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With them a Bastard of the King deceas'd,
And all th’unsettled humours of the land ;
Rath, inconsid'rate, 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 scathe in Christendom.
The interruption of their churlish drums [Drums beat.
Cuts off more circumstance; they are at hand.
To parly, or to fight, therefore prepare.
· K. Philip. How much unlook'd for is this expedition!

Auft. By how much unexpected, by so much
We must awake endeavour for defence;
For courage mounteth with occasion:
Let them be welcome then, we are prepar'd.
Enter King of England, Faulconbridge, Elinor, Blanch,

Pembroke, and others.
K. John. Peace be to France, if France in peace

Our just and lineal entrance to our own :

not, bleed France, and Peace ascend to heav'n!
Whilst we, God's wrathful agent, do correct
Their proud contempt that beats his Peace to heav'n.

K. Philip. Peace be to England, if that war return
From France to England, there to live in peace!
England we love; and for that England's sake
With burthen of our armour here we sweat;
This toil of ours should be a work of thine.
But thou from loving England art so far,
That thou haft under-wrought its lawful King;
Cut off the sequence of poiterity;
Out-faced infant state ; and done a rape
Upon the maiden virtue of the Crown.
Look here upon thy brother Geffrey's face,
Thcle eyes, these brows, were moulded out of his ;

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This little abstract doth contain that Large,
Which dy'd in Geffrey; and the hand of time
Shall draw this brief into as large a volume.
That Geffrey was thy elder brother born,
And this his son; England was Geffrey's Right,
And this is Geffrey's ; in the name of God,
How comes it then, that thou art call'd a King,
When living blood doth in these temples beat,
Which own the Crown that thou o'er-masterest?
K. John. From whom haft thou this great comınillion,

To draw my answer to thy articles ?
K. Philip. From that supernal Judge, that stirs good

In any breast of strong authority,
To look into the blots and stains of right.
That Judge hath made me guardian to this boy :
Under whose warrant I impeach thy wrong,
And by whose help I mean to chastise it.

K. Zobr. Alack, thou doft usurp authority.
K. Philip. Excuse it, 'tis to beat usurping down.
Eli. Who is’t, that thou doft call usurper, France ?

Let me make answer: thy usurping son. Eli. Out, insolent! thy bastard shall be King, That thou may'st be a Queen, and check the world!

Conf. 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 his mother. Eli. There's a good mother, boy, that blots thy

father. Conft. There's a good grandam, boy, that wouldst

blot thee.
Auft. Peace. —
Faulc. Hear the crier.
Auft. What the devil art thou ?


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Faulc. 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 smoak 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.

Faulc. It lyes as fightly on the back of him, (8)
As great Alcides' fhews upon an Afs;
But, Ass, I'll take that burthen from your back,
Or lay on That, shall make


shoulders crack. Auft. What cracker is this same, that deafs our ears With this abundance of superfluous breath? King Philip, determine what we shall do streight.

K. Pbilip. Women and fools, break off your conference, King Jobn, this is the very Sum of all; England, and Ireland, Anjou, Touraine, Main, In Right of Arthur I do claim of thee : Wilt thou resign them, and lay down thy Arms?

K. John My Life as soon. I do defie thee, France, Arthur of Britain, yield thee to my Hand; And out of my dear love I'll give thee more, Than e'er the coward-hand of France can win. Submit thee, boy.

Eli. Come to thy Grandam, child.

Conft. Do, child, go to it Grandam, child.
Give Grandam Kingdom, and it Grandam will
Give it a plum, a cherry, and a fig;
(8) It lyes as hghtly on the Back of him,

As great Alcides' Shoes upon an Afs.] But why his Shoes, in the Name of Propriety? For let Hercules and his Shoes have been really as big as they were ever suppos’d to be, yet they (I mean, the Shoes) would not have been an Overload for an Ass. I am persuaded, I have retriev'd the true Reading; and let us observe the Juftness of the Comparison now. Faulconbridge in his Refentment would say this to Austria. That Lion's Skin, which my great Father King Richard once wore, looks as uncouthly on thy Back; as that other noble Hide, which

was borne by Hercules, would look on the Back of an Ass.” A double Allusion was intended ; first, to the Fable of the Ass in the Lion's Skin : then Richard I. is finely set in Competition with Alcides; as Aufria is satyrically coupled with the Afs.



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 fo, poor boy, he weeps.

Const. Now shame upon you, whe're she does or no! His Grandam's wrong, and not his mother's shames, Draws those heav'n-moving pearls from his poor eyes, Which heav'n shall take in nature of a fee : Ay, with these crystal beads heav'n fhall be brib'd To do him justice, and revenge on you.

Eli. Thou monstrous slanderer of heav'n and earth!

Conft. Thou monstrous injurer of heav'n and earth,
Call me not flanderer; thou, and thine, usurp
The Domination, Royalties and Rights
Of this oppressed boy; this is thy eldest son's son,
Infortunate in nothing but in thee:
Thy fins are visited in this poor child;
The canon of the law is laid on him;
Being but the second generation
Removed from thy sin-conceiving womb.

K. John. Bedlam, have done.
Conft. I have but this to say,
That he is not only plagued for her fin,
But God hath made her fin and her the plague
On this removed issue, plagu'd for her,
And with her plague her sin; his injury,
Her injury, the beadle to her sin,
All punish'd in the person of this Child,
And All for her, a plague upon

Eli. Thou unadvis'd Scold, I can produce
A Will, that bars the Title of thy Son.
Conft. Ay, who doubts that? a Will!- a wicked

A Woman's Will, a cankred Grandam's Will.

K. Phil. Peace, Lady; pause, or be more temperate :
It ill beseems this Presence to cry Aim
To these ill-tuned Repetitions.
Some trumpet summon hither to the Walls


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These men of Angiers , let us hear them speak.
Whose Title they admit, Arthur's or John's.

[Trumpet founds.
Enter a Citizen upon the Walls.
Cit. Who is it, that hath warn'd us to the walls ?
K. Philip. 'Tis France, for England.

K. John. England for it self; You men of Angiers and my loving Subjects K. Pbilip. You loving men of Angiers, Arthur's Sub

jects, Our trumpet call'd you to this gentle parle

K, John. For our advantage; therefore bear us first: These flags of France, that are advanced here Before the eye and prospect of your town, , Have hither march'd to your endamagement. The cannons have their bowels full of wrath And ready mounted are they to spit forth Their iron indignation 'gaint your walls : All preparations for a bloody liege And, merciless proceeding, by these French, Confront your city's eyes, your winking gates ; And but for our approach, those fleeping itones, That as a walte do girdle you about, By the compulsion of their Ordinance By this time from their fixed beds of lime Had been dishabited, and wide havock made For bloody power to rush upon your peace. But on the sight of us your lawful King, (Who painfully with much expedient March Have brought a counter-check before your gates, To save unscratch'd your city's threatned cheeks) Behold, the French, amaz’d, vouchsafe a parle ; And now, instead of bullets wrap'd in fire, To make a shaking fever in your walls, They shoot but calm words folded up in smoak, To make a faithless error in your ears ; Which trust accordingly, kind citizens ; And let in us, your King, whose labour'd spirits,


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