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King John

Act III, Scene 3

The same.
 
[Alarums, excursions, retreat. Enter KING JOHN, QUEEN ELINOR, ARTHUR, the BASTARD, HUBERT, and Lords]
 
KING JOHN
           ,         ,          ,             ,        ,
      So shall | it be:| your grace | shall stay | behind
            ,        ,        ,         ,         ,
      So strong|ly guar|ded: cou|sin, look | not sad,
            ,         ,            ,         ,       ,
      Thy gran|dam* loves | thee, and | thy un|cle will
           ,     ,        ,             ,       ,
      As dear | be to | thee, as | thy fa|ther was.
 
ARTHUR
          ,           ,        ,       ,           ,
      O this | will make | my mo|ther die | with grief.
 
KING JOHN
       ,         ,         ,          ,         ,
      Cousin | away | for Eng|land, haste | before,
           ,         ,       ,           ,           ,
      And ere | our co|ming see | thou shake | the bags
           ,        ,        ,  ,          ,
      Of hoar|ding ab|bots, im|prisoned | angels
       ,        ,     ,         T    T   .   T
      Set at | liber|ty: the | fat ribs of peace
        ,            ,       ,        ,      ,
      Must by | the hun|gry now | be fed | upon:
       ,     2     ,         ,        T  T    T
      Use our com|mission | in his | utmost force.
 
BASTARD
        T     T    .   T        ,           ,          ,
      Bell, book, and can|dle shall | not drive | me back,
             ,         ,        ,               ,   ,
      When gold | and sil|ver becks | me to / come on.
          ,            ,          ,        ,          ,
      I leave | your high|ness: Gran|dam*, I | will pray
          ,     ,      ,     2    ,    ,
      (If e|ver I | remem|ber to be | holy)
                   ,    ,       ,       ,           ,
      For your / fair safe|ty: so | I kiss | your hand.
 
ELINOR
            ,     ,        ,
      Farewell,| gentle | cousin.
 
KING JOHN
                                   ,         __
                                  Coz, fare|well.
[Exit the BASTARD]
 
QUEEN ELINOR
            ,       ,        ,         ,        ,
      Come^hi|ther lit|tle kins|man, hark,| a word.
 
KING JOHN
            ,       ,       ,         x      ,
      Come^hi|ther Hu|bert. O | my gentle | Hubert,
          ,           ,        ,           ,         ,
      We owe | thee much:| within | this wall | of flesh
        ,     2      T     T     T         ,     ,
      There is a | soul counts thee | her cre|ditor,
            ,       ,         ,         ,          ,
      And with | advan|tage means | to pay | thy love:
                 ,     ,          ,     ,      ,
      And my / good friend,| thy vo|lunta|ry oath
        ,              ,        ,      ,      ,
      Lives in | this bo|som, dear|ly che|rished.
        ,             ,    ,           ,         ,
      Give me | thy hand,| I had | a thing | to say,
          ,         ,         ,          ,        ,
      But I | will fit | it with | some^bet|ter tune.
            x      ,       ,       T  T  .   T
      By heaven | Hubert,| I am | almost ashamed
          ,           ,        ,         ,         ,
      To say | what good | respect | I have | of thee.
 
HUBERT
               ,    ,       ,         ,     ,
      I am / much boun|den to | your ma|jesty.
 
KING JOHN
               ,            ,         ,         ,        ,
      Good* friend,| thou hast | no cause | to say | so yet,
         2       ,       ,           T     T    T         ,
      But thou shalt | have; and | creep time nere | so slow,
                 ,     ,          ,       ,          ,
      Yet it / shall come,| from me | to do | thee good.
         ,        ,         ,         ,        ,
      I had | a thing | to say,| but let | it go:
           ,        ,          x                 ,    ,
      The sun | is in | the heaven,| and the / proud day,
         ,        ,          ,         ,         ,
      Atten|ded with | the plea|sures of | the world,
          ,         ,              ,    ,         ,
      Is all | too wan|ton, and / too full | of gawds
           ,        ,     ,      2     ,          ,
      To give | me au|dience:| if the mid|night bell
       ,              ,       ,          ,        ,
      Did with | his ir|on tongue | and bra|zen mouth
        T    T  T   2      ,       ,         ,
      Sound on in|to the drow|sy race | of night:
       ,          ,      2       T    T    T          ,
      If this | same were a | churchyard where | we stand,
            ,        ,        ,        ,          ,
      And thou | posses|sed with | a thou|sand wrongs,
          ,         ,        x      ,     ,
      Or if | that sur|ly spirit | melan|choly
            ,           ,           ,        ,        ,
      Had baked | thy blood | and made | it hea|vy, thick,
              ,           ,        ,         ,          ,
      Which else | runs tick|ling up | and down | the veins,
       ,             ,  2    ,         ,            ,
      Making | that id|iot laugh|ter keep | men's^eyes
             ,              ,        ,      ,      ,
      And strain | their cheeks | to i|dle mer|riment,
         ,         ,       ,       ,     ,
      A pas|sion hate|ful to | my pur|poses:
          ,          ,             ,             ,    ,
      Or if | that thou | couldst see | me with/out eyes,
        ,            ,            ,          ,       ,
      Hear me | without | thine^ears,| and make | reply
           ,         ,     ,            ,       ,
      Without | a tongue,| using | conceit | alone,
           ,      T     T    .    T        ,          ,
      Without | eyes, ears, and harm|ful sound | of words:
        ,            ,          ,        ,        ,
      Then, in | despite | of broo|ded watch|ful day,
          ,      ,          ,       ,           ,
      I would | into | thy bo|som pour | my thoughts:
            ,             ,    ,        ,           ,
      But (ah)| I will / not, yet | I love | thee well.
           ,        ,         ,            ,          ,
      And by | my troth | I think | thou lovst | me well.
 
HUBERT
           ,           ,         ,        ,      ,
      So well,| that what | you bid | me un|dertake,
         ,               ,           ,        ,       ,
      Though that | my death | were ad|junct^to | my act,
            x      2        x
      By heaven | I would do it.
 
KING JOHN
                                    ,        ,            ,
                                Do not | I know | thou wouldst?
             ,        ,        ,        ,            ,
      Good* Hu|bert, Hu|bert, Hu|bert throw | thine^eye
       .  T    T    T           ,           ,          ,
      On yon young boy:| I'll tell | thee what | my friend,
          ,      ,     ,        ,       ,
      He is | a ve|ry se|rpent in | my way,
            ,      ,           ,         ,           ,
      And where|soere | this foot | of mine | doth tread,
           ,        ,          ,      ,    2     ,
      He lies | before | me: dost | thou under|stand me?
            ,         ,
      Thou art | his kee|per.
 
HUBERT
                              ,           ,         ,
                             And | I'll keep | him so,
            ,          ,        ,          ,    ,
      That he | shall not | offend | your ma|jesty.
 
KING JOHN
       ___
      Death.
 
HUBERT
                 ,
            My lord?
 
KING JOHN
                         ,
                     A grave.
 
HUBERT
                                   ,           ,
                              He shall | not live.
 
KING JOHN
         ,
      Enough. (pickup)
      ,      2      ,       ,    ,             ,
      I could be | merry | now, Hu/bert, I | love thee;
        ,           T   T    T     2    ,          ,
      Well, I'll | not say what | I intend | for thee:
         ,        ,        ,          ,
      Remem|ber: Ma|dam, fare | you well.  (picked up)
             ,             x      ,             ,     ,
      I'll send | those powers | ore to | your ma|jesty.
 
ELINOR
           ,      2     ,        2
      My bles|sing go with | thee.
 
KING JOHN
                                       ,        ,        ,
                                  For Eng|land cou|sin, go.
       ,              ,         ,        ,        ,
      Hubert | shall be | your man,| attend | on you
            ,      T    T    T           ,        ,
      With all | true duty. On | toward Ca|lais, ho.
 
[Exeunt]

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