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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
ΚΙ N G Ι Ο Η Ν.
Enter K. Iohn, Queene Elinor his Mother, William Marshall,
Earle of Pembrooke, the Earles of Essex and of Salisbury.
Arons of England, and my noble lords;
Victorious Richard fcourge of infidells,
K. lohn. My gratious mother queene, and barons all ;
Q. Elinor. Dare lay my hand that Elinor can gese
If of my nephew Arthur and his claime,
Enter Chattilion and the two Earles.
Chat. His highnesse at my comming was in health,
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,
Chat. Is this thine answer?
Chat. Then king of England, in my masters name,
2. Elinor. My lord (that stands vpon defiance thus)
Vpon my blessing charge him leaue his armes,
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.
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,
Philip. If first-borne sonne be heire indubitate
Ichn. Fond youth, to trouble these our princely eares,
Robert. Please it your grace with patience for to beare,