King John - Act 5, scene 6
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Act 5, scene 6
Hubert brings news to the Bastard that King John has been poisoned by a monk, and that, at the urging of his son Prince Henry, King John has pardoned the rebellious nobles. The Bastard, half of whose army has drowned, hastens to the dying king.Enter Bastard and Hubert, severally.
2517 Who’s there? Speak ho! Speak quickly, or I shoot.
2518 A friend. What art thou?
HUBERT 2519 Of the part of England.
2520 Whither dost thou go?
HUBERT 2521 5 What’s that to thee?
2522 Why may not I demand of thine affairs
2523 As well as thou of mine? Hubert, I think?
HUBERT 2524 Thou hast a perfect thought.
2525 I will upon all hazards well believe
2526 10 Thou art my friend, that know’st my tongue so well.
2527 Who art thou?
BASTARD 2528 Who thou wilt. An if thou please,
2529 Thou mayst befriend me so much as to think
2530 I come one way of the Plantagenets.
2531 15 Unkind remembrance! Thou and endless night
2532 Have done me shame. Brave soldier, pardon me
2533 That any accent breaking from thy tongue
2534 Should ’scape the true acquaintance of mine ear.
2535 Come, come. Sans compliment, what news abroad?
2536 20 Why, here walk I in the black brow of night
2537 To find you out.
BASTARD 2538 Brief, then; and what’s the news?
2539 O my sweet sir, news fitting to the night,
2540 Black, fearful, comfortless, and horrible.
2541 25 Show me the very wound of this ill news.
2542 I am no woman; I’ll not swoon at it.
2543 The King, I fear, is poisoned by a monk.
2544 I left him almost speechless, and broke out
2545 To acquaint you with this evil, that you might
2546 30 The better arm you to the sudden time
2547 Than if you had at leisure known of this.
2548 How did he take it? Who did taste to him?
2549 A monk, I tell you, a resolvèd villain,
2550 Whose bowels suddenly burst out. The King
2551 35 Yet speaks and peradventure may recover.
2552 Who didst thou leave to tend his Majesty?
2553 Why, know you not? The lords are all come back,
2554 And brought Prince Henry in their company,
2555 At whose request the King hath pardoned them,
2556 40 And they are all about his Majesty.
2557 Withhold thine indignation, mighty ⌜God,⌝
2558 And tempt us not to bear above our power.
2559 I’ll tell thee, Hubert, half my power this night,
2560 Passing these flats, are taken by the tide.
2561 45 These Lincoln Washes have devourèd them.
2562 Myself, well mounted, hardly have escaped.
2564 I doubt he will be dead or ere I come.