Draw near, And list what with our council we have done. For that our kingdom’s earth should not be soil’d With that dear blood which it hath fostered; And for our eyes do hate the dire aspect Of civil wounds plough’d up with neighbours’ sword; And for we think the eagle-winged pride Of sky-aspiring and ambitious thoughts, With rival-hating envy, set on you To wake our peace, which in our country’s cradle Draws the sweet infant breath of gentle sleep; Which so roused up with boisterous untuned drums, With harsh resounding trumpets’ dreadful bray, And grating shock of wrathful iron arms, Might from our quiet confines fright fair peace And make us wade even in our kindred’s blood, Therefore, we banish you our territories: You, cousin Hereford, upon pain of life, Till twice five summers have enrich’d our fields Shall not regreet our fair dominions, But tread the stranger paths of banishment.
Return again, and take an oath with thee. Lay on our royal sword your banish’d hands; Swear by the duty that you owe to God– Our part therein we banish with yourselves– To keep the oath that we administer: You never shall, so help you truth and God! Embrace each other’s love in banishment; Nor never look upon each other’s face; Nor never write, regreet, nor reconcile This louring tempest of your home-bred hate; Nor never by advised purpose meet To plot, contrive, or complot any ill ‘Gainst us, our state, our subjects, or our land.