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I'll smoke your skin-coat, an I catch you right; To these ill-tuned repetitions. —
Some trumpet summon hither to the walls Blanch. O, well did be become that lion's robe, These men of Angiers ; let us hear them speak, That did disrobe the lion of that robe !
Whose title they admit, Arthur's or Jobn's. Bast. It lies as slightly on the back of him, Trumpets sound. Enter Citizens upon the walls. As great Alcides' shoes upon an ass :-
1 Cit. Who is it, that hath warn'd us to the But, ass, I'll take that burden from your back; K, Phi. 'Tis France, for England.
wal's Or lay on that shall make your shoulders crack. K. John, England, for itself:
Aust. What cracker is this same, that deass our You men of Angiers, and my loving sutjects,— With this abundance of superfluous breath ? (ears K. Phi. You loving men of Angiers, Arthur's K. Phi. Lewis, determine what we shall do subjects, straight.
(ference. Our trumpet call'd you to this gentle parle. Lew. Women and fools, break off your con- K. John. For our first advantage :—therefuxia King John, this is the very sum of all,—
hear us first. England, and Ireland, Anjou, Touraine, Maine, These flags of France, that are advanced here In right of Arthur do I claim of thee:
Before the eye and prospect of your town, Wilt thou resign them, and lay down thy arms ? Have hither march'd to your endamagement: K. John. My life as soon :--
- I do defy thee, The cannons have their bowels full of wrath; France.
And ready mounted are they, to spit forth
Confront your city's eyes, your winking gates ; Eli. Come to thy grandam, child.
And, but for our approach, these sleeping stones, Const. Do, child, go to it' grandam, child; That as a waist do girdle you about, Give grandam kingdom, and it' grandam will By the compulsion of their ordinance Give it a plum, a cherry, and a fig:
By this time from their fixed beds of lime There's a good grandam.
Had been dishabited, and wide havoc made Arth. Good, my mother, peace!
For bloody power to rush upon your peace. I would, that I were low laid in my grave; But, on the sight of us, your lawful king,I am not worth this coil that's made for me. Who painfully, with much expedient march, Eli. His mother shames him so, poor boy, he Have brought a countercheck before your gates, weeps.
To save unscratch'd your city's threaten'dcheeks, Const. Now shame upon you, whe'r she does, Behold, the French, amaz’d, vouchsafe a parle : His grandam's wrongs, and not his mother's And now, instead of bullets wrapp'd in fire, shames,
[eyes, To make a shaking fever in your walls, Draw those heaven-moving pearls from his poor They shoot but calm words, folded up in smoke, Whicb heaven shall take in nature of a fee; To make a faithless error in your ear's : Ay, with these crystal beads heaven shall be brib'il Which trust accordingly, kind citizens, To do him justice, and revenge on you.
And let us in, your king ; whose labour'd spirits, Eli. Thou monstrous slanderer of heaven and For wearied in this action of swift speed, earth!
(earth! | Crave barbourage within your city walls. Const. Thou monstrous injurer of heaven and K. Phi. When I have said, make answer to us Call not me slanderer; thon, and thine, usurp Lo, in this right hand, whose protection [both. The dominations, royalties, and rights
Is most divinely vow'd upon the right Of this oppressed boy: this is thy eldest son's son, of him it holds, stands young Plantagenet; Infortunate in nothing but in thee;
Son to the elder brother of this man, Thy sins are visited in this poor child ;
And king o'er him, and all that he enjoys; The canon of the law is laid on him,
For this down-trodden equity, we tread Being but the second generation
In warlike march these greens before your town Removed from thy sin-conceiving womb.
Being no further enemy to you, K. John, Bedlam, have done.
Than the constraint of hospitable zeal, Const. I have but this to say,-
In the relief of this oppressed child, That he's not only plagued for her sin,
Religiously provokes. Be pleased, then, But God hath made her sin and her the plague To pay that duty, which you truly owe, On this removed issue, plagu'd for her,
To him that owes it; namely, this young princes And with her plague, her sin : his injury And then our arms, like to a muzzled bear, Her injury,- the beadle to her sin;
Save in aspect, bave all offence seal'd up All punish'd in the person of this child,
Our cannons' malice vainly shall be spent And all for her; a playue upon her!
Against the invulnerable clouds of heaven; Eli. Thou wadvised scold, I can produce And with a blessed and unvex'd retire, A will, that bar's the title of thy son. (will; With unhack'd swords, and helmets all unbruis':
Const. Ay, who doubts that? a will! a wicked | We will bear home that lusty blood again, A woman's will; a cauker'd grandam's will! Which here we came to spout against your town,
K. Phi. Peace, Jady; pause, or be more tem- and leave your children, wives, and you, in peace It Ill besceins this presence, to cry aim sperate : But if you fondly pass our proffer'd offer,
'Tis not the roundure of your old-fac'd walls
Enter an English Herald, with trumpets Can hide you from our messengers of war; E. Her. Rejoice, you men of Angiers, ring your Though all these English, and their discipline,
[proach, Were harbour'd in their rude circumference, King John, your king and England's, doth apThen, tell us, shall your city call us lord,
Commander of this hot malicious day! In that bebalf, which we have challeng'd it? Their armours, that march'd hence so silver-bright, Or shall we give the signal to our rage,
Hither return all gilt with Frenchmen's blood; ind stalk in blood to our possession ? (subjects; There stuck no plume in any English ciest,
1 Cit. In brief, we are the king of England's That is removed by a staff of France; For him, and in his right, we hold this town. Our colours do return in those same hands K. John. Acknowledge then the king, and let That did display them when we first march'd forth; me in.
[king, And, like a jolly troop of huntsmen, come 1 Çit. That can we not: but he, that proves the Our lusty English, all with purpled hands, To him will we prove loyal ; till that time, Died in the dying slaughter of their foes : Have we ramm'd up our gates against the world. Open your gates, and give the victors way. K. John. Doth not the crown of England prove Cit. Heralds, from off our towers we might is the king?
From first to last, the onset and retire [bebold, And, if not that, I bring you witnesses,
Of both your armies; whose equality Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's breed, — By our best eyes cannot be censured : [blows; Bast. Bastards, and else.
Blood bath bought blood, aud blows have answer'd K. John. To verify our title with their lives. Strength match'd with strength, and power conK. Phi. As many, and as well-born bloods as
fronted power : those,
Both are alike; aud both alike we like. Bast. Some bastards too.
One must prove greatest: while they weigh so even, K. Phi. Stand in his face, to contradict his We hold our town for neither ; yet for both.' claim
(worthiest, Enter, at one side, King John, with his power; 1 Cit. Till yoa compound whose right is Elinor, Blanch, and the Bastard ; at the other, We, for the worthiest, hold the right from both. King Philip, Lewis, Austria, and forces.
K. John. Then God forgive the sin of all those K. John. France, hast thou yet more blood to That to their everlasting residence, (souls, cast away? Before the dew of evening fall, shall fleet, Say, shall the current of our right run on? In dreadful-trial of our kingdom's king !
Whose passage, vex'd with thy impediment, K. Phi. Amen, amen! - Mount, chevaliers ! to Shall leave his native channel, and o'er-swell arms!
[e'er since, With course disturb'd even thy confining shores; Bast. St. George,- that swing'd the dragon, and Unless thou let his silver water keep Sits on his horseback at mine hostess' door, A peaceful progress to the ocean. [of blood, Teach us some fence !-- Sirsah, were I at home, K. Phi. England, thou hast not sav'd one drop At your den, sirrah (to Austria), with your lioness, In this hot trial, more than we of France ? I'd set an ox head to your lion's hide,
Rather, lost more; and by this hand I swear, And make a monster of you.
That sways the earth this climate overlooks, Aust. Peace; no more.
Before we will lay down our just-borne armis, Bast. O, tremble: for you hear the lion roar. We'll put thee down 'gainst whom these arms we K. John. Up higher to the plain; where we'll Or add a royal number to the dead, [bear, set forth,
Gracing the scroll, that tells of this war's loss, In best appointment, all our regiments.
With slaughter coupled to the name of kings. Bast. Speed then, to take advantage of the field. Bast. Ha, majesty! how high thy glory towers, K. Phil. It shall be so ;-[to Lewis) and at the When the rich blood of kings is set on fire! other hill
O, now doth death line his dead chaps with steel, Command the rest to stand.-God, and our right! The swords of soldiers are his teeth, his fangs;
[exeunt. And now he feasts, mouthing the flesh of men,
In undetermin'd differences of kings. — Alarums and excursions ; then a retreat. Enter a Why stand these royal fronts amazed thus ?
French Herald, with trumpets, to the gates. Cry havoc, kings ! back to the stained field, F. Her. You men of Angiers, open wide your | You equal potents, fiery-kindled spirits ! gates,
Then let confusion of one part confirm And let young Arthur, duke of Bretagne, in; The other's peace; till then, blows, blood, and Who, by the hand of France, this day hath made
admit? Mach work for tears in many an English mother, K. John. Whose part do the townsmen yet Whose sons lye scatter'd on the bleeding ground: K. Phi. Speak, citizens, for England: who's Many a widow's husband grovelling lies,
your king ?
[king. Coldly embracing the discolour'd earth;
1 Cit. The king of England, when we know the And victory, with little loss, doth play
K. Phi. Know him in us, that here hold up his Upon the dancing banners of the French;
right. Who are at hand, triumphantly (lisplay'd,
K. John. In us, that are our own great deputy To enter conquerors, and to proclaim
And bear possession of our person here; Arthur of Bretagne, England's king, and yours. Lord of our presence, Angiers, and of you.
1 Cit. A greater power than we, denies all this ;, Where should he find it purcr than in Blanch ? And, 'till it be undoubted we do lock
If love ambitious sought a match of birth, Our former scruple in our strong-barr'd gates : Whose veins bound richer blood than lady Blanch? King'd of our fears; until our fears, resolv'd, Such as she is, in beauty, virtue, birth, Be by some certain king purgid and depos'd. Is the young Dauphin every way complete : Bast. By heaven, these scroyles of Angiers flout If not complete, O say, he is not she; you, kings;
And she again wants nothing, to name want, And stand securely on their battlements,
If vant it be not, that she is not he: As in a theatre, whence they gape and point He is the half part of a blessed man, At your industrious scenes and acts of death. Left to be finished by such a she; Your royal presences be rul’d by me;
And she a fair divided excellence, Do like the mutines of Jerusalem,
Whose fulness of perfection lies in him. Be friends awhile, and both conjointly bend 0, two such silver currents, when they join, Your sharpest deeds of malice on this town; Do glorify the banks that bound them in : By east and west let France and England mount And two such shores to two such streams made one, Their battering cannon, charged to the mouths; Two such controlling bounds shall you be, kings, Till their soul-fearing clamours have brawl'd down To these two princes, if you marry them. The flinty ribs of this contemptuous city :
This union shall do more than battery can, I'd play incessantly upon these jades,
To our fast-closed gates; for, at this match, Even till unfenced desolation
With swifter spleen than powder can enforce, Leave them as naked as the vulgar air.
The mouth of passage shall we fling wide ope, That done, dissever your united strengths
And give you entrance: but, without this match,
In mortal fury half so peremptory,
Bast. Here's a stay
K. John. Now, by the sky that hangs above That spits forth death, and mountains, rocks, and I like it well; -France, shall we knit our powers, Talks as familiarly of roaring lions,
(seas; And lay this Angiers even with the ground; As maids of thirteen do of puppy-dogs! Then, after, fight who shall be king of it? What cannoneer begot this lusty blood ? [bounce;
Bast. And if thou hast the mettle of a king, - He speaks plain cannon, fire, and smoke, and Being wrong'd, as we are, by this peevish town, He gives the bastinado with his tongue ; Turn thou the mouth of thy artillery
Our ears are cudgeld; not a word of his, As we will ours, against these saucy walls : But buffets better than a fist of France: And when that we have dash'd them to the ground, Zounds! I was never so bethump'd with words, Why, then defy each other; and, pell-mell, Since I first call'd my brother's father, dad. Make work upon ourselves, for heaven, or hell. Eli. Son, list to this conjunction, make this K. Phi. Let it be so :-say, where will you
match ; assault?
(tion Give with our niece a dowry large enough : K. John. We from the west will send destruc- For by this knot thou shalt so surely tie Into this city's bosum.
Thy now unsur'd assurance to the crown, Aust. I from the north.
That yon green boy shall have no sun to ripe 8. Phi. Our thunder from the south,
The bloom, that promiseth a mighty fruit. Sball rain their drift of bullets on this town. I see a yielding in the looks of France; soul
Bast. O prudent discipline! From north to south; Mark, how they whisper : urge them, while their Austria and France shoot in each other's mouth : Are capable of this
[asiile. Lest zeal, now melted, by, the windy breath I'll stir them to it :-Come, away, away! (stay, Of soft petitions, pity, and remorse,
1 Cit. Hear us, great kings: vouchsafe awhile to Cool and congeal again to what it was. And I shall show you peace, and fair-faced league; 1 Cit. Why answer not the double majesties Win you this city without stroke, or wound; This friendly treaty of our threatend town? Rescue those breathing lives to die in beds,
K. Phi. Speak England first, that hath beer That here come sacrifices for the field :
forward first Persever not, but hear me, mighty kings.
To speak unto this city: What say you? K. John. Speak on, with favour; we are bent K. John. If that the Dauphin there, thy princely to hear.
[Blanch, Can in this book of beauty read, I love, [son, 1 Cit. That daughter there of Spain, the lady Her dowry shall weigh equal with a queen : Is near to England; look upon the years For Anjou, and fair Touraine, Maine, Poictiers, Of Lewis the Dauphin, and that lovely maid ; And all that we upon this side the sea If lusty love should go in quest of beauty, (Except this city, now by us besieg’d), sisi) Where should he find it fairer, thau in Blanch; Find liable to our crown and dignity, If zealous love should go in search of virtue, Shall gild her bridal bed; and make her rich
In titles, hopours, and promotions,
Lew. She is sad and passionate at your highness As she in beauty, education, blood,
[have made, Holds hand with any princess of the world.
K. Phi. And, by my faith, this league, that we K. Phi. What say'st thou, boy? look in the will give her sadness very little cure.lady's face.
Brother of England, bow may we content Lew. I do, my lord; and in her eye I find This widow lady? In her right we came; A wonder, or a wondrous miracle,
Which we, God knows, bave turn'd another way, The shadow of myself form'd in her eye;
To our own vantage. Which, being but the shadow of your son,
K. John. We will heal up all; Becomes a sun, and makes your son a shadow : For we'll create young Arthur duke of Bretagne I do protest, I never lov’d myself,
And earl of Richmond; and this rich fair town 'Till now infixed I beheld myself.
We make bim lord of.- Call the lady Constance; Drawn in the flattering table of her eye.
Some speedy messenger bid her repair
(whispers Bl. To our solemnity:- I trust we shall, Bast. Drawn in the flattering table of her eye!- If not fill up the measure of her will, Hang'd in the frowning wrinkle of her brow! - Yet in some measure satisfy her so, And quarter'd in her heart !-he doth espy That we shall stop her exclamation.
Himself love's traitor : This is pity now, Go we, as well as haste will suffer us, That hang'd, and drawn, and quarter'd, there To this unlook'd for, unprepared pomp. should be,
[e.rit all but Bast. In such a love, so vile a lout as he
Bast. Mad world! mad kings! mad composi. Blanch. My uncle's will, in this respect, is mine: John, to stop Arthur's title in the whole, [tion ! If be see aught in you, that makes hiin like, Hath willingly departed with a part:
[on; That any thing he sees, which moves his liking, And France (whose armour conscience buckled I can with case translate it to my will;
Whom zeal and charity brought to the field, Or, if you will (to speak more properly), As God's own soldier), rounded in the ear I will enforce it easily to my love.
With thật same purpose-changer, that sly devil; Further I will not flatter you, my lord,
That broker, that still breaks the pate of faith; That all I see in you is worthy love,
That daily break-vow; he that wins of all, Than this,—that nothing do I see in you
Of kings, of beggars, old men, young men, (Though churlish thoughts themselves should be
maids ; your judge),
Who having no external thing to lose That I can find should merit any hate.
But the word maid,-cheats the poor maid of thet; K. John. What say these young ones? What That smooth-faced gentleman, tickling commo say you, my niece ?
Commodity, the bias of the world; [dity,
This sway of motion, this commodity
K. John. Then do I give Volquessen, Touraine, And this same bias, this commodity,
Clapp'd on the outward eye of fickle France Full thirty thousand marks of English coin.- Hath drawn him from his own determin'd aid, Philip of France, if thou be pleas'd withal, From a resolv'd and honourable war, Command thy son and daughter to join hands. To a most basc and vile-concluded peace. K. Phi. It likes us well:-Young princes, And why rail I on this commodity ? close your hands.
But for because he hath not woo'd me yet: Aust. And your lips too; for, I am well assur'd, Not that I have the power to clutch my hand, That I did so, when I was first assur'd.
When his fair angels would salute my palm : K. Phi. Now, citizens of Angiers, ope your | But for my hand, as unattempted yet, Lct in that amity, which you have made; (gates, Like a poor beggar, raileth on the rich. For at saint Mary's chapel, presently,
Well, whiles I am a beggar, I will rail,
And being rich, my virtue then shall be,
provinces; Const. Gone to be married ! gone to swear a It is not so: thou hast mis-spoke, mis-heard ; perce!
[friends! | Be well advis'd, tell o'er thy tale again : Falso blood to false blood join'd! Gone to be It cannot be ; thou dost but say, 'ils 80 :
( trust, I may not trust thee; for thy word For grief is proud, and makes his owner stout. (s but the vain breath of a common mau :
To me, and to the state of my great grici, Believe me, I do not believe thee, man;
Let kings assemble ; for my griet's so great, I have a king's oath to the contrary.
That no supporter but the huge firm earth Thou shalt be punish'd for thus frighting mc Can hold it up: here I and surrow sit; For I am sick, and capable of fears ;
Here is my throne, bid kings come bow to it. Oppress'd with wrongs, and therefore full of fears;
(she throws herself on the ground A widow, husbandless, subject to fears;
Enter King John, Philip, Lewis, Blanch, Elinor A woman, naturally born to fears;
Bastard, Austria, and Attendants. And though thou now confess, thou didst but jest, K. Phi. 'Tis true, fair daughter'; and this blessed With my vex'd spirits I cannot take a truce, Ever in France shall be kept festival : [day. But they will quake and tremble all this day. To solemnize this day, the glorious sun What dost thou mean by shaking of thy head ? Stays in his course, and plays the alchemist; Why dost thou look so sadly on my son ?
Turning, with splendor of his precious eye, What means that hand upon that breast of thine? The meagre cloddy earth to glittering gold : Why holds thine eye that lamentable rheum, The yearly course, that brings this day about, Like a proud river peering o'er his bounds? Shall never see it but a holyday. Be these sad signs confirmers of thy words ?
Const. A wicked day, and not a holyday! Then speak again; not all thy former tale,
[rising. But this one word, whether thy tale be true. What bath this day deserv'd ? what hath it done;
Sal. As true as, I believe, you think them false, That it in golden letters should be set, That give you cause to prove my saying true. Among the high tides, in the kalendar?
Const. O, if thou teach me to believe this sorrow, | Nay, rather, turn this day out of the week ; Teach thou this sorrow how to make me die; This day of shame, oppression, perjury: And let belief and life encounter so,
Or, if it must stand still, let wives with child As doth the fury of two desperate men,
Pray, that their burdeus may not fall this day, Which, in the very meeting, fall and die.
Lest that their hopes prodigiously be cross'd : Lewis marry Blanch! O, boy, then where art But on this day, let seamen fear no wreck; thou?
No bargains break, that are not this day made, France friend with England! what becomes of This day, all things begun come to ill end; Fellow, begone; I cannot brook thy sight; Yea, faith itself to hollow falsehood change! This news hath made thee a most ugly man. K. Phi. By heaven, lady, you shall have no cause
Sal. What other harm have I, good lady, done, To curse the fair proceedings of this day: But spoke the harın, that is by others done? Have I not pawn'd to you iny majesty?
Const. Which harm within itself so heinous is, Const. You have beguil'd me with a counterfeit, As it makes harmful all that speak of it.
Resembling majesty; which, being touch'd, and Arth. I do beseech you, madam, be content.
tried, Const. If thou, that bid'st me be content, wert Proves valueless : you are forsworn, for'sworn :: grim,
You came in arms to spill mine enemies' blood, Ugly, and sland'rous to thy mother's womb, But now in arms you strengthen it with yours : Full of unpleasing blots, and sightless stains, The grappling vigour and rough frown of war Lame, foolish, crooked, swart, prodigious,
Is cold in amity and painted peace, Patch'd with foul moles, and eye-offending marks, and our oppression hath made up this league I would not care, I then would be content; Arm, arm, you heavens, against these perjur'd For then I should not love thee; no, nor thou
kings ! Become thy great birth, nor deserve a crown. A widow cries : be husband to me, heavens! But thou art fair; and at thy birth, dear boy! Let not the hours of this ungodly day Nature and fortune join'd to make thee great : Wear out the day in peace; but, ere sunset, Of nature's gifts thou may'st with lilies boast, Set armed discord 'twixt these perjur'd kings! And with the half-blown l'ose: but furtune, 0! Hear me, 0, bear me! She is corrupted, chang'd, and won from thee; Aust. Lady Constance, peace.
[a war. She adulterates hourly with thine uncle John; Const. War! war! no peace ! peace is to me And with ber golden band hath pluck'd on France O Lymoges! O Austria ; thou dost shame To tread down fair respect of sovereignty, That bloody spoil : thou slave, thou wretch, thou And made his majesty the bawd to theirs. Thou little valiant, great in villainy! [cowad; France is a bawd to fortunc, and king John; 'Thou ever strong upon the stronger side ! That strumpet fortune, that usurping John ;- Thou fortune's champion, that dust never fight Tell me, thou fellow, is not Frauce forsworn ? But when her humorous ladyship is by Envenom him with words; or get thee gone, To teach thee safety ! thou art perjur'd too, And leave those woes alone, which I alune And sooth’st up greatness. What a fool art thou, Am bound to under-bear.
A ramping fool; to brag, and stamp, and swear, Sal. Pardon me, madam,
Upon my party! thou cold-blooded slave, I may not go without you to the kings.
Hast thou not spoke like thunder on my side? Const. Thou may'st, thou shalt, I will not go Been sworn my soldier ? bidding mo depend with thee:
Upon thy stars, thy fortune, and thy strength ? I wili instructia Dortúws to be proud ;
And dost thou now fall over to my futay