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I have a way to win their loves again;
I will seek them out.
before. O, let me have no subject enemies, When adverse foreigners affright my towns With dreadful pomp of stout invasion ! Be Mercury ; set feathers to thy heels; And fly, like thought, from them to me again. Bast. The spirit of the time shall teach me speed.
[Exit. K. John. My mother dead !
Hub. My lord, they say, five moons were seen to
K. John. Five moons?
Old men, and beldams, in the streets
Had falsely thrust upon contráry feet)
Hub. Here is your hand and seal for what I did.
Hub. My lord,
1 This passage, which called forth the antiquarian knowledge of so many learned commentators, is now, from the return of the fashion of right and left shoes, become intelligible without a note. 2 Deliberate consideration. 3 To quote is to note or mark. VOL. III.
K. John. Hadst thou · but shook thy head, or made
a pause, When I spake darkly what I purposed ; Or turned an eye of doubt upon my face, And' bid me tell my tale in express words; Deep shame had struck me dumb, made me break off, And those thy fears might have wrought fears in me. But thou didst understand me by my signs, And didst in signs again parley with sin; Yea, without stop, didst let thy heart consent, And, consequently, thy rude hand to act The deed, which both our tongues held vile to name.Out of my sight, and never see me more! My nobles leave me; and my state is braved, Even at my gates, with ranks of foreign powers; Nay, in the body of this fleshly land, This kingdom, this confine of blood and breath, Hostility and civil tumult reigns Between my conscience, and my cousin's death.
Hub. Arm you against your other enemies;
1 The old copy reads “ As bid me,” &c. Malone made the correction; as, however, frequently is used for that, which.
Presented thee more hideous than thou art.
SCENE III. The same. Before the Castle.
Enter ARTHUR, on the walls.
, and hurt me not :-
[Leaps down. O me! my uncle's spirit is in these stones. Heaven take my soul, and England keep my bones!
[Dies. Enter PEMBROKE, SALISBURY, and Bigot. Sal. Lords, I will meet him at Saint Edmund's
Pem. Who brought that letter from the cardinal ?
The old play of The Troublesome Raigne of King John, is divided into two parts; the first of which concludes with the king's despatch of Hubert on this message; the second begins with Enter Arthur, &c., as in the following scene.
3 Shakspeare has followed the old play. In what manner Arthur was deprived of his life is not ascertained.” Matthew Paris, relating the event, uses the word evanuit ; and it appears to have been conducted with impenetrable secrecy. The French historians say that John, coming in a boat during the night to the castle of Rouen, where the young prince was confined, stabbed him while supplicating for mercy, fastened a stone to the body, and threw it into the Seine, in order to give some color to a report, which he caused to be spread, that the prince, attempting to escape out of a window, fell into the river, and was drowned.
Sal. The count Melun, a noble lord of France ;
Big. To-morrow morning let us meet him then.
Sal. Or, rather, then set forward; for 'twill be Two long days' journey, lords, or e’ero we meet.
Enter the Bastard. Bast. Once more to-day well met, distempered' lords! The king, by me, requests your presence straight.
Sal. The king hath dispossessed himself of us; We will not line his thin, bestained cloak With our pure honors, nor attend the foot Thạt leaves the print of blood where'er it walks. Return and tell him so; we know the worst. Bast. Whate'er you think, good words, I think,
were best. Sal. Our griefs, and not our manners, reason“ now.
Bast. But there is little reason in your grief;
Pem. Sir, sir, impatience hath his privilege.
[Seeing ARTHUR. Pem. O death, made proud with pure and princely
beauty ! The earth had not a hole to hide this deed.
Sal. Murder, as hating what himself hath done, Doth lay it open, to urge on revenge.
Big. Or, when he doomed this beauty to a grave, Found it too precious-princely for a grave, Sal. Sir Richard, what think you ? Have you be
held, Or have you read, or heard ? or could you think?
1 Private account.
2 The use of or for ere, before, is at least as old as Chaucer's time. Ere ever, or ever, or ere, is, in modern English, sooner than at any times; before ever ; and this is the sense in which Shakspeare and our elder writers constantly use the phrase.
3 i. e. ruffled, out of humor.