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For all the treasure that thine uncle owes.
Arth. O, now you look like Hubert ! all this while You were disguised,
Hub. Peace: no more;
Hubert. Hub. Silence; no more: Go closely in with me; Much danger do I undergo for thee.
Flourish of Drums and Trumpets.
KING John upon his Throne, Essex, PEMBROKE, SALISBURY, and ENGLISH GENTLEMEN, discovered. K. John. Here once again we sit; once again
crown'd, And look'd upon, I hope, with.cheerful eyes. Pem. This once again, but that your highness
Sal. Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp,
To guard a title that was rich before,
K. John. Some reasons of this double coronation
would have reform'd, that is not well; And well shall you perceive, how willingly I will both hear, and grant you, your requests.
Sal. Then I, as one that am the tongue of these, Request The enfranchisement of Arthur; whose restraint Doth move the murmuring lips of discontent. That the time's enemies niay not have this To grace occasions, let it be our suit, That you have bid us ask his liberty.
K. John. Let it be so; I do commit his youth To your direction.
Enter HUBERT. Hubert, what news with you?
Pem. This is the man, should do the bloody deed. The image of a wicked heinous fault Lives in his eye; that close aspect of his Does show the mood of a much-troubled breast.
Sal. The colour of the King doth come and go, Between his
and his conscience. K. John. We cannot hold mortality's strong hand.
[Exit HUBERT. Good lords, although my will to give is living, The suit which
and dead : He tells us, Arthur is deceas'd to-night.
Ess. 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 me ?
Think you, I bear the shears of destiny?
Sal. It is apparent foul play; and 'tis shame,
(Exeunt Essex, PEMBROKE, and SALISBURY,
[Exeunt KING John and ENGLISH GENTLEMEN.
A Room in the Palace,
Enter King John, meeting the ENGLISH HERALD. K. John. A fearful eye thou hast! Where is that
blood, That I have seen inhabit in those cheeks ? How goes all in France? E. Her. From France to England. - Never such a
E. Her. My liege, her ear
Is stopp'd with dust: the first of April, died
K, John. What, mother! dead?
E. Her. Under the Dauphin.
K. John. Thou hast made me giddy
Faul. But, if you be afeard to hear the worst,
Faul. How I have sped among the clergymen,
K. John. O, my gentle cousin,
K. John. Gentle kinsman, go,
And thrust thyself into their companies :
Faul. I will seek them out.
fore. 0, let me have no subjects enemies, When adverse foreigners affright my towns With dreadful pomp of stout invasion ! Be Mercury, set feathers to thy heels, And fly, like thought, from them to me again. Faul. The spirit of the time shall teach me speed.
[Exeunt FAULCONBRIDGE. K. John. Go after him; for he, perhaps, shall need Some messenger betwixt me and the peers; And be thou he. [Exit the English HERALD. K. John. My mother dead !
Enter HUBERT. Hub. My lord, they say, five moons were seen to
night; Four fixed; and the fifth did whirl about The other four, in wondrous motion.
K. John. Five moons?
Hub. Old men, and beldams, in the streets
open mouth swallowing a tailor's news ;