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Heap not another sin upon my head,
Paris. I do defy thy conjurations,
Paris. O, I am slain! If thou be merciful, Open the tomb, lay me with Juliet.
[Dies. Romeo. In faith, I will :-Let me peruse this
[Laying Paris in the Monument.
wife! Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath,
Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty :
apothecary! Thy drugs are quick.—Thus with a kiss I die. [Dies. Friar Laurence's Explanation to the Prince of Verona.
I will be brief, for my short date of breath
And she, there dead, that Romeo's faithful wife :
Paris :-Then comes she to me;
cell there would she kill herself. Then gave
I her, so tutor’d by my art, A sleeping potion ; which so took effect As I intended, for it wrought on her The form of death : meantime I writ to Romeo, That he should hither come as this dire night, To help to take her from her borrow'd grave, Being the time the potion's force should cease. But he which bore my letter, Friar John, Was staid by accident; and yesternight Return'd my letter back : Then all alone, At the prefixed hour of her waking, Came I to take her from her kindred's vault ; Meaning to keep her closely at my cell, Till I conveniently could send to Romeo : But when I came (some minute ere the time Of her awakening), here untimely lay The noble Paris, and true Romeo, dead. She wakes; and I entreated her come forth, And bear this work of heaven with patience : But then a noise did scare me from the tomb ; And she too desperate, would not go with me, But (as it seems) did violence on herself.
* That source of grief.
All this I know; and to the marriage
old life Be sacrificed some hour before his time, Unto the rigour of severest law.
The play commences with the arrival at the court of England of Chatillon, ambassador from the French king, who demands King John's abdication in favour of Prince Arthur. This is refused, and war is immediately declared between England and France. The two armies meet before the walls of Angiers, where a marriage is arranged between Lewis, the dauphin of France, and Blanch, niece of King John; thus an alliance is cemented between the French King Philip and John. At this juncture Cardinal Pandulph, the Pope's legate, arrives, to urge on King John the appointment of Stephen Langton to the see of Canterbury. This the king declines to accede to, telling Pandulph that
No Italian priest
On which Pandulph declares him excommunicated, and induces the French king to declare war against him. In a battle which ensues, Prince Arthur is taken and sent to England, under the charge of Hubert, who has been ordered by John to kill the prince by burning out his eyes. Hubert, overcome by the prayers of Prince Arthur, will not execute the command given him ; but the prince, in making an effort to escape from Northampton Castle, where he is confined, falls from the walls and is killed. The war continuing, the French land in England, and in a battle which ensues, King John, in accordance with a message he receives from Faulconbridge, leaves the field and retires to Swinstead Abbey, where he dies, poison having been administered to him by a monk, and the play concludes with a defiant appeal on behalf of England from Faulconbridge.
King John's Defiance to the French Ambassador.
Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France ;
of your own decay.
best command ; At your employment : at your service, sir :No, sir, says question, I, sweet sir, at yours: And so, ere answer knows what question would, (Saving in dialogue of compliment; And talking of the Alps and Apennines, * Good e'en, good evening. + Advanced position in life. I Picked man of countries ; that is, one who has travelled much.