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John hath seiz'd Arthur, and it cannot be
Lewis. 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.
Lewis. And lose it, life and all,- as Arthur did.
Pand. How green you are, and fresh in this old world? John lays you plots; the times conspire with you ; For he, that fteeps 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 their zeal That no lo small advantage shall step forth To check his reign, but they will cherish it. No nat'ral exhalation in the sky, No scape of nature, no diftemper'd day, No common wind, no customed event, But they will pluck away its nat'ral cause, And call them meteors, prodigies, and signs, Abortives, and presages, tongues of heav'n Plainly denouncing vengeance upon yolun.
Lewis. May be, he will not touch young Arthur's life; But hold himself safe in his prisonment.
Pand. O Sir, when he mall hear of your approach, If that young Arthur be not gone already, Ev’n at this news he dies : and then the hearts Of all his people shall revolt from him, And kiss the lips of unacquainted change ; And pick itrong 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
Lenvis. Strong reason makes itrong actions : let us go; lí you fay ay, the King will not say no. (Exeunt.
HUBERT H Within
SEAT me these irons hot, and, look, thou stand Upon the bofom of the ground, rush forth; And bind the boy, which you shall find with me, Fast to the chair: be heedful; hence, and watch.
Exe. I hope your warrant will bear out the deed.
Hub. Uncleanly scruples ! fear not you ; look to't.Young lad, come forth; I have to say with you.
Enter Arthur. Arth. Good morrow, Hubert. Hub. Good morrow,
little Prince. Arth. As little Prince (having so great a title To be more Prince) as may be. You are fad.
Hub. Indeed, I have been merrier.
Arth. Mercy on me!
Is it my fault, that I was Geffrey's fon?
Hub. If I talk to him, with his innocent prate
Arth. Are you fick, Hubert? you look pale to-day;
Hub. His words do take poffeffion of my bosom.
[Shewing a paper. How now, foolish rheum,
Arth. Too fairly, Hubert, for so foul effect.
with irons burn out both mine eyes?
Arth. Have you the heart? when your head did butake,
So much as frown on you.
Hub. I've sworn to do it ;
Arth. Ah, none, but in this iron age, would do it.
(Stamps, and the men enter. Arth. O save me, Hubert! save me! my eyes are out, Ev’n with the fierce looks of these bloody men.
Hub. Give me the iron, I say, and bind him here.
Arth. Alas, what need you be fo boil'rous-rough? I will not struggle, I will stand stone-still. For heav'n fake, Hubert, let me not be bound. Nay, hear me, Hubert, drive these men away, And I will fit as quiet as a lamb. I will not fir, 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
put me to. .Hub. Go, stand within ; let me alone with him. Exe. I am beit pleas’d to be from such a deed. [Exeunt.
Arth. Alas, I then have chid away my friend;
Hub. Come, boy, prepare yourself.
Arth. O heav'n! that there were but a moth in yours, A grain, a duft, a gnat, a wand'ring hair,