• Wilds in Gloucestershire.
    Enter HENRY BOLINGBROKE and NORTHUMBERLAND, with Forces

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    How far is it, my lord, to Berkeley now?

    NORTHUMBERLAND

    Believe me, noble lord,
    I am a stranger here in Gloucestershire:
    These high wild hills and rough uneven ways
    5Draws out our miles, and makes them wearisome,
    And yet your fair discourse hath been as sugar,
    Making the hard way sweet and delectable.
    But I bethink me what a weary way
    From Ravenspurgh to Cotswold will be found
    10In Ross and Willoughby, wanting your company,
    Which, I protest, hath very much beguiled
    The tediousness and process of my travel:
    But theirs is sweetened with the hope to have
    The present benefit which I possess;
    15And hope to joy is little less in joy
    Than hope enjoy’d: by this the weary lords
    Shall make their way seem short, as mine hath done
    By sight of what I have, your noble company.

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    Of much less value is my company
    20Than your good words. But who comes here?
    Enter HENRY PERCY
  • In the woods in Gloucestershire.
    HENRY BOLINGBROKE and NORTHUMBERLAND enter with an army.

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    How much farther is it to Berkeley, my lord?

    NORTHUMBERLAND

    Believe me, my noble lord, I’m a stranger to these parts. These high and wild hills go on for miles and are tiring. And yet your good conversation has been like sugar, making the difficult journey sweeter. But I think it will be a long and hard journey from Ravenspurgh to Cotswold for Ross and Willoughby since they won’t have your company, which has made my trip easier. But their trip will be made more enjoyable by the expectation that you’ll go with them next time. In this way, the journey for those tired lords will seem shorter. That’s what has happened to me. My journey has seemed shorter because you’ve been with me.

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    My companionship isn’t nearly as valuable as your kind words. Who’s coming?
    HENRY PERCY enters.