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ACT IV - SCENE II. Another part of the forest.
LANCASTER
1    You are well encounter'd here, my cousin Mowbray:
2    Good day to you, gentle lord archbishop;
3    And so to you, Lord Hastings, and to all.
4    My Lord of York, it better show'd with you
5    When that your flock, assembled by the bell,
6    Encircled you to hear with reverence
7    Your exposition on the holy text
8    Than now to see you here an iron man,
9    Cheering a rout of rebels with your drum,
10   Turning the word to sword and life to death.
11   That man that sits within a monarch's heart,
12   And ripens in the sunshine of his favour,
13   Would he abuse the countenance of the king,
14   Alack, what mischiefs might he set abrooch
15   In shadow of such greatness! With you, lord bishop,
16   It is even so. Who hath not heard it spoken
17   How deep you were within the books of God?
18   To us the speaker in his parliament;
19   To us the imagined voice of God himself;
20   The very opener and intelligencer
21   Between the grace, the sanctities of heaven
22   And our dull workings. O, who shall believe
23   But you misuse the reverence of your place,
24   Employ the countenance and grace of heaven,
25   As a false favourite doth his prince's name,
26   In deeds dishonourable? You have ta'en up,
27   Under the counterfeited zeal of God,
28   The subjects of his substitute, my father,
29   And both against the peace of heaven and him
30   Have here up-swarm'd them.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
31   Good my Lord of Lancaster,
32   I am not here against your father's peace;
33   But, as I told my lord of Westmoreland,
34   The time misorder'd doth, in common sense,
35   Crowd us and crush us to this monstrous form,
36   To hold our safety up. I sent your grace
37   The parcels and particulars of our grief,
38   The which hath been with scorn shoved from the court,
39   Whereon this Hydra son of war is born;
40   Whose dangerous eyes may well be charm'd asleep
41   With grant of our most just and right desires,
42   And true obedience, of this madness cured,
43   Stoop tamely to the foot of majesty.
MOWBRAY
44   If not, we ready are to try our fortunes
45   To the last man.
HASTINGS
46   And though we here fall down,
47   We have supplies to second our attempt:
48   If they miscarry, theirs shall second them;
49   And so success of mischief shall be born
50   And heir from heir shall hold this quarrel up
51   Whiles England shall have generation.
LANCASTER
52   You are too shallow, Hastings, much too shallow,
53   To sound the bottom of the after-times.
WESTMORELAND
54   Pleaseth your grace to answer them directly
55   How far forth you do like their articles.
LANCASTER
56   I like them all, and do allow them well,
57   And swear here, by the honour of my blood,
58   My father's purposes have been mistook,
59   And some about him have too lavishly
60   Wrested his meaning and authority.
61   My lord, these griefs shall be with speed redress'd;
62   Upon my soul, they shall. If this may please you,
63   Discharge your powers unto their several counties,
64   As we will ours: and here between the armies
65   Let's drink together friendly and embrace,
66   That all their eyes may bear those tokens home
67   Of our restored love and amity.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
68   I take your princely word for these redresses.
LANCASTER
69   I give it you, and will maintain my word:
70   And thereupon I drink unto your grace.
HASTINGS
71   Go, captain, and deliver to the army
72   This news of peace: let them have pay, and part:
73   I know it will well please them. Hie thee, captain.
Exit Officer

ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
74   To you, my noble Lord of Westmoreland.
WESTMORELAND
75   I pledge your grace; and, if you knew what pains
76   I have bestow'd to breed this present peace,
77   You would drink freely: but my love to ye
78   Shall show itself more openly hereafter.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
79   I do not doubt you.
WESTMORELAND
80   I am glad of it.
81   Health to my lord and gentle cousin, Mowbray.
MOWBRAY
82   You wish me health in very happy season;
83   For I am, on the sudden, something ill.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
84   Against ill chances men are ever merry;
85   But heaviness foreruns the good event.
WESTMORELAND
86   Therefore be merry, coz; since sudden sorrow
87   Serves to say thus, 'some good thing comes
88   to-morrow.'
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
89   Believe me, I am passing light in spirit.
MOWBRAY
90   So much the worse, if your own rule be true.
Shouts within

LANCASTER
91   The word of peace is render'd: hark, how they shout!
MOWBRAY
92   This had been cheerful after victory.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
93   A peace is of the nature of a conquest;
94   For then both parties nobly are subdued,
95   And neither party loser.
LANCASTER
96   Go, my lord,
97   And let our army be discharged too.
Exit WESTMORELAND
98   And, good my lord, so please you, let our trains
99   March, by us, that we may peruse the men
100  We should have coped withal.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
101  Go, good Lord Hastings,
102  And, ere they be dismissed, let them march by.
Exit HASTINGS

LANCASTER
103  I trust, lords, we shall lie to-night together.
Re-enter WESTMORELAND
104  Now, cousin, wherefore stands our army still?
WESTMORELAND
105  The leaders, having charge from you to stand,
106  Will not go off until they hear you speak.
LANCASTER
107  They know their duties.
Re-enter HASTINGS

HASTINGS
108  My lord, our army is dispersed already;
109  Like youthful steers unyoked, they take their courses
110  East, west, north, south; or, like a school broke up,
111  Each hurries toward his home and sporting-place.
WESTMORELAND
112  Good tidings, my Lord Hastings; for the which
113  I do arrest thee, traitor, of high treason:
114  And you, lord archbishop, and you, Lord Mowbray,
115  Of capitol treason I attach you both.
MOWBRAY
116  Is this proceeding just and honourable?
WESTMORELAND
117  Is your assembly so?
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
118  Will you thus break your faith?
LANCASTER
119  I pawn'd thee none:
120  I promised you redress of these same grievances
121  Whereof you did complain; which, by mine honour,
122  I will perform with a most Christian care.
123  But for you, rebels, look to taste the due
124  Meet for rebellion and such acts as yours.
125  Most shallowly did you these arms commence,
126  Fondly brought here and foolishly sent hence.
127  Strike up our drums, pursue the scatter'd stray:
128  God, and not we, hath safely fought to-day.
129  Some guard these traitors to the block of death,
130  Treason's true bed and yielder up of breath.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
  • INDUCTION


  • ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • EPILOGUE

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