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Are capable of this ambition ;
Command thy son and daughter to join hands. Lest zeal, now melted, by the windy breath K. Phil. Ít likes us well;- Young princes, Of soft petitions, pity, and remorse,
close your hands. Cool and congeal again to what it was.
Aust. And your lips too; for, I am well assur'd, Cit. Why answer not the double majesties 5 That I did so, when I was first assur'd'. This friendly treaty of our threatend town? K. Phil. Now, citizens of Angiers, ope your gates,
K. Phil. Speak England first, that hath been for- Let in that amity which you have made: To speak unto this city: What say you? (ward tirst for at St. Mary's chapel, presently,
K.John. Ifthat the Dauphin there, thy princely The rites of marriage shall be solemniz'd. Can in this book of beauty read, I love, [son, 10 Is not the lady Constance in this troop?Her dowry shall weigh equal with a queen: I know, she is not; for this match, made up, For Anjou, and fairTouraine, Maine, and Poictiers, Her presence would have interrupted much: And all that we upon this side the sea
Where is she and her son ; tell me, who knows? (Except this city now by us besieg'd)
Lewis. She is sad and passionate at your bighFind liable to our crown and dignity,
[have made, Shall gild her bridal bed; and make her rich K. Phil. And, by my faith, this league, that we In titles, honours, and promotions,
Will give her sadness very little cure.As she in beauty, education, blood,
Brother of England, how may we content Holds hand with any princess of the world. [face. This widow lady? In her right we came; K.Phil. What say'st thou, boy? look in the lady's 20 Which we, God knows, have turn'd another way,
Lewis. I do, my lord; and in her eye I find To our own vantage. A wonder, or a wondrous miracle,
K. John. We will heal up all : The shadow of myself form'd in her eye;
For we'il create young Arthur duke of Bretagne, Which, being but the shadow of your son, And earl of Richmond; and this rich fair town Becomes a sun, and makes your son a shadow: | 25 We make him lord of.--Call the lady Constance; I do protest, I never lov'd myself,
Some speedy messenger bid her repair 'Till now infixed I beheld myself,
To our solemnity:-1 trust we shall,
Juf not fill up the measure of her will,
To this unlook'd for unprepared pomp.
(Exeunt all but Faulconbridge. That hang'd, and drawn, and quarter'd; there Faulc. Mad world! mad kings! mad composishould be,
35 John, to stop Arthur's title in the whole, [tion! In such a love, so vile a lout as he.
Hath willingly departed with a part: Blanch. My uncle's will, in this respect, is mine: AndFrance,(whose armour conscience buckled on; If he see aught in you, that makes him like, Whom zeal and charity brought to the field, That any thing he sees, which moves his liking, As God's own soldier) rounded in the ear* I can with ease translate it to my will;
40 With that same purpose-changer, that sly devil; Or, if you will, (to speak more properly) That bruker, that still breaks the pate of faith; I will enforce it easily to my love.
That daily break-vow; he that wins of all, Further I will not flatter you, my lord,
Of kings, of beggars, old men, young men, maids, 'That all I see in you is worthy love,
(Who having no external thing to lose Than this,—that nothing do I see in you, 45 But the word maid, cheats the poor maid of that) (Though churlish thoughts themselves should be That sinooth-fac'd gentleman, tickling commoyour jucige)
Commodity', the bias of the world; [dity,That I can find should merit any hate.
The world, who of itself is peised well, K. John. What say these young ones? What Made to run even, upon even ground; say you, my piece
50 Till this advantage, this vile drawing bias, Blanch. That she is bound in honour still to do This sway of motion, this commodity, What you in wisdom still vouchsafe to say. Makes it take head from all indifferency, K.John. Speak then, prince Dauphin; can you From all direction, purpose, course, intent: love this lady?
And this same bias, this commodity; Lewis. Nay, ask me if I can refrain froin love; 55 This bawd, this broker, this all-changing word, For I do love her most upfeignedly. [Maine, Clapt on the outward eye of fickle France,
K.John. Then do I give Volquessen',Touraine, Hath drawn him from his own determin'd aid,
To a most base and vile-concluded peace.
This is the ancient name for the country now call’d the Verin. aj. e. affianced, contracted. To purt and to depart were formerly synonymous. nie, whispered in the ear. si, e. interest.
Not that I have the power to clutch my hand', And say,—there is no sin, but to be rich;
To say—there is no vice, but beggary:
Since kings break faith upon commodity, Well, whiles I am a beggar, I will rail,
5. Gain, be my lord; for I will worship thee! [Erit.
Full of unpleasing blots, and sightless ? stains,
Lame, foolish, crooked, swart", prodigious *,
15 Patch'd with foul moles, and eye-offending marks, Enter Constance, Arthur, and Salisbury. I would not care, I then would be content; Con.GONEtobe marry'd gone to sweara peace!
For then I should not love thee; no, nor thou False blood to false blood join'd! Gone Become thy great birth, nor deserve a crown. to be friends!
But thou art fair ; and at thy birth, dear boy! Shall Lewis have Blanch? and Blanch those pro-20 Nature and fortune join’d to make thee great: vinces ?
Of nature's gifts thou may'st with lilies boast, It is not so; thou hast mis-spoke, mis-heard; And with the half-blown rose: but fortune, ob! Be well advis’d, tell o'er thy tale again:
She is corrupted, chang'd, and won from thee; It cannot be; thou dost but say, 'tis so;
She adulterates hourly with thine uncle John, I trust, I may not trust thee: for thy word 25 And with her golden band hath pluck'd on France Is but the vain breath of a common man: To tread down fair respect of sovreignty, Believe me, I do not believe thèe, man ;
And made his majesty the hawd to theirs. I have a king's oath to the contrary.
France is a bawd to fortune, and king John; Thou shalt be punishi’d for thus frighting me, That strumpet fortune, that usurping John: For I am sick, and capable of fears ;
30 Tell me, thou fellow, is not France forsworn? Oppress’d with wrongs, and therefore full of fears; Envenom him with words; or get thee gone, A widow, husbandless, subject to fears;
And leave those woes alone, which I alone A woman, naturally born to fears:
Am bound to under-bear.
[Throz's herself on the ground. That give you cause to prove my saying true. Enter King John, King Philip, Lerris, Blanch,
Const.Oh, if thou teachine to believe this sorrow, Elinor, Faulconbridge, and Austria. Teach thou this worrow how to make me die; K.Phil. ”T is true, fair daughter; and this blessed! And let beliet and life encounter so,
Ever in France shall be kept festival: [day As doth the fury of two desperate men, 150 To solemnize this day, the glorious sun Which, in the very meeting, fall and die. Stays in his course, and plays the alchymist; Lewis marry Blanch! Oh boy, then where art thou? Turning, with splendor of his precious eye, Francefriend with England! what becomes of me:- The meagre cloddy earth to glittering gold: Fellow, he gone; I cannot brook thy sight; The yearly course that brings this day about, This news hath made thee a most ugly man. 155 Shall never see it but a holy-day.
Sul. What other harm have I, good lady, done, Const. A wicked day, and not a holy-days But spoke the harm that is by others done?
[Rising Const. Which harm within itself so heinous is, What hath this day deserv'd? what hath it done; As it makes harmful all that speak of it.
That it in golden letters should be set,
'To clutch the hand, is to clasp it close. Sightless here means disagreeable to the sight. 'je. black, taway. “i. e. portinous, such as may seem a prodigy. 'i. e. solemn seasons.
Or, if it must stand still, let wives with child Keep Stephen Langton, chosen archbishop
K. Phil. By heaven, lady, you shall have no So slight, unworthy, and ridiculous,
Const. You have beguild me with a counterfeit, Add thus much more,– That no Italian priest Resembling majesty; which, being touch'd, and Shall tithe or toil in our dominions; try'd,
But as we under heaven are supreme head, Proves valueless: You are forsworn, forsworn;
So, under him, that great supremacy, You came in arms to spill mine enemies' blood, 15 Where we do reign, we will alone uphold, But now in arms you strengthen it with yours :
Without the assistance of a mortal hand: The grappling vigour and rough frown of war, So tell the pope ; all reverence set apart, Is cold in amity and painted peace,
To him, and his usurp'd authority. [this. And our oppression hath made up this league:- K. Phil. Brother of England, you blaspheme in Arm,arm, you heavens against these perjur'd kings! 20 K. John. Though you, and all the kings of A widow cries; be husband to me, heavens !
Christendom, Let not the hours of this ungodly day
Are led so grossly by this meddling priest, Wear out the day in peace; but, ere sun-set,
Dreading the curse that money may buy out; Set armed discord 'twixt these perjur'd kings! And, by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust, Ilear me, oh, hear me!
25]Purchase corrupted pardon of a man, Aust. Lady Constance, peace.
Who, in that sale, sells pardon from himself: Const. War! war! no peace! peace is to me a Though you, and all the rest, so grossly led, O Lymoges! ( Austria ! thou dost shame (war. This juggling witchcraft with revenue cherish, Thai bloody spoil: Thou slave, thou wretch, thou
Yet Ỉ, alone, alone do me oppose coward;
30 Against the pope, and count his friends my foes. Thou little valiant, great in villainy!
Pand. Then, by the lawful power that I have,
From his allegiance to an heretic;
40 That I have room with Roine to curse a while! Upon thy stars, thy fortune, and thy strength ? Good father cardinal, cry thou Amen, And dost thou now fall over to
To my keen curses : for, without my wrong, Thou wear a lion's hide! doff it } for shame, There is no tongue hath power to curse him right. And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs'. Pand. There's law and warrant, lady,for my curse. Aust.O,that a man wouldspeak those words tome! 45 Const. And for mine too; when law can dono right, Faulc. And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant
Let it be lawful, that law bar no wrong: limbs.
Law cannot give my child his kingdom here; Aust. Thou dar'st not say so, villain, for thy life. For he that holds his kingdom, holds the law : Faulc. And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant
Therefore, since law itself is perfect wrong, linibs.
50 flow can the law forbid my tongue to curse? X. John. We like not this; thou dost forget thyself.
Pund. Philip ot France, on peril of a curse, Enter Pandulph.
Let go the hand of that arch heretic;
And raise the power of France upon his head, K. Phil. Here comes the holy legate ofthe pope. Unless he do submit bimself to Rome.
Pand. Hail, you anointed deputies of heaven-55 Eli. Looh'st thou pale, France? do not let go To thee, king John, my holy errand is.
(repent, I Pandulph, of fair Milan cardinal,
Const. Look to that, devil ! lest that France And from pope Innocent the legate here,
And, by disjoining hands, hell lose a soul. Do, in his naine, religiously demand,
Aust. King Philip, listen to the cardinal. Why thou against the church, our holy mother, 100 Faulc. And hang a calt’s-skin on his recreant So wilfully dost spurn; and force, perforce,
limbs. 'j. e. be disappointed by the production of a prodigy, or monster. But here signifies except. 'i.e. put it off. “When fools were kept for amusement in great families, they were distinguished by a cult-skin coat, which had the buttons down the back. This circumstance will explain the sarcasm of Constance and Faulconbridge, who mean to call Austria a fool. ' i. e, cowardly.
Aust. Well, ruffian, I must pocket up these France, thou may'st hold a serpent by the tongue, Because
[wrongs, A cased lion by the mortal paw, Faulo. Your breeches best may carry them. A fasting tyger safer by the tooth, K. John. Philip, what say'st thou to the cardinal: Than keep in peace that hand whichthou dost hold. Const. What should he say, but as the cardinal: K. Phil. I may disjoin my hand, but not my faith.
Leruis. Bethink you, father; for the difference Pand. So mak'st thou faith an enemy to faith; Is, purchase of a heavy curse from Rome,
And, like a civil war, set'st oath to oath, Or the light loss of England for a friend :
Thy tongue against thy tongue. 0, let thy vow Forego the easier,
First made to heaven, first be to heaven perform’d; Blanch. That's the curse of Rome. [here 10 That is, to be the champion of our church! Const. O Lewis, stand fast: thedevil tempts thee What since thou swor'st, is sworn against thyself, In likeness of a new untrimmed' bride. [faith, And may not be performed by thyself:
Blanch. The lady Constance speaks not from her For that, which thou hast sworn to do amiss, But froin her need.
Is't not amiss, when it is truly done?
15. And being not done, where doing tends to ill,
K. John. The king is mov'd, and answers not to Within the scorched veins of one new burn'd.
[say. 25 And mak'st an oath the surety for thy truth
Else what a mockery should it be to swear! If thou stand excommunicate, and curst ? [yours, But thou dost swear only to be forsworn;
K. Phil. Good reverend father,inake my person 30 And most forsworn to keep what thou dost swear., And tell me, how you would bestow yourself
. Therefore thy latter vows, against thy first,
And better conquest never canst thou make,
Lewis. Father, to arms!
Upon my knee I beg, fo not to arms (nounce,
Against mine uncle.
551 Const. O, upon my knee,
holds, A mother's curse, on her revolting son.
His honour: Ób, thine honour, Lewis, thine ho! i. e. undressed. ' ? A regreet is an exchange of salutation. Some editions read chased.
Lewis. I muse, your majesty doth seem so cold, As dear be to thee as thy father was. [grief. When such profound respects do pull you on. Arth. O, this will make my mother die with
Pand. I will denounce a curse upon his head. K. John. Cousin, away for England: haste beK. Phil. Thou shalt not need:-England, I'll fall
(To Faulconbridge. from thee.
5 And ere our coming, see thou shake the bags Const. O fair return of banish'd inajesty! Of hoarding abbots; imprisoned angels Eli. O foul revolt of French inconstancy! Set at liberty: the fat ribs of peace K. Jokn. France, thou shalt rue this bour within Must by the hungry now be fed upon: this hour.
(ton time, Use our commission in his utmost force. (back, Faulc. Old time the clock-setter, that bald sex- 10 Faulc. Bell book and candle shall not drive me Is it as he will? well then, France shall rue. When gold and silver becks me to come on.
Blanch. The sun'so'ercast with blood : Fair day I leave your highness :-Grandam, I will pray Which is the side that I must go withal? (adieu! (If ever I remember to be holy) I am with both: each army hath a hand: For your fair safety; so I kiss your hand. And, in their rage, I having hold of both, 15 Eli. Farewell, gentle cousin. They whirl asunder, and dismember me.
K. John. Coz, farewell.. [Erit Faule. Husband, I cannot pray that thou may’st win ; Eli. Come hither, little kinsman; hark, a word, Uncle, I needs must pray that thou may'st lose :
[Taking him to one side of the stage. Father, I may not wish the fortune thine;
K. John. Come bither, Hubert. O mygentle HuGrandam, I will not wish thy wishes thrive: 20 We owe thee much; within this wallof flesh (bert, Whoever wins, on that side shall I lose;
There is a soul counts thee her creditor,
Lewis. Lady, with me; with me thy fortune And, my good friend, thy voluntary oath
[ther.-25 Give me thy hand. I had a thing to say, K. John. Cousin, go draw our puissance toge- But I will fit it with some better tiine.
[Exit Faulconbridge. By heaven, Hubert, I am almost asham'd France, I am burned up with inflaming wrath; To say what good respect I have of thee. A rage whose heat hath this condition,
Hub.I am much bounden to your majesty.[so yet : That nothing can allay, nothing but blood, 30 K. John. Good friend, thou hast no cause to say The blood, and dearest-valu'd blood, of France. But thou shalt have; and creep time ne'er so slow, K. Phil. Thy rage shall burn thee up, and thou Yet it shall come to me to do thee good. shalt turn
I had a thing to say,—But let it go : To ashes, ere our blood shall quench that fire : The sun is in the heaven, and the proud day, Look to thyself, thou art in jeopardy.
35 Attended with the pleasures of the world, K. John. No more than he that threats.-To Is all too wanton, and too full of gawds , arms, let's hie!
[Ereunt. To give me audience:-if the midnight bell
Did with his iron tongue and brazen mouth,
Sound on’ unto the drowsy race of night; Alarums, ercursions : enter Faulconbridge, with 40 If this same were a church-yard where we stand, Austria's head.
And thou possessed with a thousand wrongs ; Faulc. Now, by my life, this day grows wondrous Or if that surly spirit, melancholy, Some airy devil hovers in the sky, shot: Had bak'd thy blood, and made it heavy, thick ;
down mischief. Austria's head lie there; (Which, else, runs tickling up and down the veins, While Philip breathes.
45 Making that ideot, laughter, keep men's eyes, Enter King John, Arthur, and Hubert. And strain their cheeks to idle merriment, K. John. Hubert, keep this boy :-Philip' make A passion hateful to my purposes), My mother is assailed in our tent, [up:
Or if that thou could'st see me without eyes, And ta'en, I fear.
Hear me without thine ears, and make reply Faulc. My lord, I rescu'd her;
150 Without a tongue, using conceit alone, Her highness is in safety, fear you not :
Without eyes, ears, and harmful sound of words; But on, my liege ; for very little pains
Then, in despight of broad-ey'd watchful day, Will bring this labour to an happy end. [Ereunt. I would into thy bosom pour my thoughts: S CE N E III.
But, ah, I will not :-Yet I love thee well; Alarums, excursions, retreat. Re-enter King John, 55 And, by my troth, I think thou lov'st me well. Elinor, Arthur, Faulconbridge, Hubert and lords. Hub. So well that what you bid me undertake, K. John. So shall it be ; your grace shall stay Though that my death were adjunct to my act, behind,
[To Elinor. By heaven, I would do it. So strongly guarded. - Cousin, look not sad: K. John. Do not I know thou would'st?
[To Arthur. 60 Good Hubert, Hubert, Hubert, throw thine eye Thy grandam loves thee ; and thy uncle will I lOn yon young boy: I'll tell thee what, my friend,
· Here the king, who kad knighted him by the name of Sir Richard, calls him by his former name. * Gauds are any showy ornaments. * Warburton thinks we should read, “ sound one" and Mr. Malone observes, that on and one are perpetually confounded in the old copies of Shakspeare,