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Let me wipe off this honourable dew,
SCENE IV. Drums.
Do but start
SCENE IX. The approach of Death.
Madness, occasioned by Poison,
(12) Ay, marry, &c.] In the Valntinian of Beaumont and Flicher, the emperor is brought on the stage, poisoned.There he calls out for
Drink, drink, drink, colder, colder
See Act 5. S. 2. But in another play of theirs-A wife for a month, is a poia soning scene, which better deferves to be compar'd with this of our author, and which Mr. Seward obferves, “ every reader of taste will acknowledge superior to it.” Alphonso, long a prey to melancholy, is poisoned with a hot, burning potion, and in the midst of his tortures, raves thus.
Give me more air, more air, air: blow, blow, blow,
I am a scribbled form, drawn with a pen
The cold, cold springs, that I may leap into them,
Rug. Hold him fást, friar,
Oh, how he burns !
Alph. What ! will ye sacrifice me?
Upon the altar lay my willing body,
Mari. To bed, good Sir.
Alph. My bed will burn about me:
Like Phaeton, in all consuming flashes
'Twixt the cold bears, far from the raging lion, was read, (before corrected by Mr. Seward.)
Betwixt the cold bear and the raging lion.
Poison'd, ill fare! dead, forfook, cast off ;
SCENE X. England, invincible, if unanimous
England never did, nor ever shall Lye at the proud foot of
a conqueror, But when it first did help to wound itself. Now these her princes are come home again, Come the three corners of the world in arms; And we shall shock them.-Nought shall make up rue, If England to itself do rest but true.
The tragedy of King John (says Johnson) though not written with the utmost power of Shakespea“, is varied with a very pleafing interchange of incidents and characters. The Lady's grief is very affecting; and the character of bastard contains that mixture of greatness and levity which this author delighted to exhibit.
ACT I. SCENE III.
Patriotism. (1) HAT is it, that you would impart to me?
If it be aught towards the general good, Set honour in one eye, and death i'th'orher, And I will look on both indifferently :
(1) What, &c. " How agreeable to his stoic cbaracter, does Shakespear make Brutus speak here? Cicero de fi. iii. 16. Quid cnim illi AAIAQOPON dicunt, id mihi ila occurrit, ut indifferens dicerem. One of the great division of things among the stoics was into good, bad, indifferent: virtue, and whatever partook of virtue, was gond: vice, bad: but what partook of neithez virtue, nor vice, being not in our power, was i.different: such as honour, wealth, death, &c. But of these indifferent things, some might be esteemed more than others; as here Brudus says, I love the name of honour, more than I frar deaih. See Cicero de fin. jii. 15, 16. The stoics never destroyed choice among indifferent things.
-This being premised, let us see Bruties's speech - If it be aught (says he) towards the general good, (Tscos TO: Nov Acos TOY 70%.») as I am a part of that whole, a citizen of that