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For England go; I will whet on the king.
Lew. Strong reasons make strong actions: Let us
If you say, ay, the king will not say, no. [Exeunt.
SCENE I. Northampton. A Room in the Castle.
Enter HUBERT and Two Attendants.
Hub. Heat me these irons hot; and, look thou stand
Within the arras: when I strike my foot Upon the bosom of the ground, rush forth: And bind the boy, which you shall find with me, Fast to the chair: be heedful: hence, and watch. 1 Attend. I hope, your warrant will bear out the deed.
Hub. Uncleanly scruples! Fear not you: look [Exeunt Attendants. Young lad, come forth; I have to say with you.
Arth. Good morrow, Hubert.
Good morrow, little prince.
2 Northampton.] The fact is, that Arthur was first confined at Falaise, and afterwards at Rouen, in Normandy, where he was put to death. Our author has deviated, in this particular, from the history, and brought king John's nephew to England; but there is no circumstance, either in the original play, or in this of Shakspeare, to point out the particular castle in which he is supposed to be confined. The castle of Northampton has been mentioned, in some modern editions, as the place, merely because, in the first Act, King John seems to have been in that town. In the old copy there is no where any notice of place.
Arth. As little prince (having so great a title To be more prince,) as may be.-You are sad. Hub. Indeed, I have been merrier.
Arth. Mercy on me! Methinks, no body should be sad but I: Yet, I remember, when I was in France, Young gentlemen would be as sad as night, Only for wantonness. By my christendom, So I were out of prison, and kept sheep, I should be as merry as the day is long; And so I would be here, but that I doubt My uncle practises more harm to me: He is afraid of me, and I of him: Is it my fault that I was Geffrey's son? No, indeed, is't not; And I would to heaven, I were your son, so you would love me, Hubert. Hub. If I talk to him, with his innocent prate He will awake my mercy, which lies dead: Therefore I will be sudden, and despatch. [Aside. Arth. Are you sick, Hubert? you look pale today:
In sooth, I would you were a little sick;
That I might sit all night, and watch with you:
Hub. His words do take possession of my bo
Read here, young Arthur. [Showing a paper.] How now, foolish rheum!
Turning dispiteous torture out of door!
I must be brief; lest resolution drop
Out at mine eyes, in tender womanish tears.-
Arth. Too fairly, Hubert, for so foul effect: Must you with hot irons burn out both mine eyes? Hub. Young boy, I must.
And will you?
And I will.
Arth. Have you the heart? When your head did but ake,
I knit my handkerchief about your brows,
And with my hand at midnight held your head;
Saying, What lack you? and, Where lies your grief?
So much as frown on you?
I have sworn to do it;
And with hot irons must I burn them out.
Arth. Ah, none, but in this iron age, would
The iron of itself, though heat red-hot,
Approaching near near these eyes, would drink my tears, And quench his fiery indignation,
Even in the matter of mine innocence:
Nay, after that, consume away in rust,
Are you more stubborn-hard than hammer'd iron?
Re-enter Attendants, with Cord, Irons, &c.
Do as I bid you do.
Arth. O, save me, Hubert, save me! my eyes are out,
Even with the fierce looks of these bloody men. Hub. Give me the iron, I say, and bind him here. Arth. Alas, what need you be so boist'rousrough?
I will not struggle, I will stand stone-still.
For heaven's sake, Hubert, let me not be bound!
I will not stir, nor wince, nor speak a word,
Thrust but these men away, and I'll forgive you,
Hub. Go, stand within; let me alone with him. 1 Attend. I am best pleas'd to be from such a deed. [Exeunt Attendants. Arth. Alas! I then have chid away my friend; He hath a stern look, but a gentle heart:that his compassion may
Let him come back,
Give life to yours.
Come, boy, prepare yourself.
Arth. Is there no remedy?
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
Arth. Hubert, the utterance of a brace of tongues
Must needs want pleading for a pair of eyes:
I can heat it, boy.
Arth. No, in good sooth; the fire is dead with grief,
Being create for comfort, to be us'd
In undeserv'd extremes: See else yourself;
There is no malice in this burning coal;
The breath of heaven hath blown his spirit out,
Hub. But with my breath I can revive it, boy.
That mercy, which fierce fire, and iron, extends, Creatures of note, for mercy-lacking uses.
Hub. Well, see to live; I will not touch thine
For all the treasure that thine uncle owes:
Yet am I sworn, and I did purpose, boy,
With this same very iron to burn them out.
Arth. O, now you look like Hubert! all this
You were disguised.
Peace: no more.
tarre him on.] i. e. stimulate, set him on. Supposed to be derived from raparia, excito.