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He is a very serpent in my way;
Hub. And I'll keep him so,
K. John. Enough.
[Returning to the queen. I'll send those powers o'er to your majesty.
Eli. My blessing go with thee!
K. Jobn. For England, cousin, go.
The French court. Enter king Philip, Lewis, Pandulpho, and attendants. K. Philip. So, by a roaring tempest on the flood, A whole 5 armada of collected fail Is scatter'd and disjoin'd from fellowship.
• This is one of the scenes to which may be promised a lasting commendation. Art could add little to its perfection, and time itself can take nothing from its beauties. STEEVENS.
SA whole armada, &c.) This fimilitude, as little as it makes for the purpose in hand, was, I do not question, a very taking one when the play was first represented; which was a winter or two at most after the Spanish invasion in 1588. It was in re
Pand. Courage and comfort ! all shall yet go well.
Lewis. What he hath won, that hath he fortify'd:
praise, So we could find some pattern of our shame.
Look, who comes here! a grave unto a soul,
Const. Lo, now, now see the issue of your peace !
ference likewise to that glorious period that Shakespeare concludes his play in that triumphant manner,
Thus England never did, nor never fall,
Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror, &c. But the whole play abounds with touches relative to the then posture of affairs WARBURTON.
This play, so far as I can discover, was not played till a long time after the defeat of the armada. The old play, I think, wants this fimile. The commentator should not have affirmed what he can only guess. JOHNSON.
Armada is a Spanish word fignifying a fleet of war. The armada in 1588 was called so by way of distinction. STEEVENS.
in fo fierce a CAUSE,] We should read course, i.e. march. The Oxford editor condescends to this emendation.
Const. No, I defy all counsel, all re dress,
K. Phil. Oh fair amiction, peace.
Conjt. No, no, I will not, having breath to cry: Oh, that my tongue were in the thunder's mouth! Then with a passion I would shake the world; And rouze from seep that fell anatomy, Which cannot hear a lady's feeble voice, Which scorns a 7 modern invocation.
Pand. Lady, you utter madness, and not forrow.
Const. Thou art unholy to belie me so;
1- modern invocation.] It is hard to say what Shakespeare means by modern : it is not opposed to ancient. In All's well, that ends well, speaking of a girl in contempt, he uses this word, ber modern grace. It apparently means something Night and inconsiderable. JOHNSON. VOL. V.
And And teaches me to kill or hang myself. . " ! · If I were mad, I should forget my son;
Or madly think a babe of clouts were he:
K. Phil. 8 Bind up those tresses: Oh, what love I note
Const, To England, if you will
Const. Yes, that I will; and wherefore will I do it?
But : 8 Bind up those treljes ;- ) It was necessary that Constance should be interrupted, because a passion so violent cannot be borne long. I wish the following speeches had been equally happy; but they only serve to shew, liow difficult it is to main, tain the pathetic long. JOHNSON * wiry friends] The old copy reads, wiry fiends.
ȘTEEVENS. e a gracious creature born.) Gracious, I believe, in this iuftance, as in fome others, means graceful. So in Albion's Triumph, a masque, 1631.
“ on which (the freeze) were festoons of several fruits, " in their natural colours, on which, in gracious postures, lay f! chiidren deeping,"
But now will canker sorrow eat my bud,
Pand. You hold too heinous a respect of grief.
Conft. Grief fills the room up of my absent child;
(Tearing off her head-cloaths. When there is such disorder in my wit. O Lord! my boy, my Arthur, my fair son! My life, my joy, my food, my all the world ! My widow-comfort, and my sorrow's cure! [Exit. K. Phil. I fear fome outrage, and I'll follow her.'
[Exit. Lewis. ? There's nothing in this world, can make
me joy : Again, in the same piece,
-" they stood about him, not in fet ranks, but in fe“ veral gracious postures." STEVENS.
'- bad you such a lofs as I,
I could give better comfort ] This is a sentiment which great forrow always dictates. Whoever cannot help himself casts his eyes on others for aslistance, and often mistakes their inability for coldness. JOHNSON.
? There's nothing in this, &c.) The young prince feels his defeat with more sensibility than his father. Shame operates moft strongly in the earlier years; and when can disgrace be less welcome than when a man is going to his bride ? JOHNSON.