Our Lexicon for King Henry IV Part 1:

Shakespeare Word
English Equivalent
't
'tis
o'er
e'er
ne'er
mistress
wench
troth
hither/ thither
hence
hath/ hast
thee/ thou
prithee
anon
art
dost/doth
ere
fain
fie
hark
Zounds!
'Sblood!
rogue
Stand!
What a plague!
What a pox!
mettle
portend
cur
cuckold
tarry
beseech
forsooth
wherefore
wither
knave

in respect of
house
uncertain
unsorted

sirrah
oft

it
it is
over
ever
never
any woman, often a head of a certain household
a young woman
by my honor; faith, faithfulness, truth
here/ there
away from here
have/ has
you
please (pray you)
right now, or "I come right away" (eg. "Anon, good nurse! Speak!")
are, or skill (i.e.Thou art dead; no physician's art can save you.")
does or do (i.e. "Dost thou know the time?")
before (i.e."We must leave ere daybreak")
gladly (i.e."I fain would bake Mr. Love cookies if I could get them an A")
an exclamation of dismay or disgust (i.e. "You cheated? Fie upon it!" "Fie! Are you mad?")
listen (i.e. "Hark to the owl" OR " Hark! the familiar form of sir
By God's name
By christ's blood
villain
Hands up!
Indeed!, yah, right on
Indeed!, Yah, right on
courage, strength, bravery
omen
dog
husband of an unfaithful wife, denoted by making horns
wait
ask
truth
why
servant, derogatory slur
servant, slave

family

informal way of saying "sir"
often
The original Shakespearean text

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Over hundreds of years many people have made various copies of Shakespeare's plays.However within these copies the writers do not capitalize the same words as Shakespeare.In Shakespeares original plays, he would capitalize the word he wanted his actors to emphasize.Not only would Shakespeare capitalize but he would also use letters that presently different. For example; in Shakespeare's original version he states "But yefternight". In Shakespearean times f''s took the place of s'.Instead of yeh-ft-er-ni-te it reads as yes-ter-nite.Although modern day Shakespearean plays lack this distinction, it is available in Shakespeare's "first folio edition".This is a book full of Shakespeare's plays written in the original text, including the capitalization of emphasized words.