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NORTHUMBERLAND

It is my son, young Harry Percy,
Sent from my brother Worcester, whencesoever.
Harry, how fares your uncle?

NORTHUMBERLAND

It’s my son, young Harry Percy. He was sent by my brother Worcester, wherever he may be. Harry, how is your uncle Worcester?

HENRY PERCY

I had thought, my lord, to have learn’d his health of you.

HENRY PERCY

I was thinking, my lord, that you would tell me that.

NORTHUMBERLAND

25Why, is he not with the queen?

NORTHUMBERLAND

Is he not with the queen?

HENRY PERCY

No, my good Lord; he hath forsook the court,
Broken his staff of office and dispersed
The household of the king.

HENRY PERCY

No, my good lord. He has abandoned the court. He broke his staff and let the king’s servants go.

NORTHUMBERLAND

What was his reason?
30He was not so resolved when last we spake together.

NORTHUMBERLAND

What was his reason? The last time we were together he hadn’t decided to do that.

HENRY PERCY

Because your lordship was proclaimed traitor.
But he, my lord, is gone to Ravenspurgh,
To offer service to the Duke of Hereford,
And sent me over by Berkeley, to discover
35What power the Duke of York had levied there;
Then with directions to repair to Ravenspurgh.

HENRY PERCY

He did it because you were proclaimed a traitor. But, my lord, he’s gone now to Ravenspurgh, to help the Duke of Hereford, and he sent me to Berkeley to discover how large an army the Duke of York had there. Then he gave me orders to go on to Ravenspurgh.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Have you forgot the Duke of Hereford, boy?

NORTHUMBERLAND

Have you forgotten who the Duke of Hereford is, boy?

HENRY PERCY

No, my good lord, for that is not forgot
Which ne’er I did remember: to my knowledge,
40I never in my life did look on him.

HENRY PERCY

No, my good lord, because I can’t forget something I never remembered. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him in my life.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Then learn to know him now; this is the duke.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Then meet him now. This is the duke.

HENRY PERCY

My gracious lord, I tender you my service,
Such as it is, being tender, raw and young:
Which elder days shall ripen and confirm
45To more approved service and desert.

HENRY PERCY

My gracious lord, I am in your service. I am young, but as I get older, I will demonstrate more impressive abilities.

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