.i.6
It must be thought on: if it passe against vs, It must be thought on. If it pass against us, H5 I.i.7
We loose the better halfe of our Possession: We lose the better half of our possession; H5 I.i.8
For all the Temporall Lands, which men deuout For all the temporal lands which men devouttemporal (adj.)

old form: Temporall
secular, civil, worldly
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By Testament haue giuen to the Church, By testament have given to the Church H5 I.i.10
Would they strip from vs; being valu'd thus, Would they strip from us; being valued thus –  H5 I.i.11
As much as would maintaine, to the Kings honor, As much as would maintain, to the King's honour, H5 I.i.12
Full fifteene Earles, and fifteene hundred Knights, Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights, H5 I.i.13
Six thousand and two hundred good Esquires: Six thousand and two hundred good esquires;esquire (n.)
candidate for knighthood, attendant on a knight
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And to reliefe of Lazars, and weake age And, to relief of lazars and weak age,lazar (n.)
leper, diseased person
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Of indigent faint Soules, past corporall toyle, Of indigent faint souls past corporal toil,faint (adj.)
weak, fatigued, lacking in strength
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A hundred Almes-houses, right well supply'd: A hundred almshouses right well supplied; H5 I.i.17
And to the Coffers of the King beside, And, to the coffers of the King beside, H5 I.i.18
A thousand pounds by th' yeere. Thus runs the Bill. A thousand pounds by th' year. Thus runs the bill. H5 I.i.19
This would drinke deepe. This would drink deep. H5 I.i.20.1
'Twould drinke the Cup and all. 'Twould drink the cup and all. H5 I.i.20.2
But what preuention? But what prevention? H5 I.i.21
The King is full of grace, and faire regard. The King is full of grace and fair regard. H5 I.i.22
And a true louer of the holy Church. And a true lover of the holy Church. H5 I.i.23
The courses of his youth promis'd it not. The courses of his youth promised it not.course (n.)
habit, custom, practise, normal procedure
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The breath no sooner left his Fathers body, The breath no sooner left his father's body H5 I.i.25
But that his wildnesse, mortify'd in him, But that his wildness, mortified in him,mortified (adj.)

old form: mortify'd
dying to sin, put under subjection
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Seem'd to dye too: yea, at that very moment, Seemed to die too. Yea, at that very moment, H5 I.i.27
Consideration like an Angell came, Consideration like an angel cameconsideration (n.)
spiritual self-examination, meditation, personal reflection
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And whipt th'offending Adam out of him; And whipped th' offending Adam out of him,Adam (n.)
in the Bible, the first human being, in the Garden of Eden, who disobeyed God
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Leauing his body as a Paradise, Leaving his body as a paradise H5 I.i.30
T'inuelop and containe Celestiall Spirits. T' envelop and contain celestial spirits. H5 I.i.31
Neuer was such a sodaine Scholler made: Never was such a sudden scholar made; H5 I.i.32
Neuer came Reformation in a Flood, Never came reformation in a flood H5 I.i.33
With such a heady currance scowring faults: With such a heady currance scouring faults;heady (adj.)
violent, weighty, raging
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scour (v.)

old form: scowring
clear out, quickly remove, cleanse
currance (n.)
current, torrent, flow
Nor neuer Hidra-headed Wilfulnesse Nor never Hydra-headed wilfulnessHydra-headed (adj.)

old form: Hidra-headed
many-headed, multifarious, manifold
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Hydra (n.)
[pron: 'hiydra] many-headed monster, the child of Typhon and Echnida; as each head was cut off, it grew again
So soone did loose his Seat; and all at once; So soon did lose his seat, and all at once, H5 I.i.36
As in this King. As in this King. H5 I.i.37.1
We are blessed in the Change. We are blessed in the change. H5 I.i.37.2
Heare him but reason in Diuinitie; Hear him but reason in divinity, H5 I.i.38
And all-admiring, with an inward wish And all-admiring, with an inward wish, H5 I.i.39
You would desire the King were made a Prelate: You would desire the King were made a prelate. H5 I.i.40
Heare him debate of Common-wealth Affaires; Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs, H5 I.i.41
You would say, it hath been all in all his study: You would say it hath been all in all his study. H5 I.i.42
List his discourse of Warre; and you shall heare List his discourse of war, and you shall hearlist (v.)
listen to, pay attention to
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discourse (n.)
conversation, talk, chat
A fearefull Battaile rendred you in Musique. A fearful battle rendered you in music. H5 I.i.44
Turne him to any Cause of Pollicy, Turn him to any cause of policy,policy (n.)

old form: Pollicy
statecraft, statesmanship, diplomacy
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cause (n.)
affair, business, subject
The Gordian Knot of it he will vnloose, The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,Gordian knot
apparently unsolvable problem, extreme difficulty
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Familiar as his Garter: that when he speakes, Familiar as his garter; that, when he speaks, H5 I.i.47
The Ayre, a Charter'd Libertine, is still, The air, a chartered libertine, is still,chartered (adj.)

old form: Charter'd
licensed, privileged, permitted
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libertine (n.)
free spirit, unconfined wanderer
And the mute Wonder lurketh in mens eares, And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears H5 I.i.49
To steale his sweet and honyed Sentences: To steal his sweet and honeyed sentences. H5 I.i.50
So that the Art and Practique part of Life, So that the art and practic part of lifepractic (adj.)

old form: Practique
practical, pragmatic, down-to-earth
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art (n.)
practical application, knowledge drawn from experience
Must be the Mistresse to this Theorique. Must be the mistress to this theorictheoric (n.)

old form: Theorique
theory, academic speculation
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Which is a wonder how his Grace should gleane it, Which is a wonder how his grace should glean it, H5 I.i.53
Since his addiction was to Courses vaine, Since his addiction was to courses vain,course (n.)
habit, custom, practise, normal procedure
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addiction (n.)
inclination, leaning, bent
His Companies vnletter'd, rude, and shallow, His companies unlettered, rude, and shallow,rude (adj.)
ignorant, unlearned, uneducated
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company (n.)
companion, associate, comrade
His Houres fill'd vp with Ryots, Banquets, Sports; His hours filled up with riots, banquets, sports,sport (n.)
recreation, amusement, entertainment
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And neuer noted in him any studie, And never noted in him any study, H5 I.i.57
Any retyrement, any sequestration, Any retirement, any sequestration,sequestration (n.)
seclusion, removal, withdrawal
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retirement (n.)

old form: retyrement
withdrawal, returning [to one's rooms]
From open Haunts and Popularitie. From open haunts and popularity.open (adj.)
public, widely frequented, fashionable
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popularity (n.)

old form: Popularitie
populace, common people, the masses
The Strawberry growes vnderneath the Nettle, The strawberry grows underneath the nettle, H5 I.i.60
And holesome Berryes thriue and ripen best, And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best H5 I.i.61
Neighbour'd by Fruit of baser qualitie: Neighboured by fruit of baser quality:base (adj.)
poor, wretched, of low quality
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And so the Prince obscur'd his Contemplation And so the Prince obscured his contemplation H5 I.i.63
Vnder the Veyle of Wildnesse, which (no doubt) Under the veil of wildness, which, no doubt, H5 I.i.64
Grew like the Summer Grasse, fastest by Night, Grew like the summer grass, fastest by night, H5 I.i.65
Vnseene, yet cressiue in his facultie. Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.faculty (n.)

old form: facultie
function, power, capability
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crescive (adj.)

old form: cressiue
growing, increasing, developing
It must be so; for Miracles are ceast: It must be so, for miracles are ceased; H5 I.i.67
And therefore we must needes admit the meanes, And therefore we must needs admit the means H5 I.i.68
How things are perfected. How things are perfected. H5 I.i.69.1
But my good Lord: But, my good lord, H5 I.i.69.2
How now for mittigation of this Bill, How now for mitigation of this bill H5 I.i.70
Vrg'd by the Commons? doth his Maiestie Urged by the Commons? Doth his majesty H5 I.i.71
Incline to it, or no? Incline to it, or no? H5 I.i.72.1
He seemes indifferent: He seems indifferent,indifferent (adj.)
impartial, unbiased, neutral
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Or rather swaying more vpon our part, Or rather swaying more upon our part H5 I.i.73
Then cherishing th'exhibiters against vs: Than cherishing th' exhibiters against us;exhibiter, exhibitor (n.)
proposer, introducer, mover
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For I haue made an offer to his Maiestie, For I have made an offer to his majesty –  H5 I.i.75
Vpon our Spirituall Conuocation, Upon our spiritual Convocation,convocation (n.)

old form: Conuocation
assembly, gathering, parliament
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And in regard of Causes now in hand, And in regard of causes now in hand, H5 I.i.77
Which I haue open'd to his Grace at large, Which I have opened to his grace at largelarge, at
at length, in full, thoroughly
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As touching France, to giue a greater Summe, As touching France – to give a greater sumtouch (v.)
affect, concern, regard, relate to
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Then euer at one time the Clergie yet Than ever at one time the clergy yet H5 I.i.80
Did to his Predecessors part withall. Did to his predecessors part withal. H5 I.i.81
How did this offer seeme receiu'd, my Lord? How did this offer seem received, my lord? H5 I.i.82
With good acceptance of his Maiestie: With good acceptance of his majesty, H5 I.i.83
Saue that there was not time enough to heare, Save that there was not time enough to hear, H5 I.i.84
As I perceiu'd his Grace would faine haue done, As I perceived his grace would fain have done,fain (adv.)

old form: faine
gladly, willingly
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The seueralls and vnhidden passages The severals and unhidden passagespassage (n.)
passing on, extending, line of descent
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several (n.)

old form: seueralls
(plural) details, particulars, individual points
unhidden (adj.)

old form: vnhidden
clear-cut, undisputed, manifest
Of his true Titles to some certaine Dukedomes, Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms,title (n.)
[legal] right, claim, entitlement
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And generally, to the Crowne and Seat of France, And generally to the crown and seat of France,seat (n.)
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Deriu'd from Edward, his great Grandfather. Derived from Edward, his great-grandfather. H5 I.i.89
What was th'impediment that broke this off? What was th' impediment that broke this off? H5 I.i.90
The French Embassador vpon that instant The French ambassador upon that instant H5 I.i.91
Crau'd audience; and the howre I thinke is come, Craved audience, and the hour, I think, is comecrave (v.)

old form: Crau'd
beg, entreat, request
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To giue him hearing: Is it foure a Clock? To give him hearing. Is it four o'clock? H5 I.i.93
It is. It is. H5 I.i.94
Then goe we in, to know his Embassie: Then go we in to know his embassy;embassy (n.)

old form: Embassie
message [especially via an ambassador]
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Which I could with a ready guesse declare, Which I could with a ready guess declare H5 I.i.96
Before the Frenchman speake a word of it. Before the Frenchman speak a word of it. H5 I.i.97
Ile wait vpon you, and I long to heare it. I'll wait upon you, and I long to hear it. H5 I.i.98
Exeunt.Exeunt H5 I.i.98
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