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The Pyrenean, and the river Po),
It draws towards supper in conclusion so.
But this is worshipful society,
And fits the mounting spirit like myself.

Act II.

Description of England. That pale, that white-faced shore, Whose foot spurns back the ocean's roaring tides, And coops

from other lands her islanders, Even till that England, hedg’d in with the main, That water-walled bulwark, still secure And confident from foreign purposes, Even till that utmost corner of the west Salute thee for her king.

Description of an English Army. All the unsettled humours of the land, Rash, inconsiderate, fiery voluntaries, With ladies' faces, and fierce dragons' spleens,Have sold their fortunes at their native homes, Bearing their birthrights proudly on their backs, To make a hazard of new fortunes here. In brief, a braver choice of dauntless spirits, Than now the English bottoms have waft o'er, Did never float

upon

the swelling tide,
To do offence and scath * in Christendom.
The interruption of their churlish drums
Cuts off more circumstance: they are at hand.

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Courage.
By how much unexpected, by so much
We must awake endeavour for defence ;
For courage mounteth with occasion.

A Boaster.
What cracker is this same,

that deafs our ears With this abundance of superfluous breath?

Description of Victory by the French.
You men of Angiers, open wide your gates,
And let young Arthur, Duke of Bretagne, in;
Who, by the hand of France, this day hath made
Much work for tears in many an English mother,
Whose sons lie scattered on the bleeding ground:
Many a widow's husband grovelling lies,
Coldly embracing the discolour'd earth;
And victory, with little loss, doth play
Upon the dancing banners of the French ;
Who are at hand, triumphantly display'd,
To enter conquerors.

Description of Victory by the English.
Rejoice, you men of Angiers, ring your bells;
King John, your king and England's, doth approach,
Commander of this hot malicious day!
Their armours, that march'd hence so silver bright,
Hither return all gilt with Frenchman's blood ;
There stuck no plume in

any

English crest, That is removed by a staff of France ; Our colours do return in those same hands That did display them when we first march'd forth ; And, like a jolly troop of huntsmen, come

Our lusty English, all with purpled hands,
Dyed in the dying slaughter of their foes.

A complete Lady.
If lusty love should

go

in quest of beauty,
Where should he find it fairer than in Blanch?
If zealous love should go in search of virtue,
Where should he find it purer than in Blanch?
If love ambitious sought a match of birth,
Whose veins bound richer blood than lady Blanch?

Beauty.
In her eye I find
A wonder, or a wondrous miracle,
The shadow of myself form’d in her eye ;
Which, being but the shadow of your son,
Becomes a sun, and makes your son a shadow :
I do protest I never lov'd myself,
Till now infixed I beheld myself,
Drawn in the flattering table of her eye.

Obedience.
My uncle's will, in this respect, is mine.
If he see aught in you, that makes him like,
That any thing he sees, which moves his liking,
I can with ease translate it to my will;
Or, if you will (to speak more properly),
I will enforce it easily to my love.

Act III.

A Woman's fears.
Thou shalt be punish'd for thus frighting me,
For I am sick, and capable* of fears;

* Susceptible.

Oppress'd with wrongs, and therefore full of fears ;
A widow, husbandless, subject to fears ;
A woman, naturally born to fears ;
And though thou now confess, thou didst but jest,
With

my vex'd spirits, I cannot take a truce, But they will quake and tremble all this day.

Signs of Grief What dost thou mean by shaking of thy head? Why dost thou look so sadly on my son? What means that hand upon that breast of thine ? Why holds thine

eye

that lamentable rheum, Like a proud river peering o'er his bounds ? Be these sad signs confirmers of thy words? Then speak again ; not all thy, former tale, But this one word, whether thy tale be true.

A Mother's fondness for her Child.
If thou, that bidst me be content, wert grim,
Ugly, and sland'rous,
Full of unpleasing blots, and sightless* stains,
Lame, foolish, crooked, swart, prodigious,
Patch'd with foul moles, and eye-offending marks,
I would not care, I then would be content ;
For then I should not love thee ; no, nor thou
Become thy great birth, nor deserve a crown.
But thou art fair ; and at thy birth dear boy!
Nature and fortune join'd to make thee great :
Of nature's gifts thou may'st with lilies boast,
And with the half-blown rose.

Grief.
I will instruct my sorrows to be proud ;
For grief is proud and makes his owner stout.

* Ugly.

Constance's reproaches to the Archduke of Austria.

O Lymoges ! O Austria thou dost shame That bloody spoil : thou slave, thou wretch, thou

coward; Thou little valiant, great in villany! Thou ever strong upon

the stronger

side! Thou Fortune's champion that dost never fight But when her humorous ladyship is by To teach thee safety ; thou art perjured, too, And sooth’st up greatness. What a fool art thou, A ramping fool; to brag, and stamp, and swear, Upon my party! Thou cold-blooded slave, Hast thou not spoke like thunder on my side ? Been sworn my soldier ? bidding me depend Upon thy stars, thy fortune, and thy strength ? And dost thou now fall over to my foes ? Thou wear a lion's hide! doff* it for shame, And hang a calf's skin on those recreant limbs. King John's Conspiracy with Hubert to Murder Prince

Arthur.
KING 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. * Put it off.

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