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Henry IV, Part 1 Scenes

Scene 5

Another part of the field.

(King Henry IV; Prince of Wales; Prince John of Lancaster; Earl of Westmorland; Worcester)

The King sends Worcester and Vernon to their deaths. Hal, however, pleads for Douglas’s life, which is granted him. The King divides his armies to fight the remaining rebels at York and in Wales. (45 lines)

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


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?

Misuse the tenor of thy kinsman’s trust?

Three knights upon our party slain today,

A noble earl, and many a creature else

Had been alive this hour,

If like a Christian thou hadst truly borne

Betwixt our armies true intelligence.


What I have done my safety urg’d 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.

Other offenders we will pause upon.

Exeunt Worcester and Vernon, guarded.

How goes the field?


The noble Scot, Lord Douglas, when he saw

The fortune of the day quite turn’d from him,

The noble Percy slain, and all his men

Upon the foot of fear, fled with the rest,

And falling from a hill, he was so bruis’d

That the pursuers took him. At my tent

The Douglas is; and I beseech your Grace

I may dispose of him.


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.

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.


Then this remains, that we divide our power.

You, son John, and my cousin Westmorland

Towards York shall bend you with your dearest speed,

To meet Northumberland and the prelate Scroop,

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,

And since this business so fair is done,

Let us not leave till all our own be won.



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