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ACT V - SCENE VI. An open place in the neighbourhood of Swinstead Abbey.
Enter the BASTARD and HUBERT, severally

HUBERT
1    Who's there? speak, ho! speak quickly, or I shoot.
BASTARD
2    A friend. What art thou?
HUBERT
3    Of the part of England.
BASTARD
4    Whither dost thou go?
HUBERT
5    What's that to thee? why may not I demand
6    Of thine affairs, as well as thou of mine?
BASTARD
7    Hubert, I think?
HUBERT
8    Thou hast a perfect thought:
9    I will upon all hazards well believe
10   Thou art my friend, that know'st my tongue so well.
11   Who art thou?
BASTARD
12   Who thou wilt: and if thou please,
13   Thou mayst befriend me so much as to think
14   I come one way of the Plantagenets.
HUBERT
15   Unkind remembrance! thou and eyeless night
16   Have done me shame: brave soldier, pardon me,
17   That any accent breaking from thy tongue
18   Should 'scape the true acquaintance of mine ear.
BASTARD
19   Come, come; sans compliment, what news abroad?
HUBERT
20   Why, here walk I in the black brow of night,
21   To find you out.
BASTARD
22   Brief, then; and what's the news?
HUBERT
23   O, my sweet sir, news fitting to the night,
24   Black, fearful, comfortless and horrible.
BASTARD
25   Show me the very wound of this ill news:
26   I am no woman, I'll not swoon at it.
HUBERT
27   The king, I fear, is poison'd by a monk:
28   I left him almost speechless; and broke out
29   To acquaint you with this evil, that you might
30   The better arm you to the sudden time,
31   Than if you had at leisure known of this.
BASTARD
32   How did he take it? who did taste to him?
HUBERT
33   A monk, I tell you; a resolved villain,
34   Whose bowels suddenly burst out: the king
35   Yet speaks and peradventure may recover.
BASTARD
36   Who didst thou leave to tend his majesty?
HUBERT
37   Why, know you not? the lords are all come back,
38   And brought Prince Henry in their company;
39   At whose request the king hath pardon'd them,
40   And they are all about his majesty.
BASTARD
41   Withhold thine indignation, mighty heaven,
42   And tempt us not to bear above our power!
43   I'll tell tree, Hubert, half my power this night,
44   Passing these flats, are taken by the tide;
45   These Lincoln Washes have devoured them;
46   Myself, well mounted, hardly have escaped.
47   Away before: conduct me to the king;
48   I doubt he will be dead or ere I come.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII

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