To-night, say I.
Come, come it nay not be. I wonder much,
Being men of such great leading as you are,
That you foresee
not what impediments
Drag back our expedition: certain horse
Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come
Your uncle Worcester's horse came but today;
And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
with hard labour tame and dull,
That not a horse is half the half of himself.
So are the horses of the enemy
In general, journey-bated and brought low:
The better part of ours are full
EARL OF WORCESTER
The number of the king exceedeth ours:
For God's sake. cousin, stay till all come in.
The trumpet sounds a parley
Enter SIR WALTER BLUNT
SIR WALTER BLUNT
I come with gracious offers from the king,
if you vouchsafe me hearing and respect.
Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt; and would to God
You were of our determination!
Some of us love you well; and
even those some
Envy your great deservings and good name,
Because you are not of our quality,
stand against us like an enemy.
SIR WALTER BLUNT
And God defend but still I should stand so,
So long as out of limit and true rule
You stand against anointed
But to my charge. The king hath sent to know
The nature of your griefs, and whereupon
conjure from the breast of civil peace
Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land
Audacious cruelty. If
that the king
Have any way your good deserts forgot,
Which he confesseth to be manifold,
He bids you
name your griefs; and with all speed
You shall have your desires with interest
And pardon absolute for
yourself and these
Herein misled by your suggestion.
The king is kind; and well we know the king
Knows at what time to promise, when to pay.
My father and
my uncle and myself
Did give him that same royalty he wears;
And when he was not six and twenty strong,
in the world's regard, wretched and low,
A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,
My father gave him
welcome to the shore;
And when he heard him swear and vow to God
He came but to be Duke of Lancaster,
sue his livery and beg his peace,
With tears of innocency and terms of zeal,
My father, in kind heart and
Swore him assistance and perform'd it too.
Now when the lords and barons of the realm
Northumberland did lean to him,
The more and less came in with cap and knee;
Met him in boroughs,
Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
Laid gifts before him, proffer'd him their oaths,
him their heirs, as pages follow'd him
Even at the heels in golden multitudes.
He presently, as greatness
Steps me a little higher than his vow
Made to my father, while his blood was poor,
naked shore at Ravenspurgh;
And now, forsooth, takes on him to reform
Some certain edicts and some
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