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And make fair weather in your blustering land.
K. Yobn. Is this Ascension-day? Did not the prophet
K. Jobn. Would not my lords return to me again,
streets; An empty casket, where the jewel, life, By fome damn'd hand was robb'd and ta'en away.
K. John. That villain Hubert told me he did live.
Faulo. So, on my soul, he did, for aught he knew, But wherefore do you droop? why look you sad? Be great in act, as you have been in thought: Let not the world see fear, and fad distrust Govern the motion of a kingly eye: Be stirring as the time; be fire with fire; Threaten the threatner, and out-face the brow Of bragging horror : fo shall inferior eyes, That borrow their behaviours from the great, Grow great by your example, and put on The dauntless fpirit of resolution. Away, and glister like the god of war, When he intendeth to become the field :
were the jew
Shew boldness and aspiring confidence.
K. John. The legate of the pope hath been with me,
Faulc. Oh inglorious league ! Shall we, upon the footing of our land, Send fair-play-orders, and make compromise, Insinuation, parley, and base cruce, To arms invasive? Shall a beardless boy, A cocker'd, silken wanton brave our fields, And Acth his spirit in a warlike soil, i Mocking the air with colours idly spread 5, And find no check ? Let us, my liege, to arms : : Perchance, the cardinal cannot make your peace; Or, if he do, let it at least be said They saw we had a purpose of defence. K. John. Have thou the ordering of this present
time. Faul. Away then, with good courage ; yet, I know 6, Our party may well meet a prouder foe. (Exeunt.
Forage, and run] To forage is here used in its original sense, sor to range abroad. JOHNSON.
s Mocking the air with colours ) He has the same image in Macbeth,
Where the Norwegian banners flout the sky,
And fan our people cold. JOHNSON.
Our party may well meet a prouder foe. Let us then acay with courage ; yet I fo well know the faintness of our party, that I think it may easily happen tbat ibey fall encounter enemies who bave more spirit than themselves. JOHNSON
Dr. Johnson is, I believe, mistaken. Faulconbridge means ; ' for all their boasting I know very well that our party is able to
Ś CENE II.
Bigot, and soldiers.
Sal. Upon our sides it never shall be broken.
cope with one yet proader and more confident of its strength than theirs. Faulconbridge would otherwise dispirit John, whom he meant to animate. STEEVENS.
? - at St. Edmund's-bury. I have ventured 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 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.
s— the precedent, &c.] i.e. the original treaty between the dauphin and the English lords. STLEVENS.
To be a widow-maker; oh, and there,
Lewis. A noble temper dost thou shew in this;
Y of a landed causes and ween
9 And grapple thee, &c.] The old copy reads, And cripple thee, &c. STEEVENS.
' Between compulfion, and a brave respect !] This compulsion was the neceflity 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 the brave reject was the love of his country. Yet the Oxford editor, for compulfiun, reads compafon. WARBURTON.
My heart hath melted at a lady's tears,
Enter Pandulph, attended.
Pand. Hail, noble prince of France !
- an angel fpake :] Sir T. Hanmer, and after him Dr. Warburton read here, an angel speeds. I think unnecell.irily. The dauphin does not yet hear the legate indeed, nor pretend to hear him; but seeing him advance, and concluding that he comes to animate and authorize him with the power of the church, he cries out, at the hight of this holy nran, I am encouragi as by the voice of an angel. JOHNSON.