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He is a very serpent in my way;
Hub. And I'll keep him so,
K. John. Death!
K. John. Enough.
(Returning to the queen. I'll send those powers o'er to your majesty.
Eli. My blessing go with thee!
The French court.
Enter king Philip, Lewis, Pandulpho, and attendantse
K. Philip. So, by a roaring tempest on the flood,
• This is one of the scenes to which may be promised a lasting commendation. Art could add little to its perfe&tion, 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 88. It w
in re ference,
Pand. Courage and comfort ! all shall yet go well.
Lewis. What he hath won, that hath he fortify'd:
. Lo, now, now see the issue of your peace ! K. Phil. Patience, good lady! comfort, gentle Con;
ference likewise to that glorious period that Shakespeare concludes his play in that triumphant manner,
Thus England never did, nor never shall,
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 simile. 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 lo fierce a cause,) We should read COURSE, i.e. march. The Oxford editor condescends to this emendation.
Conft. No, I defy all counsel, all re dress,
K. Pbil. Oh fair amiction, peace.
Pand. Lady, you utter madness, and not sorrow.
Const. Thou art unholy to belie me so;
i 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 ufes this word, ber modern grace. It apparently means something light and inconfiderable. JOHNSON. Vol. V.
And teaches me to kill or hang myself.
K. Phil. 8 Bind up those tresses: Oh, what love I noto
will K. Phil. Bind up your hairs.
Conft. Yes, that I will; and wherefore will I do it? I tore them from their bonds; and cry'd aloud, Oh that these hands could so redeem my son, As they have given these hairs their liberty! But now I envy at their liberty, And will again commit them to their bonds, Because my poor child is a prisoner.-And, father cardinal, I have heard you say, That we shall see and know our friends in heaven; If that be true, I shall see iny boy again; For, since the birth of Cain, the first male-child, To him that did but yesterday suspire, There was not such a gracious creature born 9.
But & Bind up those triljes :-) It was necessary that Constance' should be interrupted, because a passion fo violent cannot be borne long. I will the following speeches had been equally happy ; but they only serve to fhew, how difficult it is to maing tain the pathetic long. JOHNSON. wiry friends] The old copy reads, wiry fiends.
STEEVENS. -a gracious creature born.] Gracious, I believe, in this iuftance, as in some others, means graceful. So in Albion's Triumph, a masque, 1631.
on which (the freeze) were feftoons of several fruits, « in their natural colours, on which, in gracious postures, lay I! chiidren sleeping.'
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 ber head-cloaths. When there is such disorder in 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. 2 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.” Steevens.
bad you fuch a loss as I, I could give better comfort - ] This is a sentiment which great forrow always díaates. Whoever cannot help himself cafts his eyes on others for affiftance, and often miflakes their inability for coldness. JOHNSON.
2 There's nothing in this, &c.) The young prince feels his defeat with more senlibility than his father. Shame operates most strongly in the earlier years ; and when can disgrace be less welcome than when a man is going to his bride ? JOHNSON.