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Henry IV Part 1

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The KING enters with his power and they cross the stage. Alarum to the battle.
The KING crosses the stage with his army. The trumpets sound the call to battle.
Then enter DOUGLAS and Sir Walter BLUNT, disguised as the KING
DOUGLAS and Sir Walter BLUNT enter. BLUNT is disguised as the KING



BLUNT
What is thy name that in the battle thus
Thou crossest me? What honor dost thou seek
Upon my head?
BLUNT
What is your name—you, who are attacking me like this? What honor do you think you’ll get by fighting me?


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DOUGLAS
Know then, my name is Douglas,
And I do haunt thee in the battle thus
Because some tell me that thou art a king.
DOUGLAS
My name is Douglas, and I’m haunting you in this battle because they tell me you are a king.

BLUNT
They tell thee true.
BLUNT
They tell you the truth.



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DOUGLAS
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.
DOUGLAS
Today, Lord Stafford paid for resembling you so well, for instead of you, King Harry, my sword killed him. Now it will kill you, unless you surrender as my prisoner.



BLUNT
I was not born a yielder, thou proud Scot,
And thou shalt find a king that will revenge
Lord Stafford’s death.
BLUNT
I was not born to surrender, you arrogant Scotsman. You’re about to see a king take revenge for Stafford’s death.
They fight. DOUGLAS kills BLUNT. Enter HOTSPUR
They fight. DOUGLAS kills BLUNT. HOTSPUR enters.

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HOTSPUR
O Douglas, hadst thou fought at Holmedon thus,
I never had triumphed upon a Scot.
HOTSPUR
Oh, Douglas! If you’d fought like this at Holmedon, I would never have been able to beat you.

DOUGLAS
All’s done, all’s won; here breathless lies the King.
DOUGLAS
It’s over, we’ve won: here’s the King, dead.