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By giving it the worship of revenge.
Sal. O, he is bold, and blushes not at death:Avaunt, thou hateful villain, get thee ·gone! Hub. I am no villain. Sal.
Must I rob the law ?
[Drawing his sword. Bast. Your sword is bright, sir; put it up again. Sal. Not till I sheath it in a murderer's skin. Hub. Stand back, Lord Salisbury, stand back, I
say; By heaven, I think, my sword's as sharp as yours: I would not have you, lord, forget yourself, Nor tempt the danger of my truelo defence; Lest I, by marking of your rage, forget Your worth, your greatness, and nobility. Big. Out, dunghill! dar'st thou brave a nobleman?
Hub. Not for my life: but yet I dare defend My innocent life against an emperor.
Sal. Thou art a murderer.
Do not prove me soll; Yet I am none: Whose tongue soe'er speaks false, Not truly speaks; who speaks not truly, lies.
And in Troilus and Cressida :
--Jove, let Aeneas live,
A thousand complete courses of the sun.' 9 So in Othello :-Keep up your bright swords ; for the dew will rust them.' Both Faulconbridge and Othello speak contemptuously. You have shown that your sword is bright, and now you may put it up again ; you shall not use it.'
10 Honest defence, defence in a good cause
11 Dr. Johnson has, I think, mistaken the sense of this passage, which he explains-Do not make me a murderer, by compelling me to kill you; I am hitherto not a murderer. By 'Do not prove me so' Hubert means do not provoke me, or try my patience so.' This was a common acceptation of the word. "To assay, to prove, to try, to tempt one to do evil' Baret, in v. prove.
Pem. Cut him to pieces.
Keep the peace, I say.
Big. What wilt thou do, renowned Faulconbridge? Second a villain, and a murderer? Hub. Lord Bigot, I am none. Big.
Who kill'd this prince? Hub. 'Tis not an hour since I left him well: I honour'd him, I lov'd him; and will weep My date of life out, for his sweet life's loss.
Sal. Trust not those cunning waters of his eyes, For villany is not without such rheum; And he, long traded in it, makes it seem Like rivers of remorse12 and innocency. Away, with me, all you, whose souls abhor The uncleanly savours of a slaughter-house, For I am stifled with this smell of sin. Big. Away, toward Bury, to the Dauphin there! Pem. There, tell the king, he may inquire us out.
[Exeunt Lords. Bast. Here's a good world !-Knew you of this
Do but hear me, sir.
'Hell, Hubert, trust me, all the plagues of hell
If thou didst but consent
Hub. If I in act, consent, or sin of thought
Go, bear him in thine arms.-
14 See before, p. 374.
15 i. e. unowned: the interest which is not at this moment legally possessed by any one. On the death of Arthur, the right to the crown devolved to his sister Eleaner,
Now happy he, whose cloak and cincture16 can
ACT V. SCENE I The same. A Room in the Palace. Enter King JOHN, PANDULPH, with the Crown, and
Attendants. K. John. Thus have I yielded up into your hand The circle of my glory. Pand.
[Giving John the Crown. From this my hand, as holding of the pope, Your sovereign greatness and authority. K. John. Now keep your holy word: go meet
the French; And from his holiness use all your power To stop their marches, 'fore we are inflam’d. Our discontented countiesl do revolt; Our people quarrel with obedience; Swearing allegiance, and the love of soul, To stranger blood, to foreign royalty. This inundation of mistemper'd humour Rests by you only to be qualified Then pause not; for the present time's so sick, That present medicine must be minister'd Or overthrow incurable ensues.
Pand. It was my breath that blew this tempest up, Upon your stubborn usage of the pope:
K. Tohrereign mand, as hbGwings sin
1 Counties here most probably mean not the divisions of the kingdom, but the lords and nobility in general. As in Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado about Nothing. Vol. IV.
But, since you are a gentle convertite,
[Erit. K. John. Is this "Ascension-day? Did not the
Enter the Bastard.
But Dover castle: London hath receiv’d,
K. John. Would not my lords return to me again,
streets; An empty casket, where the jewel of life3 By some damn'd hand was robb’d and ta'en away.
K. John. That villain Hubert told me, he did live. Bast. So, on my soul, he did, for aught he knew, But wherefore do you droop? why look you sad? Be great in act, as you have been in thought;
3 Dryden has transferred this image to a speech of Antony, in All for Love :
"An empty circle, since the jewel's gone.' So in King Richard II :
A jewel M a ten times barr'd up chest