Imatges de pàgina

I wonder much, being men of such great leading,"
That you foresee not what impediments
Drag back our expedition: Certain horse
Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up:
Your uncle Worcester's horse came but to day;
And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
Their courage with hard labour tame and dull,
That not a horse is half the half himself.

Hot. So are the horses of the enemy
In general, journey-bated, and brought low;
The better part of ours is full of rest.

Wor. The number of the king exceedeth ours: For God's sake, cousin, stay till all come in.

[The Trumpet sounds a parley.


Blunt. I come with gracious offers from the king, If you

vouchsafe me hearing, and respect. Hot. Welcome, sir Walter Blunt; And 'would

to God,
You were of our determination!
Some of us love you well: and even those some
Envy your great deserving, and good name;
Because you are not of our quality,
But stand against us like an enemy.

Blunt. And God defend, but still I should stand so,
So long as, out of limit, and true rule,
You stand against anointed majesty!
But, to my charge.—The king hath sent to know
The nature of your griefs;' and whereupon
You conjure from the breast of civil peace

3 —such great leading,] Such conduct, such experience in imartial business. - of our quality,] Quality, in our author's tim

was frequently used in the sense of fellowship or occupation.

- of your griefs;] That is, grievances.

Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land
Audacious cruelty: If that the king
Have any way your good deserts forgot,-
Which he confesseth to be manifold,
He bids you name your griefs; and, with all speed,
You shall have your desires, with interest;
And pardon absolute for yourself, and these,
Herein misled by your suggestion.
Hot. The king is kind; and, well we know, the

Knows at what time to promise, when to pay.
My father, and my uncle, and myself,
Did give him that same royalty he wears :
And, when he was not six and twenty strong,
Sick in the world's regard, wretched and low,
A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,-
My father gave him welcome to the shore: :
And,—when he heard him swear, and vow to God,
He came but to be duke of Lancaster,
To sue his livery,o and beg his peace;
With tears of innocency, and terms of zeal,-
My father, in kind heart and pity mov'd,
Swore him assistance, and perform'd it too.
Now, when the lords, and barons of the realm
Perceiv'd Northumberland did lean to him,
The more and less came in with cap and knee;
Met him in boroughs, cities, villages;
Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
Laid gifts before him, proffer'd him their oaths,
Gave him their heirs; as pages follow'd him,
Even at the heels, in golden multitudes.
He presently,—as greatness knows itself,-

6 To sue his livery,] This is a law phrase belonging to the feudal tenures; meaning, to sue out the delivery or possession of his lands from those persons who on the death of any of the tenants of the crown, seized their lands, till the heir sued out his livery. ? The more and less-] i. e. the greater and the less.

Steps me a little higher than his vow
Made to my father, while his blood was poor,
Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurg;
And now, forsooth, takes on him to reform
Some certain edicts, and some strait decrees,
That lie too heavy on the commonwealth:
Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep
Over his country's wrongs; and, by this face,
This seeming brow of justice, did he win
The hearts of all that he did angle for.
Proceeded further; cut me off the heads
Of all the favourites, that the absent king
In deputation left behind hiin here,
When he was personal in the Irish war.

Blunt. Tut, I came not to hear this.

Then, to the point.
In short time after, he depos'd the king ;
Soon after that, depriv'd him of his life;
And, in the neck of that, task'd the whole state:
To make that worse, suffer'd his kinsman March
(Who is, if every owner were well plac’d,
Indeed his king,) to be incag'd in Wales,
There without ransome to lie forfeited:
Disgrac'd me in my happy victories;
Sought to entrap me by intelligence;
Rated my uncle from the council-board;


father from the court; Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong: And, in conclusion, drove us to seek out This head of safety;' and, withal, to pry Into his title, the which we find Too indirect for long continuance.

Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the king ?

In rage


task'd the whole state:] Task'd is here used for taxed; it was once common to employ these words indiscriminately.

9 This head of safety;] This army, from which I hope for protection.

Hot. Not so, sir Walter; we'll withdraw awhile. Go to the king; and let there be impawn'd Some surety for a safe return again, And in the morning early shall mine uncle Bring him our purposes: and so farewell.

Blunt. I would, you would accept of grace and


Hot. And, may be, so we shall.

'Pray heaven, you do!



York. A Room in the Archbishop's House.

Enter the Archbishop of York, and a Gentleman. Arch. Hie, good sir Michael; bear this sealed

With winged haste, to the lord mareshal;
This to my cousin Scroop; and all the rest
To whom they are directed : if you knew
How much they do import, you would make haste.

Gent. My good lord,
guess their tenor.

Like enough, you do.
To-morrow, good sir Michael, is a day,
Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men
Must 'bide the touch: For, sir, at Shrewsbury,
As I am truly given to understand,
The king, with mighty and quick-raised power,
Meets with lord Harry: and I fear, sir Michael,
What with the sickness of Northumberland,
(Whose power was in the first proportion,)?


sealed brief,] A brief is simply a letter,


in the first proportion,) Whose quota was larger than that of any other man in the confederacy.

And what with Owen Glendower's absence, thence, (Who with them was a rated sinew too, and comes not in, o'er-ruld by prophecies,) — I fear, the power of Percy is too weak To wage an instant trial with the king. Gent. Why, good my lord, you need not fear;

there's Douglas,
And Mortimer.

No, Mortimer's not there.
Gent. But there is Mordake, Vernon, lord Harry

And there's my lord of Worcester; and a head
Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen.
Arch. And so there is: but yet the king hath

The special head of all the land together;-
The prince of Wales, lord John of Lancaster,
The noble Westmoreland, and warlike Blunt;
And many more cor-rivals, and dear men
Of estimation and command in arms.
Gent. Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well

Arch. I hope no less, yet needful 'tis to fear;
And, to prevent the worst, sir Michael, speed:
For, if lord Percy thrive not, ere the king
Dismiss his power, he means to visit us,
For he hath heard of our confederacy,-
And 'tis but wisdom to make strong against him;
Therefore, make haste: I must go write again
To other friends; and so farewell, sir Michael.

[Exeunt, severally.


rated sinew too,] A rated sinew signifies a strength on which we reckoned; a help of which we made account.

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