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* The Author seems to have been so thoroughly

dissatisfied with this Play as to have written it almost entirely anew, reserving only a few of the Lines and the Conduct of several Scenes. It is faid to have been originally published in 1591 for Sampson Clarke. The Edition publish'd in 1622 is no more than a Copy from this, for there is none more ancient than that in the Folio 1623, of the Play as it was afterwards alter'd by Shakespeare.

Mr. Pope, in one of his Notes, affirms the old Play to have been written by Shakespeare and Rowley; but I find no mention of the Name of the latter before either of the Editions.

Troublesome RAIGN E of


Enter K. Iohn, Queene Elinor his Mother, William Marshall,

Earle of Pembrooke, the Earles of Essex and of Salisbury.

Queen Elianor.


Arons of England, and my noble lords;
Though God and fortune haue bereft from ys

Victorious Richard fcourge of infidells,
And clad this land in stole of dismall hew :
Yet giue me leaue to ioy, and ioy you all,
That from this wombe hath sprung a second hope,
A king that may in rule and vertue both
Succeede his brother in his emperie,

K. lohn. My gratious mother queene, and barons all ;
Though farre vnworthy of fo high a place,
As is the throne of mighty Englands king :
Yet lohn your lord, contented vncontent,
Will (as he may) sustaine the heauy yoke
Of pressing cares, that hang vpon a crowne.
My lord of Pembrooke and lord Salsbury,
Admit the lord Chattilion to our presence;
That we may know what Philip king of Fraunce
(By his ambassadors) requires of vs.

Q. Elinor. Dare lay my hand that Elinor can gese
Whereto this weighty embassade doth tend :

If of my nephew Arthur and his claime,
Then say, my fonne, I haue not misfde my aime.

Enter Chattilion and the two Earles.
· Iohn. My lord Chattilion, welcome into England :
How fares our brother Philip king of Fraunce ?

Chat. His highnesse at my comming was in health,
And willid me to salute your maiestie,
And say the message he hath given in charge.

John. And spare not man, wee are preparde to heare.

Chat. Philip, by the grace of God most christian king of France, hauing taken into his gardain and protection Arthur D. of Brittaine sonne and heire to Ieffrey thine elder brother, requireth in the behalfe of the saide Arthur, the kingdome of England, with the lordship of Ireland, Poiters, Aniow, Toraine, Maine : and I attend thine answer.

Ichn. A small request : belike hee makes account,
That England, Ireland, Poiters, Aniow, Toraine, Maine,
Are nothing for a king to giue at once :
I wonder what he meanes to leaue for me.
Tell Philip, he may keepe his lords at home,
With greater honour than to send them thus
On embassades that not concerne himselfe,
Or if they did, would yeeld but small returne.

Chat. Is this thine answer?
Ichn. It is, and too good an answer for so prowd a message.

Chat. Then king of England, in my masters name,
And in prince Arthur duke of Brittaines name,
I doe defie thee as an enemie,
And wish thee to prepare for bloody warres.

2. Elinor. My lord (that stands vpon defiance thus)
Commend me to my nephew, tell the boy,
That I queene Elianor (his grandmother)

Vpon my blessing charge him leaue his armes,
Whereto his head-strong mother prickes him fo:
Her pride we know, and know her for a dame
That will not sticke to bring him to his end,
So she may bring her selfe to rule a realme.
Next, with him to forsake the king of Fraunce,
And come to me and to his vncle here,
And he shall want for nothing at our hands.

Chat. This shall I do, and thus I take my leaue.

lohn. Pembrooke, conuey him safely to the sea, But not in haste : for as we are aduisde, We meare to be in France as foone as he, To fortifie such townes as we possesse In Aniow, Toraine, and in Normandie. Exit Chatt.

Enter the Shriue and whispers the Earle of Salis, in the eart.

Sall. Please it your maiefty, here is the thriue of Northhamptonsbire, with certaine persons that of late committed a riot, and haue appeald to your maiestie, beseeching your highnesse for speciall cause to heare them.

lohn. Will them come neere, and while wee heare the cause, Goe Salfoury and make prouision, We meane with speed to passe the sea to France. Exit Salf. Say shriue, what are these men, what haue they done? Or whereto tends the course of this appeale ?

Shriue. Please it your maiesty, these two brethren vnnaturally falling at odds about their fathers liuing, haue broken your highnesle peace, in feeking to right their owne wrongs without course of lawe, or order of iuftice, and vnlawfully assembled theselues in mutinous maner, hauing committed a riot, appealing from triall in their country to your highnes : and here I Thomas Nidigate fhriue of Northamptonshire do deliuer them ouer to their triall. VOL. II.



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Ichn. My lord of Essex, wil thoffenders to stand forth, and tell the cause of their quarrell.

Elex. Gentlemen, it is the kings pleasure that you discouer your griefs, and doubt not but you shal haue iustice.

Phil. Please it your M. the wrong is mine: yet will I abide all wrongs, before I once open my mouth t'vorip the shamefull Nander of my parents, the dilhonor of my self, and the bad dealing of my brother in this princely assemblie.

Robert. Then, by my prince his leaue, shall Robert (peake,
And tell your maiestie what right I haue
To offer wrong, as he accounteth wrong.
My father (not vnknowne vnto your grace)
Receiu'd his spurres of knighthood in the field,
At kingly. Richards hands in Palestine,
When as the walls of Acon gaue him

way :
His name fir Robert Fauconbridge of Mountbery.
What by succession from his ancestors,
And warlike feruice vnder Englands armes,
His living did amount to at his death
Two thousand markes reuenew euery yeare:
And this (my lord) I challenge for my right,
As lawfull heire to Robert Fauconbridge.

Philip. If first-borne sonne be heire indubitate
By certaine right of Englands auntient lawe,
How should my selfe make any other doubt,
But I am heire to Robert Fauconbridge ?

Ichn. Fond youth, to trouble these our princely eares,
Or make a question in so plaine a case :
Speake, is this man thine elder brother borne?

Robert. Please it your grace with patience for to beare,
I not deny but he mine elder is,
Mine elder brother too : yet in such sort,
As he can make no title to the land,

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