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P. Hen. I beseech your majesty, make up,
K. Hen. I will do so :-
West. Come, my lord, I 'll lead you to your tent.
Exeunt PRINCE John and WESTMORELAND. P. Hen. By heaven, thou hast deceiv'd me, Lan
caster, I did not think thee lord of such a spirit : Before, I lov'd thee as a brother, John;
I do respect thee as my soul. K. Hen. I saw him hold lord Percy at the point, With lustier maintenance than I did look for Of such an ungrown warrior. P. Hen. O, this boy lends mettle to us all. (Exit.
Alarums. Enter Douglas.
Doug. I fear thou art another counterfeit;
like Never to hold it up again! the spirits Of valiant Shirley, Stafford, Blunt, are in my arms : It is the prince of Wales that threatens thee; Who never promiseth but he means to pay.
[They fight; Douglas flies.
K. Hen. Stay, and breathe awhile :
P. Hen. O heaven! they did me too much injury
[Exit King HENRY.
Enter HOTSPUR. Hot. If I mistake not, thou art Harry Monmouth. P. Hen. Thou speak’st as if I would deny my name. Hot. My name is Harry Percy. P. Hen.
Why, then I see a Opinion-reputation.
A very valiant rebel of that name.
Hot. Nor shall it, Harry, for the hour is come
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.
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; They wound my thoughts worse than thy sword my
But thought 's the slave of life, and life time's fool;
[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;
of the vilest earth
[He sees Falstaff on the ground.
Fal. [Rising slowly.] Embowelled ! if thou embowel me to-day, I'll give you leave to powder me and eat me 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 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, it 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! who have we here?
P. Hen. I did; I saw him dead,
Fal. No, that is 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 kill'd myself, and saw thee
dead. Fal. Didst thou ?—Lord, Lord, how the 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.