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ACT V - SCENE III. Plain between the camps.
SIR WALTER BLUNT
1    What is thy name, that in the battle thus
2    Thou crossest me? what honour dost thou seek
3    Upon my head?
EARL OF DOUGLAS
4    Know then, my name is Douglas;
5    And I do haunt thee in the battle thus
6    Because some tell me that thou art a king.
SIR WALTER BLUNT
7    They tell thee true.
EARL OF DOUGLAS
8    The Lord of Stafford dear to-day hath bought
9    Thy likeness, for instead of thee, King Harry,
10   This sword hath ended him: so shall it thee,
11   Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner.
SIR WALTER BLUNT
12   I was not born a yielder, thou proud Scot;
13   And thou shalt find a king that will revenge
14   Lord Stafford's death.
HOTSPUR
15   O Douglas, hadst thou fought at Holmedon thus,
16   never had triumph'd upon a Scot.
EARL OF DOUGLAS
17   All's done, all's won; here breathless lies the king.
HOTSPUR
18   Where?
EARL OF DOUGLAS
19   Here.
HOTSPUR
20   This, Douglas? no: I know this face full well:
21   A gallant knight he was, his name was Blunt;
22   Semblably furnish'd like the king himself.
EARL OF DOUGLAS
23   A fool go with thy soul, whither it goes!
24   A borrow'd title hast thou bought too dear:
25   Why didst thou tell me that thou wert a king?
HOTSPUR
26   The king hath many marching in his coats.
EARL OF DOUGLAS
27   Now, by my sword, I will kill all his coats;
28   I'll murder all his wardrobe, piece by piece,
29   Until I meet the king.
HOTSPUR
30   Up, and away!
31   Our soldiers stand full fairly for the day.
Exeunt

Alarum. Enter FALSTAFF, solus

FALSTAFF
32   Though I could 'scape shot-free at London, I fear
33   the shot here; here's no scoring but upon the pate.
34   Soft! who are you? Sir Walter Blunt: there's honour
35   for you! here's no vanity! I am as hot as moulten
36   lead, and as heavy too: God keep lead out of me! I
37   need no more weight than mine own bowels. I have
38   led my ragamuffins where they are peppered: there's
39   not three of my hundred and fifty left alive; and
40   they are for the town's end, to beg during life.
41   But who comes here?
Enter PRINCE HENRY

PRINCE HENRY
42   What, stand'st thou idle here? lend me thy sword:
43   Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff
44   Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies,
45   Whose deaths are yet unrevenged: I prithee,
46   lend me thy sword.
FALSTAFF
47   O Hal, I prithee, give me leave to breathe awhile.
48   Turk Gregory never did such deeds in arms as I have
49   done this day. I have paid Percy, I have made him sure.
PRINCE HENRY
50   He is, indeed; and living to kill thee. I prithee,
51   lend me thy sword.
FALSTAFF
52   Nay, before God, Hal, if Percy be alive, thou get'st
53   not my sword; but take my pistol, if thou wilt.
PRINCE HENRY
54   Give it to me: what, is it in the case?
FALSTAFF
55   Ay, Hal; 'tis hot, 'tis hot; there's that will sack a city.
PRINCE HENRY
56   What, is it a time to jest and dally now?
He throws the bottle at him. Exit

FALSTAFF
57   Well, if Percy be alive, I'll pierce him. If he do
58   come in my way, so: if he do not, if I come in his
59   willingly, let him make a carbonado of me. I like
60   not such grinning honour as Sir Walter hath: give me
61   life: which if I can save, so; if not, honour comes
62   unlooked for, and there's an end.
Exit FALSTAFF

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V

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