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Whatever torment you do put me to.

Hub. Go, stand within ; let me alone with him.
Exec. I am best pleas’d to be from such a deed.

[Exeunt.
Arth. Alas, I then have chid away my friend ;
He hath a stern look, but a gentle heart;
Let him come back, that his compassion may
Give life to yours.

Hub. Come, boy, prepare yourself.
Arth. Is there no remedy?
Hub. None, but to lose your eyes.

Artb. O heav'n! that there were but a moth in yours,
A grain, a dust, a gnat, a wandring hair,
Any annoyance in that precious fense ;
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. Hubert, the utterance of a brace of tongues
Must needs want pleading for a pair of eyes :
Let me not hold my tongue : let me not, Hubert ;
? Or, Hubert, if you will, cut out my tongue,
So I may keep mine eyes. O spare mine eyes!

Though to no use, but still to look on you.
Lo, by my troth, the instrument is cold,
And would not harm me.

Hub. 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 undeferv'd'extreams; see else yourself,
There is no malice in this burning coal ;
The breath of heav'n hath blown its spirit out,

7 This is according to nature. not to hurt but to comfort, is We imagine no evil so great as dead with grief for finding itself that which is neat us.

ulet in aets of cruelty, which, 8 No, in good footh, &c.] The being innocent, I have not dem fense is : The fire, being created served. Hh2

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And strew'd repentant ashes on its head.

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 compelld 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 extend, Creatures of note for mercy-lacking uses.

Hub. Well, fee to live; I will not touch thine eye, For all the treasure that thine uncle owns : Yet am I sworn; and I did purpose, boy, With this fame very iron to burn them out.

Artb. O, now you look like Hubert. All this while You were disguised.

Hub. Peace: no more. Adieu,
Your uncle must not know but you are dead.
I'll fill these dogged spies with false reports :
And, pretty child, sleep doubtless, and secure,
That Hubert, for the wealth of all the world,
Will not offend thee.

Arth. O heav'n! I thank you, Hubert.
Hub. Silence, no more; go closely in with me.
Much danger do I undergo for thee. [Exeunt.

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Changes to the Court of England.
Enter King John, Pembroke, Salisbury, and Giber

Lords.
JERE once again we fit, once again

crown'd,
And look'd upon, I hope, with chearful eyes.

Pemb.

K. John. H

Pemb. ' This once again, but that your highness

pleasid,
Was once superfluous; you were crown'd before,
And that high royalty was ne'er pluck'd off:
The faiths of men ne'er stained with revolt :
Fresh expectation troubled not the land
With any long’d-for change, or better state.

Sal. Therefore to be possess’d with double pomp,
* To guard a title that was rich before;
To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heav'n to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.

Pemb. But that your royal pleasure must be done,
This act is as an ancient tale new told,
And in the last repeating troublesome;
Being urged at a time un seasonable.

Sal. In this the antique and well-noted face
Of plain old form is much disfigured ;
And, like a shifted wind unto a fail,
It makes the course of thoughts to fetch about ;
Startles and frights consideration ;
Makes found opinion sick, and truth suspected,
For putting on so new a fashion'd robe.

Pemb. When workmen strive to do better than well,
* They do confound their skill in covetousness;
And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse:

9 This once again,

-was once by their Avarice, but in an eager superfluous.] This one time more Emulation, an intense Defire of was one time more than enough. excelling; as in Henry V. ! To guard a title that was But if it be a Sin to covet Ho.

rich before.) To guard, is nour, to fringe.

I am the magt offending Soul a2 They do corfound their Skillin live,

THEO BALD. Covetousness.] i. e. Not

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As patches, set upon a little breach,
Discredit more 3 in hiding of the fault,
Than did the fault before it was so patch'd.

Sal. To this effect, before you were new-crown'd,
We breath'd our counsel; but it pleas'd your highness
To over- bear it; and we're all well pleas'd ;
Since all and every part of what we would,
Must make a stand at what your highness will.

K. John. * Some reasons of this double coronation I have poffest you with, and think them strong. And more, more strong. (the lefser is my fear) I shall endue 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.

Pemb. Then I, as one that am the tongue of these, s To found the purposes of all their hearts, Both for myself and them, but chief of all, Your safety, for the which, myself and they Bend their best studies, heartily request Th' infranchisement of Arthur; whose reftraint Doth move the murm’ring lips of discontent To break into this dang'rous argument; If what in rest you have, in right you hold, Why shou'd your fears, (which, as they say, attend The steps of wrong) then move you to mew up Your tender kinsman, and to choke his days With barb'rous ignorance, and deny his youth The rich advantage of good exercise ?

1-inbiding of the FAULT, I fall endue you with.) I have

Than did the FAULT -} told you some reasons, in my We should read Flaw in both opinion frong, and shall tell more place, WARBURTON. yet stronger; for the fronger my 4 Some recfons of this double co reasons are, the less is my fiar of ronation

your disapprobation. This seems I have P:) A you with, and to be the meaning think the mpirorg,

s To fund the furfore] To Arid more, more lirong, the les declare, to publish the desires of jer is my fear,

all those.

That

That the time's enemies may not have this
To grace occasions, let it be our fuit,
That you have bid us ask, his liberty;
Which for our good we do no further ask,
Than whereupon our weal, on you depending,
Counts it your weal, that he have liberty.

K. Jobn. Let it be so; I do commit his youth

Enter Hubert.

To your direction. Hubert, what news with you?

Pemb. This is the man, should do the bloody deed :
He shew'd his warrant to a friend of mine.
The image of a wicked heinous fault
Lives in his eye; that close aspect of his
Does shew the mood of a much-troubled breast.
And I do fearfully believe 'tis done,
What we so fear'd he had a charge to do.

Sal. The colour of the King doth come and go,
Between his purpose and his conscience,
Like heralds 'twixt two dreadful battles set : 7
His passion is fo ripe, it needs must break.

Pemb. And when it breaks, * I fear, will issue thence The foul corruption of a sweet child's death.

K. John. We cannot hold mortality's strong hand. Good Lords, although my will to give is living, The suit which you demand is gone,

and dead.

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6 Between his purpose and his I have therefore ventur'd to read, confcience, ] Between his fent.

THEOBALD, consciou n ss of guilt, and his de This Dr. Warburton has folfign to conceal it by fair pro- lowed without much advantage; feflions.

fet is not fixed, but only placed; 7 Like Heralds, 'twixt trvo heralds must be set between bat

d. eadful Battles set ;] But tles in order to be sent between Heralds are not planted, I pre- them, sume, in the midit betwixt two 8 And when it breaks, Lines of Battle; tho' they, and This is but an indelicate metaTrumpets, are often sent over phor, taken from an impoftufrom Party to Party, to propose mated tumour. Terms, demand a Palej, &c.

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