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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. O, Harry! thou hast robb'd me of my youth.
[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.
[Exit. 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; I am no counterfeit: to die, is to be a counterfeit; for he is but the counterfeit of a man, wbo 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 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 bast thou flesh'd Thy maiden sword. P. John.
But, soft! whom have we here? Did you not tell me this fat mau 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: 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 sio 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.
[Exit, bearing off the 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.
FIRST PART OF KING HENRY IV.
Wor. What I have done, my safety urg'd me to,
K. Hen. Bear Worcester to the death, and Vernon too:
[Exeunt WORCESTER and VERNON, guarded.
With all my heart.
P. John. I thank your grace for this high courtesy,
K. Hen. Then this remains, - that we divide our power. –
EARL OF WESTMORE- / or the DAVY, Servant to Shallow.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. KING HENRY THE FOURTH. TRAVERS and MORTON, Retainers HENRY, Prince of Wales;
of Northumberland. THOMAS, Duke of Cla FALSTAFF, BARDOLPH, PIS
His TOL, and a Page.
Sons. POINS and PETO.
SHALLOW and SILENCE, Country GLOSTER;
FEEBLE, and BULCALF, Re
cruits. Lord Chief Justice of the King's FANG and SNARE, Sberiff's OfBench.
ficers. A Gentleman attending on the Chief Justice.
RUMOUR, the Presenter. EARL OF NORTHUMBER
A Porter. A Dancer, Speaker of
the Epilogue. SCROOP, Archbishop of Oppo- LADY NORTHUMBERLAND.
LADY PERCY. LORD MOWBRAY;
to the LORD HASTINGS;
King. DOLL TEAR-SHEET. LORD BARDOLPH; SIR JOHN COLEVILLE; Lords, and Attendants; Officers, Soldiers, Messenger, Drawers,
Beadles, Grooms, &c.