Henry IV, Part 1* by William Shakespeare § 5.5

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ACT V
SCENE V. Another part of the field.
[The trumpets sound. Enter KING HENRY IV, PRINCE HENRY, LORD JOHN LANCASTER, EARL OF WESTMORELAND, with WORCESTER and VERNON prisoners]
KING HENRY IV.
Thus ever did rebellion find rebuke.
3905 Ill-spirited Worcester! did not we send grace,
Pardon and terms of love to all of you?
And wouldst thou turn our offers contrary?
Misuse the tenor of thy kinsman's trust?
Three knights upon our party slain to-day,
3910 A noble earl and many a creature else
Had been alive this hour,
If like a Christian thou hadst truly borne
Betwixt our armies true intelligence.
EARL OF WORCESTER.
3915 What I have done my safety urged me to;
And I embrace this fortune patiently,
Since not to be avoided it falls on me.
KING HENRY IV.
Bear Worcester to the death and Vernon too:
3920 Other offenders we will pause upon.
[Exeunt WORCESTER and VERNON, guarded]
How goes the field?
PRINCE HENRY.
The noble Scot, Lord Douglas, when he saw
3925 The fortune of the day quite turn'd from him,
The noble Percy slain, and all his men
Upon the foot of fear, fled with the rest;
And falling from a hill, he was so bruised
That the pursuers took him. At my tent
3930 The Douglas is; and I beseech your grace
I may dispose of him.
KING HENRY IV.
With all my heart.
PRINCE HENRY.
3935 Then, brother John of Lancaster, to you
This honourable bounty shall belong:
Go to the Douglas, and deliver him
Up to his pleasure, ransomless and free:
His valour shown upon our crests to-day
3940 Hath taught us how to cherish such high deeds
Even in the bosom of our adversaries.
LANCASTER.
I thank your grace for this high courtesy,
Which I shall give away immediately.
3945 KING HENRY IV.
Then this remains, that we divide our power.
You, son John, and my cousin Westmoreland
Towards York shall bend you with your dearest speed,
To meet Northumberland and the prelate Scroop,
3950 Who, as we hear, are busily in arms:
Myself and you, son Harry, will towards Wales,
To fight with Glendower and the Earl of March.
Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway,
Meeting the cheque of such another day:
3955 And since this business so fair is done,
Let us not leave till all our own be won.
[Exeunt]

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