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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.
Hub. None, but to lose your eyes.
Arth. O Heaven!-that there were but a mote in
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? Go to, hold your tongue.
Arth. Let me not hold my tongue; let me not, Hubert!
Or, Hubert, if you will, cut out my tongue,
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;
Your uncle must not know but you are dead.--
Arth. O Heaven!-I thank you, Hubert. Hub. Silence; no more: Go closely in with me; Much danger do I undergo for thee.
Flourish of Drums and Trumpets.
KING JOHN upon his Throne, ESSEX, PEMBROKE, SALISBURY, and ENGLISH GENTLEMEN, discovered.
K. John. Here once again we sit, once again crown'd,
And look'd upon, I hope, with cheerful eyes.
Pem. This once again, but that your highness pleas'd,
Was once superfluous: you were crown'd before,
Sal. Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp,
To guard a title that was rich before,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.
K. John. Some reasons of this double coronation I have possess'd you with, and think them strong: Meantime, but ask
What you would have reform'd, that is not well;
I will both hear, and grant you, your requests.
The enfranchisement of Arthur; whose restraint
K. John. Let it be so; I do commit his youth
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 demand is you and dead: He tells us, Arthur is deceas'd to-night.
Ess. Indeed, we fear'd, his sickness was past cure. Pem. 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
Think you, I bear the shears of destiny?
[Exeunt ESSEX, PEMBROKE, and SALISBURY. K. John. They burn in indignation:--I repent; There is no sure foundation set on blood:-No certain life achiev'd by others' death.[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 levy'd in the body of a land!
The copy of your speed is learn'd by them,
K. John. O, where hath our intelligence been drunk?
Where hath it slept? Where is my mother's care
E. Her. My liege, her ear
Is stopp'd with dust: the first of April, died
K, John. What, mother! dead?
E. Her. Under the Dauphin.
K. John. Thou hast made me giddy
Faul. But, if you be afeard to hear the worst,
Faul. How I have sped among the clergymen,
K. John. O, my gentle cousin,
K. John. Gentle kinsman, go,