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With our pure honours, nor attend the foot
That leaves the print of blood where-e'er it walks :
Return, and tell him so; we know the worst.
Faulc. Whate'er you think, good words, I think,

were best. Sal. Our griefs, and not our manners, reason now.

Faulc. But there is little reason in your grief; Therefore, 'twere reason, you had manners now. 450

Pemb. Sir, sir, impatience hath its privilege.
Faulc. 'Tis true; to hurt his master, no man else.
Sal. This is the prison : What is he lies here?

[Seeing ARTHUR. Pemb. O death, made proud with pure and princely

beauty! The earth had not a hole to hide this deed.

Sal. Murder, as hating what himself hath done, Doth lay it open to urge on revenge.

Bigot. Or, when he doom'd this beauty to the grave, Found it too precious-princely for a grave. Sal. Sir Richard, what think you ? Have you beheld,

460 Or have you read, or heard / or could you

think? Or do you almost think, although you sce, That

you do see ? could thought, without this object, Form such another? This is the very top, The height, the crest, or crest unto the crest, Of murder's arms: this is the bloodiest shame, The wildest savag'ry, the vilest stroke, That ever wall-ey'd wrath, or staring rage, Presented to the tears of soft remorse.



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Pemb. All murders past do stand excus'd in this :.
And this, 'so sole, and so unmatchable,
Shall give a holiness, a purity,
To the yet-unbegotten sins of time;
And prove a deadly bloodshed but a jest,
Exampled by this heinous spectacle.

Faulc. It is a damned and a bloody work;
The graceless action of a heavy hand,
If that it be the work of any hand.
Sal. If that it be the work of


We had a kind of light, what would ensue:
It is the shameful work of Hubert's hand;
The practice, and the purpose, of the king :-
From whose obedience I forbid my soul,
Kneeling before this ruin of sweet life,
And breathing to this breathless excellence
The incense of a vow, a holy vow;
Never to taste the pleasures of the world,
Never to be infected with delight,
Nor conversant with ease and idleness,
'Till I have set a glory to this hand,

By giving it the worship of revenge.
Pemb. Bigot. Our souls religiously confirm thy


Enter Hubert.
Hub. Lords, I am hot with haste in seeking you ;
Arthur doth live; the king hath sent for you.

Sal. Oh, 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.
Faulc. Your sword is bright, sir ; put it up again.
Sal. Not 'till I sheath it in a murderer's skin. 500

Hub. Stand back, lord Salisbury, stand back, I say;
By heaven, I think, my sword's as sharp as your's:
I would not have you, lord, forget yourself,
Nor tempt the danger of my true defence;
Lest 1, by marking of your rage, forget
Your worth, your greatness, and nobility.

Bigot. Out, dunghill! dar'st thou brave a noble


Hub. Not for my life : but yet I dare defend
My innocent life against an emperor.
Sal. Thou art a murderer.

Hub. Do not prove me so;
Yet, I am none: Whose tongue soe'er speaks false,
Not truly speaks; who speaks not truly, lies.

Pemb. Cut him to pieces.
Fault. Keep the peace, I say.
Sal. Stand by, or I shall gaul you, Faulconbridge.

Faulc. Thou wert better gaul the devil, Salisbury:
If thou but frown on me, or stir thy foot,
Or teach thy hasty spleen to do me shame,
I'll strike thee dead. Put up thy sword betime ; 520
Or I'll so maul


and your toasting-iron, That you shall think the devil is come from hell. Bigot. What wilt thou do, renowned Faulcon.

bridge? Second a villain, and a murderer?

Hub. Lord Bigot, I am none.
Bigot. 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;

531 And he, long traded in it, makes it seem Like rivers of remorse 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.

Bigot. Away, toward Bury, to the Dauphin there! Pemb. There, tell the king, he may inquire us out.

[Exeunt Lords. Faulc. Here's a good world !--Knew you of this

fair work? Beyond the infinite and boundless reach

540 Of mercy, if thou didst this deed of death, Art thou damn'd, Hubert.

Hub. Do but hear me, sir.

Faulc. Ha! I'll tell thee what;.
Thou art damn'd so black-nay, nothing is so black
Thou art more deep damn'd than prince Lucifer
There is not yet so ugly a fiend of hell
As thou shalt be, if thou didst kill this child,

Hub. Upon my soul
Fautc. If thou didst but consent

550 To this most cruel aft, do but despair,



And, if thou want'st a cord, the smallest thread
That ever spider twisted from her womb
Will serve to strangle thee; a rush will be a beam
To hang thee on : or, would'st thou drown thyself,
Put but a little water in a spoon,
And it shall be as all the ocean,
Enough to stifle such a villain up.--
I do suspect thee very grievously.

Hub. If I in act, consent, or sin of thought, 560
Be guilty of the stealing that sweet breath
Which was embounded in this beauteous clay,
Let hell want pains enough to torture me !
I left him well.

Faulc. Go, bear him in thine arms.
I am amaz'd, methinks; and lose my way
Among the tlorns and dangers of this world.
How easy dost thou take all England up!
From forth this morsel of dead royalty,
The life, the right, and truth of all this realm

Is fled to heaven; and England now is leii
To tug, and scamble, and to part by the teeth
The un owed interest of proud-swelling state.
Now, for the bare-pick'd bone of majesty,
Doth dogged war bristle his angry crest,
And snarleth in the gentle eyes of peace :
Now powers from home, and discontents at home,
Meet in one line; and vast confusion waits
(As doth a raven on a sick-fallen beast)
The imminent decay of wrested pomp.

580 Now happy he, whose cloak and cincture can


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