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arms, as I have done this day. I have paid Percy, I have made him sure.

P. Hen. He is, indeed; and living to kill thee. Lend me thy sword, I pr’ythee.

Fal. Nay, Hal, if Percy be alive, thou get'st not my sword; but take my pistol, if thou wilt.

P. Hen. Give it me: What, is it in the case ?

Fal. Ay, Hal; 'tis hot, 'tis hot! there's that will sack a city. [The Prince draws out a bottle of sack. P. Hen. What, is't a time to jest and dally now ?

[Throws it at him, and exit. Fal. Well, if Percy be alive, I'll pierce him. If he do come in my way, so: if he do not, if I come in his, willingly, let him make a carbonado of me. I like not such grinning honour, as Sir Walter hath : Give me life: which if I can save, so; if not, honour comes unlooked for, and there's an end.



Another Part of the Field.

Alarums. Excursions. Enter the King, Prince

K. Hen. I pr’ythee,
Harry, withdraw thyself; thou bleed'st too much :
Lord John of Lancaster, go you with him.

P. John. Not I, my lord, unless I did bleed too.

P. Hen. I do beseech your majesty, make up, Lest

your retirement do amaze your friends. K. Hen. I will do so :My lord of Westmoreland, lead him to his tent. West. Come, my lord, I will lead you to your


9 A piece of meat cut crosswise for the gridiron.

P. Hen. Lead me, my lord ? I do not need your

help: And heaven forbid, a shallow scratch should drive The prince of Wales from such a field as this ; Where stain'd nobility lies trodden on, And rebels' arms triúmph in massacres ! P. John. We breathe too long :- Come, cousin

Westmoreland, Our duty this way lies ; for heaven's sake, come.

[Exeunt Prince John and WESTMORELAND. P. Hen. By heaven, thou hast deceiv'd me, Lan

I did not think thee lord of such a spirit :
Before, I lov'd thee as a brother, John;
But now, 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 !


Alarums. Enter DOUGLAS.

Doug. Another king! they grow like Hydra's

heads :
I am the Douglas, fatal to all those
That wear those colours on them.- What art thou,
That counterfeit'st the person of a king ?
K. Hen. The king himself; who, Douglas, grieves

at heart,
So many of his shadows thou hast met,
And not the very king. I have two boys
Seek Percy and thyself, about the field:
But, seeing thou fall'st on me so luckily,
I will assay thee; so defend thyself.

Doug. I fear, thou art another counterfeit;
And yet, in faith, thou bear'st thee like a king:

But mine, I am sure, thou art, whoe'er thou bę,
And thus I win thee.
[They fight; the King being in danger, enter

Prince HENRY.
P. Hen. Hold up thy head, vile Scot, or thou art

Never to hold it up again! the spirits
Of 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 fies.
Cheerly, my lord; How fares your grace ?
Sir Nicholas Gawsey hath for succour sent,
And so hath Clifton; I'll to Clifton straight.

K. Hen. Stay, and breathe a while :
Thou hast redeem'd thy lost opinion;
And show'd, thou mak'st some tender of my
In this fair rescue thou hast brought to me.

P. Hen. O heaven! they did me too much injury,
That ever said, I hearken' for your death.
If it were so, I might have let alone
The insulting hand of Douglas over you;
Which would have been as speedy in your end,
As all the poisonous potions in the world,
And sav'd the treacherous labour of your son.
· K. Hen. Make up to Clifton, I'll to sir Nicholas

[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


Hot. My name is Harry Percy.
P. Hen.

Why, then I see
A very valiant rebel of the name.
I am the prince of Wales; and think not Percy,
To share with me in glory any more:
Two stars keep, not their motion in one sphere;

Nor can one England brook a double reign,
Of Harry Percy, and the prince of Wales.

Hot. Nor shall it, Harry, for the hour is come
To end the one of us; And 'would to God,
Thy name in arms were now as great as mine!

Þ. 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;
And time, that takes survey of all the world,
Must have a stop. O, I could prophecy,
But that the earthy and cold hand of death
Lies on my tongue:- No, Percy, thou art dust,
And food for

[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;
But now, two paces of the vilest earth
Is room enough - This earth, that bears thee dead,
Bears not alive so stout a gentleman.

If thou wert sensible of courtesy,
I should not make so dear a show of zeal:
But let my favours' hide thy mangled face;
And, even in thy behalf, I'll thank myself
For doing these fair rites of tenderness.
Adieu, and take thy praise with thee to heaven!
Thy ignominy sleep with thee in the grave,
But not remember'd in thy epitaph! -

[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 deer 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, to-morrow. '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. 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,

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Scarf, with which he covers Percy's face.

2 Salt.

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