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Have I not here the best cards for the game,
Pand. You look but on the outside of this work.
Lew. Outside or inside, I will not return
[Trumpet sounds. What lusty trumpet thus doth summon us?
Enter the Bastard, attended.
Bast. According to the fair play of the world,
Pand. The Dauphin is too wilful-opposite,
Bast. By all the blood that ever fury breath’d,
on the shores of the Thames. In the old “King John” Lewis thus mentions “ Rochester" as having submitted, and in Shakespeare the same character may allude to that and other places on the river :
“ Your city, Rochester, with great applause,
By some divine instinct laid arms aside;
This unheard sauciness, and boyish troops',
1 This UNHEARD sauciness, and boyish troops,] So the old copies without exception, and we adhere to the ancient and most intelligible text, notwithstanding Theobald's suggestion, that “ unheard” ought to be unhaird. Some modern editors have unscrupulously printed unhaird, without the slightest intimation that it was not the old reading.
and make you take the hatch ;] i. e. leap over the hatch of the door. 3 Even at the crying of your nation's crow,] Malone thinks that this line refers to “the voice or caw of the French crow," but Douce truly contends that the allusion is to the “crow” of a cock, that being the national bird of France ; "gallus meaning both a cock and a Frenchman.”
4 Their NEEDL's to lances,] So printed in the old copies of 1623 and 1632, to show that “needles” was to be read in the time of a monosyllable. Modern editors have taken the liberty of printing it neelds, a form of the word which, as far as we can judge, Shakespeare never employed; for when it occurs elsewhere in his works, even if it be to be read as one syllable, we find it printed needles. See “Midsummer Night's Dream,” Vol. ii. p. 433, note 4.
To fierce and bloody inclination.
Lew. There end thy brave, and turn thy face in peace:
Give me leave to speak.
We will attend to neither.-
Bast. Indeed, your drums, being beaten, will cry out; And so shall you, being beaten. Do but start An echo with the clamour of thy drum, And even at hand a drum is ready brac’d, That shall reverberate all as loud as thine; Sound but another, and another shall, As loud as thine, rattle the welkin's ear, And mock the deep-mouth'd thunder : for at hand (Not trusting to this halting legate here, Whom he hath us'd rather for sport than need) Is warlike John; and in his forehead sits A bare-ribb’d death, whose office is this day To feast upon whole thousands of the French.
Lew. Strike up our drums to find this danger out. Bast. And thou shalt find it, Dauphin, do not doubt.
The Same. A Field of Battle.
Alarums. Enter King John and HUBERT.
K. John. This fever, that hath troubled me so long, Lies heavy on me : 0! my heart is sick.
Enter a Messenger.
K. John. Ah me! this tyrant fever burns me up,
The Same. Another Part of the Same.
Enter SALISBURY, PEMBROKE, BIGOT, and Others. Sal. I did not think the king so stor'd with friends.
Pem. Up once again; put spirit in the French : If they miscarry, we miscarry too.
Sal. That misbegotten devil, Faulconbridge, In spite of spite, alone upholds the day. Pem. They say, king John sore sick bath left the
Enter MELUN wounded, and led by Soldiers. Mel. Lead me to the revolts of England here. Sal. When we were happy we had other names.
toward Swinstead,] i. e. Svineshead, but called Swinstead also in the old “King John,” and in ballads of the time.
Pem. It is the count Melun.
Wounded to death.
heads. Thus hath he sworn,
Sal. May this be possible ? may this be true ?
Mel. Have I not hideous death within my view,
6 RESOLVETH from his figure 'gainst the fire ?] To “resolve” of old was the same as to dissolte. “This is said,” remarks Steevens, “in allusion to the images made by witches. Holinshed observes, that it was alleged against dame Eleanor Cobham and her confederates, that they had devised “ an image of wax, representing the king, which, by their sorcerie, by little and little consumed, intending thereby, in conclusion, to waste and destroy the king's person.' »