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Nothing confutes me but eyes, and nobody sees me : therefore, sirrah, with a new wound in your thigh come you along with me. [He takes HOTSPUR on his back.

Re-enter Prince HENRY and Prince JOHN.

P. Hen. Come, brother John; full bravely hast thou flesh'd

Thy maiden sword.

P. John.

But, soft! whom have we here?

Did you not tell me this fat man was dead?

P. Hen. I did; I saw him dead, breathless, and bleeding

On the ground.—

Art thou alive, or is it phantasy

That plays upon our eyesight? I pr'ythee, 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 ĺ 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.

1 Not in f. e.

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.

[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 too;

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. e. 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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