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The Life and Death of
 

But in this kind to come, in braving arms,
Be his own carver and cut out his way, 144
To find out right with wrong, it may not be;
And you that do abet him in this kind
Cherish rebellion and are rebels all.


North. The noble duke hath sworn his coming is 148
But for his own; and for the right of that
We all have strongly sworn to give him aid;
And let him ne'er see joy that breaks that oath!

York. Well, well, I see the issue of these arms: 152
I cannot mend it, I must needs confess,
Because my power is weak and all ill left;
But if I could, by him that gave me life,
I would attach you all and make you stoop 156
Unto the sovereign mercy of the king;
But since I cannot, be it known to you
I do remain as neuter. So, fare you well;
Unless you please to enter in the castle 160
And there repose you for this night.

Boling. An offer, uncle, that we will accept:
But we must win your grace to go with us
To Bristol Castle; which they say is held 164
By Bushy, Bagot, and their complices,
The caterpillars of the commonwealth,
Which I have sworn to weed and pluck away.

York. It may be I will go with you; but yet I'll pause; 168
For I am loath to break our country's laws.
Nor friends nor foes, to me welcome you are;
Things past redress are now with me past care.

Exeunt.

 


143 kind: manner
152 issue: outcome
156 attach: arrest
159 neuter: neutral
165 complices: confederates
167 weed: pick off