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King John - Act 5, scene 5
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Act 5, scene 5
The Dauphin rejoices that his forces have almost defeated the English. He then learns that Count Melun has died, that the English rebels have gone back to King John, and that his supply ships have sunk.Enter ⌜Louis, the⌝ Dauphin and his train.
2493 The sun of heaven, methought, was loath to set,
2494 But stayed and made the western welkin blush,
2495 When English ⌜measured⌝ backward their own
2497 5 In faint retire. O, bravely came we off,
2498 When with a volley of our needless shot,
2499 After such bloody toil, we bid good night
2500 And wound our tott’ring colors clearly up,
2501 Last in the field and almost lords of it.
Enter a Messenger.
2502 10 Where is my prince, the Dauphin?
DAUPHIN 2503 Here. What news?
2504 The Count Melun is slain. The English lords,
2505 By his persuasion, are again fall’n off,
2506 And your supply, which you have wished so long,
2507 15 Are cast away and sunk on Goodwin Sands.
2508 Ah, foul, shrewd news. Beshrew thy very heart!
2509 I did not think to be so sad tonight
2510 As this hath made me. Who was he that said
2511 King John did fly an hour or two before
2512 20 The stumbling night did part our weary powers?
2513 Whoever spoke it, it is true, my lord.
2514 Well, keep good quarter and good care tonight.
2515 The day shall not be up so soon as I
2516 To try the fair adventure of tomorrow.