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From some forefather 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.

Enter GREEN.
Green. God save your majesty !-and well met,

gentlemen.-
I hope the king is not yet shipped 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 shipped ?
Green. That he, our hope, might have retired his

power,
And driven into despair an enemy's hope,
Who strongly hath set footing in this land.
The banished Bolingbroke repeals himself,
And with uplifted arms is safe arrived
At Ravenspurg.

Queen. Now, God in heaven forbid !
Green. 0, madam, 'tis too true; and that is worse, -
The lord Northumberland, his young son Henry

Percy, The lords of Ross, Beaumond, and Willoughby, With all their powerful friends, are fled to him. Bushy. Why have you not proclaimed Northumber

land,
And all the rest of the revolted faction, traitors ? 2

Green. We have; whereon the earl of Worcester
Hath broke his staff, resigned his stewardship,
And all the household servants fled with him
To Bolingbroke

i Retired, i. e. drawn it back; a French sense. 2 The first quarto, 1597, reads :

“And all the rest of the revolted faction, traitors ? " The folio, and the quarto of 1598 and 1608:

“And the rest of the revolting faction, traitors ?”

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-delivered mother,
Have woe to woe, sorrow to sorrow joined.

Bushy. Despair not, madam.
Queen.

Who shall hinder me?
I will despair, and be at enmity
With cozening hope; he is a flatterer,
A parasite, a keeper-back of death,
Who gently would dissolve the bands of life,
Which false hope lingers in extremity.

Enter YORK.
Green. Here comes the duke of York.

Queen. With signs of war about his aged neck;
O, full of careful business are his looks !
Uncle,
For Heaven's sake, speak comfortable words.

York. Should I do so, I should belie my thoughts.
Comfort's in heaven; and we are on the earth,
Where nothing lives but crosses, care, and grief.
Your 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 flattered him.

Enter a Servant. Serv. My lord, your son was gone before I came. York. He was ?-Why, so go all which way it

will !The nobles they are fled, the commons they are cold, And will, I fear, revolt on Hereford's side. Sirrah, get thee to Plashy, to my sister Gloster; Bid her send me presently a thousand pound.Hold, take my ring.

VOL. III.

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. Heaven for his mercy! what a tide of woes
Comes rushing on this woful land at once!
I know not what to do. I would to Heaven
(So my untruth? had not provoked him to it)
The king had cut off my head with my brother's 2-
What, are there posts despatched 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 armor that is there.

[Exit Servant. Gentlemen, will you go muster men ? If I know How, or which way, to order these affairs, Thus disorderly thrust 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 wronged ; Whom conscience and my kindred bids to right. Well, somewhat we must do.-Come, cousin, I'll Dispose of you.—Gentlemen, 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,

1 Disloyalty, treachery.

2 Not one of York's brothers had his head cut off, either by the king or any one else. Gloster, to whose death he probably alludes, was smothered between two beds at Calais.

3 York is talking to the queen, his cousin, but the recent death of his sister is uppermost in his mind.

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

demned. 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

castle;
The earl of Wiltshire is already there.

Bushy. Thither will I with you ; for little office
Will the hateful commons perform for us;
Except like curs to tear us all to pieces.-
Will you go along with us ?

Bagot. No; l'il to Ireland to his majesty.
Farewell ; if heart's presages be not vain,
We three here part, that ne'er shall meet again.
Bushy. That's as York thrives to beat back Boling-

broke.
Green. Alas, poor duke! the task he undertakes
Is—numbering 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.

[Exeunt.

SCENE III.

The Wilds in Glostershire.

Enter BolingBROKE and NORTHUMBERLAND, with

Forces.
Boling. 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 our miles, and make them wearisome; And yet your fair discourse hath been as sugar, Making the hard way sweet and délectable. But, I bethink me, what a weary way From Ravenspurg to Cotswold, will be found In Ross and Willoughby, wanting your company; Which, I protest, hath very much beguiled The tediousness and process of my travel ; But theirs is sweetened with the hope to have The present benefit which I possess; And hope to joy,' is little less in joy, Than hope enjoyed. By this the weary lords Shall make their way seem short; as mine hath done By sight of what I have, your noble company.

Boling. Of much less value is my company, Than your good words. But who comes here?

Enter HARRY PERCY. North. It is my son, young Harry Percy, Sent from my brother Worcester, whencesoever.Harry, how fares your uncle ? Percy. I had thought, my lord, to have learned 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 dispersed The household of the king. North.

What was his reason ? He was not so resolved, 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 York had levied there; Then with direction to repair to Ravenspurg.

1 To joy is here used as a verb; it is equivalent with to rejoice. “To joy, to clap hands, to rejoyce."- Baret.

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