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Henry IV, Pt. 1: Act 5, Scene 1

Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act 5, Scene 1

Scene 1

King Henry IV’s camp near Shrewsbury.

  1. Enter the King, Prince of Wales, Lord John of Lancaster, Sir
  2. Walter Blunt, Falstaff.

King Henry IV

3 - 5
  1. How bloodily the sun begins to peer
  2. Above yon bulky hill! The day looks pale
  3. At his distemp’rature.

Prince Henry

6 - 9
  1.                        The southern wind
  2. Doth play the trumpet to his purposes,
  3. And by his hollow whistling in the leaves
  4. Foretells a tempest and a blust’ring day.

King Henry IV

10 - 26
  1. Then with the losers let it sympathize,
  2. For nothing can seem foul to those that win.
  3. The trumpet sounds.
  4. Enter Worcester and Sir Richard Vernon.
  5. How now, my Lord of Worcester? ’Tis not well
  6. That you and I should meet upon such terms
  7. As now we meet. You have deceiv’d our trust,
  8. And made us doff our easy robes of peace,
  9. To crush our old limbs in ungentle steel.
  10. This is not well, my lord, this is not well.
  11. What say you to it? Will you again unknit
  12. This churlish knot of all-abhorred war?
  13. And move in that obedient orb again
  14. Where you did give a fair and natural light,
  15. And be no more an exhal’d meteor,
  16. A prodigy of fear, and a portent
  17. Of broached mischief to the unborn times?

Earl of Worcester

27 - 31
  1. Hear me, my liege.
  2. For mine own part, I could be well content
  3. To entertain the lag end of my life
  4. With quiet hours; for I protest
  5. I have not sought the day of this dislike.

King Henry IV

32
  1. You have not sought it, how comes it then?

Falstaff

33
  1. Rebellion lay in his way, and he found it.

Prince Henry

34
  1. Peace, chewet, peace!

Earl of Worcester

35 - 76
  1. It pleas’d your Majesty to turn your looks
  2. Of favor from myself and all our house,
  3. And yet I must remember you, my lord,
  4. We were the first and dearest of your friends.
  5. For you my staff of office did I break
  6. In Richard’s time, and posted day and night
  7. To meet you on the way, and kiss your hand,
  8. When yet you were in place and in account
  9. Nothing so strong and fortunate as I.
  10. It was myself, my brother, and his son,
  11. That brought you home, and boldly did outdare
  12. The dangers of the time. You swore to us,
  13. And you did swear that oath at Doncaster,
  14. That you did nothing purpose ’gainst the state,
  15. Nor claim no further than your new-fall’n right,
  16. The seat of Gaunt, dukedom of Lancaster.
  17. To this we swore our aid. But in short space
  18. It rain’d down fortune show’ring on your head,
  19. And such a flood of greatness fell on you,
  20. What with our help, what with the absent King,
  21. What with the injuries of a wanton time,
  22. The seeming sufferances that you had borne,
  23. And the contrarious winds that held the King
  24. So long in his unlucky Irish wars
  25. That all in England did repute him dead;
  26. And from this swarm of fair advantages
  27. You took occasion to be quickly wooed
  28. To gripe the general sway into your hand,
  29. Forgot your oath to us at Doncaster,
  30. And being fed by us you us’d us so
  31. As that ungentle gull, the cuckoo’s bird,
  32. Useth the sparrow; did oppress our nest,
  33. Grew by our feeding to so great a bulk
  34. That even our love durst not come near your sight
  35. For fear of swallowing; but with nimble wing
  36. We were enforc’d for safety sake to fly
  37. Out of your sight and raise this present head,
  38. Whereby we stand opposed by such means
  39. As you yourself have forg’d against yourself
  40. By unkind usage, dangerous countenance,
  41. And violation of all faith and troth
  42. Sworn to us in your younger enterprise.

King Henry IV

77 - 87
  1. These things indeed you have articulate,
  2. Proclaim’d at market-crosses, read in churches,
  3. To face the garment of rebellion
  4. With some fine color that may please the eye
  5. Of fickle changelings and poor discontents,
  6. Which gape and rub the elbow at the news
  7. Of hurly-burly innovation;
  8. And never yet did insurrection want
  9. Such water-colors to impaint his cause,
  10. Nor moody beggars, starving for a time
  11. Of pell-mell havoc and confusion.

Prince Henry

88 - 105
  1. In both your armies there is many a soul
  2. Shall pay full dearly for this encounter,
  3. If once they join in trial. Tell your nephew
  4. The Prince of Wales doth join with all the world
  5. In praise of Henry Percy. By my hopes,
  6. This present enterprise set off his head,
  7. I do not think a braver gentleman,
  8. More active, valiant, or more valiant, young,
  9. More daring or more bold, is now alive
  10. To grace this latter age with noble deeds.
  11. For my part, I may speak it to my shame,
  12. I have a truant been to chivalry,
  13. And so I hear he doth account me too;
  14. Yet this before my father’s Majesty:
  15. I am content that he shall take the odds
  16. Of his great name and estimation,
  17. And will, to save the blood on either side,
  18. Try fortune with him in a single fight.

King Henry IV

106 - 119
  1. And, Prince of Wales, so dare we venture thee,
  2. Albeit considerations infinite
  3. Do make against it. No, good Worcester, no,
  4. We love our people well, even those we love
  5. That are misled upon your cousin’s part,
  6. And, will they take the offer of our grace,
  7. Both he and they and you, yea, every man
  8. Shall be my friend again, and I’ll be his.
  9. So tell your cousin, and bring me word
  10. What he will do. But if he will not yield,
  11. Rebuke and dread correction wait on us,
  12. And they shall do their office. So be gone;
  13. We will not now be troubled with reply.
  14. We offer fair, take it advisedly.
  1. Exit Worcester with Vernon.

Prince Henry

121 - 123
  1. It will not be accepted, on my life.
  2. The Douglas and the Hotspur both together
  3. Are confident against the world in arms.

King Henry IV

124 - 126
  1. Hence therefore, every leader to his charge,
  2. For on their answer will we set on them,
  3. And God befriend us as our cause is just!
  1. Exeunt. Manent Prince, Falstaff.

Falstaff

128 - 129
  1. Hal, if thou see me down in the battle and bestride me, so;
  2. ’tis a point of friendship.

Prince Henry

130 - 131
  1. Nothing but a Colossus can do thee that friendship. Say thy
  2. prayers, and farewell.

Falstaff

132
  1. I would ’twere bed-time, Hal, and all well.

Prince Henry

133
  1. Why, thou owest God a death.
  1. Exit.

Falstaff

135 - 147
  1. ’Tis not due yet, I would be loath to pay him before his
  2. day. What need I be so forward with him that calls not on
  3. me? Well, ’tis no matter, honor pricks me on. Yea, but how
  4. if honor prick me off when I come on? How then? Can honor
  5. set to a leg? No. Or an arm? No. Or take away the grief of a
  6. wound? No. Honor hath no skill in surgery then? No. What is
  7. honor? A word. What is in that word honor? What is that
  8. honor? Air. A trim reckoning! Who hath it? He that died a’
  9. Wednesday. Doth he feel it? No. Doth he hear it? No. ’Tis
  10. insensible then? Yea, to the dead. But will’t not live with
  11. the living? No. Why? Detraction will not suffer it.
  12. Therefore I’ll none of it, honor is a mere scutcheon. And so
  13. ends my catechism.
  1. Exit.
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