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John, King or ENGLAND Mr. Kemble.
Mr. Creswell. EARL of Essex
Mr. Chapman. EARL OF SALISBURY
Mr. H. Siddons. HUBERT
Mr. Cooke, FAULCON BRIDGE
Mr. C. Kemble. ROBERT FAULCON BRIDGE
Mr. Abbot. English HERALD
Mr. Klanert. JAMES GURNEY
Mr. Curties. First EXECUTIONER
Mr. Atkins. SECOND EXECUTIONER
Mr. Truman. English Knights--Messrs. L. Bologna, Harley,
King, and Lee.
Philip, KING OF FRANCE
Mr. Murray. LEWIS, THE DAUPHIN
Mr. Brunton. PRINCE ARTHUR
Mrs. Creswell. ARCHDUKE OF AUSTRIA
Mr. Cory. CARDINAL PANDULPH
Mr. Hull. CHATILLON
Mr. Claremont. FRENCH HERALD
Mr. Field. CITIZENS OF ANGIERS--Messrs. Davenport, Lewiss,
and Platt. FRENCH KNIGHTS—Messrs. Dick, Powers, Reeves,
Mrs. St. Leger.
SCENE-Sometimes in England, sometimes in France.
ACT THE FIRST.
England. --The Palace.
Flourish of Drums and Trumpets.
King John upon the Throne, Queen Elinor, Es
SEX, SALISBURY, PEMBROKE, HUBERT, CHA-
with us? Cha. Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of
Eli. A strange beginning ;- borrow'd majesty!
To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine :
K. John. What follows, if we disallow of this?
Cha. The proud control of fierce and bloody war, To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld. K. John. Here have we war for war, and blood for
blood, Controlment for controlment; so answer France. Cha. Then take my King's defiance from my
mouth, The furthest limit of my embassy. K. John. Bear mine to him; and so depart in
[Exeunt Chatillon, Hubert, and the
Enter English HERALD, who whispers Essex.
Eli. Your strong possession, much more than your
[Exit English HERALD.
FAULCONBRIDGE. What men are you?
[Exit English HERALD.
K. John. What art thou ?
bridge. K. John. Is that the elder, and art thou the heir? You came not of one mother then, it seems.
Faul. Most certain of one mother, mighty King, That is well known; and, as I think, one father : But, for the certain knowledge of that truth, I put you o'er to Heaven, and to my mother : Of that I doubt, as all men's children may. Eli, Out on thee, rude man! thou dost shame thy
Faul. I, madam ? no, I have no reason for it;
K. John. A good blunt fellow.—Why, being
younger born, Doth he lay claim to thine inheritance ?
Faul. I know not why, except to get the land.
K. John. Mine eye hath well examined his parts, And finds them perfect Richard.—Sirrah, speak, What doth move you to claim your brother's land? Rob. My gracious liege, when that my father
liv'd, Your brother did employ my father much;
Faul. Well, sir, by this you cannot get my land; Your tale must be how he employ'd my mother.
Rob. And once despatch'd him in an embassy To Germany, there, with the Emperor, To treat of high affairs touching that time: The advantage of his absence took the King, And in the mean time sojourn'd at my father's; Where how he did prevail I shame to speak : But truth is truth ; large lengths of seas and shores Between my father and my mother lay, (As I have heard my father speak himself,)