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I will not stir, nor wince, nor speak a word,
Hub. Go, stand within ; let me alone with him.
Hub. Come, boy, prepare yourself.
tongue. Arth. Let me not hold my tongue : let me not, :: Hubert ! Or, 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 on you! Lo, by my troth, the instrument is cold, And would not harm me.
Hub. I can heat it, boy. .
Arth. No, in good sooth; the fire is dead with , grief;
The breath of Heaven hath blown his spirit out,
Hub. But with my breath I can revive it, boy.
Arth. And if you do, you will but make it blush, And glow with shame of your proceedings, Hubert.
Hub. I will not touch thine eyes, .
For all the treasure that thine uncle owes.
Arth. O, now you look like Hubert ! all this while You were disguised.
Hub. Peace; no more ;
Arth. O Heaven ! I thank you, Hubert.
Hub. Silence: no more. Go closely in with me; Much danger do I undergo for thee. (Exeunt.
Flourish of Drums and Trumpels.
KING John upon his Throne, Essex, PEMBROKE,
SALISBURY, and ENGLISH GENTLEMEN, disco-
crown'd, AndI louk'd upon, I hope, with cheerful eyes. Pem. This once again, but that your highness
· pleased, Was once superfluous : you were crown'd before, And that high royalty was ne'er pluck'd off; . The faiths of men ne'er stained with revolt; Fresh expectation troubled not the land
With any long'd.for change, or better state. 7. Sal. Therefore, to be possess'd with double poinp.
To guard a title that was rich before,
K. John. Some reasons of this double coronation
Sal. Then I, as one that am the tongue of these, Request The enfranchisement of Arthur; whose restraint Doth move the murmuring lips of discontent. 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. · K. John. Let it be so; I do commit his youth To your direction.
Enter HUBERT. Hubert, what news with you ?
Pem. This is the man should do the bloody deed. The image of a wicked heinous fault Lives in his eye; that close aspect of his Does show the mood of a much-troubled breast.
Sal. The colour of the king doth come and go, Between his purpose and his conscience. K. John. We cannot hold mortality's strong hand.
[Exit HUBERT, Good lords, although my will to give is living, The suit which you demand is gone and dead : He tells us Arthur is deceased to-night.
Ess. Indeed, we fear'd his sickness was past cure.
Pem. Indeed, we heard how pear 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
Think you, I bear the shears of destiny?
Sal. It is apparent foul play; and 'tis shame,
(Exeunt Essex, PEMBROKE, and SALISBURY,
[Exeunt King John and ENGLISH GENTLEMEN.
A Room in the Palace.
Enter KING JOHN, meeting the ENGLISH HERALD. K. John. A fearful eye thou hast! Where is that
blood, That I have seen inhabit in those cheeks !How goes all in France ? E. Her. From France to England.-Never such a
power, For any foreign preparation, Was levied in the body of a land! The copy of your speed is learn'd by them, For, when you should be told they do prepare, The tidings come, that they are all arrived. K. John. O, where hath our intelligence been
. drunk? 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? E. Her. My liege, her ear
Is stopp'd with dust; the first of April, died
K. John. What, mother! dead?
K. John. Thou hast made me giddy
Faul. But, if you be afeard to hear the worst,
[Going K. John. Bear with me, cousin ; for I was amazed Under the tide; but now I breathe again Aloft the flood, and can give audience . To any tongue, speak it of what it will.
Faul. How I bave sped among the clergymen, The sums I have collected shall express. But, as I travell’d hither through the land, I find the people strangely fantasied, Possess'd with rumours, full of idle dreams, Not knowing what they fear, but full of fear.
K. John, O, my gentle cousin,
full of it;
K. John. Gentle kinsman, go,