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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 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 6; 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,
5 By my faith,] These expletives, as well as 'Sblood !” and “ 'Zounds !” above, are omitted in the folio ; and Malone, who introduced the others, rejected “ by my faith,” without notice, from his text.
- a double man ;] “ That is,” says Johnson, “I am not Falstaff and Percy together, though having Percy on my back, I seem double.” In Falstaff's next speech, the quarto, 1613, and the folio, 1623, read, “ how the world.”
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.
[Excunt 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.
Another Part of the Field.
The Trumpets sound. Enter King Henry, Prince
HENRY, Prince John, WESTMORELAD, and Others, with WORCESTER, and VERNON, prisoners.
K. Hen. Thus ever did rebellion find rebuke.-
7 If I do grow great,] The folio alone inserts again after “great,” to the injury of the antithesis and of the poet's meaning.
Misuse the tenor of thy kinsman's trust?
Wor. What I have done, my safety urg'd me to,
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.
8 Bear Worcester to the death,] The folio, 1623, injures the metre by rejecting the, unless Worcester be pronounced as three syllables. 9 Hath Taught us how to cherish such high deeds,] Malone prints “ shown
for “ taught us,” though “shown” occurs in the line immediately preceding. His avowed reason was, that the quarto, 1598, has “ shoron us ;” but this is a mistake, (into which Steevens also fell, taking Malone's representation of the fact,) for not only has the quarto, 1598, “ taught us,” but every subsequent copy, quarto and folio. Malone had no copy of the first quarto, and hence, probably, arose his error.
P. John. I thank your grace for this high courtesy, Which I shall give away immediately'. 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.
1 I thank your grace for this high courtesy,
Which I shall give away immediately.] This reply of Prince John of Lancaster is found in the quartos of 1598, 1599, 1604, and 1608, but not in those of 1613, 1639, nor in the folio, 1623. There can be no sufficient reason for omitting what originally came from the pen of
re, even if we were to suppose him afterwards to have struck out the passage. It is natural that Prince John should make some such answer to his brother.