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Since all and every part of what we would,
K. John. Some reasons of this double coronation
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. 190
Pemb. 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 Doth move the murmuring lips of discontent To break into this dangerous argumentIf, what in rest you have, in right you hold, Why then your fears (which, as they say, attend 200 The steps of wrong) should move you to mew up Your tender kinsman, and to choak his days With barbarous ignorance, and deny his youth The rich advantage of good exercise : That the time's enemies may not have this To grace occasions, let it be our suit, That you have bid us ask his liberty ; Which for our goods we do no further ask, Than whereupon our weal, on you depending, Counts it your weal, he have his liberty. : K. John. Let it be so; 1 do commit his youth
To your direction.-Hubert, what news.
Sal. The colour of the king doth come and go,
We cannot hold mortality's strong
Good lords, although my will to give is living,
Sal. Indeed, we fear’d, his sickness was past cure.
Pemb. Indeed, we heard how near his death he was,
Sal. It is apparent foul-play; and 'tis shame,
Pemb. Stay yet, lord Salisbury; I'll go with thee, And find the inheritance of this
K. John. They burn in indignation ; I repent :
Enter a Messenger.
O, where hath our intelligence been drunk?
260 Where hath it slept? Where is my mother's care? That such an army could be drawn in France,
And she not hear of it?
Mes. My liege, her ear
K. John. Withhold thy speed, dreadful occasion
Mes. Under the Dauphin.
Enter FAULCONBRIDGE and Peter of Pomfret,
K. John. Thou hast made me giddy
Faul. But, if you be afeard to hear the worst,
K. John. Bear with me, cousin ; for I was amaz'd
Faulc. How I have sped among the clergymen,
Possess'd with rumours, full of idle dreams;
299 Peter. Fore-knowing 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._ my gentle cousin,
[Exit HUBERT, with Peter. Hear'st thou the news abroad, who are arriv'd? Faulc. The French, my lord; '
men's mouths are full of it : Besides, I met lord Bigot, and lord Salisbury (With eyes as red as new-enkindled fire); And others more, going to seek the grave 310 Of Arthur, who, they say, is kill'd to-night On your suggestion.
K. John. Gentle kinsman, go,
Faulc. I will seek them out.