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To swear, swear only not to be forsworn;
Else, what a mockery should it be to swear?
But thou dost swear only to be forsworn;
And most forsworn, to keep what thou dost swear.
Therefore, thy latter vows, against thy first,
Is in thyself rebeHion to thyself:
And better conquest never canst thou make,
Than arm thy constant and thy nobler parts
Against those giddy loose suggestions :
Upon which better part our prayers come in,
If thou vouchsafe them: but, if not, then know,
The peril of our curses light on thee;
So heavy, as thou shalt not shake them off,
But, in despair, die under their black weight.

Aust. Rebellion, flat rebellion !
Bast.

Will't not be! Will not a calf's-skin stop that mouth of thine?

Lew. Father, to arms!
Blanch.

Upon thy wedding day?
Against the blood that thou hast married?
What, shall our feast be kept with slaughter'd men?
Shall braying trumpets, and loud churlish drums,
Clamours of hell,-be measures' to our pomp?
O husband, hear me!-ah, alack, how new
Is husband in my mouth !-even for that name,
Which till this time my tongue did ne'er-pronounce,
Upon my knee I beg, go not to arms
Against mine uncle.
Const,

O, upon my knee, Made hard with kneeling, I do pray to thee, Thou virtuous Dauphin, alter not the doom

1 Musick for dancing.

Fore-thought by heaven.
Blanch. Now shall I see thy love; What motive

may Be stronger with thee than the name of wife? Const. That which upholdeth him that thee up

holds, His honour: 0, thine honour, Lewis, thine honour!

Lew. I muse, your majesty doth seem so cold,
When such profound respects do pull you on.

Pand. I will denounce a curse upon his head.
K. Phi. Thou shalt not need :—England, I'll fall

from thee.
Const. O fair return of banish'd majesty!
Eli. O foul revolt of French inconstancy !
K. John. France, thou shalt rue this hour within

this hour. Bast. Old time the clock-setter, that bald sexton

time, Is it as he will ? well then, France shall rue. Blanch. The sun's o'ercast with blood : Fair day,

adieu !
Which is the side that I must go withal ?
I am with both : each army hath a hand;
And, in their rage, I having hold of both,
They whirl asunder, and dismember me.
Husband, I cannot pray that thou may’st win;
Uncle, I needs must pray that thou may'st lose;
Father, I may not wish the fortune thine ;
Grandam, I will not wish thy wishes thrive:
Whoever wins, on that side shall I lose ;
Assured loss, before the match be play'd.

2 Wonder,

Lew. Lady, with me; with me thy fortune lies. Blanch. There where my fortune lives, there my

life dies. K. John. Cousin, go draw our puissancetogether.

[Exit Bastard. France, I am burn'd up with inflaming wrath; A rage, whose heat hath this condition, Than nothing can allay, nothing but blood, The blood, and dearest-valu'd blood, of France. K. Phi. Thy rage shall burn thee up, and thou

shalt turn To ashes, ere our blood shall quench that fire: Look to thyself, thou art in jeopardy. K. John. No more than he that threats. To arms lets hie!

[Exeunt.

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Alarums, Excursions. Enter the Bastard, with

AUSTRIA's Head. Bast. Now, by my life, this day grows wondrous

hot; Some airy devil hovers in the sky, And pours

down mischief. Austria's head lie there : While Philip breathes.

Enter King Jo'x, ARTHUR, and HUBERT.
K. John. Hubert, keep this boy :-Philip, make

up:

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My mother is asssailed in our tent,
And ta'en, I fear.
Bast.

My lord, I rescu'd her;
Her highness is in safety, fear you-not:
But on, my liege: for very little pains
Will bring this labour to an happy end. [Exeunt.

SCENE III.

The same.

Alarums; Excursions; Retreat. Enter King John,

ELINOR, ARTHUR, the Bastard, HUBERT, and Lords.

K. John. So shall it be; your grace shall stay behind,

[TO ELINOR. So strongly guarded.-Cousin, look not sad:

[To ARTHUR. Thy grandam loves thee; and thy uncle will As dear be to thee as thy father was.

Arth. O, this will make my mother die with grief. K. John. Cousin, [To the Bastard.] away for

England; haste before : And, ere our coming, see thou shake the bags Of hoarding abbots; angels 4 imprisoned Set thou at liberty : the fat ribs of peace Must by the hungry now be fed upon : Use our commission in his utmost force. Bast. Bell, book, and candle shall not drive me

back, When gold and silver becks me to come on.

4 Gold coin.

I leave your highness :-Grandam, I will pray
(If ever I remember to be holy,)
For your fair safety ; so I kiss your hand.

Eli. Farewell, my gentle cousin.
K. John.

Coz, farewell.

[Exit Bastard. Eli. Come hither, little kinsman; hark, a word.

[She takes Arthur aside. K. John. Come hither, Hubert. O my gentle

Hubert,
We owe thee much; within this wall of flesh
There is a soul, counts thee her creditor,
And with advantage means to pay thy love :
And, my good friend, thy voluntary oath
Lives in this bosom, dearly cherished.
Give me thy hand. I had a thing to say,
But I will fit it with some better time.
By heaven, Hubert, I am almost asham'd
To say what good respect I have of thee.

Ilub. I am much bounden to your majesty.
K, John. Good friend, thou hast no cause to say

so yet :
But thou shalt have ; and creep time ne'er so slow,
Yet it shall come, for me to do thee good.
I had a thing to say, -But let it go :
The sun is in the heaven, and the proud day,
Attended with the pleasures of the world,
Is all too wanton, and too full of gawds,5
To give me audience :-If the midnight bell
Did, with his iron tongue and brazen mouth,
Sound one unto the drowsy race of night ;

5 Showy ornaments.

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