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That carries ine in furie to a deede
Of high desert, of honour, and of armes.
A boone (О kings) a booné doth Philip begge
Prostrate vpon his knee : which knee shall cleaue
Vnto the superficies of the earth,
Till France and England grant this glorious boone.

lohn. Speake Philif, England grants thee thy request. :
Phil. And France confirmes what ere is in his

Bast. Then duke fit fast, I leuell at thy head,
Too base a ransome for my fathers life.
Princes, I craue the combate with the duke
That in dishonour of my fire..
Your words are past, nor can you now reuerse
The princely promise that reuiues my soule,
Whereat me thinkes I see his sinewes shake :
This is the boone (dread lords) which granted once
Or life or death are pleasant to my soule ;
Since I shall live and die in Richards right.

Lym. Base bastard, misbegotten of a king,
To interrupt these holy nuptiail rites
With brawles and tumults to a dukes disgrace;
Let it fuffice, I scorne to joyne in fight,
With one so fane vnequall to my felfe.

Baft. A fine excure, kings if you will be kings,
Then keepe your words, and let vs combate it.

Ichn. Philip, we cannot force the duke to fight,
Beeing a subiect vnto neither realme:
But tell me Auftria, if an English duke
Should dare thee thus, wouldst thou accept the challenge?

Lym. Else let the world account the Austrich duke
The greatest coward living on the earth.

John. Then cheere thee Philip, lohn wil keep his word,
Kucele down, in sight of Philip king of France,


And all these princely lords assembled here,
I gird thee with the sword of Normandie,
And of that land I do inuest'thee duke:
So shalt thou be in liuing and in land
Nothing inferiour vnto Austria,

Lym. K. lohn, I tell thee flatly to thy face,
Thou wrong'st mine honour : and that thou mai'lt see
How much I scorne thy new made duke and thee,
I flatly say, I will not be compeld:
And so farewell fir duke of lowe degree,
Ile finde a time to match you for this geare.

Exit. lohn. Stay Philip, let him goe, the honours thine. Baft. I cannot liue vnlelle his life be mine.

2. Elia. Thy forwardnes this day hath ioyd my foule, And made me thinke my Richard liues in thee.

K. Phil. Lordings let's in, and spend the wedding day In maskes and triumphs, letting quarrels cease.

Enter a Cardinall from Rome. Card. Stay king of France, I charge thee ioyn not hands With him that stands accurst of God and men.

Know lohn, that I Pandulph cardinall of Millaine, and legate from the sea of Rome, demand of thee in the name of our holy father the Pope Innocent, why thou do'st (contrary to the lawes of our holy mother the church, and our holy father the Pope) disturb the quiet of the church, and disanull the election of Stephen Langhton, whom his holinesse hath elected archbishop of Canterburie : this in his holinesle name I demaund of thee?

loh. And what halt thou or the Pope thy master to do to demand of me, how I imploy mine own? know fir priest, as I honor the church and holy church-men, fo I scorne to be subiect to the greatest prelate in the world. . Tell thy master


so from me, and say, lohn of England said it, that neuer an Italian priest of them all, fal either have tythe, tole, or polling peny out of England; but as I am king, so will I raigne next vnder God, supreame head both ouer spiritual and temporall: and he that contradicts me in this, Ile make him hop headlesie.

K. Phil. What K. Iohn, know you what you fay, thus to blaspheme against our holy father the Pope ?

Ioh. Philip, though thou and all the princes of Christendome fuffer themselues to be abus'd by a prelates sauery, my mind is not of such base temper. If the Pope will bee king of England, let him win it with the sword, I know no other title he can alleadge to mine inheritance.

Card. Iohn, this is thine answer?
John. What then?

Card. Then I Pandulph of Padua, legate from the apostolike sea, doe in the name of Saint Peter and his successor our holy father Pope Innocent, pronounce thee accursed, dischargo ing euery of thy subiects of all dutie and fealtie that they doc owe to thee, and pardon and forgiuenesse of finne to those or them whatsoeuer, which shall carrie armes against thee, or murder thee : this I pronounce, and charge all good men to abhorre thee as an excommunicate person.

loh. So sir, the more the foxe is curs’d the better a fares : if God blesse me and my land, let the pope and his fhauelings curse and spare not.

Card. Furthermore, I charge thee Philip K. of Fraunce, and all the kings and princes of Christendome, to make warre vpon this miscreant : and whereas thou hast made a league with him, and confirmed it by oath, I doe in the pame of our foresaid father the Pope, acquit thee of that oath, as vnlaw. full, beeing made with an hereticke ; howe fai'lt thou Philip, do'ft thou obey?


Joh. Brother of France, what say you to the cardinall ?

Phil. I say, I am sory for your maiestie, requesting you to submit your selfe to the church of Rome.

Ich. And what say you to our league, if I do not submit?
Pbil. What should I say? I must obey the pope.
Ioh. Obey the pope, and breake your oath to God?

Phil. The legate hath absolu'd me of mine oath :
Then yeeld to Rome, or I defie thee here.

loh. Why Philip, I defie the pope and thee,
False as thou art, and periur'd king of France,
Vnworthy man to be accounted king.
Giu'st thou thy sword into a prelates hands ?
Pandulph, where I of abbots, monkes, and friers
Haue taken somewhat to maintaine my wars,
Now will I take no more but all they haue.
Ile rouze the lazię lụbbers from their cels,
And in despight Ile send them to the pope.
Mother come you with me, and for the rest
That will not follow lohn in this attempt,
Confusion light vpon their damned foules.
Come lords, fight for your K. that fightech for your good.

Phil. And are they gone? Panduph thy felfe shalt see
How France will fight for Rome and Romilb rites.
Nobles to armes, let him not passe the seas,
Let's take him captiue, and in triumph lead

The K. of England to the gates of Rome.
Arthur bestirre thee man, and thou shalt see
What Philip K. of France will doe for thee.

Blanch. And will your grace vpon your wedding day
Forsake your bride, and follow dreadfull drums?
Nay, good my lord, stay you at home with me.

Lew. Sweet heart content thee, and wee shall agree.

Phil. Follow my lords, lord Cardinall lead the way, Drums shall be musicke to this wedding day, Exeunt.

Excursions. The Bastard pursues Austria, and kils him.

Baft. Thus hath K. Richards fon performd his vowes.
And offred Austria's blood for his facrifice
Vnto his fathers euerliving foule.
Braue Cordelion, now my heart doth say,
I haue deseru'd, though not to be thine heire,
Yet as I am, thy base begotten fonne,
A name as pleasing to thy Philips heart,
As to be cald the duke of Normandie.
Lie there a prey to cuery rav'ning fowle :
And as my father triumpht in thy spoyles,
And trode thine ensignes vnderneath his feet,
So doe I tread upon thy cursed selfe,
And leaue thy body to the fowles for food.


Excursions. Arthur, Constance,' Lewis, having taken Q.

Elianor prisoner.
Const. Thus hath the god of kings with conquering arme
Dispearst the foes to true succession,
Proud, and disturber of thy countries peace,
Constance doth liue to tame thine infolence,
And on thy head will now auenged be
For all the mischiefs hatched in thy braine.

2 Elinor. Contemptuous dame, vnreuerent dutches thou,
To braue fo great a queene as Elianor,
Base scold, hast thou forgot, that I was wife
And mother to three mightie English kings?
I charge thee then, and you forsooth sir boy,
To set your grandmother at libertie,
And yeeld to lohn your vncle and your king.

Const. T'is not thy words proud queene shall carry it.
Elin. Nor yet thy threates proud dame fhal daunt my mind.

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