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Pand. So mak'st thou faith an enemy to faith;
may not be performed by thyself:
swear'st; And mak'st an oath the surety for thy truth Against an oath: The truth thou art unsure To swear, swear only not to be forsworn; Else, what a mockery should it be to swear? But thou dost swear only to be forsworn; And most forsworn, to keep what thou dost swear. Therefore, thy latter vows, against thy first, Is in thyself rebellion to thyself: And better conquest never canst thou make, Than arm thy constant and thy nobler parts Against those giddy loose suggestions:
* Is not amiss, when it is truly done;} i. e. that, which you have sworn to do amiss, is not amiss, (i. e. becomes right) when it is done truly (that is, as he explains it, not done at all;) and being not done, where it would be a sin to do it, the truth is most done when
you do it not: Other parts of this speech have puzzled the commentators, who have, in turn, puzzled their readers.
Upon which better part our prayers come in,
Aust. Rebellion, flat rebellion!
Will't not be? Will not a calf's-skin stop that mouth of thine?
Lew. Father, to arms!
Upon thy wedding day?
men? Shall braying trumpets, and loud churlish drums Clamours of hell, -be measures to our pomp? O husband, hear me!-ah, alack, how new Is husband in my mouth!—even for that name,
, Which till this time my tongue did ne'er pronounce, Upon my knee I beg, go not to arms Against mine uncle. Const.
, upon my knee, Made hard with kneeling, I do pray to thee, Thou virtuous Dauphin, alter not the doom Fore-thought by heaven. Blanch. Now shall I see thy love; What motive
may Be stronger with thee than the name of wife? Const. That which upholdeth him that thee
upholds, His honour: 0, thine honour, Lewis, thine honour!
Lew. I muse, your majesty doth seem so cold, When such profound respects do pull you on.
Pand. I will denounce a curse upon his head.
be measures-] The measures, it has already been more than once observed, were a species of solemn dance in our author's time.
6 I muse,] i. e. I wonder. YOL. IV.
K. Phi. Thou shalt not need :—England, I'll fall
time, Is it as he will? well then, France shall rue. Blanch. The sun's o'ercast with blood: Fair day,
Lew. Lady, with me; with me thy fortune lies.
[Exit Bastard. France, I am burn'd up with inflaming wrath;
I A A rage, whose heat hath this condition, Than nothing can allay, nothing but blood, The blood, and dearest-valu'd blood, of France. K. Phi. Thy rage shall burn thee up, and thou
shalt turn To ashes, ere our blood shall quench that fire: Look to thyself, thou art in jeopardy. K. John, No more than he that threats. To arms let's hie!
Alarums, Excursions. Enter the Bastard, with
Enter King John, ARTHUR, and HUBERT.
My lord, I rescu'd her;
Alarums; Excursions; Retreat. Enter King John,
ELINOR, ARTHUR, the Bastard, HUBERT, and
[T. ELINOR. So strongly guarded.--Cousin, look not sad:
Thy grandam loves thee; and thy uncle will
Arth. O, this will make my mother die with
K. John. Cousin, [To the Bastard.] away for
England; haste before: And, ere our coming, see thou shake the bags Of hoarding abbots; angels imprisoned Set thou at liberty: the fat ribs of peace Must by the hungry now be fed upon: Use our commission in his utmost force. Bast. Bell, book, and candle? shall not drive me
Eli. Farewell, my gentle cousin.
[Exit Bastard. Eli. Come hither, little kinsinan; hark, a word.
She takes ARTHUR aside. K. John. Come hither, Hubert. O my gentle
Hub. I am much bounden to your majesty.
7 Bell, book, and candle--] In an account of the Romish surse given by Dr. Grey, it appears that three candles were extinguished, one by one, in different parts of the execration.