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K. Phi. You loving men of Angiers, Arthur's In that behalf wbich we have challenged it? subjects,

Or shall we give the signal to onr rage, Our trumpet call'd you to this gentle parle *. And stalk in blood to our possession? K. John. For our advantage ;- Therefore, 1 Cit. In brief, we are the king of England's hear us first.

subjects; These flags of France that are advanced here For him, and in his right, we hold this town. Before the eye and prospect of your town, K. John. Acknowledge then the king, and Have hither march'd to your endamagement:

let me in.

[the king, The cannons have their bowels full of wrath; 1 Cit. That can we not: but he that proves And ready mounted are they, to spit forth To him will we prove loyal; till that time, Their iron indignation 'gainst your walls : Have we ramm'd up our gates against the All preparation for a bloody siege,


(prove the king ? And merciless proceeding by these French, K. John. Doth not the crown of England Confront your city's eyes, your winking gates; And, if no: that, I bring you witnesses, And, but for our approach, those sleeping stones, Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's That as a waist do girdle you about,

Bast. Bastards, and else. (breed, By the compulsion of their ordinance

K. John. To verify our title with their lives. By this time from their fixed beds of lime K. Phi. As many, and as well-born bloods llad been dishabited, and wide havoc made Bast. Some bastards too. [as those, For bloody power to rush upon your peace. K. Phi. Stand in his face, to contradict his But, on the sight of us, your lawful king,


(worthiest, Who painfully, with much expedient march, 1 Cit. Till yon compound whose right is Have brought a countercheck before your gates, We, for the worthiest, hold the right from both. To save unscratch'd your city's threatened K. John. Then God forgive the sin of all cheeks, --

those souls, Behold, the French, amazed, vonchsafe a parle: That to their everlasting residence,

instead of bullets wrapp'd in fire, Before the dew of evening fall, shall fleet, To make a shaking fever in your walls, In dreadful trial of our kingdom's king! They shoot but calm words, folded up in smoke, K. Phi. Amen, Amen!-Mount, chevaliers! To make a faithless error in your eary :

to arms!

(and e'er since, Which trust accordingly, kind citizens,

Bast. St. George,-that swinged the dragon, And let usin, your king; whose labour'd spirits, Sits on his horseback at mine hostess' door, Forwearied t in this itition of swift speed, Teach us some fence!--Sirrah, were I at home, Crave harbourage within your city walls, At your den, sirrah, [To AUSTRIA] with your K. Phi. When I have said, make answer to lioness, us both.

I'd set an ox-head to your lion's hide, Lo, in this right hand, whose protection

And inake a monster of you. Is most divinely vow'd upon the right


Peace; no more. Of him it holds, stands young Plantagenet; Bast. O, tremble; for you hear the lion roar. Son to the elder brother of this man,

K. John. Up higher to the plain; where And king o'er him, and all that he enjoys:

we'll set forth, For this down-trodden equity, we tread In best appointment, all our régiments. In warlike march these greens before your Bast. Speed, then, to take advantage of the Being no further enemy to you, (town, field.

(the other hill Than the constraint of hospitable zeal,

K. Phi. It shall be so ;-{To Lewis] and at In the relief of this oppressed child,

Command the rest to stand.-God, and our Religiously provokes. Be pleased then


[Exeunt. To pay that duty, which you truly owe,

SCENE II. The same,
To him that owes it ;namely,this young prince:
And then our arms, like to a muzzled bear,

Alarums and Ercursions; then a Retreat. Save in aspect, have all offence seal'd up;

Enter a French Herald, with trumpets, to Our cannons' malice vainly shall be spent

the gates. Against the invulnerable clouds of heaven; F. Her. You men of Angiers, open wide And, with a blessed and unvex'd retire,

your gates, With unhack'd swords, and helmets all un- And let young Arthur, duke of Bretagne, in; bruised,

Who, by the hand of France, this day hath made We will bear home that lasty blood again, Much work for tears in many an English mother, Which here we came to spout against your Whose sons lie scatter'd on the bleeding town,

[peace, ground: And leave your children, wives, and you, in Many a widow's husband grovelling lies, But if you fondly pass our proffer'd offer, Coldly embracing the discolour'd earth; 'Tis not the romdure 5 of your old-faced walls, And victory, with little loss, doth play, Can hide you from our messengers of war; Upon the dancing banners of the French; Though all these English, and their discipline, who are at hand, triumphantly display'd, Were harbour'd in their rude circumference. To enter conquerors, and to proclaim Then, tell 118, shall your city call us lord, Arthur of Bretague, England's king and yours, • Conference,

Worp ont,
* Owus.


Enter an English Herald, with trumpets. K. Phi, know him in us, that here hold up E. Her. Rejoice, you men of Angiers, ring his right. yonu bells;


K.John. In us,that are our own great deputy, King John, your king and Evgland's, doth ap. And bear possession of uur person here; Commander of this hot malicious day! Lord of our presence, Angiers, and of you. Their armours,

that march'd hence so silver- iCit. A greater power than we, denies all this; bright,

And, till it be undoubted, we do lock Hither return all gilt with Frenchmen’s blood; Our former scruple in our strong barr'd gates : There stuck no plume in any English crest, King'd of our tears; until our fears, resolved, That is removed by a staff of France; Be by some c rtain king purged and deposed. Oor colours do return in those same hands Bust. By heaven, these scroyles I of Angiers That did display them, when we first march'd float yon, kings; forth;

And stand securely on their battlements, And, like a jolly troop of huntsmen, come As in a theatre, whence they gape and point Our lusty English, all with purpled hands, At your industrious scenes and acts of death. Dyed in the dying slaughter of their foes: Your royal presences be ruled by me; Open your gates, and give the victors way. Do like ihe mutines y of Jerusalem,

Cit. Heralds, from off our towers we might Be friends a while, and roth conjointly bend From first to last, the onset and retire (behoid, Your sharpest deeds of malice on this town: Of both your armies; whose equality,

By east and west let France and England mount By our best eyes cannot be censured: Their battering cannon, charged to the mouths; Blood hath bought blood, and blows have an. Till their soul-fearing clamours have brawl'd swer'd blows; (confronted power:

down Strength match'd with strength, and power The finty ribs of this contemptuous city: Both are alike; and both alike we like. (even, I'd play incessantly upon these jades, One must prove greatest: while they weigh so Even till nnfenced desolation We bold our town for neither; yet for both. Leave them as naked as the vulgar air. Enter, at one side, King Joun, with his That done, dissever sour united strengths,

power; ELINOR, BLANCH, and the Bas. And part your mingled colours once again; tard; ut the other, King PHILIP, Lewis, Turn face to face, and bloody point to point: AUSTRIA, and Forces.

Then, in a moment, fortune shall cull forth K. John. France, hast thou yet more blood Out of one side her happy minion; to cast away?

To whom in favour she shall give the day, Say, shall the current of our right run on ? And kiss him with a glorivus victory. Whose passage, vex'd with thy impediment, How like you this wild comsel, mighty states? Shall leave his native channel, and o'er-swell Smacks it not something of the policy? Withcourse listnrb'd even thy confining shores; K. John. Now, by the sky that hangs above Unless thou let bis silver water keep

our heads,

(powers, A peaceful progress to the ocean.

I like it well; - France, shall we kvit our K. Phi. England, thou hast not saved one And lay this Angiers even with the ground; drop of blood,

Then, after, fight who shall be king of it? lo this hoi trial, more than we of France; Bust. Anir thou hast the mettle of a king, Rather, lost more: And by this hand I swear, Being wrong’d, as we are, by this peev ish That sways the earth this climate overlooks, Turn thon the mouth of thy artillery, (town,Before we will lay down our just-borne arms, As we will our's, against these saucy walls: We'll put thee down,'gainst whom these arms And when that we have dash'd them to the (r add a royal number to the dead; (we bear, ground, Gracing the scroll, that tells of this war's loss, Why, then defy each other; and, pell-mell, With slaughter coupled to the name of kings. Make work upon ourselves, for heaven, or hell. Bast.Ila, majesty! how high thy glory towers, K. Phi. Let it be so :-Say,

where will you When the rich blood of kings is set on fire!

assault? O, now doth death line his dead chaps with K. John. We from the west will send steel;

Into this city's bosom.

(destruction The swords of soldiers are his teeth, his fangs; Aust. I, from the north. And now be feasts, mouthing the flesh of men, A.P. Our thunder from the south, In indetermined differences of kings.-- Shall rain their drift of bullets on this town. Why stand these royal fronts amazed thus? Bast. ( prudent discipline! From north to Cry, havoc, kings! back to the stained field,

south, Yon equal potents +, fiery-kindled spirits ! Austria and France shoot in each other's month: Then let confusion of one part confirm (death!

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

[your king?
while to stay,

(league; K. Phi. Speak, citizens, for England; wbo’s And I shall shew you peace, and fair-faced 1 Cit. The king of England, when we know Win you this city without stroke or wound;

Rescue those breathing lives to die in beds, • Yadged, determined. Potentates. Scabby fellows. Ø Mutineers.

the king.


That here come sacritices for the field: Cool and congeal again to what it was. Persever not, but hear me, inighty kings. i Cit. Why answer not the double majestics K. John. Speak on, with favour; we are This friendly treaty of our tireaten'd town? bent to hear.

[Blanch, K. Phi. Speak England first, that hath beeu i Cit. That daughter there of Spain, the lady forward first Is near to England: Look upou the years To speak unto this city: What say you ? Of Lewis the dauphin, and triat lovely maid: K. John. If that the dauphin ihere, tny If lasty love shonld go in quest of beauty,

princely son, Where should he find it fairer than in Blanch? Can in this book of beauty read, I love, If zealous* love should go in search of virtue, Her dowry shall wei h equal with a qneen: Where should he find it purer than in Blanch For Anjou, and fair Tonraine, Maine, Poictiers, Ir love ambitious sought a match of birth, And all that we upon this side the sea Whose veins bound richer blood than lady (Except this city now by us besieged) Blanch?

l'ind liable to our crowū and dignity, Such as she is, in beanty, virtue, birth, Shall gild her i ridal bed; and make her rich Is the young dauphin every way complete: In titles, honours, and promotions, If not complete, O say, he is not she;

As she in beauty, education, blood, And she again wants nothing, to name want, Holds hand with any princess of the world, If want it be not, that she is not he:

K. Phi. What say st thon, boy ? look in the He is the half part of a blessed man,

lady's face. Leit to be finished by such a she;

Lew. I do, my lord, and in her eye I find Aud she a fair divided excellence,

A wonder, or a woudrous miracle, Whose fulness of perfection lies in him. The shadow of myself form'd in her eye ; 0, two such silver currents, when they join, Which, being but the shadow of your son, Do glorify the banks that bound them in: Becomes a sun and makes your son a shadow' And two such shores to two such streams I do protest, I never loved myself, made one,

Till now infixed I beheld myself, Two such controlling bounds shall you be,kings, Drawn in the flattering table I of her eye. To these two princes, if you marry them.

[FF'hispers with BLANCH This union shall do more than battery can, Bast. Drawn in the flattering table of her To our fast-closed gates; for, at this match,

eye! With swifter spleent than powder can enforce, Hang'd in the frowning wrinkle of her The mouth of passage shail we fling wide ope, And quarterd in her heart!-he doth espy And give you entrance; but, without this match, Himself love's traitor: This is pity now, The sea enraged is not half so deaf,

That hang'd, and drawn, and quarter'd, there Lions more confident, mountains and rocks In such a love, so vile a lout as he. (should be, More free from motion; no, not death himself Blanch. My uncle's will, in this respect, is in mortal fury half so peremptory,

mine: As we to keep this city.

If he see aught in you, that makes him like, Bast. Here's a stay,

That any thing he sees, which moves his liking, That shakes the rotten carcass of old death I can with ease translate it to my will; Out of his rags! llere's a large mouth,

indeed, Or, if you will, (to speak more properly,) That spits forth death, and mountains, rocks, I will enforce it easily to my love. and seas;

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 thonglits themselves should Ile speaks plaiu cannon, fire, and smoke, and be your judge,) bounce;

That I can find should merit any hate. Jle gives the bastinado with his tongue;

K. John. What say these young ones? What Our ears are cudgell'd; not a word of his,

say you, my niece? But buffets better than a fist of France:

Blanch. That she is bound in honour still Zounds! I was never so bethump'd with words, What you in wisdom shall vouchsafe to say Since I first call'd ny brother's father, dad. K. John. Speak then, prince dauphin; cap Eli. Son, list to this conjunction, make this you love this lady! match;

Lew. Nay, ask meif I can refrain from love; Give with our nicce a dowry large enough: For I do love her inost unfcignedly. For by this knot thou shalt so surely tie K. John. Then do I give Volquessen, Ton. Thy now unsured assurance to the crown,

raine, Maine, That yon green boy shall have no son to ripe Poictiers, and Anjou, these five provinces, The bloom that promiseth a mighty fruit. With her to thee; and this addition more, I see a yielding in the looks of France; Full thirty thousand marks of English coinMark, how they whisper: urge them, while Philip of France, if thou be pleased withal, Are capable of this ambition : (their souls Command thy son and daughter to join bando. Lest zeal, now melted, by the windy breath K. Phi, li likes us well;-Young princes, Of soft petitions, pity, and remorse,

close your hapds. • Pious. Speed.


(to do

Axst. And your lips tou; for, I am well And i'rance,(whose arohoni conscience buckled assured,

Whom zealand charity oronght to the tield, (on; That I did so, when I was first assured .. As God's own soldier,) rounded in the ear K. Phi, Now, citizens of Anyiers, ope your with that saine purpose-changer, that sly devil; gates,

That broker, that still breaks the pite of faith; Let in that amity which you have made; That daily break-vow; be that wins of all, For at saint Mary's chapel, presently, Of kings, of beggars, old men, young men, The rites : f marriage shall be solemnized.

maids ;-is not the lady Constance in this troop? Who having no external thing to lose I know, she is not; for this match, made up, But the word maid, --cheats the poor maid of Her presence would haveiuterrupted inuch

that ;

[modity ;Where is she and her sun? tell me, who That smooth faced gentleman, tickling com, knows.

(ness' tent. Commodity, the bias of the world; Leu'. She is sad and passionatet at your high- The world, who of itself is peised | well, k. Phi. And, by my faith, this league, that Made to run ever, upon even ground; we have inade,

Till this advautage, this vile dia sing bias, Will give her sadness very little cure.- This sway of motion, this commodity, Brother of England, how may we content Makes it take head from all indifferency, This widow lady? In hier right we came; Fro n all direction, purpose, course, intent: Which we, God kuows, have turn's another And this same bias, this commolity, 10 our own vantage.

(way, 1 his bawd, this broker, this all changing word, K. John. We will heal up all; [la_ne, Clapp'd on the outwarri eye of fickle France, For we'll create yoing Arthur duke of Bri- Hath drawn him from his own determined aid, And earl of Richmont; and this rich fair town Froin a resolved and honourable war, We make hi.n lord of.-C.) the lady Con. To a most base and vile concluded peace.Some speedy messeger bij her repair istance; And why rail I on this commodity? To our solemnity :- I trust we shall,

But for because he hith not woo'd me yet: If not fill up the measure of her will,

Not that I have the power to clutch** my hand, Yet in some measue s tisfy her s:),

When his fair angels it would salute my palm: That we shall stop her exci ination.

But for my hand, as unattempted yel, Go we, as well as hias'e will suffer 18,

Like a poor beggar, raileth on the rich. To this unlook'd for, unprepared pomp. Well, whiles I am a besgar, I will rail, (Exeunt a l but the Bastard.-The Citizens and sy-there is no sin, but to be rich; retire from thu walls.

And being rich, my virtue then shall be, Bust. Mad wurid! mad kings! mad com- To say,--there is no vice, bot beggary : position

Since kings break frith upon cominodity, John, iu stop Arthur's title in the whole, Gain, be my lord I for I will worship thee! Hath willingly departed with a part:


ACT III. SCENE I. The same. The French King's | But they will quake and tremble all this day: Tent.

What dost th mean by shaking of thy head? Enter CONSTANCE, ARTHUR,& SALISBURY. What means that hand upon that breast ofthine?

Why dost tho i look so sadly on my son? Const. Gone to be married! gone to swear Why holiis thine eye that lamentable rheum, a peace!

[friends! Like a proud river peering :o'er his bounds? False blood to faise blood join'd! Gone to be Be these sad signs contimers of thy words? Shall Lewis have Bianchi and Blanch those Then speak again; uot all thy former tale, provinces ?

But this one word, whether ihy tale be true. It is not so; thou hast misspoke, misheard; Sal. As trne, as, I believe, you think them Be well advised, tell o'er thy tale again:

false, It cannot be; thou dost but say, 'tis so: That give you cause to prove my saying true. I trust, I may not trust thee; for thy word Const. U, if thou teach me to believe this Is but the vain breath of a common man:

sorrow, Believe


I do not believe thee, man; Teach thou this sorrow how to make me die I have a king's oath to the contrary:

And let belief and lite encounter so, Thou shalt be punish'd for thus frighting me, As doth he tury of two desperate men, For I am sick, and capable of fears; (fears; which, in the very meeting, fall, and die.Oppresı'd with wronys, and therefore full of Lewis marry Blanch! U, boy, then where ara A widow, busbandless, subject to fears;


[of me?A woman, naturally born to fears; [ jest, France friend with England! what Lecomes And though thou now confess, thou didst but Fellow, be gone; I cannot brook thy sight; With my vex'd spirits I cannot take a truce, This news hath made thee a most ugly mau. • Affianced.

+ Mouroful. * Advantag Conspired. Interest. S Poised, balanced.

# Coin. # Susceptible. gj Appearing.


a war.

Sal. What ofher harm have I, good lady, But on this day, let seamen fear no wreck; done,

No bargains break, that are not this day made: But spoke the karın that is by others done? This day, all things begun come to ill end;

Const. Which barm within itself so heinous is, Yea, faith itself to hollow falsehood cbangel As it makes harmful all that speak of it. K. Phi. By heaven, lady, you shall have no

Arth. I do beseech you, madan, be content. Const. If thou, that bidd'st me be content, To curse the fair proceedings of this day: wert grim,

Have I not pawn'd to you my majesty ? Ugly, and sland'rous to thy mother's womb, Const. You have beguiled me with a counFull of unpleasing blots, and sightless * stains, terfeit,

[aud tried, Lame, foolish, crooked, swart, prodigioust, Resembling majesty; which, being touch’d, Patch'd with foul moles, and eye-offending Proves valueless : You are forsworn, forsworn; marks,

You came in arms to spill mine enemies' blood, I would not care, I then would be content; But now in arms yon strengthen it with yours: For then I should not love thee; no, nor thou The grappling vigour and rough frown of war, Become thy great birth, nor deserve a crown. Is cold in amity and painted peace, But thou art fair; and at thy birth, dear boy! And our oppression hath inade up this league:Nature and fortune join’d to make thee great: Arm, arm, you heavens, against these perjured Of nature's gifts thou may'st with lilies boast, kings ! And with the half-blown rose: but fortune, 0! A widow cries; be husband to me, heavens! She is corrupted, changed, and won from thee; Let not the hours of this ungodly day She adulterates hourly with thine uncle John; Wear out the day in peace; but, ere sunset, And with her golden hand hath pluck'd on Set armed discord’twixt these perjured kings! France

Hear me, o, hear me! To tread down fair respect of sovereignty, Aust.

Lady Constance, peace. And made his majesty the bawd to theirs. Const. War! war! no peace! peace is to me France is a bawd to fortune, king John; That strumpet fortune, that usurping John:- O Lymoges! 0 Austria! thou dost shame Tell me, thou tellow, is not France forsworn? That bloody spoil: Thou slave, thou wretch, Envenom him with words; or get thee gone,

thou coward; And leave those woes alone, which I alone Thou little valiant, great in villany! Am bound to under-bear.

Thou ever strong upon the stronger side! Sal.

Pardon me, madam, Thou fortune's champion, that dost never fight I may not go without you to the kings. But when her humorous ladyship is by Const. Thou may'st, thou shalt, I will not go To teach thee safety! thou art perjured too, with thee:

And sooth'st up greatness. What a fonlart thou, I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;' A ramping fool; to brag, and stamp, and swear, For grief is proud, and makes his owner stout. Upon any party! Thou cold blooded slave, To me, and to the state 1 of my great grief, Hast thou not spoke like thunder on my side? Let kings assemble; for my griet's so great, Been sworn my soldier? bidding me depend That no supporter bit the huge firm earth Upon thy stars, thy fortune, and thy strength? Can hold it up: here I and sorrow sit; And dost thou now fall over to my foes? Here is my throne, bid kings come bow to it. Thou wear a lion's hide! doff|| it for shame,

[She throws herself on the ground. And bang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs. Enter King John, King PHILIP, LEW19, Aust. O, that a mau should speak those BLANCH, ELINOR, Bastard, AUSTRIA, and words to me!

(creant linba. Attendants.

Bast. And hang a calf's-skin on those reK. Phi. 'I'is true, fair daughter; and this Aust. Thou darest not say so, villain, for blessed day,

(creant limbs Ever in France shall be kept festival:

Bast. And hang a calf's-skin on those reTo solemnize this day, the glorions sun

K. John. We like not this; thou dost forget Stays in his course, and plays the alchemist; thyself. Turning, with splendour of his precious eye,

Enter PANDULPH. The meagre cloddy earth to glittering cold : K. Phi. Here comes the holy legate of the The yearly course, that brings this day about, pope.

(ven :Shall never see it but a holyday.

Pand. Hail, you anointed deputies of heaConst. A wicked day, and not a holyday!

—To thee, king John, my holy errand is.

(Rising. 1, Pandolph, of fair Milan cardinal, What hatb this day deserved? what hath it and from pope Innocent the legate here, That it in golden letters should be set, (done; Do, in his name, religiously demand, Among the high tides y, in the kalendar? Why thou against the church, our holy mother Nay, rather, turn this day out of the week; So wilfully dost spurn; and, force perforce, This day of shame, oppression, perjury: Keep Stephen Langton, chosen archbishop Or, if it must stand still, let wives with child Of Canterbury, from that holy see? Pray, that their burdens may not fall this day, This, in our 'foresaid holy father's name, Lest that their hopes prodigiously be cross'd: Pope Innocent, 1 do demand of thee.

• Unsightly. + Portentous. Sested in state. Solemn seasons. I Do ofs.

thy life.

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