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Henry IV, Part 1

Henry IV, Part 1 Translation Act 5, Scene 3

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The KING enters with his power and they cross the stage. Alarum to the battle.

Then enter DOUGLAS and Sir Walter BLUNT, disguised as the KING

BLUNT

What is thy name that in the battle thusThou crossest me? What honor dost thou seekUpon my head?

BLUNT

What is your name, you who attacked me in battle? What honor are you going to get by fighting me?

DOUGLAS

Know then, my name is Douglas,And I do haunt thee in the battle thusBecause some tell me that thou art a king.

DOUGLAS

I will tell you. My name is Douglas, and I was following you in the battle because I have been told that you are a king.

BLUNT

They tell thee true.

BLUNT

That is true. 

DOUGLAS

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

DOUGLAS

The Lord of Stafford has paid heavily today for his resemblance to you, since my sword killed him instead of you, King Harry. Now finally my sword will kill you, unless you surrender to being my prisoner. 

BLUNT

I was not born a yielder, thou proud Scot,And thou shalt find a king that will revengeLord Stafford’s death.

BLUNT

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They fight. DOUGLAS kills BLUNT. Enter HOTSPUR

HOTSPUR

O Douglas, hadst thou fought at Holmedon thus,I never had triumphed upon a Scot.

HOTSPUR

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DOUGLAS

All’s done, all’s won; here breathless lies the King.

DOUGLAS

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HOTSPUR

Where?

HOTSPUR

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DOUGLAS

Here.

DOUGLAS

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HOTSPUR

This, Douglas? No, I know this face full well.A gallant knight he was; his name was Blunt,Semblably furnished like the King himself.

HOTSPUR

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DOUGLAS

[To BLUNT] A fool go with thy soul whither it goes!A borrowed title hast thou bought too dear.Why didst thou tell me that thou wert a king?

DOUGLAS

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HOTSPUR

The King hath many marching in his coats.

HOTSPUR

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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.

DOUGLAS

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HOTSPUR

Up and away!Our soldiers stand full fairly for the day.

HOTSPUR

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Alarum. 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. 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 hundredand fifty left alive, and they are for the town’s end, to beg during life. But who comes here?

FALSTAFF

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Enter PRINCE HENRY

PRINCE HENRY

What, stand’st thou idle here? Lend me thy sword. Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies, Whose deaths are yet unrevenged. I prithee, Lend me thy sword.

PRINCE HENRY

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FALSTAFF

O Hal, I prithee, give me leave to breathe awhile. TurkGregory never did such deeds in arms as I have done this day. I have paid Percy; I have made him sure.

FALSTAFF

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PRINCE HENRY

He is indeed, and living to kill thee.I prithee, lend me thy sword.

PRINCE HENRY

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FALSTAFF

Nay, before God, Hal, if Percy be alive, thou gett’st not my sword; but take my pistol, if thou wilt.

FALSTAFF

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PRINCE HENRY

Give it to me. What, is it in the case?

PRINCE HENRY

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FALSTAFF

Ay, Hal, ’tis hot, ’tis hot. There’s that will sack a city. [ PRINCEHENRY draws it out and finds it to be a bottle of sack]

FALSTAFF

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PRINCE HENRY

What, is it a time to jest and dally now?

PRINCE HENRY

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He throws the bottle at him.

Exit PRINCE HENRY

FALSTAFF

Well, if Percy be alive, I’ll pierce him. If he do comein 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 unlooked for, and there’s an end.

FALSTAFF

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About the Translator: Lani Strange

Lani is currently studying for an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe. She has a BA in English and Latin Literature from the University of Warwick and worked as a Teacher of Drama for a year in between her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. She has a love for all things theatrical and spends all of her free time either watching theatre or taking part in it herself.