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K. Phil. Let it be so:—Say, where will you
assault? K. John. We from the west will send destruction Into this city's bosom.
Aust. I from the north.
K. Phil. Our thunder from the south Shall rain their drift of bullets on this town.
Faul. O prudent discipline! From north to south Austria and France shoot in each other's mouth :I'll stir them to it :-Come, away, away! Cit. Hear us, great Kings: Vouchsafe a while to
stay, And I shall show you peace, and fair-fac'd league; Win you this city without stroke, or wound. Persever not, but hear me, mighty Kings. K. John. Speak on, with favour; we are bent to
hear. Cit. That daughter there of Spain, the Lady
Faul. Here's a stay.
As maids of thirteen do of puppy-dogs!
Cit. Why answer not the double majesties
Lew. I do, my lord; and in her
eye I find
[KING JOHN, KING PHILIP, LEWIS, and BLANCH, talk apart.]
Faul. Drawn in the flattering table of her eye! Hang'd in the frowning wrinkle of her brow! And quarter'd in her heart!—he doth espy Himself love's traitor: This is pity now, That hang'd, and drawn, and quarter'd, there should be,
In such a love, so vile a lout as he.
K. John. What say these young ones? What say you, my niece?
Blan. That she is bound in honour still to do What you in wisdom still vouchsafe to say.
K. John. Speak then, Prince Dauphin; can you love this lady?
Lew. Nay, ask me if I can refrain from love; For I do love her most unfeignedly.
K. John. Philip of France, if thou be pleas'd withal,
Command thy son and daughter to join hands.
Now, Citizens of Angiers, ope your gates,
[Exeunt CITIZENS. Is not the Lady Constance in this troop?
Lew. She is sad and passionate, at your highness' tent. K. Phil. Brother of England, how may we con
This widow lady?
[The CITIZENS open the Gates, and enter, to present the Keys of the Town.
K. John. We will heal up all :
For we'll create young Arthur Duke of Bretagne,
Go we, as well as haste will suffer us,
[Flourish of Drums and Trumpets.—Exeunt all but FAULCONBRIDGE.
Faul. Mad world! mad kings! mad composition!
And France, (whose armour conscience buckled on,
To a most base and vile concluded peace.-
To say, there is no vice, but beggary:
ACT THE THIRD.
The FRENCH KING'S Tent.
Enter ARTHUR, CONSTANCE, and SALISBURY.
Con. Gone to be married! gone to swear a peace! False blood to false blood join'd! Gone to be friends! Shall Lewis have Blanch? and Blanch those provinces ?
It is not so; thou hast mis-spoke, mis-heard ;
Sal. As true, as, I believe, you think them false, That gave you cause to prove my saying true.
Con. O, if thou teach me to believe this sorrow, Teach thou this sorrow how to make me die. Lewis marry Blanch! O, boy, then where art thou? France friend with England! what becomes of me?→ Fellow, be gone; I cannot brook thy sight.
Arth. I do beseech you, madam, be content.
Con. If thou, that bid'st me be content, wert grim, Ugly,
Patch'd with foul moles, and eye-offending marks,
Sal. Pardon me, madam,
I may not go without you
to the Kings.
Con. Thou may'st, thou shalt, I will not go with thee:
I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
Flourish of Trumpets and Drums.
Enter KING JOHN, KING PHILIP, LEWIS, BLANCH, AUSTRIA, ELINOR, FAULCONBRIDGE, CHATILLON, PEMBROKE, ESSEX, HUBERT, ENGLISH HERALD, FRENCH HERALD, ENGLISH and FRENCH GENTLEMEN, and GUARDS,
K.Phil. 'Tis true, fair daughter; and this blessed day Ever in France shall be kept festival;