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Who hives and deres but say, thou didst not well And stir them up against a mightier task.
When I was got, I'll send his soul to hell.

England, impatient of your just demands,
Come, lady, I will show thee to my kin;

Hath put himself in arms; the adverse winds,
And they shall say, when Richard me begot, Whose leisure I have staid, have given him time,
If thou kadst said him nay, it had been sin: To land his legions all as soon as I :
Who says it was, he lies ; I say, 'twas not. His marches are expedients to this town,

[Exeunt. His forces strong, his soldiers confident.

With him along is come the mother-queen,

An Ate, stirring him to blood and strife :

With her her piece, the Lady Blanch of Spain,
SCENE I. France. Before the Walls of Angiers. With them a bastard of the king's deceas'd :

Enter, on one side, the Archduke of Austria, and And all the unsettled humours of the land, -
Forces; on the other, Philip, King of France, Rash, inconsiderate, fiery voluntaries,
and Forces; LEWIS, CONSTANCE, ARTHUR, and With ladies' faces, and fierce dragons' spleens,-

Have sold their fortunes at their native homes,

Bearing their birthrights proudly on their backs,
Lew. Before Angiers well met, brave Austria.- To make a hazard of new fortunes here:
Arthur, that great forerunner of thy blood,
Richard, that robb'd the lion of his heart,

In brief, a braver choice of dauntless spirits,
And fought the holy wars in Palestine,

Than now, the English bottoms have waft' o'er,
By this brave duke came early to his grave:

Did never float upon the swelling tide,

To do offence and scath in Christendom.
And, for amends to his posterity,
At our importance, hither is he come,

The interruption of their churlish drums

[Drums beat. To spread his colours, boy, in thy behalf; Cuts off more circumstance; they are at hand, And to rebuke the usurpation

To parley, or to fight; therefore, prepare. Of thy unnatural uncle, English John:

K. Phi. How much unlook'd for is this expedition! Embrace him, love him, give him welcome hither. Arth. God shall forgive you Caur-de-lion's death, We most awake endeavour for defence ;

Ausl. By how much unexpected, by so much The rather, that you give his offspring life, Shadowing their right under your wings of war

For courage mounteth with occasion :

Let them be welcome then, we are prepar'd. I give you welcome with a powerless hand, But with a heart full of unstained love :

Enter King John, ELINOR, BLANCH, the Bas. Welcome before the gates of Angiers, duke.

tard, PEMBROKE, and Forces. Lew. A noble boy! Who would not do thee right? K. John. Peace be to France : if France in peace

Aust. Upon thy cheek lay I this zealous kiss, As seal to this indenture of my love ;


Our just and lineal entrance to our own! That to my home I will no more return,

If not, bleed France, and peace ascend to heaven! Till Angiers, and the right thou hast in France, Whiles we, God's wrathful agent, do correct Together with that pale, that white-fac'd shore, Whose foot spurns back the ocean's roaring tides,

Their proud contempt that beat his peace to heaven,

K. Phi, Peace be to England; if that war return And coops from other lands her islanders, From France to England, there to live in peace! Even till that England, hedg’d in with the main, England we love; and, for that England's sake, That water-walled bulwark, still secure

With burden of our armour here we sweat: And confident from foreign purposes,

This toil of ours should be a work of thine; Even till that utmost corner of ihe west

But thou from loving England art so far,
Salute thee for her king : till then, fair boy, That thou hast under-wrought his lawful king,
Will I not think of home, but follow arms. Cut off the sequence of posterity,
Const. O, take his mother's thanks, a widow's Outfaced infant state, and done a rape

Upon the maiden virtue of the crown.
Till your strong hand shall help to give him strength, Look here upon thy brother Goffrey's face :-
To make a more requital to your love.

These eyes, these brows, were moulded out of his. Aust. The peace of heaven is theirs, that lift their This little abstract doth contain that large, swords

Which died in Geffrey; and the hand of time In such a just and charitable war.

Shall draw this briefii into as huge a volume. K. Phi. Well then, to work; our cannon shall Thai Geffrey was thy elder brother born, be bent

And this his son; England was Geffrey's right, Against the brows of this resisting town. Call for our chiefest men of discipline,

And this is Geffrey's : In the name of God,

How comes it then, that thou art call'd a king, To cull the plots of best advanlages :-

When living blood doth in these temples beat, We'll lay before this town our royal bones, Which owe the crown that thou o'ermasterest? Wade to the market-place in Frenchmen's blood, K. John. From whom hast thou this great comBut we will make it subject to this boy.

mission, France,
Const. Stay for an answer to your embassy, To draw my answer from thy articles?
Lest unadvis'd you stain your swords with blood : K. Phi. From that supernal"? judge, that stirs
My lord Chatillon may from England bring

good thoughts
That right in peace, which here we urge in war: In any breast of strong authority,
And then we shall repent each drop of blood, To look into the blots and stains of right.
That hot rash haste so indirectly shed.

That judge hath made me guardian to this boy.

Under whose warrant, I impeach thy wrong ;
K. Phi. A wonder, lady!-lo, upon thy wish,

And, by whose help, I mean to chastise it. Our messenger Chatillon is arrio'd.

K. John. Alack, thou dost usurp authority. What England says, say briefly, gentle lord,

K. Phi. Excuse; it is to beat usurping down. We coldly pause for thee; Chatillon, speak.

Eli. Who is it, thou dost call usurper, France ? Chat. Then turn your forces from this paltry siege,

Const. Let me make answer ;-thy usurping son. 1 Leopold Duke of Austria, by whom Richard had

2 Importunity.

Si. e. greater. been thrown into prison in 1193, died in consequence of 4 To mark the best stations to overawe the town. a fall from his horse, in 1195, some years before the date 5 Immediate, expeditious. of the events upon which this play turns. The cause 6 The Goddess of Revenge. 7 Waft for wafied of the enmity between Richard and the Duke of Austria

8 Damage, harm, hurt. is variously related by the old chroniclers. Shak. 9 Undermined.

10 Succession speare has been led into this anachronism by the old

11 A short writing, abstract, or description play of King John.

12 Celestial.



El. Out, insolent! thy bastard shall be king; Ay, with these crystal beads heaven shall be brib'd
That thou mayst be a queen, and check the world! To do him justice, and revenge on you.
Const. My bed was ever to thy son as true,

Eli. Thou monstrous slanderer of heaven and As thine was to thy husband; and this boy

earth! Liker in feature to his father Geffrey,

Const. Thou monstrous injurer of heaven and Than thou and John in manners; being as like,

earth; As rain to water, or devil to his dam.

Call not me slanderer; thou, and thine, usurp My boy a bastard! By my soul, I think,

The dominations, royalties, and rights, His father never was so true begot;

of this oppressed boy: This is thy eldest son's son, It cannot be, an if thou wert his mother.2 Infortunate in nothing but in thee; Eli. There's a good mother, boy, that blots thy Thy sins are visited in this poor child; father.

The canon of the law is laid on him, Const. There's a good granjam, boy, that would Being but the second generation blot thee,

Removed from thy sin-conceiving womb. Aust. Peace!

K. John. Bedlam, have done. Bast. Hear the crier.


I have but this to say, Aust.

What the devil art thou? That he's not only plagued for her sin, Bast. One that will play the devil, sir, with you, But God hath made her sin and her the plague An 'a may catch your hide and you alone. On this removed issue, plagu'd for her, You are the hare of whom the proverb goes, And with her plague, her sin; his injury Whoso valour plucks dead lions by the beard ;' Her injury, the beadle to her sin ;' I'll smoke


skin-coat, an I catch you right; All punish'd in the person of this child, Sirrah, look to't ; i' faith, I will, i' faith.

And all for her; a plague upon her!
Blanch. O, well did he become that lion's robe, Eli. Thou unadvised scold, I can produce
That did disrobe the lion of that robe!

A will, that bars the title of thy son.
Basl. It lies as sightly on the back of him,

Const. Ay, who doubts thai ? a will! a wicked As great Alcides' shoes upon an ass :

will; But, ass, I'll take that burden from your back ; A woman's will; a canker'd grandarn's will ! Or lay on that shall make your shoulders crack. R. Phi. Peace, lady; pause, or be more temAust. What cracker is this same, that deafs our


It ill beseems this presence, to cry aim'°
With this abundance of superfluous breath? To these ill-tuned repetitions.--
K. Phi. Lewis, determine what we shall do Some trumpet summon hither to the walls

These men of Angiers; let us hear them speak, Lew. Women and fools, break off your confer- Whose title they admit, Arthur's or John's. King John, this is the very sum of all,

Trumpets sound. Enter Citizens upon the Walls, England, and Ireland, Anjou, Touraine, Maine,

| Cit. Who is it that hath warn'd us to the walls? In right of Arthur do I claim of thee :

K. Phi. 'Tis France, for England. Wilt thou resign them, and lay down thy arms?

K. John.

England, for itself: K. John. My life as soon:-1 do defy thee, France. You men of Angiers, and my loving subjects,Arthur of Bretagne, yield thee to my hand;

K. Phi. You loving men of Angiers, Arthur's And, out of my dear love, I'll give thee more

subjects, Than e'er the coward hand of France can win: Our trumpet call'd you to this gentle parle." Submit thee, boy.

K. John. For our advantage ; – Therefore, hear Eli. Come to thy grandam, child.

us first. Const. Do, child, go to it' grandam, child;

These flags of France, that are advanced here Give grandam kingdom, and it' grandam will Before the eye and prospect of your town, Give it a plum, a cherry, and a fig:

Have hither march'd to your endamagement : There's a good grandam.

The cannons have their bowels full of wrath ; Arth.

Good my mother, peace! And ready mounted are they, to spit forth
I would, that I were low laid in my grave;

Their iron indignation 'gainst your walls :
I am not worth this coil' that's made for me, All preparation for a bloody siege,
Eli. His mother shames him so, poor boy, he and merciless proceeding hy these Frencn,

Confront your city's eyes, your winking gates ; Const. Now shame upon you, whe'p she does And, but for our approach, those sleeping stones, or no!

That as a waist do girdle you about,
His grandam's wrongs, and not his mother's shames, By the compulsion of their ordnance
Draw those heaven-moving pearls from his poor eyes, By this time from their fixed beds of lime
Which heaven shall take in nature of a fee; Had been dishabited, and wide havoc made

For bloody power to rush upon your peace. 1'Surely (says Holinshed,) Queen Eleanor, the king's mother, was sore against her nephew Arthur, rather cules were very frequently introduced in the old come. moved thereto by envye conceyved against his mother, dies on much the same occasions. Theobald supposed than upon any just occasion, given in behalfe of the tha: the shoes must be placed on the back of the ass, childe ; for that she saw, if he were kins, hou his ino. instead of upon his hoofs, and therefore proposed his ther Constance rould looke to heare the most rule voith. alteration. in the realme of Englande, till her son should come of 7 Bustle.

8 Whether. lawful age to governe of himselfe. So hard a thing it 9 The key to this obscure passage is contained in is to bring women to agree in one minde, their natures the last speech of Constance, where she alludes to the commonly being so contrary.'

denunciation of the second commandment of visiting 2 Constance alludes to Elinor's infidelity to her hus. the iniquities of the parents upon the children unto the band, Louis the VIlth, when they were in the Holy third and fourth generation. Young Arthur is here Land; on account of which he was divorced from her represented as not only suffering from the guilt of his She afterwards, in 1151, married our King Henry II. grandmother, but also by her in person, she being made

3 Alluding to the usual proclamation for silence made the very instrument of his sufferings. So that he is by criers in the courts of justice, beginning Oyez, cor- plagued on her account, and with her plaque, which is ruptly pronounced 0-yes. Austria had just said Peace! her sin, i.e. (taking by a common figure the cause for

4 Austria, who had killed King Richard Caur-de-the consequence) the penalty entailed upon it. His Jion, wore, as the spoil of that prince, a lion's hide, injury, or the evil he suffers, her sin brings upon him, which had belonged to him. This was the ground of and her injury or the evils she inflicts he suffers from the Bastard's quarrel.

her, as the beadle to her sin, or executioner of the 6 The proverb alluded to is · Mortuo leoni et lepores punishment annexed to it. insultant.- Erasmi Adugia.

10 i. c. to encourage. It is a term taken from archery 6 Theobald thought that we should read Alcides See note on the Merry Wives of Wiudsor, Act iji. Sc * shows ; but Malone has shown that the shoes of Her- 11 Conference

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But, on the sight of us, your lawful king,

Bast. St. George,-that swinged the dragon, and
Who painfully, with much expedient march,

e'er since,
Have brought a countercheck before your gates, Sits on his horseback at mine hostess' door,
To save unscratch'd your city's threatend cheeks,- Teach as some fence ;-Sirrah, were I at home,
Behold, the French, amaz’d, vouchsafe a parle: At your den, sirrah [70 Austria), with

your lioness,
And now, instead of bullets wrapp'd in fire, I'd set an ox-head to your lion's hide,
To make a shaking fever in your walls,

And make a monster of you.
They shoot but calm words, folded up in smoke, Aust.

Peace; no more. ['o fake a faithless error in your ears :

Bast. O, tremble ; for you hear the lion roar. Which trust accordingly, kind citizens,

K. John. Up higher to the plain; where we'll
And let us in, your king; whose labour'd spirits,

set forth,
Foreweariedi in this action of swift speed, In best appointment, all our regiments.
Crave harbourage within your city walls.

Bast. Speed then, to take advantage of the field. K. Phi. When I have said, make answer to us K. Phi. It shall be so ;- To Lewis) and at the both.

other hill Lo, in this right hand, whose protection

Command the rest to stand.—God, and our right! Is most divinely vow'd upon the right

(Eseunt. or him it holds, stands young Plantagenet ; SCENE II. The same. Alarums and Excursions ; Son to the elder brother of this man,

then a Retreat. Enter a French Herald, with And king o'er him, and all that he enjoys : For this down-trodden equity, we tread

trumpets to the gates. In warlike march these greens before your town,

F. Her. "You men of Angiers, open wide your Being no further enemy to you,

gates, Than the constraint of hospitable zeal,

And let young Arthur, Duke of Bretagne, in ; In the relief of this oppressed child,

Who, by the hand of France, this day hath made Religiously provokes." Be pleased then

Much work for tears in many an English mother,
To pay that duty, which you truly owe,

Whose sons lie scattered on the bleeding ground:
To him that owes? it; namely, this young prince: Many a widow's hushand grovelling lies,
And then our arms, like to a muzzled bear, Coldly embracing the discolour'd earth;
Save in aspect, have all offence seal'd up;

And victory, with little loss, doth play
Our cannons' malice vainly shall be spent

Upon the dancing banners of the French;
Against the invulnerable clouds of heaven;

Who are at hand, triumphantly display'd,
And, with a blessed and unvex'd retire,

To enter conquerors, and to proclaim
With unhack'd swords, and helmets all unbruis'd, Arthur of Bretagne, England's king, and yours.
We will bear home that lusty blood again,

Enter an English Herald, with trumpets.
Which here we came to spout against your town, E. Her. Rejoice, you men of Angiers, ring your
And leave your children, wives, and you, in peace.
But if you fondly pass our proffer'd offer, King John, your king and England's doth approach,
'Tis not the roundure of your old-fac'd walls Commander of this hot malicious day!
Can hide you from our messengers of war; Their armours, that march'd hence so silver-bright,
Though all these English, and their discipline, Hither return all gilt with Frenchmen's blood ;"
Were harbour'd in their rude circumference.

There stuck no plune in any English cresty
Then, tell us, shall your city call us lord, That is removed by a staff of France ;
In that behalf which we have challeng'd it? Our colours do return in those same hands
Or shall we give the signal to our rage,
And stalk in blood to our possession ?

That did display them when we first march'd forth;

And, like a jolly troop of huntsmen, come
I Cit. In brief, we are the king of England's sub-Our lusty English, all with purpled hands,

Dyed in the dying slaughter of their foes :
For him, and in his right, we hold this town.

Open your gates, and give the victors way:
K. John. Acknowledge then the king, and let Cit. Heralds, from off our towers we might be.

1 Cit. That can we not: but he that proves the king, From first to last, the onset and retire
To him will we prove loyal; till that time,

Of both your armies; whose equality
Have we ramm'd up our gates against the world.

By our best eyes cannot be censured ::
K. John. Doth not the crown of England prove Blood hath bought blood, and blows have answer'd
the king?

And, if not that, I bring you witnesses,
Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's breed,

Strength match'd with strength, and power con

fronted power:
Bast. Bastards, and else.

Both are alike ; and both alike we like.
K. John. To verify our title with their lives.
K. Phi. As many, and as well born bloods as We hold our town for neither; yet for both.

One must prove greatest; while they weigh so even,
Bast. Some bastards too.

Enter, at one side, King John, with his Power; K. Phi. Stand in his face, to contradict his claim.

ELINOR, Blanch, and the Bastard; at the other,
i Cil. Till you compound whose right is worthiest, KING PAILIP, Lewis, Austria, and Forces.
We, for the worthiest, hold the right from both. K. John. France, hast thou yet more blood to
K. John. Then God forgive the sin of all those cast away?

Say, shall the current of our right run on ?
That to their everlasting residence,

Whose passage, vex'd with thy impediment,
Before the dew of evening fall, shall fleet, Shall leave his native channel, and o'erswell
In dreadful trial of our kingdom's king!

With course disturb'd even thy confining shores ;
R. Phi. Amen, Amen!—Mount, chevaliers! to Unless thou let his silver water keep

A peaceful progress to the ocean.
I Worn out. 2 Owns.

Here lay Duncan,
3 Roundure, from rondare, Fr.; circle.

His silver skin laced with his golden blood.' 4 So in the old play of King John :

7 It was anciently one of the savage practices of the But let the frolic Frenchman take no scorn

chase for all to stain their hands in the blood of the deer If Philip fronts him with an English horn. as a trophy. 5 Johnson observes " This speech is very poetical and

8 Estimated, judged, determined. Shakspeare should smooth, and, except the conceit of the widow's husband have written, whose superiority, or whose inequality embracing the earth, is just and beautiful.”

cannot be censured.' 8 Shakspeare has used this image in Macbeth, Act. ii. 9 The first folio reads roam : the change was maila Se 8:-

Jin the second folio.

me in.

to stay,

K. Phi. England, thou hast not sav'd one drop I like it well ;-France, shall we knit our powers, of blood,

And lay this Angiers even with the ground; In this hot trial, more than we of France ; Then, after, fight who shall be king of it? Rather, lost more: And by this hand I swear, Bast. An if thou hast the mettle of a kingThat sways the earth this climate overlooks, – Being wrong'd, as we are, by this peevish town,Before we will lay down our just-borne arms, Turn thou the mouth of thy artillery, We'll put thee down, 'gainst whom these arms we As we will ours, against these saucy walls: bear,

And when that we have dash'd them to the ground. Or add a royal number to the dead;

Why, then defy each other; and, pell-mell, Gracing the scroll, that tells of this war's loss, Make work upon ourselves, for heaven, or hell. With slaughter coupled to the name of kings. K. Phi. Let it be so:-Say, where will you as Bast. Ha, majesty! how high thy glory towers,

sault? When the rich blood of kings is set on fire!

K. Jolin. We from the west will send destruction O, now doth death line his dead chaps with steel; Into this city's bosom. The swords of soldiers are his teeth, his fangs; Aust. I from the north. And now he feasts, mousing' the flesh of men, K. Phi.

Our thunder from the south, In undetermin'd differences of kings.

Shall rain their drift of bullets on this town. Why stand these royal fronts amazed thus ? Bast. O prudent discipline! From north to south, Cry, havock, kings ! back to the stained field, Austria and France shoot in each other's mouth :' You equal potents, a fiery-kindled spirits !

(Aside. Then let confusion of one part confirm

I'll stir them to't:-Come, away, away! The other's peace; till then, blows, blood, and death! 1 Cit. Hear us, great kings ! vouchsafe a while K. John. Whose party do the townsmen yet admit?

And I shall show you peace, and fair-fac'd league ; K. Phi. Speak, citizens, for England ; who's your Win you this city without stroke or wound; king?

Rescue those breathing lives to die in beds, I Cit. The king of England, when we know the That here come sacrifices for the field; king.

Persever not, but hear me, mighty kings. K. Phi. Know him in us, that here hold up his K. John. Speak on, with favour ; we are bent to right.

hear. K. John. In us, that are our own great deputy, I Cit. That daughter there of Spain, the lady And bear possession of our person here ;

Lord of our presence, Angiers, and of you. Is near to England; Look upon the years

1 Cil. A greater power than we, denies all this ; of Lewis the Dauphin, and that lovely maid : And, till it be undoubted, we do lock

If lusty love should go in quest of beauty, Our former scruple in our strong-barr'd gates :

Where should he find it fairer than in Blanch? King' of our fears ;) unul our fears, resolv'd, If zealous' love should go in search of virtue, Be by some certain king purg'd and depos'd. Where should he find it purer than in Blanch? Bast. By heaven, these scroylest of Angiers flout If love ambitious sought a match of birth, you, kings;

Whose veins bound richer blood than Lady Blanch? And stand securely on their battlements,

Such as she is, in beauty, virtue, birth,
As in a theatre, whence they gape and point Is the young Dauphin every way complete :
At your industrious scenes and acts of death. If not complete, o say, he is not she;
Your royal presences be ruld by me;

And she again wants nothing, to name want,
Do like the mutines' of Jerusalem,

If want it be not, that she is not he:
Be friends a while, and both conjointly bend He is the half part of a blessed man,
Your sharpest deeds of malice on this town: Left to be finished by such a she;
By east and west let France and England mount And she a fair divided excellence,
Their battering cannon, charged to the mouths; Whose fullness of perfection lies in him.
Till their soul-fearinge clamours have brawla o, two such silver currents, when they join,

Do glorify the banks that bound them in :
The flinty ribs of this contemptuous city :

And two such shores to two such streams made one, I'd play incessantly upon these jades,

Two such controlling bounds shall you be, kiogs. Even till unfenced desolation

To these two princes, if you marry them. Leave them as naked as the vulgar air.

This union shall do more than battery can, That done, dissever your united strength,

To our fast-closed gates : for, at this match, And part your mingled colours once again; With swifter spleeni than powder can enforce, Turn face to face, and bloody point to point : The mouth of passage shall we fling wide ope, Then, in a moment, fortune shall cull forth And give you entrance ; but, without this match, Out of one side her happy minion;

The sea enraged is not half so deal, To whom in favour she shall give the day,

Lions more confident, mountains and rocks And kiss him with a glorious victory.

More free from motion; no, not death himself How like you this wild counsel, mighty states ? In mortal fury half so peremptory, Smacks it not something of the policy?

As we to keep this city. K. John. Now, by the sky that hangs above our Bast.

Here's a stay,!!. heads,

That shakes the rotten carcass of old death 1 Mr. Pope changed this to mouthing, and was fol. masters of their fears, because in the next line A'ention lowed by subsequent editors. * Mousing,' says Malone, is made of these fears being deposed.

is mammocking and devouring eagerly, as a cat de. 4 Escrouelles, Fr. scabby fellows. vours a mouse.' Whilst Troy was swilling sack and 5 The mutines are the mutineers, the seditious. Bugar, and mousing fat venison, the mad Greekes made 6 l. e. soul-appalling; from the verb to fear, to make bonfires of their houses, '-- The Wonderful Year, by afraid. Decker, 1603.-Shakspeare often uses familiar terms in 7. The poet has made Faulconbridge forget that he his most serious speeches ; and Malone has adduced had made a similar mistake. other instances in this play: but in this very speech 8 The Lady Blanch was daughter to Alphonso, the "his dead chaps' is surely not more elevated than mous. ninth king of Castile, and was niece to King John by his ing.

sister Eleanor. 2 Potentates.

9 Zealous for pious. 3 The old copy reads 'Kings of our fear, &c.' Tho 10 Spleen is used by Shakspeare for any violent emendation is Mr. Tyrwhiu's. 'King'd of our fears,' hurry or tumultuous speed. In a Midsummer Night's i. e. our fears being our kings or rulers. It is manifest Dream he applies spleen to the lighining. that the reading of the old copy is corrupt, and that it 11 A stay here seems to mean a supporter of a cause must have been so worded, that their fears should be Here's an extraordinary partisan or maintainer that styled their kings or masters, and not they kings or shakes,' &c. Baret translates columen vel firmamen


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Out of his rags! Here's a large mouth, indeed, Or, if you will, (to speak more properly,)
That spits forth death, and mountains, rocks, and I will enforce it easily to my love.

Further I will not flatter you, my lord,
Talks as familiarly of roaring lions

That all I see in you is worthy love, As maids of thirteen do of puppy-dogs!

Than this,--that nothing do I see in you, What cannoneer begot this lusty blood ?

(Though churlish thoughts themselves should be He speaks plain cannon, fire, and smoke, and your judge,) bounce :

That I can find should merit any hate. He gives the bastinado with his longue;

K. John. What say these young ones? What say Our ears are cudgeld; not a word of his, But buffets better than a fist of France:

Blanch, That she is bound in honour still to do Zounds! I was never so bethump'd with words, What you in wisdom shall vouchsafe to say. Since I first call'd my brother's father, dad.

K. John. Speak, then, prince Dauphin; can you Eli. Son, list to this conjunction, make this love this lady?

Lew. Nay, ask me if I can refrain from love; Give with our niece a dowry large enough: For I do love her most unfeignedly. For by this knot thou shalt so surely tie

K. John. Then do I give Volquessen, Touraine, Thy now unsur'd assurance to the crown,

That yon green boy shall have no sun to ripe Poictiers, and Anjou, these five provinces,
The bloom that promiseth a mighty fruit.

With her to thee; and this addition roore,
I see a yielding in the looks of France;

Full thirty thousand marks of English coin.Mark, how they whisper: urge them, while their Philip of France, if thou be pleas'd withal, souls

Command thy son and daughter to join hands. Are capable of this ambition :

K. Phi. It likes us well ;-Young princes, close Lest zeal, now melted by the windy breath

your hands, Of soft petitions, pity, and remorse,

Aust. And your lips, too; for I am well assurd Cool and congeal again to what it was.

That I did so, when I was first assur'd.S I Cit. Why answer not the double majesties K. Phi. Now, citizens of Angiers, ope your gates, This friendly treaty of our threaten'd town? Let in that amity which you have made; K. Phi. Speak England first, that hath been fur- For, at Saint Mary's chapel, presently, ward first

The rites of marriage shall be solemniz'd.To speak unto this city: What say you?

Is not the Lady Constance in this troop ?K. John. If that the Dauphin there, thy princely I know, she is not; for this match, made up, son,

Her presence would have interrupted much :Can in this book of beauty read, I love,

Where is she and her son ? tell me, who knows. Her dowry shall weigh equal with a queen:

Lew. She is sad and passionates at your highFor Anjou, and fair Touraine, Maine, Poictiers,

ness' tent. And all that we upon this side the sea

K. Phi. And, by my faith, this league, that we (Except this city now by us besieg'd)

have made, Find liable to our crown and dignity,

Will give her sadness very little cure. Shall gild her bridal bed; and make her rich Brother of England, how may we content In titles, honours, and promotions,

This widow lady? In her right we came; As she in beauty, education, blood,

Which we, God knows, have turn’d another way, Holds hand with any princess of the world. To our own vantage." K. Phi. What say'st thou, boy? look in the lady's K. John.

We will heal up all; face.

For we'll create young Arthur duke of Bretagne, Lew. I do, my lord, and in her eye l find And earl of Richmond; and this rich fair town A wonder, or a wondrous miracle,

We make him lord of.--Call the Lady Constance, The shadow of myself form'd in her eye ;

Some speedy messenger bid her repair
Which, being but the shadow of your son, To our solemnity:-- I trust we shall,
Becomes a sun, and makes your son a shadow; If not fill up the measure of her will,
I do protest, I never lov'd myself,

Yet in some measure satisfy her so,
Till now infixed I beheld myself

That we shall stop her exclamation. Drawn in the flattering table of her eye.

Go we, as well as haste will suffer us, (Whispers with BLANCH. To this unlock'd for, unprepared pomp, Bast. Drawn in the patiering table of her eye !

(Eseunt all but the Bastard. --The Citizens Hang‘d in the frowning wrinkle of her brow!

retire from the Walls. And quarter'd in her heart?--he doth espy

Bast. Mad world! mad kings! mad composition! Himself love's traitor : This is pity now, John, to stop Arthur's title in the whole, Thật hang’d, and drawn, and quarter'd, there should Hath' willingly departed with a part: be,

And France (whose armour conscience buckled on; In such a love, so vile a lout as he.

Whom zeal and charity brought to the field, Blanch. My uncle's will, in this respect, is mine : As God's own soldier,)rounded in the ear If he see aught in you, that makes him like, With that sama purpose-changer, that sly devil; That any thing he sees, which moves his liking, That broker, tí at still breaks the pate of faith; I can with ease translate it to my will;

That daily break-vow; he that wins of all,

lum reipublicæ by the stay, the chiefe mainteyner and 5 Affianced, contracted. succour of,' &c. It has been proposed to read, Here's 6 Passionate here means agitated, perturbed, a prey a say,' j. é. a speech; and it must be confessed that it to mournful sensacions, not moved or disposed to anger would agree well with the tenor of the subsequent part Thus in the old play, entitled, The true Tragedie of of Faulconbridge's speech.

Richard Duke of York, 1600:1 So in Pericles

Tell me, good madam,
Her face the book of praises,' &c.

Why is 2 The table is the plain surface on which any thing

your grace so passimate of late?

7 Advantage. is depicted or written. Tabletle, Fr. Our ancestors 8 To part and depart were formerly synonymous called their memorandum-books a pair of writing tables. So in Cooper's Dictionary, v. 'communico, to commu Vide Baret's Alvearie, 1575, Letter T. No. 2.

nicate or departe a thing I have with another.? 3 This is the ancient name for the country now called the Vexin, in Latin Pagus Velocassinus. That part of the Saxon runian, susurrare.

9 To round or rown in the car is to whisper; from

The word and its etymoit called the Norman Verin was in dispute between Phi- logy is fully illustrated by Casaubon, in his Treatise de lip and John. This and the subsequent line (except the Ling. Saxonica, and in a Letter by Sir H. Spelman, words "do I give') are taken from the old play. published in Wormius, Literatura Runica. Hafniæ, 4 See Winter's Tale, Act I, Sc %

1651, p. 4

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