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Henry IV, Part 1 - Act 5, scene 5
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Navigate this workHenry IV, Part 1 - Act 5, scene 5
Act 5, scene 5
The king’s forces having won, King Henry condemns Worcester and Vernon to death, and the king and his supporters prepare to march against the remaining rebels.The trumpets sound. Enter the King, Prince of Wales,
Lord John of Lancaster, Earl of Westmoreland, with
Worcester and Vernon prisoners, ⌜and Soldiers.⌝
3108 Thus ever did rebellion find rebuke.—
3109 Ill-spirited Worcester, did not we send grace,
3110 Pardon, and terms of love to all of you?
3111 And wouldst thou turn our offers contrary,
3112 5 Misuse the tenor of thy kinsman’s trust?
3113 Three knights upon our party slain today,
3114 A noble earl, and many a creature else
p. 2233115 Had been alive this hour
3116 If, like a Christian, thou hadst truly borne
3117 10 Betwixt our armies true intelligence.
3118 What I have done my safety urged me to.
3119 And I embrace this fortune patiently,
3120 Since not to be avoided it falls on me.
3121 Bear Worcester to the death, and Vernon too.
3122 15 Other offenders we will pause upon.
⌜Worcester and Vernon exit, under guard.⌝
3123 How goes the field?
3124 The noble Scot, Lord Douglas, when he saw
3125 The fortune of the day quite turned from him,
3126 The noble Percy slain, and all his men
3127 20 Upon the foot of fear, fled with the rest,
3128 And, falling from a hill, he was so bruised
3129 That the pursuers took him. At my tent
3130 The Douglas is, and I beseech your Grace
3131 I may dispose of him.
KING 3132 25 With all my heart.
3133 Then, brother John of Lancaster, to you
3134 This honorable bounty shall belong.
3135 Go to the Douglas and deliver him
3136 Up to his pleasure, ransomless and free.
3137 30 His valors shown upon our crests today
3138 Have taught us how to cherish such high deeds,
3139 Even in the bosom of our adversaries.
3140 I thank your Grace for this high courtesy,
3141 Which I shall give away immediately.
3142 35 Then this remains, that we divide our power.
3143 You, son John, and my cousin Westmoreland,
p. 2253144 Towards York shall bend you with your dearest
3146 To meet Northumberland and the prelate Scroop,
3147 40 Who, as we hear, are busily in arms.
3148 Myself and you, son Harry, will towards Wales
3149 To fight with Glendower and the Earl of March.
3150 Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway,
3151 Meeting the check of such another day.
3152 45 And since this business so fair is done,
3153 Let us not leave till all our own be won.