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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. 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 ? 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? Did you not tell
this fat man was dead ? P. Hen. I did ; I saw him dead, breathless and
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
a double man:] That is, I am not Falstaff and Percy together, though, having Percy on my back, I seein double.-JOHNSON.
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, , 80; 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 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's 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.
Another part of the Field. 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.
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. How goes the field ?
P. Hen. The noble Scot, lord Douglas, when he saw
With all my heart. .
K. Hen. Then this remains,-that we divide our
You, son John, and my cousin Westmoreland,