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Oh that these hands could so redeem my son,
As they have given these hairs their liberty !
But now I envy at their liberty,
And will again commit them to their bonds,
Because my poor child is a prisoner.
And, father cardinal, I have heard you say,
That we shall see and know our friends in heaven:
If that be true, I shall see my boy again ;
For, since the birth of Cain, the first male-child,
To him that did but yesterday suspire,

There was not such a gracious creature born.
But now will canker sorrow eat my bud,
And chase the native beauty from his cheek,
And he will look as hollow as a ghost;
As din and meagre as an ague's fit;
And so he'll die; and, rising so again,
When I shall meet him in the court of heaven
I shall not know him : therefore never, never
Must I behold my pretty Arthur more.

Pand. You hold too heinous a respect of grief. 540
Const. He talks to me, that never had a son.
K. Phil. You are as fond of grief, as of your child.
Const. Grief fills the room up

absent child,
Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me;
Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,
Remembers me of all his gracious parts,
Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form;
Then, have I reason to be fond of grief?

well: : had you such a loss as I, I could give better comfort than you do.. 5.50

of my

I will not keep this form upon my head,

[Tearing off her Head-Dress. When there is such disorder in my wit. O Lord ! my boy, my Arthur, my fair son ! My life, my joy, my food, my all the world! My widow-comfort, and my sorrows' cure! [Exit. K. Phil. I fear some outrage, and I'll follow her.

[Exit. , Lewis. There's nothing in this world can make

me joy : Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, Vexirg the dull ear of a drowsy man;

559 And bitter shame hath spoil'd the sweet world's taste, That it yields nought, but shame, and bitterness.

Pand. Before the curing of a strong disease,
Even in the instant of repair and health,
The fit is strongest; evils, that take leave,
On their departure most of all shew evil :
What have you lost by losing of this day?

Lewis. All days of glory, joy, and happiness.

Pand. If you had won it, certainly, you had. No, no: when fortune means to men most good, She looks upon them with a threatening eye. 570 'Tis strange, to think how much king John hath lost In this which he accounts so clearly won: Are not you griev'd, that Arthur is his prisoner ?

Lewis. As heartily, as he is glad he hath him.

Pand. Your mind is all as youthful as your blood.
Now hear me speak, with a prophetic spirit;
For even the breath of what I mean to speak


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Shall blow each dust, each straw, each little rub,
Out of the path which shall directly lead
Thy foot to England's throne; and, therefore, mark.
John bath seiz'd Arthur; and it cannot be, 581
That, whiles warm life plays in that infant's veins,
The mis-plac'd John should entertain an hour,
One minute, nay, one quiet breath of rest :
A sceptre, snatch'd with an unruly hand,
Must be as boisterously maintain'd as gain'd:
And he, that stands upon a slippery place,
Makes nice of no vile hold to stay him up:
That John may stand, then Arthur needs must fall;
So be it, for it cannot be but so.

590 Lewis. But what shall I gain by young Arthur's fall?

Pand. Yout, in the right of lady Blanch your wife,
May then make all the claim that Arthur did.

Lewis. And lose it, life and all, as Arthur did.
Pand. How green you are, and fresh in this old

John lays you plots; the times conspire with you:
For he, that steeps his safety in true blood,
Shall find but bloody safety, and untrue.
This act, so evilly born, shall cool the hearts
Of all his people, and freeze up their zeal; 600
That none so small advantage shall step forth,
To check his reign, but they will cherish it :
No natural exhalation in the sky,
No scape of nature, no distemper'd day,
No common wind, no customed event,
But they will pluck away his natural cause,

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And call them meteors, prodigies, and signs,
Abortives, presages, and tongues of heaven,
Plainly denouncing vengeance upon John.
Lewis. May be, he will not touch young Arthur's

610 But hold himself safe in his prisonment.

Pand. 0, sir, when he shall hear of your approach, If that young Arthur be not gone already, Even at that news he dies : and then the hearts Of all his people shall revolt from him, And kiss the lips of unacquainted change ; And pick strong matter of revolt, and wrath, Out of the bloody fingers' ends of John. Methinks, I see this hurly all on foot; And, o, what better matter breeds for you, 620 Than I have nam’d!—The bastard Faulconbridge Is now in England, ransacking the church, Offending charity : If but a dozen French Were there in arms, they would be as a call To train ten thousand English to their side ; Or, as a little snow, tumbled about, Anon becomes a mountain. O noble dauphin, Go with me to the king : 'Tis wonderful, What may be wrought out of their discontent: Now that their souls are top-full of offence, 630 For England go; I will whet on the king.

Lewis. Strong reasons make strong actions : Let

us go ;

If you say, Ay, the king will not say, No.




ngland. Northampton. A Room in the Castle. Enter

HUBERT, and Executioners.



ΗΣΑ Τ I me these irons hot ; and, look thou stand Vühin the arras : when I strike

foot Spon the bosom of the ground, rush forth; uud bind the boy, which you shall find with me, Pst to the chair : be heedful : hence, and watch. Exec. I hope, your warrant will bear out the deed. Hub. Uncleanly scruples! Fear not you : look to't.

[Exeunt Executioners. 'oung lad, come forth; I have to say with you.



Arth. Good morrow, Hubert. Hub. Good morrow, little prince. Arth. As little prince (having so great a title Co be more prince) as may be.--You are sad. Hub. Indeed, I have been merrier. Arth. Mercy on me! Tethinks, no body should be sad, but I: ?et, I remember, when I was in France, ?oung gentlemen would be as sad as night, Only for wantonness. By my christendom, o I were out of prison, and kept sheep,

I should

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