• Alarum. Excursions. Enter the KING, PRINCE HENRY, Lord John of LANCASTER, and the Earl of WESTMORELAND

    KING

    I prithee, Harry, withdraw thyself. Thou bleedest too much.
    Lord John of Lancaster, go you with him.

    LANCASTER

    Not I, my lord, unless I did bleed too.

    PRINCE HENRY

    I beseech your Majesty, make up,
    5Lest your retirement do amaze your friends.

    KING

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

    WESTMORELAND

    Come, my lord, I’ll lead you to your tent.

    PRINCE HENRY

    Lead me, my lord? I do not need your help,
    10And 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.

    LANCASTER

    We breathe too long. Come, cousin Westmoreland,
    15Our duty this way lies. For God’s sake, come.
    Exeunt Lord John of LANCASTER and WESTMORELAND

    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.
  • Trumpets sound battle calls. Soldiers skirmish. The KING, PRINCE HENRY, injured and bleeding, Lord John of LANCASTER, and WESTMORELAND enter.

    KING

    Please, Harry, get out of here: you’re bleeding too heavily. John of Lancaster, go with him.

    LANCASTER

    I won’t leave, my lord, unless I am bleeding too.

    PRINCE HENRY

    I beg your highness, advance. Your army will lose heart if it sees you falling back.

    KING

    I will. My Lord of Westmoreland, take him to his tent.

    WESTMORELAND

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

    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!

    LANCASTER

    We’ve stopped for too long. Come, Westmoreland. We have work to do. For God’s sake, come on!
    LANCASTER and WESTMORELAND exit.

    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.