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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
and love. Hot. And, may be, so we shall. Blunt.
'Pray heaven, you do!
York. A Room in the Archbishop's House.
Enter the Archbishop of York, and a Gentleman.
knew How much they do import, you would make haste.
Gent. My good lord,
Like enough, you do.
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,
No, Mortimer's not there. Gent. But there is Mordake, Vernon, lord Harry
Percy, 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
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 cor-rivals, and dear men Of estimation and command in arms. Gent. Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well
oppos'd. 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.
3-rated sinew too,] A rated sinew signifies a strength on which we reckoned; a help of which we made account.
SCENE I. The King's Camp near Shrewsbury.
Enter King HENRY, Prince HENRY, Prince John
of Lancaster, Sir WALTER BLUNT, and Sir JOHN FALSTAFF.
K. Hen. How bloodily the sun begins to peer Above yon busky hill!* the day looks pale At his distemperature. P. Hen.
The southern wind Doth play the trumpet to his purposes ;' And, by his hollow whistling in the leaves, Foretells a tempest, and a blustering day.
K. Hen. Then with the losers let it sympathize ; For nothing can seem foul to those that win.
Trumpet. Enter WORCESTER and VERNON.
—busky hill !] Busky is woody. (Bosquet, Fr.) Milton writes the word perhaps more properly, bosky.
- to his purposes ;] That is, to the sun's, to that which the sun portends by his unusual appearance.
Of broached mischief to the unborn times?
Wor. Hear me, my liege:
it then? Fal. Rebellion lay in his way, and he found it. P. Hen. 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 your friends. 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,And you 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 swore 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;? The seeming sufferances that you had borne ; And the contrarious winds, that held the king
6 Peace, chewet, peace.] A chewet, or chuet, is a noisy, chattering bird, a pie.
the injuries of a wanton time;] i. e. the injuries done by King Richard in the wantonness of prosperity.
So long in his unlueky Irish wars,
8 As that ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird,] The cuckoo's chicken, who, being hatched and fed by the sparrow, in whose nest the cuckoo's egg was laid, grows in time able to devour her nurse.
we stand opposed, &c.] We stand in opposition to you. articulated,] i. e. exhibited in artieles.
starving for a time-] i.e. impatiently expecting a time, &c.