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P. Hen. O God! they did me too much injury, That ever said I hearken'd for your death. If it were so, I might have let alone The insulting hand of Douglas over you ; Which would have been as speedy in your end, As all the poisonous potions in the world, And sav'd the treacherous labour of your son. K. Hen. Make up to Clifton : I'll to sir Nicholas Gawsey.

[Exit King HENRY. Enter HOTSPUR. Hot. If [ mistake not, thou art Harry Monmouth. P. Hen. Thou speak’st as if I would deny my name. Hot. My name is Harry Percy. P. Hen.

Why, then I see
A very valiant rebel of that name.
I am the prince of Wales; and think not, Percy,
To share with me in glory any more :
Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere;
Nor can one England brook a double reign,
Of Harry Percy, and the prince of Wales.

Hot. Nor shall it, Harry, for the hour is come
To end the one of us ; and would to God,
Thy name in arms were now as great as mine!

P. Hen. I'll make it greater, ere I part from thee;
And all the budding honours on thy crest
I'll crop, to make a garland for my head.
Hot. I can no longer brook thy vanities. [They fight.

Enter FALSTAFF. Fal. Well said, Hal! to it, Hal !-Nay, you shall find no boy's play here, I can tell you. Enter Douglas: he fights with FALSTAFF, who falls down

as if he were dead, and exit Douglas. HOTSPUR is wounded, and falls.

Hot. 0, Harry! thou hast robb’d me of my youth.
I better brook the loss of brittle life,
Than those proud titles thou hast won of me;
They wound my thoughts worse than thy' sword my

flesh :-
But thought's the slave of life, and life time's fool;
And time, that takes survey of all the world,
Must have a stop. 0! I could prophesy,
But that the earthy and cold hand of death
Lies on my tongue.-No, Percy, thou art dust,

1 So all but the last quarto; that, and the folio : the.

And food for

[Dies. P. Hen. For worms, brave Percy. Fare thee well,

great heart!-
Ill-weav'd ambition, how much art thou shrunk !
When that this body did contain a spirit,
A kingdom for it was too small a bound;
But now, two paces of the vilest earth
Is room enough :—this earth that bears thee dead,
Bears not alive so stout a gentleman.
If thou wert sensible of courtesy,
I should not make so deara show of zeal :-
But let my favours hide thy mangled face,
And, even in thy behalf, I'll thank myself
For doing these fair rites of tenderness.
Adieu, and take thy praise with thee to heaven:
Thy ignomy sleep with thee in the grave,
But not remember'd in thy epitaph.-

[Seeing FALSTAFF on the ground.
What! old acquaintance ! could not all this flesh
Keep in a little life ? Poor Jack, farewell :
I could have better spar'd a better man.
0! I should have a heavy miss of thee,
If I were much in love with vanity.
Death hath not struck so fat a deer to-day,
Though many dearer, in this bloody fray.-
Embowell’d will I see thee by and by;
Till then, in blood by noble Percy lie.


. Fal. (Rising.] Embowelled ! if thou embowel me to-day, I'll give you leave to powder me, and eat me too, to-morrow. 'Sblood ! 't was time to counterfeit, or that hot termagant Scot had paid me scot and lot too. Counterfeit? I lie; am no counterfeit: to die, is to be a counterfeit; for he is but the counterfeit of a man, who hath not the life of a man; but to counterfeit dying, when a man thereby liveth, is to be no counterfeit, but the true and perfect image of life indeed. The better part of valour is discretion, in the which better part, I have saved my life. 'Zounds! I am afraid of this gunpowder Percy, though he be dead. How, if he should counterfeit too, and rise ? By my faith, I am afraid he would prove the better counterfeit. Therefore I'll make him sure; yea, and I'll swear I killed him. Why may not he'rise, as well as I? Nothing confutes me but eyes, and nobody sees me : therefore, sirrah, with a new wound in your thigh como you along with me. [He takes HOTSPUR on his back.

1 So the first quarto : the others, and folio : great. % Salt.

Re-enter Prince HENRY and Prince John. P. Hen. Come, brother John; full bravely hast thou

flesh'd Thy mạiden sword. P. John.

But, soft! whom have we here?
Did you not tell me this fát man was dead ?
P. Hen. I did; I saw him dead, breathless, and

On the ground.-
Art thou alive, or is it phantasy
That plays upon our eyesight ? I prythee, speak;
We will not trust our eyes, without our ears.
Thou art not what thou seem'st.

Fal. No, that's certain : I am not a double man; but if I be not Jack Falstaff, then am I a Jack. There is Percy: (Throwing down the body.') if your father will do me any honour, so; if not, let him kill the next Percy himself. I look to be either earl or duke, I can assure you.

P. Hen. Why, Percy I killed myself, and saw thee dead.

Fal. Didst thou ?-Lord, lord, how this world is given to lying !—I grant you I was down and out of breath, and so was he; but we rose both at an instant, and fought a long hour by Shrewsbury clock. If I may be believed, so; if not, let them that should reward valour bear the sin upon their own heads. I'll take it upon my death, I gave him this wound in the thigh: if the man were alive, and would deny it, 'zounds! I would make him eat a piece of my sword.

P. John. This is the strangest tale that e'er I heard.

P. Hen. This is the strangest fellow, brother John.Come, bring your luggage nobly on your back: For my part, if a lie may do thee grace, I'll gild it with the happiest terms I have.

(A Retreat is sounded. The trumpet sounds retreat; the day is ours. Come, brother, let us to the highest of the field, To see what friends are living, who are dead.

(Exeunt Prince HENRY and Prince JOHN. Fal. I'll follow, as they say, for reward. He that rewards me, God reward him; if I do grow great,' I'll grow less; for I'll purge, and leave sack, and live cleanly, as a nobleman should do.

1 Not in f. e.

(Exit, dragging out PERCY's Body:

SCENE V.-Another Part of the Field. The Trumpets sound. Enter King Henry, Prince

Henry, Prince John, WESTMORELAND, and Others, with WORCESTER, and VERNON, prisoners.

K. Hen. Thus ever did rebellion find rebuke.
Ill-spirited Worcester, did we not send grace,
Pardon, and terms of love to all of you ?
And wouldst thou turn our offers contrary ?
Misuse the tenour of thy kinsman's trust ?
Three knights upon our party slain to-day,
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.

Wor. What I have done, my safety urg'd me to,
And I embrace this fortune patiently,
Which not to be avoided falls on me.”

K. Hen. Bear Worcester to the death, and Vernon


Other offenders we will pause upon.

[Exeunt WORCESTER and VERNON, guarded. How goes the field ?

P. Hen. The noble Scot, lord Douglas, when he saw 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 bruis’d, That the pursuers took him. At my tent The Douglas is, and I beseech your grace, I may dispose of him. K. Hen.

With all my heart. P. Hen. 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:

1 Folio inserts : again. ; Bearing off the Body: in f. o. 3 Since not to be avoided, it falls on me.

His valour, shown upon our crests to-day,
Hath taught us how to cherish such high deeds,
Even in the bosom of our adversaries.

P. John. I thank your grace for this high courtesy,
Which I shall put in act without delay.'
K. Hen. Then this remains,—that we divide our

power. You, son John, and my cousin Westmoreland, Towards York shall bend you, with your dearest

To meet Northumberland, and the prelate Scroop,
Who, as we hear, are busily in arms :

, 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 check of such another day:
And since this business so fair is done,
Let us not leave till all our own be won.


1 Which I shall give away immediately: in f.e. This speech is found in the four earliest, but not in the two latest quartos, or the folio.

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