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Never to be infected with delight,
Nor conversant with ease and idleness,
Pem. Our souls religiously confirm thy words.
Hub. Lords, I am hot with haste in seeking you: Arthur doth live; the King hath sent for you.
Sal. Avaunt, thou hateful villain, get thee gone! Hub. I am no villain.
Sal. Must I rob the law?
[Draws his Sword. Faul. Your sword is bright, sir; put it up again. Sal. Not till I sheathe it in a murderer's skin. Hub. [Draws.] Stand back, Lord Salisbury, stand back, I say;
By Heaven, I think my sword as sharp as yours:
Sal. Out, dunghill! dar'st thou brave a nobleman?
Sal. Thou art a murderer.
Hub. Do not prove me so;
Yet I am none:-Whose tongue soe'er speaks false, Not truly speaks; who speaks not truly, lies.
Pem. Cut him to pieces.
[PEMBROKE and ESSEX draw.
Faul. Keep the peace, I say.
Sal. Stand by; or I shall gall you, Faulconbridge. Faul. Thou wert better gall the devil, Salisbury:If thou but frown on me, or stir thy foot,
Or teach thy hasty spleen to do me shame,
Sal. What wilt thou do, renowned Faulconbridge? Second a villain, and a murderer ?
Hub. Lord Salisbury, I am none.
Hub. 'Tis not an hour since I left him well: I honour'd him, I lov'd him; and will weep My date of life out, for his sweet life's loss.
Sal. Trust not those cunning waters of his For villainy is not without such rheum. Away, with me, all you whose souls abhor The uncleanly savours of a slaughter-house; For I am stifled with this smell of sin.
Beyond the infinite and boundless reach
Hub. Do but hear me, sir:
[Exit SALISBURY. Ess. Away, toward Bury, to the Dauphin there! [Exit ESSEX. Pem. There, tell the King, he may inquire us out. [Exit PEMBROKE. Faul. Here's a good world!-Knew you of this
Upon my soul,
Faul. If thou didst but consent
And, if thou want'st a cord, the smallest thread
That ever spider twisted from her womb
Will serve to strangle thee; a rush will be
A beam to hang thee on; or, would'st thou drown thyself,
Put but a little water in a spoon,
Hub. If I in act, consent, or sin of thought,
Let hell want pains enough to torture me !——
Faul. Go, bear him in thine arms.—
I am amaz'd, methinks; and lose my way
[Exeunt FAULCON BRIDGE and HUBERT, bearing
ACT THE FIFTH.
Flourish of Drums and Trumpets.
KING JOHN, PANDULPH, his ATTENDANTS, ENG-
Pan. Take again, [Gives KING JOHN the Crown.. From this my hand, as holding of the Pope, Your sovereign greatness and authority.
K. John. Now keep your holy word; go meet the
And from his holiness use all your power
Pan. It was my breath that blew this tempest up, Upon your stubborn usage of the Pope; But, since you are a gentle convertite, My tongue shall hush again this storm of war, And make fair weather in your blustering land. [Exit PANDULPH, with his ATTENDANTS.
Faul. All Kent hath yielded; nothing there holds
But Dover Castle: London hath receiv'd,
K. John. Would not my lords return to me again, After they heard young Arthur was alive?
Faul. They found him dead, and cast into the
An empty casket, where the jewel of life
By some damn'd hand was robb'd and ta'en away.
Be stirring as the time; be fire with fire;
That borrow their behaviours from the great,
K, John. The Legate of the Pope hath been with
And I have made a happy peace with him;
Faul. O, inglorious league!
Shall we, upon the footing of our land,
To arms invasive? shall a beardless boy,
K. John. Have thou the ordering of the present
Faul. Away then, with good courage; yet, I know Qur party may well meet a prouder foe.