Act 1 - Scene 3
York. The Archbishop's palace.
Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF YORK, the Lords HASTINGS, MOWBRAY, and BARDOLPH
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
Thus have you heard our cause and known our means;
And, my most noble friends, I pray you all,
plainly your opinions of our hopes:
And first, lord marshal, what say you to it?
I well allow the occasion of our arms;
But gladly would be better satisfied
How in our means we should
To look with forehead bold and big enough
Upon the power and puissance of the king.
Our present musters grow upon the file
To five and twenty thousand men of choice;
And our supplies live
largely in the hope
Of great Northumberland, whose bosom burns
With an incensed fire of injuries.
The question then, Lord Hastings, standeth thus;
Whether our present five and twenty thousand
up head without Northumberland?
With him, we may.
Yea, marry, there's the point:
But if without him we be thought too feeble,
My judgment is, we should not
step too far
Till we had his assistance by the hand;
For in a theme so bloody-faced as this
expectation, and surmise
Of aids incertain should not be admitted.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
'Tis very true, Lord Bardolph; for indeed
It was young Hotspur's case at Shrewsbury.
It was, my lord; who lined himself with hope,
Eating the air on promise of supply,
Flattering himself in project
of a power
Much smaller than the smallest of his thoughts:
And so, with great imagination
Proper to madmen,
led his powers to death
And winking leap'd into destruction.
But, by your leave, it never yet did hurt
To lay down likelihoods and forms of hope.
Yes, if this present quality of war,
Indeed the instant action: a cause on foot
Lives so in hope as in an
We see the appearing buds; which to prove fruit,
Hope gives not so much warrant as despair
frosts will bite them. When we mean to build,
We first survey the plot, then draw the model;
we see the figure of the house,
Then must we rate the cost of the erection;
Which if we find outweighs
What do we then but draw anew the model
In fewer offices, or at last desist
To build at all? Much
more, in this great work,
Which is almost to pluck a kingdom down
And set another up, should we survey
plot of situation and the model,
Consent upon a sure foundation,
Question surveyors, know our own estate,
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