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The rich advantage of good exercise 9 ?
Pemb. This is the man should do the bloody deed i
Sal. The colour of the king doth come and go,
good exercise ?)
. In the middle ages the whole education of princes and noble youths confifted in martial exercises, &c. These could not be easily had in a prison, where mental improvements might have been afforded as well as any where else; but this sort of education never entered into the thoughts of our active, warlike, but illiterate nobility. Percy.
• Between bis purpose and his conscience, ] Between his consciouf ness of guilt, and his defign to conceal it by fair professions.
JOHNSON. * Like heralds 'twixt two dreadful battles set:] But heralds are not planted, I presume, in the midst betwixt two lines of battle ; though they, and trumpets, are often fent over from party to party, to propose terms, demand a parley, &c. I have therefore ventured to read, fent. TheoBALD.
This Dr. Warburton has followed without much advantage ; fet is not fixed, but only placed; heralds must be fet between battles in order to be sent between them. JOHNSON.
Pemb. And when it breaks 3, I fear, will issue thence The foul corruption of a sweet child's death.
K. John. We cannot hold mortality's strong hand: Good lords, although my will to give is living, The suit which you demand is gone, and dead. He tells us, Arthur is deceas’d to-night.
Sal. Indeed, we fear'd his sickness was past cure.
Pemb. Indeed, we heard how near his death he was, Before the child himself felt he was fick. This must be answer'd, either here, or hence.
K. John. Why do you bend fuch solemn brows on
Think you, I bear the shears of destiny?
Sal. It is apparent foul-play; and 'tis shame
Pemb. Stay yet, lord Salisbury; I'll go with thee,
K. John. They burn in indignation ; I repent. .
Enter a mesenger.
? And when it breaks, -] This is but an indelicate metapbor, taken from an impoftumated tumour. JOHNSON.
Mes. From France to England 4. Never such a
power For any foreign preparation, Was levy'd in the body of a land.
your speed is learn’d by them : For when you should be told they do prepare, The tidings come that they are all arriv’d.
K. John. O, where hath our intelligence been drunk?
Mes. My liege, her ear
K. John. With-hold thy speed, dreadful occasion !
Mes. Under the dauphin.
K. John. Thou hast made me giddy
Enter Faulconbridge and Peter of Pomfret.
Faul. But, if you be afraid to hear the worst,
K. John. Bear with me, cousin ; for I was amaz’d Under the tide : but now I breathe again
* From France to England. The king aks how all goes in France, the messenger catches the word goes, and answers, that whatever is in France goes now into England. JOHNSON.
Aloft the flood; and can give audience
. How I have sped among the clergymen,
K. John. Thou idle dreamer, wherefore did'st thou
K. John. Hubert, away with him ; imprison him ; And on that day at noon, whereon he says I shall yield up my crown, let him be hang’d. Deliver him to safety', and return, For I must use thee.
[Exit Hubert, with Peter.
full of it:
K. John. Gentle kinsman, go
· Deliver him to safety, -] That is, Give bim into safe cuflody. JOHNSON VOL. V.
Faulc. I will feck them out.
fore. 0, let me have no subjeét enemies, When adverse foreigners affright my towns With dreadful pomp of stout invasion!Be Mercury, set feathers to thy heels, And Ay, like thought, from them to me again. Faulc. The spirit of the time shall teach me speed.
[Exit. K. John. Spoke like a prightful noble gentleman. Go after him; for he, perhaps, shall need Some messenger betwixt me and the peers ; And be thou he.
Mes. With all my heart, my liege. [Exit. K. John. My mother dead !
Enter Hubert. Hub. My lord, they say, 2 five moons were seen to
night: Four fixed; and the fifth did whirl about The other four, in wond'rous motion.
K. John. Five moons ? 'Hub. Old men and beldams, in the fireets, Do prophesy upon it dangerously: Young Arthur's death is common in their mouths: And, when they talk of him, they shake their heads, And whisper one another in the ear; And he, that speaks, doth gripe the hearer's wrift Whilst he, that hears, makes fearful action With wrinkled brows, with nods, with rolling eyes.. I saw a linich stand with his haminer, thus,
- Lave 21.30hs zurre len !0-right, &c.] This incident is mentioned by few of our historians: I have met with it no where, but in Matre of Wilmir and P dare l'irgil, with a small alteration. Theie kind of appearances were more comiion about that time, hun either before or lince. Dr. Gray,
This incident is likwile mentioned in the old copy of the play. SreeVENS.