Henry IV Part 1

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Enter a Carrier with a Lanterne in his hand.Enter a Carrier with a lantern in his hand 1H4 II.i.1.1
Heigh-ho, an't be not foure by the day, Heigh-ho! An it be not four by the dayand, an (conj.)
if, whether
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day, by the
in the morning, of the clock
Ile be hang'd. Charles waine is ouer the new Chimney, I'll be hanged. Charles's Wain is over the new chimney,Charles's Wain
[wagon of Charlemagne] the Plough, Ursa Major
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and yet our horse not packt. What Ostler? and yet our horse not packed. What, Ostler!pack (v.)

old form: packt
load up, load with goods
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Anon, anon. (within) Anon, anon.anon (adv.)
soon, shortly, presently
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I prethee Tom, beate Cuts Saddle, put a I prithee, Tom, beat Cut's saddle, put acut (n.)
work-horse, nag
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few Flockes in the point: the poore Iade is wrung in the withers, few flocks in the point; poor jade is wrung in the witherspoint (n.)
saddle-bow, pommel
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withers (n.)
[of a horse] ridge between the shoulder-blades
wring (v.)
rub, bruise, press
jade (n.)

old form: Iade
worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag
flock (n.)

old form: Flockes
tuft of wool
out of all cesse. out of all cess.cess (n.)

old form: cesse
estimation, reckoning, evaluation
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Enter another Carrier.Enter another Carrier 1H4 II.i.8.1
Pease and Beanes are as danke here as a Peas and beans are as dank here as a dank (adj.)
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Dog, and this is the next way to giue poore Iades the Bottes: dog, and that is the next way to give poor jades the bots.next (adj.)
nearest, shortest, most direct
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jade (n.)

old form: Iades
worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag
bots (n.)

old form: Bottes
stomach worm affecting horses
This house is turned vpside downe since Robin the Ostler This house is turned upside down since Robin Ostlerhouse (n.)
inn, tavern
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dyed. died. 1H4 II.i.11
Poore fellow neuer ioy'd since the price of Poor fellow never joyed since the price ofjoy (v.)

old form: ioy'd
feel joy, be happy, rejoice
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oats rose, it was the death of him. oats rose, it was the death of him. 1H4 II.i.13
I thinke this is the most villanous I think this be the most villainous 1H4 II.i.14
house in al London rode for Fleas: I am stung like a house in all London road for fleas, I am stung like ahouse (n.)
inn, tavern
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Tench. tench.tench (n.)
type of freshwater fish [with red spots on its skin]
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Like a Tench? There is ne're a Like a tench! By the mass, there is ne'er 1H4 II.i.17
King in Christendome, could be better bit, then I haue beene a king Christian could be better bit than I have beenchristen (adj.)
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since the first Cocke. since the first cock. 1H4 II.i.19
Why, you will allow vs ne're a Why, they will allow us ne'er a 1H4 II.i.20
Iourden, and then we leake in your Chimney: and your jordan, and then we leak in your chimney, and your chimney (n.)
fireplace, hearth
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leak (v.)

old form: leake
urinate, piss
jordan (n.)

old form: Iourden
Chamber-lye breeds Fleas like a Loach. chamber-lye breeds fleas like a loach.chamber-lye (n.)
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loach (n.)
type of small fish
What Ostler, come away, and be What, Ostler! Come away and become away (v.)
come here, come on
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hangd: come away. hanged, come away! 1H4 II.i.24
I haue a Gammon of Bacon, and two I have a gammon of bacon, and two 1H4 II.i.25
razes of Ginger, to be deliuered as farre as Charing-crosse. razes of ginger, to be delivered as far as Charing Cross.raze (n.)
[of ginger] root
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The Turkies in my Pannier God's body! The turkeys in my pannier 1H4 II.i.27
are quite starued. What Ostler? A plague on thee, hast are quite starved. What, Ostler! A plague on thee, hast 1H4 II.i.28
thou neuer an eye in thy head? Can'st not heare? And thou never an eye in thy head? Canst not hear? Anand, an (conj.)
if, whether
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t'were not as good a deed as drinke, to break the pate of 'twere not as good deed as drink to break the pate onpate (n.)
head, skull
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thee, I am a very Villaine. Come and be hang'd, hast no thee, I am a very villain. Come, and be hanged! Hast no 1H4 II.i.31
faith in thee? faith in thee?faith (n.)
reliability, dependability, trustworthiness
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Enter Gads-hill.Enter Gadshill 1H4 II.i.33.1
Good-morrow Carriers. What's a clocke? Good morrow, carriers, what's o'clock?morrow (n.)
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I thinke it be two a clocke. I think it be two o'clock. 1H4 II.i.34
I prethee lend me thy Lanthorne to see my I prithee lend me thy lantern, to see my 1H4 II.i.35
Gelding in the stable. gelding in the stable. 1H4 II.i.36
Nay soft I pray ye, I know a trick worth Nay, by God, soft! I know a trick worthsoft (int.)
[used as a command] not so fast, wait a moment, be quiet
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two of that. two of that, i'faith. 1H4 II.i.38
I prethee lend me thine. I pray thee lend me thine. 1H4 II.i.39
I, when, canst tell? Lend mee thy Ay, when? Canst tell? Lend me thy 1H4 II.i.40
Lanthorne (quoth-a) marry Ile see thee hang'd first. lantern, quoth he! Marry, I'll see thee hanged first.quoth (v.)
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marry (int.)
[exclamation] by Mary
Sirra Carrier: What time do you mean to come Sirrah carrier, what time do you mean to come 1H4 II.i.42
to London? to London? 1H4 II.i.43
Time enough to goe to bed with a Time enough to go to bed with a 1H4 II.i.44
Candle, I warrant thee. Come neighbour Mugges, wee'll candle, I warrant thee! Come, neighbour Mugs, we'llwarrant (v.)
assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
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call vp the Gentlemen, they will along with company, for call up the gentlemen, they will along with company, forcompany (n.)
group of people, party, band
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they haue great charge.they have great charge.charge (n.)
money entrusted, valuables
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ExeuntExeunt Carriers 1H4 II.i.47
What ho, Chamberlaine? What ho! Chamberlain! 1H4 II.i.48
Enter Chamberlaine.Enter Chamberlain 1H4 II.i.49.1
At hand quoth Pick-purse. ‘ At hand, quoth pick-purse.’pick-purse, pickpurse (n.)
pickpocket, purse-stealer
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That's euen as faire, as at hand quoth the That's even as fair as ‘ At hand, quoth the 1H4 II.i.50
Chamberlaine: For thou variest no more from picking of chamberlain,’ for thou variest no more from picking of 1H4 II.i.51
Purses, then giuing direction, doth from labouring. Thou purses than giving direction doth from labouring. Thou 1H4 II.i.52
lay'st the plot, how. layest the plot how.lay (v.)

old form: lay'st
set up, arrange, devise
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Good morrow Master Gads-Hill, it holds Good morrow, Master Gadshill. It holds 1H4 II.i.54
currant that I told you yesternight. There's a Franklin in current that I told you yesternight. There's a franklin infranklin (n.)
landowner ranking below the gentry, rich freeholder, yeoman
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yesternight (n.)
last night
current (adj.)

old form: currant
valid, correct, true
the wilde of Kent, hath brought three hundred Markes the Weald of Kent hath brought three hundred marksmark (n.)

old form: Markes
accounting unit in England (value: two-thirds of a pound)
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with him in Gold: I heard him tell it to one of his with him in gold – I heard him tell it to one of his 1H4 II.i.57
company last night at Supper; a kinde of Auditor, one that company last night at supper, a kind of auditor, one thatauditor (n.)
official of the exchequer, royal accounts officer
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company (n.)
group of people, party, band
hath abundance of charge too (God knowes what) they hath abundance of charge too, God knows what. Theycharge (n.)
money entrusted, valuables
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are vp already, and call for Egges and Butter. They will are up already, and call for eggs and butter. They will 1H4 II.i.60
away presently. away presently.presently (adv.)
after a short time, soon, before long
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Sirra, if they meete not with S. Nicholas Sirrah, if they meet not with Saint Nicholas'Nicholas, Saint
in Christian tradition, the patron saint of travellers and scholars
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Clarks, Ile giue thee this necke. clerks, I'll give thee this neck.clerk (n.)

old form: Clarks
cleric, clergyman
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No, Ile none of it: I prythee keep that No, I'll none of it, I pray thee keep that 1H4 II.i.64
for the Hangman, for I know thou worshipst S. for the hangman, for I know thou worshippest Saint 1H4 II.i.65
Nicholas as truly as a man of falshood may. Nicholas, as truly as a man of falsehood may. 1H4 II.i.66
What talkest thou to me of the Hangman? If I What talkest thou to me of the hangman? If I 1H4 II.i.67
hang, Ile make a fat payre of Gallowes. For, if I hang, old hang, I'll make a fat pair of gallows. For if I hang, oldfat (adj.)
hefty, substantial, full-bodied
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Sir Iohn hangs with mee, and thou know'st hee's no Sir John hangs with me, and thou knowest he is no 1H4 II.i.69
Starueling. Tut, there are other Troians that yu starveling. Tut, there are other Troyans that thoustarveling (n.)

old form: Starueling
starved individual, emaciated being
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Troyan, Trojan (n.)

old form: Troians
merry fellow, good companion
dream'st not of, the which (for sport sake) are content to dreamest not of, the which for sport sake are content tosport (n.)
recreation, amusement, entertainment
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content (adj.)
agreeable, willing, ready
doe the Profession some grace; that would (if matters do the profession some grace, that would, if matters 1H4 II.i.72
should bee look'd into) for their owne Credit sake, make all should be looked into, for their own credit sake make all 1H4 II.i.73
Whole. I am ioyned with no Foot-land-Rakers, No Long-staffe whole. I am joined with no foot-landrakers, no long-stafflong-staff (n.)

old form: Long-staffe
long cudgel, quarterstaff
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foot-landraker (n.)roaming footpad, highwayman who travels on foot
six-penny strikers, none of these mad Mustachio-sixpenny strikers, none of these mad mustachiomad (adj.)
wild, uncontrollable, excitable, high-spirited
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mustachio (adj.)
moustached, bewhiskered
sixpenny (adj.)
petty, paltry, puny
striker (n.)
highwayman, footpad, robber
purple-hu'd-Maltwormes, but with Nobility, and Tranquilitie; purple-hued maltworms; but with nobility and tranquillity,maltworm, malt-worm (n.)

old form: Maltwormes
drinker [of malt-liquor], drunkard, inebriate
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purple-hued (adj.)

old form: purple-hu'd
Bourgomasters, and great Oneyers, such as can Burgomasters and great O-yeas, such as can O-yea (n.)
[unclear meaning] public crier [who shouts Oyez, ‘Hear ye’]
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onyer, oneyer (n.)
[unclear meaning] officer with financial responsibility
burgomaster (n.)

old form: Bourgomasters
borough-master, town official
holde in, such as will strike sooner then speake; and speake hold in, such as will strike sooner than speak, and speakhold in (v.)

old form: holde
keep silence, keep one's mouth shut
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strike (v.)
steal, rob, thieve
sooner then drinke, and drinke sooner then pray: and yet sooner than drink, and drink sooner than pray. And yet, 1H4 II.i.79
I lye, for they pray continually vnto their Saint the zounds, I lie; for they pray continually to their saint thezounds (int.)
God's wounds
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Common-wealth; or rather, not to pray to her, but prey on commonwealth, or rather not pray to her, but prey on 1H4 II.i.81
her: for they ride vp & downe on her, and make hir her, for they ride up and down on her, and make her 1H4 II.i.82
their Boots. their boots.boot (n.)

old form: Bootes
booty, plunder, spoils
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What, the Commonwealth their Bootes? What, the commonwealth their boots? 1H4 II.i.84
Will she hold out water in foule way? Will she hold out water in foul way?foul (adj.)

old form: foule
dirty, miry, muddy
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She will, she will; Iustice hath liquor'd her. She will, she will, justice hath liquored her.liquor (v.)

old form: liquor'd
lubricate, make drunk
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We steale as in a Castle, cocksure: we haue the receit We steal as in a castle, cock-sure. We have the receiptcock-sure (adv.)

old form: cocksure
with complete security, with total confidence
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receipt (n.)

old form: receit
recipe, formula, prescription
of Fern-seede, we walke inuisible. of fern-seed, we walk invisible.fern-seed (n.)

old form: Fernseede
seed from the fern [thought to confer invisibility]
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Nay, I thinke rather, you are more Nay, by my faith, I think you are more 1H4 II.i.89
beholding to the Night, then to the Fernseed, for your beholding to the night than to fern-seed for your 1H4 II.i.90
walking inuisible. walking invisible. 1H4 II.i.91
Giue me thy hand. Thou shalt haue a share in Give me thy hand, thou shalt have a share in 1H4 II.i.92
our purpose, / As I am a true man. our purchase, as I am a true man.purchase (n.)
proceeds, plunder, booty
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Nay, rather let mee haue it, as you are a Nay, rather let me have it as you are a 1H4 II.i.94
false Theefe. false thief.false (adj.)
disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
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Goe too: Homo is a common name to all men. Go to, homo is a common name to all men. 1H4 II.i.96
Bid the Ostler bring the Gelding out of the stable. Bid the Ostler bring my gelding out of the stable. 1H4 II.i.97
Farewell, ye muddy Knaue.Farewell, you muddy knave.muddy (adj.)
dull-witted, muddle-headed
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knave (n.)

old form: Knaue
scoundrel, rascal, rogue
Exeunt.Exeunt 1H4 II.i.98
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