Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 4

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KING

20I saw him hold Lord Percy at the point
With lustier maintenance than I did look for
Of such an ungrown warrior.

KING

He had Percy cornered, and he carried himself more bravely than I would have expected of such a young warrior.

PRINCE HENRY

O, this boy lends mettle to us all.

PRINCE HENRY

Oh, this boy lends us all courage!
Exit
PRINCE HENRY exits.
Enter DOUGLAS
DOUGLAS enters.

DOUGLAS

Another king! they grow like Hydra’s heads.—
25I am the Douglas, fatal to all those
That wear those colors on them. What art thou
That counterfeit’st the person of a king?

DOUGLAS

Another king! The more of them we kill, the more of them spring up. I am Douglas, and I bring death to everyone wearing that uniform. Who are you, disguised as a king?

KING

The King himself, who, Douglas, grieves at heart,
So many of his shadows thou hast met
30And not the very king. I have two boys
Seek Percy and thyself about the field,
But, seeing thou fall’st on me so luckily,
I will assay thee. And defend thyself.

KING

The King himself. And it pains me, Douglas, that you ran into so many of my shadows, and not me. I have two sons on the field, looking for Percy and for you. But, since you were lucky enough to come upon me, I’ll fight you myself. Defend yourself.

DOUGLAS

I fear thou art another counterfeit,
35And yet, in faith, thou bear’st thee like a king.
But mine I am sure thou art, whoe'er thou be,
And thus I win thee.

DOUGLAS

I fear that you’re another fake; and yet, you bear yourself like a king. Whoever you are, you’re mine, and I’ll defeat you.
They fight. The KING being in danger, enter PRINCE HENRY of Wales
They fight. The KING begins to lose. PRINCE HENRY of Wales enters.

PRINCE HENRY

Hold up thy head, vile Scot, or thou art like
Never to hold it up again. The spirits
40Of valiant Shirley, Stafford, Blunt are in my arms.
It is the Prince of Wales that threatens thee,
Who never promiseth but he means to pay.

PRINCE HENRY

Look at me, you nasty Scotsman, or you’ll never look at anything again. I have the spirits of brave Shirley, Stafford, and Blunt in me. It is the Prince of Wales who threatens you, and I never make promises I cannot keep.