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Re-enter MACDUFF, with MACBETH's head.
Macd. Hail, king! for so thou art: behold, where stands The usurper's cursed head: the time is free:
I see thee compass'd with thy kingdom's pearl,
Hail, King of Scotland! [Flourish.
And make us even with you. My thanes and kinsmen,
Of this dead butcher, and his fiend-like queen,—
PRINCE HENRY, his Son; afterwards KING HENRY III. ARTHUR, Duke of Bretagne, Son to GEFFREY, late Duke of Bretagne, the Elder Brother to KING JOHN.
WILLIAM MARESHALL, Earl of Pembroke.
GEFFREY FITZ-PETER, Earl of Essex, Chief Justiciary of England.
WILLIAM LONGSWORD, Earl of Salisbury.
ROBERT BIGOT, Earl of Norfolk.
HUBERT DE BURGH, Chamberlain to the KING.
ROBERT FALCONBRIDGE, Son to SIR ROBERT FALCONBRIDGE.
JAMES GURNEY, Servant to LADY FALCONBRIDGE.
PHILIP, King of France.
LOUIS, the Dauphin.
ARCHDUKE OF AUSTRIA.
CARDINAL PANDULPH, the Pope's Legate.
MELUN, a French Lord.
CHATILLON, Ambassador from France to KING JOHN.
ELINOR, Widow of KING HENRY II., and Mother to KING JOHN.
CONSTANCE, Mother to ARTHUR.
BLANCH, Daughter to ALPHONSO, King of Castile, and Niece to KING JOHN.
LADY FALCONBRIDGE, Mother to the BASTARD and ROBERT FALCONBRIDGE.
Lords, Citizens of Angiers, Sheriff, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
SCENE,-Sometimes in ENGLAND, and sometimes in FRANCE
SCENE I.-NORTHAMPTON. A Room of State in the Palace. Enter KING JOHN, QUEEN ELINOR, PEMBROKE, ESSEX, SALISBURY, and others, with CHATILLON.
K. John. Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with
Chat. Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of France, In my behaviour, to the majesty,
The borrow'd majesty of England here.
Eli. A strange beginning;-borrow'd majesty!
Of thy deceased brother Geffrey's son,
Arthur Plantagenet, lays most lawful claim
To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine;
Which sways usurpingly these several titles,
K. John. What follows, if we disallow of this?
Chat. The proud control of fierce and bloody war,
To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld.
K. John. Here have we war for war, and blood for blood, Controlment for controlment: so answer France.
Chat. Then take my king's defiance from my mouth,
The furthest limit of my embassy.
K. John. Bear mine to him, and so depart in peace:
Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France;
For ere thou canst report I will be there,
The thunder of my cannon shall be heard:
So, hence! Be thou the trumpet of our wrath,