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Where stain'd nobility lies trodden on,
[Exeunt P. John and WESTMORELAND. P. Hen. By heaven, thou hast deceiv'd me, Lan
now, I do respect thee as my soul.
0, this boy Lends mettle to us all!
Alarums. Enter DOUGLAS. Dorg. Another king! they grow like Hydra's
Doug. I fear, thou art another counterfeit;
the earle of Richmond withstood his violence, and kept him at the sword's point, without advantage, longer than his companions either thought or judged.'-Holinshed, p. 759. VOL. V.
But mine, I am sure, thou art, whoe'er thou be,
[They fight; DOUGLAS flies.
K. Hen. Stay, and breathe a while :-
P. Hen. O heaven! they did me too much injury,
[Erit KING HENRY.
3 Opinion for estimation, reputation, the opinion of the world. The word was then used in that sense. So in Thierry and Theodoret :
• What opinion will the managing
Tickles with approbation on't.'
* Hot. My name is Harry Percy. P. Hen.
Why, then I see A very valiant rebel of the 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 4.
Hot. O, 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;
* Shakspeare had no authority for making Hotspur fall by the hand of the prince. Holinshed says, “The king slew that day with his own hand six and thirty persons of his enemies. The other of his party, encouraged by his doings, fought valiantly, and slew the Lord Percy, called Henry Hotspur.' Speed says that Percy was killed by an unknown hand.
They wound my thoughts, worse than thy sword my
Aesh: 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”. O, I could prophesy, But that the earthy and cold hand of death Lies on my tongue:-No, Percy, thou art dust, 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 6; But now, two
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 dear a 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,
Hotspur, in his last moments, endeavours to console himself. The glory of the prince wounds his thoughts; but thought, being dependent on life, must cease with it, and will soon be at an end. Life, on which thought depends, is itself of no great value, being the fool and sport of time; of time which, with all its dominion over sublunary things, must itself at last be stopped.—Johnson. So in Shakspeare's one hundred and sixth sonnet:
*Love's not Time's fool.' 6 • Carminibus confide bonis-jacet ecce Tibullus ;
Vix manet è toto parva quod urna capit.'— Ovid. 7 His scarf, with which he covers Percy's face.
8 Thus the folio. The quartos read ignominy. Shakspeare writes the word ignomy in Troilus and Cressida, Act v. Sc. 3:
• Hence, broker lacquey! ignomy and shame.' And in Lord Cromwell, 1602:
* With scandalous ignomy and slanderous speeches.'
But not remember'd in thy epitaph !
[He sees 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. [Exit.
Fal. [Rising slowly.] Embowelled ! if thou embowel me to-day, I'll give you leave to powder 10 me, and eat me too, to-morrow. 'Sblood, 'twas time to counterfeit, or that hot termagant Scot had paid me scot and lot too. Counterfeit? I lie, I 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 ? I am afraid, he would
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. There
9 To imbowell was the old term for embalming the body, as was usually done by those of persons of rank. Thus in Aulicus Coquinariæ, 1650:- The next day was solemnly appointed for imbowelling the corps, in the presence of some of the counsell, all the physicians, chirurgions, apothecaries, and the Palsgrave's physician.'