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That I might sit all night, and watch with you:
Hub. His words do take possession of my bosom.Read here, young Arthur. [Showing the 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 :
Hub. Young boy, I must.
Arth. Have you the heart? When your head did butake,
Hub. I have sworn to do it;
Arth. Ah, none, but in this iron age, would do it!
Nay, after that, consume away in rust,
Re-enter Attendants, with cord, irons, fc.
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 angerly : 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.
Arth. Alas, I then have chid away my friend ;
Hub. Come, boy, prepare yourself.
Arth. O heaven !—that there were but a mote in yours,
Hub. Is this your promise? go to, hold your tongue.
Arth. Hubert, the utterance of a brace of tongues
So I may keep mine eyes; 0, spare mine eyes;
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; The breath of heaven hath blown his spirit out, And strew'd repentant ashes on his head.
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. 0, now you look like Hubert! all this while
Hub. Peace : no more. Adieu ;
Arth. O heaven !I thank you, Hubert.
Hub. Silence; no more : Go closely in with me; Much danger do I undergo for thee.
[Exeunt. I hope your warrant will bear out the deed. I hope you act in this bloody business, by some higher authority than your own cruelty or selfishness. It is necessary that poor men, in the service of arbitrary princes, should act their wicked wills. If you do as you are commanded, you are not so guilty as if you devised of your own heart such horrible deeds ; but if you do this without some such justification-dread the punishment due to your cruelty. All this is implied in this passage.
Heat.-Heated is the modern participle. “The participle heat, though now obsolete, was in use in our author's time. So in the sacred writings:' " He commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heat.' Dan. iii. 19."
Tarre-stimulate, set on.
Scene III. Arthur on the castle wall.
Enter PEMBROKE, SALISBURY, and BIGOD,
[Seeing ARTHUR. Pem. O death, made proud with pure and princely
beauty! The earth hath not a hole to hide this deed.
Sal. Murder, as hating what himself hath done, Doth lay it open, to urge on revenge.
Biz. Or, when he doom'd this beauty to a grave, Found it too precious-princely for a grave. Sal. Sir Richard, what think you 1 Have you beheld,
Or have you read, or heard?' or could you think?
Pem. All murders past do stand excus'd in this.-
Sal. If that it be the work of any hand ?- .
Pem. Big. Our souls religiously confirm thy words.
Revenge, to a certain extent, is the love of justice. It has been shown, in the brief sketch which was given of the origin and principal object of Chivalry, that its purpose was not only to defend innocence, but to punish those who should injure the weak and unprotected. The Knights of that age, not only made a vow to serve God, and the interests of hunianity, when they were initiated, but, on setting out upon a special enterprize, they solemnly devoted themselves to the work before them.--In conformity to this practice, Salisbury kneels beside the dead body of Arthur, and vows never to take pleasure or rest till he has punished the wretches who wrought his death.