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Willo. Tends that thou’dst speak, to the duke of
It it be so, out with it boldly, man;
Quick is mine ear, to hear of good towards him.
Ross. No good at all, that I can do for him;
Unless you call it good, to pity him,
Bereft and gelded of his patrimony.
North. Now, afore heaven, 'tis shame, such wrongs
: are borne,
In him a royal prince, and many more
Of noble blood in this declining land.
The king is not himself, but basely led
By flatterers; and what they will inform,
Merely in hate, 'gainst any of us all,
That will the king severely prosecute
Gainst us, our lives, our children, and our heirs.
Ross. The commons hath he pill'd with grievous
And lost their hearts: the nobles hath he fin'd
For ancient quarrels, and quite lost their hearts.
Willo. And daily new exactions are devis’d; As-blanks, benevolences, and I wot not what : But what, o'God's name, doth become of this? North. Wars have not wasted it, for warr'd he hath
not, But basely yielded upon compromise That which his ancestors achiev'd with blows: More hath he spent in peace, than they in wars. Ross. The earl of Wiltshire hath the realm in
Willo. The king's grown bankrupt, like a broken
man. North. Reproach, and dissolution, hangeth over
him. Ross. He hath not money for these Irish wars, . His burdenous taxations notwithstanding, But by the robbing of the banish'd duke.
North. His noble kinsman:-Most degenerate king! But, lords, we hear this fearful tempest sing, Yet seek no shelter to avoid the storm : We see the wind sit sore upon our sails, And yet we strike not, but securely perish.
Ross. We see the very wreck that we must suffer ; And unavoided is the danger now, For suffering so the causes of our wreck. North. Not so; even through the hollow eyes of
death, I spy life peering; but I dare not say How near the tidings of our comfort is. Willo. Nay, let us share thy thoughts, as thou dost
ours. Ross. Be confident to speak, Northumberland : We three are but thyself; and, speaking so, Thy words are but as thoughts; therefore, be bold.
North. Then thus :- I have from Port le Blanc, a
In Britany, receiv’d intelligence,
That Harry Hereford, Reignold lord Cobham,
[The son of Richard Earl of Arundel,]
That late broke from the duke of Exeter,
His brother, archbishop late of Canterbury,
Sir Thomas Erpingham, sir John Ramston,
Sir John Norbery, sir Robert Waterton, and Francis
All these, well furnish'd by the duke of Bretagne,
With eight tall ships, three thousand men of war,
Are making hither with all due expedience,
And shortly mean to touch our northern shore :
Perhaps, they had ere this ; but that they stay
The first departing of the king for Ireland.
If then we shall shake off our slavish yoke,
Imp out 20 our drooping country's broken wing,
Redeem from broking pawn the blemish'd crown,
Wipe off the dust that hides our scepter's gilt,
And make high majesty look like itself, .
Away, with me, in post to Ravenspurg :
But if you faint, as fearing to do so,
Stay, and be secret, and myself will go.
Ross. To horse, to horse! urge doubts to them
that fear. Willo. Hold out my horse, and I will first be there.
Enter Queen, Bushy, and BAGOT. Bushy. Madam, your majesty is too much sad : You promis'd, when you parted with the king,
To lay aside life-harming heaviness,
And entertain a cheerful disposition.
· Queen. To please the king, I did; to please myself,
I cannot do it; yet I know no cause
Why I should welcome such a guest as grief,
Save bidding farewell to so sweet a guest
As my sweet Richard : Yet, again, methinks,
Some unborn sorrow, ripe in fortune's womb,
Is coming towards me ; and my inward soul
With nothing trembles : at something it grieves,
More than with parting from my lord the king.
Bushy. Each substance of a grief hath twenty
Which show like grief itself, but are not so:
For sorrow's eye, glazed with blinding tears,
Divides one thing entire to many objects;
Like pérspectives, which, rightly gaz'd upon,
Show nothing but confusion ; ey'd awry,
Distinguish formol: so your sweet majesty,
Looking awry upon your lord's departure,
Finds shapes of grief, more than himself, to wail ;
Which, look'd on as it is, is nought but shadows
Of what it is not. Then, thrice-gracious queen,
More than your lord's departure weep not; more's
Or if it be, 'tis with false sorrow's eye, .
Which, for things true, weeps things imaginary.
Queen. It may be so; but yet my inward soul
Persuades me, it is otherwise : Howe'er it be,
I cannot but be sad; so heavy sad,
As,- though, in thinking, on no thought I think,Makes me with heavy nothing faint and shrink.
Bushy. 'Tis nothing but conceit, my gracious lady.
Queen. 'Tis nothing less : conceit is still deriv'd
From some fore-father grief; mine is not so;
For nothing hath begot my something grief;
Or something hath the nothing that I grieve :
'Tis in reversion that I do possess;
But what it is, that is not yet known; what
I cannot name; 'tis nameless woe, I wot.
Green. God save your majesty!—and well met,
gentlemen :I hope, the king is not yet shipp'd for Ireland.
Queen. Why hop'st thou so ? 'tis better hope, he is; For his designs crave haste, his haste good hope ; Then wherefore dost thou hope, he is not shipp'd ? Green. That he, our hope, might have retir'd his
And driven into despair an enemy's hope,
Who strongly hath set footing in this land :
The banish’d Bolingbroke repeals himself,
And with uplifted arms is safe arriv'd
Queen. Now God in heaven forbid !
Green. O, madam, 'tis too true : and that is
worse,The lord Northumberland, his young son Henry Percy,