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Preach some philosophy to make me mad,
The different plague of each calamity.
In the fair multitude of those her hairs !
Sticking together in calamity.
Bind up your hairs.
I tore them from their honds and cried aloud, 70
75 52. canonized] pronounced canón- Wright suggests that lines 21-67 may iz'd. See 11, i. 177 supra.
have been added to the original 58. babe of clouts] rag doll.
draft of the play. His alternative 64. friends] Rowe's reading. The suggestion that Constance is sinking Folios have "fiends"-a queer error. into apathy after her first outburst is
68. To England] Constance's reply not convincing, because, in the next to Philip's invitation, line 20. Mr. line, she resumes her lamentations.
And, father cardinal, I have heard you say
Must I behold my pretty Arthur more.
Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,
78. If that ... boy again] The comfort from the thought that she slight irregularity of this line has led will see and know her son in heaven. to its being suspected, and its con- But then comes the thought “ sorrow tradiction of lines 88, 89 appears to will so alter him that I may meet him in confirm the suspicion. Pope omits the court of heaven and not know him, “ true,” Vaughan omits “see,” Fleay, therefore I shall never see him more." following Sidney Walker's conjecture, 90. You hold ... of grief] You prints "shall,” while Seymour con- look upon your grief too hatefully. jectures “ I 'll.” All these merely 92. "You are as fond . . . child] set the rhythm right. Kinnear con- One may suspect a play upon " fond” jectures “ If that be true, then never here. You are as fond of (or you as shall I see my boy again.” But this foolish owing to) grief as you are is not warranted by the real meaning fond of your child. Constance, of of the speech. Constance first takes course, only sees one meaning.
Then have I reason to be fond of grief.
My widow-comfort, and my sorrows' cure! [Exit. 105 K. Phi. I fear some outrage, and I'll follow her. (Exit. Lew. There's nothing in this world can make me joy:
Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale
That it yields nought but shame and bitterness. III Pand. Before the curing of a strong disease,
Even in the instant of repair and health,
What have you lost by losing of this day?
101. Most editors print a stage- 110, world's] Pope's almost certain direction here. “Tearing off her emendation of the “words” of the Head-cloaths,” Pope; “Looses her Folios. Delius suggests a meaning hair again,” Dent' MS.; "Tearing by allowing “word's" to refer to life, her hair” Collier, ed. 2 (Collier MS.). and reading "that sweet word's It is evident that Constance does taste.” jackson conjectures “word, again fall to tearing her hair, and we state." must understand “form" as merely III. shame] The repetition of order or arrangement in opposition “shame" has led Sidney Walker to to “disorder" in the next line with conjecture “gall” in the second out going into the concrete “Head. place, while Cartwright suggests cloaths” of Pope.
* grief.” There is no pressing need 107. joy] rejoice. So Much Ado for this painting of the lily. About Nothing, 1. i. 28:“ How much 118. If you had won it, etc.] better it is to weep at joy than to joy Pandulph rises through sophistry at weeping!"
No, no; when fortune means to men most good,
Are not you grieved that Arthur is his prisoner ?
Now hear me speak with a prophetic spirit;
140 Lew. But what shall I gain by young Arthur's fall ? 132. whiles] whilst Rowe. 139. stand, then] stand then, Hanmer.
128. rub] "Any obstruction to the green is supposed to be as absolutely bowl's course from inequalities of the true as a billiard-table. Bowls was ground or natural obstacles; also a favourite Elizabethan game, and used of a running bowl sideling from from Shakespeare's frequent referanother” (Encyc. of Sport, i. 129). ences to it we may guess that it was “ Each dust, each straw," is hardly a favourite game of his. any exaggeration, for a good bowling
Pand. You, in the right of Lady Blanch your wife,
May then make all the claim that Arthur did.
John lays you plots; the times conspire with you;
Plainly denouncing vengeance upon John. · 152. reign] F 4; reigne Ff 1, 2, 3 ; rein Capell conj.
146. John lays you plots] John lays within the range of natural phenoplots by which you and not he will mena. Pope reads "scape" as benefit. Malone conjectures “ your equivalent to “freak,” but this is plots," where the meaning would unsupported by any example of the necessarily be the same; hence we same use in Shakespeare. gain nothing by the alteration.
157. meteors] supernatural pheno151, 152. none so small ... but] mena. See Coles, “ Meteors : apparino circumstance, however trifling, tions on high, or bodies imperfectly that may give them any weapon mixt of vapours drawn up in the air, against him will they omit to make as comets, clouds, wind, rain, etc." the most of.
Evidently in the sixteenth and seven153. exhalation] meteor. So Zulius teenth centuries "meteors” and “ exCæsar, 11. i. 44 : “ The exhalations halations" were terms loosely used whizzing in the air"; and 1 Henry and imperfectly understood. IV. 11. iv. 352: “My lord, do you see 158. Abortives] We may either these meteors? Do you behold these take this to mean abortions of exhalations ?!" See “meteor," line nature, or dreadful happenings that 157 infra.
would bring about abortion in those 154. scope of nature] anything witnessing them.