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And in it are the lords of York, Berkley, and Sey
mour; None else of name, and noble estimate.
Enter Ross and WILLOUGHBY.
North. Here come the lords of Ross and Wil
loughby, Bloody with spurring, fiery-red with haste. Boling. Welcome, my lords: I wot, your love
pursues A banish'd traitor; all my treasury yet
but unfelt thanks, which, more enrich'd, Shall be your love and labour's recompense. Ross. Your presence makes us rich, most noble
lord. Willo. And far surmounts our labour to attain it. Boling. Evermore thanks, the exchequer of the
poor; Which, till my infant fortune comes to years, Stands for my bounty. But who comes here?
North. It is my lord of Berkley, as I guess.
meaning, To raze one title of your honour out:To you, my lord, I come, (what lord you will,) From the most glorious regent of this land, The duke of York; to know, what pricks you on
To take advantage of the absent time,
Enter YORK, attended. Boling. I shall not need transport my words by
you; Here comes his
[Kneels. York. Show me thy humble heart, and not thy
knee, Whose duty is deceivable and false.
Boling. My gracious uncle!—
York. Tut, tut! Grace me no grace, nor uncle me no uncle: I am no traitor's uncle; and that word-grace, In an ungracious mouth, is but profane. Why have those banish'd and forbidden legs Dar'd once to touch a dust of England's ground? But then more why;4—-Why have they dar'd to
many miles upon her peaceful bosom; Frighting her pale-fac'd villages with war, And ostentation of despised arms ?5 Com'st thou because the anointed king is hence? Why, foolish boy, the king is left behind, And in my loyal bosom lies his power. . Were I but now the lord of such hot youth, As when brave Gaunt, thy father, and myself, Rescued the Black Prince, that young Mars of men, From forth the ranks of many thousand French; O, then, how quickly should this arm of mine, Now prisoner to the palsy, chástise thee, And minister correction to thy fault!
the absent time,] i. e. time of the king's absence. • But then more why;] But, to add more questions,
5 And ostentation of despised arms?] The meaning of this probably is a boastful display of arms which we despise.
Boling. My gracious uncle, let me know my
fault; On what condition stands it, and wherein ?
York. Even in condition of the worst degree, In gross rebellion, and detested treason: Thou art a banish'd man, and here art come, Before the expiration of thy time,
braving arms against thy sovereign.
you perinit that I shall stand condemn’d
indifferent eye:) i. e. with an impartial eye. ? To rouse his wrongs,] i. e. the persons who wrong him.
8 —to sue my livery here,] A law phrase belonging to the feudal tenures.
North. The noble duke hath been too much
abus'd. Ross. It stands your grace upon, to do him
right. Willo. Base men by his endowments are made
that do abet him in this kind, Cherish rebellion, and are rebels all.
North. The noble duke hath sworn, his coming But for his own: and, for the right of that, We all have strongly sworn to give him aid; And let him ne'er see joy, that breaks that oath.
York. Well, well, i see the issue of these arms;
Boling. An offer, uncle, that we will accept.
9 It stands your grace upon, to do him right.] i. e. it is your interest, it is matter of consequence to you.
York. It may be, I will go with you :--but yet
For I am loath to break our country's laws.
A Camp in Wales.
Enter SALISBURY, and a Captain.
man; The king reposeth all his confidence In thee. Cap. 'Tis thought, the king is dead; we will not
stay. The bay-trees in our country are all wither'd,' And meteors fright the fixed stars of heaven; The pale-fac'd moon looks bloody on the earth, And lean-look'd prophets whisper fearful change; Rich men look sad, and ruffians dance and leap, The one, in fear to lose what they enjoy, The other, to enjoy by rage and war: These signs forerun the death or fall of kings.Farewell; our countrymen are gone and fled, As well assur’d, Richard their king is dead.
The bay-trees, &c.] This enumeration of prodigies is in the highest degree poetical and striking. Johnson.