• Enter the ARCHBISHOP of York, MOWBRAY, HASTINGS, and others

    ARCHBISHOP

    What is this forest called?

    HASTINGS

    'Tis Gaultree Forest, an ’t shall please your Grace.

    ARCHBISHOP

    Here stand, my lords, and send discoverers forth
    To know the numbers of our enemies.

    HASTINGS

    5We have sent forth already.

    ARCHBISHOP

       'Tis well done.
    My friends and brethren in these great affairs,
    I must acquaint you that I have received
    New-dated letters from Northumberland,
    Their cold intent, tenor, and substance, thus:
    10Here doth he wish his person, with such powers
    As might hold sortance with his quality,
    The which he could not levy; whereupon
    He is retired, to ripe his growing fortunes,
    To Scotland, and concludes in hearty prayers
    15That your attempts may overlive the hazard
    And fearful melting of their opposite.

    MOWBRAY

    Thus do the hopes we have in him touch ground
    And dash themselves to pieces.
    Enter a MESSENGER
  • ARCHBISHOP of York, MOWBRAY, HASTINGS, and others enter.

    ARCHBISHOP

    What’s the name of this forest?

    HASTINGS

    Gaultree Forest, your grace.

    ARCHBISHOP

    Stop here, sirs. Send out scouts to find out how many soldiers our enemy has.

    HASTINGS

    We’ve already done that.

    ARCHBISHOP

    Well done. My friends and brothers in this great undertaking, I have to share with you that I’ve received new letters from Northumberland. They have a chilling purpose, tone, and content. He says that he wishes he could be here in person, with an army as strong someone of his rank should have, but he couldn’t raise one. So he’s going to go to Scotland to increase his power. He prays that your armies will prevail against the terrible power of the enemy.

    MOWBRAY

    And with that, any hope we had for him is thrown to the ground and dashed to pieces.
    A MESSENGER enters.