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Fear'd by their breed, and famous by their birth,
Renowned for their deeds as far from home,
(For Christian service, and true chivalry,)
As is the sepulchre In stubborn Jewry,
Of the world's ransom, blessed Mary's son:
This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land,
Dear for her reputation through the world,
Is now leas'd out (I die pronouncing it,)
Like to a tenement, or pelting farm:
England, hound in with the triumphant sea.
Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
With inky blots, and rotten parchment bonds;
That England, that was wont to conquer others,
Hath made a shameful conquest of itself:
O, would the scandal vanish with my life,
How happy then were my ensuing death!
ErUer King Richard and Queen; Aumerle, Bushy,
Green, Bagot, Rots, and Willoughby.
York. The king is come: deal mildly with his youth;
For young hot colts, being rag'd, do rage the
Queen. How fares our noble uncle, Lancaster?
K. Rich. What comfort, man? How ia't with aged Gaunt?
Gaunt. <), how that name befits my composition!
Old Gaunt, indeed; and gaunt in being old:
Within me grief hath kept a tedious fast;
And who abstains from meat, that is not gaunt?
For sleeping England long time have I watch'd;
Watching breeds leanness, leanness is all gaunt:
The pleasure, that some father* feed upon,
Is my strict fast, I mean—my children's looks;
And, therein fasting, hast thou made me gaunt;
Gaunt am 1 for the grave, gaunt as a grave,
Whose hollow womb inherits nought but bones.
K. Rich. Can sick men play so nicely with their
Gav.nl. No, misery makes sport to mock itself:
Since thou dost seek to kill my name in me,
I mock my name, great king, to flatter thee.
Jf. Rich. Should dying men Hatter with those that live?
Gaunt. No, no j men living flatter those that die.
K. Rich. Thou, now a dying, say'st—thou flatter's t me.
Gaunt. Oh ! no ; thou diest, though I the sicker be.
Ji". Rich. I am in health, I breathe, and see thee ill.
Gaunt. Now, He that made me, knows I see thee ill;
III in myself to see, and in thee seeing ill.
Thy death-bed is no lesser than thy land,
Wherein thou liest in reputation sick:
And thou, too careless patient as thou art,
Commit'st thy anointed body to the cure
Of those physicians that first wounded thee:
A thousand flatterers sit within thy crown,
Whose compass is no bigger than thy head;
And yet, incaged in so small a verge*
The waste is no whit lesser than thj4and.
O, had thy grandsire, with a prophet's eye.
Seen bow his son's son should destroy his sons,
From forth thy reach he would have laid thy
Deposing thee before thou wert possess'd,
Which art possess'd now to depose thyself.
Why, cousin, wert thou regent of the world,
It were a shame, to let this lard by lease:
But, for thy world, enjoying but this land,
Is it not more than shame, to shame it so?
Landlord of England art thou now, not king:
Thy state of law is bondslave to the law;
JT. Rich. a lunatick lean wilted fool,
Presuming on an ague's privilege,
Dar'st with thy frozen admonition
Make pale our cheek; chasing the royal blood,
With fury, from his native residence.
Now by my seat's right royal majesty,
Wert thou not brother to great Edward's son,
This tongue that runs so roundly in thy head,
Should run thy head from thy unreverend shoul-
Gaunt. O, spare me not, my brother Edward's
For that 1 was his father Edward's son;
That hlnod already, like the pelican,
Hast thou tapp'd out, and drunkenly rarous'd;
My brother Gloster, plain well-meaning soul,
(Whom fair befall In heaven 'mong&t happy souls !)
May he a precedent and witness good,
That thou respect'st not spilling Edward's blood:
Join with the present sickness that 1 h ive;
And thy unkindness be like crooked age,
To crop at once a too-long wither'd flower.
Live in thy shame, but die not shame with thee I—
These words hereafter thy tormentors be!
Convey me to my bed, then to my grave:
Love they to live, that love and honour have.
f Brtt, borne out by hi* Attendants, JT. Rich. And let them die, that age and sullens have;
For both hast thou, and both become the grave
York. 'Keseech your majesty, impute his words To wayward sickliness and age in him: He loves you, on my life, and holds you dear As Harry duke of Hereford, were he here.
JT. Rich. Itight; you say true: as Hereford'!, love, so his: As theirs, so mine; and all be as it is.
Enter Northumberland. North. My liege, old Gaunt commends him to
youT majesty. JT. Rich. W hat says he now f
North. Nay, nothing; all is said .
His tongue is now a stringless Instrument;
Words, life, and all, old Lancaster hath spent.
York. Be York the next that must be bankrupt so!
Though death be poor, it ends a mortal woe. JT. Rich. The ripest fruit first falls, and so doth he;
His time is spent, our pilgrimage must be:
So much for that Now for our Irish wars:
We must supplant those rough rug-headed kerns;
Which live like venom, where no venom else,
But onlv they, hath privilege to live.
And far*these great affairs do ask some charge,
Towards our assistance, we do seize to us
The plate, coin, revenues, and moveables,
\\ hereof our uncle Gaunt did stand possess'd.
York. How long shall I be patient? Ah, how
Shall tender duty make me suffer wrong?
Not (iloster's death, nor Hereford's banishment.
Not Gaunt's rebukes, nor England's private wrongs.
Nor the prevention of poor Holingbroke
About his marriage, nor my own disgrace,
Have ever made me sour my patient cheek,
Or bend one wrinkle on my sovereign's face.—
I am the last of noble Edward's sons,
Of whom thy father, prince of Wales, was first;
In war, was never lion rag'd more fierce,
In peace was never gentle lamb more mild,
Than was that young and princely gentleman:
His face thou hait, for even so look'd he,
Accomplish'd with the number of thy hours;
But, when he frown'd, it was against the French,
And not against his friends: his noble hand
Did win what he did spend, and spent not that
Which his triumphant father's hand had won:
His hands were guilty of no kindred's blood,
But bloody with the enemies of his kin.
O, Richard! York is too far gone with grief,
Or else he never would compare between.
JT. Rich. Why, uncle, what's the matter?
York. 0, my liege,
Pardon me, if you please; if not, I pleas'd
Not to be pardon'd, am content withal.
Seek you to seize, and gripe into your hands,
The royalties and rights of banish'd Hereford?
Is not (jaunt dead - and doth not Hereford! live?
Was not (iaunt jus* I and is not Harry true?
Did not the one descTye to have an heir?
Is not his heir a well-deserving son?
Take Hereford's Tights away, and take from time
His charters, and his customary rights;
Let not to-morrow then ensue to-day;
Be not thyself, for how ait thou a king.
But by fair sequence and succession?
Now, afore God (God forbid, I say true !)
If you do wrongfully seize Hereford's rights.
Gall in the letters patents that he hath
By his attornies-general to sue
His livery, and deny his offer'd homage,
You pluck a thousand dangers on your head,
You lose a thousand well-disposed hearts,
And prick my tender patience to those thoughts
Which honour and allegiance cannot think.
K. Rich. Think what you will; we seize into our
His plate, his goods, his money, and his lands. York. I'll not be by, the while: My liege, farewell:
What will ensue hereof, there's none can tell;
But by bad courses may be understood,
That their events can never fall out good. [Exit.
K. Rich. Go, Bushy, to the earl of Wiltshire straight; Bid him repair to us to Ely house. To see this business: To-morrow next We will for Ireland; and, 'tis time, I trow; And we ere tte, in absence of our self, Our uncle York lord governor of England,
For he is just, and always lov'd us well
Come on, our queen: to-morrow must we part;
Be merry, for our time of stay is short, [Ftourith.
[Exeunt King, Queen, liushy, Aumerle,
Green, and Bagot.
North. Well, lords, the duke of Lancaster Is dead.
Rott. And living too; for now his son is duke.
Willo. Barely in title, not in revenue.
North. Kichly in both, if justice had hei right.
Rott. My heart is great; but it mu>t break with science,
Ere't be disburden'd with a liberal tongue.
Horth. Naj, speak thy mind; and let him ne'er speak more, That speaks thy words apain, to do thee harm!
Willo. Tends that thou'dst speak, to the"duke of
If it be so, out with it boldly, man;
Quick is mine ear, to hear of good towards him.
Rots. No good at all, that I can do for him;
T'nless you call it good, to pity him,
Bereft and gelded of his patrimony.
North. Now, afore heaven, 'tis thaine, such
wrongs are borne.
In him a royal prince, and many more
Of noble blood in this declining land.
The king is not himself, hut basely led
By flatterers; and what the; will inform,
Merely In hate, 'gainst any of us all,
That will the king severely prosecute
'Gainst us, our lives, our children, and om heirs.
Rott. The commons hath he plll'd with grievous taxes,
And lost their hearts: the nobles hath he fin'd For ancient quarrels, and quite lost their hearts.
Willo. And daily new exactions are detis'd; As blank*, 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 achieved with blows: More hath he spent in peace, than they in wars.
Rott. The earl of Wiltshire hath the realm in farm.
Willo. The king's grown bankrupt, like u brokeu man.
North, Iteproach, and dissolution, hangeth over him.
Rott. 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
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.
Rott. We see the very wreck that we must
And unavoided is the danger now,
For suffering so the causes of our wreck.
North. Not so; even through the hollow eyes of
I spy life peering; but I dare not say
How near the tidings of our comfort fs.
Willo. Nay, let us share thy thoughts, as thou dost ours.
Rots. 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 Fort le Blanc, a bay
In Brittany, recelv'd intelligence,
That Harry Hereford, Heignold lord Cobham,
[The son of Hichard Earl of Arundel,]
That late broke from the duke of Exeter,
His brother, archbishop late of Canterbury,
Sir Thomas ETpingham, sir John llamston,
Sir John Norbery, sir Hobert Waterton, and Fran-
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 otT our slavish yoke,
Imp out our drooping country's broken wing,
Redeem from broking iJawn 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 Havenspurg:
But if you faint, as fearing to do so,
Stay and be secret, and myself will go.
Rott. To horse, to horse! urge doubts to them
Willo. Hold out my horse, and I will first be there. [Kxevnt.
SCENE II The tame. A Room in (he Palace.
Enter Queen, Bushy, and Bagot.
Suthy. 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 shouIAwelcome such a guest as grief,
Save bidding larewell to so sweet a guest
As my sweet Hichard • 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.
Buthy. 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 perspectives, which, rightly gaz'd upon.
Show nothing but confusion; ey'd awry,
Distinguish form: so your sweet majesty,
Looking awry upon your lord's departure,
Finds sTiapes of griefs, more than himself, to w ail;
Which, look'd on as It Is, la 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 thing* imaginary.
Queen. It max 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.
BwAi/.'Tis nothing but conceit, my gracious lady.
Queen. Tis nothing less: conceit is still deriv'd From tome fore-father grief; mine is not so; For nothing hath begot my something grief; <>r something hath the nothing that 1 grieve; 'Tis in reversion that I do possess; But what it is, that is not yet known ; what I cannot name; tis nameless woe, 1 wot.
Enter Green. Green. God save your majesty !—and well met, gentlemen,
I hope, the king is not yet shlpp'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 power,
And driven into despair an enemy's hope,
Who strongly hath set footing in this land;
Thebanish'a Bolingbroke repeals himself,
And with uplifted arms is safe arriv'd
Qneen. Now God in heaven forbid!
Grtttt. 0, madam, 'tis too true; and that is
The lord Northumberland, his young son Henry Percy,
The lords of Ross, Beaumond, and Willoughby,
With all their powerful friends, are fled to him.
Buiky. Why have you not proclalm'd Northum-
And all the rest of the revolting faction.
Gretn. We have: whereon the earl of Worcester
Hith broke his staff, resign'd his stewardship,
And all the household servants fled with him
Queen. So, Green, thou art the midwife to my woe, And Bolingbroke my sorrow's dismal heir: Now hath my soul brought forth her prodigy; And I, a gasping new-deliver'd mother. Have woe to woe, sorrow to sorrow jotn'd.
Bushy. Despair not, madam.
Owen. Who shall hinder me?
1 will despair, and be at enmity
With cozening hope; he is a flatterer,
A parasite, a keeper-hack of death,
JVho gently would dissolve the bands of life,
Which false hope lingers in extremity.
Orem. Here come3 the duke of York.
Queen. With signs of war about his aged neck;
0, full of careful business are his looks!
For heaven's sake, speak comfortable words.
Yurie. Should I do so, I should belie my thoughts: Comfort's in heaven ; and we are on the earth, VVhere nothing lives, but crosses, care, and grief. J our husband he is gone to save far off. Whilst others come to make him lose at home: Here am I left to underprop his land;
Who, weak with age, cannot support myself:
Now comes the sick hour that his surfeit made; Now shall he try his friends that flatttr'd him.
Enter a Servant, ■rrw. My lord, your son was gone before I came. York. He was?—Why, so !—go all which wav it will!
The nobles they are fled, the commons cold,
And will, I fear, revolt on Hereford's side
Get thee to Plashy, to my sister Gloster;
Bid her send me presently a thousand pound
Hold, take my ring.
Serv. My lord, I had forgot to tell your lordship:
To-day, as I came by, I called there ;—
But I shall grieve you to report the rest.
York. What is It, knave?
Serv. An hour before I came, the duchess died.
York. God for his mercy ! what a tide of woes Comes rushing on this woeful land at once! I know not what to do :—I would to God, (So my untruth had not provok'd him to it,) The king had cut off ray head with my brother's.— What, are there posts despatch'd for Ireland ?— How shall we do for money for these wars ?— Come, sister,—cousin, I would say : pray, pardon me—
Go, fellow, [to the Servant.] get thee home, provide
some carts, And bring away the armour that is there—
f Exit Servant. Gentlemen, will you go muster men? if I know How, or which way, to order these affairs, Thus thrust disorderly Into my hands, Never believe me. Both are my kinsmen ;— The one's my sovereign, whom both my oath And duty bids defend; the other again, Is my kinsman, whom the king hath wrong'd; Whom conscience and my kindred bids to right. Well, somewhat we must do.—Come, cousin, I'll Dispose of you :—Go, muster up your men, And meet me presently at Berkley-castle.
I should to Plashy too;
But time will not permit:—All Is uneven,
And every thing is left at six and seven.
[Exeunt York and Queen. Bushy. The wind sits fair for news to go to Ireland,
But none returns. For us to levy power,
Proportionable to the enemy.
Is all impossible.
Green. Besides, our nearness to the king in love, Is near the hate of those love not the king.
Bagot. And that's the wavering commons : for their love
Lies in their purses; and whoso empties them,
By so much fills their hearts with deadly hate.
Bushy. Wherein the king stands generally con-
Bagot. If judgment lie in them, then so do we.
Because we ever have been near the king.
Green. Well, I'll for refuge straight to Bristol
The earl of Wiltshire is already there.
Bushy. Thither will I with you : for little office The hateful commons will perform for us; Except, like curs, to tear us all to pieces.— Will you go along with us?
Bagot. No ; I'll to Ireland to his majesty. Farewell! If heart's presages be not vain, We three here part, that ne'er shall meet again.
Btuhy. That's as York thrives to beat back Bolingbroke.
Green. Alas, poor duke ! the task he undertakes Is—numb'ring sands, and drinking oceans dry; Where one on his side fights, thousands will fly.
Bushy. Farewell at once ; for once, for all, and ever.
Green. Well, we may meet again.
Bagot. I fear me, never.
SCENE III.—TAs Wild* In Glostershire. Enter Bolingbroke and Northumberland, with Force*.
Holing. How far Is it, my lord, to Berkley now * North. Believe me, noble lord, I am a stranger here In Glostershire.
These high wild hills, and rough uneven ways,
Draw out Out miles, and make them wearisome:
And yet your fair discourse hath been as sugar,
Making the hard way sweet and delectable.
But, I bethink me, what a weary way
From Kavenspurg to Cotswold, will be found
In Ross and Willoughby, wanting your company;
Which, I protest, hath very much beguil'd
The tediousness and process of my travel:
Hut theirs is sweeten'd with the hope to have
The present benefit which I possess:
And hope to joy, is little less in joy,
Than hope enjoy'd: by this the weary lords
Shall make their way seem short; as mine hath
By sight of what I have, your noble company.
Bonn;'. Of much less value is my company, Than your good words. But who comes here? Enter Hairy Percy.
North. It Is my son, youns Harry Percy, Sent from my brother Worcester, whencesoever— Harry, how fares your uncle? Percy. I had thought, my lord, to have learn'd
his health of you. North. Why, is he not with the queen? Percy. No, my good lord; he hath forsook the court,
Broken his staff of office, and dispers'd
The household of the king.
North. What was his reason?
He was not so resolv'd, when last we spake together.
Percy. Because your lordship was proclaimed traitor.
But he, my lord, is gone to Ravenspurg,
To offer service to the duke of Hereford;
And sent me o'er by Berkley, to discover
What power the duke of Vork had levied there;
Then with direction to repair to Kavenspurg.
North. Have you forgot the duke of Hereford
Percy. No, my good lord; for that is not forgot, Which ne'er I did remember: to my knowledge, 1 never in my life did look on him.
North. Then learn to know him now ; this is the duke.
Percy. My gracious lord, I tender you my ser vice,
Such as it is, being tender, raw, and young;
Which elder days shall ripen, and confirm
To more approved service and desert.
Boling. I thank thee, gentle Percy; and be sure,
I count myself in nothing else so happy,
As in a soul rememb'ring my good friends;
And, as my fortune ripens with thy love,
It shall be still thy true love's recompense:
My heart this covenant makes, my hand thus seals
North. How far Is it to Berkley? And what stir Keeps good old York there, with his men of war? Percy. There stands the castle, by yon tuft ol trees,
Mann'd with three hundred men, as I have heard: And in it are the lords of York, Berkley, and Seymour;
None else of name, and noble estimate.
Enter Ross and Willoughby. North. Here come the lords of Ross and Willoughby,
Bloody with spurring, fiery-red with haste.
Boling. Welcome, ray lords; I wot your love
A banish'd traitor; all my treasury
Is yet but unfelt thanks, which, more enrich'd,
Shall be your love and labour's recompense.
Ross. Your presence makes us rich, most noble
WUlo. And far surmounts our labour to attain it. Boling. Evermcre 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.
Berk. My lord of Hereford, my message Is to you.
Boling. My lord, my answer is—to Lancaster;
And I am come to seek that name in England:
And I must find that title in your tongue,
Before I make reply to aught you say.
Berk, Mistake me not, my lord; 'tis not my
To raze one title of your honour out:—
To you, my lord, I come, (what lord you will,)
From the most glorious repent of this land,
The duke of York; to know, what pricks you >>i
To take advantage of the absent time,
And fright our native peace with self-horn arms.
Enter York, attended.
Boling. I shall not need transport my words by you;
Here comes his grace in person—My noble uncle.'
York. Show me thy humble heart, and not thy knee,
Whose duty is deceivahle and false.
Holing. My gracious uncle 1—
York. Tut, tut!
Grace me no grace, nor uncle me no uncle i
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 t
But then more why; Why have they dar'd to
So many miles upon her peaceful bosom:
Frighting her pale-fac'd villages with war,
And ostentation of despised arms?
Corn's! thou because the anointed king is hence t
Why, foolish boy, the king is left behind,
And in my loyal bosom lies his power,
Were I hut now the lord cf such hot youth.
As when brave Gaunt, thy father, and myself.
Rescued the Black Prince, that young Mars of
From forth the ranks of many thousand French;
O, then, how quickly should this arm of mine,
Now prisoner to the palsy, chastise thee,
And minister correction to thy fault!
Doling. 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, l!efore the expiration of thy time, In braving arms against thy sovereign. Boling. As I was banish'd, I was banish'd Hereford:
But as I come, I come for Lancaster.
And, noble uncle, I beseech your grace,
Look on my wrongs with an indifferent eye:
You are my father, for, methinks in you
I see old Gaunt alive; 0, then, my father!
Will you permit that I shall stand condemn'd
A wnnd'rlng vagabond; my right.* and royalties
Pluck'd from iny arms perforce, and given away
To upstart unthrifts? Wherefore wis I born?
If that my cousin king be king of England,
It must be granted, I am duke of Lancaster.
You have a son, Aumerle, my noble kinsman;
Had you first died, and he been thus trod down.
He should have found his uncle Gaunt a father.
To rouse his wrongs, and chase them to the bay.
I am denied to sue my livery here,
And yet my letters patent give me leave:
My father's goods are all distrain'd, and sold;
And these, and all, are all amiss employ*d.
What would you have me do? I am a subject.
And challenge law: Attornies are denied me;
A nd therefore personalty I lay my claim
To my inheritance of free descent.
North. The noble duke hath been too much
Ross. It stands your grace upon, to do him right.
Willo. Base men by his endowments are made
York. My lords of England, let me tell you I have had feeling of my cousin's wrongs, [this,— And labour'd all 1 could to do him right: But in this kind to come, in braving arms, Be his own carver, and cut out his way. To find out right with wrong,—it may not be; And you that do abet him in this kind, Cherish rebellion, and are rebels all.
North. The noble duke hath sworn, his coming is 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, 1 see the Issue of these arms;
I cannot mend it, ( must needs confess,
Because my power is weak, and all ill left:
But, if I could, by Him that gave me life,
I would attach you all, and make you stoop
Unto the sovereign mercy of the king;
But, since I cannot, be it known to you,
I do remain as neuter. So, tare you well ;—
Unless you please to enter In the castle,
And there repose you for this night.
Baling. An offer, uncle, that we will accept.
But we must win your grace, to go with us
To Bristol castle'; which, they say, is held
By Bushy, Bagot, and their complices,
The caterpillars of the commonwealth,
Which I have sworn to weed, and pluck away.
York. It may be, I will go with you :—but yet
For I am loath to break our country's laws.
Nor friends, nor foes, to me welcome you are:
Things past redress, are now with me past care.
SCENE IV—/l Camp in Wales.
Enter Salisbury and a Captain.
Cap. My lord of Salisbury, we have staid ten
And hardly kept our countrymen together,
And yet we hear no tidings from the king;
Therefore we will disperse ourselves; farewell.
Sal. Stay yet another day, thou trusty Welsh-
The king reposeth all his confidence
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 fail of kings—
Farewell; our countijmen are gone and fled,
As well assur'd, Hichard their king is dead. [Exit.
Sal. Ah, Kichard! with the eyes of heavy mind,
I tee thy glory, like a shooting star,
Fall to the base earth from the firmament!
Thy sun sets weeping in the lowly west,
Witnessing storms to come, woe, and unrest j
Thy friends are fled, to wait upon thy foes;
And crossly to thy good all fortune goes. [Exit.
Baling. Bring forth these men.—
Bushy, and Green, I will not vex your souls
(Since presently your souls must part your bodies,)
With too much urging your pernicious lives,
For 'tweie no charity: yet, to wash your blood
From off my hands, here, in the view of men,
I will unfold some causes of your death.
You have misled a prince, a royal king,
A happy gentleman in blood and lineaments,
By you unhappied and disfigured clean.
You have, in manner, with your sinful hours.
Made a divorce betwixt his queen and him;
Broke the possession of a royal bed,
And stain'd the beauty of a fair queen's cheeks
With tears drawn from her eyes by your foul
Myself—a prince, by fortune of my birth;
Near to the king in blood; and near in love,
Till you did make him misinterpret me,
Have stoop'd my neck under your injuries,
And sigh'd my English breath in foreign clouds.
Eating the bitter bread of banishment:
Whilst you have fed upon my signories,
Dispark'd my parks, and fell'd my forest woods;
From my own windows torn my household coat,
Raz'd out my impress, leaving me no sign—
Save men's opinions, and my living blood,—
To show the world 1 am a gentleman. [this.
This, and much more, much more than twice all
Condemns you to the death :—See them deliver'd
To execution and the hand of death. [over
Bushy. More welcome is the stroke of death to
Than Bolingbroke to England.—Lords, farewell.
Green. My comfort is,—that heaven will take our
And plague injustice with the pains of hell. Baling. My lord Northumberland, see them despatched.
[ExeutU Northumberland and others, with
Uncle, you say, the queen is at your house:
For heaven's sake, fairly let her be entreated:
Tell her, I send to her my kind commends;
Take special care my greetings be deliver'd.
York. A gentleman of mine I have despatch'd
With letters of your love to her at large.
Boling. Thanks, gentle uncle. Come, lords, away; To fight with Glendower and his complices; Awhile to work, and, after, holiday. [Exeunt.
SCENE XL—Tit Coast of Wales. A Cattle in Vierv.
Flourish: Drums and Trumpets. Enter King Richard, Bishop of Carlisle, Aumerle, and Sol
K. Rich. Barkloughly castle call you this at hand?
Aum. Yea, my lord: How brooks your grace the air,
After late tossing on the breaking seas? K. Rich. Needs must I like it well; I weep for joy,
To stand upon my kingdom once again
Dear earth, I do salute thee with my hand,
Though rebels wound thee with their horses' hoofs:
As a long parted mother with her child
Plays fondly with her tears, and smiles in meeting;
So, weeping, smiling, greet I thee, my earth,
And do thee favour with my royal hands.
Feed not thy sovereign's foe, my gentle earth.
Nor with thy sweets comfort his rav'nous sense i
But let thy spiders, that suck up thy venom.
And heavy-gaited toads, He in their way;
Doing annoyance to the treacherous feet,
Which with usurping steps do trample thee.
Yield stinging nettles to mine enemies:
And when they from thy bosom pluck a flower,
Guard it, I pray thee, with a lurking adder;
Enter Bolingbroke, York, Northumberland, Percy, Willoughhy, Ross: Officers behind with Bushy Whose double tongue may with a mortal touchand Green, prisoners. | Throw death upon thy sovereign's :""