Speeches (Lines) for Pembroke
in "King John"

Total: 20

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1

IV,2,1730

This 'once again,' but that your highness pleased,
Was once superfluous: you were crown'd before,
And that high royalty was ne'er pluck'd off,
The faiths of men ne'er stained with revolt;
Fresh expectation troubled not the land
With any long'd-for change or better state.

2

IV,2,1744

But that your royal pleasure must be done,
This act is as an ancient tale new told,
And in the last repeating troublesome,
Being urged at a time unseasonable.

3

IV,2,1755

When workmen strive to do better than well,
They do confound their skill in covetousness;
And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse,
As patches set upon a little breach
Discredit more in hiding of the fault
Than did the fault before it was so patch'd.

4

IV,2,1774

Then I, as one that am the tongue of these,
To sound the purpose of all their hearts,
Both for myself and them, but, chief of all,
Your safety, for the which myself and them
Bend their best studies, heartily request
The enfranchisement of Arthur; whose restraint
Doth move the murmuring lips of discontent
To break into this dangerous argument,—
If what in rest you have in right you hold,
Why then your fears, which, as they say, attend
The steps of wrong, should move you to mew up
Your tender kinsman and to choke his days
With barbarous ignorance and deny his youth
The rich advantage of good exercise?
That the time's enemies may not have this
To grace occasions, let it be our suit
That you have bid us ask his liberty;
Which for our goods we do no further ask
Than whereupon our weal, on you depending,
Counts it your weal he have his liberty.

5

IV,2,1798

This is the man should do the bloody deed;
He show'd his warrant to a friend of mine:
The image of a wicked heinous fault
Lives in his eye; that close aspect of his
Does show the mood of a much troubled breast;
And I do fearfully believe 'tis done,
What we so fear'd he had a charge to do.

6

IV,2,1809

And when it breaks, I fear will issue thence
The foul corruption of a sweet child's death.

7

IV,2,1816

Indeed we heard how near his death he was
Before the child himself felt he was sick:
This must be answer'd either here or hence.

8

IV,2,1825

Stay yet, Lord Salisbury; I'll go with thee,
And find the inheritance of this poor child,
His little kingdom of a forced grave.
That blood which owed the breadth of all this isle,
Three foot of it doth hold: bad world the while!
This must not be thus borne: this will break out
To all our sorrows, and ere long I doubt.

9

IV,3,2032

Who brought that letter from the cardinal?

10

IV,3,2051

Sir, sir, impatience hath his privilege.

11

IV,3,2055

O death, made proud with pure and princely beauty!
The earth had not a hole to hide this deed.

12

IV,3,2071

All murders past do stand excused in this:
And this, so sole and so unmatchable,
Shall give a holiness, a purity,
To the yet unbegotten sin of times;
And prove a deadly bloodshed but a jest,
Exampled by this heinous spectacle.

13

IV,3,2093

[with Bigot] Our souls religiously confirm thy words.

14

IV,3,2117

Cut him to pieces.

15

IV,3,2141

There tell the king he may inquire us out.

16

V,4,2488

Up once again; put spirit in the French:
If they miscarry, we miscarry too.

17

V,4,2492

They say King John sore sick hath left the field.

18

V,4,2496

It is the Count Melun.

19

V,7,2634

His highness yet doth speak, and holds belief
That, being brought into the open air,
It would allay the burning quality
Of that fell poison which assaileth him.

20

V,7,2641

He is more patient
Than when you left him; even now he sung.

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