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Here I cannot help taking notice that as the poet's want of art made it necessary to fet the queen to prate of her former crimes, to let us into the fable; so ignorance of human nature betrayed him, in a fucceeding scene, into the enormous abfurdity of making both Rodogune and the queen without hesitation, the one advise the lover to murder his mistress, the other the son to murder his mother. Here again an instance offers itself of our Shakespear's fuperior knowledge of the heart of man. King John wishes to inftigate Hubert to kill Prince Arthur, but observe with what difficulty he expresses his horrid purpose.
There is a foul counts thee her creditor,
And with advantage means to pay thy love:
By heaven, Hubert, I'm almost asham'd
eyes, Hear me without thine ears, and make reply
Without a tongue, using conceit alone,