Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 2

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Enter HOTSPUR and DOUGLAS
HOTSPUR and DOUGLAS enter.
Here comes your cousin.
Here comes your nephew.

HOTSPUR

   My uncle is returned.
Deliver up my Lord of Westmoreland.—
Uncle, what news?

HOTSPUR

My uncle’s back. Free Westmoreland, his hostage. Uncle, what’s happening?

WORCESTER

30The King will bid you battle presently.

WORCESTER

The King will beckon you to battle shortly.

DOUGLAS

Defy him by the Lord of Westmoreland.

DOUGLAS

Have Westmoreland deliver your message of defiance.

HOTSPUR

Lord Douglas, go you and tell him so.

HOTSPUR

Douglas, go tell him to do that.

DOUGLAS

Marry, and shall, and very willingly.

DOUGLAS

Indeed, I will, and gladly.
Exit DOUGLAS
DOUGLAS exits.

WORCESTER

There is no seeming mercy in the King.

WORCESTER

The King doesn’t appear willing to forgive us.

HOTSPUR

35Did you beg any? God forbid!

HOTSPUR

Did you ask him to? God forbid!

WORCESTER

I told him gently of our grievances,
Of his oath-breaking, which he mended thus
By now forswearing that he is forsworn.
He calls us “rebels,” “traitors,” and will scourge
40With haughty arms this hateful name in us.

WORCESTER

I politely told him what our issues were. I accused him of breaking his promise to us, and here’s how he answered: he lied about the fact that he lied. He called us rebels, traitors, and said he’d punish us with his mighty army.
Enter DOUGLAS
DOUGLAS enters.

DOUGLAS

Arm, gentlemen, to arms. For I have thrown
A brave defiance in King Henry’s teeth,
And Westmoreland, that was engaged, did bear it,
Which cannot choose but bring him quickly on.

DOUGLAS

Get your weapons, gentlemen, get your weapons! I sent King Henry a brave and defiant message, and Westmoreland, who was our hostage, will deliver it. This will surely bring the battle on immediately.

WORCESTER

45The Prince of Wales stepped forth before the King,
And, nephew, challenged you to single fight.

WORCESTER

The Prince of Wales stepped forward, nephew, and challenged you to a one-on-one fight.