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He is more patient
In their continuance will not feel themselves.
His soul and body to their lasting rest.
To set a form upon that indigest
16. his] F 1; hir Ff 2, 4; her F 3. 17. mind] Rowe (ed. 2); winde FI; wind Ff 2, 3, 4. 21. cygnet] Rowe (ed. 2); Symet Ff. 24. to] Fr; omitted in Ff 2, 3, 4. .
16. invisible] If we take this to found their skill in covetousness," IV. refer to Death, the passage yields a ii. 29 supra. good meaning—“Death, after prey. 21, 22. I am the cygnet . . . death] ing upon the outward parts, leaves It was a popular belief that the swa them without being seen and lays “fluted a wild carol ere her death." siege to the mind." There is a large So The Merchant of Venice, III. ii. number of unsatisfactory readings 44 : “He makes a swan-like end, and conjectures. Fleay reads“ leaves fading in music.” them, invisible; and his siege"; 26. indigest] chaotic confusion. this throws up the necessary mean. This appears to be a reminiscence of ing by the punctuation and seems Ovid's“ rudis indigestaque moles." quite worth adopting.
So 3 Henry VI. v. vi. 51 : “An in20. Confound themselves] “non- digested and deformed lump." plus” themselves. Compare “con
Enter Attendants, and BIGOT, carrying KING JOHN
in a chair.
It would not out at windows nor at doors.
Do I shrink up.
How fares your majesty?
And none of you will bid the winter come
I beg cold comfort; and you are so strait,
That might relieve you! K. John.
The salt in them is hot. 45 Within me is a hell; and there the poison
33, 34. Upon ... up] one line in Ff. 35. ill fare] ill fair F 4. 43. ingrateful] ungrateful F 4. 45. in them] F 1; of them Ff 2, 3, 4.
35. ill fare] I fare ill, poisoned by words has a parallel in the death ill fare. Mr. Worrall points out scene of Gaunt in Richard II. kindred “ clenches " in Hamlet, 111. ii. 42. strait] niggardly, mean. We 97, 98, and Edward III. iv. vi. 53, 54. have a somewhat similar use in Timon
37. maw] stomach, generally of of Athens, 1. i. 96: “His means most animals. A.S. maga.
short, his creditors most strait.” 42. cold comfort] As Mr. Wright The Folios have “straight," which points out, this death-bed trifling with was corrected by Pope.
Is as a fiend confined to tyrannise
Enter the BASTARD.
And spleen of speed to see your majesty! 50 K. John. O cousin, thou art come to set mine eye :
The tackle of my heart is crack'd and burn'd,
And module of confounded royalty.
Where heaven He knows how we shall answer him; 60
Devoured by the unexpected flood. [The King dies. Sal. You breathe these dead news in as dead an ear. 65
My liege! my lord! but now a king, now thus. 51. art) are F 4.
48. On ... blood] on blood con. “Module: a model or module." demned beyond reprieve, i.e. John Compare All's Well that Ends Well, felt that his death was certain. IV. iii. 114: “Bring forth this coun
50. spleen of speed] See 11. i. 448 terfeit module.” Hanmer printed supra.
"model." 51. to set mine eye] to close my 58. confounded] worsted, destroyed. eyes after death.
Compare iv. ii. 29 and v, vii. 20 supra. 55. to stay it by] Keeping up the 60. heaven He knows] The "he" is nautical metaphor, referring to the a common pleonasm. For heaven = stay of a mast.
God = He. Compare 11. i. 155 supra. 58. module] = model, pattern, 62. upon advantage] seeing a mould, form. Cotgrave has favourable opportunity.
P. Hen. Even so must I run on, and even so stop.
What surety of the world, what hope, what stay,
When this was now a king, and now is clay?
To do the office for thee of revenge,
80 Sal. It seems you know not, then, so much as we:
The Cardinal Pandulph is within at rest,
With purpose presently to leave this war.
Ourselves well sinewed to our defence. 74. right] bright Pope. 84. our] fair Roderick conj.
75. Where be ... mended faiths) legiance by marching with me upon I cannot agree with Mr. Wright's the foe at once.” Pope also misundernote upon “mended"-" John's for- stood the passage, or he could never tune had broken faith with him" have read a bright” for “right." implying that the Bastard was really 86. presently] immediately. addressing the stars. It seems to me 88. sinewed] The Folios have quite evident that “ Plantagenet" is "sinew'd," which makes the line detalking to the nobles—“stars that fective, leading to Rowe's reading of now move in your right spheres “sinewed” in the text, and the sug(which you had left awhile) where are gestion of the Collier MS., “ sinew'd your men ? Show your returned al- to our own."
Sal. Nay, it is in a manner done already ;
For many carriages he hath dispatch'd
95 Bast. Let it be so: and you, my noble prince,
With other princes that may best be spared,
Shall wait upon your father's funeral.
For so he will'd it.
Thither shall it then: 100
105 Sal. And the like tender of our love we make,
To rest without a spot for evermore. P. Hen. I have a kind soul that would give you thanks
And knows not how to do it but with tears.
89. it is] Pope; 'tis Ff.
99. Worcester] Ff 3, 4; Worster Ff 1, 2.
97. princes] Sidney Walker sus. the dying king said “ To God and St. pects "princes,” believing it to be a Wulstan I commend my body and printer's error, owing to his eye soul.” St. Wulstan was Bishop of catching the “prince" of the previous Worcester, 1062 to 1095-6 (Mr. line. Mr. Wright points out that Wright). “princes" is used of the nobles in 108. give you thanks] The Folios line 115, and that a preferable change read “give thanks”; the reading in would be "prince" into "king" in the text is Rowe's. The Cambridge line 96.
Editors conjecture “fain give 99, 100, At Worcester ... willd thanks "-a far finer reading. it] According to Roger of Wendover