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Act 5, scene 4
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Henry IV, Part 1
Act 5, scene 4



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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 4
Alarm, excursions. Enter the King, the Prince, Lord John
of Lancaster, and the Earl of Westmoreland.

 I prithee, Harry, withdraw thyself. Thou bleedest
 too much.
 Lord John of Lancaster, go you with him.
 Not I, my lord, unless I did bleed too.
5 I beseech your Majesty, make up,
 Lest your retirement do amaze your friends.
 I will do so.—My Lord of Westmoreland,
 Lead him to his tent.
 Come, my lord, I’ll lead you to your tent.
10 Lead me, my lord? I do not need your help,
 And God forbid a shallow scratch should drive
 The Prince of Wales from such a field as this,
 Where stained nobility lies trodden on,
 And rebels’ arms triumph in massacres.

Henry IV, Part I
ACT 5. SC. 4

15 We breathe too long. Come, cousin Westmoreland,
 Our duty this way lies. For God’s sake, come.
Lancaster and Westmoreland exit.
 By God, thou hast deceived me, Lancaster.
 I did not think thee lord of such a spirit.
 Before, I loved thee as a brother, John,
20 But now I do respect thee as my soul.
 I saw him hold Lord Percy at the point
 With lustier maintenance than I did look for
 Of such an ungrown warrior.
 O, this boy lends mettle to us all. He exits.

Enter Douglas.

25 Another king! They grow like Hydra’s heads.—
 I am the Douglas, fatal to all those
 That wear those colors on them. What art thou
 That counterfeit’st the person of a king?
 The King himself, who, Douglas, grieves at heart,
30 So many of his shadows thou hast met
 And not the very king. I have two boys
 Seek Percy and thyself about the field,
 But, seeing thou fall’st on me so luckily,
 I will assay thee. And defend thyself.
35 I fear thou art another counterfeit,
 And yet, in faith, thou bearest thee like a king.
 But mine I am sure thou art, whoe’er thou be,
 And thus I win thee.

They fight. The King being in danger,
enter Prince of Wales.

Henry IV, Part I
ACT 5. SC. 4

 Hold up thy head, vile Scot, or thou art like
40 Never to hold it up again. The spirits
 Of valiant Shirley, Stafford, Blunt are in my arms.
 It is the Prince of Wales that threatens thee,
 Who never promiseth but he means to pay.
They fight. Douglas flieth.
  To King. Cheerly, my lord. How fares your Grace?
45 Sir Nicholas Gawsey hath for succor sent,
 And so hath Clifton. I’ll to Clifton straight.
KING Stay and breathe awhile.
 Thou hast redeemed thy lost opinion
 And showed thou mak’st some tender of my life
50 In this fair rescue thou hast brought to me.
 O God, they did me too much injury
 That ever said I hearkened for your death.
 If it were so, I might have let alone
 The insulting hand of Douglas over you,
55 Which would have been as speedy in your end
 As all the poisonous potions in the world,
 And saved the treacherous labor of your son.
 Make up to Clifton. I’ll to Sir Nicholas Gawsey.
King exits.

Enter Hotspur.

 If I mistake not, thou art Harry Monmouth.
60 Thou speak’st as if I would deny my name.
 My name is Harry Percy.
PRINCE  Why then I see
 A very valiant rebel of the name.
 I am the Prince of Wales; and think not, Percy,

Henry IV, Part I
ACT 5. SC. 4

65 To share with me in glory any more.
 Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere,
 Nor can one England brook a double reign
 Of Harry Percy and the Prince of Wales.
 Nor shall it, Harry, for the hour is come
70 To end the one of us, and would to God
 Thy name in arms were now as great as mine.
 I’ll make it greater ere I part from thee,
 And all the budding honors on thy crest
 I’ll crop to make a garland for my head.
75 I can no longer brook thy vanities. They fight.

Enter Falstaff.

FALSTAFF Well said, Hal! To it, Hal! Nay, you shall find
 no boys’ play here, I can tell you.

Enter Douglas. He fighteth with Falstaff, who falls
down as if he were dead.
 Douglas exits. The Prince
killeth Percy.

 O Harry, thou hast robbed me of my youth.
 I better brook the loss of brittle life
80 Than those proud titles thou hast won of me.
 They wound my thoughts worse than thy sword my
 But thoughts, the slaves of life, and life, time’s fool,
 And time, that takes survey of all the world,
85 Must have a stop. O, I could prophesy,
 But that the earthy and cold hand of death
 Lies on my tongue. No, Percy, thou art dust,
 And food for— He dies.
 For worms, brave Percy. Fare thee well, great heart.

Henry IV, Part I
ACT 5. SC. 4

90 Ill-weaved ambition, how much art thou shrunk!
 When that this body did contain a spirit,
 A kingdom for it was too small a bound,
 But now two paces of the vilest earth
 Is room enough. This earth that bears thee dead
95 Bears not alive so stout a gentleman.
 If thou wert sensible of courtesy,
 I should not make so dear a show of zeal.
 But let my favors hide thy mangled face;
He covers Hotspur’s face.
 And even in thy behalf I’ll thank myself
100 For doing these fair rites of tenderness.
 Adieu, and take thy praise with thee to heaven.
 Thy ignominy sleep with thee in the grave,
 But not remembered in thy epitaph.
He spieth Falstaff on the ground.
 What, old acquaintance, could not all this flesh
105 Keep in a little life? Poor Jack, farewell.
 I could have better spared a better man.
 O, I should have a heavy miss of thee
 If I were much in love with vanity.
 Death hath not struck so fat a deer today,
110 Though many dearer in this bloody fray.
 Emboweled will I see thee by and by;
 Till then in blood by noble Percy lie. He exits.
Falstaff riseth up.
FALSTAFF Emboweled? If thou embowel me today, I’ll
 give you leave to powder me and eat me too
115 tomorrow. ’Sblood, ’twas time to counterfeit, or
 that hot termagant Scot had paid me scot and lot
 too. Counterfeit? I lie. I am no counterfeit. To die is
 to be a counterfeit, for he is but the counterfeit of a
 man who hath not the life of a man; but to counterfeit
120 dying when a man thereby liveth is to be no
 counterfeit, but the true and perfect image of life
 indeed. The better part of valor is discretion, in the

Henry IV, Part I
ACT 5. SC. 4

 which better part I have saved my life. Zounds, I am
 afraid of this gunpowder Percy, though he be dead.
125 How if he should counterfeit too, and rise? By my
 faith, I am afraid he would prove the better counterfeit.
 Therefore I’ll make him sure, yea, and I’ll swear
 I killed him. Why may not he rise as well as I?
 Nothing confutes me but eyes, and nobody sees me.
130 Therefore, sirrah,  stabbing him with a new wound
 in your thigh, come you along with me.
He takes up Hotspur on his back.

Enter Prince and John of Lancaster.

 Come, brother John. Full bravely hast thou fleshed
 Thy maiden sword.
LANCASTER  But soft, whom have we here?
135 Did you not tell me this fat man was dead?
PRINCE I did; I saw him dead,
 Breathless and bleeding on the ground.—Art thou
 Or is it fantasy that plays upon our eyesight?
140 I prithee, speak. We will not trust our eyes
 Without our ears. Thou art not what thou seem’st.
FALSTAFF No, that’s certain. I am not a double man.
 But if I be not Jack Falstaff, then am I a jack. There
 is Percy. If your father will do me any honor, so; if
145 not, let him kill the next Percy himself. I look to be
 either earl or duke, I can assure you.
 Why, Percy I killed myself, and saw thee dead.
FALSTAFF Didst thou? Lord, Lord, how this world is
 given to lying. I grant you, I was down and out of
150 breath, and so was he, but we rose both at an instant
 and fought a long hour by Shrewsbury clock. If I
 may be believed, so; if not, let them that should
 reward valor bear the sin upon their own heads. I’ll

Henry IV, Part I
ACT 5. SC. 5

 take it upon my death, I gave him this wound in
155 the thigh. If the man were alive and would deny
 it, zounds, I would make him eat a piece of my
 This is the strangest tale that ever I heard.
 This is the strangest fellow, brother John.—
160 Come bring your luggage nobly on your back.
 For my part, if a lie may do thee grace,
 I’ll gild it with the happiest terms I have.
A retreat is sounded.
 The trumpet sounds retreat; the day is ours.
 Come, brother, let us to the highest of the field
165 To see what friends are living, who are dead.
They exit.
FALSTAFF I’ll follow, as they say, for reward. He that
 rewards me, God reward him. If I do grow great,
 I’ll grow less, for I’ll purge and leave sack and live
 cleanly as a nobleman should do.
He exits carrying Hotspur’s body.