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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 levy'd there ; Then with directions to repair to Ravenspurg.
North. Have you forgot the duke of Hereford, boy?
Percy. No, my good lords for that is not forgot, Which ne'er I did remember :'to my knowledge, I never in my life did look on him. North. Then learn to know him now; this is the
duke. Percy. My gracious lord, I tender you my service, Such as it is, being tender, , raw, and young; Which elder days Thall ripen, and confirm To more approved service and desert.
Boling. I thank thee, gentle Percy : and be sure, I count myself in nothing else so happy, As in a soul remembring my good friends ; And as my fortune ripens with thy love, It shall be still thy true love's recompence: My heart this covenant makes, my hand thus seals it.
North. How far is it to Berkley? And what ftir Keeps good old York there, with his men of war?
Percy. There stands a castle by yon tuft of trees, Mann'd with three hundred men, as I have heard : And in it are the lords of York, Berkley, and Sey
mour; None else of name and noble estimate.
Enter Ross and Willoughby.
Ross. Ross. Your presence makes us rich, most noble lord. Willo. And far furmounts our labour to attain it. Boling. Evermore, thanks, the exchequer of the
poor, Which, till my infant fortune comes to years, Stands for my bounty. But who comes here?
Enter Berkley. Norih. It is my lord of Berkley, as I guess. Berk. My lord of Hereford, my message is to you.
Boling. My lord, my answer is to Lancaster;
Enter York, attended.
[Kneels. York. Shew me thy humble heart, and not thy knee, Whose duty is deceivable and falfe.
Boling. My gracious uncle !
York. Tut, tut !
? – the absent time,] For unprepared. Not an inelegant fynecdoche. WARBURTON. He means nothing more than, time of tbe king's alforce.
Why have those banish'd and forbidden legs
Boling. My gracious uncle, let me know my fault; 4 On what condition stands it, and wherein ?
York. Even in condition of the worst degree,
Boling. As I was banish’d, I was banish'd Hereford;
3 And oftentation of DESPISED arms ??] But sure the oitentation of despised arms would not fright any one.
We should read, --DISPOSED arms, i. e. forces in battle array.
WARBURTON. This alteration is harsh. Sir T. Hanmer reads despightful. Mr. Upton gives this paffage as a proof that our author uses the passive participle in an active sense. The copies all agree. Perhaps the old duke means to treat him with contempt as well as with severity, and to infinuate that he defpifes his power, as being able to master it. In this sense all is right. JOHNSON. So in this play,
We'll make foul weather with despised tears. STEEVENS, * Op what condition-] It Mould be, in what condition, i. e. in what degree of guilt. The particles in the old editions are of little credit. JOHNSON.
And, noble uncle, I beseech your grace,
you permit, that I shall stand condemn'd
have me do? I am a subject,
my inheritance of free descent. North. The noble duke hath been too much abus'd. Ross
. It stands your grace upon, to do him right. Willo
. Bafe men by his endowments are made great. York. My lords of England, let me tell you this I have had feeling of my cousin's wrongs, And labour'd all I could to do him right. But
, in this kind to come, in braving arms, Be his own carver, and cut out his way, To find out right with wrongs, it may not be ;
, And you, that do abet him in this kind, Cherish rebellion, and are rebels all.
North. The noble duke hath sworn, his coming is But for his own : and, for the right of that,
Wherefore was I born?] To what purpose serves birth and lineal succession ? lam dule of Lancaster by the fame right of birth as the king is king of England. Johnso
We all have strongly sworn to give him aid ;
York. Well, well, I see the issue of these arms;
Boling. An offer, uncle, that we will accept.
you. But yet I'll paule, For I am loath to break our country's laws. Nor friends nor foes, to me welcome you are : Things past redress are now with me past care.
(Exeunt. OS CENE IV.
In Wales. Enter Salisbury and a captain. Cap. My lord of Salisbury, we have staid ten days, And hardly kept our countrymen together,
6 Here is a scene fo unartfully and irregularly thruft into an improper place, that I cannot but suspect it accidentally transpoicd; which, when the scenes were written on single pages, might eafily happen in the wildness of Shakespeare's drama. This dialogue was, in the author's draught, probably the second scene in the ensuing act, and there I would advise the reader to insert it, though I have not ventured on so bold a change. My