ACT 2, SCENE 4: A camp in Wales.

Enter SALISBURY and a Welsh Captain.

Captain: My lord of Salisbury, we have stay'd ten days,
And hardly kept our countrymen together,
And yet we hear no tidings from the king;
Therefore we will disperse ourselves: farewell.

EARL OF SALISBURY: Stay yet another day, thou trusty Welshman:             [5]
The king reposeth all his confidence in thee.

Captain: 'Tis thought the king is dead; we will not stay.
The bay-trees in our country are all wither'd
And meteors fright the fixed stars of heaven;
The pale-faced moon looks bloody on the earth                                 [10]
And lean-look'd prophets whisper fearful change;
Rich men look sad and ruffians dance and leap,
The one in fear to lose what they enjoy,
The other to enjoy by rage and war:
These signs forerun the death or fall of kings.                                    [15]
Farewell: our countrymen are gone and fled,
As well assured Richard their king is dead.
[Exit.]

EARL OF SALISBURY: Ah, Richard, with the eyes of heavy mind
I see thy glory like a shooting star
Fall to the base earth from the firmament.                                          [20]
Thy sun sets weeping in the lowly west,
Witnessing storms to come, woe and unrest:
Thy friends are fled to wait upon thy foes,
And crossly to thy good all fortune goes.

[Exit.]


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