Henry IV Part 1

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Enter Henry Prince of Wales, Sir Iohn Falstaffe, and Pointz. Enter Prince of Wales and Sir John Falstaff 1H4 I.ii.1
Now Hal, what time of day is it Lad?Now Hal, what time of day is it lad? 1H4 I.ii.1
Thou art so fat-witted with drinking of oldeThou art so fat-witted with drinking of oldfat-witted (adj.)
thick-witted, slow, dull
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Sacke, and vnbuttoning thee after Supper, and sleepingsack, and unbuttoning thee after supper, and sleepingsack (n.)

old form: Sacke
[type of] white wine
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vpon Benches in the afternoone, that thou hast forgotten toupon benches after noon, that thou hast forgotten to 1H4 I.ii.4
demand that truely, which thou wouldest truly know.demand that truly which thou wouldst truly know. 1H4 I.ii.5
What a diuell hast thou to do with the time of the day?What a devil hast thou to do with the time of the day? 1H4 I.ii.6
vnlesse houres were cups of Sacke, and minutes Capons,Unless hours were cups of sack, and minutes capons,  1H4 I.ii.7
and clockes the tongues of Bawdes, and dialls the signes ofand clocks the tongues of bawds, and dials the signs ofbawd (n.)

old form: Bawdes
pimp, procurer, pander, go-between
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Leaping-houses, and the blessed Sunne himselfe a faire hotleaping-houses, and the blessed sun himself a fair hotleaping-house (n.)
brothel, whorehouse
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Wench in Flame-coloured Taffata; I see no reason, whywench in flame-coloured taffeta, I see no reason whywench (n.)
girl, lass
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thou shouldest bee so superfluous, to demaund the time ofthou shouldst be so superfluous to demand the time ofsuperfluous (adj.)
needlessly concerned, unnecessary
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the day.the day. 1H4 I.ii.12
Indeed you come neere me now Hal, for weIndeed, you come near me now Hal, for we 1H4 I.ii.13
that take Purses, go by the Moone and seuen Starres, andthat take purses go by the moon and the seven stars, andgo (v.)
walk, travel on foot
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not by Phoebus hee, that wand'ring Knight so faire.not ‘ by Phoebus, he, that wandering knight so fair.’Phoebus (n.)
[pron: 'feebus] Latin name for Apollo as the sun-god; also called Phoebus Apollo
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And I prythee sweet Wagge, when thou art King, as GodAnd I prithee sweet wag, when thou art King, as Godwag (n.)

old form: Wagge
fellow, lad, mischievous boy
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saue thy Grace, Maiesty I should say, for Grace thousave thy grace – majesty I should say, for grace thou 1H4 I.ii.17
wilte haue none.wilt have none –  1H4 I.ii.18
What, none?What, none? 1H4 I.ii.19
No, not so much as will serue toNo, by my troth, not so much as will serve totroth, by my
by my truth [exclamation emphasizing an assertion]
1H4 I.ii.20
be Prologue to an Egge and Butter.be prologue to an egg and butter. 1H4 I.ii.21
Well, how then? Come roundly, roundly.Well, how then? Come, roundly, roundly.roundly (adv.)
plainly, to the point, straight out
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Marry then, sweet Wagge, when thou art King, letMarry then, sweet wag, when thou art King letmarry (int.)
[exclamation] by Mary
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not vs that are Squires of the Nights bodie, bee call'dnot us that are squires of the night's body be calledsquire (n.)
gentleman below a knight in rank, attendant on a knight or nobleman
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Theeues of the Dayes beautie. Let vs be Dianaes Forresters,thieves of the day's beauty. Let us be Diana's foresters,Diana, Dian (n.)
Roman goddess associated with the Moon, chastity, and hunting
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Gentlemen of the Shade, Minions of the Moone; and letgentlemen of the shade, minions of the moon. And letminion (n.)
darling, favourite, select one
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men say, we be men of good Gouernment, being gouernedmen say we be men of good government, being governedgovernment (n.)

old form: Gouernment
self-control, self-discipline, moral conduct
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as the Sea, by our noble and chast mistris the Moone,as the sea is, by our noble and chaste mistress the moon, 1H4 I.ii.28
vnder whose countenance we steale.under whose countenance we steal.countenance (n.)
favour, patronage, approval
1H4 I.ii.29
Thou say'st well, and it holds well too: forThou sayest well, and it holds well too, forhold (v.)
apply, be apt, remain valid
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the fortune of vs that are the Moones men, doeth ebbe andthe fortune of us that are the moon's men doth ebb and 1H4 I.ii.31
flow like the Sea, beeing gouerned as the Sea is, by theflow like the sea, being governed as the sea is, by the 1H4 I.ii.32
Moone: as for proofe. Now a Purse of Gold most resolutelymoon. As for proof? Now, a purse of gold most resolutely 1H4 I.ii.33
snatch'd on Monday night, and most dissolutelysnatched on Monday night, and most dissolutely 1H4 I.ii.34
spent on Tuesday Morning; got with swearing, Lay by: spent on Tuesday morning, got with swearing ‘ Lay by!’,lay by (v.)
[highwaymen] stand and deliver; put down your weapons
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and spent with crying, Bring in: now, in as low an ebbeand spent with crying ‘ Bring in!’, now in as low an ebbbring in (v.)
tavern call for food and drink
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as the foot of the Ladder, and by and by in as high a flowas the foot of the ladder, and by and by in as high a flowby and by (adv.)
shortly, soon, before long
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as the ridge of the Gallowes.as the ridge of the gallows. 1H4 I.ii.38
Thou say'st true Lad: and is notBy the Lord thou sayest true lad – and is not 1H4 I.ii.39
my Hostesse of the Tauerne a most sweet Wench?my Hostess of the tavern a most sweet wench?wench (n.)
girl, lass
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As is the hony, my old Lad of theAs the honey of Hybla, my old lad of theHybla (n.)
[pron: 'hiybla] town in Sicily, famed for the honey from its nearby hills
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Castle: and is not a Buffe Ierkin a most sweet robe ofcastle. And is not a buff jerkin a most sweet robe ofjerkin (n.)

old form: Ierkin
male upper garment, close-fitting jacket [often made of leather]
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buff jerkinclose-fitting jacket made of buff worn by constables and soldiers
durance?durance?durance (n.)
durability, lasting nature; also: type of strong durable cloth
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How now? how now mad Wagge? What in thyHow now, how now, mad wag? What, in thy 1H4 I.ii.44
quips and thy quiddities? What a plague haue I to doequips and thy quiddities? What a plague have I to doquiddity (n.)
subtlety, nicety, quibble
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with a Buffe-Ierkin?with a buff jerkin? 1H4 I.ii.46
Why, what a poxe haue I to doe with myWhy, what a pox have I to do with mypox (n.)
venereal disease; also: plague, or any other disease displaying skin pustules
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Hostesse of the Tauerne?Hostess of the tavern? 1H4 I.ii.48
Well, thou hast call'd her to a reck'ning manyWell, thou hast called her to a reckoning manyreckoning (n.)

old form: reck'ning
bill [at an inn], settling of account
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a time and oft.a time and oft.oft, many a time and
very often, with great frequency
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Did I euer call for thee to pay thy part?Did I ever call for thee to pay thy part? 1H4 I.ii.51
No, Ile giue thee thy due, thou hast paid alNo, I'll give thee thy due, thou hast paid all 1H4 I.ii.52
there.there. 1H4 I.ii.53
Yea and elsewhere, so farre as my Coine wouldYea, and elsewhere, so far as my coin would 1H4 I.ii.54
stretch, and where it would not, I haue vs'd my credit.stretch, and where it would not I have used my credit. 1H4 I.ii.55
Yea, and so vs'd it, that were it heere apparant,Yea, and so used it that were it not here apparent 1H4 I.ii.56
that thou art Heire apparant. But I prythee sweetthat thou art heir apparent – but I prithee sweet 1H4 I.ii.57
Wag, shall there be Gallowes standing in England whenwag, shall there be gallows standing in England when 1H4 I.ii.58
thou art King? and resolution thus fobb'd as it is, withthou art King? And resolution thus fubbed as it is withresolution (n.)
determination, courage, firmness of purpose
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fub (v.)

old form: fobb'd
fob off, cheat, rob
the rustie curbe of old Father Anticke the Law? Doe not thouthe rusty curb of old Father Antic the law? Do not thou 1H4 I.ii.60
when thou art a King, hang a Theefe.when thou art King hang a thief. 1H4 I.ii.61
No, thou shalt.No, thou shalt. 1H4 I.ii.62
Shall I? O rare! Ile be a braueShall I? O rare! By the Lord, I'll be a bravebrave (adj.)

old form: braue
fine, excellent, splendid, impressive
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Iudge.judge! 1H4 I.ii.64
Thou iudgest false already. I meane, thouThou judgest false already! I mean thoufalse (adv.)
wrongly, erroneously, in error
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shalt haue the hanging of the Theeues, and so become ashalt have the hanging of the thieves, and so become a 1H4 I.ii.66
rare Hangman.rare hangman. 1H4 I.ii.67
Well Hal, well: and in some sort it iumpesWell, Hal, well! And in some sort it jumpsjump (v.)

old form: iumpes
agree, coincide, tally
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with my humour, as well as waiting in the Court, I canwith my humour – as well as waiting in the court, I canhumour (n.)
fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
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humour (n.)
mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
wait (v.)
be in attendance, do service
tell you.tell you. 1H4 I.ii.70
For obtaining of suites?For obtaining of suits?suit (n.)

old form: suites
clothing, dress, garb
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Yea, for obtaining of suites, whereof the Hang-manYea, for obtaining of suits, whereof the hangman 1H4 I.ii.72
hath no leane Wardrobe. I am as Melanchollyhath no lean wardrobe. 'Sblood, I am as melancholy'sblood (int.)
[oath] God's blood
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as a Gyb-Cat, or a lugg'd Beare.as a gib cat, or a lugged bear.lugged (adj.)

old form: lugg'd
[of bears] baited
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gib (adj.)

old form: Gyb
Or an old Lyon, or a Louers Lute.Or an old lion, or a lover's lute. 1H4 I.ii.75
Yea, or the Drone of a Lincolnshire Bagpipe.Yea, or the drone of a Lincolnshire bagpipe.bagpipe (n.)
windbag, verbose speaker
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What say'st thou to a Hare, or the MelanchollyWhat sayest thou to a hare, or the melancholy 1H4 I.ii.77
of Moore Ditch?of Moorditch?Moorditch (n.)
filthy channel between Bishopsgate and Cripplegate, London
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Thou hast the most vnsauoury smiles, and artThou hast the most unsavoury similes, and art 1H4 I.ii.79
indeed the most comparatiue rascallest sweet yongindeed the most comparative rascalliest sweet youngcomparative (adj.)

old form: comparatiue
good at making comparisons; insulting, abusive
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Prince. But Hal, I prythee trouble me no more withprince. But Hal, I prithee trouble me no more with 1H4 I.ii.81
vanity, I wold thou and I knew, where a Commodityvanity. I would to God thou and I knew where a commodityvanity (n.)
worthlessness, futility, unprofitable way of life
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commodity (n.)
supply, quantity, stock, consignment
of good names were to be bought: an olde Lord ofof good names were to be bought. An old lord of 1H4 I.ii.83
the Councell rated me the other day in the street aboutthe Council rated me the other day in the street aboutrate (v.)
berate, reproach, rebuke, scold
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you sir; but I mark'd him not, and yet hee talk'd veryyou, sir, but I marked him not, and yet he talked verymark (v.)

old form: mark'd
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
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wisely, but I regarded him not, and yet he talkt wisely,wisely, but I regarded him not, and yet he talked wisely 1H4 I.ii.86
and in the street too. – and in the street too. 1H4 I.ii.87
Thou didst well: for Thou didst well, for wisdom cries out in the 1H4 I.ii.88
no man regards it.streets and no man regards it. 1H4 I.ii.89
O, thou hast damnable iteration, and artO, thou hast damnable iteration, and artiteration (n.)
ability to quote scripture
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indeede able to corrupt a Saint. Thou hast done muchindeed able to corrupt a saint. Thou hast done much 1H4 I.ii.91
harme vnto me Hall, God forgiue thee for it. Before Iharm upon me, Hal, God forgive thee for it. Before I 1H4 I.ii.92
knew thee Hal, I knew nothing: and now I am (if a manknew thee Hal, I knew nothing, and now am I, if a man 1H4 I.ii.93
shold speake truly) little better then one of the wicked.should speak truly, little better than one of the wicked. 1H4 I.ii.94
I must giue ouer this life, and I will giue it ouer:I must give over this life, and I will give it over. By the 1H4 I.ii.95
and I do not, I am a Villaine. Ile be damn'd forLord, an I do not I am a villain. I'll be damned for and, an (conj.)
if, whether
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neuer a Kings sonne in Christendome.never a king's son in Christendom 1H4 I.ii.97
Where shall we take a purse to morrow,Where shall we take a purse tomorrow, 1H4 I.ii.98
Iacke?Jack? 1H4 I.ii.99
Where thou wilt Lad, Ile make one: andZounds, where thou wilt lad; I'll make one; anand, an (conj.)
if, whether
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zounds (int.)
God's wounds
I doe not, call me Villaine, and baffle me.I do not, call me villain and baffle me.baffle (v.)
[of a knight] publicly disgrace, treat with infamy
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I see a good amendment of life in thee: FromI see a good amendment of life in thee, from 1H4 I.ii.102
Praying, to Purse-taking.praying to purse-taking. 1H4 I.ii.103
Why, Hal, 'tis my Vocation Hal: 'Tis no sinWhy Hal, 'tis my vocation, Hal. 'Tis no sin 1H4 I.ii.104
for a man to labour in his Vocation.for a man to labour in his vocation. 1H4 I.ii.105
+Enter Poins 1H4 I.ii.106.1
+•Pointz. Now shall wee know if Gads hill haue set aPoins! Now shall we know if Gadshill have set aset (v.)
set up, plan, arrange
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Watch. O, if men were to be saued by merit, whatmatch! O, if men were to be saved by merit, whatmatch (n.)
robbery, operation, enterprise
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merit (n.)
good works [yielding reward from God]
hole in Hell were hot enough for him? This is the mosthole in hell were hot enough for him? This is the most 1H4 I.ii.108
omnipotent Villaine, that euer cryed, Stand, to a true man.omnipotent villain that ever cried ‘ Stand!’ to a true man.true (adj.)
honest, upright, law-abiding
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Good morrow Ned.Good morrow, Ned.morrow (n.)
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Good morrow sweet Hal. What saies MonsieurGood morrow, sweet Hal. What says Monsieur 1H4 I.ii.111
remorse? What sayes Sir Iohn Sacke and Sugar: Iacke?Remorse? What says Sir John Sack – and Sugar? Jack! 1H4 I.ii.112
How agrees the Diuell and thee about thy Soule, that thouHow agrees the devil and thee about thy soul, that thou 1H4 I.ii.113
soldest him on Good-Friday last, for a Cup of Madera,soldest him on Good Friday last, for a cup of Madeira 1H4 I.ii.114
and a cold Capons legge?and a cold capon's leg? 1H4 I.ii.115
Sir Iohn stands to his word, the diuel shallSir John stands to his word, the devil shall 1H4 I.ii.116
haue his bargaine, for he was neuer yet a Breaker ofhave his bargain, for he was never yet a breaker of 1H4 I.ii.117
Prouerbs: He will giue the diuell his due.proverbs. He will give the devil his due. 1H4 I.ii.118
Then art thou damn'd for keeping thy word withThen art thou damned for keeping thy word with 1H4 I.ii.119
the diuell.the devil. 1H4 I.ii.120
Else he had damn'd cozening theElse he had been damned for cozening thecozen (v.)
cheat, dupe, trick, deceive
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diuell.devil. 1H4 I.ii.122
But my Lads, my Lads, to morrow morning, by foureBut my lads, my lads, tomorrow morning, by four 1H4 I.ii.123
a clocke early at Gads hill, there are Pilgrimes going too'clock early at Gad's Hill, there are pilgrims going to 1H4 I.ii.124
Canterbury with rich Offerings, and Traders riding toCanterbury with rich offerings and traders riding to 1H4 I.ii.125
London with fat Purses. I haue vizards for you all; youLondon with fat purses. I have vizards for you all – youvizard (n.)
mask, visor
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haue horses for your selues: Gads-hill lyes to night inhave horses for yourselves. Gadshill lies tonight in 1H4 I.ii.127
Rochester, I haue bespoke Supper to morrow inRochester. I have bespoke supper tomorrow night inbespeak (v.), past forms bespake, bespoke
ask for, order, request
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Eastcheape; we may doe it as secure as sleepe: if you willEastcheap. We may do it as secure as sleep. If you willsecure (adv.)
safely, free from anxiety
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Eastcheap (n.)
East End street, near Monument, London
go, I will stuffe your Purses full of Crownes: if you willgo, I will stuff your purses full of crowns. If you willcrown (n.)
coin [usually showing a monarch's crown], English value: 5 shilllings
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not, tarry at home and be hang'd.not, tarry at home and be hanged.tarry (v.)
stay, remain, linger
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Heare ye Yedward, if I tarry at home and goHear ye, Yedward, if I tarry at home and go 1H4 I.ii.132
not, Ile hang you for going.not, I'll hang you for going. 1H4 I.ii.133
You will chops.You will, chops?chaps, chops (n.)
[jocular] fat cheeks
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Hal, wilt thou make one?Hal, wilt thou make one? 1H4 I.ii.135
Who, I rob? I a Theefe? Not I.Who I? Rob? I a thief? Not I, by my faith. 1H4 I.ii.136
There's neither honesty, manhood, nor goodThere's neither honesty, manhood, nor good 1H4 I.ii.137
fellowship in thee, nor thou cam'st not of the blood-fellowship in thee, nor thou camest not of the blood 1H4 I.ii.138
royall, if thou dar'st not stand for ten shillings.royal, if thou darest not stand for ten shillings.stand (v.)
make a stand, be resolute [on a point]
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royal (adj.)

old form: royall
kingly; also: to the value of the English coin worth half a pound
shilling (n.)
coin valued at twelve old pence or one twentieth of a pound
Well then, once in my dayes Ile be aWell then, once in my days I'll be a 1H4 I.ii.140
mad-cap.madcap. 1H4 I.ii.141
Why, that's well said.Why, that's well said. 1H4 I.ii.142
Well, come what will, Ile tarry at home.Well, come what will, I'll tarry at home.tarry (v.)
stay, remain, linger
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Ile be a Traitor then, when thouBy the Lord, I'll be a traitor then, when thou 1H4 I.ii.144
art King.art King. 1H4 I.ii.145
I care not.I care not. 1H4 I.ii.146
Sir Iohn, I prythee leaue the Prince & me alone,Sir John, I prithee leave the Prince and me alone. 1H4 I.ii.147
I will lay him downe such reasons for this aduenture, thatI will lay him down such reasons for this adventure that 1H4 I.ii.148
he shall go.he shall go. 1H4 I.ii.149
Well, maist thou haue the Spirit of perswasion;Well, God give thee the spirit of persuasion, 1H4 I.ii.150
and he the eares of profiting, that what thou speakest,and him the ears of profiting, that what thou speakest 1H4 I.ii.151
may moue; and what he heares may be beleeued, that themay move, and what he hears may be believed, that the 1H4 I.ii.152
true Prince, may (for recreation sake) proue a falsetrue prince may – for recreation sake – prove a falserecreation (n.)
amusement, entertainment, fun
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false (adj.)
disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
theefe; for the poore abuses of the time, want countenance.thief, for the poor abuses of the time want countenance.want (v.)
lack, need, be without
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countenance (n.)
favour, patronage, approval
Farwell, you shall finde me in Eastcheape.Farewell, you shall find me in Eastcheap. 1H4 I.ii.155
Farwell the latter Spring. FarewellFarewell, the latter spring! Farewell,spring, latter
youthful old age
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Alhollown Summer.All-hallown summer!All-hallown (adj.)
All Saints' Day; period of fine weather in late autumn
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+Exit Falstaff 1H4 I.ii.157
Now, my good sweet Hony Lord, ride with vsNow my good sweet honey lord, ride with us 1H4 I.ii.158
to morrow. I haue a iest to execute, that I cannot mannagetomorrow: I have a jest to execute that I cannot manage 1H4 I.ii.159
alone. Falstaffe, Haruey, Rossill, and Gads-hill, shall robbealone. Falstaff, Bardolph, Peto, and Gadshill shall rob 1H4 I.ii.160
those men that wee haue already way-layde, your selfe and I,those men that we have already waylaid – yourself and I 1H4 I.ii.161
wil not be there: and when they haue the booty, if youwill not be there. And when they have the booty, if you 1H4 I.ii.162
and I do not rob them, cut this head from my and I do not rob them – cut this head off from my 1H4 I.ii.163
shoulders.shoulders. 1H4 I.ii.164
But how shal we part with them in settingHow shall we part with them in setting 1H4 I.ii.165
forth?forth? 1H4 I.ii.166
Why, we wil set forth before or after them, andWhy, we will set forth before or after them, and 1H4 I.ii.167
appoint them a place of meeting, wherin it is at ourappoint them a place of meeting, wherein it is at our 1H4 I.ii.168
pleasure to faile; and then will they aduenture vpponpleasure to fail – and then will they adventure uponadventure (v.)

old form: aduenture
venture, dare, chance, risk
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the exploit themselues, which they shall haue no soonerthe exploit themselves; which they shall have no sooner 1H4 I.ii.170
atchieued, but wee'l set vpon them.achieved but we'll set upon them. 1H4 I.ii.171
I, but tis like that they will know vs byYea, but 'tis like that they will know us bylike (adv.)
likely, probable / probably
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our horses, by our habits, and by euery other appointmentour horses, by our habits, and by every other appointmenthabit (n.)
dress, clothing, costume
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appointment (n.)
equipment, effects, weaponry
to be our selues.to be ourselves. 1H4 I.ii.174
Tut our horses they shall not see, Ile tye them inTut, our horses they shall not see, I'll tie them in 1H4 I.ii.175
the wood, our vizards wee will change after wee leauethe wood. Our vizards we will change after we leavevizard (n.)
mask, visor
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them: and sirrah, I haue Cases of Buckram for the nonce,them. And, sirrah, I have cases of buckram for the nonce,nonce, for the
for that purpose, for the occasion
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sirrah (n.)
sir [commanding, insulting, or familiar, depending on context]
buckram, buckrom (n./adj.)
rough cloth, coarse linen
case (n.)
suit, overall, outer garment
to immaske our noted outward garments.to immask our noted outward garments.immask (v.)

old form: immaske
hide, disguise, cover [as with a mask]
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noted (adj.)
recognizable, well-known, familiar
But I doubt they will be too hard forYea, but I doubt they will be too hard forhard (adj.)
strong, tough, powerful
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doubt (v.)
fear, be afraid [for], feel anxious [for]
vs.us. 1H4 I.ii.180
Well, for two of them, I know them to bee as true bredWell, for two of them, I know them to be as true-bred 1H4 I.ii.181
Cowards as euer turn'd backe: and for the third ifcowards as ever turned back; and for the third, if 1H4 I.ii.182
he fight longer then he sees reason, Ile forswear Armes.he fight longer than he sees reason, I'll forswear arms.forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore
abandon, renounce, reject, give up
1H4 I.ii.183
The vertue of this Iest will be, the incomprehensible lyesThe virtue of this jest will be the incomprehensible liesincomprehensible (adj.)
boundless, infinite, beyond comprehension
1H4 I.ii.184
that this fat Rogue will tell vs, when we meete atthat this same fat rogue will tell us when we meet at 1H4 I.ii.185
Supper: how thirty at least he fought with, what Wardes,supper. How thirty at least he fought with, what wards,ward (n.)

old form: Wardes
[fencing] defensive posture, parrying movement
1H4 I.ii.186
what blowes, what extremities he endured; and in thewhat blows, what extremities he endured, and in the 1H4 I.ii.187
reproofe of this, lyes the iest.reproof of this lives the jest.reproof (n.)

old form: reproofe
disproof, refutation, rebuttal
1H4 I.ii.188
Well, Ile goe with thee, prouide vs all thingsWell, I'll go with thee. Provide us all things 1H4 I.ii.189
necessary, and meete me to morrow night in Eastcheape,necessary and meet me tomorrow night in Eastcheap. 1H4 I.ii.190
there Ile sup. Farewell.There I'll sup. Farewell.sup (v.)
have supper
1H4 I.ii.191
Farewell, my Lord.Farewell, my lord. 1H4 I.ii.192
Exit PointzExit Poins 1H4 1.ii.192
I know you all, and will a-while vpholdI know you all, and will awhile uphold 1H4 I.ii.193
The vnyoak'd humor of your idlenesse:The unyoked humour of your idleness.humour (n.)
fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
1H4 I.ii.194
unyoked (adj.)

old form: vnyoak'd
unbridled, unrestrained, rampant
Yet heerein will I imitate the Sunne,Yet herein will I imitate the sun, 1H4 I.ii.195
Who doth permit the base contagious cloudesWho doth permit the base contagious cloudscontagious (adj.)
pestilential, harmful, noxious
1H4 I.ii.196
base (adj.)
poor, wretched, of low quality
To smother vp his Beauty from the world,To smother up his beauty from the world, 1H4 I.ii.197
That when he please againe to be himselfe,That when he please again to be himself, 1H4 I.ii.198
Being wanted, he may be more wondred at,Being wanted, he may be more wondered atwant (v.)
lack, need, be without
1H4 I.ii.199
By breaking through the foule and vgly mistsBy breaking through the foul and ugly mists 1H4 I.ii.200
Of vapours, that did seeme to strangle him.Of vapours that did seem to strangle him.strangle (v.)
quench, eclipse, stifle
1H4 I.ii.201
If all the yeare were playing holidaies,If all the year were playing holidays, 1H4 I.ii.202
To sport, would be as tedious as to worke;To sport would be as tedious as to work;sport (v.)
make merry, take pleasure (in)
1H4 I.ii.203
But when they seldome come, they wisht-for come,But when they seldom come, they wished-for come, 1H4 I.ii.204
And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.rare (adj.)
unusual, striking, exceptional
1H4 I.ii.205
accident (n.)
occurrence, event, happening
So when this loose behauiour I throw off,So when this loose behaviour I throw off, 1H4 I.ii.206
And pay the debt I neuer promised;And pay the debt I never promised, 1H4 I.ii.207
By how much better then my word I am,By how much better than my word I am, 1H4 I.ii.208
By so much shall I falsifie mens hopes,By so much shall I falsify men's hopes. 1H4 I.ii.209
And like bright Mettall on a sullen ground:And like bright metal on a sullen ground,ground (n.)
background, surface, setting
1H4 I.ii.210
sullen (adj.)
dull, drab, sombre
My reformation glittering o're my fault,My reformation, glittering o'er my fault, 1H4 I.ii.211
Shall shew more goodly, and attract more eyes,Shall show more goodly, and attract more eyes 1H4 I.ii.212
Then that which hath no foyle to set it off.Than that which hath no foil to set it off.foil (n.)

old form: foyle
setting, background which sets something off to advantage [as dull metal sets off a gem]
1H4 I.ii.213
Ile so offend, to make offence a skill,I'll so offend, to make offence a skill, 1H4 I.ii.214
Redeeming time, when men thinke least I will.Redeeming time when men think least I will.redeem (v.)
[of time lost] get back, buy back, make amends for
1H4 I.ii.215
Exit 1H4 I.ii.215
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