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K. Phi. You are as fond of grief, as of your

child.
Const. Grief fills the room up of

my

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 garinents with his form;
Then, have I reason to be fond of grief.
Fare you well: had you such a loss as I,
I could give better comforto than

you

do. I will not keep this form upon my head,

[Tearing off her head-dress. When there is such disorder in

my

wit.
O lord! iny boy, iny Arthur, my fair son!
My lie, iny joy, my food, my all the world!
My widow-comfort, and my sorrows' cure! [Exit.
K. Phi. I fear some outrage, and I'll follow her.

[Exit. Lew. There's nothing in this world, can inake

me joy:
Life is as tedious as a twicc-told tale,
Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man;
And bitter shame hath spoil'd the sweet world's

taste,
That it yields naught, but shame, and bitterness.

l'and. Before the curing of a strong disease,
Even in the instant of repair and health,
The fit is strongest; cvils, that take leave,

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• had
You

such a loss as I,
I could give better comfort-] This is a sentiment which great
sorrow always dictates. Whoever cannot help himself casts his
eyes on others for assistance, and often mistakes their inability for
coldness. Jouxsox.

1 There's nothing in this, &c.] The young prince feels his defeat with more sensibility than his father. Shame operates most strongly in the earlier years; and when can disgrace be less welcome than when a man is going his bride? JOHXSOX.

On their departure most of all show evil:
What have you lost by losing of this day?

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

Pand. If you have won it, certainly, you had. No, no: when fortune means to men most good, She looks upon them with a threatening eye. '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?

Lew. 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 prophetick spirit;
For even the breath of what I mean to speak
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 hath seiz'd Arthur; and it cannot be,
That, whiles warm life plays in that infant's veins,
The misplac'd John should entertain an hour,
One minute, nay, one quiet breath of rest:
A scepter, 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.

Lew. But what shall I gain by young Arthur's

fall?

Pand. You, in the right of lady Blanch your

wife,
May then make all the claim that Arthur did.

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

world!

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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;
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,
And call them meteors, prodigies, and signs,
Abortives, présages, and tongues of heaven,
Plainly denouncing vengeance upon John.
Lew. May be, he will not touch

young Arthur's life, But hold himself safe in his prisonment. Pand. O, sir, when he shall hear of your ap

proach, 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, 0, what better matter breeds for you, 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 topfull of offence,

For England go; I will whet on the king.
Lew. Strong reasons make strong actions: Let us

go; If you say, ay, the king will not say, no. [Exeunt.

ACT IV.

SCENE I. Northampton. A Room in the Castle.

Enter HUBERT and Two Attendants.

Hub. Heat me these irons hot; and, look thou

stand Within the arras: when I strike my foot Upon the bosom of the ground, rush forth: And bind the boy, which you shall find with me, Fast to the chair: be heedful: hence, and watch. 1 Attend. I hope, your warrant will bear out the

deed. Hub. Uncleanly scruples! Fear not you: look to't.

[Exeunt Attendants. Young lad, come forth; I have to say with you.

Enter ARTHUR.

Arth. Good morrow, Hubert.
Hub.

Good morrow, little prince.

2

Northampton.] The fact is, that Arthur was first confined at Falaise, and afterwards at Rouen, in Normandy, where he was put to death.-Our author has deviated, in this particular, from the history, and brought king John's nephew to England; but there is no circumstance, either in the original play, or in this of Shakspeare, to point out the particular castle in which he is supposed to be confined. The castle of Northampton has been mentioned, in some modern editions, as the place, merely because, in the first Act, King John seems to have been in that town. In the old copy there is no where any notice of place.

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Arth. As little prince (having so great a title
To be more prince,) as may be. You are sad.

Hub. Indeed, I have been merrier.
Arth.

Mercy on me!
Methinks, no body should be sad but I:
Yet, I remember, when I was in France,
Young gentlemen would be as sad as night,
Only for wantonness. By my christendom,
So I were out of prison, and kept sheep,
I should be as merry as the day is long;
And so I would be here, but that I doubt
My uncle practises more harm to me:
He is afraid of me, and I of him:
Is it my fault that I was Geffrey's son?
No, indeed, is't not; And I would to heaven,
I were your son, so you would love me, Hubert, .

Hub. If I talk to him, with his innocent prate He will awake my mercy, which lies dead: Therefore I will be sudden, and despatch. [Aside. Arth. Are you sick, Hubert? you look pale to

day:
In sooth, I would you were a little sick;
That I might sit all night, and watch with you:
I warrant, I love you more than you do me.
Hub. His words do take possession of my

bo

som.

Read here, young Arthur. [Showing a paper.] How now, foolish rheum!

Aside. Turning dispiteous torture out of door! I must be brief; lest resolution drop Out at mine eyes, in tender womanish tears.-Can you not read it? is it not fair writ?

Arth. Too fairly, Hubert, for so foul effect: Must

you with hot irons burn out both mine eyes? Hub. Young boy, I must. Arth.

And will you? Hub.

And I will.

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