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Henry the Fourth Part 1

by William Shakespeare

Act 5, Scene 4 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 



Henry the Fourth Part 1 Act 5 Scene 4



Another part of the field

Alarum. Excursions (soldiers running in and out). Enter the KING, PRINCE HENRY, Lord John of LANCASTER, and the Earl of WESTMORELAND

Alarum. Excursions. Enter the KING, PRINCE HENRY, Lord John of LANCASTER, and the Earl of WESTMORELAND

KING

I prithee, Harry, withdraw thyself. Thou bleedest too much.

Lord John of Lancaster, go you with him.

 

KING

I prithee, Harry, withdraw thyself. Thou bleedest too much.

Lord John of Lancaster, go you with him.

 

LANCASTER

Not I, my lord, unless I did bleed, too.

 

LANCASTER

Not I, my lord, unless I did bleed too.

 

PRINCE HENRY

I beseech your Majesty, make up (advance),

Lest your retirement do amaze your friends.

 

PRINCE HENRY

I beseech your Majesty, make up,

Lest your retirement do amaze your friends.

 

KING

I will do so.óMy Lord of Westmoreland,

Lead him to his tent.

 

KING

I will do so.óMy Lord of Westmoreland,

Lead him to his tent.

 

WESTMORELAND

Come, my lord, Iíll lead you to your tent.

 

WESTMORELAND

Come, my lord, Iíll lead you to your tent.

 

PRINCE HENRY

Lead me, my lord? I do not need your help,

And God forbid a shallow scratch should drive

The Prince of Wales from such a field as this,

Where stained nobility lies trodden on,

stained=blood-stained

And rebels' arms triumph in massacres.

 

PRINCE HENRY

Lead me, my lord? I do not need your help,

And God forbid a shallow scratch should drive

The Prince of Wales from such a field as this,

Where stained nobility lies trodden on,

And rebels' arms triumph in massacres.

 

LANCASTER

We breathe too long. Come, cousin Westmoreland,

breathe=take a break

Our duty this way lies. For Godís sake, come.

 

LANCASTER

We breathe too long. Come, cousin Westmoreland,

Our duty this way lies. For Godís sake, come.

 

Exeunt Lord John of LANCASTER and WESTMORELAND

Exeunt Lord John of LANCASTER and WESTMORELAND

PRINCE HENRY

By God, thou hast deceived me, Lancaster.

I did not think thee lord of such a spirit.

Before, I loved thee as a brother, John,

But now, I do respect thee as my soul.

as my soul=as I do my soul

 

PRINCE HENRY

By God, thou hast deceived me, Lancaster.

I did not think thee lord of such a spirit.

Before, I loved thee as a brother, John,

But now, I do respect thee as my soul.

 

KING

I saw him hold Lord Percy at the point

point=swordís point

With lustier maintenance than I did look for

Of such an ungrown warrior.

an ungrown=a young

 

KING

I saw him hold Lord Percy at the point

With lustier maintenance than I did look for

Of such an ungrown warrior.

 

PRINCE HENRY

O, this boy lends mettle to us all.

mettle=zest

 

PRINCE HENRY

O, this boy lends mettle to us all.

 

Exit

Exit

Enter DOUGLAS

Enter DOUGLAS

DOUGLAS

Another king! they grow like Hydraís heads.ó

Hydra=creature that grew back two heads for every one cut off

I am the Douglas, fatal to all those

That wear those colors on them. What art thou

That counterfeitíst the person of a king?

 

DOUGLAS

Another king! they grow like Hydraís heads.ó

I am the Douglas, fatal to all those

That wear those colors on them. What art thou

That counterfeitíst the person of a king?

 

KING

The King himself, who, Douglas, grieves at heart,

So many of his shadows thou hast met

And not the very king. I have two boys

Seek Percy and thyself about the field,

But, seeing thou fallíst on me so luckily,

I will assay thee. And defend thyself.

assay=test

 

KING

The King himself, who, Douglas, grieves at heart,

So many of his shadows thou hast met

And not the very king. I have two boys

Seek Percy and thyself about the field,

But, seeing thou fallíst on me so luckily,

I will assay thee. And defend thyself.

 

DOUGLAS

I fear thou art another counterfeit,

And yet, in faith, thou bearíst thee like a king.

But mine I am sure thou art, whoe'er thou be,

And thus I win thee.

 

DOUGLAS

I fear thou art another counterfeit,

And yet, in faith, thou bearíst thee like a king.

But mine I am sure thou art, whoe'er thou be,

And thus I win thee.

 

They fight. The KING being in danger, enterPRINCE HENRY of Wales

They fight. The KING being in danger, enterPRINCE HENRY of Wales

PRINCE HENRY

Hold up thy head, vile Scot, or thou art like

Never to hold it up again. The spirits

Of valiant Shirley, Stafford, Blunt are in my arms.

It is the Prince of Wales that threatens thee,

Who never promiseth but he means to pay.

 

PRINCE HENRY

Hold up thy head, vile Scot, or thou art like

Never to hold it up again. The spirits

Of valiant Shirley, Stafford, Blunt are in my arms.

It is the Prince of Wales that threatens thee,

Who never promiseth but he means to pay.

 

They fight. DOUGLAS flieth

They fight. DOUGLAS flieth

Cheerly, my lord. How fares your Grace?

Sir Nicholas Gawsey hath for succor sent,

And so hath Clifton. Iíll to Clifton straight.

 

Cheerly, my lord. How fares your Grace?

Sir Nicholas Gawsey hath for succor sent,

And so hath Clifton. Iíll to Clifton straight.

 

KING

Stay, and breathe awhile.

Thou hast redeemed thy lost opinion

And showed thou makíst some tender of my life

tender of=concern for

In this fair rescue thou hast brought to me.

 

KING

Stay, and breathe awhile.

Thou hast redeemed thy lost opinion

And showed thou makíst some tender of my life

In this fair rescue thou hast brought to me.

 

PRINCE HENRY

O God, they did me too much injury

That ever said I hearkened for your death.

If it were so, I might have let alone

The insulting hand of Douglas over you,

Which would have been as speedy in your end

As all the poisonous potions in the world

And saved the treacherous labor of your son.

(saved me the treachery of killing you myself)

 

PRINCE HENRY

O God, they did me too much injury

That ever said I hearkened for your death.

If it were so, I might have let alone

The insulting hand of Douglas over you,

Which would have been as speedy in your end

As all the poisonous potions in the world,

And saved the treacherous labor of your son.

 

KING

Make up to Clifton. Iíll to Sir Nicholas Gawsey.

 

KING

Make up to Clifton. Iíll to Sir Nicholas Gawsey.

 

Exit the KING

Exit the KING

Enter HOTSPUR

Enter HOTSPUR

HOTSPUR

If I mistake not, thou art Harry Monmouth.

 

HOTSPUR

If I mistake not, thou art Harry Monmouth.

 

PRINCE HENRY

Thou speakíst as if I would deny my name.

 

PRINCE HENRY

Thou speakíst as if I would deny my name.

 

HOTSPUR

My name is Harry Percy.

 

HOTSPUR

My name is Harry Percy.

 

PRINCE HENRY

   Why, then I see

A very valiant rebel of the name.

I am the Prince of Wales, and think not, Percy,

To share with me in glory any more.

Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere,

Nor can one England brook a double reign,

brook=endure

Of Harry Percy and the Prince of Wales.

 

PRINCE HENRY

   Why, then I see

A very valiant rebel of the name.

I am the Prince of Wales; and think not, Percy,

To share with me in glory any more.

Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere,

Nor can one England brook a double reign,

Of Harry Percy and the Prince of Wales.

 

HOTSPUR

Nor shall it, Harry, for the hour is come

To end the one of us, and would to God

Thy name in arms were now as great as mine.

 

HOTSPUR

Nor shall it, Harry, for the hour is come

To end the one of us, and would to God

Thy name in arms were now as great as mine.

 

PRINCE HENRY

Iíll make it greater ere I part from thee,

And all the budding honors on thy crest

crest=bouquet atop a coat-of-arms

Iíll crop, to make a garland for my head.

 

PRINCE HENRY

Iíll make it greater ere I part from thee,

And all the budding honors on thy crest

Iíll crop, to make a garland for my head.

 

HOTSPUR

I can no longer brook thy vanities.

 

HOTSPUR

I can no longer brook thy vanities.

 

They fight

They fight

Enter FALSTAFF

Enter FALSTAFF

FALSTAFF

Well said, Hal! To it, Hal! Nay, you shall find no boys' play here, I can tell you.

 

FALSTAFF

Well said, Hal! To it Hal! Nay, you shall find no boys' play here, I can tell you.

 

Enter DOUGLAS. He fighteth with FALSTAFF, who falls down as if he were dead.

Enter DOUGLAS. He fighteth with FALSTAFF, who falls down as if he were dead.

Exit DOUGLAS

Exit DOUGLAS

PRINCE HENRY killeth HOTSPUR

PRINCE HENRY killeth HOTSPUR

HOTSPUR

O Harry, thou hast robbed me of my youth.

I better brook the loss of brittle life

Than those proud titles thou hast won of me.

They wound my thoughts worse than thy sword my flesh.

But thoughts, the slave of life, and life, timeís fool,

And time, that takes survey of all the world,

Must have a stop. O, I could prophesy,

But that the earthy and cold hand of death

Lies on my tongue. No, Percy, thou art dust,

And food foró (he dies)

 

HOTSPUR

O Harry, thou hast robbed me of my youth.

I better brook the loss of brittle life

Than those proud titles thou hast won of me.

They wound my thoughts worse than thy sword my flesh.

But thoughts, the slave of life, and life, timeís fool,

And time, that takes survey of all the world,

Must have a stop. O, I could prophesy,

But that the earthy and cold hand of death

Lies on my tongue. No, Percy, thou art dust,

And food foró (he dies)

 

PRINCE HENRY

For worms, brave Percy. Fare thee well, great heart.

Ill-weaved ambition, how much art thou shrunk!

ill-weaved=ill-woven

When that this body did contain a spirit,

A kingdom for it was too small a bound,

But now two paces of the vilest earth

Is [are] room enough. This earth that bears thee dead

Bears not alive so stout a gentleman.

If thou wert sensible of courtesy,

I should not make so dear a show of zeal.

dear=affectionate

But let my favors hide thy mangled face,

And even in thy behalf Iíll thank myself

For doing these fair rites of tenderness.

Adieu, and take thy praise with thee to heaven.

Thy ignominy sleep with thee in the grave

But not remembered in thy epitaph.

 

PRINCE HENRY

For worms, brave Percy. Fare thee well, great heart.

Ill-weaved ambition, how much art thou shrunk!

When that this body did contain a spirit,

A kingdom for it was too small a bound,

But now two paces of the vilest earth

Is room enough. This earth that bears thee dead

Bears not alive so stout a gentleman.

If thou wert sensible of courtesy,

I should not make so dear a show of zeal.

But let my favors hide thy mangled face;

And even in thy behalf Iíll thank myself

For doing these fair rites of tenderness.

Adieu, and take thy praise with thee to heaven.

Thy ignominy sleep with thee in the grave,

But not remembered in thy epitaph.

 

He spieth FALSTAFF on the ground

He spieth FALSTAFF on the ground

What, old acquaintance, could not all this flesh

Keep in a little life? Poor Jack, farewell.

I could have better spared a better man.

O, I should have a heavy miss of thee

If I were much in love with vanity.

Death hath not struck so fat a deer today,

Though many dearer in this bloody fray.

dearer=word play on ďdeerĒ

Emboweled will I see thee by and by;

emboweled=prepared for burying

Till then in blood by noble Percy lie.

 

What, old acquaintance, could not all this flesh

Keep in a little life? Poor Jack, farewell.

I could have better spared a better man.

O, I should have a heavy miss of thee

If I were much in love with vanity.

Death hath not struck so fat a deer today,

Though many dearer in this bloody fray.

Emboweled will I see thee by and by;

Till then in blood by noble Percy lie.

 

Exit PRINCE HENRY

Exit PRINCE HENRY

FALSTAFF riseth up

FALSTAFF riseth up

FALSTAFF

Emboweled? If thou embowel me today, Iíll give you leave to powder (season) me and eat me, too, tomorrow. 'Sblood, ítwas time to counterfeit, or that hot termagant (savage) Scot had (would have) paid me scot and lot (term used for ďtaxesĒ), too. Counterfeit? I lie. I am no counterfeit. To die is to be a counterfeit, for he is but the counterfeit of a man who hath not the life of a man, but to counterfeit dying when a man thereby liveth is to be no counterfeit but the true and perfect image of life, indeed. The better part of valor is discretion, in the which better part I have saved my life. Zounds, I am afraid of this gunpowder Percy, though he be dead. How (what) if he should counterfeit, too, and rise? By my faith, I am afraid he would prove the better counterfeit. Therefore Iíll make him sure, yea, and Iíll swear I killed him. Why may not he rise as well as I? Nothing confutes me but eyes, and nobody sees me. Therefore, sirrah, (stabs the body) with a new wound in your thigh, come you along with me. (He takes up HOTSPUR on his back)

 

FALSTAFF

Emboweled? If thou embowel me today, Iíll give you leave to powder me and eat me too tomorrow. 'Sblood, ítwas time to counterfeit, or that hot termagant Scot had paid me scot and lot too. Counterfeit? I lie. I am no counterfeit. To die is to be a counterfeit, for he is but the counterfeit of a man who hath not the life of a man; but to counterfeit dying when a man thereby liveth is to be no counterfeit, but the true and perfect image of life indeed. The better part of valor is discretion, in the which better part I have saved my life. Zounds, I am afraid of this gunpowder Percy, though he be dead. How if he should counterfeit too and rise? By my faith, I am afraid he would prove the better counterfeit. Therefore Iíll make him sure, yea, and Iíll swear I killed him. Why may not he rise as well as I? Nothing confutes me but eyes, and nobody sees me. Therefore, sirrah, (stabs the body) with a new wound in your thigh, come you along with me. (he takes up HOTSPUR on his back)

 

Enter PRINCE HENRY and Lord John of LANCASTER

Enter PRINCE HENRY and Lord John of LANCASTER

PRINCE HENRY

Come, brother John. Full bravely hast thou fleshed

Thy maiden sword.

 

PRINCE HENRY

Come, brother John. Full bravely hast thou fleshed

Thy maiden sword.

 

LANCASTER

   But soft, whom have we here?

Did you not tell me this fat man was dead?

 

LANCASTER

   But soft, whom have we here?

Did you not tell me this fat man was dead?

 

PRINCE HENRY

I did; I saw him dead,

Breathless and bleeding on the ground.óArt thou alive?

Or is it fantasy that plays upon our eyesight?

I prithee, speak. We will not trust our eyes

Without our ears. Thou art not what thou seemíst.

 

PRINCE HENRY

I did; I saw him dead,

Breathless and bleeding on the ground.óArt thou alive?

Or is it fantasy that plays upon our eyesight?

I prithee, speak. We will not trust our eyes

Without our ears. Thou art not what thou seemíst.

 

FALSTAFF

No, thatís certain. I am not a double man. But if I be not Jack Falstaff, then am I a jack (rascal). (Throwing down the body) There is Percy. If your father will do me any honor, so; if not, let him kill the next Percy himself. I look to be either earl or duke, I can assure you.

 

FALSTAFF

No, thatís certain. I am not a double man. But if I be not Jack Falstaff, then am I a jack. There is Percy. If your father will do me any honor,so; if not, let him kill the next Percy himself. I look to be either earl or duke, I can assure you.

 

PRINCE HENRY

Why, Percy I killed myself and saw thee dead.

 

PRINCE HENRY

Why, Percy I killed myself, and saw thee dead.

 

FALSTAFF

Didst thou? Lord, Lord, how this world is given to lying. I grant you, I was down and out of breath, and so was he, but we rose both at an instant and fought a long hour by Shrewsbury clock. If I may be believed, so; if not, let them that should reward valor bear the sin upon their own heads. Iíll take it upon my death, I gave him this wound in the thigh. If the man were alive and would deny it, zounds, I would make him eat a piece of my sword.

 

FALSTAFF

Didst thou? Lord, Lord, how this world is given to lying. I grant you, I was down and out of breath, and so was he, but we rose both at an instant and fought a long hour by Shrewsbury clock. If I may be believed, so; if not, let them that should reward valor bear the sin upon their own heads. Iíll take it upon my death, I gave him this wound in the thigh. If the man were alive and would deny it, zounds, I would make him eat a piece of my sword.

 

LANCASTER

This is the strangest tale that ever I heard.

 

LANCASTER

This is the strangest tale that ever I heard.

 

PRINCE HENRY

This is the strangest fellow, brother John.ó

(addressing Falstaff) Come, bring your luggage nobly on your back.

For my part, if a lie may do thee grace,

Iíll gild it with the happiest terms I have.

 

PRINCE HENRY

This is the strangest fellow, brother John.ó

Come, bring your luggage nobly on your back.

For my part, if a lie may do thee grace,

Iíll gild it with the happiest terms I have.

 

A retreat is sounded

A retreat is sounded

The trumpet sounds retreat; the day is ours.

Come, brother, let us to the highest of the field

To see what friends are living, who are dead.

 

The trumpet sounds retreat; the day is ours.

Come, brother, let us to the highest of the field

To see what friends are living, who are dead.

 

Exeunt PRINCE HENRY and Lord John of LANCASTER

Exeunt PRINCE HENRY and Lord John of LANCASTER

FALSTAFF

Iíll follow, as they say, for reward. He that rewards me, God reward him. If I do grow great, Iíll grow less, for Iíll purge and leave sack and live cleanly as a nobleman should do.

 

FALSTAFF

Iíll follow, as they say, for reward. He that rewards me, God reward him. If I do grow great, Iíll grow less, for Iíll purge and leave sack and live cleanly as a nobleman should do.

 

Exit

Exit

 

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