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King John

King John Translation Act 3, Scene 3

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Alarums, excursions, retreat. Enter KING JOHN, QUEEN ELINOR, ARTHUR, the BASTARD, HUBERT, and Lords

KING JOHN

[To QUEEN ELINOR] So shall it be; your grace shallstay behindSo strongly guarded.

KING JOHN

[To QUEEN ELINOR]  That's how it will be. You will stay behind, well guarded.

To ARTHUR

KING JOHN

Cousin, look not sad:Thy grandam loves thee; and thy uncle willAs dear be to thee as thy father was.

KING JOHN

Cousin, don't look so sad. Your grandmother loves you, and your uncle will be as dear to you as your father was.

ARTHUR

O, this will make my mother die with grief!

ARTHUR

Oh, this will make my mother die of sadness! 

KING JOHN

[To the BASTARD] Cousin, away for England! haste before: And, ere our coming, see thou shake the bags Of hoarding abbots; imprisoned angels Set at liberty: the fat ribs of peace Must by the hungry now be fed upon: Use our commission in his utmost force.

KING JOHN

[To the BASTARD] Cousin, let's go to England! Hurry ahead: before we arrive, make sure you shake out the pockets of hoarding abbots. Set free imprisoned angels. The fat ribs of peace must be eaten by the hungry. You have the authority to act with my power.

BASTARD

Bell, book, and candle shall not drive me back, When gold and silver becks me to come on. I leave your highness. Grandam, I will pray, If ever I remember to be holy, For your fair safety; so, I kiss your hand.

BASTARD

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ELINOR

Farewell, gentle cousin.

ELINOR

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KING JOHN

Coz, farewell.

KING JOHN

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Exit the BASTARD

QUEEN ELINOR

Come hither, little kinsman; hark, a word.

QUEEN ELINOR

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KING JOHN

Come hither, Hubert. O my gentle Hubert, We owe thee much! within this wall of flesh There is a soul counts thee her creditor And with advantage means to pay thy love: And my good friend, thy voluntary oath Lives in this bosom, dearly cherished. Give me thy hand. I had a thing to say, But I will fit it with some better time. By heaven, Hubert, I am almost ashamed To say what good respect I have of thee.

KING JOHN

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HUBERT

I am much bounden to your majesty.

HUBERT

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KING JOHN

Good friend, thou hast no cause to say so yet, But thou shalt have; and creep time ne'er so slow, Yet it shall come from me to do thee good. I had a thing to say, but let it go: The sun is in the heaven, and the proud day, Attended with the pleasures of the world, Is all too wanton and too full of gawds To give me audience: if the midnight bell Did, with his iron tongue and brazen mouth, Sound on into the drowsy race of night; If this same were a churchyard where we stand, And thou possessed with a thousand wrongs, Or if that surly spirit, melancholy, Had baked thy blood and made it heavy-thick, Which else runs tickling up and down the veins, Making that idiot, laughter, keep men's eyes And strain their cheeks to idle merriment, A passion hateful to my purposes, Or if that thou couldst see me without eyes, Hear me without thine ears, and make reply Without a tongue, using conceit alone, Without eyes, ears and harmful sound of words; Then, in despite of brooded watchful day, I would into thy bosom pour my thoughts: But, ah, I will not! yet I love thee well; And, by my troth, I think thou lovest me well.

KING JOHN

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HUBERT

So well, that what you bid me undertake,Though that my death were adjunct to my act,By heaven, I would do it.

HUBERT

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KING JOHN

Do not I know thou wouldst? Good Hubert, Hubert, Hubert, throw thine eye On yon young boy: I 'll tell thee what, my friend, He is a very serpent in my way; And whereso'er this foot of mine doth tread, He lies before me: dost thou understand me? Thou art his keeper.

KING JOHN

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HUBERT

And I'll keep him so,That he shall not offend your majesty.

HUBERT

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KING JOHN

Death.

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HUBERT

My lord?

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KING JOHN

A grave.

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HUBERT

He shall not live.

HUBERT

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KING JOHN

Enough. I could be merry now. Hubert, I love thee; Well, I'll not say what I intend for thee: Remember. Madam, fare you well: I'll send those powers o'er to your majesty.

KING JOHN

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ELINOR

My blessing go with thee!

ELINOR

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KING JOHN

For England, cousin, go:Hubert shall be your man, attend on youWith all true duty. On toward Calais, ho!

KING JOHN

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