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Henry IV Part 1

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Alarum. Excursions. Enter the KING, PRINCE HENRY, Lord John of LANCASTER, and the Earl of WESTMORELAND
Trumpets sound battle calls. Soldiers skirmish. The KING, PRINCE HENRY, injured and bleeding, Lord John of LANCASTER, and WESTMORELAND enter.


KING
I prithee, Harry, withdraw thyself. Thou bleedest too much.
Lord John of Lancaster, go you with him.
KING
Please, Harry, get out of here: you’re bleeding too heavily. John of Lancaster, go with him.

LANCASTER
Not I, my lord, unless I did bleed too.
LANCASTER
I won’t leave, my lord, unless I am bleeding too.


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PRINCE HENRY
I beseech your Majesty, make up,
Lest your retirement do amaze your friends.
PRINCE HENRY
I beg your highness, advance. Your army will lose heart if it sees you falling back.


KING
I will do so.—My Lord of Westmoreland,
Lead him to his tent.
KING
I will. My Lord of Westmoreland, take him to his tent.

WESTMORELAND
Come, my lord, I’ll lead you to your tent.
WESTMORELAND
(to PRINCE HENRY) Come, my lord. I’ll lead you to your tent.


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PRINCE HENRY
Lead me, my lord? I do not need your help,
And God forbid a shallow scratch should drive
The Prince of Wales from such a field as this,
Where stained nobility lies trodden on,
And rebels' arms triumph in massacres.
PRINCE HENRY
Lead me, my lord? I don’t need your help. God forbid that a shallow scratch could make the Prince of Wales retreat from a battlefield like this one, where great men are falling and being trampled upon, and rebels are triumphing in their massacres!


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LANCASTER
We breathe too long. Come, cousin Westmoreland,
Our duty this way lies. For God’s sake, come.
LANCASTER
We’ve stopped for too long. Come, Westmoreland. We have work to do. For God’s sake, come on!
Exeunt Lord John of LANCASTER and WESTMORELAND
LANCASTER and WESTMORELAND exit.




PRINCE HENRY
By God, thou hast deceived me, Lancaster.
I did not think thee lord of such a spirit.
Before, I loved thee as a brother, John,
But now, I do respect thee as my soul.
PRINCE HENRY
By God, you have deceived me, Lancaster. I didn’t think you were that brave. Before, I loved you as a brother; now, I respect you as my soulmate.