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That you have bid ws ask his liberty ;
Pimb. This is the man, should do the bloody deed
Sal. The colour of the King doth come and go..
Pemb. And when it breaks, I fear, will issue thenceThe foul corruption of a sweet child's death.
K. John We cannot hold mortality's Arong hand. Good Lords, although my will to give is, living, The suit which you demand is gone, and dead. He tells us, Aribur is deceased to-night.
Sal. Indeed, we fear’d, his fickness was past cure.
Pemb. Indeed, we heard how near his death he was, Before the child himself felt he was fick This must be answer’d, either here, or hence.
K.John. Why do you tend foch folemn brows on me?
Sal. It is apparent foul-play, and 'tis thame
(22) Like beralds, 'twixt two dreadful battles set;] But heralds. are not planted, I prelume, in the mist betwixt iwo lines of battle; cho' they, and trumpets, are often sent over from party to party, to propose terms, demand a parley, c. I have therefore ventur'd to read, ent.
Pemb. Stay yet, Lord Salisbury, I'll go with thee, And find th’inheritance of this poor child, His little kingdom of a forced grave. That blood which own’d the breadth of all this ifle, Three foot of it doth hold; bad world the while ! This must not be thus borne ; this will break out To all our forrows, and ere long, I doubt. [Exeunt:
Enter a Messenger. K. Jobm They burn in indignation ; I repent. There is no sure foundation set on blood; No certain life atchiev'd by others death [ Afiske. A fearfuleye thou haft'; where is that blood, [To the Mufen. That I have seen inhabit in those cheeks? So foul a sky clears not without a storm ; Pour down thy weather : how goes all in France ?
Mes. From France to England never such a power, For any foreign preparation, Was levy'd in the body of a land.. Rhe copy of your speed is learn'd by them :For when you should be told, they do prepare, The ridings come, that they are all arriv'd.
K.John. Oh, where hath our intelligence been drunk: Where hath it flept ? where is my mother's care? That such an army should be drawn in France, And the not hear of it?
Me, My Liege, her ear. is ficpt with duft : the first of April, dy'd Your noble mother; and as I hear, my Lord, The Lady Confiance in a frenzy dy'd Three days before : but this from rumour's tongue lidly heard; if true or fallë, I know not.
K. John. With-hold thy speed, dreadful occasion ! O make a league with me, till. I have pleas'd My discontented peers.
Wbat! mother dead? How wildly then walks my, eftate in France ? Under whose conduct came those powers of France, That, thou for truth giv'st out, are landed here ? Mef. Under the Dauphir.
Enter Faulcenbridge, and Peter of Pomfret.
Faulc. But if you be afraid to hear the worst,
k. John. Bear with me, cousin ; for I was amaz’d
Fauls. How I have sped among the clergymen,
K John. Thou idle dreamer, wherefore didit thou foj
K. 7.hn. Hubert, away with him, imprison him,
Exit Hubert, with Peter, Hear'st thou the news abroad, who are arriv'd ?
Faulc. The French, my Lord; mens mouths are full of it; Befides, I met Lord Biyot and Lord Sailbury, , With eyes as red as new-enkindled fire, And others more, going to seek the grave Of Arthur, who, they say, is kill'd to-night On your suggestion,
K. John. Gentle kinsman, go
Faule. I will seek them out.
K. John. Nay, but make hafte; the better foot before O, let me have no subject enemies, When adverse foreigners affright my towns With dreadful pomp of fout invasion, Be Mercury, set feathers to thy heels ; And fly, like thought, from ihem to me again..
Faul. The spirit of the time shallteach me speed. (Exit.
K. John. Spoke like a sprightful noble gentleman. Go after him ; for he, perhaps, shall need Some messenger betwixt me and the peers i And be thou he.
Mef. With all my heart, my Liege. [Exit. 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 wond'rous motion..
K. John. Five moons ?
Hub. Old men and beldams, in the streets, Do prophesy upon it dangerously : Young Arthur's death is common in their mouths ; And, when they talk of him, they shake their heads, And whilper one another in the ear. And he, that speaks, doth gripe the hearer's wrist, Whilft he, that hears, makes fearful action With wrinkled brows, with nods, with rolling eye6. I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus, Thę whilst his iron did on the anvil cool, With open mouth swallowing a taylor's news ; Who with his shears and measure in his hand, Standing on flippers, which his nimble hafte Had falsely thruit upon contrary feet, Told of a many thousand warlike French,
That were embattled and rank'd in Kent.
K.John. Why seek’lt thou to possess me with these fears?
Hub. Had none, my Lord?why, did you not provoke me?
K. John. It is the curse of Kings, to be attended
Hub. Here is your hand and seal, for what I did.
K.Jo.Oh, when the last account 'twixt heav'n andearth
Hub. My Lord
K. Joh. Hadft thoa but shook thy head, or made a paufe,