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Why, then I see
valiant rebel of the name.
Hot. Nor shall it, Harry, for the hour is come
P. Hen. I'll make it greater, ere I part from thee;
head. Hot. I can no longer brook thy vanities. [They fight.
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. 0, Harry, thou hast robbed 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
flesh: But thought's the slave of life, and life, time's fool; And time, that takes survey of all the world,
0, Hurry, thou hast robb'd me of my youth:) Shakspeare has chosen to make Hotspur fall by the hand of the prince of Wales; but there is, I believe, no authority for the fact. Holinshed says, “The king slew that day with his own hand six and thirty persons of his enemies. The other [i. ę. troops) of his party, encouraged by his doings, fought valiantly, and slew the lord Percy, called Henry Hotspur.” Speed says, Percy was killed by an unknown hand. -MALONE.
Must have a stop. O, I could prophesy,
[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. Death hath not struck so fat a deerk to-day, Though many dearer, in this bloody fray : Embowell'd will I see thee by and by; Till then, in blood by noble Percy lie.
[Exit. Fal. [rising slowly.] Embowelled ! if thou embowel me to-day, I'll give you leave to powder' me, and eat me too,
these proud titles thou hast won of me; &c.] Hotspur in his last moments endeavours to console himself. The glory of the prince wounds his thoughts ; but thought, being dependent on life, must cease with it, and will soon be at an end. Life, on which thought depends, is itself of no great value, being the fool and sport of time ; of time, which, with all its dominion over sublunary things, must itself at last be stopped.-Johnson.
But let my favours hide thy mangled face;] He covers his face with a scarf, to hide the ghastiless of death.—Johnson.
so fat a deer~] There is in these lines a very natural mixture of the serious and ludicrous, produced by the view of Percy and Falstaff. I wish all play on words had been forbome.-Johnson.
powder-] i. e. Salt.
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 gun
I powder 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?
Fal. No, that's certain ; I am not a double man :m 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 seem 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 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.
do thee grace,
Another part of the Field.
Trumpets sound. Enter King Henry, Prince Henry,
Prince John, WESTMORELAND, and others, with WOR-
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; 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
With all my heart.
K. Hen. Then this remains,-that we divide our
You, son John, and my cousin Westmoreland,