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Some Tiery devil hovers in the ty,
Enter King John, Arthur, and Hubert.
Fanle. My Lord, I rescu'd her : Ater Highness is in safety, fear you not. But on, my Liege ; for very little pains Will bring this labour to an happy end. [Excurt. Alarms, Excursions, Retreat. Re-enter King John, Elinor,
Arthur, Faulconbridge, Hubert, and Lords. K. John. So shall it be ; your Grace shall stay behind So trongly guarded : Cousin, look not fad, [T6 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 Joln. Cousin, away for England; hafte before,
[To Faulo, And, ere our coming, see thou Make the bags Of hoarding Abbots; their imprisoned angels Set thou at liberty : the fat ribs of Peace (18) Muft by the hungry war be fed upon. Use our commission in its utmost force.
Faulc. Bell, book, and candle, shall not drive me back When gold and silver beck me to come on. I leave your Highness : Grandam, I will pray,
ibe fat ribs of Peace Muß by tbe hungry now be fed upon.] This word now seems a very idle term here, and conveys no satisfactory idea. An Anti: thesis, and opposition of terms, fo perpetual with our Author, requires;
Muli by the bungry war be fed upon. War, demanding a large expence, is very poetically said to be bungry, and to prey on the wealth and fat of Peace. Mr. Warburtor.
(If ever I remember to be holy)
Eli. Farewel, my gentle 'cousin.
[Exit Faulc. Eli. Come hither, little kinsman;-hark, a word.
(Taking him to che side of the Stage. K. John.
[to Hubert on the other side.]
Hub. I am m’uch bounden to your Majesty.
K.John. Good friends thou haft no'cause to say so yet, the But thou shalt bave-and creep time ne'er fo Qoiv, Yet it hall come for me to do thee good. I had a thing to say—but, let it go : The sun is in the heav'n, and the proud day; Attended with the pleasures of the world, Is all too wanton, and too full of gawds, To give me audience. If the midnight bell (19)
Did (19) If the midnight bell
Did with bis iron congue, ard brazen moulb,
Sound on into the drouzy race of night;} I do not think, that found on gives here that idea of solemnity and horror, which, 'tis piain, our Poet intended to impress by this fi'ne description; and which my emendation conveys. i.e. If it were the fill part of the night. Or one of the clock in the morning, when the found of the bell Atrikes upon the ear with most awe and terror. And it is very usual with our Slakespeare in other passages to express the hortos of a midnight bell. So, in Oibello; Silence that dreadful bell, it frigbes th: iné.
what's the business,
Did with his iron tonzue and brazen mouch
Hub. So well, that what you bid me andertake,
K. John. Do not I know, thou would'ft ?
Hub. And I'll keep him so,
K. Yohn. Death.
K. John. Enough.
Midlum. Night's Dream.
I could be merry now. Hubert, I love tlice ;
[Returning to the Queens I'll send those pow'rs o'er to your Majesty.
Eli. My blessing go with thee!
K. John. For England, cousin, go.
K. Philip. Som ;
SCENE changes to the French Court. Enter King Philip, Lewis, Pandulpho, and Attendantsi
O, by a roaring tempest on the flood,
A whole Armado of collected fail
Pand. Courage and comfort, all shall yet go well.
K. Philip. What can go well, when we have run so illa:
Lewis. What he hath won, that hath he fortify'd ::
K.Phil. We!Lcould I bear that England had this praifa
Conft. Lo, now, now see the issue of your peace.
But that, which ends all counsel, true redress,
Thou odoriferous stench, found rottenness,
K. Philip. O fair amiction, peace.
Conf. No, no, I will not, having breath to cry..
from Peep that fell anatomy, Wbich cannot hear a Lady's feeble voice, And sporns a modern invocation. (20)
Pand, Lady, your utter madness, and not forrow.
Conf. Thou art not holy to belye me so ;
(20) Ard fcorns a modeft invocation.] So Mr. Pope: but I have thougbt fit to restore the reading of the oid Copies. 'Tis certain, our Author employs this word, moderr:, in a great many Haces very Grumply. But we shall always underland him, if we but carry this remak with us; that he generally uses it in the signification of trijding, in ignificant, not wéigbry, fjn:all nenent, &c. Thus his sense will be always clear to us; as it were, metaphorically, from those, who defpale 2:odern things, and prefer the ancient to them,