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Must needs want pleading for a pair of eyes:
I can heat it, boy.
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: Nay, it, perchance, will sparkle in your eyes ; And, like a dog that is compellid to fight, Snatch at his master that doth tarre him on. All things, that you should use to do me wrong, Deny their office: only you do lack 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
eyes 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
while You were disguised. Hub.
Peace: no more. Adieu ;
tarre him on.) i. e. stimulate, set him on. Supposed to be derived from ταρατίω, excito.
Your uncle must not know but you are dead:
Hubert. Hub. Silence; no more: Go closely in with me.* Much danger do I undergo for thee. [Exeunt.
A Room of State in the Palace.
Enter King John, crowned; PEMBROKE, SALIS
BURY, and other Lords. The King takes his
crown'd, And look'd upon, I hope, with cheerful eyes. Pem. This once again, but that your highness
4-Go closely in with me.) i. e. secretly, privately. To guard ] i. e. to fringe, or lace.
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Pem. But that your royal pleasure must be done,
Sal. In this, the antique and well-noted face
Sal. To this effect, before you were new-crown'd,
K. John. Some reasons of this double coronation I have possess'd you with, and think them strong; And more, more strong, (when lesser is my fear,) I shall indue 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.
6 They do confound their skill in covetousness :) i. e. not by their avarice, but in an eager emulation, an intense desire of excelling.
Pem. Then I, (as one that am the tongue of
these, To sound the purposes of all their hearts,) Both for myself and them, (but, chief of all, Your safety, for the which myself and them Bend their best studies,) heartily request The enfranchisement of Arthur; whose restraint Doth move the murmuring lips of discontent To break into this dangerous argument, If, what in rest you have, in right you hold, Why then your fears, (which, as they say, attend The steps of wrong,) should move you to mew up Your tender kinsman, and to choke his days With barbarous ignorance, and deny his youth The rich advantage of good exercise : 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 goods we do no further ask, Than whereupon our weal, on you depending, Counts it your weal, he have his liberty.
K. John. Let it be so; I do commit his youth
To your direction.—Hubert, what news with you!
Pem. This is the man should do the bloody deed; He show'd his warrant to a friend of mine: The image of a wicked heinous fault Lives in his eye; that close aspect of his
? To sound the purposes -] To declare, to publish the desires of all those.
- good exercise ?] In the middle ages, the whole education of princes and noble youths consisted in martial exercises, &c. These could not be easily had in a prison, where mental improvements might have been afforded as well as any where else; but this sort of education never entered into the thoughts of our active, warlike, but illiterate nobility. Percy.
Does show the mood of a much-troubled breast;
Sal. The colour of the king doth come and go, ,
thence The foul corruption of a sweet child's death. K. John. We cannot hold mortality's strong
Sal. 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 on
Sal. It is apparent foul-play; and 'tis shame,
Pem. Stay yet, lord Salisbury; I'll go with thee,
[Exeunt Lords. K. John. They burn in indignation; I repent; There is no sure foundation set on blood; No certain life achiev'd by others' death.