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King John

ACT V SCENE IIIThe field of battle.
Alarums. Enter KING JOHN and HUBERT.
KING JOHNHow goes the day with us? O, tell me, Hubert.
HUBERTBadly, I fear. How fares your majesty?
KING JOHNThis fever, that hath troubled me so long,
Lies heavy on me; O, my heart is sick! 5
Enter a Messenger.
MessengerMy lord, your valiant kinsman, Faulconbridge,
Desires your majesty to leave the field
And send him word by me which way you go.
KING JOHNTell him, toward Swinstead, to the abbey there.
MessengerBe of good comfort; for the great supply 10
That was expected by the Dauphin here,
Are wreck’d three nights ago on Goodwin Sands.
This news was brought to Richard but even now:
The French fight coldly, and retire themselves.
KING JOHNAy me! this tyrant fever burns me up, 15
And will not let me welcome this good news.
Set on toward Swinstead: to my litter straight;
Weakness possesseth me, and I am faint.

Next: King John, Act 5, Scene 4