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To look into the blots and stains of right.
K. John. Alack, thou dost usurp authority.
Eli. Out, insolent! thy bastard shall be king; That thou may'st be a queen, and check the world !
Const. My bed was ever to thy son as true, As thine was to thy husband : and this boy Liker in feature to his father Geffrey, Than thou and John in manners; being as like, As rain to water, or devil to his dam. My boy a bastard! By my soul, I think, His father never was so true begot; It cannot be, an if thou wert liis mother. Eli. There's a good mother, boy, that blots thy
father. Const. There's a good grandam, boy, that would
blot thee. Aust. Peace! Bust.
Hear the crier. Aust.
What the devil art thou? Bast. One that will play the devil, sir, with you, An'a may catch your hide and you alone. You are the hare of whom the proverb goes, Whose valour plucks dead lions by the beard; I'll smoke your skin-coat*, an I catch you right; Sirrah, look to't; i'faith, I will, i'faith.
Blanch. O, well did he become that lion's robe, That did disrobe the lion of that robe !
Bast. It lies as sightly on the back of him,
* Austria wears a lion's skin,
Aust. What cracker is this same, that deafs our ears With this abundance of superfluous breath? K. Phi. Lewis, determine what we shall do
straight. Lew, Women and fools, break off your confer.
K.John. My life as soon :- I do defy thee, France,
Come to thy grandam, child, Const. Do, child, go to it' grandam, child; Give grandam kingdom, and it' grandam will Give it a plum, a cherry, and a fig: There's a good grandam. Arth.
Good my mother, peace! I would, that I were low laid in my grave; I am not worth this coil* that's made for me. Eli. His mother shames him so, poor boy, he
weeps. Const. Now shame upon you, whe'rt she does,
or no! His grandam's wrongs, and not his mother's shames, Draw those heaven-moving pearls from his poor eyes, Which heaven shall take in nature of a fee; Ay, with these crystal beads heaven shall be brib'd To do him justice, and revenge on you. Eli. Thou monstrous slanderer of heaven and
earth! Const. Thou monstrous injurer of heaven and
earth! Call not me slanderer; thou, and thine, usurp The dominations, royalties, and rights,
Of this oppressed boy: This is thy eldest son's son,
k. John. Bedlain, have done.
I have but this to say,
Eli. Thou unadvised scold, I can produce A will, that bars the title of thy son.
Const. Ay, wlio doubts that? a will! a wicked will;
Trumpets sound. Enter Citizens upon the walls.
1 Cit. Who is it, that hath warn'd us to the walls? K. Phi. 'Tis France, for England. K. John,
England, for itself: You men of Angiers, and my loving subjects,K. Phi. You loving men of Angiers, Arthur's
subjects, Our trumpet call'd you to this gentle parlet. K. John. For our advantage ;- Therefore, hear
* To encourage.
These flags of France, that are advanced here
now, instead of bullets wrapp'd in fire,
both. Lo, io this right hand, whose protection Is most divinely vow'd upon the right Of him it holds, stands young Plantagenet; Son to the elder brother of this man, And king o'er him, and all that he enjoys: For this down-trodden equity, we tread In warlike march these greens before your town; Being no further enemy to you,
. Worn out.
Than the constraint of hospitable zeal,
jects; For him, and in his right, we hold this town. K. John. Acknowledge then the king, and let me
iu. 1 Cit. That can we not: but he that proves the
king, To him will we prove loyal ; till that time, Have we ramm'd up our gates against the world. K. John. Doth not the crown of England prove
the king? And, if not that, I bring you witnesses, Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's breed,
Bast. Bastards, and else.