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As great Alcides' shews upon an ass;
Auft. What cracker is this same, that deafs our ears
K. John. My life as soon.- I do defy thee, France.
Eli. Come to thy grandam, child.
Conjt. Do, child, go to it' grandam, child.
Arth. Good my mother, peace ;
Eli. His mother shames him so, poor boy, he weeps.
Cont. Now shame upon you, whether she does or no! His grandam's wrong, and not his mother's shames, Draws those heav'n-moving pearls from his poor eyes, Which heav'n fhall take in nature of a fee : Ay, with these crystal beads heav'n shall be bribd To do him justice, and revenge on you.
Eli. Thou monstrous (anderer of heav'n and earth!
Conf. Thou monstrous injurer of heav'n and earth! Call me not Nanderer ; thou, and thine, ufurp The domination, royalties and rights Of this oppressed boy. This is thy eldest son's fon, Infortunate in nothing but in thee;
Thy sins are visited on this poor child ;
K. John. Bedlam, have done.
Const. I have but this to say,
; his injury,
Eli. Thou unadvised scold, I can produce
Conft. Ay, who doubts that? a will !-a wicked
6 I have but this to say,
plexed. All the editions read, That he's not only glagued for her
for her, fin,
And with her plague her sin; his But, &c. - ] This par injury, fage appears to me very obscure, Ber injury, the beadle to her The chief difficulty arises from this, that Constance having told All punism'd in the person of this Elinor of her fin-conceiving womb,
child. persues the thought, and uses fin I point thus : through the next lines in an am
for ber biguous sense, sometimes for And with her. -Plague her crime, and sometimes for off fin ! his injury spring.
Her injury, the beadle to her He's not only flègued for her fin, fin. &c. He is not only made mise That is; instead of indieting rable by vengeance for her fin or vengeance on this innocent and crime, but her fin, her offspring, remote deicendant, sunish her sin, and she, are made the instruments her immediate offspring: then of that vengeance, on this de- the affliction will fail where it is fcendant, who, though of the se- deferved; his injury will be her cond generation, is plagued for injury, and the misery of her lin; þer and with her ; to whom the her son will be a beadle, or chalis not only the cause but the in- tifer, to her crimes, which are strument of evil.
now all punisked in the person of The next clause is more per- this child.
A woman's will, a cankred grandam's will.
K. Pbil. Peace, Lady; pause, or be more tempe7 It ill beseems this presence to cry Aim To these ill tuned repetitions. Some trumpet summon hither to the walls These men of Angiers; let us hear them speak, Whose title they admit, Arthur's or John's.
Enter a Citizen upon the Walls. Cit. Who is it, that hath warn'd us to the walls? K. Pbil. 'Tis France for England.
K. John. England for itself; You men of Angiers and my loving subjectsK. Phil. You loving men of Angiers, Arthur's sub
jects, Our trumpet call'd you to this gentle parle
K. John. For our advantage-therefore hear us
These flags of France, that are advanced here
; And ready mounted are they to spit forth Their iron indignation 'gainst your walls :
7 I ill beseems this presence io to cry aim had been to incite ns
tice, or raise attention. But I To thee ill tuned repetitions,] rather think, that the old word
Dr. Warburton has well ob- of applause was J'aime, loze served on one of the former plays, it, and that to applaud was to that to cry aim is to encourage. I cry'J'aime, which the English, not once thought it was borrowed easily pronouncing Je, lunk into from archery; and that aim! aime or aim. Our exclamations of having been the word of com- applause are itill borrowed, as mand, as we now say frifent! bruvo, and encore.
All preparations for a bloody siege
Save in aspect, hath all offence seal'd up;
Cit. In brief, we are the King of England's subjects; For him, and in his right, we hold this town.
K. John. Acknowledge then the King, and let me in. Cit. That can we not ; but he that proves the
Faulc. (Baltards, and else.)
those Faul. (Some bastards too.) K. Pbil. Stand in his face to contradict his claim.
Cit. Till you compound whose right is worthiest, We for the worthiest hold the right from both. K. John. Then God forgive the sin of all those fouls,