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Henry IV, Part 1 - Act 5, scene 3
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Navigate this workHenry IV, Part 1 - Act 5, scene 3
Act 5, scene 3
The battle begins. Douglas kills Blunt, who is disguised as King Henry. Falstaff enters alone to disclose to the audience that he has led his men to their massacre. When Prince Hal enters and asks Falstaff to lend him a sword, Falstaff instead gives him a bottle of sack.The King enters with his power, ⌜crosses the stage and
exits.⌝ Alarum to the battle. Then enter Douglas, and Sir
Walter Blunt, ⌜disguised as the King.⌝
BLUNT, ⌜as King⌝
2874 What is thy name that in ⌜the⌝ battle thus
2875 Thou crossest me? What honor dost thou seek
2876 Upon my head?
DOUGLAS 2877 Know then my name is Douglas,
2878 5 And I do haunt thee in the battle thus
2879 Because some tell me that thou art a king.
BLUNT, ⌜as King⌝ 2880 They tell thee true.
2881 The Lord of Stafford dear today hath bought
2882 Thy likeness, for instead of thee, King Harry,
2883 10 This sword hath ended him. So shall it thee,
2884 Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner.
BLUNT, ⌜as King⌝
2885 I was not born a yielder, thou proud Scot,
2886 And thou shalt find a king that will revenge
2887 Lord Stafford’s death.
They fight. Douglas kills Blunt.
Then enter Hotspur.
2888 15 O Douglas, hadst thou fought at Holmedon thus,
2889 I never had triumphed upon a Scot.
2890 All’s done, all’s won; here breathless lies the King.
HOTSPUR 2891 Where?
DOUGLAS 2892 Here.
2893 20 This, Douglas? No, I know this face full well.
2894 A gallant knight he was; his name was Blunt,
2895 Semblably furnished like the King himself.
DOUGLAS, ⌜addressing Blunt’s corpse⌝
2896 ⌜A⌝ fool go with thy soul whither it goes!
2897 A borrowed title hast thou bought too dear.
2898 25 Why didst thou tell me that thou wert a king?
2899 The King hath many marching in his coats.
2900 Now, by my sword, I will kill all his coats.
2901 I’ll murder all his wardrobe, piece by piece,
2902 Until I meet the King.
HOTSPUR 2903 30 Up and away!
2904 Our soldiers stand full fairly for the day.
p. 207Alarm. Enter Falstaff alone.
FALSTAFF 2905 Though I could ’scape shot-free at London,
2906 I fear the shot here. Here’s no scoring but upon
2907 the pate.—Soft, who are you? Sir Walter Blunt.
2908 35 There’s honor for you. Here’s no vanity. I am as hot
2909 as molten lead, and as heavy too. God keep lead out
2910 of me; I need no more weight than mine own
2911 bowels. I have led my ragamuffins where they are
2912 peppered. There’s not three of my hundred and fifty
2913 40 left alive, and they are for the town’s end, to beg
2914 during life. But who comes here?
Enter the Prince.
2915 What, stand’st thou idle here? Lend me thy sword.
2916 Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff
2917 Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies,
2918 45 Whose deaths are yet unrevenged. I prithee
2919 Lend me thy sword.
FALSTAFF 2920 O Hal, I prithee give me leave to breathe
2921 awhile. Turk Gregory never did such deeds in arms
2922 as I have done this day. I have paid Percy; I have
2923 50 made him sure.
2924 He is indeed, and living to kill thee.
2925 I prithee, lend me thy sword.
FALSTAFF 2926 Nay, before God, Hal, if Percy be alive, thou
2927 gett’st not my sword; but take my pistol, if thou
2928 55 wilt.
2929 Give it me. What, is it in the case?
FALSTAFF 2930 Ay, Hal, ’tis hot, ’tis hot. There’s that will
2931 sack a city.
The Prince draws it out, and finds it
to be a bottle of sack.
2932 What, is it a time to jest and dally now?
He throws the bottle at him ⌜and⌝ exits.
FALSTAFF 2933 60Well, if Percy be alive, I’ll pierce him. If he do
2934 come in my way, so; if he do not, if I come in his
2935 willingly, let him make a carbonado of me. I like not
2936 such grinning honor as Sir Walter hath. Give me
2937 life, which, if I can save, so: if not, honor comes
2938 65 unlooked for, and there’s an end.
⌜He exits. Blunt’s body is carried off.⌝