William Shakespeare's King Henry the Fourth is forever famous for the comic character Falstaff who infamously proclaims "discretion is the better part of valour".
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Act V. Scene V.

Scene V.—Another Part of the Field.

The trumpets sound. Enter KING HENRY, the
PRINCE, JOHN or LANCASTER,
WESTMORELAND,and Others, with
WORCESTER and VERNON prisoners.

K. Hen. Thus ever did rebellion find rebuke.
Ill-spirited Worcester! did we not send grace,
Pardon, and terms of love to all of you?
And wouldst thou turn our offers contrary?
Misuse the tenour of thy kinsman's trust?
Three knights upon our party slain to-day,
A noble earl and many a creature else
Had been alive this hour,
If like a Christian, thou hadst truly borne
Betwixt our armies true intelligence.
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 too:
Other offenders we will pause upon.
[Exeunt WORCESTER and VERNON, guarded.
How goes the field?
Prince. The noble Scot, Lord Douglas, when
he saw
The fortune of the day quite turn'd from him,
The noble Percy slain, and all his men
Upon the foot of fear, fled with the rest;
And falling from a hill he was so bruis'd
That the pursuers took him. At my tent
The Douglas is, and I beseech your Grace
I may dispose of him.
K. Hen. With all my heart.
Prince. Then, brother John of Lancaster, to
you
This honourable bounty shall belong.
Go to the Douglas, and deliver him
Up to his pleasure, ransomless, and free:
His valour shown upon our crests to-day
Hath taught us how to cherish such high deeds,
Even in the bosom of our adversaries.
Lanc. I thank your Grace for this high cour-
tesy,
Which I shall give away immediately.
K. Hen. Then this remains, that we divide
our power.
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,
To fight with Glendower and the Earl of March
Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway,
Meeting the check of such another day:
And since this business so fair is done,
Let us not leave till all our own be won. [Exeunt.
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