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That here come sacrifices for the field:
Perséver not, but hear me, mighty kings.
K. John. Speak on, with favour; we are
bent to hear."
1 Cit. That daughter there of Spain, the lady
Is near to England: Look upon the years
Of Lewis the dauphin, and that lovely maid:
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


Such as she is, in beauty, virtue, birth,
Is the young dauphin every way complete:
If not complete, O say, he is not she;
And she again wants nothing, to name want,
If want it be not, that she is not he:
Te is the half part of a blessed man,
Left to be finished by such a she;
And she a fair divided excellence,
Whose fulness of perfection lies in him.
O, two such silver currents, when they join,
Do glorify the banks that bound them in:
And two such shores to two such streams
made one,

Two such controlling bounds shall you be,kings,
To these two princes, if you marry them.
This union shall do more than battery can,
To our fast-closed gates; for, at this match,
With swifter spleent than powder can enforce,
The mouth of passage shall we fling wide ope,
And give you entrance; but,without this match,
The sea enraged is not half so deaf,

Lions more confident, mountains and rocks
More free from motion; no, not death himself
In mortal fury half so peremptory,

As we to keep this city.


Here's a stay,
That shakes the rotten carcass of old death
Out of his rags! Here's a large mouth, indeed,
That spits forth death, and mountains, rocks,
and seas;

Talks as familiarly of roaring lions,
As maids of thirteen do of puppy-dogs!
What cannoneer begot this lusty blood?

He speaks plain cannon, fire, and smoke, and bounce;

He gives the bastinado with his tongue;
Our ears are cudgell'd; not a word of his,
But buffets better than a fist of France:
Zounds! I was never so bethump'd with words,
Since I first call'd my brother's father, dad.
Eli. Son, list to this conjunction, make this

Give with our niece a dowry large enough:
For by this knot thou shalt so surely tie
Thy now unsured assurance to the crown,
That yon green boy shall have no sup to ripe
The bloom that promiseth a mighty fruit.
I see a yielding in the looks of France;
Mark, how they whisper: urge them, while
Are capable of this ambition: [their souls
Lest zeal, now melted, by the windy breath
Of soft petitions, pity, and remorse,


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Cool and congeal again to what it was. 1 Cit. Why answer not the double majesties This friendly treaty of our threaten'd town? K. Phi. Speak England first, that hath been forward first

To speak unto this city: What say you?
K. John. If that the dauphin there, thy
princely son,

Can in this book of beauty read, I love,
Her dowry shall weigh equal with a queen:
For Anjon, and fair Touraine, Maine, Poictiers,
And all that we upon this side the sea
(Except this city now by us besieged)
Find liable to our crown and dignity,
Shall gild her bridal bed; and make her rich
In titles, honours, and promotions,
As she in beauty, education, blood,
Holds hand with any princess of the world.
K. Phi. What sayst thou, boy? look in th
lady's face.

Lew. I do, my lord, and 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 loved myself,
Till now infixed I beheld myself,
Drawn in the flattering table of her eye.
[Whispers with BLANCH.
Bast. Drawn in the flattering table of her
Hang'd in the frowning wrinkle of her
And quarter'd in her heart!-he doth espy

Himself love's traitor: This is pity now, That hang'd, and drawn, and quarter'd, there In such a love, so vile a lout as he. [should be Blanch. My uncle's will, in this respect, is


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.
Further I will not flatter you, my lord,
That all I see in you is worthy love,
Than this, that nothing do I see in yon,
(Though churlish thoughts themselves should
be your judge,)

That I can find should merit any hate.,
K.John. What say these young ones? What

say you, my niece? [to de Blanch. That she is bound in honour still What you in wisdom shall vouchsafe to say. K. John. Speak then, prince dauphin; car

you love this lady?

Lew. Nay, ask me if I can refrain from love, For I do love her most unfeignedly.

K. John. Then do I give Volquessen, Tou raine, Maine,

Poictiers, and Anjou, these five provinces,. With her to thee; and this addition more, Full thirty thousand marks of English coin.Philip of France, if thou be pleased withal, Command thy son and daughter to join hands K. Phi. It likes us well;-Young printes close your hands.

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Aust. Aud your lips too; for, I am well

That I did so, when I was first assured.
K. Phi, Now, citizens of Angiers, ope your

Let in that amity which you have made;
For at saint Mary's chapel, presently,
The ritesf marriage shall be solemnized.-
Is not the lady Constance in this troop?
I know, she is not; for this match, made up,
Her presence would have interrupted much --
Where is she and her son? tell me, who
[ness' tent.
Lew. She is sad and passionate t at your high.
K. Phi. And, by my faith, this league, that
we have made,


Will give her sadness very little cure.--
Brother of England, how may we content
This widow lady? In her right we came;
Which we, God knows, have turn'd another
To our own vantage ‡.

And France,(whose armour conscience buckled
Whom zeal and charity brought to the field, (ou;
As God's own soldier,) rounded § in the ear
With that same purpose-changer, that sly devil;
That broker, that still breaks the pate of faith;
That daily break-vow; be that wins of all,
Of kings, of beggars, old inen, young men,
maids ;-

Who having no external thing to lose
But the word maid,-cheats the poor maid of
That smooth-faced gentleman, tickling com
Commodity, the bias of the world;
The world, who of itself is peised ¶ well,
Made to run even, upon even ground;
Till this advantage, this vile drawing bias,
This sway of motion, this commodity,
Makes it take head from all indiferency,
From all direction, purpose, course, intent:
And this same bias, this commodity,
[way,This bawd, this broker, this all-changing word,
Clapp'd on the outward eye of fickle France,
Hath drawn him from his own determined aid,
From a resolved and honourable war,
To a most base and vile-concluded peace.—
And why rail I on this commodity?
But for because he hath not woo'd ine yet:
Not that I have the power to clutch** my hand,
When his fair angels tt would salate my palin:
But for my hand, as unattempted yet,
Like a poor beggar, raileth on the rich.
Well, whiles I am a beggar, I will rail,
And say-there is no sin, but to be rich;
And being rich, iny virtue then shall be, i
To say,-there is no vice, but beggary:
Since kings break faith upon commodity,
Gain, be iny lord1 for I will worship thee!

K. John. We will heal up all; [tagne,
For we'll create young Arthur duke of Bre-
And earl of Richmond; and this rich fair town
We make him lord of.-Call the lady Con-
Some speedy messenger bid her repair [stauce;
To our solemnity:-1 trust we shall,
If not fill up the measure of her will,
Yet in some measure satisfy her so,
That we shall stop her exclamation.
Go we, as well as haste will suffer us,
To this unlook'd for, unprepared pomp.
[Exeunt all but the Bastard.-The Citizens
retire from the walls,

Bast. Mad world! mad kings! mad com-

John, to stop Arthur's title in the whole,
Hath willingly departed with a part:


SCENE I. The same. The French King's | But they will quake and tremble all this day.


Const. Gone to be married! gone to swear
a peace!
False blood to false blood join'd! Gone to be
Shall Lewis have Blanch? and Blanch those

It is not so; thou hast misspoke, misheard;
Be well advised, tell o'er thy tale again:
It cannot be; thou dost but say, 'tis so:
1 trust, I may not trust thee; for thy word
Is but the vain breath of a common man:
Believe me, I do not believe thee, man;
I have a king's oath to the contrary.
Thou shalt be punish'd for thus frighting me,
For I am sick, and capable of fears; [fears;
Oppress'd with wrongs, and therefore full of
A widow, husbandless, subject to fears;
A woman, naturally born to fears; [jest,
And though thou now confess, thou didst but
With my vex'd spirits I cannot take a truce,

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Teach thou this sorrow how to make me die;
And let belief and life encounter so,
As doth the fury of two desperate men,
Which, in the very meeting, fail, and die.---
Lewis marry Blanch! O, boy, then where art
[or me?--

France friend with England! what becomes
Fellow, be gone; I cannot brook thy sight;
This news hath made thee a most ugly m.in.
** Clasp. tt Coin.

* Affianced. + Mournful. Poised, balanced.


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Sal. What other harm have I, good lady,

But spoke the harm that is by others done?
Const. Which harm within itself so heinous is,
As it makes harmful all that speak of it.
Arth. I do beseech you, madam, be content.
Const. If thou, that bidd'st me be content,
wert grim,

Ugly, and sland'rous to thy mother's womb,
Full of unpleasing blots, and sightless stains,
Lame, foolish, crooked, swart, prodigious †,
Patch'd with foul moles, and eye-offending

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: but fortune, Q!
She is corrupted, changed, and won from thee;
She adulterates hourly with thine uncle John;
And with her golden hand hath pluck'd on

But on this day, let seamen fear no wreck;
No bargains break, that are not this day made:
This day, all things begun come to ill end;
Yea, faith itself to hollow falsehood change!
K. Phi. By heaven, lady, you shall have no



To curse the fair proceedings of this day:
Have I not pawn'd to yon my majesty?
Const. You have beguiled me with a coun-
[and tried,
Resembling majesty; which, being touch'd,
Proves valueless: You are forsworn, forsworn;
You came in arms to spill mine enemies' blood,
But now in arms you strengthen it with yours:
The grappling vigour and rough frown of war,
Is cold in amity and painted peace,
And our oppression hath made up this league:-
Arm, arm, you heavens, against these perjured

A widow cries; be husband to me, heavens!
Let not the hours of this ungodly day
Wear out the day in peace; but, ere sunset,
Set armed discord 'twixt these perjured kings!
Hear me, O, hear me!
Lady Constance, peace.
Const. War! war! no peace! peace is to me

a war.

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

To tread down fair respect of sovereignty,
And made his majesty the bawd to theirs.
France is a bawd to fortune, and king John;
That strumpet fortune, that usurping John:-O
Tell me, thou fellow, is not France forsworn?
Envenom him with words; or get thee gone,
And leave those woes alone, which I alone
Am bound to under-bear.

Pardon me, madam,
I may not go without you to the kings.
Const. Thou may'st, thou shalt, I will not
with thee:

I will instruct my sorrows to be prond;
For grief is proud, and makes his owner stout.
To me, and to the state of my great grief,
Let kings assemble; for my grier's so great,
That no supporter but the huge firm earth.
Can hold it up: here I and sorrow sit;
Here is my throne, bid kings come bow to it.

Thou little valiant, great in villany!
Thou ever strong upon the stronger side!
Thon fortune's champion, that dost never fight
But when her humorous ladyship is by
goTo teach thee safety thou art perjured too,
And sooth'st up greatness. What a fool art thon,
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.
Aust. O, that a man should speak those
(creant limbs.
Bast. And hang a calf's-skin on those re-
Aust. Thou darest not say so, villain, for
thy life.
[creant limbs.
Bast. And hang a calf's-skin on those re-
K. John. We like not this; thou dost forget

[She throws herself on the ground. Enter King JOHN, King PHILIP, LEWIS, BLANCH, ELINOR, Bastard, AUSTRIA, and Attendants.

K. Phi. 'Tis true, fair daughter; and this
blessed day,

Ever in France shall be kept festival:
To solemnize this day, the glorious sun
Stays in his course, and plays the alchemist;
Turning, with splendour of his precious eye,
The meagre cloddy earth to glittering gold:
The yearly course, that brings this day about,
Shall never see it but a holyday.

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K. Phi. Here comes the holy legate of the
[ven :-
Pand. Hail, you anointed deputies of hea-
To thee, king John, my holy errand is.
I, Pandulph, of fair Milan cardinal,
And from pope Innocent the legate here,
Do, in his name, religiously demand,
Why thou against the church, our holy mother,
So wilfully dost spurn; and, force perforce,
Keep Stephen Langton, chosen archbishop
Of Canterbury, from that holy see?
This, in our 'foresaid holy father's name,
Pope Innocent, 1 do demand of thee.
Seated in state.
Do off.

Const. A wicked day, and not a holyday!
What hath this day deserved? what hath it
That it in golden letters should be set, [done;
Among the high tides, in the kalendar?
Nay, rather, turn this day out of the week;
This day of shame, oppression, perjury:
Or, if it must stand still, let wives with child
Pray, that their burdens may not fall this day,
Lest that their hopes prodigiously be cross'd:
+ Portentous.

* Unsightly.

Solemn seasons.


K. John. What earthly name to interroga-

Can task the free breath of a sacred king?**
Thon canst not, cardinal, devise a name
So slight, unworthy, and ridiculous,

To charge me to an answer, as the pope. [land,
Tell him this tale; and from the mouth of Eng-
Add thus much more,-That no Italian priest
Shall tithe or toll in our dominions;

But as we under heaven are supreme head,
So under him, that great supremacy,,
Where we do reign, we will alone uphold,
Without the assistance of a mortal hand:
So tell the pope: all reverence set apart,
To him and his usurp'd authority.
K. Phi. Brother of England, you blaspheme
in this.
K. John. Though you, and all the kings of
Are led so grossly by this meddling priest,.
Dreading the curse that money may buy out;
And, by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust,
Purchase corrupted pardon of a inau,
Who, in that sale, sells pardon from himself:
Though you, and all the rest, so grossly led,
This juggling witchcraft with revenue cherish;
Yet 1, alone, alone do me oppose
Against the pope, and count his friends my foe
Pand.Then, by the lawful power that I ha
Thou shalt stand cursed, and excommuni.
And blessed shall he be, that doth reve
From his allegiance to an heretic;
And meritorious shall that hand be
Canonized, and worshipp'd as a s
That takes away by any secret
Thy hateful life.


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There is no tongue
Pand. There's
law and warrant, lady, for
my curse
Const. And for mine too; when law can do
[no right,
Let it be lawful, that law bar no wrong:
ot give my child his kingdom here;
For heat holds his kingdom, holds the law:
Theref ore, since law itself is perfect wrong,
How can the law forbid my tongue to curse?
Fand. Philip of France, on peril of a curse,
Let go the hand of that arch-heretic;
And raise the power of France upon his head,
Unless he do submit himself to Rome.
Eli. Lookst thou pale, France? do not let
go thy hand.
Const. Look to that, devil! lest that France
Aud, by disjoining hands, hell lose a soul.
Aust. King Philip, listen to the cardinal.
Bast. And hang a calf's-skin on his re-
creant limbs.
Aust. Well, ruffian, I must pocket up these

Bast. Your breeches best may carry them. K. John. Philip, what sayst thou to the cardinal?

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person yours,

And tell me, how you would bestow yourself.
This royal hand and mine are newly knit
And the conjunction of our inward souls
Married in league, coupled and link'd together
With all religious strength of sacred vows;
The latest breath that gave the sound of words,
Was deep-sworn faith, peace,amity, true love,
And even before this truce, but new before
Between our kingdoms and our royal selves;
No longer than we well could wash our hands,
To clap this royal bargain up of peace
Heaven knows, they were besinear'dand over-
With slaughter's pencil; where revenge did.
The fearful difference of incensed kings:-
And shall these hands,so lately purged of blood,.
Unyoke this seizure, and this kind regreet't?
So newly join'd in love, so strong in both,
Play fast and loose with faith? so jest with


Make such unconstant children of ourselves,
Unswear faith sworn; and on the marriage beca
As now again to snatch our palm from pal.
Of smiling peace to march a bloody host,.
And make a riot on the gentle brow
Of true sincerity? O, holy sir,

Out of your grace, devise, ordain, in pose
My reverend father, let it not be so: e
Some gentle order; and then we shall be bless'd
To do your pleasure, and contine, friends.

Pand. All form is formless, order orderless
Save, what is opposite to England's love.
Therefore, to arms! be champion of our church!!
Orlet the church, our mother, breathe her curse,

"When unadorn'd adorn'd the most."-Thomson's Autumn, 200
+ Exchange of salutation,

A mother's curse, on her revolting son.
France,thou mayst hold a serpent by the tongue,
A cased lion by the mortal paw,
A fasting tiger safer by the tooth, [hold.
Than keep in peace that hand which thou dost
K. Phi. I may disjoin my hand, but not my
Fund. So makest thou faith an enemy to
And, like a civil war, set'st oath to oath,
Thy tongue against thy tongue. O, let thy vow
First nade to heaven, first be to heaven per-

That is, to be the champion of our church! orest, is sworn against thy rmed by thyself: [self, st sworn to do amiss, ly done;

What since thou sw
And may not be pert
For that, which thou ha
Is not amiss when it is tro.
And being not done, where
The tru

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15 then most done nuk ne better act of purposes misto Is, to mistake again; though indir Yet indirection thereby grows direc、 And falsehood falsehood cures; as fir Within the scorched veins of one new bu. It is religion, that doth make vows kept; But thou hast sworn against religion; By what thou swear'st, against the thing thou swear'st;

And makest an oath the surety for thy truth Against an oath: The truth thou art unsure To swear, swear only not to be forsworn ; Else, what a mockery should it be to swear? But thou dost swear only to be forsworn: And most forsworn, to keep what thou dost


Therefore, thy latter vows, against thy first,
Is in thyself rebellion to thyself:
And better conquest never canst thou make,
Than arm thy constant and thy nobler parts
Against those giddy loose suggestions:
Upon which better part our prayers come in,
If thou vouchsafe them: but, if not, then know,
The peril of our curses light on thee;

So heavy, as thou shalt not shake them off,
But, in despair, die under their black weight.
Aust. Rebellion, flat rebellion!

Will't not be?

Will not a calf's-skin stop that mouth of thine?
Lew. Father, to arms!
Upon thy wedding day?
Against the blood that thou hast married?
What, shall our feast be kept with slaughter'd

Shall braying trumpets, and loud churlish
Clamours of hell,-be measures to our pomp?
O, husband, hear me !-ah, alack! how new
Is husband in my mouth!-even for that name,
Which till this time my tongue did ne'er pro-
Upon my knee I beg, go not to arms [nounce,
Against mine uncle.

Const. O, upon my knee, Made hard with kneeling, I do pray to thee, Thou virtuous Dauphin, alter not the doom Fore-thought by heaven. [motive may Blanch. Now shall I see thy love: What Be stronger with thee than the name of wife?

Music for dancing.


Const. That which upholdeth him that thee honour! His honour: 0, thine honour, Lewis, thine Lew.Imuset, your majesty doth seem so cold, When such profound respects do pull you on. Pund. I will denounce a curse upon his head. K. Phi. Thou shalt not need :-England, I'll fall from thee.

Const. O fair return of banish'd majesty! Eli. O foul revolt of French inconstancy! K. John. France, thou shalt rue this hour within this hour. [sexton time, Bast. Old time the clock-setter, that bald Is it as he will? well then, France shall rue. Blanch. The sun's o'ercast with blood: Fair day, adieu!

I am with both: each army hath a hand;
Which is the side that I must go withal?
And, in their rage, I having hold of both,
They whirl asunder, and dismember me.
Husband, I cannot pray that thou mayst win;
Uncle, I needs must pray that thou may st lose;
Father, I may not wish the fortune thine;
Grandam, I will not wish thy wishes thrive:
Whoever wins, on that side shall I lose;
Assured loss, before the match be play'd.
Lew. Lady, with me; with me thy fortune
[there my life dies.
Blanch. There where my fortune lives,
John. Cousin, go draw our puissance:
[Erit Bastard.
I am burn'd up with inflaming wrath;
hose heat hath this condition,


K. France,. A rage, w.

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The blood, an
h. Phi. Thy
thou shalt
To ashes, ere our bl
Look to thyself, thou
K. John. No more
To arms let's hie

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