Act 4 - Scene 3
Before the castle.
Enter ARTHUR, on the walls
The wall is high, and yet will I leap down:
Good ground, be pitiful and hurt me not!
There's few or none
do know me: if they did,
This ship-boy's semblance hath disguised me quite.
I am afraid; and yet I'll venture
If I get down, and do not break my limbs,
I'll find a thousand shifts to get away:
As good to die and go,
as die and stay.
O me! my uncle's spirit is in these stones:
Heaven take my soul, and England keep my bones!
Enter PEMBROKE, SALISBURY, and BIGOT
Lords, I will meet him at Saint Edmundsbury:
It is our safety, and we must embrace
This gentle offer of
the perilous time.
Who brought that letter from the cardinal?
The Count Melun, a noble lord of France,
Whose private with me of the Dauphin's love
Is much more
general than these lines import.
To-morrow morning let us meet him then.
Or rather then set forward; for 'twill be
Two long days' journey, lords, or ere we meet.
Enter the BASTARD
Once more to-day well met, distemper'd lords!
The king by me requests your presence straight.
The king hath dispossess'd himself of us:
We will not line his thin bestained cloak
With our pure honours,
nor attend the foot
That leaves the print of blood where'er it walks.
Return and tell him so: we know the
Whate'er you think, good words, I think, were best.
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