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Haply some hoary-headed swain may say,
There, at the foot of yonder nodding beech,
love. “One morn I missed him on the accustomed
hill, Along the heath and near his favourite tree; Another came, nor yet beside the rill, Nor up the lawn, nor at the wood was he; “ The next, with dirges 30 due, in sad array, Slow through the church-way path we saw him
borne: Approach and read (for thou canst read) the
Graven 23 on the stone beneath yon aged thorn."
34 THE EPITAPH.
Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth,
Large was his bounty,36 and his soul sincere ;
No further seek his merits to disclose,
1 Curfew, the evening bell rung in 20 Hampden (John), lived in the time
England during Norman times to of Charles I. He would not pay warn the people to put out all the tax of "ship-money," and fires and lights.
became one of the leaders of the 2 Lea, grassland, an untilled meadow. insurrection. 3 Plod, walking in a slow heavy 21 Milton (John), was one of England's
manner as a tired man would do greatest poets. after a hard day's work.
22 Cromwell (Oliver), the chief leader 4 Glimmering, fading away.
in the rebellion against Charles I. 5 Drowsy tinklings, &c., the sound of 23 Circumscribed, confined.
the bells tied round the necks of 24 Ingenuous, open, straightforward. some of the sheep.
25 Madding, distracting. 6 Breezy call, &c., fresh pure air of 26 Sequestered, lonely, private. the morning.
27 Elegy here means praise of the 7 Ply, to work at.
dead, 8 Glebe, land for cultivating.
28 Parting, departed. 9 Jocund, cheerful, joyous.
29 Wonted, usual. 10 Annals, short yearly accounts or 30 Dirge, a funeral service. histories.
31 Array, procession, order. 11 Inevitable, that which cannot be 32 Lay, the song or verse carved on avoided.
the stone; the inscription. 12 Trophies, monuments.
33 Graved, carved in stone or other 13 Pregnant, full of.
substance. 14 Ecstasy, great joy.
34 Epitaph, inscription carved on a 15 Lyre, a kind of harp.
tomb. 16 Penury, poverty.
35 Melancholy, a gloomy state of mind, 17 Repressed, checked, kept back.
sadness. 18 Genial, gay, cheerful.
36 Bounty, what he gave away as gifts. 19 Unfathomed, unsounded.
37 Dread abode, the grave.
KING JOHN. PRINCE ARTHUR'S DEATH PLANNED.—Act III.
King John invades France to chastise Philip for espousing the
cause of Prince Arthur, the rightful heir to the English throne. In a battle before Angiers, Arthur is taken prisoner. Hubert, chamberlain to King John, is appointed Arthur's keeper, with instructions to find some means of depriving the young prince of life. SCENE–Plains near Angiers ; after the
battle; the English having gained the victory and made Arthur a prisoner.
Q. Elinor. Come hither, little kinsman, hark a word.
[She takes Arthur aside. K. John. Come hither, Hubert. O my gentle
Hubert, We owe thee much! within this wall of flesh
There is a soul counts thee her creditor,
Hub. I am much bounden to your majesty.
to say so yet; But thou shalt have: and creep time ne'er so
slow, Yet it shall come for me to do thee good. I had a thing to say—but let it go : The sun is in the heaven, and the proud day, Attended with the pleasures of the world, Is all too wanton, and too full of gawds, To give me audience ; 10—If the midnight bell 20 Did, with his iron tongue and brazen mouth, Sound on into the drowsy race of night ; If this same were a churchyard where we stand, And thou possessed with a thousand wrongs;
; Or if that surly spirit, melancholy, Had baked thy blood, and made it heavy
thick, (Which, else, runs tickling up and down the
Hear me without thine ears, and make reply Without a tongue, using conceit 14 alone, Without eyes, ears, and harmful sound of words;
;Then, in despite of brooded 15 watchful day, I would into thy bosom pour my thoughts : But, ah, I will not :-yet I love thee well; And, by my troth,16 I think thou lov'st me
well. Hub. So well, that what you bid me under
take, Though that my death were adjunct 17 to my
act, Indeed I'd do't.
K. John. Do not I know thou wouldst? Good Hubert, Hubert, Hubert, throw thine eye On yon young boy; I'll tell thee what, my
friend, He is a very serpent in my way; And, wheresoe'er this foot of mine doth tread, 45 He lies before me: dost thou understand me? Thou art his keeper. Hub.
And I will keep him so,
He shall not live.
Enough. I could be merry now: Hubert, I love thee. Well, I'll not say what I intend for thee : Remember.