Henry V

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Enter Prologue.Flourish. Enter ChorusMuse (n.)
one of the nine goddesses in Greek mythology, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who gave artistic inspiration; also called the Helicons, as they lived on Mt Helicon
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O For a Muse of Fire, that would ascend O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend H5 I.chorus.1
The brightest Heauen of Inuention: The brightest heaven of invention,invention (n.)

old form: Inuention
inventiveness, imagination, creative faculty
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A Kingdome for a Stage, Princes to Act, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act, H5 I.chorus.3
And Monarchs to behold the swelling Scene. And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!swelling (adj.)
magnificent, grand, resplendent
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Then should the Warlike Harry, like himselfe, Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, H5 I.chorus.5
Assume the Port of Mars, and at his heeles Assume the port of Mars, and at his heels,port (n.)
bearing, demeanour, carriage
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Mars (n.)
Roman god of war
(Leasht in, like Hounds) should Famine, Sword, and Fire Leashed in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire H5 I.chorus.7
Crouch for employment. But pardon, Gentles all: Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all,gentle (n.)
(plural) ladies and gentlemen, gentlefolk
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The flat vnraysed Spirits, that hath dar'd, The flat unraised spirits that have daredflat (adj.)
feeble, dull, deficient
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unraised (adj.)

old form: vnraysed
ordinary, humdrum, unimaginative
On this vnworthy Scaffold, to bring forth On this unworthy scaffold to bring forthscaffold (n.)
stage, platform [in a theatre]
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So great an Obiect. Can this Cock-Pit hold So great an object. Can this cockpit holdcockpit (n.)

old form: Cock-Pit
theatre pit, theatrical arena
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The vastie fields of France? Or may we cramme The vasty fields of France? Or may we cramvasty (adj.)

old form: vastie
vast, immense, spacious
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Within this Woodden O, the very Caskes Within this wooden O the very casquescasque, caske (n.)
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That did affright the Ayre at Agincourt? That did affright the air at Agincourt?affright (v.)
frighten, terrify, scare
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O pardon: since a crooked Figure may O, pardon! since a crooked figure maycrooked (adj.)
rounded, curved
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Attest in little place a Million, Attest in little place a million,attest (v.)
vouch for, be evidence of, testify to
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And let vs, Cyphers to this great Accompt, And let us, ciphers to this great account,cipher (n.)

old form: Cyphers
figure nought, nonentity, mere nothing
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account, accompt (n.)
reckoning, judgement [especially by God]
On your imaginarie Forces worke. On your imaginary forces work.imaginary (adj.)

old form: imaginarie
imaginative, creative, of the imagination
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Suppose within the Girdle of these Walls Suppose within the girdle of these walls H5 I.chorus.19
Are now confin'd two mightie Monarchies, Are now confined two mighty monarchies, H5 I.chorus.20
Whose high, vp-reared, and abutting Fronts, Whose high upreared and abutting fronts H5 I.chorus.21
The perillous narrow Ocean parts asunder. The perilous narrow ocean parts asunder. H5 I.chorus.22
Peece out our imperfections with your thoughts: Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts: H5 I.chorus.23
Into a thousand parts diuide one Man, Into a thousand parts divide one man, H5 I.chorus.24
And make imaginarie Puissance. And make imaginary puissance.puissance (n.)
power, might, force
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Thinke when we talke of Horses, that you see them Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them H5 I.chorus.26
Printing their prowd Hoofes i'th' receiuing Earth: Printing their proud hoofs i'th' receiving earth;proud (adj.)

old form: prowd
high-spirited, high-mettled
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For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our Kings, For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings,deck (v.)
cover, adorn, decorate
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Carry them here and there: Iumping o're Times; Carry them here and there, jumping o'er times, H5 I.chorus.29
Turning th' accomplishment of many yeeres Turning th' accomplishment of many years H5 I.chorus.30
Into an Howre-glasse: for the which supplie, Into an hour-glass: for the which supply, H5 I.chorus.31
Admit me Chorus to this Historie; Admit me Chorus to this history,chorus (n.)
character in a play who speaks the prologue and comments on the course of events
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Who Prologue-like, your humble patience pray, Who Prologue-like your humble patience pray, H5 I.chorus.33
Gently to heare, kindly to iudge our Play.Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play. H5 I.chorus.34
Exit.Exit H5 I.chorus.34
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