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Embowell'd will I see thee by and by;
Fal. [Rising slowly.] Embowelled! if thou embowel me to-day, I'll give you leave to powder 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. 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 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
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.
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
Upon 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 :-
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 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 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
Come, bring your luggage nobly on your back:
[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 great,
a double man:] That is, I am not Falstaff and Percy together, though having Percy on my back, I seem double.
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
If, like a christian, thou hadst truly borne
Wor. What I have done, my safety urg'd me to;
And I embrace this fortune patiently,
Since not to be avoided it falls on me.
K. Hen. Bear Worcester to the death, and Vernon
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,
The Douglas is; and I beseech your grace,
With all my heart.
P. Hen. Then, brother John of Lancaster, to
This honourable bounty shall belong :
K. Hen. Then this remains,-that we divide our
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,
Meeting the check of such another day:
Let us not leave till all our own be won. [Exeunt.
END OF VOLUME FOURTH.
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