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And strew'd repentant ashes on its head.

Hub. But with my breath I can revive it, boy.

Artb. And if 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

All things, that you should use to do me wrong,
Deny their office; only you do lack
That mercy which fierce fire and iron extend,
Creatures of note for mercy-lacking uses.

Hub. Well, see to live; I will not touch thine eye,
For all the treasure that thine uncle owns :
Yet am I sworn; and I did purpose, boy,
With this fame very iron to burn them out.

Arth. O, now you look like Hubert. All this while You were disguised.

Hub. Peace: no more. Adieu,
Your uncle must not know but you are dead.
l'll fill these dogged spies with false reports :
And, pretty child, seep doubtless, and secure,
That Hubert, for the wealth of all the world,
Will not offend thee.

Arth. O heav'n! I thank you, Hubert.

Hub. Silence, no more ; go closely in with me. Much danger do I undergo for thee.



Changes to the Court of England. Enter King John, Pembroke, Salisbury, and other


K. John.

ERE once again we fit, once again

crown'd, And look'd upon, I hope, with chearful eyes.




Pemb. This once again, but that your highness

Was once fuperfluous; 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.

Sal. Therefore, to be poffefs'd with double pomp,
* To guard a title that was rich before ;
To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainhow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heav'n to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.

Hemb. But that your royal pleasure must be done,
This act is as an ancient tale new told,
And in the last repeating troublesome :
Being urged at a time unleasonable.

Sal. In this the antique and well-noted face
Of plain old form is much disfigured ;
And, like a shifted wind unto a fail,
It makes the course of thoughts to fetch about :
Startles and frights consideration ;
Makes found opinion sick, and truth suspected,
For putting on so new a fashion'd robe.

Pemb. When work men strive to do better than well,
They do confound their skill in covetousness;
And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse :


9 This once again

-was once by their Avarice, but in an eager Superfluous.) This one time more Emulation, an intense Defire of was one time more than enough. excelling ; as in Henry V. " To guard a tiile that was But if it be a Sin to cover Ho

rich before.] To guard, is nour, to fringe.

I am the most offending Soul az They do confound their Skill in


THEOBALD. Corecousness. ) i, e.


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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 over-bear it; and we're all well pleas'd;
Since all and every part of what we would,
Must make a stand at what your highness will.

K. John. 4 Some reasons of this double coronation I have poffest you with, and think them strong. And more, more strong (the lesser is my fear) I shall endue you with: mean time, 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.

Pemb. Then I, as one that am the tongue of these, * To found the purposes of all their hearts, Both for myself and them, but chief of all, Your safety, for the which, myself and they Bend their belt studies, heartily request Th' infranchisement of Arthur ; whose restraint Doth move the murm'ring lips of discontent To break into this dang'rous argument; If what in rest you have, in right you hold, Why should your fears (which, as they say, attend The steps of wrong) then move you to mew up Your tender kinsman, and to choke his days With barb'rous ignorance, and deny his youth The rich advantage of good exercise ?

3. in hiding of the FAULT, 1 fall endue you with.] I have

Than did the FAULT -- ] told you some reasons, in my We should read Flaw in both opinion firong, and shall tell more places.

WARBURTON. yet stronger ; for the ftronger my + Some reasons of this double co- realons are, the less is my fear of ronation

your disapprobation. This seems I have podleft you with, and to be the meaning. think then firong.

s To found be purposes.] To And more, more strong, the lefir decları, to put the desires of is my fear,

all those.


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 good we do no further ask,
Than whereupon our weal, on you depending,
Counts it your weal, that he have liberty.

K. John. Let it be fo; I do commit his youth

Enter Hubert.

To your direction. Hubert, what news with you?

Pemb. This is the man, should do the bloody deed: He shew'd his warrant to a friend of mine. The image of a wicked heinous fault Lives in his eye ; that close aspect of his Does shew 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 dreadful bactles sec ? : His passion is so ripe, it needs must break.

Pemb. And when it breaks I fear will iffue 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 you demand is gone, and dead.

6 Between his purpose and his I have therefore ventur’d to read, conscience, ) . Between his fent.

THEO BALD. consciousness of guilt, and his de- This Dr. Warburton has fol. Sign to conceal it by fair pro- lowed without much advantage; fellions.

fet is not fixed, but only placed; ? Like Heralis, 'twixt two heralds must be set between bac

dreadful Battles set ;) Buttles in order to be sent between Heralds are not planted, I pre. them. fume, in the midit betwixt two 8 And when it breaks, Lines of Battle; tho’ they, and This is but an indelicate metaTrumpets, are often sent over phor, taken from an importufrom Party to Party, to propose mated cumour. Terms, demand a Parley, &c.


H h 4

He tells us, Arthur is deceas'd to-night.

Sal. Indeed, we fear’d, his sickness was past cure.

Pemb. 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

Think you, I bear the shears of destiny?
Have I commandment on the pulse of life?

Sal. It is apparent foul-play, and ’ris shame
That greatness should so grony offer it :
So thrive it in your game, and so farewel!

Pemb. Stay yet, Lord Salisbury, I'll go with thee.
And find th’inheritance of this poor child,
His little kingdom of a forced grave.
That blood, which own'd the breadth of all this ille,
Three foot of it doth hold; bad world the while !
This must not be thus borne ; this will break out
To all our forrows, and ere long, I doubt. (Exeunt.

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K. John. They burn in indignation ; I repent.
There is no fure foundation fer on blood;
No certain life atchiev'd by others' death

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A fearful eye thou hast; where is that blood,
That I have seen inhabit in those cheeks?
So foul a sky clears not without a storm ;
Pour down thy weather. How goes all in France ?

Mej. From France to England'. Never such a power,
For any foreign preparation,
Was levy'd in the body of a land.

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9 From France 10 England.-] word goes, and answers, that The king asks how all goes in what vir is in France goes now France, the messenger catches the into England.


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