Henry IV Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
The King enters with his power. Alarum to the battle.
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Then enter Douglas, and Sir Walter Blunt, disguised
cross (v.) 4 cross the path of, intercept, encounter

as the King


What is thy name that in the battle thus

Thou crossest me? What honour dost thou seek

Upon my head?


                         Know then my name is Douglas,

And I do haunt thee in the battle thus

Because some tell me that thou art a king.


They tell thee true.


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.


I was not born a yielder, thou proud Scot,

And thou shalt find a king that will revenge

Lord Stafford's death.

They fight; Douglas kills Blunt

Then enter Hotspur


O Douglas, hadst thou fought at Holmedon thus

I never had triumphed upon a Scot.


All's done, all's won. Here breathless lies the King.






This, Douglas? No, I know this face full well.

A gallant knight he was, his name was Blunt,

Semblably furnished like the King himself.
furnish (v.) 3 dress, clothe, equip, fit out
semblably (adv.) seemingly, similarly, in the same fashion


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?


The King hath many marching in his coats.
coat (n.) 1 coat-of-arms
coat (n.) 2 coat-of-mail, surcoat


Now, by my sword, I will kill all his coats!

I'll murder all his wardrobe, piece by piece,

Until I meet the King.


                         Up and away!

Our soldiers stand full fairly for the day.
day (n.) 1 day of battle, contest
full (adv.) 2 very, exceedingly, extremely
stand (v.) 13 make a stand [against], fight, resist


Alarum. Enter Falstaff alone
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count
shot-free (adj.) scot-free, without paying the bill; also: unwounded, unpunished


Though I could scape shot-free at London, I

fear the shot here, here's no scoring but upon the pate.
pate (n.) head, skull See Topics: Frequency count
scoring (n.) charging to an account; also: cutting, wounding

Soft! Who are you? Sir Walter Blunt – there's honour

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 hundred-and-fifty left alive – and they are for the

town's end, to beg during life. But who comes here?

Enter the Prince


What, standest thou idle here? Lend me thy sword.

Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff
stark (adj.) rigid, stiff [as in death]

Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies,
vaunting (adj.) boastful, bragging, loud-mouthed

Whose deaths are yet unrevenged. I prithee

Lend me thy sword.


O Hal, I prithee give me leave to breathe

awhile. Turk Gregory never did such deeds in arms as I

have done this day. I have paid Percy, I have made him
pay (v.) 3 kill, settle with, discharge

sure (adj.) 2 harmless, innocuous, unable to cause damage


He is indeed, and living to kill thee.

I prithee lend me thy sword.


Nay, before God, Hal, if Percy be alive thou

gets not my sword, but take my pistol if thou wilt.


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


Ay, Hal, 'tis hot, 'tis hot. There's that will

sack a city.

The Prince draws it out, and finds it to be a bottle of



What, is it a time to jest and dally now?
dally (v.) 2 trifle, behave mockingly

He throws the bottle at him.



Well, if Percy be alive, I'll pierce him. If he do

come in my way, so. If he do not, if I come in his

willingly, let him make a carbonado of me. I like not
carbonado, carbinado (n.) grilled piece of meat

such grinning honour as Sir Walter hath. Give me life,

which if I can save, so. If not, honour comes unlooked

for, and there's an end.

Exit Falstaff

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