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That nothing can allay, nothing but blood,
shalt turn To ashes, ere our blood shall quench that fire. Look to thyself; thou art in jeopardy. K. John. No more than he that threats.--To arms let's hie!
SCENE II. The same. Plains near Angiers. Alar
Enter the Bastard, with AUSTRIA's head. Bast. Now, by my life, this day grows wondrous
hot ; Some airy devil hovers in the sky, And pours down mischief. Austria's head, lie there, While Philip breathes.
Enter King John, ARTHUR, and HUBERT. K. John. Hubert, keep this boy.-Philip,' make up; My mother is assailed in our tent, And ta’en, I fear. Bast.
My lord, I rescued her ; Her highness is in safety; fear you not. But on, my liege; for very little pains
, Will bring this labor to a happy end.
1 Here the king, who had knighted him by the name of sir Richard, calls him by his former name. Shakspeare has followed the old plays, and the best authenticated history. The queen mother, whom king John had made regent in Anjou, was in possession of the town of Mirabeau, in that province. On the approach of the French army, with Arthur at their head, she sent letters to king John to come to her relief, which he immediately did. As he advanced to the town, he encountered the army that lay before it, routed them, and took Arthur prisoner. The queen, in the mean while, remained in perfect security in the castle of Mirabeau.
Enter King John, Elinor, ARTHUR, the Bastard,
HUBERT, and Lords.
[TO ELINOR. So strongly guarded. Cousin, look not sad;
[T. ARTHUR. Thy grandam loves thee, and thy uncle will As dear be to thee as thy father was.
Arth. O, this will make my mother die with grief. K. John. Cousin, [To the Bastard.] away for Eng
land. Haste before ; And, ere our coming, see thou shake the bags Of hoarding abbots; imprisoned angels? Set thou at liberty; the fat ribs of peace Must by the hungry now be fed upon. Use our commission in his utmost force. Bast. Bell, book, and candle,” shall not drive me
[Exit Bastard. Eli. Come hither, little kinsman; hark, a word.
She takes ARTHUR aside. K. John. Come hither, Hubert. O my gentle
1 Gold coin of that name.
2 It appears from Johnson's Ecclesiastical Laws, that sentence of excommunication was to be “ explained in order in English, with bells tolling and candles lighted, that it may cause the greater dread; for laymen have greater regard to this solemnity than to the effect of such sentences.” 1 The old copy reads into. The emendation is Theobald's. 2 Conception.
There is a soul counts thee her creditor,
Hub. I am much bounden to your majesty.
3 Pope proposed to read broad-eyed, instead of brooded. The alteration, it must be confessed, is elegant, but unnecessary. The allusion is to the vigilance of animals while brooding, or with a brood of young ones under their protection.
But, ah, I will not :—yet I love thee well;
Do not I know, thou wouldst ?
And I will keep him so;'
K. John. Death.
He shall not live. K. John.
Eli. My blessing go with thee!
For England, cousin ;
My lord ?
1 King John, after he had taken Arthur prisoner, sent him to the town of Falaise, in Normandy, under the care of Hubert, his chamberlain, from whence he was afterwards removed to Rouen, and delivered to the custody of Robert de Veypont. Here he was secretly put to death. “This is one of those scenes (says Steevens) to which may be promised a lasting commepdation. Art could add little to its perfection; no change in dramatic taste can injure it; and time itself can subtract nothing from its beauties.”
The French King's Tent.
Enter King Philip, Lewis, PANDULPH, and At
Pand. Courage and comfort! all shall yet go well.
Are we not beaten? Is not Angiers lost?
Lew. What he hath won, that hath he fortified.
praise, So we could find some pattern of our shame.
Enter CONSTANCE. Look, who comes here! a grave unto a soul; Holding the eternal spirit, against her will, In the vile prison of afflicted breath." I pr’ythee, lady, go away with me. Const. Lo, now! now see the issue of your peace! K. Phi. Patience, good lady! comfort, gentle Con
1 Armado is a fleet of war; the word is adopted from the Spanish, and the recent defeat of the Spanish armado had made it familiar.
2 Convicted is vanquished, overcome. To convince and convict were synonymous. 3 A fierce cause is a cause conducted with precipitation.
-the vile prison of afflicted breath” is the body; the same vile prison in which the breath is confined.