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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 sick. This must be answer'd, either here, or hence.
K. John. Why do you bend such 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 Messenger.
Mes. From France to England. 9 Never such a power, For any foreign preparation, Was levy'd in the body of a land.
9 From France to England.-) word goes, and answers, that The kings aks how all goes in whatever is in France goes now France, the messenger catches the into England.
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? Where hath it Nept? where is my mother's care? That such an army should be drawn in France, And she not hear of it?
Mes. My Liege, her ear Is stopt with dust: the first of April, dy'd Your noble mother; and, as I hear, my Lord, The Lady Constance in a frenzy dy'd Three days before : but this from rumour's tongue I idly heard ; if true or false, I know not.
K. John. With-hold thy speed, dreadful occasion ! O make a league with me, till I have pleas'd My discontented peers.-What! mother dead? How wildly then walks my estate in France ? Under whose conduct came those powers of France, That, thou for truth giv'ft out, are landed here?
Mes. Under the Dauphin.
K. John. Thou hast made me giddy
Enter Faulconbridge, and Peter of Pomfret.
Faulc. But if you be afraid to hear the worst,
K. John. Bear with me, Cousin; for I was amaz'd
Faulc. How I have sped among the clergymen,
Poffest with rumours, full of idle dreams ;
K.John. Thou idle dreamer, wherefore did'st thou so?
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
Faulc. I will seek them out.
K. John. Nay, but make hafte: the better foot before. O, let me have no subject enemies, When adverse foreigners affright my towns With dreadful pomp of stout invasion. Be Mercury, set feathers to thy heels,
· Deliver him 10 feife'y, — ] That is, Give him into safe cuActo
And Ay, like thought, from them to me again.
Exit, K. John. My mother dead !
Hub. My Lord, they say, 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 streets, 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 wrist, Whilst he, that hears, makes fearful action With wrinkled brows, with nods, with rolling eyes. I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus, The whilst his iron did on the anvil cool, With open mouth swallowing a taylor's news; Who with his shears and measure in his hand, Standing on slippers, which his nimble halte :
Mirpers, which bis nim- portant passage, which, in Dr. ble halle
Warburton's edition, is marked Hai felely thruj upon contrary as eminently beautiful, and, in
feci,] i know not how the the whole, not without justice. cominentators underland this im. But Shake/peare seems to have con
Had falsely thrust upon contrary feet,
Hub. Here is your hand and seal, for what I did.
founded a man's shoes with his describes.