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The meagre cloddy earth to glitt'ring gold.
K. Philip. By heaven, lady, you shall have no cause To curse the fair proceedings of this day : Have I not pawn'd to you my Majesty ?
Cont. You have beguild me with a counterfeit Resembling Majesty, which, touch'd and try'd, Proves valueless: you are forsworn, forsworn, You came in arms to spill my enemies blood, 9 But now in arms, you strengthen it with yours. The grapling vigour, and rough frown of war, Is cold in amity and painted peace, And our oppression hath made up Arm, arm, ye heav'ns, against these perjur'd Kings: A widow cries, be husband to me, heav'n! Let not the hours of this ungodly day Wear out the day in peace; but ere sun-set,
this league :
8 B::t on this day,
-] That it with yours.] I am afraid is, errest on this day.
here is a clinch intended ; You 9 You came in arms to spill my came in war to destroy my enemies, cremies' blood,
but now you strengthen them in But noro in arms, you ftrengthen embraces.
Set armed discord 'twixt these perjur'd Kings.!
Auft. Lady Constance, peace.
. War, war, no peace ; peace is to me a war. O Lymoges, O Auflria! thou dost shame That bloody spoil : thou Nave, thou wretch, thou
Auft. O, that a man would speak those words to me!
limbs. Auft. Thou dar'st not say so, villain, for thy life. Faulc. And hang a calve's skin on those recreant
limbs. Auft. - Methinks, that Richard's pride and Richard's fall
Shakespeare makes this bit- cond of A&t 2.) the least menter curse ettectual.
tion of any reason for it. But Metbinks, that Richard'spride, the story is, that Auftria, who &c.] What was the ground of kill'd King Richard Caur-de-lion, this quarrel of the Bastard to wore as the spoil of that Prince, Aufiria is no where specify'd in a lion's hide which had belong'd the present play: nor is there in to him. This circumstance renthis place, or the scene where it ders the anger of the Bastard is firit hinted at (namely the fe- very natural, and ought not to
Should be a preċedent to fright you, Sir.
K. John. We like not this, thou dost forget thyself.
S CE N E III.
Pand. Hail, you anointed Deputies of heav'n!
have been omitted. In the first omission of this incident, in the sketch of this play (which Shake- fecond draught, was natural, speare is said to have had a hand Shake'piare, having familiarised in, jointly with l’illiam Rowley) the story to his own imaginawe accordingly find this infiited tion, forgot that it was obscure upon, and I have ventured co. to his audience ; or, what is place a few of chofe ver.es here. equally probavle, the story was
Pope. then so popular that a hint was To the insertion of these lines sufficient at that time to bring is I have nothing to object. There to mind, and these plays were are many other partages in the written with very little care for old play, of great value. The the approbation of pofterity.
Of Canterbury, from that holy See?
K. John. What earthly name to interrogatorics :
K. Philip. Brother of England, you blaspheme in this.
K. John. Tho’you, and all the Kings of Christendom Are led so grosly by this medling Priest, Dreading the curse, that mony may buy out; And by the merit of vile gold, drofs, dust, Purchase corrupted pardon of a man, Who in that fale sells pardon from himself: Tho' you, and all the rest, so grosy led, This jugling witch-craft with revenue cherish; Yet I alone, alone, do me oppose Against the Pope, and count his friends my foes.
Pand. Then by the lawful power that I have, Thou shalt stand curst, and excommunicate ;
3 This must have been at the motion, that I cannot but faftime when it was written, in our pect that time has obscured much struggles with popery, a very of his art, and that many allucaptivating scene.
fions yet remain undiscovered So many passages remain in which perhaps may be gradually which Shakespeare evidently takes retrieved by fucceeding commenhis advantage of the facts then tators. recent, and of the passions then in
And blessed shall he be, that doth revolt
Const. O, lawful let it be,
Pand. There's law, and warrant, Lady, for my curse.
Const. And for mine too; when law can do no right, Let it be lawful that law bar no wrong: Law cannot give my child his kingdom here ; For he, that holds his kingdom, holds the law; Therefore, since law itself
is perfect wrong, How can the law forbid my tongue to curse ?
Pand. Philip of France, on peril of a curse, Let go the hand of that arch-heretick; And raise the pow'r of France upon his head, Unless he do submit himself to Rome. Eli. Look'it thou pale, France ? do not let go thy
hand. Const. Look to that, devil! left that France repent, And, by disjoining hands, hell lose a foul.
Auft. King Philip, listen to the Cardinal.
Auft. Well, ruffian, I must pocket up these wrongs, Because
Fault. Your breeches best may carry them.
4 This may allude to the bull that it was exhibited soon after published against Queen Eliza- the popish plot. I have seen a beth. Or we may suppose, fince Spanish book in which Garnet, we have no proof that this play Faux, and their accomplices are appeared in its present state, be- registred as faints. fore the reign of King James, 4