** Bast. How I have sped among the clergy- | And he, that speaks, doth gripe the hearer's men,

wrist; The sums I have collected shall express. Whilst he, that hears, makes fearful action, But, as I travelled hither through the land, With wrinkled brows, with nods, with rolling I find the people strangely fantasied ;

eyes. Possess'd with rumours, full of idle dreams; I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus, Not knowing what they fear, but full of fear: The whilst his iron did on the anvil cool. And here's a prophet, that I brought with me With open mouth swallowing a tailor's news; From forth the streets of Pomfret, whom I Who, with his shears and measure in his band, found

Standing on slippers, (which his nimble haste With many hundreds treading on his heels ; Had falsely thrust upon contrary feet,) To whom he sung, in rude harsh-sounding Told of a many thousand warlike Freuch, rhymes,

That were embatteled and rank'd in Kent: That, ere the next Ascension-day at noon, Another lean unwash'd artificer Your highness should deliver up your crown. Cuts off his tale, and talks of r's death. K. John. Thou idle dreamer, wherefore K. John. Why seek'st thou to possess me didst tholl so?

fout so. with these fears? Peter. Foreknowing that the truth will fall Why urgest thou so oft young Arthur's death? K. John. Hubert, away with himn; imprison Thy hand hath murder'd him: I had mighty bishi

[him. And on that day at poon, whereon, he says, To wish him dead, but thcu hadst none to kill I shall yield up my crown, let him be hauga: Hub. Had none, my lord! why, did you Deliver him to safety *, and return,

not provoke me? For I must use thee.-1) my gentle consin, K. John. It is the curse of kings to be (Erit HUBERT, with Peter. attended

(warrant Hearst thou the news abroad, who are arrived? By slaves, that take their 'humours for a Bast. The French, my lord; inen's mouths to break within the bloody house of life: are full of it:

And, on the winking of authority, Besides, I met lord Bigot, and lord Salisbury, To understand a law; to know the meaning (With eyes as red as new enkindled fire,) Of dangerous majesty, when, perchauce, it And others more, going to seek the grave

frowns Of Arthur, who, they say, is kill'd to-night More upon humour than advised respect t. On your suggestion.

Hub. Here is your band and seal for what K. John. Gentle kinsman, go,

I did.

(heaven and earth And thrust thyself into their companies: K. John. 0, when the last account 'twixt I have a way to win their loves again; Is to be made, then shall this hand and scal Briug them before me.

Witness against us to damnation ! Bast.

I will seek them out. How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds, K. John. Nay, but make baste; tbe better Makes deeds ill done! Hadest thou not been foot before.

A fellow by the hand of nature mark’l, [by, 0, let me have no subject enemies,

Quoted I, and sign'd, to do a deed of shame, When adverse foreigners affright my towus This murder had not come into my mind: With dreadful pomp of stout invasion! But, taking note of thy abhiorr'd aspect, Be mercury, set feathers to thy heals;

Finding thee fit for bloody villany, And fly, like thought, from them to me again. Apt, liable, to be employ'd in danger, Bast. The spirit of the time sball teach me I saintly broke with inee of Arthur's death; speed.

[Erit. And thou, to be endeared to a king, K. John, Spoke like a sprightful noblegen- Made it no conscience to destroy a prince. tleinan.

Hub. My lord, Go after him; for he, perhaps, shall need K. John. Hadst thou but shook thy head, Some messenger betwixt me and the peers;

or made a pause, And be thiou he.

When I spake darkly what I purposed; Mess. With all my heart, my liege. Or turn'd an eye of doubt upon any face,

[Erit. As bid mc tell my tale in express words; K. John. My mother dead!

Deep shame bad struck me dumb, made me (Re-enter HUBERT. break off,

[fears in me: IIub. My lord, they say five moons were And those thy fears might have wronglit seen to-night:

But thou didst understand me by iny sirus, Four fixed; and the fifth did whirl about And didst in signs again partey withi siu; The other four, in wondrous motion.

Yea, without stop, cidst iet thy heart consent, K. Joh. Five moons? [in the streets And, consequently, thy rude hand to act Hub.

Old men, and beldams, The deed, which both our tongues keld vile to Do prophesy upon it dangerously: [mouths : name, Young Arthur's death is coniinon in their Ont of my sight, and never see me more! And when they talk of him they shake their My nobles leave me; and my state is braved Aud whicper one avother in the ear; [heads, / Even at my gates, with ranks of foreigu powers: • Custody.

Deliberate consideration, Observed.


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Nay, in the body of this fleshy land, With our pure honours, nor attend the foot
This kingdom, this confine of blood and breath, That leaves the print of blood where'er it
Hostility and civil tumult reigus (death.

Between my conscience, and my consin's Return, and tell him so; we know the worst.

Hub. Arm yon against your other enemies, Bast. Whate'er you think, good words, 'I I'll make a peace between your soul and you. think, were best.

(wow. Young Arthur is alive: This hand of mine Sal. Our griefs, and not our manners, reason Is yet a maiden and an innocent hand,

Bast. But there is little reason in your grief; Not painted with the crimson spots of blood. Therefore,'t were reason you had manners now. Within this bosom never enter'd yet

Pem. Sir, sir, impatience hath his privilege. The dreadful motion of a murd'rous thought, Bast. Tis true; to hurt his master, no man And you have slander'd nature in my form;

else. Which, howsoever rude exteriorly,

Sal. This is the prison: What is be lies Is yet the cover of a fairer mind


[Seeing ARTHUR. Than to be botcher of an innocent child. Pem. O death, made proud with pure and K. John. Doth Arthur live? O, haste thee princely beauty! to the peers,

The earth had not a hole to hide this deed. Throw this report on their incensed rage, Sal. Murder, as hating what himself hath And make them tame to their obedience! Doth lay it open, to urge on revenge. [done, Forgive the coniment that my passion made Big. Or, when he doom'd this beauty to a Upon thy feature; for my rage was blind,

grave, And fout imaginary eyes of blood

Found it 100 precious-princely for a grave. Presented thee more hideous than thou art, Sal. Sir Richard, what think you? Have 0, answer not; but to my closet bring

you beheld,

[think! The angry lords with all expedient + haste: Or have you read, or heard ? or could you I conjure thee but slowly; run more fast. Or do you almost think, althongh you sec,

[Exeunt. That you do see? could thought, without this SCENE III. The same. Before the


Form such another ? This is the very top, Castle.

The height, the crest, or crest unto the crest, Enter ARTHUR, on the IValls.

Of murder's arms : this is the bloodiest shame, Arth. The wall is high; and yet will I leap The wildest savag'ry, the vilest stroke, down:

That ever wall-eyed wrath, or staring rage, Good ground, be pitiful, and hurt me not! Presented to the tears of soft remorse il. There's few, or none, do know me: if they Pem, All murders past do stand excused in did,

(quite. And this, so sole, and so unmatchable, this ;
This ship-boy's semblance hath disguised me Shall give a holiness, a purity, I
I am afraid; and yet I'll venture it.

To the yet-unbegotten sin of time;
If I get down, and do not break my limbs, And prove a deadly bloodshed but a jest,
I'll find a thousand shifts to get away : Exampled by this heinous spectacle.
As good to die, and go, as die, and stay. Bast. It is a damned and a bloody work;

(Leaps down. The graceless action of a heavy hand,
O me! my uncle's spirit is in these stones- If that it be the work of any hand.
Heaven take my soul, and England keep my Sal. If that it be the work of any hand?--

[Dies. We had a kind of light what wonld ensne: Enter PEMBROKE, SALISBURY, and Bigot. It is the shameful work of Hubert's hand; Sal. Lords, I will meet him at saint Ed- The practice, and the purpose, of the king:mund's-Bury;

From whose obedience I forbid my soul, It is our safety, and we must embrace Kneeling before this ruin of sweet life, This gentle offer of the perilous time.

And breathing to his breathess excellence Pem. Who brought that letter from the car. The incense of a vow, a holy vow; dinal?

[France; Never to taste the pleasures of the world, Sal. The count Melun, à noble Jord of Never to be infected with delight, Whose private with me I, of the dauphin's loye Nor conversant with ease and idleness, Is much more general than these lines import. Till I have set a glory to this hand , Big. To-morrow morning let us meet him By giving it the worship of revenge. (words. then.

[be Pem. Big. Our souls religiously confirm thy Sal. Or, rather then set forward : for’twill

Enter HUBERT. (you: Two long days' journey,lords, or e'er we meet. Hub. Lords, I am hot with haste in seeking Enter the Bastard.

Arthur doth live; the king hath sent for you. Bast. Once more to-day well met, distem- Sal. O, heis boid, and blushes not at death : per'd 5 lords !

(straight. Avaunt, thou hateful villain, get thee gone! The king, by me, requests your presence Hub, I am no villain. Sul. The king hath dispossess'l himself of us; Sal.

Must I rob the law ? We will not line his thin bestained cloak

[Drawing his sword. • His own body: + Expeditious. | Private account. 8 Out of humour. 1 Pity, 1 Hand should be head; a glory is the circle of rays which surrounds the head:

of saints in pictures.

Bast. Your sword is bright, sir ; put it op | Beyond the infinite and bonndless reach again.

Of mercy, if thou didst this deed of death, Sal. Not till I sheath it in a murderer's skin. Art thou dama'd, Hubert. llub. Stand back, lord Salisbury, stand


Do but hear me, sir. back, I say;

(yours ; Bast. Ha, I'll tell thee what ; (black; Hy heaven, I think, niy sword's as sharp as Thou art damn'd as black-nay, nothing is so I would not have yon, lord, forget yourself, Thou art more deep damn'd than prince Lu. Por tempt the danger of my true. defence; There is not yet so ugly a fiend of hell [icifer : Lust I, by marking of your rage, forget As thou shalt be, if thou didst kill this child. Your worth, your greatness, aud nobility. Hub. Upon my soul,--big. Ont, dunghill! darist thou brave a no- Bast.

If thou didst but consent bleinan?

To this most cruel act, do but despair, Hub. Not for my life: but yet I dare de And, if thou want'st a cord, the smallest thread My innocent life against an emperor. (rend That ever spider twisted from her womb Wul. Thou art a murderer.

Will serve to strangle the ; a rush will be Ib.

Do not prove me sot; A beam to hang thee on; or would'st thou Yet, I am none: Whose longue soe'er speaks Put but a little water in a spoon, (drown thyself, false,

And it shall be as all the ocean, Not truly speaks; who speaks not truly, lies. Enough to stifle such a villain up. Pem. Cui him to pieces.

I do suspect thee very grievously. Bast.

Keep the peace, I say, Hub. If I in act, consent, or sin of thought Sul. Stand by, or I shail gall you, Faul. Be guilty of the stealing that sweet breath conbridge ?

(Salisbury: Which was cinbounded in this beauteous clay, Bast. Thon wert better gail the devil, Let hell want pains enough to torture me! If thou but frown on me, or stir thy foot, I left him well. Or teach thy hasty spleen to do me shame, Bast.

Go bear him in thine arms. l'il strike the dead. Put upiby sword betime; I am amaz'd|l, methinks; and lose my way Or I'll so manl you and yonr toasting.iron, Among the tborns and dangers of this world.That yon shall think the devilis come from hell. How easy dost thou take all England op!

Big. What wilt thou do, renowned Faulcon From forth this morsel of dear royalty, Secoud a villain, and a murderer? (bridge? The life, the right, and truth of all this realm lub. Lord Bigo!, I am none.

Is fled to heaven: and England now is left Big.

Who killed this prince? To tug and scamble, and to part by the teeth lib. 'Tis not an hour since I left him well: The unowed Pinterest of proud-swelling state. I lionourd bim, I loved him; and will weep Now, for the bare-pick'd bone of majesty, My date of life out, for his sweet life's loss. Doth dogged war bristle bis angry crest,

Sul. Trust not those cunning waters of his And sparleth in the gentle eyes of peace : For villany is not without such rheum 1; [eyes, Now powers from home, and discoutents at And he, long traded in it, makes it seem

home, Like rivers of remorse 3 and innocency. Meet in one line; and vast confusion waits Away, with me all you whose souls abhor (As doth a raven on a sick-fallen beast,) The uncleanly savours of a slaughter-house, The imminent decay of wrested pomip. For I am stitied with this smell of sin. (there! Now happy he, whose cloak and cincture** can

Big. Away, toward Bury, to the Dauphin Hold out this tempest. Bear away that child, Pem. There, tell the king, he may inquire And follow me with speed: I'll to the king us out.

[Exeunt Lords. | A thousand businesses are brief in hand, Bast. Here's a good world !--Knew you of And beaven itself duth frowo upou the land. this fair work?


SCENEI. The same. A Room in the Palace. j Onr discontented counties do revolt;
Enter King JOHN, PANDULPH with the Swearing allegiance, and the love of soul,

Our people quarrel with obedience ;
Crown, and Attendants.

To stranger blourl, io foreign royalıy.
K. John. Thus have I yielded up into your This inundation of mistemper'd humour
The circle of my glory,

[hand Rests by yon only to be qualified. Pund. Take again.

Tuen pause not ; for the present time's so sick, (Giving John the Crown. That present medicine must be minister'd, From this my hand, as holding of the pope, Or overthrow incurable ensiles. Your sovereign greatness and authority.

Pund. It was my breath that blew this tem. K. John. Now keep your holy word : go Upon your stubborn usage of the pope: pieat up, meet the French ;

But since you are a gentle convertitet,
And froin bis holiness lise all your power My tougue shall bush again this storin of war,
Tosip their marches, 'lore we are inilamed. and make fair weather in your blustering land.

. llonest. + By compelling me to kill you. I Moistore. Pity,
Confounded. I l'nuwped.

** Girdle.

tt Conyert.

On this Ascension-day, remember well,

K, John, Have thou the ordering of this Upon your oath of service to the pope,

present time.

(know, Go I to make the French lay down their arms.

Bast. Away then, with good courage; yet, I

(Exit. Our party inay well meci a prouder foe. K. John. Is this Ascension-day? Did not

įCreunt. the prophet Say, that, before Ascension-day at noon,

SCENE II. A plnin near St. Edmund's

My crown I should give off? Even so I have:
I did soppose, it should be on constraint;

Enter, in arms, LEWIS, SALISBURY, MF: But, heaven be thank'd, it is but voluntary.

LUN, PEMEROKE, Bicor, and Soldiers. Enter the Bastard.

Lew. My lord Melun, let this be copied out, Bast. All Kent bath yielded; nothing there and keep it safe for our remeinbrance: holds ont,

Return the precedent to these lords again ; But Dover castle: London hath received, That, having our fuir order written down, Like a kind hust, the Dauphin and his powers: Botli they, and we, pernsing o'er these notes, Your nobles will not hear you, but are gone

May kuow wherefore we took the sacrament, To offer service to your enemy;

And keep our faiths firm and inviolable. And wild amazement hurries up and dowis Sul. Upon our sides it never shall be broken. The little number of your doultful friends. And, noble Dauphin, albeit we swear K. John. Would not my lords return to ine A voluntary zeal, and inarged faitli, again,

To your proceedings; yet, believe me, prince, After they heard young Arthur was alive? I am not glad that such a sore of time Bast. They found himn dead, and cast into Should seek a plaster by contemn'd revolt, the streets ;

And heal the inveterate canker of one wound, An empty casket, where the jewel of life By making many: 0, it grieves my soul, By some daun'd hand was iobwd and ta'en That I must draw this metal from my side away:

(live. To be a widow-maker; 0, and there, K. John. That villain Hubert told me, be did Where honourable rescue, and defence, Bast. So, on niy soul, he did, for anght he Cries out upon the name of Salisbury : knew.

(sad? But such is the infection of the time, But wherefore do you droop? why look you That, for the lealth and physic of our night, Be great in act as yon have been in thonght; We cannot deal but with the very hand Let not the world see fear, and sad distrust, Of stern injustice and confused wrong.-Govern the motion of a kingly eye:

And is't not pily, O my grieved friends! Be stirring its the time; be fire with fire; That we, the sons and children of this isle, Threaten the threat'ner, and outface the brow

Were born to see so sad an honr as this; Of bragging horror : so shall inferior eyes, Wherein we step after a stranger march That burrow their beliaviours from the great, Upon her gentle bosom, and fill np Grow great by your example, anl put on Iler enemies' ranks,(I must withdraw and weep The dauntiess spirit of resolution.

Upon the spot of this enforced cause), Away; and glister like the god of war, To grace the gentry of a land remote, When he jrtcudeth to become the field : And follow unacquainted colours here? Show boldness, and aspiring confidence. Whai, here?-0 nation, that thou couldst re. What, shall they seek the lion in bis den,


[about And fright him there? and make him tremble That Neptune's arms, who clippeth 1 thee O, let it not be said !-Forage, and run [there? Would bear thee from the knowledge of thyTo meet displeasure further from the doors ; And grapple thee unto a pagan shore; [selt, And grapple with him, ere he comes so nigh. Where these two Christian armies might comK. John. The legate of the pope hath been The blood of malice in a vein of leaguc, [bine

Anil not to spend it so unneighbourly! And I have made a bappy peace with him; LAW. A noble temper dost thou show in this; And he hath promised to dismiss the powers * And great affections, wrestling in thy bosom, Led by the Dauphin.

Do make an earthquake of nobility. Bast.

O inglorious league! O, what a noble combat hast thou fought, Shall we, upon the footing of our land, Between compulsion and a brave respect g! Send fair play orders, and make compromise, Let me wipe off this honourable dew, Insinuation, parley, and base truce,

That silverly doth progress on thy cheeks: To arms invasive? shail a beardless boy, My heart bath melied at a lady's tears, A cocker'dt silken wanton brave our fields, Being an ordinary inundation; And flesh his spirit in a warlike soil,

But this effusion of such manly drops, Mocking the air with colours idly spread, This shower, blown up by tempest of the soul, And find no check? Let us, my liege, to armis: Startles mine eyes, and makes me more amazed Perchance, the cardinal cannot make your Than bad I seen the vaulty top of heaven peace;

Figured quite o'er with burning meteors. Or if he do, let it at least be said,

List up thy brow, renowned Salisbury, They saw we had a pillrpose of defence. And with a great heart leave away this storm: . Forccs. + I'vndled. * Embraceth. Ś Love of country.

with me,

Cominend these waters to those baby eyes, What lusty trumpet thus doth summon us? That never saw the giant world enraged;

Enter the Bastard, attended. Nor met with fortune other than at feasts, Bast. According to the fair play of the world, Fall warm of blood, of mirth, of gossiping. Let me have audience: I am sent to speak:Come, come; for thou shalt thrust thy band as My holy lord of Milan, from the king Into the purse of rich prosperity, [leep | I come, to learn how you have dealt for him; As Lewis himself;-50, nobles, shall you all, And, as you answer, I do know the scope That knit your sinews to the strength of mine. And warrant limited unto my tongue. Enter PANDULPH, attended.

Pand. The Damphin is too wilful-opposite, And even there, methinks, an angel spake: And will not temporize with my entreaties; Look, where the holy legate comes apace, He fatly says, he'll not lay down his arms. To give us warrant from the hand of heaven; Bast. By all the blood that ever fury breathed, And on our actions set the name of right, The youth says well :-Now hear our Englisli With holy breath.

For thus his royalty doth speak in me. [king; Pand. Hail, noble prince of France ! He is prepared; and reason too, he should: The next is this,-king Johii hath reconciled This apish and unmannerly approach, Himself to Rome; his spirit is come in, This barness'i masque, and unadvised revel, That so stood out against the holy church, This unhair' sanciness, and boyish troops, The yreat metropolis and see of Rome: [up, The king doih smile at; and is well prepared Therefore thy threatening colours now wind To whip this dwartish war, these pigmy arms, And tame the savage spirit of wild war; From out the circle of liis territories. [rloor, That, like a lion foster'd up at hand,

That hand, which had the strength, even at your It may lie gently at the foot of peace,

To curigel you, and make you take the hatchi; And be no further harmful than in show. To dive, like buckets, in concealed ý wells;

Lew. Your grace shall pardon me, I will not To crouch in litter of your stable planks; I am too high.horn to be propertied *, [back; To lie, like pawns, lock'd up in chests and To be a secondary at control,

trunks ; Or useful serving-man, and instrument, To hug with swine; to seek sweet safety out To any sovereign state throughout the world. In vaults and prisons; and to thrill, and shake, Your breath first kindled the dead coal of wars, Even at the crying of your nation's crow ll, Between this chástised kingdom and myself Thinking his voice an armed Englishman; And brought in matter that should feed this Sball that victorious hand be feebled here, And now’iis far too huge to be blown ontsfire; That in your chambers gave you chastisement? With that same weak wind which enkindled it. No: linow, the gallant monarch is in arms; You tanght me bow to know the face of right, And like an eagle o'er his aiery towers, Acquainted me with interest to this land, To souse annoyance that comes near his nest.Yea, thrust this enterprise into my heart; And you degenerate, you ingrate revolts, And come you now to tell me, John hath made You bloody Neroes, ripping up the womb His peace with Rome? What is that peace to Of your dear mother England, blush forshame: I, by the honour of rny marriage-bed, [me? For your own ladies, and pale-visaged maids, After young Arthur, claim this land for mine; Like Amazous, come tripping after drums; And, now it is half-cunqner'd, must I back, Their thimbles into armed gauntlets change, Because that John hath made his peace with Their neelds ** to lances and their gentle hearts Rome?

(borne, To fierce and bloody inclination, Am I Rome's slave? What penny hath Rome Lew. There end thy brave it, and turn thy What men provided, what munition sent,

face in peace;

(well; To underprop this action? is't not I,

We grant, thou canst outscold us: fare thee That undergo this charge? Who else but I, We hold our time too precious to be spent And such as to my claim are liabie,

With such a brabbler. Sweat in this business, and maintain this war? Pand.

Give me leave to speak, Have I not heard these islanders shout out, Bast. No, I will speak.. Vive le roi! as I have bank'd their towns?


We will attend to neither: Have I not here the best cards for the game, Strike up the drums; and let the tongue of war To win this easy match play'd for a crown? Plead for our interest, and our being here. And shall I now give o'er the yielded set ? Bast. Indeed, your drums, being beaten, No, on my soul, it never shall be said. [work.

will cry ont; Pand. You look but on the outside of this And so shall you, being beaten: Do but start

Lew. Ontside or inside, I will not return And echo with the clamour of thy drum, Till my attempt so much be glorified And even at hand a dram is ready braced, As to my ample hope was promised

That shall reverberate all as loud as thine; Before I drew this gallant head of war, Sound but another, and another shall, And culld these fiery spirits froin the world, As lond as thine, rattle the welkin's If ear, To outlook + conquest, and to win renown And mock the deep-mouth'd thunder : for at Even in the jaws of danger and of death.

hand [Trumpet sounds. (Not trusting to this halting legate here, * Appropriated. + Face down. Lcap over the hatch. Covered.

|| The crowing of a cock. Nest, ** Needles.

tt Boast, # Sky,

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