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But thou shalt have ; and creep time ne'er so slow,
Hub. My lord?
K. John. A grave.
Hub. He shall not live.
I could be merry now: Hubert, I love thee;
Eli. My blessing go with thee!
K. John. For England, cousin:
Look, who comes here ! a grave unto a soul;
O, come to me !
In the fair multitude of those her hairs?
Const. To England, if you will.
K. Phi. Bind up your hairs.
Const. Yes, that I will; and wherefore will I do it?
(5) Overcome. (6) Refuse. (7) Common.
If that be true, I shall see my boy again; for, since the birth of Cain, the first male child, To him that did but yesterday suspire," There was not such a gracious” creature born. But now will canker sorrow eat my bud, And chase the native beauty from his cheek, And he will look as hollow as a ghost; As dim and meagre as an ague's fit; And so he'll die; and, rising so again, When I shall meet him in the court of heaven, I shall not know him: therefore never, never Must I behold o pretty Arthur more. Pand. You hold too heinous a respect of grief. Const. He talks to me, that never had a son. K. Phi. You are as fond of grief, as of your child. Const. Grieffiils the room up of my absent child, Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me; Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words, Remembers me of all his gracious parts, Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form; Then, have I reason to be fond of grief. Fare you well: had you such a loss as I, I could give better comfort than you do.— I will not keep this form upon my head, [Tearing off her head-dress. When there is such disorder in o wit. O lord ' my boy, my Arthur, my fair son : My life, my joy, my food, my as the world! My widow-comfort, and my sorrows' cure! [Erit. . Phi. I fear some outrage, and I'll o Eirit. Letc. There's nothing in this world, can make me joy: Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man; And bitter shame hath spoil'd the sweet world's taste, That it yields nought, but shame, and bitterness. . Pand. Before the curing of a strong disease, Even in the instant of repair and health, The fit is strongest; evils, that take leave, On their departure most of all show evil: What have you lost by losing of this day 7 Lew. All days of glory, joy, and happiness. Pand. If you have won it, certainly you had. No, no: when fortune means to men most good, She looks upon them with a threatening eye. 'Tis strange, to think how much king John hath lost In this which he accounts so clearly won : Are not you grieved, that Arthur is his prisoner? Lew. & heartily, as he is glad he hath him. Pand. Your mind is all as youthful as your blood. Now hear me speak with a prophetic spirit; For even the breath of what I mean to speak Shall blow each dust, each straw, each little rub, Out of the path which shall directly lead Thy foot to England's throne; and, therefore, mark. John hath seiz'd Arthur; and it cannot be, That, whiles warm life plays in that infant's veins, The misplac'd John should entertain an hour, One minute, nay, one quiet breath of rest: A sceptre, snatch'd with an unroy hand, Must be as boisterously maintain'd as gain'd: And he, that stands upon a slippery place, Makes nice of no vile hold to stay him up: That John may stand, then Arthur needs must fall; So be it, for it cannot be but so. Lew. *** shall I gain by young Arthur's
a Pand. .." in the right of lady Blanch, your wiie, May then make all the claim that Arthur did.
(1) Breathe. (2) Graceful. (3) tapestry.
Letc. And lose it, life and all, as Arthur did. Pand. How green are you, and fresh in this old world !
John lays you plots; the times conspire with you:
Lew. May be, he ...i not touch young Arthur's
lie But hold himself safe in his prisonment. Pand. O, sir, when he shall hear of your ap
Is that young Arthur be not gone already,
Lew. Strong reasons make strong actions: Let
Only for wantonness. By my christendom, So I were out of prison, and kept sheep,
I should be as merry as the day is long;
These eyes, that never did, nor never shall,
Hub. I have sworn to do it; And with hot irons must I burn them out.
..?rth. Ah, none, but in this iron age, would do it! The iron of itself, though heat red-hot, Approaching near these eyes, would drink my
And quench his fiery indignation,
Hub. Come forth. [Stamps.
Re-enter.Attendants, with cord, irons, &c.
Do as I bid you do.
..Arth. O, save me, Hubert, save me! my eyes are out,
Even with the fierce looks of these bloody men.
(1) In cruelty I have not deserved.
Much danger do I undergo for thee.
Hub. Give me the iron, I say, and bind him here. ..]rth. Alas, ,what need you be so boist’rous rough I will not struggle, I will stand stone-still. For heaven's sake, Hubert, let me not be bound! Nay, hear me, Hubert drive these men away, And I will sit as quiet as a lamb; I will not stir, nor wince, nor speak a word, Nor look upon the iron angerly: Thrust but these men away, and I'll forgive you, Whatever torment you do put me to. Hub. Go, stand within; let me alone with him. 1.1ttend. I am best pleas'd to be from such a deed. Ereunt Jittendants. ..?rth. Alas! I then have chid away my friend; He hath a stern look, but a gentle heart:Let him come back, that his compassion may o o to yours. C b ls. tub. ome, boy, prepare yourse .Arth. Is there no remedy” y, p Hub. None, but to lose your eyes. .irth. O heaven!—that there were but a more in yours, A grain, a dust, a gnat, a wand'ring hair, Any annoyance in that precious sense! Then, feeling what small things are boist’rous there, Your vile intent must needs seem horrible. Hub. Is this your promise 1 go to, hold your
..?rth. Hubert, the utterance of a brace oftongues Must needs want pleading for a pair of eyes: Let me not hold my tongue; let me not, Hubert Qr, Hubert, if you will, cut out my tongue, So I may keep mine eyes; O, spare mine eyes; Though to no use, but still to look o ! Lo, by . troth, the instrument is cold, And would not harm me.
Hub. I can heat it, boy.
./lrth. No." good sooth; the fire is dead with
Being create for comfort, to be us’d
Hub. But with my breath I can revive it, boy.
..?rth. And is you do, you will but make it blush, And glow with shame of your proceedings, Hubert: Nay, it, perchance, will sparkle in your eyes; And, like a dog that is compell'd to fight, Snatch at his master that doth tarre” him on. All things, that you should use to do me wrong, Deny their office: only you do lack That mercy, which fierce fire, and iron, extends, Croatures of note, for mercy-lacking uses.
Hub. Well, see to live; I will not touch thine
eyes For all the treasures that thine uncle owes :Yet am I sworn, and I did purpose, boy, With this same very iron to burn them out. ..?rth. O, now you look like Hubert! all this while You were disguised. Hub. Peace: no wore. Adieu: Your uncle must not know but you are dead: I'll fill these dogged spies with false reports. And, pretty child, sleep doubtless, and secure, That Hol. for the wealth of all the world, Will not offend thee. ...Arth. O heaven —I thank you, Hubert. Hub., Silence; no more: Go closely" in with me; [Ereunt (4) Secretly.
(2) Set him on. (3) Owns.
K. John. Here once again we sit, once again
And look'd upon, I hope, with cheerful eyes.
Pem. This once again, but that your highness
Was once superfluous: you were crown'd before,
Sal. |...}. to be possess'd with double pomp,
Pem. But that your royal pleasure must be done,
Sul. In this, the antique and well-noted face
or putting on so new a fashion'd robe.
Prm. When workmen strive to do better than
Well They do confound their skill in covetousness :” And, ostentimes, excusing of a fault, both make the fault the wors. by the excuse; As patches, set upon a little breach, Discredit more in hiding of the fault, Than did the fault before it was so patch'd. Sal. To this effect, before you were new-crown'd, We breath'd our counsel; but it pleas'd your highness To overhear it; and we are all well pleas'd; Since all and every part of what we would, Doth make a stand at what your highness will. K. John. Some reasons F. double coronation have possess'd you with, and think them strong; And more, more strong (when lesser is my fear,) !...hall indue you with: Meantime, but ask What you would have reform'd, that is not well; And well shall you perceive, how willingly I will both hear and grant you your requests. Pem. Then I, (as one that am the tongue of these, To sound" the purposes of all their hearts,) Both for myself, and them, (but, chief of all, Your safety, for the which myself and them Bend their best studies,) heartily request The enfranchisement” of Arthur; whose restraint Roth move the murmuring lips of discontent, To break into this dangerous argument, #. in rest vou have, in right you hold, hy then your fears (which, as they say, attend The steps of wrong,) should move you to mew up Your tender kinsman, and to choke his days With barbarous ignorance, and deny his youth The rich advantage of good exercise 7 That the time's enemies may not have this o grace occasions, let it be our suit, That you have bid us ask his liberty,
Which for our goods we do no further ask,
our direction.—Hubert, what news with vou ? em. This is the man should do the bloody deed ; He show'd his warrant to a friend of mine: The image of a wicked heinous fault Lives . eye; that close aspéct of his Does show the mood of a much-troubled breast; And I do fearfully believe, ’tis done, What we so fear'd he had a charge to do. Sal. The colour of the king doth come and go, Between his purpose and his conscience, Like heralds 'twixt two dreadsul battles set: His passion is so ripe, it needs must break. Pem. And, when it breaks, I fear, will issue thence The foul corruption of a sweet child’s death. K. John. We cannot hold mortality's strong
hand Good lords, although my will to give is living, The suit which wooden and is gone and dead: He tells us, Arthur is deceas'd to-night. Sal. Indeed, we sear'd, his sickness was past cure. Penn. Indeed we heard how near his death he was, Before the child himself felt he was sick: This must be answer'd, either here, or hence. K. John. Why do you bend such solemn brows
on me Think you, I bear the shears of destiny? Have I commandment on the pulse of life? Sal. It is apparent soul play; and 'tis shame, That greatness should so grossly offer it: So thrive it in your game and so farewell! Pem. Stay yet, lord Salisbury; I’ll go with thee And find the inheritance of this poor child, His little kingdom of a forced grave. That blood, which ow'do the breath of all this isle, Three foot of it doth hold; Bad world the while ! This must not be thus borne: this will break out To all our sorrows, and ere long, I doubt. | Ereunt Lords. K. John. They burn in indignation; I repent; There is no sure foundation set on blood; No certain life achiev'd by others' death.--—
Enter a Messenger.
A fearful eye thou hast; Where is that blood,
JMess. From France to England.—Never such a
For any foreign preparation
K. John. O, where hath our intelligence been
Where hath it slept 7 Where is my mother's care;
K. John. Thou hast made me giddy With these ill tidings.—Now, what says the world To your proceedings 2 do not seek to stuff Mý with more ill news, for it is full. ast. But, if you be afeard to hear the worst, Then let the worst, unheard, fall on your head. K. John. Bear with me, cousin; for I was amaz'do Under the tide: but now I breathe again Aloft the flood; and can give audience To any tongue, speak it of what it will. Easi. How I have sped among the clergymen, The sums I have collected shall express. But, as I travelled hither through the land, I find the people strangely fantasied; Possess'd .. rumours, full of idle dreams; Not knowing what they fear, but full of fear: And here's a prophet, that I brought with me From forth the streets of Pomfret, whom I found With many hundreds treading on his heels; To whom he sung, in rude harsh-sounding rhymes, That, ere the next Ascension-day at noon, Your highness should deliver up your crown. K. John. Thou idle dreamer, wherefore didst thou so 7 Peter. Foreknowing that the truth will fall out so. K. John. Hubert, away with him; imprison him; And on that day, at noon, whereon he says I shall yield up my crown, let him be hang'd: Deliver him to safety,” and return, For I must use thee.—O my gentle cousin, [Erit Hubert with Peter. Hear'st thou the news abroad, who are arriv'd Bast. The French, my lord; men's mouths are full of it: Besides, I met lord Bigot, and lord Salisbury, Wi. eyes as red as new-enkindled fire,) nd others more, going to seek the grave Qf Arthur, who, they say, is kill'd to-night
And thrust thyself into their companies:
; and the fifth did whirl about
The other four, in wond’rous motion.
John. Five moons?
in the streets Do prophesy upon it dangerously: Young Arthur's death is common in their mouths: And when they talk of him, they shake their heads, And whisper one another in the ear; And he, that speaks, doth gripe the hearer’s wrist; Whilst he, that hears, makes fearsul action, ... With wrinkled brows, with nods, with rolling
eyes. I saw a it. stand with his hammer, thus, The whilst his iron did on the anvil cool, With open mouth swallowing a tailor's news; Who, with his shears and measure in his hand, Standing on slippers (which his nimble haste Had falsely thrust upon contráry feet,) Told of a many thousand warlike French, That were embattled, and rank'd in Kent: Another lean unwash'd artificer Cuts off his tale, and talks of Arthur's death. K. John. Why seek'st thou to possess me with these fears 2 Why urgest thou so of young Arthur's death? Thy hand hath murder'd him: I had mighly cause To wish him dead, but thou hadst none to kill him. Hub. Had none, my lord ' why, did you not provoke me? K. John. It is the curse of kings, to be attended By slaves that take their humours for a warrant To break within the bloody house of life: And, on the winking of authority, To understand a law; to know the meaning Of dangerous majesty, when, perchance, it frowns More upon humour than advis'd respect.” Hub. o is your hand and seal for what I
101. K. John. O, when the last account’twixt heaves and earth Is to be made, then shall this hand and seal Witness against us to damnation 1 How of the sight of means to do ill deeds, Makes deeds isi done ! Hadest not thou been by, A fellow by the hand of nature mark'd, Quoted,” and sign'd, to do a deed of shame, This murder had not come into my mind: But, taking note of thy abhorr'd aspéct, Finding thee fit for bloody villany, Apt, liable, to be employ'd in danger, I saintly broke with thee of Arthur’s death; And thou, to be endeared to a king, Made it no conscience to destroy a prince. Hub. My lord, K. John. Hadst thou but shook thy head, ot made a pause, When I spake darkly what I purposed; Or turn'd an eye of doubt upon my face, As bid me tell my tale in express words; Deep shame had struck me dumb, made me break
O And those hy fears might have wrought fears in
ine : But thou didst understand me by my signs, And didst in signs again parley with sin; Yea, without stop, didst let thy heart consent, And, ...! thv rude hand to act The deed, which both our tongues held vile to
nanne.-Out of my sight, and never see me more! My nobles leave me; and my state is brav'd,
(3) Deliberate consideration. (4) Observed.