• Wales. Before Flint castle.
    Enter, with drum and colours, HENRY BOLINGBROKE, DUKE OF YORK, NORTHUMBERLAND, Attendants, and forces

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    So that by this intelligence we learn
    The Welshmen are dispersed, and Salisbury
    Is gone to meet the king, who lately landed
    With some few private friends upon this coast.

    NORTHUMBERLAND

    5The news is very fair and good, my lord:
    Richard not far from hence hath hid his head.

    DUKE OF YORK

    It would beseem the Lord Northumberland
    To say ‘King Richard:’ alack the heavy day
    When such a sacred king should hide his head.

    NORTHUMBERLAND

    10Your grace mistakes; only to be brief
    Left I his title out.

    DUKE OF YORK

    The time hath been,
    Would you have been so brief with him, he would
    Have been so brief with you, to shorten you,
    15For taking so the head, your whole head’s length.

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    Mistake not, uncle, further than you should.

    DUKE OF YORK

    Take not, good cousin, further than you should.
    Lest you mistake the heavens are o’er our heads.

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    I know it, uncle, and oppose not myself
    20Against their will. But who comes here?
    Enter HENRY PERCY
  • Wales, outside Flint Castle.
    HENRY BOLINGBROKE, DUKE OF YORK, and NORTHUMBERLAND enter, with ceremonial flags and drums sounding. Several attendants and soldiers accompany them.

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    So we know from this latest news that the Welshmen have left the battlefield and that the king has landed with some of his friends on the coast, where Salisbury has gone to meet him.

    NORTHUMBERLAND

    It’s good news, my lord. Richard is hiding not very far from here.

    DUKE OF YORK

    It would be better for Lord Northumberland to call him “King Richard.” We should mourn the day that a king has to hide.

    NORTHUMBERLAND

    Your grace misunderstands me. I only left off his title for the sake of brevity.

    DUKE OF YORK

    There was a time when, if you’d been so brief in his presence, he would have made you even briefer, by chopping off your head.

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    Uncle, don’t take this misunderstanding too far.

    DUKE OF YORK

    Good cousin, don’t take more than you should, or you may forget heaven rules over us.

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    I know it, uncle, and won’t oppose the will of heaven. But who is coming?
    HENRY PERCY enters.