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A cocker'd filken wanton brave our fields,
time. Bast. Away then, with good courage; yet, I
know, Our party may well meet a prouder foe. [Exeunt.
3 Mocking the air with colours idly Spread,] He has the same image in Macbeth:
“ Where the Norweyan banners flout the sky,
“ And fan our people cold." JOHNSON. From these two paffages Mr. Gray seems to have formed the first Atanza of his celebrated Ode :
“ Ruin seize thee, ruthless king!
They mock the air with idle ftate.” MALONE.
away with courage; yet I fo well know the faintness of our party, that I think it may easily happen that they shall encounter enemies who have more spirit than themselves. JOHNSON.
Dr. Johnson is, I believe, mistaken. Faulconbridge meansfor all their boasting, I know very well that our party is able to cope with one yet prouder and more confident of its strength than theirs. Faulconbridge would otherwise dispirit the King, whom he means to animate. STEEVENS,
SCENE II. A Plain, near St. Edmund's-Bury.* Enter, in arms, Lewis, SALISBURY, Melun, Pem
BROKE, Bigot, and Soldiers. Lew. My lord Melun, let this be copied out, And keep it safe for our remembrance: Return the precedents to these lords again; That, having our fair order written down, Both they, and we, perusing o'er these notes, May know wherefore we took the sacrament, And keep our faiths firm and inviolable.
SAL. Upon our sides it never shall be broken. And, noble Dauphin, albeit we swear A voluntary zeal, and unurg'd faith, To your proceedings; yet, believe me, prince, I am not glad that such a sore of time
- near St. Edmund's-Bury.] I have ventored to fix the place of the scene here, which is specified by none of the editors, on the following authorities. In the preceding act, where Salisbury has fixed to go over to the Dauphin; he says:
“ Lords, I will meet him at St. Edmund's-Bury." And Count Melun, in this last act says:
and many more with me,
“ Dear amity, and everlasting love." And it appears likewise from The Troublesome Reign of King John, in two parts, (the first rough model of this play,) that the interchange of vows betwixt the Dauphin and the English barons, was at St. Edmund's-Bury. THEOBALD.
sthe precedent, &c.) i. e. the rough draft of the original treaty between the Dauphin and the English lords. Thus (adds Mr. M. Mason) in K. Richard III, the scrivener employed to engrofs the indictment of Lord Hastings, says, " that it took him eleven hours to write it, and that the precedent was full as long doing." STEEVENS.
Should seek a plaster by contemn'd revolt,
6 — after a stranger marcb-] Our author often uses Atranger as an adjective. See the last scene. Malone.
7 - the spot of this enforced cause,] Spor probably means, Rain or disgrace. M. Mason. So, in a former passage: “ To look into the spots and stains of right."
MALONE. clippeth thee about,] i. e, embraceth. So, in Coriolanus :
“ Enter the city; clip your wives." STEEVENS. 9 And grapple thee-] The old copy reads---And cripple thee,
Perhaps our author wrote gripple, a word used by Drayton in his Polyolbion, fong 1 :
“ That thruits his gripple hand into her golden maw."
Where these two Christian armies might combine
Lew. A noble temper dost thou show in this;
Our author, however, in Macbeth has the verb-grapple:
Grapples thee to the heart and love of usm. The emendation (as Mr. Malone obferves) was made by Mr. Pope.
STEEVENS. unto a pagan hore;] Our author seems to have been thinking on the wars carried on by Christian princes in the holy land against the Saracens; where the united armies of France and England might have laid their mutual animofities aside, and fought in the cause of Chrift, instead of fighting against brethren and countrymen, as Salisbury and the other English noblemen who had joined the Dauphin, were about to do. MALONE.
3 And not to-Spend it so unneighbourly!) This is one of many passages, in which Shakspeare concludes a sentence without aitending to the manner in which the former part of it is constructed.
MALONE. Shakspeare only employs in the present instance a phraseology which he had used before in The Merry Wives of Windsor:
“ And, fairy-like, to-pinch the unclean-knight." To, in composition with verbs, is common enough in ancient language. See Mr. Tyrwhitt's obfervations on this last passage, and my instances in support of his position, Vol. III. p. 461. n. 5.
STEEVENS. -haft thou fought,] Thou, which appears to have been accidentally omitted by the transcriber or compositor, was inserted by the editor of the fourth folio. MALONE.
s Between compulfion, and a brave repeat!] This compulfion was the necessity of a reformation in the state; which, according to Salisbury's opinion (who, in his speech preceding, calls it an enforced cause,) could only be procured by foreign arms: and che brave refpeë was the love of his country. WARBURTON,
My heart hath melted at a lady's tears,
Enter PANDULPH, attended.
And even there, methinks, an angel spake:?
6 This shower, blown up by tempest of the foul,] So, in our author's Rape of Lucrece:
“ This windy tempeft, till it blow up rain,
“ Held back' his forrow's tide-," MALONE.
Rather, In what I have now said, an angel fpake; for see, the
This Stronght is for some new ore;
Her thought it rouned in bez ere,