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King Henry IV, Part I

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ACT V SCENE III Plain between the camps.
[ KING HENRY enters with his power. Alarum to the battle. Then enter DOUGLAS and SIR WALTER BLUNT ]
SIR WALTER BLUNTWhat is thy name, that in the battle thus
Thou crossest me? what honour dost thou seek
Upon my head?
EARL OF DOUGLASKnow then, my name is Douglas;
And I do haunt thee in the battle thus5
Because some tell me that thou art a king.
SIR WALTER BLUNTThey tell thee true.
EARL OF DOUGLASThe Lord of Stafford dear to-day hath bought
Thy likeness, for instead of thee, King Harry,
This sword hath ended him: so shall it thee,10
Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner.
SIR WALTER BLUNTI was not born a yielder, thou proud Scot;
And thou shalt find a king that will revenge
Lord Stafford's death.
[ They fight. DOUGLAS kills SIR WALTER BLUNT. Enter HOTSPUR ]
HOTSPURO Douglas, hadst thou fought at Holmedon thus,15
never had triumph'd upon a Scot.
EARL OF DOUGLASAll's done, all's won; here breathless lies the king.
HOTSPURThis, Douglas? no: I know this face full well:20
A gallant knight he was, his name was Blunt;
Semblably furnish'd like the king himself.
EARL OF DOUGLASA fool go with thy soul, whither it goes!
A borrow'd title hast thou bought too dear:
Why didst thou tell me that thou wert a king?25
HOTSPURThe king hath many marching in his coats.
EARL OF DOUGLASNow, by my sword, I will kill all his coats;
I'll murder all his wardrobe, piece by piece,
Until I meet the king.
HOTSPURUp, and away!30
Our soldiers stand full fairly for the day.
[Alarum. Enter FALSTAFF, solus]
FALSTAFFThough I could 'scape shot-free at London, I fear
the shot here; here's no scoring but upon the pate.
Soft! who are you? Sir Walter Blunt: there's honour
for you! here's no vanity! I am as hot as moulten35
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: there's
not three of my hundred and fifty left alive; and
they are for the town's end, to beg during life.40
But who comes here?
PRINCE HENRYWhat, stand'st 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,45
lend me thy sword.
FALSTAFFO 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 HENRYHe is, indeed; and living to kill thee. I prithee,50
lend me thy sword.
FALSTAFFNay, before God, Hal, if Percy be alive, thou get'st
not my sword; but take my pistol, if thou wilt.
PRINCE HENRYGive it to me: what, is it in the case?
FALSTAFFAy, Hal; 'tis hot, 'tis hot; there's that will sack a city.55
[ PRINCE HENRY draws it out, and finds it to be a bottle of sack ]
PRINCE HENRYWhat, is it a time to jest and dally now?
[He throws the bottle at him. Exit]
FALSTAFFWell, if Percy be alive, I'll 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 honour as Sir Walter hath: give me60
life: which if I can save, so; if not, honour comes
unlooked for, and there's an end.

Continue to Henry IV, Part I, Act 5, Scene 4


Explanatory Notes for Act 5, Scene 3
From Henry IV, Part I. Ed. Brainerd Kellogg. New York: Clark and Maynard.
(Line numbers have been altered.)

7. The Lord of Stafford, Edmund, fifth Earl of Stafford.

31. Stand full fairly, have a fair chance of winning the day.

32. Shot-free, without paying shot, or proportion of reckoning.

48. Turk Gregory. Hildebrand, Pope Gregory VII, is here called Turk. [Note the prejudice of the day.]

59. A carbonado, a slice of flesh or fowl scored for broiling.

60. Grinning honor. Alluding to the distortion of the features by death.

How to cite the explanatory notes:

Shakespeare, William. King Henry IV, Part 1. Ed. Brainerd Kellogg. New York: Clark and Maynard, 1885. Shakespeare Online. 20 Feb. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < >.


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