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KING JOHN.

Persons represented. King John.

JAMES GURNEY, servant to Lady Faulcon Prince HENRY, his son, afterwards King bridge. Henry III.

Peter of Pomfret, a prophet. ARTHoa, Duke of Bretagne, son of Geffrey, PHILIP, King of France.

late Duke of Bretagne, the elder LEWIS, the Dauphin. brother of King John.

Archduke of Austria. WILLIAN MARESHALL, Earl of Pembroke. Cardinal PANDULPH, the Pope's legate. Geffrey Pitz-PETER, Eurl of Essex, chief MELUN, a French lord. justiciary of England.

CHATILLON, ambassador from France to William LONGSWORD, Earl of Salisbury. Kiny John. Robert Bigot, Earl of Norfolk. HUBERT DE BURGH, chamberlain to the ELINOR, the widow of King Henry II. and King.

mother of King John. ROBERT PAULCONBRIDGE, son of Sir Robert CONSTANCE, mother to Arthur. Fauleonbridge.

BLANCH, daughter to Alphonso, King of PHILIP FAULCON BRIDGE, his half-brother, Castile, and niece to King John.

bastard son to King Richard the Lady FAULCONBRIDGE, mother to the bas. First.

tard, and Robert Faulconbridge. Lords, Ladies, Citizens of Angiers, Sheriff, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and

other Attendants.
Scene, --sometimes in England, and sometimes in France.

ACT I. SCENE I. Northampton. A Room of State Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France; in the Palace,

For ere thou canst report I will be there, Enter King JOHN, Queen ELINOR, Pem- The thunder of my cannon shall be heard:

BROKE, ESSEX, SALISBURY, and others, Se, hence! Be thou the trumpet of our wrath, with CHATILLON,

And sullen presage of yonr own decay.-K.John. Now, say, Chatillon, what would An honourable conduct let him have: France with us?

(of France, Pembroke, look to't: Farewell, Chatillon. Chat. Thus, after greeting, speaks the king [Ereunt CHATILLON and PEMBROXE. in my behaviour*, to the majesty,

Eli. What now, my son ? lave I not ever said, The borrow'd majesty of England here.

How that ambitious Constance would not cease, Eli. A strange beginning;

-borrow'd ma- Till she had kindled France and all the world, jesty!

[embassy. Upon the right and party of her son? K. John. Silence, good mother; hear the This might have been prevented and made Chat. Philip of France, in right and true behalf With very easy arguments of love! [whole, Of thy deceased brother Geffrey's son, Which now the manage tof two kingdoms must Arthur Plantagenet, lays most lawful claim With fearful bloody issue arbitrate. To this fair island, and the territories;

K. John, Our strong possession, and our To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine: right for us. Desiring thee to lay aside the sword,

Eli. Your strong possession, much more than Which sways usurpingly these several titles;

yonr right; And put the same into young Arthur's hand, Or else it must go wrong with you, and me: Thy nephew, and right royal sovereign. So much my conscience whispers in your ear;

K.John. What follows, if we disallow of this? Which none but heaven, and you, and I, shall Chat. The proud control of fierce and hear.

Enter the Sheriff of Northamptonshire, who To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld.

whispers Essex, K. John. Here have we war for war, and Essex. My liege, here is the strangest con. blood for blood,

(France. troversy, Controlment for controlment: 50

Come from the conntry to be judged by you, Chat. Then take my king's defiance from That e'er I heard : Shall I produce the men? my mouth,

K. John. Let them approach. The farthest limit of iny embassy. (in peace:

[Exit Sherif. K. John. Bear mine to him, and so depart I Our abbeys, and our priories, shall pay

• In the manner I now do. + Conduct, administralion,

bloody war,

answer

Ke-enter Sheriff, with ROBERT FAULco.- | Between my father and my mother lay,

BRIDGK, and I'HILIP, his bustard brother. (As I have heard my father speak himself,) This expedition's charge.- What men are you? When this same lusty gentleman was got.

Basi, Your faithful subject I, a gentleman, Upon his death bed he by will bequeath'd Born in Northamptonshire; and eldest son, His lands to mě; and took it, on his death, As I suppose, to Robert Faulconbridge; That this, my mother's son, was none of his; A soldier, by the honour-giving hand And, if he were, he came into the world Of Caur-de-lion knighted in the field.

Full fourteen weeks before the course of time. K. John. What art thou?

Then, good my liege, let me have what is mine, Rob. The son and heir to that same Faulcon- My father's land, as was my father's will. bridge.

[heir ? K. John. Sirrah, your brother is legitimate; K. John. Is th.. the elder, and art thou the Your father's wife did after wedlock bear him: You came not or e mother they, it seems. And, if she did play false, the fault was her's; Bast. Most certain of one mother, mighty Which fault lies on the hazards of all husbands king,

That marry wives. Tell me, how if my brother, is well known; and, as I think, one father: Who, as you say, took pains to get this son,

for the certain knowledge of that truth, Had of your father claim'd this son for his? I put you o'er to heaven, and to my mother; In sooth, good friend, your father might have of that I doubt, as all men's children may.

kept Eli. Out on thee, rude man! thou dost shame Thiscalf bred from his cow, from all the world; thy mother,

In sooth, he might: then, if he were my bro. And wound her honour with this diffidence.

ther's, Bast. I, madam? no, I have no reason for it; My brother might not claim him; vor your That is my brother's plea, and none of mine; father, The which if he can prove,'a pops me out Being none of his, refuse him: This concludes,At least from fair five hundred pounds a-year: My mother's son did get your father's heir, Heaven guard my mother's bonour, and my Your father's heir must have your father's land. land!

[younger born, Rob. Shall then my father's will be of no force, K. John. A good blunt fellow :—Why, ing To dispossess that child which is not his? Doth he lay claim to thine inheritance?

Bast. Of no more force to dispossess me, sir, Bast. I know not why, except to get the land. Than was his will to get me, as I think. But once he slander'd me with bastardy: Eli. Whether hadst thou rather,- be a Taul. But whe'r I be as true-begot, or no,

conbridge, That still I lay upon my mother's head; And like thy brother, to enjoy thy land; But, that I am as well begot, my liege, Or the reputed son of Caur-de-lion, (Fair fall the bones that took the pains for me!) Lord of thy presence I, and no land beside? Compare our faces, and be judge yourself. Bast. Madam, an if my brother had my shape, If old sir Robert did beget us both,

And I had his, sir Robert his, like him; And were our father, and this sou like him ;-And if my legs were two such riding-rods, 0,uld sir Robert, father, on my knee

My arms such eel-skins stuff'd; my face soihin, I give heaven thanks, I was not like to thee. That in mine ear I durst not stick a rose, K. John. Why, what a madcap hath heaven Lest men should say, Look, where three-farlent us here!

things goes! Eli. He hath a trickt of Cæur-de-lion's face, And, to his shape, were heir to all this land, The accent of his tongue affecteth himn : Would I inight never stir from off this place, Do you not read some tokens of my son I'd give it every foot to have this face; In the large composition of this man? [parts, I would not : sir Nobg in any case,

K.John. Mine eye hath well examined his Eli. I like ee well; Wilt thou forsake thy And finds them perfect Richard.-Sirrah,speak, fortune, What doth inove you to claim your brother's Bequeath thy laud to him, and follow me? land?

(father; I am a soldier, and now bound to France. Bast. Becanse he hath a half-face, like my Bast. Brother, take you any land, I'll take With that half face would he have all my land: my chance : 4 half-faced groat five hundred pound a year! Your face hath got five hundred pounds a year; Rob. My gracious liege, when that my father Yet sell your face for five pence, and 'tis dear.lived,

Madam, I'll follow you into the death, Your brother did employ my father much;- Eli. Nay, I would have you go before me Bast.Well,sir, by this you cannot get my land; thither.

(way. Your tale must be liow he employ'd my mother. Bast. Our country manners give our bitters

Rob. And once despatch'd him in an embassy K. Jolin. What is thy name?
To Germany, there, with the emperor, Bast. Philip, my liege; so is my name begun;
To treat of high affairs touching that time: Philip, good old sir Robert's wife's eldest son.
The advantage of his absence took the king, K. John. From hencélorth bear his name
Aud in the mean time sojourn'd at my father's; whose form thou bear'st:
Where how he did prevail, I shame to speak: Kneel thou down l'hilip, but arise more great
But truthis truth; large lengths ofseas and shores / Arise sir Richard, and Plantagenet.

. Whether. Trace, oniline. Dignity of appearance. Robert.

lou';

Bust. Brother, by the mother's side, give, What brings you here to court 30 iustily? me your hand;

Ludy t. Where is that giave, thy brother! My father gave me honour, your's gave land:

where is he? Now blessed be the hour, hy night or day, Thit holds in chise mine honour up and down? When I was got, sir Robert was away.

Bas.My brother Robert! old sir Robert's son! Eli. The very spirit of Plantagenet! Colbrand the giant, that same mighty man! I am thy grandame, Richard; call me so. Is it sir Robert's son, that you seek so? Bust. Madain, by chance, but not by truth: Lady F. Sir Robert's son! Ay, thon unre. What though?

verend boy,

[Robert ? Something about, a little from the right, Sir Robert's son! Why scorn'st thou at sir

In at the window, or else o'er the hatch: Hei sir Robert's son; and so art thou. Who dres not stir by day, must walk by night; Bast, James Gurney, wilt thon give us leave

Apıl have is have, however men do catch: Gur. Goud leave, yoou Philip. (awhile? Near or fır off, well won is still well shot; Bast.

Philip?-sparrow! - James, And I am I, howe'er I was begot. (thy desire, There's toys abroad ; anon I'll tell thee more. K.John. Go, faalconbridge; now hast thon

[Erit GURNEY. Aludless knight makes thee alauded squire.- Madam, I was not old sir Robert's son; Come, madam, and come, Richard; we must Sir Robert might havio eat his part in me speed

Upou Good-Fridıy, and ne'er broke his fast: For Srauce, for France; for it is more than need. Sir Robert couki do well; inariy, (to confess!)

Bast. Brother, adien; Good fortune come to Could lie get mo? Sir Robert could not do it; For thou wast got i'the way of bonesty. (thee! We know his han ly-work:--Therefore,good mo.

(Exeunt all but the Bastard. To whom am I beholder for these limbs? (ther, A foot of honour better than I was;

Sir Robert never holp to make this leg. But many a foot of land the worse.

Lady F. Hast thou conspired with thy bro Well, now I can make any Joan a larly :

ther ton,

(honour? Good den*, sir Richard,--God-a-mercy, fel. That for thine own gain shouldst defend mine

What means this scorn, thou most untoward And if his name be George, I'll call him Peter: knave?

[lisco-like**: For new-niade honour doth forget men's names; Bast. Knight, knight, good mother, -Basi. 'Tis too respective t, and loo sociable,

What! I am dubb'd; I have it on my shoulder. For your conversions. Now your traveller,- But, mother, I am not sir Rubert's gon; He and his tooth-pick at my worship's mess;

I have disclaim'd sir Robert, and my land; And when my knightly stomach is sufficer, Legitiination, name, and all is gone: Why then I suck my teeth, and catechize Then, good my mother, let me know my father ; My picked man of countriess:--My dear sir, Some proper inan, I hope; Who wasit, niother? (Thns, leaning on mine elbow, I begin,)

LadyF'. Hast thou denied thyself a l'aulcon. I shall beseech you-—That is question now; bridge? And then co:nes answer like an A BC-book || : Bast. As faithfully as I deny the devil. O sir, says answer, at your best command; Lady F. King Richard Cæur-de-lion was At your employment; at your service,sir:- thy father; No, sir, says question, I, sweet sir, at yours: By long and vehement suit I was seduced And, so, ere answer knows what question to make room for him in my husband's bed:(Savinz in dialogue of compliment; . (would, Heaven lay not my transgression to my charge! And talking of the Alys and Apennines, Thou art the issue of my dear offence, The Pyrenean, and the river Po,)

Which was so strongly urged, past my defence. It draws towards supper in conclusion so. Bast. Now, by this light, were I to get again, But this is worshipful society,

Madam, I would not wish a better father. And fits the mounting spirit, like myself: Some sins do bear their privilege on earth, For he is bot a bastard to the time,

And so doth yours; yourfanlt was not your folly: That doth not smack of observation :

Needs mustyonlay your heart at his dispose, – (And so am I, whether I smick, or no;) Subjected tribute to communding love, And not alone in habit and device,

Against whose fury and unmatched force, Exterior forın, outward accoutrement; The aweless lion could not wage the fight,'had But frum the inward motion to deliver Nor keep his princely heart from Richard's Sweet, sweet, sweet poison for the age's tooth: He, that perforce robs lions of their hearts, Which, though I will not practise to deceive, May easily win a woman's. Ay, my mother, Yet, 10 avoid deceit, I mean to learn; With all my heart I thank thee for my father! For it shall strew the footsteps of my rising:- Who lives and dares but say, thou dirist not weli But who comes in such histe, in riding roles? When I was got, I'll send his soul to hell. What woman-post is this? hath she no husband, Come, lady, I will show thee to my kin; That will take pains io bioiy s horn before her? And they shall say, wlien Richard me beant, Entir Lunty ENDLEONARDUF and JAMES If thou badst said bin niy, it has been sin: GURNEY.

Who says it was, he lies; I say, 't as not. Ome! it is my mother:--Ilow low,guod ladly?

[Eittert. + Respectable. I Change of condition. My travelled fup. I Catwhisin.

** A character in an old Drama called Sotimun and Perseda.

• Brod evening.

4 Idle reports.

ACT II. . SCENE I. France. Before the Walls of That right in peace, which here we urge in war: Angiers.

Aud then we shall repent each drop of blood, Enter, on one side, the Archduke of Austria, That hot rash baste so indirectly shed.

Enter CHATILLON. and Forces; on the other, PHILIP, King

K. Phi. A wouder, lady!-- lo, upon thy wish, of France, and Forces; LEWIS, CON- Our messenger Chatillon is arrived. STANCE, ARTHUR, and Attendants.

What England says, say briefly, gentle lord, Lew. Before Angiers well met, brave Austria. We coldly pause for thee; Chatillon, speak. Arthur, that great forerunner of thy blood, Chat. Then turn your forces from this paltry Richard, that robb’d the lion of his heart,

siege, And fought the holy wars in Palestine, And stir them up against a mightier task. By this brave duke came early to his grave: England, impatient of your just demands, And, for amends to bis posterity,

Hath put himself in arms; the adverse winds, At our importance *, hither is he come, Whose leisure I have staid, have given him time To spread his colours, boy, in thy behalf; To land his legions all as soon as I: And to rebuke the usurpation

His marches are expedient I to this town, Of thy unnatural uncle, English John: His forces strong, his soldiers confident, Embrace him, love him, give him welcome With him along is conie the mother-queen, hither.

(death, And Atég, stirring him to blood and strife: Arth. God shall forgive you Caur-de-lion's With her her piece, the lady Blanch of Spain; The rather, that you give his offspring life, With them a bastard of the king deceased : Shadowing their right under your wings of war: And all the unsettled humours of the land, I give you welcome with a powerless hand, Rash, inconsiderate, fiery voluntaries, But with a heart full of unstained love: With ladies'faces and fierce dragons'spleens, Welcome before the gates of Angiers, duke.

Have sold their fortunes at their native homes, Lew. A noble boy! Who would not do thee Bearing their birthrights proudly on their right?

backs, Aust. Upon thy cheek lay Ithis zealous kiss, To make a hazard of new fortunes here. As seal to this indenture of my love;

In brief, a braver choice of dauntless spirits, That to my home I will no more return, Than now the English bottoms have wait o'er, Till Angiers, and the right thou hast in France, Did never float upon the swelling tide, Together with that pale, that white-faced shore, To do offence and scath|| in Christendom. Whose foot spurns back the ocean's roaring The interruption of their churlish drums tides,

[Drums beat. And coops from other lands her islanders, Cuts off more circumstance: they are at hand, Eventill that England, hedged in with the main, 1o parley, or to fight; therefore, prepare. That water-walled bulwark, still secure

K. Phi. How much unlook'd for is this And confident from foreign purposes,

expedition! Even till that utmost corner of the west

Aust. By low much unexpected, by so much Salute thee for her king: till then, fair boy,

We must awake endeavour for defence; Will I not think of home, but follow arms. For courage mounteth with occasion : Const. O, take his mother'sthanks, a widow's Let them be welcome, then, we are prepared. thanks,

(strength, Enter King John, ELINOR, BLANCH, the Till your strong hand shall help to give him Bastard, PEMBROKE, and Forces. To make a more requital to your love.

K. John. Peace be to France; if France in Aust. The peace of heavea is theirs, that peace permit lift their swords

Our just and lineal entrance to our own! In such a just and charitable war.

If not; bleed France, and peace ascend to K. Phi. Well, then, to work; our cannon

heaven! shall be beni

Whiles we, God's wrathfil agent, do correct Against the brows of this resisting town.- Their proud contempt that beat his peace to Call for our chiefest men of discipline,

heaven. To cull the plots of best advantagest:

K.Phi,Peace be to England; ifthat war return We'll lay before this town our royal bones, From France to England, there to live in peace! Wade to the market-place in Frenchmen's England we love; and, for that England's sake, blood,

With burden of our armour here we sweat: But we will make it subject to this boy. This toil of ours should be a work of thine ;

Const. Stay for an answer to your embassy, But thou from loving England art so far, Lest unadvised you stain your swords with That thou hast onder-wrought his lawful king, blood :

Cut off the sequence** of posterity, My lord Chatillon may from England bring Outfaced infant state, and done a rape • Importunity + Best stations to over-awe the town. Immediate, expeditious.

Ś The Goddess of Revenge. Mischief. Undermined. • Successions.

he weeps.

son.

l'pon the inaiden virtue of the crown. England, and Ireland, Anjon, Touraine, Maine, Look here upon thy brother Geffrey's face;- In right of Arthur do I claim of thee: These eyes, these brows, were moulded out of Wilt thou resign them, and lay down thy arms ? his:

K. John. My life as soon:-1 do defy thee, This little abstract doth contain that large,

France. Which died in Geffrey; and the hand or time Arthur of Bretagne, yield thee to my hand; Shall draw this brief* into a huge a volume. And, ont of my dear love, I'll give thee mor That Geffrey was thy eller brother born, Than e'er the coward hand of France can win And this his son; England was Geffrey's right, Submit thee, boy.. And this is Geffrey's: In the name of God, Eli.

Come to thy grandam, child. How comes it then, that thou art call's a king, Const. Do, child, go to it' grandam, child; When living blood doth in these temples beat, Give grandam kingdoin, and it' grandam will Which owe the crown that thou o'erm asterest? Give it a plum, a cherry, and a fig: K. John. From whom hast thou this great There's a good grandam. commission, France,

Arth.

Good my mother, peace! To draw my answer from thy articles ? I would that I were low laid in my grave; K. Phi. From that supernalt judge, that I am not worth this coily that's made for me. stirs good thoughts

Eli. His mother shames him so, poor boy, In any breast of strong authority,

(or no! To look into the blots and stains of right. Const. Now shame upon yon, whe'r|| she does That judge hath made me guardian to this büy; His grandam's wrougs, and not his mother's Under whose warrant, I impeach thy wrong; shames,

(poor eyes, And, by whose help, I mean to chastise it. Draw those heaven-moving pearls from his K. John. Alack, thou dost usurp anthority. Which heaven shall take iu nature of a fee; K.Phi. Excnse; it is to beat usur piag down. Ay, with these crystal beads heaven shall be Eli, Who is it thou dost call usurper, France? bribed Const. Let me make answer;-ihy usurping | To do him justice, and revenge on you.

Eli. Thou monstrous slanderer of heaven Eli. Out,insolent! thy bastard shall be king; and earth!

[and earth; That thou inay'st be a queen, and check the Const. Thou monstrous injurer of heaven world!

Call not me slanderer; thou, and thine, usurp Const. My bed was ever tu thy son as true, The dominations, royalties, and rights, (son, As thine was to thy husband: and this boy, Of this opp. essed boy: This is thy eldest son's Liker in feature to his father Geffrey,

Infortunate in nothing but in thee;
Than thou and Jolin in mannere; being as like, Thy sins are visited in this pour child;
As rain to water, or devil to his dam.

The canon of the law is laid on him,
My boy a bastard! By my soul, I think, Being but the second generation
His father never was su ti ne begot;

Removed from thy sin-conceiving womb.
It cannot be, an if thou wert his mother. K. John. Peldam, have done.
Eli. There's a good mother, boy, that blots Const.

I have but this to say, thy father.

(would blot thee. That he's not only plagued for her sin, Const. I here's a good grandam, boy, that But God hath made her sin and her the plague Aust. Peace!

On this removed issue, plagued for her,
Bast.
Hear the crier.

And with her plague, her sin; his injury dust.

What the devil art thou? Her injnry, the beadle to her sin; Bast. One that will play the devil, sir, with All punish'd in the person of this child, you,

And all for her; A plagne upon her!
An'a may catch your hide and you alone. Eli. Thou unadvised scold, I can produce
You are the bare of who in the proverb goes, A will, that bars the title of thy son. (will ;
Whose valour placks dead lions by the beard; Const. Ay, who dubts that? a will! a wicked
I'll smoke your skin-coati, an I catch you A woman's will; a canker'd grandam's will!
Sirrah, look to't; i'faith, I will, i'faith. (right; K. Phi. Peace, lady; pause, or be more tem-

Blanch. Owell did he become that lion's robe, perate :
That did disrobe the lion of that robe!

It ill beseems this presence, to cry aim
Bust. It lies as sightly on the back of him, To these ill-tuned repetitions.-
As great Alcides' shows upon an ass :-- Some trumpet summon hither to the walls
But, ass, I'll take that burden from your back, These men of Angiers ; let us hear them speak,
Orlag vn that shall make your shoulders crack? Whose title they admit, Arthur's or Joha's.
Aust. What cracker is this same, that deafs Trumpets sound. Enter Citizens upon the

walls. With this abavdance of superfluous breath? i Cit. Who is it that hath warn'd us to the K. Phi. Lewis, determine what we shall do walls? strighi.

(ference. K. Phi.'lis France, for England, Liu, women and fools, break off your con. t. John,

England, for itself, King Johu, this is the very sym of al.,- You men of Angiers, and my loving subjects, • A short writing. Celestial. Austria wears a lion's skin. $ Bustle,

Wether. & To encourage.

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