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(The best I had, a princess wrought it me),
Hub. I have sworn to do it;
Arth. Ah, none, but in this iron age, would do it!
70 Nay, after that, consume away in rust, But for containing fire to harm mine eye. Are you more stubborn-hard than hammer'd iron ? An if an angel should have come to me, And told me, Hubert should put out mine eyes, I would not have believ'd him ; no tongue, but Hubert's. [HUBERT stainps, and the Men enter.
Hub. Come forth; do as I bid you do.
out, Even with the fierce looks of these bloody men. 79
Hub, Give me the iron, I say, and bind him here.
Arth. Alas, what need you be so boisterous-rough? I will not struggle, I will stand stone-still. For heaven's sake, Hubert, let me not be bound ! Nay, hear me, Hubert! drive these men away, And I will sit as quiet as a lamb; I will not stir, nor wince, nor speak a word, Nor look upon the iron angrily : . Thrust but these men away, and I'll forgive you, Whatever torment you do put me to.
Hub. Go, stand within ; let me alone with him. 90 Exec. I am best pleas'd to be from such a deed.
Hub. Come, boy, prepare yourself.
Hub. Is this your promise ? go to, hold your
Hub. I can heat it, boy.
Hub. But with my breath I can revive it, boy. 120
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 eye For all the treasure that thine uncle owes : 131 Gij
Yet am I sworn, and I did purpose, boy,
Arth. 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, 140 Will not offend thee.
Arth. O heaven! I thank you, Hubert.
Hub. Silence; no more: Go closely in with me; Much danger do I undergo for thee. [Exeunt.
The Court of England. Enter King JOHN, PEMBROKE,
SALISBURY, and other Lords.
K. John. Here once again we sit, once again
crown'd, And look'd upon, I hope, with cheerful eyes. Pemb. . This once again, but that your highness
pleas'd, Was once superfluous: you were crown'd before, And that high royalty was ne'er pluck'd oft ; The faiths of men ne'er stained with revolt; 150 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 heaven to garnish, Is wasteful, and ridiculous excess.
160 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 unseasonable.
Sal. In this, the antique and well-noted face
Sal. To this effect, before you were new-crown'd, We breath'd our counsel : but it pleas'd your highness To overbear it; and we are all well pleas'd; 18 Giij