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Go with me to the king: 'Tis wonderful,
Lew. Strong reasons make strong actions t: Let us go: If you say, ay, the king will not say, no. [Exeunt.
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
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.
Arth. Good morrow, Hubert.
Good morrow, little prince.
+ “strange actions :”- MALONE.
? 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.
Arth. As little prince (having so great a title
Hub. Indeed, I have been merrier.
Mercy on me!
Hub. If I talk to him, with his innocent prate
(A side. 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 Hub. His words do take possession of my bosom.Read here, young Arthur. [Showing a paper.] How now, foolish rheum!
Arth. Too fairly, Hubert, for so foul effect :
Hub. Young boy, I must.
And will you ?
And I will Arth. Have you the heart? When your head did but
ake, I knit my handkerchief about your brows,
(The best I had, a princess wrought it me,)
you at your sick service had a prince.
eyes that never did, nor never shall
I have sworn to do it ;
Arth. Ah, none, but in this iron age, would do it!
Re-enter Attendants, with cords, irons, &c. Do as I bid you do.
. Arth. O, save me, Hubert, save me! my eyes are out, Even with the fierce looks of these bloody men.
+ “I would not have believ'd him ; no tongue, but Hubert's.”
Hub. Give me the iron, I say, and bind him here.
Arth. Alas, what need you be so boist'rous-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. 1 Attend. I am best pleas'd to be from such a deed.
Come, boy, prepare yourself.
None, but to lose your eyes.
Hub. Is this your promise ? go to, hold your tongue.
Arth. Hubert, the utterance of a brace of tongues Must needs want pleading for a pair of eyes : Let me not hold my tongue; let me not, Hubert ! Or, Hubert, if you will, cut out my tongue, So I may keep mine eyes: 0, spare mine eyes; Though to no use, but still to look on you ! Lo, by my troth, the instrument is cold, And would not harm me. Hub.
I can heat it, boy. Arth. No, in good sooth; the fire is dead with grief, Being create for comfort, to be us'd In undeserv'd extremes: See else yourself:
There is no malice in this burning coal ;
Hub. But with my breath I can revive it, boy.
Arth. And if you do, you will but make it blush,
Hub. Well, see to live; I will not touch thine eyes
Arth. O, now you look like Hubert ! all this while
Peace: no more. Adieu ;
O heaven !-I thank you, Hubert. Hub. Silence; no more: Go closely in with me. Much danger do I undergo for thee.
tarre him on.] i. e. stimulate, set him on. Supposed to be derived from rapáttw, excito.
Go closely in with me.] i, e. secretly, privately.