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Henry IV, Part 1
Act 5, scene 3

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Henry IV, Part 1, culminates in the battle of Shrewsbury between the king’s army and rebels seeking his crown. The…

Act 1, scene 1

King Henry meets with his advisers to discuss his proposed crusade to the Holy Land, but the discussion turns instead…

Act 1, scene 2

Prince Hal and Sir John Falstaff taunt each other, Hal warning Falstaff that he will one day be hanged as…

Act 1, scene 3

King Henry meets with Hotspur, Hotspur’s father (Northumberland), and his uncle (Worcester) to demand that Hotspur yield his prisoners to…

Act 2, scene 1

Gadshill, the “setter” for Falstaff and his fellow thieves, seeks information at an inn about the travelers whom they plan…

Act 2, scene 2

Falstaff, Peto, Bardolph, and Gadshill rob the travelers and are, in turn, robbed by Prince Hal and Poins in disguise.

Act 2, scene 3

Hotspur reads a letter from a nobleman who refuses to join the rebellion against King Henry. Lady Percy enters to…

Act 2, scene 4

At a tavern in Eastcheap, Prince Hal and Poins amuse themselves by tormenting a young waiter while waiting for Falstaff…

Act 3, scene 1

Hotspur, Worcester, Mortimer, and the leader of the Welsh rebels, Glendower, meet in Wales to make final the terms of…

Act 3, scene 2

Prince Hal reconciles himself with his father by swearing to fight the rebels and to defeat Hotspur.

Act 3, scene 3

Falstaff tries to swindle the Hostess of the inn. Prince Hal offers Falstaff a command in the infantry.

Act 4, scene 1

Hotspur, Worcester, and Douglas learn that Hotspur’s father, Northumberland, is too sick to join them in the coming battle. They…

Act 4, scene 2

Falstaff discloses to the audience how he has misused his commission as an officer to take money from men eager…

Act 4, scene 3

As Hotspur argues with his fellow commanders about when to fight, they are visited by Sir Walter Blunt, who brings…

Act 4, scene 4

The archbishop of York and Sir Michael, who sympathize with Hotspur, debate the chances of his success against the king’s…

Act 5, scene 1

Worcester and Vernon visit the king’s camp, where Worcester repeats the grievances that he says have led to the rebellion….

Act 5, scene 2

Worcester lies to Hotspur, telling him that the king made no offer of pardon and is ready to begin the…

Act 5, scene 3

The battle begins. Douglas kills Blunt, who is disguised as King Henry. Falstaff enters alone to disclose to the audience…

Act 5, scene 4

Prince Hal saves King Henry from death at the hands of Douglas. Hal then meets Hotspur. While they are fighting,…

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…

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Scene 3
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 
 What is thy name that in the battle thus
 Thou crossest me? What honor dost thou seek
 Upon my head?
DOUGLAS  Know then my name is Douglas,
5 And I do haunt thee in the battle thus
 Because some tell me that thou art a king.
BLUNTThey tell thee true.

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ACT 5. SC. 3

DOUGLAS 
 The Lord of Stafford dear today hath bought
 Thy likeness, for instead of thee, King Harry,
10 This sword hath ended him. So shall it thee,
 Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner.
BLUNT , as King 
 I 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 Blunt.

Then enter Hotspur.

HOTSPUR 
15 O Douglas, hadst thou fought at Holmedon thus,
 I never had triumphed upon a Scot.
DOUGLAS 
 All’s done, all’s won; here breathless lies the King.
HOTSPUR Where?
DOUGLAS Here.
HOTSPUR 
20 This, Douglas? No, I know this face full well.
 A gallant knight he was; his name was Blunt,
 Semblably furnished like the King himself.
DOUGLAS , addressing Blunt’s corpse 
 A fool go with thy soul whither it goes!
 A borrowed title hast thou bought too dear.
25 Why didst thou tell me that thou wert a king?
HOTSPUR 
 The King hath many marching in his coats.
DOUGLAS 
 Now, by my sword, I will kill all his coats.
 I’ll murder all his wardrobe, piece by piece,
 Until I meet the King.
HOTSPUR 30 Up and away!
 Our soldiers stand full fairly for the day.
They exit.

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ACT 5. SC. 3

Alarm. Enter Falstaff alone.

FALSTAFF Though 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.
35 There’s honor for you. Here’s no vanity. I am as hot
 as molten 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
40 left alive, and they are for the town’s end, to beg
 during life. But who comes here?

Enter the Prince.

PRINCE 
 What, stand’st thou idle here? Lend me thy sword.
 Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff
 Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies,
45 Whose deaths are yet unrevenged. I prithee
 Lend me thy sword.
FALSTAFF O 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
50 made him sure.
PRINCE 
 He is indeed, and living to kill thee.
 I prithee, lend me thy sword.
FALSTAFF Nay, before God, Hal, if Percy be alive, thou
 gett’st not my sword; but take my pistol, if thou
55 wilt.
PRINCE 
 Give it me. What, is it in the case?
FALSTAFF Ay, Hal, ’tis hot, ’tis hot. There’s that will
 sack a city.
The Prince draws it out, and finds it
to be a bottle of sack.


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ACT 5. SC. 4

PRINCE 
 What, is it a time to jest and dally now?
He throws the bottle at him and exits.
FALSTAFF 60Well, 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 honor as Sir Walter hath. Give me
 life, which, if I can save, so: if not, honor comes
65 unlooked for, and there’s an end.
He exits. Blunt’s body is carried off.