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I could have better spared a better man.
Fal. [rising slowly.] Emboweled ! if thou embowel me to-day, I'll give you leave to powder 1 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 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 valor 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 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, [stabbing him.] with a new wound in your thigh, come you along with me.
(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?
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 the body down.] if your father will do me any honor, 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 valor, 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, 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
[a retreat is sounded.
[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
grow for I'll purge, and leave sack, and live cleanly, as a nobleman should do.
[Exit, bearing off the body.
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.
Misuse the tenor of thy kinsman's trust?
Wor. What I have done my safety urged me to;
non 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
The fortune of the day quite turn'd from him,
With all my
heart. P. Hen. Then, brother John of Lancaster, to you This honorable bounty shall belong. Go to the Douglas, and deliver him Up to his pleasure, ransomless and free. His valor, shown upon our crests to-day, Hath shown us how to cherish such high deeds, Even in the bosom of our adversaries.
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
speed, To meet Northumberland, and the prelate Scroop, 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 check of such another day: And since this business so fair is done, Let us not leave till all our own be won. [Excunt,