Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition

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pg 11995.3Sc. 12

Alarums. Enter King John [at one door] and Hubert [at another door]

king john How goes the day with us? O, tell me, Hubert.


hubert Badly, I fear. How fares your majesty?


king john This fever that hath troubled me so long

4Lies heavy on me. O, my heart is sick!

Enter a Messenger

messenger My lord, your valiant kinsman Falconbridge

6Desires your majesty to leave the field,

7And send him word by me which way you go.

Editor’s Note8

king john Tell him toward Swineshead, to the abbey there.

Editor’s Note9

messenger Be of good comfort. For the great supply

10That was expected by the Dauphin here,

Editor’s Note11Are wrecked three nights ago on Goodwin Sands.

Editor’s Note12This news was brought to Richard, but even now

Editor’s Note13The French fight coldly and retire themselves.


king john Ay me, this tyrant fever burns me up

15And will not let me welcome this good news.

Editor’s Note16Set on toward Swineshead. To my litter straight;

Editor’s Note17Weakness possesseth me, and I am faint.


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5.3.8, 16 Swinestead (correctly 'Swineshead'—near Boston, Lincolnshire)
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5.3.9 supply supplies (from France)
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5.3.11 Goodwin Sands (shoals off the Kent coast)
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5.3.12 Richard i.e. the Bastard
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5.3.13 retire themselves retreat
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5.3.16 litter portable bed
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5.3.16 straight immediately
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5.3.17 I am faint. Some productions have John faint, or be helped out by attendants.
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