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Henry the Fourth Part 1

by William Shakespeare

Act 5, Scene 3 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 



Henry the Fourth Part 1 Act 5 Scene 3



Plain between the camps

The KING enters with his power and they cross the stage. Alarum to the battle.

The KING enters with his power and they cross the stage. Alarum to the battle.

Then enter DOUGLAS and Sir Walter BLUNT, disguised as the KING

Then enter DOUGLAS and Sir Walter BLUNT, disguised as the KING

BLUNT

What is thy name that in the battle thus

Thou crossest me? What honor dost thou seek

crossest=obstruct

Upon my head?

 

BLUNT

What is thy name that in the battle thus

Thou crossest me? What honor dost thou seek

Upon my head?

 

DOUGLAS

Know then, my name is Douglas,

And I do haunt thee in the battle thus

Because some tell me that thou art a king.

 

DOUGLAS

Know then, my name is Douglas,

And I do haunt thee in the battle thus

Because some tell me that thou art a king.

 

BLUNT

They tell thee true.

 

BLUNT

They tell thee true.

 

DOUGLAS

The Lord of Stafford dear today hath bought

bought=paid the penalty for having

Thy likeness, for instead of thee, King Harry,

This sword hath ended him. So shall it thee,

Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner.

 

DOUGLAS

The Lord of Stafford dear today hath bought

Thy likeness, for instead of thee, King Harry,

This sword hath ended him. So shall it thee,

Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner.

 

BLUNT

I was not born a yielder, thou proud Scot,

And thou shalt find a king that will revenge

Lord Staffordís death.

 

BLUNT

I was not born a yielder, thou proud Scot,

And thou shalt find a king that will revenge

Lord Staffordís death.

 

They fight. DOUGLAS kills BLUNT. Enter HOTSPUR

They fight. DOUGLAS kills BLUNT. Enter HOTSPUR

HOTSPUR

O Douglas, hadst thou fought at Holmedon thus,

I never had triumphed upon a Scot.

 

HOTSPUR

O Douglas, hadst thou fought at Holmedon thus,

I never had triumphed upon a Scot.

 

DOUGLAS

Allís done, allís won; here breathless lies the King.

 

DOUGLAS

Allís done, allís won; here breathless lies the King.

 

HOTSPUR

Where?

 

HOTSPUR

Where?

 

DOUGLAS

Here.

 

DOUGLAS

Here.

 

HOTSPUR

This, Douglas? No, I know this face full well.

A gallant knight he was; his name was Blunt,

Semblably furnished like the King himself.

semblably=deceptively

 

HOTSPUR

This, Douglas? No, I know this face full well.

A gallant knight he was; his name was Blunt,

Semblably furnished like the King himself.

 

DOUGLAS

(to BLUNT) A fool go with thy soul whither it goes!

A borrowed title hast thou bought too dear.

Why didst thou tell me that thou wert a king?

 

DOUGLAS

(to BLUNT) A fool go with thy soul whither it goes!

A borrowed title hast thou bought too dear.

Why didst thou tell me that thou wert a king?

 

HOTSPUR

The King hath many marching in his coats.

 

HOTSPUR

The King hath many marching in his coats.

 

DOUGLAS

Now, by my sword, I will kill all his coats.

coats=suits of armor

Iíll murder all his wardrobe, piece by piece,

Until I meet the King.

 

DOUGLAS

Now, by my sword, I will kill all his coats.

Iíll murder all his wardrobe, piece by piece,

Until I meet the King.

 

HOTSPUR

   Up and away!

Our soldiers stand full fairly for the day.

(our soldiers are well situated for a favorable outcome)

 

HOTSPUR

   Up and away!

Our soldiers stand full fairly for the day.

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

Alarum. Enter FALSTAFF alone.

Alarum. Enter FALSTAFF alone.

FALSTAFF

Though I could íscape shot-free (without paying) at London, I fear the shot here. Hereís no scoring (charging to an account) but upon the pate (wounding the head).óSoft, who are you? Sir Walter Blunt. Thereís honor for you. Hereís no vanity. I am as hot as molten lead and as heavy, too. God keep lead out of me; I need no more weight than mine own bowels. I have led my ragamuffins where they are peppered (pelted with shot). Thereís not three of my hundred and fifty left alive, and they are for (are for=have gone to) the townís end, to beg (panhandle) during life (during life=while still alive). But who comes here?

 

FALSTAFF

Though I could íscape shot-free at London, I fear the shot here. Hereís no scoring but upon the pate.óSoft, who are you? Sir Walter Blunt. Thereís honor for you. Hereís no vanity. I am as hot as molten lead, and as heavy too. God keep lead out of me; I need no more weight than mine own bowels. I have led my ragamuffins where they are peppered. Thereís not three of my hundred and fifty left alive, and they are for the townís end, to beg during life. But who comes here?

 

Enter PRINCE HENRY

Enter PRINCE HENRY

PRINCE HENRY

What, standíst thou idle here? Lend me thy sword.

Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff

stark=rigid

Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies,

vaunting=boasting

[men] Whose deaths are yet unrevenged. I prithee,

Lend me thy sword.

 

PRINCE HENRY

What, standíst thou idle here? Lend me thy sword.

Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff

Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies,

Whose deaths are yet unrevenged. I prithee,

Lend me thy sword.

 

FALSTAFF

O Hal, I prithee, give me leave to breathe awhile. Turk Gregory never did such deeds in arms as I have done this day. I have paid Percy; I have made him sure.

 

FALSTAFF

O Hal, I prithee, give me leave to breathe awhile. Turk Gregory never did such deeds in arms as I have done this day. I have paid Percy; I have made him sure.

 

PRINCE HENRY

He is, indeed, and living to kill thee.

I prithee, lend me thy sword.

 

PRINCE HENRY

He is indeed, and living to kill thee.

I prithee, lend me thy sword.

 

FALSTAFF

Nay, before God, Hal, if Percy be alive, thou gettíst not my sword, but take my pistol, if thou wilt.

 

FALSTAFF

Nay, before God, Hal, if Percy be alive, thou gettíst not my sword; but take my pistol, if thou wilt.

 

PRINCE HENRY

Give it to me. What, is it in the case?

 

PRINCE HENRY

Give it to me. What, is it in the case?

 

FALSTAFF

Ay, Hal, ítis hot, ítis hot. Thereís that will sack (despoil) a city. (PRINCE

HENRY draws it out and finds it to be a bottle of sack)

 

FALSTAFF

Ay, Hal, ítis hot, ítis hot. Thereís that will sack a city. ( PRINCE

HENRY draws it out and finds it to be a bottle of sack)

 

PRINCE HENRY

What, is it a time to jest and dally now?

 

PRINCE HENRY

What, is it a time to jest and dally now?

 

He throws the bottle at him.

He throws the bottle at him.

Exit PRINCE HENRY

Exit PRINCE HENRY

FALSTAFF

Well, if Percy be alive, Iíll pierce him. If he do come in my way, so; if he do not, if I come in his willingly, let him make a carbonado (grilled meat) of me. I like not such grinning honor as Sir Walter hath. Give me life, which, if I can save, so: if not, honor comes unlooked for, and thereís an end.

 

FALSTAFF

Well, if Percy be alive, Iíll pierce him. If he do come in my way, so; if he do not, if I come in his willingly, let him make a carbonado of me. I like not such grinning honor as Sir Walter hath. Give me life, which if I can save, so: if not, honor comes unlooked for, and thereís an end.

 

Exit

Exit

 

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