• Enter the ARCHBISHOP of York and SIR MICHAEL

    ARCHBISHOP

    Hie, good Sir Michael, bear this sealèd brief
    With winged haste to the Lord Marshal,
    This to my cousin Scroop, and all the rest
    To whom they are directed. If you knew
    5How much they do import, you would make haste.

    SIR MICHAEL

    My good lord, I guess their tenor.

    ARCHBISHOP

    Like enough you do.
    Tomorrow, good Sir Michael, is a day
    Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men
    10Must bide the touch. For, sir, at Shrewsbury,
    As I am truly given to understand,
    The King with mighty and quick-raisèd power
    Meets with Lord Harry. And I fear, Sir Michael,
    What with the sickness of Northumberland,
    15Whose power was in the first proportion,
    And what with Owen Glendower’s absence thence,
    Who with them was a rated sinew too
    And comes not in, o'er-ruled by prophecies,
    I fear the power of Percy is too weak
    20To wage an instant trial with the King.

    SIR MICHAEL

    Why, my good lord, you need not fear.
    There is Douglas and Lord Mortimer.

    ARCHBISHOP

    No, Mortimer is not there.

    SIR MICHAEL

    But there is Mordake, Vernon, Lord Harry Percy,
    25And there is my Lord of Worcester and a head
    Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen.
  • The ARCHBISHOP of York and SIR MICHAEL enter.

    ARCHBISHOP

    Hurry, Sir Michael, bring this sealed letter as fast as you can to the Lord Marshal. Bring this one to Scroop, and all the rest to whom they are addressed. If you knew how important they were, you would hurry.

    SIR MICHAEL

    My good lord, I can guess what they say.

    ARCHBISHOP

    I’m sure you can. Tomorrow, Sir Michael, ten thousand men will try their luck. I’m told that at Shrewsbury, the King—with a huge and quickly assembled army—will fight Harry Percy. I’m afraid, Michael, that without Northumberland, whose army was the largest of all, and without Owen Glendower, who was also being counted on but is absent because his horoscope told him to stay away, I’m afraid that Percy’s army will be too weak to fight the King right now.

    SIR MICHAEL

    Don’t worry, sir. Douglas and Mortimer are there.

    ARCHBISHOP

    No, Mortimer isn’t there.

    SIR MICHAEL

    But Mordake is there, and Vernon, and Harry Percy, and Worcester and a slew of brave warriors and excellent men.