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Bast. Your sword is bright, sir; put it up again 9.
By heaven, I think, my sword's as sharp as yours:
Big. Out, dunghill! dar'st thou brave a nobleman?
Hub. Not for my life: but yet I dare defend
Sal. Thou art a murderer.
Do not prove me so 11; : Yet I am none: Whose tongue soe'er speaks false, Not truly speaks; who speaks not truly, lies."
Pem. Cut him to pieces.
Keep the peace, I say.
Bast. Thou wert better gall the devil, Salisbury: If thou but frown on me, or stir thy foot, . . Or teach thy hasty spleen to do me shame, I'll strike thee dead. Put up thy sword betime; Or I'll so maul you and your toasting-iron, That you shall think the devil is come from hell.
Big. What wilt thou do, renowned Faulconbridge ? Second a villain, and a murderer?
9 So in Othello :- Keep up your bright swords; for the dew will rust them. Both Faulconbridge and Othello speak contemptuously. You have shown that your sword is bright, and now you may put it up again ; you shall not use it.'
10 Honest defence, defence in a good cause.
11 Dr. Johnson has, I think, mistaken the sense of this passage, which he explains—Do not make me a murderer, by compelling me to kill you; I am hitherto not a murderer. By 'Do not prove me so' Hubert means do not provoke me, or try my patience so.' This was a common acceptation of the word. 'To assay, to prove, to try, to tempt one to do evil.' Baret, in v. prove.
Hub. Lord Bigot, I am none.
Who kill'd this prince ?
Sal. Trust not those cunning waters of his eyes,
Big. Away, toward Bury, to the Dauphin there!
[Exeunt Lords. Bast. Here's a good world !-Knew you of this
Do but hear me, sir.
Hub. Upon my soul,-
If thou didst but consent
• Hell, Hubert, trust me, all the plagues of hell
Will serve to strangle thee; a rush will be
Hub. If I in act, consent, or sin of thought
15 i.e. the interest which is not at this moment legally possessed by any one. On the death of Arthur, the right to the crown devolved to his sister Eleanor.
ur sovs my hand. ... leie aga
SCENE I. The same. A Room in the Palace. Enter King John, PANDULPH, with the Crown,
and Attendants. K. John. Thus have I yielded up into your hand The circle of my glory. 1. Pand.
[Giving John the Crown.
Pand. It was my breath that blew this tempest up,
I Counties here most probably mean not the divisions of the kingdom, but the lords and nobility in general. As in Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado about Nothing.
Upon your oath of service to the pope,
[Exit. K. John. Is this Ascension-day? Did not the
Enter the Bastard.
K. John. Would not my lords return to me again,
streets; An empty casket, where the jewel of life s By some damn'd hand was robb’d and ta’en away.
K. John. That villain Hubert told me, he did live.
Bast. So, on my soul, he did, for aught he knew, But wherefore do you droop? why look you sad? Be great in act, as you have been in thought; Let not the world see fear, and sad distrust, Govern the motion of a kingly eye: Be stirring as the time; be fire with fire;
3 Dryden has transferred this image to a speech of Antony, in All for Love :
* An empty circle, since the jewels gone.' So in King Richard II :
• A jewel in a ten times barr'd up chest