List iconHenry IV, Part 1:
Act 5, scene 5
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Henry IV, Part 1
Act 5, scene 5



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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 5
The trumpets sound. Enter the King, Prince of Wales,
Lord John of Lancaster, Earl of Westmoreland, with
Worcester and Vernon prisoners, and Soldiers.

 Thus ever did rebellion find rebuke.—
 Ill-spirited Worcester, did not we send grace,
 Pardon, and terms of love to all of you?
 And wouldst thou turn our offers contrary,
5 Misuse the tenor of thy kinsman’s trust?
 Three knights upon our party slain today,
 A noble earl, and many a creature else

Henry IV, Part I
ACT 5. SC. 5

 Had been alive this hour
 If, like a Christian, thou hadst truly borne
10 Betwixt our armies true intelligence.
 What I have done my safety urged me to.
 And I embrace this fortune patiently,
 Since not to be avoided it falls on me.
 Bear Worcester to the death, and Vernon too.
15 Other offenders we will pause upon.
Worcester and Vernon exit, under guard.
 How goes the field?
 The noble Scot, Lord Douglas, when he saw
 The fortune of the day quite turned from him,
 The noble Percy slain, and all his men
20 Upon the foot of fear, fled with the rest,
 And, falling from a hill, he was so bruised
 That the pursuers took him. At my tent
 The Douglas is, and I beseech your Grace
 I may dispose of him.
KING 25 With all my heart.
 Then, brother John of Lancaster, to you
 This honorable bounty shall belong.
 Go to the Douglas and deliver him
 Up to his pleasure, ransomless and free.
30 His valors shown upon our crests today
 Have taught us how to cherish such high deeds,
 Even in the bosom of our adversaries.
 I thank your Grace for this high courtesy,
 Which I shall give away immediately.
35 Then this remains, that we divide our power.
 You, son John, and my cousin Westmoreland,

Henry IV, Part I
ACT 5. SC. 5

 Towards York shall bend you with your dearest
 To meet Northumberland and the prelate Scroop,
40 Who, as we hear, are busily in arms.
 Myself and you, son Harry, will towards Wales
 To fight with Glendower and the Earl of March.
 Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway,
 Meeting the check of such another day.
45 And since this business so fair is done,
 Let us not leave till all our own be won.
They exit.