Florence. The Duke’s palace.
(Duke of Florence; two French Lords; First Soldier as Interpreter; Second Soldier)
The Duke tells the French lords (who come unofficially) that he cannot understand why the French King does not become his official ally. The Lords make excuses for their King. (27 lines)
Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, the two French Lords, with a troop of soldiers.
So that from point to point now have you heard
The fundamental reasons of this war,
Whose great decision hath much blood let forth
And more thirsts after.
Holy seems the quarrel
Upon your Grace’s part; black and fearful
On the opposer.
Therefore we marvel much our cousin France
Would in so just a business shut his bosom
Against our borrowing prayers.
Good my lord,
The reasons of our state I cannot yield
But like a common and an outward man
That the great figure of a council frames
By self-unable motion, therefore dare not
Say what I think of it, since I have found
Myself in my incertain grounds to fail
As often as I guess’d.
Be it his pleasure.
But I am sure the younger of our nature,
That surfeit on their ease, will day by day
Come here for physic.
Welcome shall they be;
And all the honors that can fly from us
Shall on them settle.—You know your places well;
When better fall, for your avails they fell.
Tomorrow to th’ field.