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L'Angleterre est un grand animal qui ne peut jamais mourir s'il ne se tue lui mesme.' "" STEEVENS.

Shakspeare's conclusion seems rather to have been borrowed from these two lines of the old play:

"Let England live but true within itself,

"And all the world can never wrong her state."

MALONE. "Brother, brother, we may be both in the wrong;" this sentiment might originate from A Discourse of Rebellion, drawne forth for to warne the wanton Wittes how to kepe their Heads on their Shoulders, by T. Churchyard, 12mo. 1570:

"O Britayne bloud, marke this at my desire—
"If that you sticke together as you ought
"This lyttle yle may set the world at nought."


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This sentiment may be traced still higher: Andrew Borde, in his Fyrst Boke of the Introduction of Knowledge, bl. 1. printed for Copland, sig. A 4, says, They (i. e. the English) fare sumptuously; God is served in their churches devoutlí, but treason and deceit amonge them is used craftyly, the more pitie, for if they were true wythin themselves they nede not to feare although al nacions were set against them, specialli now consydering our noble prince (i. e. Henry VIII.) hath and dayly dothe make noble defences, as castells," &c.

Again, in Fuimus Troes, 1633 :

“Yet maugre all, if we ourselves are true,

"We may despise what all the earth can do." REED.

The tragedy of King John, though not written with the ut most power of Shakspeare, is varied with a very pleasing interchange of incidents and characters. The lady's grief is very affecting; and the character of the Bastard contains that mixture of greatness and levity which this author delighted to exhibit. JOHNSON.


T. DAVISON, Lombard-street, Whitefriars, London:


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