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Sound on into the drowsy ear 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 veins,
Making that idiot, laughter, keep men's eyes 45
And strain their cheeks to idle merriment,
A passion hateful to my purposes ;
Or if that thou couldst see me without eyes,
Hear me without thine ears, and make reply
Without a tongue, using conceit alone,

50 Without eyes, ears and harmful sound of words;

Then, in despite of brooded watchful day, 43. heavy-thick] Pope ; heavy, thick Ff. 44. tickling] trickling Grey conj.; tingling Collier MS.

39. ear] So printed by Dyce and 52. brooded] Even though Staunton after conjectures of Collier brooded " be equivalent to “ broodand Sidney Walker. The Folios ing," as Mr. Wright points out, it have "race,” which is therefore sup- does not seem an apt epithet for posed to have been a misprint for day” in this connection. Cotgrave eare.” For "on" Theobald printed gives “ Accouvé; brooded ; set close

But as Vaughan pointed on, crouded (crouched ?) over; also out the midnight bell does not sound covered, hidden, overshadowed," thus one! Delius conjectured on!” vouching for the form of the word in Wetherell "not" and Bulloch -ed, but proving the inapplicability “ dong.”

Other emendations of the of the meaning. The day cannot be line have been proposed, but with proud, wanton and full of gawds, the single alteration of “race" to attended with the pleasures of the ear” it gives perfectly good sense. world, watchful and at the same time

45. keep] occupy. Compare Love's brooded. Pope reads " broad-ey'd,” Labour's Lost, iv. iii. 324 : “ Other Collier MS. “the broad,” Delius slow arts entirely keep the brain.” after a conj. of Mason's, “ broodedMr. P. A. Daniel points out that in watchful." . An anonymous conj. in The Puritan, 111. vi. 592, we find Halliwell suggests “broody," while

we 'll steep Our eyes in laughter." Vaughan has withdrawn his sug50. conceit] in Elizabethan English gestion of “bruited.” Perhaps the often means imagination. Compare Delius-Mason reading is the least Richard II. 11. ii. 33 : "'Tis nothing objectionable, taking" broodedto but conceit, my gracious lady.” Here be an epithet applied to watchful, the it has a wider meaning, equivalent to day being as watchful as a sitting bird ; “some intangible power of the mind.” but even this is far from satisfactory.

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I would unto thy bosom pour my thoughts :
But, ah, I will not ! yet I love thee well ;

And, by my troth, I think thou lovest me well. 55 Hub. So well, that what you bid me undertake,

Though that my death were adjunct to my act,

By heaven, I would do it.
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, 60
He is a very serpent in my way;
And wheresoe'er this foot of mine doth tread,
He lies before me: dost thou understand me?

Thou art his keeper.
Hub.

And I'll keep him so,
That he shall not offend your majesty.
K. John.

Death. 65
Hub. My Lord ?
K. John.

A grave. Hub.

He shall not live.
K. John.

Enough.
I could be merry now. Hubert, I love thee;
Well, I'll not say what I intend for thee:
Remember. Madam, fare you well:

I'll send those powers o'er to your majesty.
Eli. My blessing go with thee!
K. John.

For England, cousin, go:
Hubert shall be your man, attend on you
With all true duty. On toward Calais, ho!

[Exeunt.

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66. My lord ??] Rowe; My lord. Ff. Ff 3, 4; attend Pope.

72. attend] Ff 1, 2; to attend

SCENE IV.-The same.

The French King's tent.

Enter KING PHILIP, LEWIS, PANDULPH, and

Attendants.

K. Phi. So, by a roaring tempest on the flood,

A whole armado of convicted sail

Is scattered and disjoin'd from fellowship.
Pand. Courage and comfort ! all shall yet go well.
K. Phi. What can go well, when we have run so ill? 5

Are we not beaten? Is not Angiers lost?
Arthur ta'en prisoner? divers dear friends slain ?
And bloody England into England gone,

O’erbearing interruption, spite of France ?
Lew. What he hath won, that hath he fortified: Ιο

So hot a speed with such advice disposed,
Such temperate order in so fierce a cause,
Doth want example: who hath read or heard

Of any kindred action like to this ?
K. Phi. Well could I bear that England had this praise 15

So we could find some pattern of our shame.

14. kindred action]

Pandulph] Pandulpho F1; Pandupho Ff 2, 3, 4. hyphened in Ff.

2. armado] From the Spanish scattered by a storm-and disposes armada, a fleet of armed ships. of the various suggested emendations.

2. convicted] Mr. Wright takes Mr. Wright sees in the phrase a rethis to mean "beaten, discomfited,” ference to the defeat of the Spanish for which Malone gives the authority Armada. Delius reads “connected.” of Florio's Worlde of Words. The 12. cause] Theobald made a temptNew Eng. Dict. quotes Lloid's ing suggestion of course, which Pilgrimage of Princes (1607), ii. : Hanmer has printed.

(Hippolita) being convicted by 16. So we could .. our shame] Theseus ... was married to him.” If we could find some example of This meaning gives quite good others put to such shame as we have sense-A discomfited fleet has been been.

Enter CONSTANCE.

Look, who comes here! a grave unto a soul;
Holding the eternal spirit, against her will,
In the vile prison of afflicted breath.
I prithee, lady, go away with me.

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Const. Lo, now! now see the issue of your peace.
K. Phi. Patience, good lady! comfort, gentle Constance !
Const. No, I defy all counsel, all redress,

But that which ends all counsel, true redress,
Death, death; O amiable lovely death!

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Thou odoriferous stench! sound rottenness!
Arise forth from the couch of lasting night,
Thou hate and terror to prosperity,
And I will kiss thy detestable bones
And put my eyeballs in thy vaulty brows 30
And ring these fingers with thy household worms
And stop this gap of breath with fulsome dust

And be a carrion monster like thyself: 24, 25. redress, Death, death ;] Theobald ; redresse : Death, death, Ff; redress, Death ; death, Pope. 19. the vile prison


breath] 26. Thou

rottenness !] The The body is often looked upon as a man who could pen certain passages vile prison for the purer spirit or in the Dunciad rejected this line! breath (anima) which is afflicted by 27. forth from] The inversion being kept prisoner within the body. from forth" of the Collier MS. One is reminded of Browning's betters the line in rhythm and gives Karshish :

a more natural order of words than “ This man's flesh he hath admir- “ Arise forth." ably made,

28. Thou hate

...prosperity] Blown like a bubble, kneaded Thou who art hated and feared by the like a paste,

prosperous. To coop up and keep down on 29.36. And I will kiss, etc.] Con

stance compares death to a skeleton That puff of vapour from his and goes into grim detail. mouth, man's soul.”

32. fulsome] nauseous. See Cot23. defy] renounce. Compare 1 grave,

"Nideur : the stench, or Henry IV. 1. iii. 228: “All studies fulsom savour of things broiled or here I solemnly defy."

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Come, grin on me, and I will think thou smilest,
And buss thee as thy wife. Misery's love, 35

O, come to me!
K. Phi.

O fair affliction, peace!
Const. No, no, I will not, having breath to cry:

O, that my tongue were in the thunder's mouth!
Then with a passion would I shake the world;
And rouse from sleep that fell anatomy
Which cannot hear a lady's feeble voice,

Which scorns a modern invocation.
Pand. Lady, you utter madness, and not sorrow.
Const. Thou art not holy to belie me so;
I am not mad : this hair I tear is mine;

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My name is Constance; I was Geffrey's wife;
Young Arthur is my son, and he is lost:
I am not mad: I would to heaven I were !
For then, 'tis like I should forget myself:
O, if I could, what grief should I forget!

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39. would I] F1; I would Ff 2, 3, 4.

44. not holy] F 4; holy Ff 1, 2, 3.

35. buss] to kiss wantonly. The 42. modern) trite, commonplace. older form was “bass.” The same Compare All's Well that Ends distinction holds between “kissing” Well, 11. iii. 2: “ To make modern and “bussing as between modern and familiar things supernatural French embraser and baiser.

and causeless”; also As You Like 36. affliction] afflicted one. The It, II. vii. 156: “Full of wise abstract for concrete.

saws and modern instances.” Rowe, 40. anatomy] skeleton. So Comedy Knight and Collier MS. emend needof Errors, v. i. 237-238:

lessly. See Prof. Case's note in a hungry lean-faced villain, Antony and Cleopatra (Arden ShakeA mere anatomy.

speare). Compare Cotgrave, “ Scelete : the 44. not holy) This emendation by whole coagmentation of bones in the fourth Folio is perhaps not so their natural position; also an ana- good as the unholy " conjectured by tomy made thereof" ; and Reginald Steevens, and adopted by Delius and Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft, 1584 Staunton ; but it has the Folio autho(Nicholson, p. 36): “as bare and rity. naked as an anatomie."

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