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Wales. Before Flint Castle.
Enter, with Drum and Colours, BOLINGBROKE and
Boling. So that by this intelligence we learn,
gone to meet the king, who lately landed, With some few private friends, upon this coast.
North. The news is very fair and good, my lord; Richard, not far from hence, hath hid his head.
York. It would beseem the lord Northumberland, To say-king Richard:-Alack the heavy day, When such a sacred king should hide his head.
North. Your grace mistakes me; only to be brief, Left I his title out. York.
The time hath been, Would you have been so brief with him, he would Have been so brief with
you, For taking so the head, your whole head's length. Boling. Mistake not, uncle, further than you
should. York. Take not, good cousin, further than you
should, Lest you mis-take: The heavens are o'er your
head, Boling. I know it, uncle; and oppose not Myself against their will.—But who comes here?
to shorten you,
Well, Harry; what, will not this castle yield ?
Percy. The castle royally is mann'd, my lord,
's For taking so the head,] To take the head is, to act without restraipt; to take undue liberties:
Against thy entrance.
Yes, my good lord,
North. Belike, it is the bishop of Carlisle.
[NORTHUMBERLAND advances to the Castle,
with a Trumpet. Let's march without the noise of threat’ning drum, That from the castle's totter'd battlements Our fair appointments may be well perus'd. Methinks, king Richard and myself should me
With no less terror than the elements
rage be his, while on the earth I rain My waters; on the earth, and not on him. March on, and mark king Richard how he looks.
A parle sounded, and answered by another Trumpet
stood To watch the fearful bending of thy knee,
To NORTHUMBERLAND, Because we thought ourself thy lawful king; And if we be, how dare thy joints forget To pay their awful duty to our presence? If we be not, show us the hand of God That hath dismiss'd us from our stewardship; For well we know, no hand of blood and bone Can gripe the sacred handle of our scepter, Unless he do profane, steal, or usurp. And though you think, that all, as you have done,
Have torn their souls, by turning them from us,
stride he makes upon my land,
king Should so with civil and uncivil arms Be rush'd upon! Thy thrice-noble cousin, Harry Bolingbroke, doth humbly kiss thy hand; And by the honourable tomb he swears, That stands upon thy royal grandsire's bones; And by the royalties of both your bloods, Currents that spring from one most gracious heads And by the buried hand of warlike Gaunt; And by the worth and honour of himself, Comprising all that may be sworn or said, His coming hither hath no further scope,
the flower of England's face;] Dr. Warburton the flower of England's face is meant the choicest youths of England, who shall be slaughtered in this quarrel, or have bloody crowns, The flower of England's face, to design her choicest youth, is a fine and noble expression, but Mr. Steevens is of opinion that the flower of England's face, meanis England's forcry face, the flowery surface of England's soil.
Than for his lineal royalties, and to beg
your majesty. This swears he, as he is a prince, is just; And, as I am a gentleman, I credit him. K. Rich. Northumberland, say,--thus the king returns;
words, Till time lend friends, and friends their helpful
swords. K. Rich. O God! O God! that e'er this tongue
of mine, That laid the sentence of dread banishment On yon proud man, should take it off again With words of sooth! O, that I were as great As is my grief, or lesser than my name! Or that I could forget what I have been! Or not remember what I must be now! Swell'st thou, proud heart? I'll give thee scope to
5 With words of sooth!] Sooth is sweet as well as true. In this place sooth means sweetness or softness, a signification yet retained in the verb to sooth. JOHNSON.