Henry VI Part 1

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Alarum: Excursions, wherein Talbots Sonne is hemm'd Alarum. Excursions, wherein Talbot's son is hemmed 1H6 IV.vi.1.1
about, and Talbot rescues him.about, and Talbot rescues him 1H6 IV.vi.1.2
Saint George, and Victory; fight Souldiers, fight:Saint George and victory! Fight, soldiers, fight!George, Saint
in Christian tradition, the patron saint of England, 3rd-c
1H6 IV.vi.1
The Regent hath with Talbot broke his word,The Regent hath with Talbot broke his word 1H6 IV.vi.2
And left vs to the rage of France his Sword.And left us to the rage of France his sword. 1H6 IV.vi.3
Where is Iohn Talbot? pawse, and take thy breath,Where is John Talbot? Pause, and take thy breath; 1H6 IV.vi.4
I gaue thee Life, and rescu'd thee from Death.I gave thee life and rescued thee from death. 1H6 IV.vi.5
Iohn. JOHN 
O twice my Father, twice am I thy Sonne:O twice my father, twice am I thy son! 1H6 IV.vi.6
The Life thou gau'st me first, was lost and done,The life thou gavest me first was lost and done 1H6 IV.vi.7
Till with thy Warlike Sword,despight of Fate,Till with thy warlike sword, despite of fate,despite of (prep.)

old form: despight
in spite of
1H6 IV.vi.8
To my determin'd time thou gau'st new date.To my determined time thou gavest new date.time (n.)
lifetime, life
1H6 IV.vi.9
time (n.)
allotted limit, prescribed term
determined (adj.)

old form: determin'd
appointed, given a limit
date (n.)
limit, term, endpoint
When frõ the Dolphins Crest thy Sword struck fire,When from the Dauphin's crest thy sword struck fire,crest (n.)
[originally the plume of feathers on a] helmet, head-piece
1H6 IV.vi.10
It warm'd thy Fathers heart with prowd desireIt warmed thy father's heart with proud desire 1H6 IV.vi.11
Of bold-fac't Victorie. Then Leaden Age,Of bold-faced victory. Then leaden age,leaden (adj.)
burdensome, heavy, cumbersome
1H6 IV.vi.12
Quicken'd with Youthfull Spleene, and Warlike Rage,Quickened with youthful spleen and warlike rage,quicken (v.)

old form: Quicken'd
revive, rejuvenate, give life [to]
1H6 IV.vi.13
spleen (n.)

old form: Spleene
eagerness, spirits, impetuosity
Beat downe Alanson, Orleance, Burgundie,Beat down Alençon, Orleans, Burgundy, 1H6 IV.vi.14
And from the Pride of Gallia rescued thee.And from the pride of Gallia rescued thee.pride (n.)
haughty power, arrogant force
1H6 IV.vi.15
Gallia (n.)
old name for France [Gaul]
The irefull Bastard Orleance, that drew bloodThe ireful Bastard Orleans, that drew bloodireful (adj.)

old form: irefull
wrathful, angry, furious
1H6 IV.vi.16
From thee my Boy, and had the MaidenhoodFrom thee, my boy, and had the maidenhood 1H6 IV.vi.17
Of thy first fight, I soone encountred,Of thy first fight, I soon encountered, 1H6 IV.vi.18
And interchanging blowes, I quickly shedAnd, interchanging blows, I quickly shed 1H6 IV.vi.19
Some of his Bastard blood, and in disgraceSome of his bastard blood; and in disgracedisgrace, in
insultingly, with contempt
1H6 IV.vi.20
Bespoke him thus: Contaminated, base,Bespoke him thus: ‘ Contaminated, base,bespeak (v.), past forms bespake, bespoke
address, speak to
1H6 IV.vi.21
base (adj.)
low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank
And mis-begotten blood, I spill of thine,And misbegotten blood I spill of thine,misbegotten (adj.)

old form: mis-begotten
illegitimate, bastard
1H6 IV.vi.22
Meane and right poore, for that pure blood of mine,Mean and right poor, for that pure blood of minemean (adj.)

old form: Meane
of low rank, inferior in position, less important
1H6 IV.vi.23
Which thou didst force from Talbot, my braue Boy.Which thou didst force from Talbot, my brave boy.’brave (adj.)

old form: braue
noble, worthy, excellent
1H6 IV.vi.24
Here purposing the Bastard to destroy,Here, purposing the Bastard to destroy,purpose (v.)
intend, plan
1H6 IV.vi.25
Came in strong rescue. Speake thy Fathers care:Came in strong rescue. Speak, thy father's care; 1H6 IV.vi.26
Art thou not wearie, Iohn? How do'st thou fare?Art thou not weary, John? How dost thou fare?fare (v.)
get on, manage, do, cope
1H6 IV.vi.27
Wilt thou yet leaue the Battaile, Boy, and flie,Wilt thou yet leave the battle, boy, and fly, 1H6 IV.vi.28
Now thou art seal'd the Sonne of Chiualrie?Now thou art sealed the son of chivalry?seal (v.)

old form: seal'd
confirm, ratify, approve
1H6 IV.vi.29
Flye, to reuenge my death when I am dead,Fly, to revenge my death when I am dead; 1H6 IV.vi.30
The helpe of one stands me in little stead.The help of one stands me in little stead.stead (n.)
advantage, help, benefit
1H6 IV.vi.31
Oh, too much folly is it, well I wot,O, too much folly is it, well I wot,wot (v.)
learn, know, be told
1H6 IV.vi.32
To hazard all our liues in one small Boat.To hazard all our lives in one small boat. 1H6 IV.vi.33
If I to day dye not with Frenchmens Rage,If I today die not with Frenchmen's rage, 1H6 IV.vi.34
To morrow I shall dye with mickle Age.Tomorrow I shall die with mickle age.mickle (adj.)
great, much, large
1H6 IV.vi.35
By me they nothing gaine, and if I stay,By me they nothing gain an if I stay;an if (conj.)
1H6 IV.vi.36
'Tis but the shortning of my Life one day.'Tis but the shortening of my life one day. 1H6 IV.vi.37
In thee thy Mother dyes, our Households Name,In thee thy mother dies, our household's name,household (n.)
family, house, dynasty
1H6 IV.vi.38
My Deaths Reuenge, thy Youth, and Englands Fame:My death's revenge, thy youth, and England's fame.fame (n.)
reputation, renown, character
1H6 IV.vi.39
All these, and more, we hazard by thy stay;All these, and more, we hazard by thy stay;stay (n.)
staying, remaining, continued presence
1H6 IV.vi.40
All these are sau'd, if thou wilt flye away.All these are saved if thou wilt fly away. 1H6 IV.vi.41
Iohn. JOHN 
The Sword of Orleance hath not made me smart,The sword of Orleans hath not made me smart;smart (v.)
suffer, feel pain
1H6 IV.vi.42
These words of yours draw Life-blood from my Heart.These words of yours draw life-blood from my heart. 1H6 IV.vi.43
On that aduantage, bought with such a shame,On that advantage, bought with such a shame,advantage, on that

old form: aduantage
to gain those benefits, receiving those advantages
1H6 IV.vi.44
To saue a paltry Life, and slay bright Fame,To save a paltry life and slay bright fame,fame (n.)
reputation, renown, character
1H6 IV.vi.45
Before young Talbot from old Talbot flye,Before young Talbot from old Talbot fly, 1H6 IV.vi.46
The Coward Horse that beares me, fall and dye:The coward horse that bears me fall and die! 1H6 IV.vi.47
And like me to the pesant Boyes of France,And like me to the peasant boys of France,like (v.)
liken, make like, make resemble
1H6 IV.vi.48
To be Shames scorne, and subiect of Mischance.To be shame's scorn and subject of mischance!mischance (n.)
misfortune, calamity, mishap
1H6 IV.vi.49
scorn (n.)
mockery, taunt, insult, act of derision
scorn (n.)

old form: scorne
object of scorn, target of mockery
Surely, by all the Glorie you haue wonne,Surely, by all the glory you have won, 1H6 IV.vi.50
And if I flye, I am not Talbots Sonne.An if I fly, I am not Talbot's son;an if (conj.)
1H6 IV.vi.51
Then talke no more of flight, it is no boot,Then talk no more of flight; it is no boot;boot (n.)
good, advantage, profit
1H6 IV.vi.52
If Sonne to Talbot, dye at Talbots foot.If son to Talbot, die at Talbot's foot. 1H6 IV.vi.53
Then follow thou thy desp'rate Syre of Creet,Then follow thou thy desperate sire of Crete,Crete (n.)
Mediterranean island, known for its dogs
1H6 IV.vi.54
Thou Icarus, thy Life to me is sweet:Thou Icarus; thy life to me is sweet.Icarus (n.)
[pron: 'ikarus] son of Daedalus, who escaped from Crete wearing wings made by his father; ignoring a warning, the wax in his wings melted when he flew too near the Sun, and he fell into the Aegean
1H6 IV.vi.55
If thou wilt fight, fight by thy Fathers side,If thou wilt fight, fight by thy father's side; 1H6 IV.vi.56
And commendable prou'd, let's dye in pride. And, commendable proved, let's die in pride.pride (n.)
honour, glory, renown
1H6 IV.vi.57
commendable (n.)
praiseworthy, deserving of approval
Exit.Exeunt 1H6 IV.vi.57
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