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Lie hid more thousand deaths : yet death we fear,
I humbly thank you
Duke. Bring them to speak, where I may be conceal'a,
[Exeunt DUKE and Provost Claud.
Now sister, what's the comfort ?
Is there no remedy?
But is there any ?
Perpetual durance ?
But in what nature ?
Let me know the point.
Why give you me this shame
grara Did utter forth a voice! Yes, thou must die : Thou art too noble to conserve a life In base appliances. This outward-sainted deputy,– Whose settled visage and deliberate word Nips youth i' the head, and follies doth enmew, As falcon doth the fowl,—is yet a devil.
Claud. The princely Angelo?
Isab. O, were it but my life,
Thanks, dear Isabella.
Death is a fearful thing. Isab. And shamed life a hateful.
Claud. Ay, but to die, and go we know not where ;
Isab. Alas! alas !
Sweet sister, let me live :
Isab. O, faithless coward ! O, dishonest wretch
Claud. Nay, hear me, Isabel.
Isab. 'Tis best that thou diest quickly.
O, fye, fye, fye!
The Duke overhears the conversation between Claudio and his sister, and touched with the virtue and dignity of Isabel's character, he plans a mode by which Claudio may escape the penalty of the Law, and Angelo shall receive a well-merited punishment for his abuse of power.
King John, is the first of that series of Dramas, written by our Poet to illustrate some of the most important events in English history. The old chroniclers furnished him with abundant material for his labors; but in this Play he has taken a chronicle historical Drama, entitled “The Troublesome Raigne of John, King of England,” and by his i parable powers of tra ion, he has p d us with a vivid life-stirring picture of the eventful reign of this, one of the weakest monarchs that ever swayed the sceptre of England.
The chief interest in this Drama, is centred in the events connected with the Lady Censtance and her son Arthur; we have therefore confined our selections to the scenes in which their mournful history is portrayed.
PRINCE HENRY, his son; afterwards King Henry III.
ARTHUR, Duke of Bretagne, son of Geffrey, late Duke of Bretagne, the elder brother of 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 FAULCONBRIDGE, son of Sir Robert Faulconbridge.
PHILIP FAULconBRIDGE, his half-brother, illegitimate son to King
JAMES GURNEY, servant to Lady Faulconbridge.
PETER, of Pomfret, a prophet.
PHILIP, King of France.
Lewis, the Dauphin.
ARCHDUKE of AUSTRIA.
Cardinal PANDULPH, 's Pope's legate.
MELUN, a French lord.
Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
We commence our extracts at the period when King John invades France with a numerous army, to chastise Philip for espousing the cause of Prince Arthur, the rightful heir to the English throne.
The contending armies of England and France, meet before the city of Angiers; and after a battle, in which each party claims the victory, a peace is declared between the Sovereigns, to be cemented by the marriage of the French King's son, to Blanch, the niece of John. Philip further engages to break his league with the Lady Constance, and her son. The indignation and grief of the widowed mother, is beautifully depicted in the following scene.
SCENE.-ANGERS. The French King's Tent.
Enter CONSTANCE, ARTHUR, and SALISBURY.