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Meets with lord Harry: and I fear, sir Michael,
What with the sickness of Northumberland,
? (Whose power was in the first proportion)
And what with Owen Glendower's absence thence,
(Who with them was ' a rated finew 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.
Sir Mich. Why, my good lord, you need not fear;
There's Douglas and lord Mortimer.
York. No, Mortimer is not there.
Sir Mich. But there is Mordake, Vernon, lord Harry
And there's my lord of Worcester; and a head
Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen.
York. And so there is : but yet the king hath drawn
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 corrivals, and dear men
Of estimation and command in arms.
Sir Mich. Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well op-
pos’d. York. I hope no less, yet needful ’tis to fear ; And, to prevent the worst, fir 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 hafte: I must go write again To other friends; and so farewell, fir Michael. (Exeunt.
(Wbose power was in the first proportion)]-Who furnished the largest quota.
in rated finew) a part of their strength much relied on, i corrivals, 3-partners, affociates,
The Camp at Shrewsbury.
Enter King Henry, Prince of Wales, Lord John of Lancaster,
Earl of Westmoreland, Sir Walter Blunt, and Sir Jobs
K. Henry. How bloodily the sun begins to peer
Above yon ' busky hill! the day looks pale
At his distemperature.
P. Henry. The southern wind
"Doth play the trumpet to his purposes :
And, by his hollow whistling in the leaves,
Foretells a tempeft, and a blustering day.
K. Henry. Then with the losers let it sympathize;
For nothing can seem foul to those that win.-
Trumpet. Enter Worcester and Vernon.
How now, my lord of Worcester ? 'tis not well,
That you and I should meet upon such terms
As now we meet : You have deceiv'd our trust;
And made us doff our easy robes of peace,
To crush our old limbs in ungentle steel :
This is not well; my lord, this is not well.
What say you to't? will you again unknit
This churlish knot of all-abhorred war?
And move in that obedient orb again,
Where you did give a fair and natural light;
And be no more an exhal'd meteor,
bufky)-woody. u Doib play the trumpet to his purposes; ]- Ulhers in, sounds a preludę to what this strange appearance of the sun portends.
A prodigy of fear, and a portent
Of broached mischief to the unborn times ?
Wor. Hear me, my liege:
For mine own part, I could be well content
To entertain the lag-end of my life
With quiet hours ; for, 1 do protest,
I have not fought the day of this dinike.
K. Henry. You have not fought it! how comes it then?
Fal. Rebellion lay in his way, and he found it.
P. Henry. Peace, "chewet, peace.
Wor. It pleas'd your majesty, to turn your looks
Of favour, from myself, and all our house ;
And yet I must remember you, my lord,
We were the first and dearest of
For you, my staff of office did I break
In Richard's time ; and posted day and night
To meet you on the way, and kiss your hand,
When yet you were in place and in account
Nothing so strong and fortunate as I.
It was myself, my brother, and his son,
That brought you home, and boldly did outdare
The dangers of the time : You swore to us-
did swear that oath at Doncaster,
That you did nothing purpose 'gainst the state
Nor claim no further than your new-fall’n right,
The seat of Gaunt, dukedom of Lancaster :
To this we sware our aid. But, in short space,
It rain'd down fortune showering on your head
And such a flood of greatness fell on you,
What with our help; what with the absent king;
What with the injuries of a wanton time;
* of a wanton time ; ]-done by King Richard in the wantopness of prosperity.
The seeming sufferances that you had borne ;
And the contrarious winds, that held the king
So long in his unlucky Irish wars,
That all in England did repute him dead,
As from this swarm of fair advantages,
You took occasion to be quickly woo'd
To gripe the general 1way into your hand :
Forgot your oath to us at Doncaster ;
And, being fed by us, you us'd us so
As that ungentle gull, the cuckow's bird,
Useth the sparrow : did oppress our neft;
Grew by our feeding to so great a bulk,
That even our love durst not come near your light,
For fear of swallowing; but with nimble wing
We were enforc'd, før safety fake, to fly
Out of your sight, and raise this present head :
Whereby ? you stand opposed by such means
As you yourself have forg'd against yourself ;
By unkind usage, · dangerous countenance,
And yiolation of all faith and troth
Sworn to us in your younger enterprize.
K. Henry, These things, indeed, you have articulated,
Proclaim'd at market-croffes, read in churches;
• To face the garment of rebellion
With some fine colour, that may please the eye
Of fickle changelings, and poor discontents,
Which gape, and rub the elbow, at the news
Of hurly-burly innovation :
And never yet did insurrection want
Such water-colours, to impaint his cause;
y As that ungentle gull, &c.)-the young cuckow, hatch'd and rear'd by the sparrow to her own destruction. The cuckow lays her eggs in
dangerous]-threat'ning. b articulated,]-exhibited in articles, fet down article by article.
To face;-To turn up, adorn, garnish.
di contents, ]-malecontents.
the nests of other birds.
Nor moody beggars, starving for a time
Of pell-mell havock and confusion.
P. Henry. In both our armies, there is many a soul
Shall pay full dearly for this encounter,
If once they join in trial. Tell your nephew,
The prince of Wales doth join with all the world
In praise of Henry Percy : By my hopes ---
This present enterprize' set off his head, -
I do not think, a braver gentleman,
More active-valiant, or more valiant-young,
More daring, or more bold, is now alive,
To grace this latter age with noble deeds.
For my part, I may speak it to my shame,
I have a truant been to chivalry ;
And so, I hear, he doth account me too:
Yet this before my father's majesty,–
I am content, that he shall take the odds
Of his great name and estimation ;
And will, to save the blood on either side,
Try fortune with him in a single fight.
K. Henry. And, prince of Wales, fo dare we venture
Albeit, considerations infinite
Do make against it :- No, good Worcester, no,
We love our people well ; even those we love,
That are mis-led upon your coufin's part:
And, will they take the offer of our grace,
Both he, and they, and you, yea, every man
Shall be my friend again, and I'll be his :
So tell your cousin, and bring me word
What he will do :-But if he will not yield,
starving for a time]-watching for it with the cagerness of hunger * set of his head,]-taken from his account. . Know, good Worcester, know,