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Exterior form, outward accoutrement; Lest men should say, Look, where three-far- | But from the inward inotion to deliver things goes !

Sweet, sweet, sweet poison for the age's tooth: And, to bis shape, were heir to all this laud, Which, though I will not practise to deceive, 'Would I might never stir from off this place, Yet, to avoid deceit, I mean to learn ; I'd give it every foot to have this face ;

For it shall strew the footsteps of my rising. I would not be Sir Nob in any case.

But who comes in such haste, in riding robes ! Eli. I like thee well; Wilt thou forsake thy What woman-post is this I hath she uo hus fortune,

band, Bequeath thy land to him, and follow me s That will take pains to blow a horn before her | I am a soldier and now bound to France. Bast. Brother. take you my land, I'll takel Enter Lady FAULCON BRIDGE and JAMES my chance :

GURNEY. Your face hath got five hundred pounds a year; o me I it is my mother:-How now, good lady Yet sell your face for firepence, and 'tis dear. What brings you here to court so hastily ? Madam, I'll follow you unto the death.

Lady F. Where is that slave, thy brother? Eli. Nay, I would have you go before me

where is he? thither.

(way. That holds in chase mine honour up and down ! Bast. Our country manners give our betters Bast. My brother Robert ? old Sir Robert's K. John. What is thy name?

son ? Bast. Philip, my liege ; so is my name begun; | Colbrand the giant, that same mighty man Philip, good old Sir Robert's wife's eldest son. Is it Sir Robert's son, that you seek so? K. John. from benceforth bear his name Lady F. Sir Robert's son! Aye, thou unse

Robert Kneel tlion down Pbilip, but arise more great: Sir Robert's son: Wby scorn'st thou at Sir Arise Sir Richard and Plantagenet !

He is Sir Robert's son ; and so art thou. Bast. Brother, by the mother's side, give me Bast. James Gurney, wilt thou give us leave your hand;

a while My father gave me honour, your's gave land: Gur. Good leave, good Philip. Now blessed be the hour, by night or day,

Bast. Philip 1-sparrow |--James, When I was got, Sir Robert was away.

There's toy's abroad; • anon I'll tell thee more. Eli. The very spirit of Plantagenet

[Erit GURNEY. I am thy grandame, Richard ; call me so.

Madam, I was not old Sir Robert's son ; Bast. Madam, by chance, but not by truth : Sir Robert might have eat bis part in me What though 3 .

Upon Good-friday, and ne'er broke his fast : Something about, a little from the right,

Sir Robert could do well : Marry, (to confess I) In at the window, or else o'er the hatch : Could he get me ? Sir Robert could not do it ; Who dares not stir by day, must walk by nigat; We know his handy-work; - Therefore, good And bave is have, however men do catcb :

mother, Near or far off, well won is still well shot; To whom am I beholden for these limbs ? And I am I, howe er I was begot.

Sir Robert never holp to make this leg. K. John. Go, Faulconbridge ; now hast thon | Lady F. Hast thou conspired with thy brother thy desire,


honour A landless knight makes thee a landed squire. That for thine own gain should'st defend mine Come, madam, and come, Richard; we must What means this scorn, thou most untoward speed

knave 1 For France, for France ; for it is more than Bast. Knight, knight, good mother,-Basineed.

liscolike : + Bast. Brother, adieu ; good fortune come to Wbat! I am dubb'd ; I have it on my shoulder. thee!

But, mother, I am not Sir Robert's son ; For thou wast gat i'the way of honesty.

I have disclaim'd Sir Robert and my land; (Exeunt all but the BASTARD. Legitiination, name, and all is goue : A foot of honour better than I was ;

Then, good ray mother, let me know my father ; But many a foot of land the worse.

Some proper man, I hope : Who was it, mo. Well, now can I make any Joan a lady :

ther? Good den Sir Richard,-God-a-mercy, se Lady F. Hast thou denied thyself to Faullow;

conbridge 1 And if his name be George. I'll call him Peter : 1 Bast. As faithfully as I deny the devil. For new-made honour doth forget men's names ; Lady F. King Richard Caur-de-lion was thy 'Tis too respective, and too sociable,

father ; For your conversion. Now, your traveller, By long and vehement suit I was seduc'd He and his tootb-pick at my worship's mess; To make room for him in my husband's bed: And when my knightly stomach is suffic'd, Heaven lay not my transgression to my charge 1 Why then I suck my teeth, and catechise

Thou art the issue of my dear offence, My picked man of countries : 5- My dear Sir,Which was so strongly urg'd, past my defence. (Thus leaning on mine elbow, I begin,)

Bast. Now, by this light, were I to get again, I shall beseech you-That is question now; Madam, I would not wish a better father, And then comes answer like an ABC-book : Some sins do bear their privilege on earth, O Sir, says answer, at your best command ; And so doth your's; your fault was not your At your employment ; at your service, Sir :

folly : No, Sir, says question, I, sweet Sir, at your's: Need must you lay your heart at bis dispose , And so, ere auswer knows what question would, Subjected tribute to commanding love, (Saving in dialogue of compliment;

Against whose sury and unmatched force And talking of the Alps and Appenines,

The aweless lion, could not wage the fight, The Pyrenean, and the river Po,)

Nor keep his princely heart froin Richard's It draws toward supper in conclusion 60.

hand. But this is worshipful society,

He that perforce robs lions of their hearts, And fits the mounting spirit, like myself : May easily win a woman's. Ay, my mother, For he is but a bastard to the time,

With all my heart I thank thee for my father! That doth not smack of observations ;

Who lives and dares but say thou didst not (And so am I, wbether I smack, or no ;)

well, And not alone in habit and device,

When I was got, I'll send his soul to hell.

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Come, lady, I will show thee to my kin;

Enter CBATILLON. And they shall say, when Richard me begot,

K. Phi. A wonder, lady I-10, upon thy wish If thon badst said bim nay, it had been sin :

Our messenger Chatillon is arriv'd. Who says it was, be lies ; I say, 'twas not.

What England says, say briefly, gentle lord, (Eveunt. We coldly pause for thee; Chatillon, speak.

Chat. Then turn your forces from this paltry


And stir them up against a mightier task.

England, impatient of your just demands,

Hath put himself in arms ; tbe adverse winds, SCENE 1.-France.-Before the Walls of Whose leisure I bave staid, have given bim Angiers


To land bis legions all as soon as 1 : Enter, on one side, the ARCHDUKE of Austria,

His marches are expedient to this town, and Forces on the other, PhiLIP, King of His forces strong, his soldiers confideut. France, and Forces ; LEWIS, CONSTANCE,

With bim along is come the mother-queen, ARTHUR, and Attendants.

An Até, stirring bim to blood and strile ;

With her her niece, the lady Blanch of Spain ; Lew. Before Angiers well met, brave Aus. With them a bastard of the king deceas'd; tria.

And all the unsettled humours of the land, Arthur, that great fore-runner of thy blood,

Rasti, inconsiderate, fiery voluntaries, Richard, that robb'd the lion of his heart, With ladies' faces, and fierce dragons' spleens, And fought the holy wars in Palestine,

Have sold their fortunes at their native homes, By this brave duke came early to his grave : * Bearing their birthrights proudly on their backs And, for amends to his posterity,

To made a hazard of new fortunes here, At our importance hitber is be come,

In brief, a braver cboice of dauntless spirits, To spread his colours, boy, in thy behalf ;

Than now the English bottoms have waft o'er, And to rebuke the usurpation

Did never float upon the swelling tide, or thy unpatural nucle, English Johu:

To do offence and scath in Christendom. Embrace him, love him, give him welcome The interruption of their churlish drums hither.

(Drums beat. Arth. God shall forgive you Cæur-de-lion's Cuts off more circumstance : they are at band, death,

To parly or to figbt ; tberefore, prepare. The rather, that you give his offspring life,

K. Phi. How much unlook'd for is this ex. Shadowing their rigbt under your wings of

pedition ! war:

Aust. By how much unexpected, by so much I give you welcome with a powerless band,

We must awake endeavour for defence ; But with a heart full of unstained love :

For courage mounteth with occasion : Welcome before the gates of Augiers, duke.

Let them be welcome then, we are prepar'd. Lew. A poble boy! Who would not do thee right?

Enter King JOHN, ELINOR, BLANCH, the Arest. Upon thy cheek lay I this zealous kiss,

BASTARD, PEMBROKE, and Forces. As seal to ibis indeuture of my love;

K. John. Peace be to France : if France in That to my home I will no more return,

peace permit Till Angiers, and the right thou hast in France, Our just and lineal entrance to our own! Together with that pale, that white-fac'd If not, bleed France, and peace ascend to hea. shore,

vep! Whose foot sparns back the ocean's roaring Whiles we, God's wrathful agent, do correct

Tbeir proud contempt that beat his peace to Aud coops from other lands her islanders,

heaven. Even till ibat England, hedg'd in with

K. Phi. Peace be to England; if that war main.

return That water-walled bulwark, still secure

From France to England, there to live in peace! And confident from foreign purposes,

England we love ; and, for that England's sake, Even till that utmost corner of the west

With burden of our armour here we sweat : Salnte thee for her king : till then, fair boy,

I This toil of our's should be a work of thine ; Will I not think of horne, but follow arins. But thou from loving England art so far, Const. O take his mother's thanks, a widow's I That thou has under-wrought 1 bis lawful king thanks,

Cut off the sequence of posterity, Till your strong band shall help to give him Outfaced infant state, and done a rape strength,

Upon the maiden virtue of the cronil. To make a more requital to your love.

Look bere upon thy brother Geffrey's face ;-Aust. Tbe peace of heaven is their's, the

These eyes, these brows, were moulded out of their swords

his : In such a just and charitable war.

This little abstract doth coutain that large, K. Phi. Well then, to work ; our cannon Which died in Geffrey; and the hand of time shall be bent

Shall draw this brief into as buge a volume. Against the brows of tbis resisting town.

That Geffrey was thy elder brother boru, Call for our chiefest men of discipliire,

And this his son ; England was Geffrey's right, To cull the plots of best advantages.

And this is Geffrey's : In the name of God, We'll lay before this town our royal bones,

How comes it then, that thou art callid a king. Wade to the inarkel-place I Frenchmen's When living blood doth in these temples beat, blood,

Which owe the crown that thou o'erniasterest But we will make it subject to this boy.

K. John. From whom hast thou this great Const. Stay for an answer to your embassy,

commission, France, Lest onadvjs'd you stain your swords with To draw my answer from thy articles ? blood :

K. Phi. From that supernal judge, that stir's My lord Chatillon may from England bring

good thoughts That right in peace, which here we urge ir In any breast of strong authority, war ;

To look into the blots and stains of right. And then we shall repent each drop of blood, Tbat judge hath made me guardian to this boy: That hut rash haste so indirectly shed.

Under whose warrant, I impeach thy wrong;

And, by whose belp, I mean to chastise it. • The Duke of Austria died soinc time before Richard C ur-de-lion.

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K. John. Alack, thou dost usurp authority. Call not me slanderer ; thou, and thine usurp K. Phi. Excuse; it is to beat usurping The dominations, royalties, and rights, down.

of this oppressed boy : This is thy eldest son's Eli. Who is it, thou dost call usurper, France ?

son, Const. Let me make answer ;-thy usurping Infortunate in nothing but in thee; son.

Tby sins are visited in this poor child : El. Out, insolent ! thy bastard sball be | The canon of the law is laid ou hini,

Being but the second generation
That thou may'st be a queen, and check the Removed from thy siu-conceiving womb.

K. John. Bedlam, have done.
Const. My bed was ever to thy son as true, Const. I have but this to say,
As thine was to thy husband : and this boy Tbat he's not only plagued for her sin,
Liker in feature to his father Geffrey,

But God hath made her sin and her the plague
Than thou and John in manners ; being as like, On this removed issue, plagu'd for her,
As rain to water, or devil to his dam.

And with her plague, her sin ; his injury My boy a bastard! By my soul, I think

Her injury,--the beadle to her sin; His father never was so true begot ;

All puyish'd in the person of this child, It cannot be, an if thou wert his mother. ... meri.

And all for her ; A plague upon her! Eli. There's a good mother, boy, that blots Eli. Thou unadvised scold, I can produce thy father.

A will, that bars the title of thy son. Const. There's a good grandam, boy, that Const. Ay, who doubts that I a will I a wicked would blot thee.

will ; Aust. Peace!

A woman's will ; a canker'd grandain's will! Bast. Hear the crier.

K. Phi. Peace, lady; pause, or be more teinAust. What the devil art thou?

perate : Bast. One that will play the devil, ith It ill beseems this presence, to cry aim you,

To these ill-tuned repetitions. An'a may catch your bide and you alone. Some trumpet summon hither to the walls You are the bare of whom the proverb goes, These men of Angiers ; let us hear them Whose valour plucks dead lions by the beard;

speak, I'll smoke your skin-coat, • an'catch you whose title they admit, Arthur's or John's.

right; Sirrah, look to't ; i'faith, I will, i'faith.

Trumpeis sound. Enter Citizens upon the Blanch. O well did he become that lion's

walls. robe,

i Cit. Who is it, that hath warned us w the That did disrobe the lion of that robe !

walls 1 Bast. It lies as sightly on the back of him, K. Phi, 'I is France, for England. As great Alcides' shoes upon an ass :

K. John. England, for itsell: But, ass, I'll take that burden from your back; You men of Angiers, and my loving subjects, Or lay on that, sball make your shoulders K. Phi. You loving men of Algiers, Arthur's crack.

subjects, Arst. What cracker is this same, that deafs Our trumpet call's you to this gentle parle. our ears

K. John. For our advantage ;-Therefore, With this abundance of superfluous breath?

hear us first. K. Phi. Lewis, determine what we sball do I These flags of France, that are advanced here straight.

Before the eye and prospect of your town, Lew. Women and fools, break off your con- Have hither march'd to your endamagement : ference.-

The cannons have their bowels full of wrath ; King John, this is the very sum of all,

And ready mounted are they, to spit forth England, and Ireland, Anjou, Touraine, Maine, Their iron indignation 'gainst your walls : In right of Artbur do I claim of thee :

All preparation for a bloody siege, Wilt thou resign them, aud lay down thy And merciless proceeding by these French, arins ?

Confront your city's eyes, your winking gates ;
K. John. My life as soon :- I do defy thee, And, but for our approach, those sleeping

Arthur of Bretagne, yield thee to my hand; Tbat as a waist do girdle you abont,
And, out of my dear love, I'll give thee more By the compulsion of their ordnance,
Than e'er the coward hand of France can win : By this time from their fixed beds of lime
Submit thee, boy.

Had been dishabited, and wide havoc made Eli. Come to thy grandam, child;

For bloody power to rusb upon your peace. Const. Do, child, go to it' grandam, child; But, on the sight of us, your lawful king,-Give grandain kingdom, and it' grandain will Who painfully, with much expedient march, Give it a plum, a cherry, and a fig:

Have brought a countercheck before your gates, There's a good grandam.

To save unscratch'd your city's threaten'd Arth. Good my mother, peace !

cheeks, I would that I were low laid in my grave; Behold, the French, amaz'd, vouchsafe a parle : I am not worth this coil that's made for me. And now, instead of bullets wrapp'd jul fire, Eli. His mother shames bim so, poor boy, be to make a shakiug fever in your walls, weeps.

They shoot but calm words, folded up in Const. Now shame upon yon, whe'r t she does,

smoke, or no !

To make a faithless error in your ears : His grandam's wrongs, and not his mother's | Which trust accordingly, kind citizens, sbames,

And let us in, your king ; whose labour'd spirits, Draw those heaven-noving pearls from his poor Forwearied t in this action of swift speed, eyes,

Crave harbourage within your city walls. Which heaven shall take in nature of a fee ;

K. Phi. When I have said, make answer to Ay, with these crystal beads heaven shall be

us botb. brib'd

Lo, in this right hand, whose protection To do him justice, and revenge on you,

Is most divinely yow'd upon the right Eli. Thou monstrous slauderer of heaven and of him it holds, stands young Plantagenet earth!

Son to the elder brother of this mani, Const. Thou moustrous injurer of beaven and And king o'er him, and all that he enjoys : earth!

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For this down-trodden equity, we tread

SCENE 11.The scme. In warlike march these greens before your town ;

Alarums and Ercursions ; then a Retreat. Being no further enemy to you,

Enter a French HERALD, uith trumpets, Than the coustraint of hospitable zeal,

to the gates. In the relief of this oppressed child,

F. Her. You men of Angiers, open wide your Religiously provokes. Be pleased then

gates, To pay that duty, which you truly owe,

And let young Arthur, duke of Bretagne, in : To him that owes • it; namely this young Who, by the hand of France, this day bath made prince:

Much work for tears in many an English moAnd then our arms, like to a muzzled bear,

ther, Save in aspect, have all oflence seal'd up; Whose sous lie scatter'd on the bleeding ground: Our cannons' malice vainly shall be spent Many a widow's husband grovelling lies, Against the invulnerable clouds of heaven; Coldly embracing the discolour'd earth; And, with a blessed and unvex'd retire,

And victory, with little loss, doth play With unhack'd swords, and helmets all un- Upon the dancing banners of the French ; bruis'd,

Why are at hand, triumphantly display'd, We will bear home that lusty blood again,

To enter conquerors, and to proclaim Which here we came to sport against your town, Arthur of Bretagne, England's king, and your's. And leave your children, wives, and you, in peace.

Enter an English H&RALD, with trumpets. But if you fondly pass our proffer'd offer,

E. Her. Rejoice, you men of Angiers, ring 'Tis not the roundure + of your old fac'd walls

your bells ! Can hile you from our messengers of war; King John, your king and England's doth apThough all these English, and their discipline,

proach, Were barbour'd in their rude circumference. Commander of this hot malicious day! Then, tell us, shall your city call us lord,

Their armours, that march'd bence so silverIn tbat behalf which we have challeng'd its

bright, Or shall we give the signal to our rage,

Hither return all gilt with Frenchmen's blood; And stalk in blood to our possession ?

There stuck no plume in any English crest, i Cit. In brief, we are the king of England's That is removed by a staff of France ; subjects;

Our colours do return in those same bands For bim, and in his right, we hold this town. That did display them when we first march'd K. John. Acknowledge then the king, and let

forth; me in.

And, like a jolly troop of huntsmen, come 1 Cit. That can we not: but he that proves Our Justy English, all with purpled hands, the king,

Died in the dying slaughter of their foes : To him will we prove loyal ; till that time, Open your gates, and give the victors way. Have we ramm'd up our gates against the Cit. Heralds, from off our towers we might

world. K. John. Doth not the crown of England From first to last, the onset and retire

of both your armies; whose equality And, if not that, I bring you witnesses,

By our best eyes cannot be censured : Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's Blood bath bought blood, and blows have anbreed,

gwer'd blows; Bast. Bastards, and else.

Strength match'd with strength, and power conK. John. To verify our title with their

fronted power : lives.

Both are alike : and both alike we like. K. Phi. As many, and as well born bloods as One must prove greatest ; while they weigh so those,

even, Bast. Some bastards too.

We hold our town for peither ; yet for both. K. Phi. Stand in his face, to contradict his claim.

Enter, at one side, King JOHN, with his power, i cit. Till you compound whose right is

ELINOR, BLANCH, and the BASTARD ; at the worthiest,

other, King PHILIP, LEWIS, AUSTRIA, and We, for the worthiest, hold the right from Forces. both.

K. John. France hast thou yet more blood to K. John. Then God forgive the sin of all

cast away? those souls,

Say, shall the current of our right run on ? That to their everlasting residence,

Whose passage, vex'd with thy impediment, Before the dew of evening fall, shall fleet, Shall leave bis native channel, and o'er-swell In dreadful trial of our kingdom's king!

With course disturb'd even thy confining shores; K. Phi. Amen, Amen l-Mount, chevaliers ! Unless thou let his silver water keep to arms!

A peaceful progress in the ocean. Bast. St. George,-that swing'd the dragon, K. Phi. England, thou hast not sav'd one and e'er since,

drop of blood, Sits on his horseback at mine hostess' door, In this hot trial, more than we of France ; Teach us some fence |--Sirrah, were I at home, Rather, lost more: And by this hand I swear, At your den, sirrab, (Tb AUSTRIA.) with your That sways the earth this climate overlooks.-lioness,

Before we will lay down our just-borne arms I'd set an ox-bead to your lion's hide,

We'll put thee down, 'gainst wbom these arms And make a monster of you.

we bear, Aust. Peace ; no more.

Or add a royal number to the dead ; Bast. O tremble ; for you bear the lion roar. Gracing the scroll, that tells of this war's loss, K. John. Up higher to the plain; where we'll With slaughter coupled to the name of kings. set forth,

Bast. Ha, majesty! how high thy glory In best appointment, all our regiments.

towers, Bast. Speed then, to take advantage of the Wben the rich blood of kings is set on fire ! field,

o now doth death line his dead chaps with K. Phi. It shall be so :-(T) LEW 18.) and at

steel; the other hill

The swords of soldiers are bis teeth, his fangs : Command the rest to stand.-God and our right! And now he feasts, mounting the flesh of meu,

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Why staid these royal fronts amazed thus ? That here come sacrifices for the field :
Cry, havoc, kings ! back to the stained field, Perséver not, but bear me, mighty kings.
You equal potents, flery-kindled spirits !

K. John. Speak on, with favour; we are Then let confusion of one part confirin

bent to hear. The other's peace; till then, blows, blood, aud i C'it. That daugbter there of Spain, the lady death!

Blanch, K. John. Whose party do the townsmen yet Is near to England; Look upon the years adinit?

of Lewis the Dauphin, and that lovely maid : K. Phi. Speak, citize r England : who's If lusty love should go in quest of beauty, your king 1

Where sbould be find it fairer than in blanchi 1 Cit. The king of England, when we know if zealous love should go in search of virtue, the king.

Where should he find it purer than in Blanch 1 K. Phi. Know him in us, that bere hold up if love ambitious songbt a match of birth, his right.

| Whose veins bound richer blood than lady K. John. In us, that are our own great deputy,

Blanch? And bear possession of our person here ;

Such as she is, in beauty, virtue, birth, Lord of our presence, Angiers, and of you. Is the young Danphin every way complete : 1 Cit. A greater power than we, denies all If not complete, o say, he is not she ; this;

And she again wants nothing, to name want, And, till it be undoubted, we do lock

If want it be not, that she is not be :
Our former scrnple in onr strong-harr'd gates : He is the half part of a blessed man,
King'd of our fears ; until our fears, resolv'd. Lest to be finished by such a she ;
Be by some certain king purg'd and depos'd. And she a fair divided excellence,
Bast. By heaven, these scroyles of Angiers Whose fulness of perfection lies in him.
flout you, kings;

Oh! two such silver curreuts, when they join, And stand securely on their battlements,

Do glorify the banks that bound them iu : As in a theatre, whence they gape and point And two such shores to two such streams made At your industrious scenes and acts of death.

olie, Your royal presences be rul'd by me;

Two such controlling bounds shall you be, Do like the mutines of Jerusalem, Be friends a while, and both conjointly bend To these two princes, if you marry them. Your sharpest deeds of malice on this town: This union shall do more than battery can, By east and west let France and England To our fast-closed gates ; for, at this match, monat

With swifter spleen than powder can enforce, Their battering cannon, charged to the months ; The mouth of passage shall we fing wide ope, Till their soul-fearing clamours have brawl'd Aud give you entrance; but, without this down

match, The finty ribs of this contemptuous city : The sea enraged is not half so deaf, I'd play incessantly upon these jades,

Lious more confident, mountains and rocks Even till unfenced desolation

More free from motion ; no, not death himself Leave them as naked as the vulgar air.

In mortal fury half so peremptory, That done, dissover your united strengths,

As we to keep this city. And part your mingled colours once again ;

Bast. Here's a stay, Turn face to face, and bloody point to point : That shakes the rotten carcass of old death Then, in a inoment, fortune shall cull forth Out of bis rags ! Here's a large mouth, indeed, Out of one side her happy minion ;

That spits forth death, and mountains, rocks, To whom in favonr she shall give the day,

and seas : And kiss hin with a glorious victory.

Talks as familiarly of roaring lions,
How like you this wild counsel, mighty states? As maids of thirteen do of puppy-dogs!
Smacks it not something of the policy?

What cannoneer begot this lusty blood ? K. John. Now, by the sky that hangs above He speaks plain cannon, fire, aud sinoke, aud our heads,

bounce ; I like it well ;-France, shall we knit our He gives tbe bastinado with bis tongue : powers,

Our ears are cudgel'd; not a word of his, And lay this Angiers even with the ground; But buffets better than a fist of France : Then, after, sight who shall be king of it?

Zounds! I was never so bethump'd with words, Bast. An if thou hast the metile of a king, Since I first call'd my brother's father, dad. Being wrong'd, as we are, by this peevisb Eli. Son, list to this conjunction, make this town,

match; Turn thou the mouth of thy artillery,

Give with our niece a dowry large enough : As we will our's, against these saucy walls : For by this knot thou shalt so surely tie And when that we have dash'd them to the Thy now unsur'd assurance to the crown ground,

That yon green boy shall have no sun to ripe Why, then defy each other; and, pell-mell, The bloom that promiseth a inighty fruit. Make work upou ourselves, for heaven, or hell. | I see a yielding in the looks of France ; K. Phi. Let it be so :-Say, where will you Mark, how they whisper : urge them, while thei assault 7

souls K. John. We from the west will send de- Are capable of this ambition; struction

Lest zeal, now melted, by the windy breath Into this city's hosom.

of soft petitions, pity, and remorse, Aust. I from the north.

Cool and congeal again to what it was. K. Phi, Our thunder from the south,

1 Cit. Why answer not the double majesties Shall rain their drift of bullets on this town. This friendly treaty of our threateu'd town! Bast. ( prudent discipline! From north to K. Phi. Speak England first, that hath beer south :

forward first Austria and France shoot in each other's To speak unto this city: What say you? mouth :

Ki John. If that the Dauphin there, thy (Aside.

princely soli, L'II stir them to it :-Come, away, away!

Can in this book of beauty read, I love, 1 Cit. Hear us, great kings : Vouchsafe a Her dowry shall weigh equal with a queen: while to stay,

For Anjou, and fair Touraine, Maine, Poic And I shall show you peace, and fair-faced

tiers, league ;

Aud all that we upon this side the sea Win you this city without stroke or wound: (Except this city now hy us besieg'd) Rescue those breathing lives to die in beds, Find liable to our crown and dignity,

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