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<TITLE>The Life and Death of King John</TITLE>
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<PERSONAE>
<TITLE>Dramatis Personae</TITLE>
<PERSONA>KING JOHN</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>PRINCE HENRY, son to the king.</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>ARTHUR, Duke of Bretagne, nephew to the king.</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>The Earl of PEMBROKE</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>The Earl of ESSEX</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>The Earl of SALISBURY</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>The Lord BIGOT</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>HUBERT DE BURGH</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>ROBERT FAULCONBRIDGE, Son to Sir Robert Faulconbridge. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>PHILIP the BASTARD, his half-brother. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>JAMES GURNEY, servant to Lady Faulconbridge. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>PETER Of Pomfret, a prophet. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>PHILIP, King of France. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>LEWIS, the Dauphin.</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>LYMOGES, Duke of AUSTRIA. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>CARDINAL PANDULPH, the Pope's legate.</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>MELUN, a French Lord.</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>CHATILLON, ambassador from France to King John.</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>QUEEN ELINOR, mother to King John.</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>CONSTANCE, mother to Arthur.</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>BLANCH of Spain, niece to King John. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>LADY FAULCONBRIDGE</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>Lords, Citizens of Angiers, Sheriff, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.</PERSONA>
</PERSONAE>
<SCNDESCR>SCENE Partly in England, and partly in France.</SCNDESCR>
<PLAYSUBT>KING JOHN</PLAYSUBT>
<ACT><TITLE>ACT I</TITLE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE I. KING JOHN'S palace.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter KING JOHN, QUEEN ELINOR, PEMBROKE, ESSEX,
SALISBURY, and others, with CHATILLON</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with us?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CHATILLON</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of France</LINE>
<LINE>In my behavior to the majesty,</LINE>
<LINE>The borrow'd majesty, of England here.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>A strange beginning: 'borrow'd majesty!'</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Silence, good mother; hear the embassy.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CHATILLON</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Philip of France, in right and true behalf</LINE>
<LINE>Of thy deceased brother Geffrey's son,</LINE>
<LINE>Arthur Plantagenet, lays most lawful claim</LINE>
<LINE>To this fair island and the territories,</LINE>
<LINE>To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine,</LINE>
<LINE>Desiring thee to lay aside the sword</LINE>
<LINE>Which sways usurpingly these several titles,</LINE>
<LINE>And put these same into young Arthur's hand,</LINE>
<LINE>Thy nephew and right royal sovereign.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What follows if we disallow of this?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CHATILLON</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The proud control of fierce and bloody war,</LINE>
<LINE>To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Here have we war for war and blood for blood,</LINE>
<LINE>Controlment for controlment: so answer France.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CHATILLON</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Then take my king's defiance from my mouth,</LINE>
<LINE>The farthest limit of my embassy.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Bear mine to him, and so depart in peace:</LINE>
<LINE>Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France;</LINE>
<LINE>For ere thou canst report I will be there,</LINE>
<LINE>The thunder of my cannon shall be heard:</LINE>
<LINE>So hence! Be thou the trumpet of our wrath</LINE>
<LINE>And sullen presage of your own decay.</LINE>
<LINE>An honourable conduct let him have:</LINE>
<LINE>Pembroke, look to 't. Farewell, Chatillon.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt CHATILLON and PEMBROKE</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What now, my son! have I not ever said</LINE>
<LINE>How that ambitious Constance would not cease</LINE>
<LINE>Till she had kindled France and all the world,</LINE>
<LINE>Upon the right and party of her son?</LINE>
<LINE>This might have been prevented and made whole</LINE>
<LINE>With very easy arguments of love,</LINE>
<LINE>Which now the manage of two kingdoms must</LINE>
<LINE>With fearful bloody issue arbitrate.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Our strong possession and our right for us.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Your strong possession much more than your right,</LINE>
<LINE>Or else it must go wrong with you and me:</LINE>
<LINE>So much my conscience whispers in your ear,</LINE>
<LINE>Which none but heaven and you and I shall hear.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter a Sheriff</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ESSEX</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My liege, here is the strangest controversy</LINE>
<LINE>Come from country to be judged by you,</LINE>
<LINE>That e'er I heard: shall I produce the men?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Let them approach.</LINE>
<LINE>Our abbeys and our priories shall pay</LINE>
<LINE>This expedition's charge.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter ROBERT and the BASTARD</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>What men are you?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Your faithful subject I, a gentleman</LINE>
<LINE>Born in Northamptonshire and eldest son,</LINE>
<LINE>As I suppose, to Robert Faulconbridge,</LINE>
<LINE>A soldier, by the honour-giving hand</LINE>
<LINE>Of Coeur-de-lion knighted in the field.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What art thou?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ROBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The son and heir to that same Faulconbridge.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Is that the elder, and art thou the heir?</LINE>
<LINE>You came not of one mother then, it seems.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Most certain of one mother, mighty king;</LINE>
<LINE>That is well known; and, as I think, one father:</LINE>
<LINE>But for the certain knowledge of that truth</LINE>
<LINE>I put you o'er to heaven and to my mother:</LINE>
<LINE>Of that I doubt, as all men's children may.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Out on thee, rude man! thou dost shame thy mother</LINE>
<LINE>And wound her honour with this diffidence.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I, madam? no, I have no reason for it;</LINE>
<LINE>That is my brother's plea and none of mine;</LINE>
<LINE>The which if he can prove, a' pops me out</LINE>
<LINE>At least from fair five hundred pound a year:</LINE>
<LINE>Heaven guard my mother's honour and my land!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>A good blunt fellow. Why, being younger born,</LINE>
<LINE>Doth he lay claim to thine inheritance?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I know not why, except to get the land.</LINE>
<LINE>But once he slander'd me with bastardy:</LINE>
<LINE>But whether I be as true begot or no,</LINE>
<LINE>That still I lay upon my mother's head,</LINE>
<LINE>But that I am as well begot, my liege,--</LINE>
<LINE>Fair fall the bones that took the pains for me!--</LINE>
<LINE>Compare our faces and be judge yourself.</LINE>
<LINE>If old sir Robert did beget us both</LINE>
<LINE>And were our father and this son like him,</LINE>
<LINE>O old sir Robert, father, on my knee</LINE>
<LINE>I give heaven thanks I was not like to thee!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, what a madcap hath heaven lent us here!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>He hath a trick of Coeur-de-lion's face;</LINE>
<LINE>The accent of his tongue affecteth him.</LINE>
<LINE>Do you not read some tokens of my son</LINE>
<LINE>In the large composition of this man?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Mine eye hath well examined his parts</LINE>
<LINE>And finds them perfect Richard. Sirrah, speak,</LINE>
<LINE>What doth move you to claim your brother's land?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Because he hath a half-face, like my father.</LINE>
<LINE>With half that face would he have all my land:</LINE>
<LINE>A half-faced groat five hundred pound a year!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ROBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My gracious liege, when that my father lived,</LINE>
<LINE>Your brother did employ my father much,--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, sir, by this you cannot get my land:</LINE>
<LINE>Your tale must be how he employ'd my mother.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ROBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And once dispatch'd him in an embassy</LINE>
<LINE>To Germany, there with the emperor</LINE>
<LINE>To treat of high affairs touching that time.</LINE>
<LINE>The advantage of his absence took the king</LINE>
<LINE>And in the mean time sojourn'd at my father's;</LINE>
<LINE>Where how he did prevail I shame to speak,</LINE>
<LINE>But truth is truth: large lengths of seas and shores</LINE>
<LINE>Between my father and my mother lay,</LINE>
<LINE>As I have heard my father speak himself,</LINE>
<LINE>When this same lusty gentleman was got.</LINE>
<LINE>Upon his death-bed he by will bequeath'd</LINE>
<LINE>His lands to me, and took it on his death</LINE>
<LINE>That this my mother's son was none of his;</LINE>
<LINE>And if he were, he came into the world</LINE>
<LINE>Full fourteen weeks before the course of time.</LINE>
<LINE>Then, good my liege, let me have what is mine,</LINE>
<LINE>My father's land, as was my father's will.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Sirrah, your brother is legitimate;</LINE>
<LINE>Your father's wife did after wedlock bear him,</LINE>
<LINE>And if she did play false, the fault was hers;</LINE>
<LINE>Which fault lies on the hazards of all husbands</LINE>
<LINE>That marry wives. Tell me, how if my brother,</LINE>
<LINE>Who, as you say, took pains to get this son,</LINE>
<LINE>Had of your father claim'd this son for his?</LINE>
<LINE>In sooth, good friend, your father might have kept</LINE>
<LINE>This calf bred from his cow from all the world;</LINE>
<LINE>In sooth he might; then, if he were my brother's,</LINE>
<LINE>My brother might not claim him; nor your father,</LINE>
<LINE>Being none of his, refuse him: this concludes;</LINE>
<LINE>My mother's son did get your father's heir;</LINE>
<LINE>Your father's heir must have your father's land.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ROBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Shall then my father's will be of no force</LINE>
<LINE>To dispossess that child which is not his?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Of no more force to dispossess me, sir,</LINE>
<LINE>Than was his will to get me, as I think.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Whether hadst thou rather be a Faulconbridge</LINE>
<LINE>And like thy brother, to enjoy thy land,</LINE>
<LINE>Or the reputed son of Coeur-de-lion,</LINE>
<LINE>Lord of thy presence and no land beside?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Madam, an if my brother had my shape,</LINE>
<LINE>And I had his, sir Robert's his, like him;</LINE>
<LINE>And if my legs were two such riding-rods,</LINE>
<LINE>My arms such eel-skins stuff'd, my face so thin</LINE>
<LINE>That in mine ear I durst not stick a rose</LINE>
<LINE>Lest men should say 'Look, where three-farthings goes!'</LINE>
<LINE>And, to his shape, were heir to all this land,</LINE>
<LINE>Would I might never stir from off this place,</LINE>
<LINE>I would give it every foot to have this face;</LINE>
<LINE>I would not be sir Nob in any case.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I like thee well: wilt thou forsake thy fortune,</LINE>
<LINE>Bequeath thy land to him and follow me?</LINE>
<LINE>I am a soldier and now bound to France.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Brother, take you my land, I'll take my chance.</LINE>
<LINE>Your face hath got five hundred pound a year,</LINE>
<LINE>Yet sell your face for five pence and 'tis dear.</LINE>
<LINE>Madam, I'll follow you unto the death.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Nay, I would have you go before me thither.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Our country manners give our betters way.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What is thy name?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Philip, my liege, so is my name begun,</LINE>
<LINE>Philip, good old sir Robert's wife's eldest son.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>From henceforth bear his name whose form thou bear'st:</LINE>
<LINE>Kneel thou down Philip, but rise more great,</LINE>
<LINE>Arise sir Richard and Plantagenet.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Brother by the mother's side, give me your hand:</LINE>
<LINE>My father gave me honour, yours gave land.</LINE>
<LINE>Now blessed by the hour, by night or day,</LINE>
<LINE>When I was got, sir Robert was away!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The very spirit of Plantagenet!</LINE>
<LINE>I am thy grandam, Richard; call me so.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Madam, by chance but not by truth; what though?</LINE>
<LINE>Something about, a little from the right,</LINE>
<LINE>In at the window, or else o'er the hatch:</LINE>
<LINE>Who dares not stir by day must walk by night,</LINE>
<LINE>And have is have, however men do catch:</LINE>
<LINE>Near or far off, well won is still well shot,</LINE>
<LINE>And I am I, howe'er I was begot.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Go, Faulconbridge: now hast thou thy desire;</LINE>
<LINE>A landless knight makes thee a landed squire.</LINE>
<LINE>Come, madam, and come, Richard, we must speed</LINE>
<LINE>For France, for France, for it is more than need.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Brother, adieu: good fortune come to thee!</LINE>
<LINE>For thou wast got i' the way of honesty.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt all but BASTARD</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>A foot of honour better than I was;</LINE>
<LINE>But many a many foot of land the worse.</LINE>
<LINE>Well, now can I make any Joan a lady.</LINE>
<LINE>'Good den, sir Richard!'--'God-a-mercy, fellow!'--</LINE>
<LINE>And if his name be George, I'll call him Peter;</LINE>
<LINE>For new-made honour doth forget men's names;</LINE>
<LINE>'Tis too respective and too sociable</LINE>
<LINE>For your conversion. Now your traveller,</LINE>
<LINE>He and his toothpick at my worship's mess,</LINE>
<LINE>And when my knightly stomach is sufficed,</LINE>
<LINE>Why then I suck my teeth and catechise</LINE>
<LINE>My picked man of countries: 'My dear sir,'</LINE>
<LINE>Thus, leaning on mine elbow, I begin,</LINE>
<LINE>'I shall beseech you'--that is question now;</LINE>
<LINE>And then comes answer like an Absey book:</LINE>
<LINE>'O sir,' says answer, 'at your best command;</LINE>
<LINE>At your employment; at your service, sir;'</LINE>
<LINE>'No, sir,' says question, 'I, sweet sir, at yours:'</LINE>
<LINE>And so, ere answer knows what question would,</LINE>
<LINE>Saving in dialogue of compliment,</LINE>
<LINE>And talking of the Alps and Apennines,</LINE>
<LINE>The Pyrenean and the river Po,</LINE>
<LINE>It draws toward supper in conclusion so.</LINE>
<LINE>But this is worshipful society</LINE>
<LINE>And fits the mounting spirit like myself,</LINE>
<LINE>For he is but a bastard to the time</LINE>
<LINE>That doth not smack of observation;</LINE>
<LINE>And so am I, whether I smack or no;</LINE>
<LINE>And not alone in habit and device,</LINE>
<LINE>Exterior form, outward accoutrement,</LINE>
<LINE>But from the inward motion to deliver</LINE>
<LINE>Sweet, sweet, sweet poison for the age's tooth:</LINE>
<LINE>Which, though I will not practise to deceive,</LINE>
<LINE>Yet, to avoid deceit, I mean to learn;</LINE>
<LINE>For it shall strew the footsteps of my rising.</LINE>
<LINE>But who comes in such haste in riding-robes?</LINE>
<LINE>What woman-post is this? hath she no husband</LINE>
<LINE>That will take pains to blow a horn before her?</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter LADY FAULCONBRIDGE and GURNEY</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>O me! it is my mother. How now, good lady!</LINE>
<LINE>What brings you here to court so hastily?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY FAULCONBRIDGE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Where is that slave, thy brother? where is he,</LINE>
<LINE>That holds in chase mine honour up and down?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My brother Robert? old sir Robert's son?</LINE>
<LINE>Colbrand the giant, that same mighty man?</LINE>
<LINE>Is it sir Robert's son that you seek so?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY FAULCONBRIDGE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Sir Robert's son! Ay, thou unreverend boy,</LINE>
<LINE>Sir Robert's son: why scorn'st thou at sir Robert?</LINE>
<LINE>He is sir Robert's son, and so art thou.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>James Gurney, wilt thou give us leave awhile?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GURNEY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Good leave, good Philip.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Philip! sparrow: James,</LINE>
<LINE>There's toys abroad: anon I'll tell thee more.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Exit GURNEY</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Madam, I was not old sir Robert's son:</LINE>
<LINE>Sir Robert might have eat his part in me</LINE>
<LINE>Upon Good-Friday and ne'er broke his fast:</LINE>
<LINE>Sir Robert could do well: marry, to confess,</LINE>
<LINE>Could he get me? Sir Robert could not do it:</LINE>
<LINE>We know his handiwork: therefore, good mother,</LINE>
<LINE>To whom am I beholding for these limbs?</LINE>
<LINE>Sir Robert never holp to make this leg.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY FAULCONBRIDGE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hast thou conspired with thy brother too,</LINE>
<LINE>That for thine own gain shouldst defend mine honour?</LINE>
<LINE>What means this scorn, thou most untoward knave?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Knight, knight, good mother, Basilisco-like.</LINE>
<LINE>What! I am dubb'd! I have it on my shoulder.</LINE>
<LINE>But, mother, I am not sir Robert's son;</LINE>
<LINE>I have disclaim'd sir Robert and my land;</LINE>
<LINE>Legitimation, name and all is gone:</LINE>
<LINE>Then, good my mother, let me know my father;</LINE>
<LINE>Some proper man, I hope: who was it, mother?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY FAULCONBRIDGE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hast thou denied thyself a Faulconbridge?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>As faithfully as I deny the devil.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY FAULCONBRIDGE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>King Richard Coeur-de-lion was thy father:</LINE>
<LINE>By long and vehement suit I was seduced</LINE>
<LINE>To make room for him in my husband's bed:</LINE>
<LINE>Heaven lay not my transgression to my charge!</LINE>
<LINE>Thou art the issue of my dear offence,</LINE>
<LINE>Which was so strongly urged past my defence.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Now, by this light, were I to get again,</LINE>
<LINE>Madam, I would not wish a better father.</LINE>
<LINE>Some sins do bear their privilege on earth,</LINE>
<LINE>And so doth yours; your fault was not your folly:</LINE>
<LINE>Needs must you lay your heart at his dispose,</LINE>
<LINE>Subjected tribute to commanding love,</LINE>
<LINE>Against whose fury and unmatched force</LINE>
<LINE>The aweless lion could not wage the fight,</LINE>
<LINE>Nor keep his princely heart from Richard's hand.</LINE>
<LINE>He that perforce robs lions of their hearts</LINE>
<LINE>May easily win a woman's. Ay, my mother,</LINE>
<LINE>With all my heart I thank thee for my father!</LINE>
<LINE>Who lives and dares but say thou didst not well</LINE>
<LINE>When I was got, I'll send his soul to hell.</LINE>
<LINE>Come, lady, I will show thee to my kin;</LINE>
<LINE>And they shall say, when Richard me begot,</LINE>
<LINE>If thou hadst said him nay, it had been sin:</LINE>
<LINE>Who says it was, he lies; I say 'twas not.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
</ACT>
<ACT><TITLE>ACT II</TITLE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE I. France. Before Angiers.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter AUSTRIA and forces, drums, etc. on one side:
on the other KING PHILIP and his power; LEWIS,
ARTHUR, CONSTANCE and attendants</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Before Angiers well met, brave Austria.</LINE>
<LINE>Arthur, that great forerunner of thy blood,</LINE>
<LINE>Richard, that robb'd the lion of his heart</LINE>
<LINE>And fought the holy wars in Palestine,</LINE>
<LINE>By this brave duke came early to his grave:</LINE>
<LINE>And for amends to his posterity,</LINE>
<LINE>At our importance hither is he come,</LINE>
<LINE>To spread his colours, boy, in thy behalf,</LINE>
<LINE>And to rebuke the usurpation</LINE>
<LINE>Of thy unnatural uncle, English John:</LINE>
<LINE>Embrace him, love him, give him welcome hither.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>God shall forgive you Coeur-de-lion's death</LINE>
<LINE>The rather that you give his offspring life,</LINE>
<LINE>Shadowing their right under your wings of war:</LINE>
<LINE>I give you welcome with a powerless hand,</LINE>
<LINE>But with a heart full of unstained love:</LINE>
<LINE>Welcome before the gates of Angiers, duke.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>A noble boy! Who would not do thee right?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Upon thy cheek lay I this zealous kiss,</LINE>
<LINE>As seal to this indenture of my love,</LINE>
<LINE>That to my home I will no more return,</LINE>
<LINE>Till Angiers and the right thou hast in France,</LINE>
<LINE>Together with that pale, that white-faced shore,</LINE>
<LINE>Whose foot spurns back the ocean's roaring tides</LINE>
<LINE>And coops from other lands her islanders,</LINE>
<LINE>Even till that England, hedged in with the main,</LINE>
<LINE>That water-walled bulwark, still secure</LINE>
<LINE>And confident from foreign purposes,</LINE>
<LINE>Even till that utmost corner of the west</LINE>
<LINE>Salute thee for her king: till then, fair boy,</LINE>
<LINE>Will I not think of home, but follow arms.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, take his mother's thanks, a widow's thanks,</LINE>
<LINE>Till your strong hand shall help to give him strength</LINE>
<LINE>To make a more requital to your love!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The peace of heaven is theirs that lift their swords</LINE>
<LINE>In such a just and charitable war.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well then, to work: our cannon shall be bent</LINE>
<LINE>Against the brows of this resisting town.</LINE>
<LINE>Call for our chiefest men of discipline,</LINE>
<LINE>To cull the plots of best advantages:</LINE>
<LINE>We'll lay before this town our royal bones,</LINE>
<LINE>Wade to the market-place in Frenchmen's blood,</LINE>
<LINE>But we will make it subject to this boy.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Stay for an answer to your embassy,</LINE>
<LINE>Lest unadvised you stain your swords with blood:</LINE>
<LINE>My Lord Chatillon may from England bring,</LINE>
<LINE>That right in peace which here we urge in war,</LINE>
<LINE>And then we shall repent each drop of blood</LINE>
<LINE>That hot rash haste so indirectly shed.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter CHATILLON</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>A wonder, lady! lo, upon thy wish,</LINE>
<LINE>Our messenger Chatillon is arrived!</LINE>
<LINE>What England says, say briefly, gentle lord;</LINE>
<LINE>We coldly pause for thee; Chatillon, speak.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CHATILLON</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Then turn your forces from this paltry siege</LINE>
<LINE>And stir them up against a mightier task.</LINE>
<LINE>England, impatient of your just demands,</LINE>
<LINE>Hath put himself in arms: the adverse winds,</LINE>
<LINE>Whose leisure I have stay'd, have given him time</LINE>
<LINE>To land his legions all as soon as I;</LINE>
<LINE>His marches are expedient to this town,</LINE>
<LINE>His forces strong, his soldiers confident.</LINE>
<LINE>With him along is come the mother-queen,</LINE>
<LINE>An Ate, stirring him to blood and strife;</LINE>
<LINE>With her her niece, the Lady Blanch of Spain;</LINE>
<LINE>With them a bastard of the king's deceased,</LINE>
<LINE>And all the unsettled humours of the land,</LINE>
<LINE>Rash, inconsiderate, fiery voluntaries,</LINE>
<LINE>With ladies' faces and fierce dragons' spleens,</LINE>
<LINE>Have sold their fortunes at their native homes,</LINE>
<LINE>Bearing their birthrights proudly on their backs,</LINE>
<LINE>To make hazard of new fortunes here:</LINE>
<LINE>In brief, a braver choice of dauntless spirits</LINE>
<LINE>Than now the English bottoms have waft o'er</LINE>
<LINE>Did nearer float upon the swelling tide,</LINE>
<LINE>To do offence and scath in Christendom.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Drum beats</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>The interruption of their churlish drums</LINE>
<LINE>Cuts off more circumstance: they are at hand,</LINE>
<LINE>To parley or to fight; therefore prepare.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>How much unlook'd for is this expedition!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>By how much unexpected, by so much</LINE>
<LINE>We must awake endavour for defence;</LINE>
<LINE>For courage mounteth with occasion:</LINE>
<LINE>Let them be welcome then: we are prepared.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter KING JOHN, QUEEN ELINOR, BLANCH, the BASTARD,
Lords, and forces</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Peace be to France, if France in peace permit</LINE>
<LINE>Our just and lineal entrance to our own;</LINE>
<LINE>If not, bleed France, and peace ascend to heaven,</LINE>
<LINE>Whiles we, God's wrathful agent, do correct</LINE>
<LINE>Their proud contempt that beats His peace to heaven.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Peace be to England, if that war return</LINE>
<LINE>From France to England, there to live in peace.</LINE>
<LINE>England we love; and for that England's sake</LINE>
<LINE>With burden of our armour here we sweat.</LINE>
<LINE>This toil of ours should be a work of thine;</LINE>
<LINE>But thou from loving England art so far,</LINE>
<LINE>That thou hast under-wrought his lawful king</LINE>
<LINE>Cut off the sequence of posterity,</LINE>
<LINE>Out-faced infant state and done a rape</LINE>
<LINE>Upon the maiden virtue of the crown.</LINE>
<LINE>Look here upon thy brother Geffrey's face;</LINE>
<LINE>These eyes, these brows, were moulded out of his:</LINE>
<LINE>This little abstract doth contain that large</LINE>
<LINE>Which died in Geffrey, and the hand of time</LINE>
<LINE>Shall draw this brief into as huge a volume.</LINE>
<LINE>That Geffrey was thy elder brother born,</LINE>
<LINE>And this his son; England was Geffrey's right</LINE>
<LINE>And this is Geffrey's: in the name of God</LINE>
<LINE>How comes it then that thou art call'd a king,</LINE>
<LINE>When living blood doth in these temples beat,</LINE>
<LINE>Which owe the crown that thou o'ermasterest?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>From whom hast thou this great commission, France,</LINE>
<LINE>To draw my answer from thy articles?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>From that supernal judge, that stirs good thoughts</LINE>
<LINE>In any breast of strong authority,</LINE>
<LINE>To look into the blots and stains of right:</LINE>
<LINE>That judge hath made me guardian to this boy:</LINE>
<LINE>Under whose warrant I impeach thy wrong</LINE>
<LINE>And by whose help I mean to chastise it.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Alack, thou dost usurp authority.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Excuse; it is to beat usurping down.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Who is it thou dost call usurper, France?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Let me make answer; thy usurping son.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Out, insolent! thy bastard shall be king,</LINE>
<LINE>That thou mayst be a queen, and cheque the world!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My bed was ever to thy son as true</LINE>
<LINE>As thine was to thy husband; and this boy</LINE>
<LINE>Liker in feature to his father Geffrey</LINE>
<LINE>Than thou and John in manners; being as like</LINE>
<LINE>As rain to water, or devil to his dam.</LINE>
<LINE>My boy a bastard! By my soul, I think</LINE>
<LINE>His father never was so true begot:</LINE>
<LINE>It cannot be, an if thou wert his mother.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>There's a good mother, boy, that blots thy father.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>There's a good grandam, boy, that would blot thee.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Peace!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hear the crier.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What the devil art thou?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>One that will play the devil, sir, with you,</LINE>
<LINE>An a' may catch your hide and you alone:</LINE>
<LINE>You are the hare of whom the proverb goes,</LINE>
<LINE>Whose valour plucks dead lions by the beard;</LINE>
<LINE>I'll smoke your skin-coat, an I catch you right;</LINE>
<LINE>Sirrah, look to't; i' faith, I will, i' faith.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BLANCH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, well did he become that lion's robe</LINE>
<LINE>That did disrobe the lion of that robe!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>It lies as sightly on the back of him</LINE>
<LINE>As great Alcides' shows upon an ass:</LINE>
<LINE>But, ass, I'll take that burthen from your back,</LINE>
<LINE>Or lay on that shall make your shoulders crack.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What craker is this same that deafs our ears</LINE>
<LINE>With this abundance of superfluous breath?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Lewis, determine what we shall do straight.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Women and fools, break off your conference.</LINE>
<LINE>King John, this is the very sum of all;</LINE>
<LINE>England and Ireland, Anjou, Touraine, Maine,</LINE>
<LINE>In right of Arthur do I claim of thee:</LINE>
<LINE>Wilt thou resign them and lay down thy arms?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My life as soon: I do defy thee, France.</LINE>
<LINE>Arthur of Bretagne, yield thee to my hand;</LINE>
<LINE>And out of my dear love I'll give thee more</LINE>
<LINE>Than e'er the coward hand of France can win:</LINE>
<LINE>Submit thee, boy.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come to thy grandam, child.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Do, child, go to it grandam, child:</LINE>
<LINE>Give grandam kingdom, and it grandam will</LINE>
<LINE>Give it a plum, a cherry, and a fig:</LINE>
<LINE>There's a good grandam.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Good my mother, peace!</LINE>
<LINE>I would that I were low laid in my grave:</LINE>
<LINE>I am not worth this coil that's made for me.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>His mother shames him so, poor boy, he weeps.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Now shame upon you, whether she does or no!</LINE>
<LINE>His grandam's wrongs, and not his mother's shames,</LINE>
<LINE>Draws those heaven-moving pearls from his poor eyes,</LINE>
<LINE>Which heaven shall take in nature of a fee;</LINE>
<LINE>Ay, with these crystal beads heaven shall be bribed</LINE>
<LINE>To do him justice and revenge on you.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou monstrous slanderer of heaven and earth!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou monstrous injurer of heaven and earth!</LINE>
<LINE>Call not me slanderer; thou and thine usurp</LINE>
<LINE>The dominations, royalties and rights</LINE>
<LINE>Of this oppressed boy: this is thy eld'st son's son,</LINE>
<LINE>Infortunate in nothing but in thee:</LINE>
<LINE>Thy sins are visited in this poor child;</LINE>
<LINE>The canon of the law is laid on him,</LINE>
<LINE>Being but the second generation</LINE>
<LINE>Removed from thy sin-conceiving womb.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Bedlam, have done.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I have but this to say,</LINE>
<LINE>That he is not only plagued for her sin,</LINE>
<LINE>But God hath made her sin and her the plague</LINE>
<LINE>On this removed issue, plague for her</LINE>
<LINE>And with her plague; her sin his injury,</LINE>
<LINE>Her injury the beadle to her sin,</LINE>
<LINE>All punish'd in the person of this child,</LINE>
<LINE>And all for her; a plague upon her!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou unadvised scold, I can produce</LINE>
<LINE>A will that bars the title of thy son.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Ay, who doubts that? a will! a wicked will:</LINE>
<LINE>A woman's will; a canker'd grandam's will!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Peace, lady! pause, or be more temperate:</LINE>
<LINE>It ill beseems this presence to cry aim</LINE>
<LINE>To these ill-tuned repetitions.</LINE>
<LINE>Some trumpet summon hither to the walls</LINE>
<LINE>These men of Angiers: let us hear them speak</LINE>
<LINE>Whose title they admit, Arthur's or John's.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Trumpet sounds. Enter certain Citizens upon the walls</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Citizen</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Who is it that hath warn'd us to the walls?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>'Tis France, for England.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>England, for itself.</LINE>
<LINE>You men of Angiers, and my loving subjects--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>You loving men of Angiers, Arthur's subjects,</LINE>
<LINE>Our trumpet call'd you to this gentle parle--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>For our advantage; therefore hear us first.</LINE>
<LINE>These flags of France, that are advanced here</LINE>
<LINE>Before the eye and prospect of your town,</LINE>
<LINE>Have hither march'd to your endamagement:</LINE>
<LINE>The cannons have their bowels full of wrath,</LINE>
<LINE>And ready mounted are they to spit forth</LINE>
<LINE>Their iron indignation 'gainst your walls:</LINE>
<LINE>All preparation for a bloody siege</LINE>
<LINE>All merciless proceeding by these French</LINE>
<LINE>Confronts your city's eyes, your winking gates;</LINE>
<LINE>And but for our approach those sleeping stones,</LINE>
<LINE>That as a waist doth girdle you about,</LINE>
<LINE>By the compulsion of their ordinance</LINE>
<LINE>By this time from their fixed beds of lime</LINE>
<LINE>Had been dishabited, and wide havoc made</LINE>
<LINE>For bloody power to rush upon your peace.</LINE>
<LINE>But on the sight of us your lawful king,</LINE>
<LINE>Who painfully with much expedient march</LINE>
<LINE>Have brought a countercheque before your gates,</LINE>
<LINE>To save unscratch'd your city's threatened cheeks,</LINE>
<LINE>Behold, the French amazed vouchsafe a parle;</LINE>
<LINE>And now, instead of bullets wrapp'd in fire,</LINE>
<LINE>To make a shaking fever in your walls,</LINE>
<LINE>They shoot but calm words folded up in smoke,</LINE>
<LINE>To make a faithless error in your ears:</LINE>
<LINE>Which trust accordingly, kind citizens,</LINE>
<LINE>And let us in, your king, whose labour'd spirits,</LINE>
<LINE>Forwearied in this action of swift speed,</LINE>
<LINE>Crave harbourage within your city walls.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>When I have said, make answer to us both.</LINE>
<LINE>Lo, in this right hand, whose protection</LINE>
<LINE>Is most divinely vow'd upon the right</LINE>
<LINE>Of him it holds, stands young Plantagenet,</LINE>
<LINE>Son to the elder brother of this man,</LINE>
<LINE>And king o'er him and all that he enjoys:</LINE>
<LINE>For this down-trodden equity, we tread</LINE>
<LINE>In warlike march these greens before your town,</LINE>
<LINE>Being no further enemy to you</LINE>
<LINE>Than the constraint of hospitable zeal</LINE>
<LINE>In the relief of this oppressed child</LINE>
<LINE>Religiously provokes. Be pleased then</LINE>
<LINE>To pay that duty which you truly owe</LINE>
<LINE>To that owes it, namely this young prince:</LINE>
<LINE>And then our arms, like to a muzzled bear,</LINE>
<LINE>Save in aspect, hath all offence seal'd up;</LINE>
<LINE>Our cannons' malice vainly shall be spent</LINE>
<LINE>Against the invulnerable clouds of heaven;</LINE>
<LINE>And with a blessed and unvex'd retire,</LINE>
<LINE>With unhack'd swords and helmets all unbruised,</LINE>
<LINE>We will bear home that lusty blood again</LINE>
<LINE>Which here we came to spout against your town,</LINE>
<LINE>And leave your children, wives and you in peace.</LINE>
<LINE>But if you fondly pass our proffer'd offer,</LINE>
<LINE>'Tis not the roundure of your old-faced walls</LINE>
<LINE>Can hide you from our messengers of war,</LINE>
<LINE>Though all these English and their discipline</LINE>
<LINE>Were harbour'd in their rude circumference.</LINE>
<LINE>Then tell us, shall your city call us lord,</LINE>
<LINE>In that behalf which we have challenged it?</LINE>
<LINE>Or shall we give the signal to our rage</LINE>
<LINE>And stalk in blood to our possession?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Citizen</SPEAKER>
<LINE>In brief, we are the king of England's subjects:</LINE>
<LINE>For him, and in his right, we hold this town.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Acknowledge then the king, and let me in.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Citizen</SPEAKER>
<LINE>That can we not; but he that proves the king,</LINE>
<LINE>To him will we prove loyal: till that time</LINE>
<LINE>Have we ramm'd up our gates against the world.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Doth not the crown of England prove the king?</LINE>
<LINE>And if not that, I bring you witnesses,</LINE>
<LINE>Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's breed,--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Bastards, and else.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>To verify our title with their lives.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>As many and as well-born bloods as those,--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Some bastards too.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Stand in his face to contradict his claim.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Citizen</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Till you compound whose right is worthiest,</LINE>
<LINE>We for the worthiest hold the right from both.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Then God forgive the sin of all those souls</LINE>
<LINE>That to their everlasting residence,</LINE>
<LINE>Before the dew of evening fall, shall fleet,</LINE>
<LINE>In dreadful trial of our kingdom's king!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Amen, amen! Mount, chevaliers! to arms!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Saint George, that swinged the dragon, and e'er since</LINE>
<LINE>Sits on his horseback at mine hostess' door,</LINE>
<LINE>Teach us some fence!</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>To AUSTRIA</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Sirrah, were I at home,</LINE>
<LINE>At your den, sirrah, with your lioness</LINE>
<LINE>I would set an ox-head to your lion's hide,</LINE>
<LINE>And make a monster of you.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Peace! no more.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O tremble, for you hear the lion roar.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Up higher to the plain; where we'll set forth</LINE>
<LINE>In best appointment all our regiments.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Speed then, to take advantage of the field.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>It shall be so; and at the other hill</LINE>
<LINE>Command the rest to stand. God and our right!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
<STAGEDIR>Here after excursions, enter the Herald of France,
with trumpets, to the gates</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>French Herald</SPEAKER>
<LINE>You men of Angiers, open wide your gates,</LINE>
<LINE>And let young Arthur, Duke of Bretagne, in,</LINE>
<LINE>Who by the hand of France this day hath made</LINE>
<LINE>Much work for tears in many an English mother,</LINE>
<LINE>Whose sons lie scattered on the bleeding ground;</LINE>
<LINE>Many a widow's husband grovelling lies,</LINE>
<LINE>Coldly embracing the discolour'd earth;</LINE>
<LINE>And victory, with little loss, doth play</LINE>
<LINE>Upon the dancing banners of the French,</LINE>
<LINE>Who are at hand, triumphantly display'd,</LINE>
<LINE>To enter conquerors and to proclaim</LINE>
<LINE>Arthur of Bretagne England's king and yours.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter English Herald, with trumpet</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>English Herald</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Rejoice, you men of Angiers, ring your bells:</LINE>
<LINE>King John, your king and England's doth approach,</LINE>
<LINE>Commander of this hot malicious day:</LINE>
<LINE>Their armours, that march'd hence so silver-bright,</LINE>
<LINE>Hither return all gilt with Frenchmen's blood;</LINE>
<LINE>There stuck no plume in any English crest</LINE>
<LINE>That is removed by a staff of France;</LINE>
<LINE>Our colours do return in those same hands</LINE>
<LINE>That did display them when we first march'd forth;</LINE>
<LINE>And, like a troop of jolly huntsmen, come</LINE>
<LINE>Our lusty English, all with purpled hands,</LINE>
<LINE>Dyed in the dying slaughter of their foes:</LINE>
<LINE>Open your gates and gives the victors way.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Citizen</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Heralds, from off our towers we might behold,</LINE>
<LINE>From first to last, the onset and retire</LINE>
<LINE>Of both your armies; whose equality</LINE>
<LINE>By our best eyes cannot be censured:</LINE>
<LINE>Blood hath bought blood and blows have answered blows;</LINE>
<LINE>Strength match'd with strength, and power confronted power:</LINE>
<LINE>Both are alike; and both alike we like.</LINE>
<LINE>One must prove greatest: while they weigh so even,</LINE>
<LINE>We hold our town for neither, yet for both.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Re-enter KING JOHN and KING PHILIP, with their
powers, severally</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>France, hast thou yet more blood to cast away?</LINE>
<LINE>Say, shall the current of our right run on?</LINE>
<LINE>Whose passage, vex'd with thy impediment,</LINE>
<LINE>Shall leave his native channel and o'erswell</LINE>
<LINE>With course disturb'd even thy confining shores,</LINE>
<LINE>Unless thou let his silver water keep</LINE>
<LINE>A peaceful progress to the ocean.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>England, thou hast not saved one drop of blood,</LINE>
<LINE>In this hot trial, more than we of France;</LINE>
<LINE>Rather, lost more. And by this hand I swear,</LINE>
<LINE>That sways the earth this climate overlooks,</LINE>
<LINE>Before we will lay down our just-borne arms,</LINE>
<LINE>We'll put thee down, 'gainst whom these arms we bear,</LINE>
<LINE>Or add a royal number to the dead,</LINE>
<LINE>Gracing the scroll that tells of this war's loss</LINE>
<LINE>With slaughter coupled to the name of kings.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Ha, majesty! how high thy glory towers,</LINE>
<LINE>When the rich blood of kings is set on fire!</LINE>
<LINE>O, now doth Death line his dead chaps with steel;</LINE>
<LINE>The swords of soldiers are his teeth, his fangs;</LINE>
<LINE>And now he feasts, mousing the flesh of men,</LINE>
<LINE>In undetermined differences of kings.</LINE>
<LINE>Why stand these royal fronts amazed thus?</LINE>
<LINE>Cry, 'havoc!' kings; back to the stained field,</LINE>
<LINE>You equal potents, fiery kindled spirits!</LINE>
<LINE>Then let confusion of one part confirm</LINE>
<LINE>The other's peace: till then, blows, blood and death!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Whose party do the townsmen yet admit?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Speak, citizens, for England; who's your king?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Citizen</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The king of England; when we know the king.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Know him in us, that here hold up his right.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>In us, that are our own great deputy</LINE>
<LINE>And bear possession of our person here,</LINE>
<LINE>Lord of our presence, Angiers, and of you.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Citizen</SPEAKER>
<LINE>A greater power then we denies all this;</LINE>
<LINE>And till it be undoubted, we do lock</LINE>
<LINE>Our former scruple in our strong-barr'd gates;</LINE>
<LINE>King'd of our fears, until our fears, resolved,</LINE>
<LINE>Be by some certain king purged and deposed.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>By heaven, these scroyles of Angiers flout you, kings,</LINE>
<LINE>And stand securely on their battlements,</LINE>
<LINE>As in a theatre, whence they gape and point</LINE>
<LINE>At your industrious scenes and acts of death.</LINE>
<LINE>Your royal presences be ruled by me:</LINE>
<LINE>Do like the mutines of Jerusalem,</LINE>
<LINE>Be friends awhile and both conjointly bend</LINE>
<LINE>Your sharpest deeds of malice on this town:</LINE>
<LINE>By east and west let France and England mount</LINE>
<LINE>Their battering cannon charged to the mouths,</LINE>
<LINE>Till their soul-fearing clamours have brawl'd down</LINE>
<LINE>The flinty ribs of this contemptuous city:</LINE>
<LINE>I'ld play incessantly upon these jades,</LINE>
<LINE>Even till unfenced desolation</LINE>
<LINE>Leave them as naked as the vulgar air.</LINE>
<LINE>That done, dissever your united strengths,</LINE>
<LINE>And part your mingled colours once again;</LINE>
<LINE>Turn face to face and bloody point to point;</LINE>
<LINE>Then, in a moment, Fortune shall cull forth</LINE>
<LINE>Out of one side her happy minion,</LINE>
<LINE>To whom in favour she shall give the day,</LINE>
<LINE>And kiss him with a glorious victory.</LINE>
<LINE>How like you this wild counsel, mighty states?</LINE>
<LINE>Smacks it not something of the policy?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Now, by the sky that hangs above our heads,</LINE>
<LINE>I like it well. France, shall we knit our powers</LINE>
<LINE>And lay this Angiers even to the ground;</LINE>
<LINE>Then after fight who shall be king of it?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>An if thou hast the mettle of a king,</LINE>
<LINE>Being wronged as we are by this peevish town,</LINE>
<LINE>Turn thou the mouth of thy artillery,</LINE>
<LINE>As we will ours, against these saucy walls;</LINE>
<LINE>And when that we have dash'd them to the ground,</LINE>
<LINE>Why then defy each other and pell-mell</LINE>
<LINE>Make work upon ourselves, for heaven or hell.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Let it be so. Say, where will you assault?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>We from the west will send destruction</LINE>
<LINE>Into this city's bosom.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I from the north.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Our thunder from the south</LINE>
<LINE>Shall rain their drift of bullets on this town.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O prudent discipline! From north to south:</LINE>
<LINE>Austria and France shoot in each other's mouth:</LINE>
<LINE>I'll stir them to it. Come, away, away!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Citizen</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hear us, great kings: vouchsafe awhile to stay,</LINE>
<LINE>And I shall show you peace and fair-faced league;</LINE>
<LINE>Win you this city without stroke or wound;</LINE>
<LINE>Rescue those breathing lives to die in beds,</LINE>
<LINE>That here come sacrifices for the field:</LINE>
<LINE>Persever not, but hear me, mighty kings.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Speak on with favour; we are bent to hear.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Citizen</SPEAKER>
<LINE>That daughter there of Spain, the Lady Blanch,</LINE>
<LINE>Is niece to England: look upon the years</LINE>
<LINE>Of Lewis the Dauphin and that lovely maid:</LINE>
<LINE>If lusty love should go in quest of beauty,</LINE>
<LINE>Where should he find it fairer than in Blanch?</LINE>
<LINE>If zealous love should go in search of virtue,</LINE>
<LINE>Where should he find it purer than in Blanch?</LINE>
<LINE>If love ambitious sought a match of birth,</LINE>
<LINE>Whose veins bound richer blood than Lady Blanch?</LINE>
<LINE>Such as she is, in beauty, virtue, birth,</LINE>
<LINE>Is the young Dauphin every way complete:</LINE>
<LINE>If not complete of, say he is not she;</LINE>
<LINE>And she again wants nothing, to name want,</LINE>
<LINE>If want it be not that she is not he:</LINE>
<LINE>He is the half part of a blessed man,</LINE>
<LINE>Left to be finished by such as she;</LINE>
<LINE>And she a fair divided excellence,</LINE>
<LINE>Whose fulness of perfection lies in him.</LINE>
<LINE>O, two such silver currents, when they join,</LINE>
<LINE>Do glorify the banks that bound them in;</LINE>
<LINE>And two such shores to two such streams made one,</LINE>
<LINE>Two such controlling bounds shall you be, kings,</LINE>
<LINE>To these two princes, if you marry them.</LINE>
<LINE>This union shall do more than battery can</LINE>
<LINE>To our fast-closed gates; for at this match,</LINE>
<LINE>With swifter spleen than powder can enforce,</LINE>
<LINE>The mouth of passage shall we fling wide ope,</LINE>
<LINE>And give you entrance: but without this match,</LINE>
<LINE>The sea enraged is not half so deaf,</LINE>
<LINE>Lions more confident, mountains and rocks</LINE>
<LINE>More free from motion, no, not Death himself</LINE>
<LINE>In moral fury half so peremptory,</LINE>
<LINE>As we to keep this city.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Here's a stay</LINE>
<LINE>That shakes the rotten carcass of old Death</LINE>
<LINE>Out of his rags! Here's a large mouth, indeed,</LINE>
<LINE>That spits forth death and mountains, rocks and seas,</LINE>
<LINE>Talks as familiarly of roaring lions</LINE>
<LINE>As maids of thirteen do of puppy-dogs!</LINE>
<LINE>What cannoneer begot this lusty blood?</LINE>
<LINE>He speaks plain cannon fire, and smoke and bounce;</LINE>
<LINE>He gives the bastinado with his tongue:</LINE>
<LINE>Our ears are cudgell'd; not a word of his</LINE>
<LINE>But buffets better than a fist of France:</LINE>
<LINE>Zounds! I was never so bethump'd with words</LINE>
<LINE>Since I first call'd my brother's father dad.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Son, list to this conjunction, make this match;</LINE>
<LINE>Give with our niece a dowry large enough:</LINE>
<LINE>For by this knot thou shalt so surely tie</LINE>
<LINE>Thy now unsured assurance to the crown,</LINE>
<LINE>That yon green boy shall have no sun to ripe</LINE>
<LINE>The bloom that promiseth a mighty fruit.</LINE>
<LINE>I see a yielding in the looks of France;</LINE>
<LINE>Mark, how they whisper: urge them while their souls</LINE>
<LINE>Are capable of this ambition,</LINE>
<LINE>Lest zeal, now melted by the windy breath</LINE>
<LINE>Of soft petitions, pity and remorse,</LINE>
<LINE>Cool and congeal again to what it was.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Citizen</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why answer not the double majesties</LINE>
<LINE>This friendly treaty of our threaten'd town?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Speak England first, that hath been forward first</LINE>
<LINE>To speak unto this city: what say you?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>If that the Dauphin there, thy princely son,</LINE>
<LINE>Can in this book of beauty read 'I love,'</LINE>
<LINE>Her dowry shall weigh equal with a queen:</LINE>
<LINE>For Anjou and fair Touraine, Maine, Poictiers,</LINE>
<LINE>And all that we upon this side the sea,</LINE>
<LINE>Except this city now by us besieged,</LINE>
<LINE>Find liable to our crown and dignity,</LINE>
<LINE>Shall gild her bridal bed and make her rich</LINE>
<LINE>In titles, honours and promotions,</LINE>
<LINE>As she in beauty, education, blood,</LINE>
<LINE>Holds hand with any princess of the world.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What say'st thou, boy? look in the lady's face.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I do, my lord; and in her eye I find</LINE>
<LINE>A wonder, or a wondrous miracle,</LINE>
<LINE>The shadow of myself form'd in her eye:</LINE>
<LINE>Which being but the shadow of your son,</LINE>
<LINE>Becomes a sun and makes your son a shadow:</LINE>
<LINE>I do protest I never loved myself</LINE>
<LINE>Till now infixed I beheld myself</LINE>
<LINE>Drawn in the flattering table of her eye.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Whispers with BLANCH</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Drawn in the flattering table of her eye!</LINE>
<LINE>Hang'd in the frowning wrinkle of her brow!</LINE>
<LINE>And quarter'd in her heart! he doth espy</LINE>
<LINE>Himself love's traitor: this is pity now,</LINE>
<LINE>That hang'd and drawn and quartered, there should be</LINE>
<LINE>In such a love so vile a lout as he.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BLANCH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My uncle's will in this respect is mine:</LINE>
<LINE>If he see aught in you that makes him like,</LINE>
<LINE>That any thing he sees, which moves his liking,</LINE>
<LINE>I can with ease translate it to my will;</LINE>
<LINE>Or if you will, to speak more properly,</LINE>
<LINE>I will enforce it easily to my love.</LINE>
<LINE>Further I will not flatter you, my lord,</LINE>
<LINE>That all I see in you is worthy love,</LINE>
<LINE>Than this; that nothing do I see in you,</LINE>
<LINE>Though churlish thoughts themselves should be your judge,</LINE>
<LINE>That I can find should merit any hate.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What say these young ones? What say you my niece?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BLANCH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>That she is bound in honour still to do</LINE>
<LINE>What you in wisdom still vouchsafe to say.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Speak then, prince Dauphin; can you love this lady?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Nay, ask me if I can refrain from love;</LINE>
<LINE>For I do love her most unfeignedly.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Then do I give Volquessen, Touraine, Maine,</LINE>
<LINE>Poictiers and Anjou, these five provinces,</LINE>
<LINE>With her to thee; and this addition more,</LINE>
<LINE>Full thirty thousand marks of English coin.</LINE>
<LINE>Philip of France, if thou be pleased withal,</LINE>
<LINE>Command thy son and daughter to join hands.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>It likes us well; young princes, close your hands.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And your lips too; for I am well assured</LINE>
<LINE>That I did so when I was first assured.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Now, citizens of Angiers, ope your gates,</LINE>
<LINE>Let in that amity which you have made;</LINE>
<LINE>For at Saint Mary's chapel presently</LINE>
<LINE>The rites of marriage shall be solemnized.</LINE>
<LINE>Is not the Lady Constance in this troop?</LINE>
<LINE>I know she is not, for this match made up</LINE>
<LINE>Her presence would have interrupted much:</LINE>
<LINE>Where is she and her son? tell me, who knows.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>She is sad and passionate at your highness' tent.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And, by my faith, this league that we have made</LINE>
<LINE>Will give her sadness very little cure.</LINE>
<LINE>Brother of England, how may we content</LINE>
<LINE>This widow lady? In her right we came;</LINE>
<LINE>Which we, God knows, have turn'd another way,</LINE>
<LINE>To our own vantage.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>We will heal up all;</LINE>
<LINE>For we'll create young Arthur Duke of Bretagne</LINE>
<LINE>And Earl of Richmond; and this rich fair town</LINE>
<LINE>We make him lord of. Call the Lady Constance;</LINE>
<LINE>Some speedy messenger bid her repair</LINE>
<LINE>To our solemnity: I trust we shall,</LINE>
<LINE>If not fill up the measure of her will,</LINE>
<LINE>Yet in some measure satisfy her so</LINE>
<LINE>That we shall stop her exclamation.</LINE>
<LINE>Go we, as well as haste will suffer us,</LINE>
<LINE>To this unlook'd for, unprepared pomp.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt all but the BASTARD</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Mad world! mad kings! mad composition!</LINE>
<LINE>John, to stop Arthur's title in the whole,</LINE>
<LINE>Hath willingly departed with a part,</LINE>
<LINE>And France, whose armour conscience buckled on,</LINE>
<LINE>Whom zeal and charity brought to the field</LINE>
<LINE>As God's own soldier, rounded in the ear</LINE>
<LINE>With that same purpose-changer, that sly devil,</LINE>
<LINE>That broker, that still breaks the pate of faith,</LINE>
<LINE>That daily break-vow, he that wins of all,</LINE>
<LINE>Of kings, of beggars, old men, young men, maids,</LINE>
<LINE>Who, having no external thing to lose</LINE>
<LINE>But the word 'maid,' cheats the poor maid of that,</LINE>
<LINE>That smooth-faced gentleman, tickling Commodity,</LINE>
<LINE>Commodity, the bias of the world,</LINE>
<LINE>The world, who of itself is peised well,</LINE>
<LINE>Made to run even upon even ground,</LINE>
<LINE>Till this advantage, this vile-drawing bias,</LINE>
<LINE>This sway of motion, this Commodity,</LINE>
<LINE>Makes it take head from all indifferency,</LINE>
<LINE>From all direction, purpose, course, intent:</LINE>
<LINE>And this same bias, this Commodity,</LINE>
<LINE>This bawd, this broker, this all-changing word,</LINE>
<LINE>Clapp'd on the outward eye of fickle France,</LINE>
<LINE>Hath drawn him from his own determined aid,</LINE>
<LINE>From a resolved and honourable war,</LINE>
<LINE>To a most base and vile-concluded peace.</LINE>
<LINE>And why rail I on this Commodity?</LINE>
<LINE>But for because he hath not woo'd me yet:</LINE>
<LINE>Not that I have the power to clutch my hand,</LINE>
<LINE>When his fair angels would salute my palm;</LINE>
<LINE>But for my hand, as unattempted yet,</LINE>
<LINE>Like a poor beggar, raileth on the rich.</LINE>
<LINE>Well, whiles I am a beggar, I will rail</LINE>
<LINE>And say there is no sin but to be rich;</LINE>
<LINE>And being rich, my virtue then shall be</LINE>
<LINE>To say there is no vice but beggary.</LINE>
<LINE>Since kings break faith upon commodity,</LINE>
<LINE>Gain, be my lord, for I will worship thee.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
</ACT>
<ACT><TITLE>ACT III</TITLE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE I. The French King's pavilion.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter CONSTANCE, ARTHUR, and SALISBURY</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Gone to be married! gone to swear a peace!</LINE>
<LINE>False blood to false blood join'd! gone to be friends!</LINE>
<LINE>Shall Lewis have Blanch, and Blanch those provinces?</LINE>
<LINE>It is not so; thou hast misspoke, misheard:</LINE>
<LINE>Be well advised, tell o'er thy tale again:</LINE>
<LINE>It cannot be; thou dost but say 'tis so:</LINE>
<LINE>I trust I may not trust thee; for thy word</LINE>
<LINE>Is but the vain breath of a common man:</LINE>
<LINE>Believe me, I do not believe thee, man;</LINE>
<LINE>I have a king's oath to the contrary.</LINE>
<LINE>Thou shalt be punish'd for thus frighting me,</LINE>
<LINE>For I am sick and capable of fears,</LINE>
<LINE>Oppress'd with wrongs and therefore full of fears,</LINE>
<LINE>A widow, husbandless, subject to fears,</LINE>
<LINE>A woman, naturally born to fears;</LINE>
<LINE>And though thou now confess thou didst but jest,</LINE>
<LINE>With my vex'd spirits I cannot take a truce,</LINE>
<LINE>But they will quake and tremble all this day.</LINE>
<LINE>What dost thou mean by shaking of thy head?</LINE>
<LINE>Why dost thou look so sadly on my son?</LINE>
<LINE>What means that hand upon that breast of thine?</LINE>
<LINE>Why holds thine eye that lamentable rheum,</LINE>
<LINE>Like a proud river peering o'er his bounds?</LINE>
<LINE>Be these sad signs confirmers of thy words?</LINE>
<LINE>Then speak again; not all thy former tale,</LINE>
<LINE>But this one word, whether thy tale be true.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>SALISBURY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>As true as I believe you think them false</LINE>
<LINE>That give you cause to prove my saying true.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, if thou teach me to believe this sorrow,</LINE>
<LINE>Teach thou this sorrow how to make me die,</LINE>
<LINE>And let belief and life encounter so</LINE>
<LINE>As doth the fury of two desperate men</LINE>
<LINE>Which in the very meeting fall and die.</LINE>
<LINE>Lewis marry Blanch! O boy, then where art thou?</LINE>
<LINE>France friend with England, what becomes of me?</LINE>
<LINE>Fellow, be gone: I cannot brook thy sight:</LINE>
<LINE>This news hath made thee a most ugly man.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>SALISBURY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What other harm have I, good lady, done,</LINE>
<LINE>But spoke the harm that is by others done?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Which harm within itself so heinous is</LINE>
<LINE>As it makes harmful all that speak of it.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I do beseech you, madam, be content.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>If thou, that bid'st me be content, wert grim,</LINE>
<LINE>Ugly and slanderous to thy mother's womb,</LINE>
<LINE>Full of unpleasing blots and sightless stains,</LINE>
<LINE>Lame, foolish, crooked, swart, prodigious,</LINE>
<LINE>Patch'd with foul moles and eye-offending marks,</LINE>
<LINE>I would not care, I then would be content,</LINE>
<LINE>For then I should not love thee, no, nor thou</LINE>
<LINE>Become thy great birth nor deserve a crown.</LINE>
<LINE>But thou art fair, and at thy birth, dear boy,</LINE>
<LINE>Nature and Fortune join'd to make thee great:</LINE>
<LINE>Of Nature's gifts thou mayst with lilies boast,</LINE>
<LINE>And with the half-blown rose. But Fortune, O,</LINE>
<LINE>She is corrupted, changed and won from thee;</LINE>
<LINE>She adulterates hourly with thine uncle John,</LINE>
<LINE>And with her golden hand hath pluck'd on France</LINE>
<LINE>To tread down fair respect of sovereignty,</LINE>
<LINE>And made his majesty the bawd to theirs.</LINE>
<LINE>France is a bawd to Fortune and King John,</LINE>
<LINE>That strumpet Fortune, that usurping John!</LINE>
<LINE>Tell me, thou fellow, is not France forsworn?</LINE>
<LINE>Envenom him with words, or get thee gone</LINE>
<LINE>And leave those woes alone which I alone</LINE>
<LINE>Am bound to under-bear.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>SALISBURY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Pardon me, madam,</LINE>
<LINE>I may not go without you to the kings.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou mayst, thou shalt; I will not go with thee:</LINE>
<LINE>I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;</LINE>
<LINE>For grief is proud and makes his owner stoop.</LINE>
<LINE>To me and to the state of my great grief</LINE>
<LINE>Let kings assemble; for my grief's so great</LINE>
<LINE>That no supporter but the huge firm earth</LINE>
<LINE>Can hold it up: here I and sorrows sit;</LINE>
<LINE>Here is my throne, bid kings come bow to it.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Seats herself on the ground</STAGEDIR>
<STAGEDIR>Enter KING JOHN, KING PHILLIP, LEWIS, BLANCH,
QUEEN ELINOR, the BASTARD, AUSTRIA, and Attendants</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>'Tis true, fair daughter; and this blessed day</LINE>
<LINE>Ever in France shall be kept festival:</LINE>
<LINE>To solemnize this day the glorious sun</LINE>
<LINE>Stays in his course and plays the alchemist,</LINE>
<LINE>Turning with splendor of his precious eye</LINE>
<LINE>The meagre cloddy earth to glittering gold:</LINE>
<LINE>The yearly course that brings this day about</LINE>
<LINE>Shall never see it but a holiday.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>A wicked day, and not a holy day!</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Rising</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>What hath this day deserved? what hath it done,</LINE>
<LINE>That it in golden letters should be set</LINE>
<LINE>Among the high tides in the calendar?</LINE>
<LINE>Nay, rather turn this day out of the week,</LINE>
<LINE>This day of shame, oppression, perjury.</LINE>
<LINE>Or, if it must stand still, let wives with child</LINE>
<LINE>Pray that their burthens may not fall this day,</LINE>
<LINE>Lest that their hopes prodigiously be cross'd:</LINE>
<LINE>But on this day let seamen fear no wreck;</LINE>
<LINE>No bargains break that are not this day made:</LINE>
<LINE>This day, all things begun come to ill end,</LINE>
<LINE>Yea, faith itself to hollow falsehood change!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>By heaven, lady, you shall have no cause</LINE>
<LINE>To curse the fair proceedings of this day:</LINE>
<LINE>Have I not pawn'd to you my majesty?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>You have beguiled me with a counterfeit</LINE>
<LINE>Resembling majesty, which, being touch'd and tried,</LINE>
<LINE>Proves valueless: you are forsworn, forsworn;</LINE>
<LINE>You came in arms to spill mine enemies' blood,</LINE>
<LINE>But now in arms you strengthen it with yours:</LINE>
<LINE>The grappling vigour and rough frown of war</LINE>
<LINE>Is cold in amity and painted peace,</LINE>
<LINE>And our oppression hath made up this league.</LINE>
<LINE>Arm, arm, you heavens, against these perjured kings!</LINE>
<LINE>A widow cries; be husband to me, heavens!</LINE>
<LINE>Let not the hours of this ungodly day</LINE>
<LINE>Wear out the day in peace; but, ere sunset,</LINE>
<LINE>Set armed discord 'twixt these perjured kings!</LINE>
<LINE>Hear me, O, hear me!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Lady Constance, peace!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>War! war! no peace! peace is to me a war</LINE>
<LINE>O Lymoges! O Austria! thou dost shame</LINE>
<LINE>That bloody spoil: thou slave, thou wretch, thou coward!</LINE>
<LINE>Thou little valiant, great in villany!</LINE>
<LINE>Thou ever strong upon the stronger side!</LINE>
<LINE>Thou Fortune's champion that dost never fight</LINE>
<LINE>But when her humorous ladyship is by</LINE>
<LINE>To teach thee safety! thou art perjured too,</LINE>
<LINE>And soothest up greatness. What a fool art thou,</LINE>
<LINE>A ramping fool, to brag and stamp and swear</LINE>
<LINE>Upon my party! Thou cold-blooded slave,</LINE>
<LINE>Hast thou not spoke like thunder on my side,</LINE>
<LINE>Been sworn my soldier, bidding me depend</LINE>
<LINE>Upon thy stars, thy fortune and thy strength,</LINE>
<LINE>And dost thou now fall over to my fores?</LINE>
<LINE>Thou wear a lion's hide! doff it for shame,</LINE>
<LINE>And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, that a man should speak those words to me!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou darest not say so, villain, for thy life.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>We like not this; thou dost forget thyself.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter CARDINAL PANDULPH</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Here comes the holy legate of the pope.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hail, you anointed deputies of heaven!</LINE>
<LINE>To thee, King John, my holy errand is.</LINE>
<LINE>I Pandulph, of fair Milan cardinal,</LINE>
<LINE>And from Pope Innocent the legate here,</LINE>
<LINE>Do in his name religiously demand</LINE>
<LINE>Why thou against the church, our holy mother,</LINE>
<LINE>So wilfully dost spurn; and force perforce</LINE>
<LINE>Keep Stephen Langton, chosen archbishop</LINE>
<LINE>Of Canterbury, from that holy see?</LINE>
<LINE>This, in our foresaid holy father's name,</LINE>
<LINE>Pope Innocent, I do demand of thee.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What earthy name to interrogatories</LINE>
<LINE>Can task the free breath of a sacred king?</LINE>
<LINE>Thou canst not, cardinal, devise a name</LINE>
<LINE>So slight, unworthy and ridiculous,</LINE>
<LINE>To charge me to an answer, as the pope.</LINE>
<LINE>Tell him this tale; and from the mouth of England</LINE>
<LINE>Add thus much more, that no Italian priest</LINE>
<LINE>Shall tithe or toll in our dominions;</LINE>
<LINE>But as we, under heaven, are supreme head,</LINE>
<LINE>So under Him that great supremacy,</LINE>
<LINE>Where we do reign, we will alone uphold,</LINE>
<LINE>Without the assistance of a mortal hand:</LINE>
<LINE>So tell the pope, all reverence set apart</LINE>
<LINE>To him and his usurp'd authority.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Brother of England, you blaspheme in this.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Though you and all the kings of Christendom</LINE>
<LINE>Are led so grossly by this meddling priest,</LINE>
<LINE>Dreading the curse that money may buy out;</LINE>
<LINE>And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust,</LINE>
<LINE>Purchase corrupted pardon of a man,</LINE>
<LINE>Who in that sale sells pardon from himself,</LINE>
<LINE>Though you and all the rest so grossly led</LINE>
<LINE>This juggling witchcraft with revenue cherish,</LINE>
<LINE>Yet I alone, alone do me oppose</LINE>
<LINE>Against the pope and count his friends my foes.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Then, by the lawful power that I have,</LINE>
<LINE>Thou shalt stand cursed and excommunicate.</LINE>
<LINE>And blessed shall he be that doth revolt</LINE>
<LINE>From his allegiance to an heretic;</LINE>
<LINE>And meritorious shall that hand be call'd,</LINE>
<LINE>Canonized and worshipped as a saint,</LINE>
<LINE>That takes away by any secret course</LINE>
<LINE>Thy hateful life.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, lawful let it be</LINE>
<LINE>That I have room with Rome to curse awhile!</LINE>
<LINE>Good father cardinal, cry thou amen</LINE>
<LINE>To my keen curses; for without my wrong</LINE>
<LINE>There is no tongue hath power to curse him right.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>There's law and warrant, lady, for my curse.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And for mine too: when law can do no right,</LINE>
<LINE>Let it be lawful that law bar no wrong:</LINE>
<LINE>Law cannot give my child his kingdom here,</LINE>
<LINE>For he that holds his kingdom holds the law;</LINE>
<LINE>Therefore, since law itself is perfect wrong,</LINE>
<LINE>How can the law forbid my tongue to curse?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Philip of France, on peril of a curse,</LINE>
<LINE>Let go the hand of that arch-heretic;</LINE>
<LINE>And raise the power of France upon his head,</LINE>
<LINE>Unless he do submit himself to Rome.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Look'st thou pale, France? do not let go thy hand.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Look to that, devil; lest that France repent,</LINE>
<LINE>And by disjoining hands, hell lose a soul.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>King Philip, listen to the cardinal.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And hang a calf's-skin on his recreant limbs.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, ruffian, I must pocket up these wrongs, Because--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Your breeches best may carry them.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Philip, what say'st thou to the cardinal?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What should he say, but as the cardinal?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Bethink you, father; for the difference</LINE>
<LINE>Is purchase of a heavy curse from Rome,</LINE>
<LINE>Or the light loss of England for a friend:</LINE>
<LINE>Forego the easier.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BLANCH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>That's the curse of Rome.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O Lewis, stand fast! the devil tempts thee here</LINE>
<LINE>In likeness of a new untrimmed bride.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BLANCH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The Lady Constance speaks not from her faith,</LINE>
<LINE>But from her need.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, if thou grant my need,</LINE>
<LINE>Which only lives but by the death of faith,</LINE>
<LINE>That need must needs infer this principle,</LINE>
<LINE>That faith would live again by death of need.</LINE>
<LINE>O then, tread down my need, and faith mounts up;</LINE>
<LINE>Keep my need up, and faith is trodden down!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The king is moved, and answers not to this.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, be removed from him, and answer well!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Do so, King Philip; hang no more in doubt.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hang nothing but a calf's-skin, most sweet lout.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I am perplex'd, and know not what to say.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What canst thou say but will perplex thee more,</LINE>
<LINE>If thou stand excommunicate and cursed?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Good reverend father, make my person yours,</LINE>
<LINE>And tell me how you would bestow yourself.</LINE>
<LINE>This royal hand and mine are newly knit,</LINE>
<LINE>And the conjunction of our inward souls</LINE>
<LINE>Married in league, coupled and linked together</LINE>
<LINE>With all religious strength of sacred vows;</LINE>
<LINE>The latest breath that gave the sound of words</LINE>
<LINE>Was deep-sworn faith, peace, amity, true love</LINE>
<LINE>Between our kingdoms and our royal selves,</LINE>
<LINE>And even before this truce, but new before,</LINE>
<LINE>No longer than we well could wash our hands</LINE>
<LINE>To clap this royal bargain up of peace,</LINE>
<LINE>Heaven knows, they were besmear'd and over-stain'd</LINE>
<LINE>With slaughter's pencil, where revenge did paint</LINE>
<LINE>The fearful difference of incensed kings:</LINE>
<LINE>And shall these hands, so lately purged of blood,</LINE>
<LINE>So newly join'd in love, so strong in both,</LINE>
<LINE>Unyoke this seizure and this kind regreet?</LINE>
<LINE>Play fast and loose with faith? so jest with heaven,</LINE>
<LINE>Make such unconstant children of ourselves,</LINE>
<LINE>As now again to snatch our palm from palm,</LINE>
<LINE>Unswear faith sworn, and on the marriage-bed</LINE>
<LINE>Of smiling peace to march a bloody host,</LINE>
<LINE>And make a riot on the gentle brow</LINE>
<LINE>Of true sincerity? O, holy sir,</LINE>
<LINE>My reverend father, let it not be so!</LINE>
<LINE>Out of your grace, devise, ordain, impose</LINE>
<LINE>Some gentle order; and then we shall be blest</LINE>
<LINE>To do your pleasure and continue friends.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>All form is formless, order orderless,</LINE>
<LINE>Save what is opposite to England's love.</LINE>
<LINE>Therefore to arms! be champion of our church,</LINE>
<LINE>Or let the church, our mother, breathe her curse,</LINE>
<LINE>A mother's curse, on her revolting son.</LINE>
<LINE>France, thou mayst hold a serpent by the tongue,</LINE>
<LINE>A chafed lion by the mortal paw,</LINE>
<LINE>A fasting tiger safer by the tooth,</LINE>
<LINE>Than keep in peace that hand which thou dost hold.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I may disjoin my hand, but not my faith.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>So makest thou faith an enemy to faith;</LINE>
<LINE>And like a civil war set'st oath to oath,</LINE>
<LINE>Thy tongue against thy tongue. O, let thy vow</LINE>
<LINE>First made to heaven, first be to heaven perform'd,</LINE>
<LINE>That is, to be the champion of our church!</LINE>
<LINE>What since thou sworest is sworn against thyself</LINE>
<LINE>And may not be performed by thyself,</LINE>
<LINE>For that which thou hast sworn to do amiss</LINE>
<LINE>Is not amiss when it is truly done,</LINE>
<LINE>And being not done, where doing tends to ill,</LINE>
<LINE>The truth is then most done not doing it:</LINE>
<LINE>The better act of purposes mistook</LINE>
<LINE>Is to mistake again; though indirect,</LINE>
<LINE>Yet indirection thereby grows direct,</LINE>
<LINE>And falsehood falsehood cures, as fire cools fire</LINE>
<LINE>Within the scorched veins of one new-burn'd.</LINE>
<LINE>It is religion that doth make vows kept;</LINE>
<LINE>But thou hast sworn against religion,</LINE>
<LINE>By what thou swear'st against the thing thou swear'st,</LINE>
<LINE>And makest an oath the surety for thy truth</LINE>
<LINE>Against an oath: the truth thou art unsure</LINE>
<LINE>To swear, swears only not to be forsworn;</LINE>
<LINE>Else what a mockery should it be to swear!</LINE>
<LINE>But thou dost swear only to be forsworn;</LINE>
<LINE>And most forsworn, to keep what thou dost swear.</LINE>
<LINE>Therefore thy later vows against thy first</LINE>
<LINE>Is in thyself rebellion to thyself;</LINE>
<LINE>And better conquest never canst thou make</LINE>
<LINE>Than arm thy constant and thy nobler parts</LINE>
<LINE>Against these giddy loose suggestions:</LINE>
<LINE>Upon which better part our prayers come in,</LINE>
<LINE>If thou vouchsafe them. But if not, then know</LINE>
<LINE>The peril of our curses light on thee</LINE>
<LINE>So heavy as thou shalt not shake them off,</LINE>
<LINE>But in despair die under their black weight.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>AUSTRIA</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Rebellion, flat rebellion!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Will't not be?</LINE>
<LINE>Will not a calfs-skin stop that mouth of thine?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Father, to arms!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BLANCH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Upon thy wedding-day?</LINE>
<LINE>Against the blood that thou hast married?</LINE>
<LINE>What, shall our feast be kept with slaughter'd men?</LINE>
<LINE>Shall braying trumpets and loud churlish drums,</LINE>
<LINE>Clamours of hell, be measures to our pomp?</LINE>
<LINE>O husband, hear me! ay, alack, how new</LINE>
<LINE>Is husband in my mouth! even for that name,</LINE>
<LINE>Which till this time my tongue did ne'er pronounce,</LINE>
<LINE>Upon my knee I beg, go not to arms</LINE>
<LINE>Against mine uncle.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, upon my knee,</LINE>
<LINE>Made hard with kneeling, I do pray to thee,</LINE>
<LINE>Thou virtuous Dauphin, alter not the doom</LINE>
<LINE>Forethought by heaven!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BLANCH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Now shall I see thy love: what motive may</LINE>
<LINE>Be stronger with thee than the name of wife?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>That which upholdeth him that thee upholds,</LINE>
<LINE>His honour: O, thine honour, Lewis, thine honour!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I muse your majesty doth seem so cold,</LINE>
<LINE>When such profound respects do pull you on.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I will denounce a curse upon his head.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou shalt not need. England, I will fall from thee.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O fair return of banish'd majesty!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O foul revolt of French inconstancy!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>France, thou shalt rue this hour within this hour.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Old Time the clock-setter, that bald sexton Time,</LINE>
<LINE>Is it as he will? well then, France shall rue.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BLANCH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The sun's o'ercast with blood: fair day, adieu!</LINE>
<LINE>Which is the side that I must go withal?</LINE>
<LINE>I am with both: each army hath a hand;</LINE>
<LINE>And in their rage, I having hold of both,</LINE>
<LINE>They swirl asunder and dismember me.</LINE>
<LINE>Husband, I cannot pray that thou mayst win;</LINE>
<LINE>Uncle, I needs must pray that thou mayst lose;</LINE>
<LINE>Father, I may not wish the fortune thine;</LINE>
<LINE>Grandam, I will not wish thy fortunes thrive:</LINE>
<LINE>Whoever wins, on that side shall I lose</LINE>
<LINE>Assured loss before the match be play'd.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Lady, with me, with me thy fortune lies.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BLANCH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>There where my fortune lives, there my life dies.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Cousin, go draw our puissance together.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Exit BASTARD</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>France, I am burn'd up with inflaming wrath;</LINE>
<LINE>A rage whose heat hath this condition,</LINE>
<LINE>That nothing can allay, nothing but blood,</LINE>
<LINE>The blood, and dearest-valued blood, of France.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thy rage sham burn thee up, and thou shalt turn</LINE>
<LINE>To ashes, ere our blood shall quench that fire:</LINE>
<LINE>Look to thyself, thou art in jeopardy.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>No more than he that threats. To arms let's hie!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE II. The same. Plains near Angiers.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Alarums, excursions. Enter the BASTARD, with
AUSTRIA'S head</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Now, by my life, this day grows wondrous hot;</LINE>
<LINE>Some airy devil hovers in the sky</LINE>
<LINE>And pours down mischief. Austria's head lie there,</LINE>
<LINE>While Philip breathes.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter KING JOHN, ARTHUR, and HUBERT</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hubert, keep this boy. Philip, make up:</LINE>
<LINE>My mother is assailed in our tent,</LINE>
<LINE>And ta'en, I fear.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My lord, I rescued her;</LINE>
<LINE>Her highness is in safety, fear you not:</LINE>
<LINE>But on, my liege; for very little pains</LINE>
<LINE>Will bring this labour to an happy end.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE III. The same.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Alarums, excursions, retreat. Enter KING JOHN,
QUEEN ELINOR, ARTHUR, the BASTARD, HUBERT,
and Lords</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE><STAGEDIR>To QUEEN ELINOR</STAGEDIR> So shall it be; your grace shall</LINE>
<LINE>stay behind</LINE>
<LINE>So strongly guarded.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>To ARTHUR</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Cousin, look not sad:</LINE>
<LINE>Thy grandam loves thee; and thy uncle will</LINE>
<LINE>As dear be to thee as thy father was.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, this will make my mother die with grief!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE><STAGEDIR>To the BASTARD</STAGEDIR> Cousin, away for England!</LINE>
<LINE>haste before:</LINE>
<LINE>And, ere our coming, see thou shake the bags</LINE>
<LINE>Of hoarding abbots; imprisoned angels</LINE>
<LINE>Set at liberty: the fat ribs of peace</LINE>
<LINE>Must by the hungry now be fed upon:</LINE>
<LINE>Use our commission in his utmost force.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Bell, book, and candle shall not drive me back,</LINE>
<LINE>When gold and silver becks me to come on.</LINE>
<LINE>I leave your highness. Grandam, I will pray,</LINE>
<LINE>If ever I remember to be holy,</LINE>
<LINE>For your fair safety; so, I kiss your hand.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Farewell, gentle cousin.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Coz, farewell.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit the BASTARD</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>QUEEN ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come hither, little kinsman; hark, a word.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come hither, Hubert. O my gentle Hubert,</LINE>
<LINE>We owe thee much! within this wall of flesh</LINE>
<LINE>There is a soul counts thee her creditor</LINE>
<LINE>And with advantage means to pay thy love:</LINE>
<LINE>And my good friend, thy voluntary oath</LINE>
<LINE>Lives in this bosom, dearly cherished.</LINE>
<LINE>Give me thy hand. I had a thing to say,</LINE>
<LINE>But I will fit it with some better time.</LINE>
<LINE>By heaven, Hubert, I am almost ashamed</LINE>
<LINE>To say what good respect I have of thee.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I am much bounden to your majesty.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Good friend, thou hast no cause to say so yet,</LINE>
<LINE>But thou shalt have; and creep time ne'er so slow,</LINE>
<LINE>Yet it shall come from me to do thee good.</LINE>
<LINE>I had a thing to say, but let it go:</LINE>
<LINE>The sun is in the heaven, and the proud day,</LINE>
<LINE>Attended with the pleasures of the world,</LINE>
<LINE>Is all too wanton and too full of gawds</LINE>
<LINE>To give me audience: if the midnight bell</LINE>
<LINE>Did, with his iron tongue and brazen mouth,</LINE>
<LINE>Sound on into the drowsy race of night;</LINE>
<LINE>If this same were a churchyard where we stand,</LINE>
<LINE>And thou possessed with a thousand wrongs,</LINE>
<LINE>Or if that surly spirit, melancholy,</LINE>
<LINE>Had baked thy blood and made it heavy-thick,</LINE>
<LINE>Which else runs tickling up and down the veins,</LINE>
<LINE>Making that idiot, laughter, keep men's eyes</LINE>
<LINE>And strain their cheeks to idle merriment,</LINE>
<LINE>A passion hateful to my purposes,</LINE>
<LINE>Or if that thou couldst see me without eyes,</LINE>
<LINE>Hear me without thine ears, and make reply</LINE>
<LINE>Without a tongue, using conceit alone,</LINE>
<LINE>Without eyes, ears and harmful sound of words;</LINE>
<LINE>Then, in despite of brooded watchful day,</LINE>
<LINE>I would into thy bosom pour my thoughts:</LINE>
<LINE>But, ah, I will not! yet I love thee well;</LINE>
<LINE>And, by my troth, I think thou lovest me well.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>So well, that what you bid me undertake,</LINE>
<LINE>Though that my death were adjunct to my act,</LINE>
<LINE>By heaven, I would do it.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Do not I know thou wouldst?</LINE>
<LINE>Good Hubert, Hubert, Hubert, throw thine eye</LINE>
<LINE>On yon young boy: I'll tell thee what, my friend,</LINE>
<LINE>He is a very serpent in my way;</LINE>
<LINE>And whereso'er this foot of mine doth tread,</LINE>
<LINE>He lies before me: dost thou understand me?</LINE>
<LINE>Thou art his keeper.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And I'll keep him so,</LINE>
<LINE>That he shall not offend your majesty.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Death.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My lord?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>A grave.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>He shall not live.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Enough.</LINE>
<LINE>I could be merry now. Hubert, I love thee;</LINE>
<LINE>Well, I'll not say what I intend for thee:</LINE>
<LINE>Remember. Madam, fare you well:</LINE>
<LINE>I'll send those powers o'er to your majesty.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ELINOR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My blessing go with thee!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>For England, cousin, go:</LINE>
<LINE>Hubert shall be your man, attend on you</LINE>
<LINE>With all true duty. On toward Calais, ho!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE IV. The same. KING PHILIP'S tent.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter KING PHILIP, LEWIS, CARDINAL PANDULPH,
and Attendants</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>So, by a roaring tempest on the flood,</LINE>
<LINE>A whole armado of convicted sail</LINE>
<LINE>Is scatter'd and disjoin'd from fellowship.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Courage and comfort! all shall yet go well.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What can go well, when we have run so ill?</LINE>
<LINE>Are we not beaten? Is not Angiers lost?</LINE>
<LINE>Arthur ta'en prisoner? divers dear friends slain?</LINE>
<LINE>And bloody England into England gone,</LINE>
<LINE>O'erbearing interruption, spite of France?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What he hath won, that hath he fortified:</LINE>
<LINE>So hot a speed with such advice disposed,</LINE>
<LINE>Such temperate order in so fierce a cause,</LINE>
<LINE>Doth want example: who hath read or heard</LINE>
<LINE>Of any kindred action like to this?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well could I bear that England had this praise,</LINE>
<LINE>So we could find some pattern of our shame.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter CONSTANCE</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Look, who comes here! a grave unto a soul;</LINE>
<LINE>Holding the eternal spirit against her will,</LINE>
<LINE>In the vile prison of afflicted breath.</LINE>
<LINE>I prithee, lady, go away with me.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Lo, now I now see the issue of your peace.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Patience, good lady! comfort, gentle Constance!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>No, I defy all counsel, all redress,</LINE>
<LINE>But that which ends all counsel, true redress,</LINE>
<LINE>Death, death; O amiable lovely death!</LINE>
<LINE>Thou odouriferous stench! sound rottenness!</LINE>
<LINE>Arise forth from the couch of lasting night,</LINE>
<LINE>Thou hate and terror to prosperity,</LINE>
<LINE>And I will kiss thy detestable bones</LINE>
<LINE>And put my eyeballs in thy vaulty brows</LINE>
<LINE>And ring these fingers with thy household worms</LINE>
<LINE>And stop this gap of breath with fulsome dust</LINE>
<LINE>And be a carrion monster like thyself:</LINE>
<LINE>Come, grin on me, and I will think thou smilest</LINE>
<LINE>And buss thee as thy wife. Misery's love,</LINE>
<LINE>O, come to me!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O fair affliction, peace!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>No, no, I will not, having breath to cry:</LINE>
<LINE>O, that my tongue were in the thunder's mouth!</LINE>
<LINE>Then with a passion would I shake the world;</LINE>
<LINE>And rouse from sleep that fell anatomy</LINE>
<LINE>Which cannot hear a lady's feeble voice,</LINE>
<LINE>Which scorns a modern invocation.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Lady, you utter madness, and not sorrow.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou art not holy to belie me so;</LINE>
<LINE>I am not mad: this hair I tear is mine;</LINE>
<LINE>My name is Constance; I was Geffrey's wife;</LINE>
<LINE>Young Arthur is my son, and he is lost:</LINE>
<LINE>I am not mad: I would to heaven I were!</LINE>
<LINE>For then, 'tis like I should forget myself:</LINE>
<LINE>O, if I could, what grief should I forget!</LINE>
<LINE>Preach some philosophy to make me mad,</LINE>
<LINE>And thou shalt be canonized, cardinal;</LINE>
<LINE>For being not mad but sensible of grief,</LINE>
<LINE>My reasonable part produces reason</LINE>
<LINE>How I may be deliver'd of these woes,</LINE>
<LINE>And teaches me to kill or hang myself:</LINE>
<LINE>If I were mad, I should forget my son,</LINE>
<LINE>Or madly think a babe of clouts were he:</LINE>
<LINE>I am not mad; too well, too well I feel</LINE>
<LINE>The different plague of each calamity.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Bind up those tresses. O, what love I note</LINE>
<LINE>In the fair multitude of those her hairs!</LINE>
<LINE>Where but by chance a silver drop hath fallen,</LINE>
<LINE>Even to that drop ten thousand wiry friends</LINE>
<LINE>Do glue themselves in sociable grief,</LINE>
<LINE>Like true, inseparable, faithful loves,</LINE>
<LINE>Sticking together in calamity.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>To England, if you will.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Bind up your hairs.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Yes, that I will; and wherefore will I do it?</LINE>
<LINE>I tore them from their bonds and cried aloud</LINE>
<LINE>'O that these hands could so redeem my son,</LINE>
<LINE>As they have given these hairs their liberty!'</LINE>
<LINE>But now I envy at their liberty,</LINE>
<LINE>And will again commit them to their bonds,</LINE>
<LINE>Because my poor child is a prisoner.</LINE>
<LINE>And, father cardinal, I have heard you say</LINE>
<LINE>That we shall see and know our friends in heaven:</LINE>
<LINE>If that be true, I shall see my boy again;</LINE>
<LINE>For since the birth of Cain, the first male child,</LINE>
<LINE>To him that did but yesterday suspire,</LINE>
<LINE>There was not such a gracious creature born.</LINE>
<LINE>But now will canker-sorrow eat my bud</LINE>
<LINE>And chase the native beauty from his cheek</LINE>
<LINE>And he will look as hollow as a ghost,</LINE>
<LINE>As dim and meagre as an ague's fit,</LINE>
<LINE>And so he'll die; and, rising so again,</LINE>
<LINE>When I shall meet him in the court of heaven</LINE>
<LINE>I shall not know him: therefore never, never</LINE>
<LINE>Must I behold my pretty Arthur more.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>You hold too heinous a respect of grief.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>He talks to me that never had a son.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>You are as fond of grief as of your child.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CONSTANCE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Grief fills the room up of my absent child,</LINE>
<LINE>Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,</LINE>
<LINE>Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,</LINE>
<LINE>Remembers me of all his gracious parts,</LINE>
<LINE>Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form;</LINE>
<LINE>Then, have I reason to be fond of grief?</LINE>
<LINE>Fare you well: had you such a loss as I,</LINE>
<LINE>I could give better comfort than you do.</LINE>
<LINE>I will not keep this form upon my head,</LINE>
<LINE>When there is such disorder in my wit.</LINE>
<LINE>O Lord! my boy, my Arthur, my fair son!</LINE>
<LINE>My life, my joy, my food, my all the world!</LINE>
<LINE>My widow-comfort, and my sorrows' cure!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING PHILIP</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I fear some outrage, and I'll follow her.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>There's nothing in this world can make me joy:</LINE>
<LINE>Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale</LINE>
<LINE>Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man;</LINE>
<LINE>And bitter shame hath spoil'd the sweet world's taste</LINE>
<LINE>That it yields nought but shame and bitterness.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Before the curing of a strong disease,</LINE>
<LINE>Even in the instant of repair and health,</LINE>
<LINE>The fit is strongest; evils that take leave,</LINE>
<LINE>On their departure most of all show evil:</LINE>
<LINE>What have you lost by losing of this day?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>All days of glory, joy and happiness.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>If you had won it, certainly you had.</LINE>
<LINE>No, no; when Fortune means to men most good,</LINE>
<LINE>She looks upon them with a threatening eye.</LINE>
<LINE>'Tis strange to think how much King John hath lost</LINE>
<LINE>In this which he accounts so clearly won:</LINE>
<LINE>Are not you grieved that Arthur is his prisoner?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>As heartily as he is glad he hath him.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Your mind is all as youthful as your blood.</LINE>
<LINE>Now hear me speak with a prophetic spirit;</LINE>
<LINE>For even the breath of what I mean to speak</LINE>
<LINE>Shall blow each dust, each straw, each little rub,</LINE>
<LINE>Out of the path which shall directly lead</LINE>
<LINE>Thy foot to England's throne; and therefore mark.</LINE>
<LINE>John hath seized Arthur; and it cannot be</LINE>
<LINE>That, whiles warm life plays in that infant's veins,</LINE>
<LINE>The misplaced John should entertain an hour,</LINE>
<LINE>One minute, nay, one quiet breath of rest.</LINE>
<LINE>A sceptre snatch'd with an unruly hand</LINE>
<LINE>Must be as boisterously maintain'd as gain'd;</LINE>
<LINE>And he that stands upon a slippery place</LINE>
<LINE>Makes nice of no vile hold to stay him up:</LINE>
<LINE>That John may stand, then Arthur needs must fall;</LINE>
<LINE>So be it, for it cannot be but so.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>But what shall I gain by young Arthur's fall?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>You, in the right of Lady Blanch your wife,</LINE>
<LINE>May then make all the claim that Arthur did.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And lose it, life and all, as Arthur did.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>How green you are and fresh in this old world!</LINE>
<LINE>John lays you plots; the times conspire with you;</LINE>
<LINE>For he that steeps his safety in true blood</LINE>
<LINE>Shall find but bloody safety and untrue.</LINE>
<LINE>This act so evilly born shall cool the hearts</LINE>
<LINE>Of all his people and freeze up their zeal,</LINE>
<LINE>That none so small advantage shall step forth</LINE>
<LINE>To cheque his reign, but they will cherish it;</LINE>
<LINE>No natural exhalation in the sky,</LINE>
<LINE>No scope of nature, no distemper'd day,</LINE>
<LINE>No common wind, no customed event,</LINE>
<LINE>But they will pluck away his natural cause</LINE>
<LINE>And call them meteors, prodigies and signs,</LINE>
<LINE>Abortives, presages and tongues of heaven,</LINE>
<LINE>Plainly denouncing vengeance upon John.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>May be he will not touch young Arthur's life,</LINE>
<LINE>But hold himself safe in his prisonment.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>CARDINAL PANDULPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, sir, when he shall hear of your approach,</LINE>
<LINE>If that young Arthur be not gone already,</LINE>
<LINE>Even at that news he dies; and then the hearts</LINE>
<LINE>Of all his people shall revolt from him</LINE>
<LINE>And kiss the lips of unacquainted change</LINE>
<LINE>And pick strong matter of revolt and wrath</LINE>
<LINE>Out of the bloody fingers' ends of John.</LINE>
<LINE>Methinks I see this hurly all on foot:</LINE>
<LINE>And, O, what better matter breeds for you</LINE>
<LINE>Than I have named! The bastard Faulconbridge</LINE>
<LINE>Is now in England, ransacking the church,</LINE>
<LINE>Offending charity: if but a dozen French</LINE>
<LINE>Were there in arms, they would be as a call</LINE>
<LINE>To train ten thousand English to their side,</LINE>
<LINE>Or as a little snow, tumbled about,</LINE>
<LINE>Anon becomes a mountain. O noble Dauphin,</LINE>
<LINE>Go with me to the king: 'tis wonderful</LINE>
<LINE>What may be wrought out of their discontent,</LINE>
<LINE>Now that their souls are topful of offence.</LINE>
<LINE>For England go: I will whet on the king.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LEWIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Strong reasons make strong actions: let us go:</LINE>
<LINE>If you say ay, the king will not say no.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
</ACT>
<ACT><TITLE>ACT IV</TITLE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE I. A room in a castle.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter HUBERT and Executioners</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Heat me these irons hot; and look thou stand</LINE>
<LINE>Within the arras: when I strike my foot</LINE>
<LINE>Upon the bosom of the ground, rush forth,</LINE>
<LINE>And bind the boy which you shall find with me</LINE>
<LINE>Fast to the chair: be heedful: hence, and watch.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Executioner</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I hope your warrant will bear out the deed.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Uncleanly scruples! fear not you: look to't.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt Executioners</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Young lad, come forth; I have to say with you.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter ARTHUR</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Good morrow, Hubert.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Good morrow, little prince.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>As little prince, having so great a title</LINE>
<LINE>To be more prince, as may be. You are sad.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Indeed, I have been merrier.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Mercy on me!</LINE>
<LINE>Methinks no body should be sad but I:</LINE>
<LINE>Yet, I remember, when I was in France,</LINE>
<LINE>Young gentlemen would be as sad as night,</LINE>
<LINE>Only for wantonness. By my christendom,</LINE>
<LINE>So I were out of prison and kept sheep,</LINE>
<LINE>I should be as merry as the day is long;</LINE>
<LINE>And so I would be here, but that I doubt</LINE>
<LINE>My uncle practises more harm to me:</LINE>
<LINE>He is afraid of me and I of him:</LINE>
<LINE>Is it my fault that I was Geffrey's son?</LINE>
<LINE>No, indeed, is't not; and I would to heaven</LINE>
<LINE>I were your son, so you would love me, Hubert.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE><STAGEDIR>Aside</STAGEDIR> If I talk to him, with his innocent prate</LINE>
<LINE>He will awake my mercy which lies dead:</LINE>
<LINE>Therefore I will be sudden and dispatch.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Are you sick, Hubert? you look pale to-day:</LINE>
<LINE>In sooth, I would you were a little sick,</LINE>
<LINE>That I might sit all night and watch with you:</LINE>
<LINE>I warrant I love you more than you do me.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE><STAGEDIR>Aside</STAGEDIR> His words do take possession of my bosom.</LINE>
<LINE>Read here, young Arthur.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Showing a paper</STAGEDIR>
<STAGEDIR>Aside</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>How now, foolish rheum!</LINE>
<LINE>Turning dispiteous torture out of door!</LINE>
<LINE>I must be brief, lest resolution drop</LINE>
<LINE>Out at mine eyes in tender womanish tears.</LINE>
<LINE>Can you not read it? Is it not fair writ?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Too fairly, Hubert, for so foul effect:</LINE>
<LINE>Must you with hot irons burn out both mine eyes?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Young boy, I must.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And will you?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And I will.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Have you the heart? When your head did but ache,</LINE>
<LINE>I knit my handercher about your brows,</LINE>
<LINE>The best I had, a princess wrought it me,</LINE>
<LINE>And I did never ask it you again;</LINE>
<LINE>And with my hand at midnight held your head,</LINE>
<LINE>And like the watchful minutes to the hour,</LINE>
<LINE>Still and anon cheer'd up the heavy time,</LINE>
<LINE>Saying, 'What lack you?' and 'Where lies your grief?'</LINE>
<LINE>Or 'What good love may I perform for you?'</LINE>
<LINE>Many a poor man's son would have lien still</LINE>
<LINE>And ne'er have spoke a loving word to you;</LINE>
<LINE>But you at your sick service had a prince.</LINE>
<LINE>Nay, you may think my love was crafty love</LINE>
<LINE>And call it cunning: do, an if you will:</LINE>
<LINE>If heaven be pleased that you must use me ill,</LINE>
<LINE>Why then you must. Will you put out mine eyes?</LINE>
<LINE>These eyes that never did nor never shall</LINE>
<LINE>So much as frown on you.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I have sworn to do it;</LINE>
<LINE>And with hot irons must I burn them out.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Ah, none but in this iron age would do it!</LINE>
<LINE>The iron of itself, though heat red-hot,</LINE>
<LINE>Approaching near these eyes, would drink my tears</LINE>
<LINE>And quench his fiery indignation</LINE>
<LINE>Even in the matter of mine innocence;</LINE>
<LINE>Nay, after that, consume away in rust</LINE>
<LINE>But for containing fire to harm mine eye.</LINE>
<LINE>Are you more stubborn-hard than hammer'd iron?</LINE>
<LINE>An if an angel should have come to me</LINE>
<LINE>And told me Hubert should put out mine eyes,</LINE>
<LINE>I would not have believed him,--no tongue but Hubert's.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come forth.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Stamps</STAGEDIR>
<STAGEDIR>Re-enter Executioners, with a cord, irons, &amp;c</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Do as I bid you do.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, save me, Hubert, save me! my eyes are out</LINE>
<LINE>Even with the fierce looks of these bloody men.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Give me the iron, I say, and bind him here.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Alas, what need you be so boisterous-rough?</LINE>
<LINE>I will not struggle, I will stand stone-still.</LINE>
<LINE>For heaven sake, Hubert, let me not be bound!</LINE>
<LINE>Nay, hear me, Hubert, drive these men away,</LINE>
<LINE>And I will sit as quiet as a lamb;</LINE>
<LINE>I will not stir, nor wince, nor speak a word,</LINE>
<LINE>Nor look upon the iron angerly:</LINE>
<LINE>Thrust but these men away, and I'll forgive you,</LINE>
<LINE>Whatever torment you do put me to.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Go, stand within; let me alone with him.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Executioner</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I am best pleased to be from such a deed.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt Executioners</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Alas, I then have chid away my friend!</LINE>
<LINE>He hath a stern look, but a gentle heart:</LINE>
<LINE>Let him come back, that his compassion may</LINE>
<LINE>Give life to yours.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come, boy, prepare yourself.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Is there no remedy?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>None, but to lose your eyes.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O heaven, that there were but a mote in yours,</LINE>
<LINE>A grain, a dust, a gnat, a wandering hair,</LINE>
<LINE>Any annoyance in that precious sense!</LINE>
<LINE>Then feeling what small things are boisterous there,</LINE>
<LINE>Your vile intent must needs seem horrible.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Is this your promise? go to, hold your tongue.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hubert, the utterance of a brace of tongues</LINE>
<LINE>Must needs want pleading for a pair of eyes:</LINE>
<LINE>Let me not hold my tongue, let me not, Hubert;</LINE>
<LINE>Or, Hubert, if you will, cut out my tongue,</LINE>
<LINE>So I may keep mine eyes: O, spare mine eyes.</LINE>
<LINE>Though to no use but still to look on you!</LINE>
<LINE>Lo, by my truth, the instrument is cold</LINE>
<LINE>And would not harm me.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I can heat it, boy.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>No, in good sooth: the fire is dead with grief,</LINE>
<LINE>Being create for comfort, to be used</LINE>
<LINE>In undeserved extremes: see else yourself;</LINE>
<LINE>There is no malice in this burning coal;</LINE>
<LINE>The breath of heaven has blown his spirit out</LINE>
<LINE>And strew'd repentent ashes on his head.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>But with my breath I can revive it, boy.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>An if you do, you will but make it blush</LINE>
<LINE>And glow with shame of your proceedings, Hubert:</LINE>
<LINE>Nay, it perchance will sparkle in your eyes;</LINE>
<LINE>And like a dog that is compell'd to fight,</LINE>
<LINE>Snatch at his master that doth tarre him on.</LINE>
<LINE>All things that you should use to do me wrong</LINE>
<LINE>Deny their office: only you do lack</LINE>
<LINE>That mercy which fierce fire and iron extends,</LINE>
<LINE>Creatures of note for mercy-lacking uses.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, see to live; I will not touch thine eye</LINE>
<LINE>For all the treasure that thine uncle owes:</LINE>
<LINE>Yet am I sworn and I did purpose, boy,</LINE>
<LINE>With this same very iron to burn them out.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, now you look like Hubert! all this while</LINE>
<LINE>You were disguised.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Peace; no more. Adieu.</LINE>
<LINE>Your uncle must not know but you are dead;</LINE>
<LINE>I'll fill these dogged spies with false reports:</LINE>
<LINE>And, pretty child, sleep doubtless and secure,</LINE>
<LINE>That Hubert, for the wealth of all the world,</LINE>
<LINE>Will not offend thee.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O heaven! I thank you, Hubert.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Silence; no more: go closely in with me:</LINE>
<LINE>Much danger do I undergo for thee.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE II. KING JOHN'S palace.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter KING JOHN, PEMBROKE, SALISBURY, and other Lords</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Here once again we sit, once again crown'd,</LINE>
<LINE>And looked upon, I hope, with cheerful eyes.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PEMBROKE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>This 'once again,' but that your highness pleased,</LINE>
<LINE>Was once superfluous: you were crown'd before,</LINE>
<LINE>And that high royalty was ne'er pluck'd off,</LINE>
<LINE>The faiths of men ne'er stained with revolt;</LINE>
<LINE>Fresh expectation troubled not the land</LINE>
<LINE>With any long'd-for change or better state.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>SALISBURY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp,</LINE>
<LINE>To guard a title that was rich before,</LINE>
<LINE>To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,</LINE>
<LINE>To throw a perfume on the violet,</LINE>
<LINE>To smooth the ice, or add another hue</LINE>
<LINE>Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light</LINE>
<LINE>To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,</LINE>
<LINE>Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PEMBROKE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>But that your royal pleasure must be done,</LINE>
<LINE>This act is as an ancient tale new told,</LINE>
<LINE>And in the last repeating troublesome,</LINE>
<LINE>Being urged at a time unseasonable.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>SALISBURY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>In this the antique and well noted face</LINE>
<LINE>Of plain old form is much disfigured;</LINE>
<LINE>And, like a shifted wind unto a sail,</LINE>
<LINE>It makes the course of thoughts to fetch about,</LINE>
<LINE>Startles and frights consideration,</LINE>
<LINE>Makes sound opinion sick and truth suspected,</LINE>
<LINE>For putting on so new a fashion'd robe.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PEMBROKE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>When workmen strive to do better than well,</LINE>
<LINE>They do confound their skill in covetousness;</LINE>
<LINE>And oftentimes excusing of a fault</LINE>
<LINE>Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse,</LINE>
<LINE>As patches set upon a little breach</LINE>
<LINE>Discredit more in hiding of the fault</LINE>
<LINE>Than did the fault before it was so patch'd.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>SALISBURY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>To this effect, before you were new crown'd,</LINE>
<LINE>We breathed our counsel: but it pleased your highness</LINE>
<LINE>To overbear it, and we are all well pleased,</LINE>
<LINE>Since all and every part of what we would</LINE>
<LINE>Doth make a stand at what your highness will.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Some reasons of this double coronation</LINE>
<LINE>I have possess'd you with and think them strong;</LINE>
<LINE>And more, more strong, then lesser is my fear,</LINE>
<LINE>I shall indue you with: meantime but ask</LINE>
<LINE>What you would have reform'd that is not well,</LINE>
<LINE>And well shall you perceive how willingly</LINE>
<LINE>I will both hear and grant you your requests.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PEMBROKE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Then I, as one that am the tongue of these,</LINE>
<LINE>To sound the purpose of all their hearts,</LINE>
<LINE>Both for myself and them, but, chief of all,</LINE>
<LINE>Your safety, for the which myself and them</LINE>
<LINE>Bend their best studies, heartily request</LINE>
<LINE>The enfranchisement of Arthur; whose restraint</LINE>
<LINE>Doth move the murmuring lips of discontent</LINE>
<LINE>To break into this dangerous argument,--</LINE>
<LINE>If what in rest you have in right you hold,</LINE>
<LINE>Why then your fears, which, as they say, attend</LINE>
<LINE>The steps of wrong, should move you to mew up</LINE>
<LINE>Your tender kinsman and to choke his days</LINE>
<LINE>With barbarous ignorance and deny his youth</LINE>
<LINE>The rich advantage of good exercise?</LINE>
<LINE>That the time's enemies may not have this</LINE>
<LINE>To grace occasions, let it be our suit</LINE>
<LINE>That you have bid us ask his liberty;</LINE>
<LINE>Which for our goods we do no further ask</LINE>
<LINE>Than whereupon our weal, on you depending,</LINE>
<LINE>Counts it your weal he have his liberty.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter HUBERT</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Let it be so: I do commit his youth</LINE>
<LINE>To your direction. Hubert, what news with you?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Taking him apart</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PEMBROKE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>This is the man should do the bloody deed;</LINE>
<LINE>He show'd his warrant to a friend of mine:</LINE>
<LINE>The image of a wicked heinous fault</LINE>
<LINE>Lives in his eye; that close aspect of his</LINE>
<LINE>Does show the mood of a much troubled breast;</LINE>
<LINE>And I do fearfully believe 'tis done,</LINE>
<LINE>What we so fear'd he had a charge to do.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>SALISBURY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The colour of the king doth come and go</LINE>
<LINE>Between his purpose and his conscience,</LINE>
<LINE>Like heralds 'twixt two dreadful battles set:</LINE>
<LINE>His passion is so ripe, it needs must break.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PEMBROKE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And when it breaks, I fear will issue thence</LINE>
<LINE>The foul corruption of a sweet child's death.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>We cannot hold mortality's strong hand:</LINE>
<LINE>Good lords, although my will to give is living,</LINE>
<LINE>The suit which you demand is gone and dead:</LINE>
<LINE>He tells us Arthur is deceased to-night.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>SALISBURY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Indeed we fear'd his sickness was past cure.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PEMBROKE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Indeed we heard how near his death he was</LINE>
<LINE>Before the child himself felt he was sick:</LINE>
<LINE>This must be answer'd either here or hence.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why do you bend such solemn brows on me?</LINE>
<LINE>Think you I bear the shears of destiny?</LINE>
<LINE>Have I commandment on the pulse of life?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>SALISBURY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>It is apparent foul play; and 'tis shame</LINE>
<LINE>That greatness should so grossly offer it:</LINE>
<LINE>So thrive it in your game! and so, farewell.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PEMBROKE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Stay yet, Lord Salisbury; I'll go with thee,</LINE>
<LINE>And find the inheritance of this poor child,</LINE>
<LINE>His little kingdom of a forced grave.</LINE>
<LINE>That blood which owed the breadth of all this isle,</LINE>
<LINE>Three foot of it doth hold: bad world the while!</LINE>
<LINE>This must not be thus borne: this will break out</LINE>
<LINE>To all our sorrows, and ere long I doubt.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt Lords</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>They burn in indignation. I repent:</LINE>
<LINE>There is no sure foundation set on blood,</LINE>
<LINE>No certain life achieved by others' death.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter a Messenger</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>A fearful eye thou hast: where is that blood</LINE>
<LINE>That I have seen inhabit in those cheeks?</LINE>
<LINE>So foul a sky clears not without a storm:</LINE>
<LINE>Pour down thy weather: how goes all in France?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Messenger</SPEAKER>
<LINE>From France to England. Never such a power</LINE>
<LINE>For any foreign preparation</LINE>
<LINE>Was levied in the body of a land.</LINE>
<LINE>The copy of your speed is learn'd by them;</LINE>
<LINE>For when you should be told they do prepare,</LINE>
<LINE>The tidings come that they are all arrived.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, where hath our intelligence been drunk?</LINE>
<LINE>Where hath it slept? Where is my mother's care,</LINE>
<LINE>That such an army could be drawn in France,</LINE>
<LINE>And she not hear of it?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Messenger</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My liege, her ear</LINE>
<LINE>Is stopp'd with dust; the first of April died</LINE>
<LINE>Your noble mother: and, as I hear, my lord,</LINE>
<LINE>The Lady Constance in a frenzy died</LINE>
<LINE>Three days before: but this from rumour's tongue</LINE>
<LINE>I idly heard; if true or false I know not.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Withhold thy speed, dreadful occasion!</LINE>
<LINE>O, make a league with me, till I have pleased</LINE>
<LINE>My discontented peers! What! mother dead!</LINE>
<LINE>How wildly then walks my estate in France!</LINE>
<LINE>Under whose conduct came those powers of France</LINE>
<LINE>That thou for truth givest out are landed here?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Messenger</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Under the Dauphin.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou hast made me giddy</LINE>
<LINE>With these ill tidings.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter the BASTARD and PETER of Pomfret</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Now, what says the world</LINE>
<LINE>To your proceedings? do not seek to stuff</LINE>
<LINE>My head with more ill news, for it is full.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>But if you be afeard to hear the worst,</LINE>
<LINE>Then let the worst unheard fall on your bead.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Bear with me cousin, for I was amazed</LINE>
<LINE>Under the tide: but now I breathe again</LINE>
<LINE>Aloft the flood, and can give audience</LINE>
<LINE>To any tongue, speak it of what it will.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>How I have sped among the clergymen,</LINE>
<LINE>The sums I have collected shall express.</LINE>
<LINE>But as I travell'd hither through the land,</LINE>
<LINE>I find the people strangely fantasied;</LINE>
<LINE>Possess'd with rumours, full of idle dreams,</LINE>
<LINE>Not knowing what they fear, but full of fear:</LINE>
<LINE>And here a prophet, that I brought with me</LINE>
<LINE>From forth the streets of Pomfret, whom I found</LINE>
<LINE>With many hundreds treading on his heels;</LINE>
<LINE>To whom he sung, in rude harsh-sounding rhymes,</LINE>
<LINE>That, ere the next Ascension-day at noon,</LINE>
<LINE>Your highness should deliver up your crown.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou idle dreamer, wherefore didst thou so?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PETER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Foreknowing that the truth will fall out so.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hubert, away with him; imprison him;</LINE>
<LINE>And on that day at noon whereon he says</LINE>
<LINE>I shall yield up my crown, let him be hang'd.</LINE>
<LINE>Deliver him to safety; and return,</LINE>
<LINE>For I must use thee.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt HUBERT with PETER</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>O my gentle cousin,</LINE>
<LINE>Hear'st thou the news abroad, who are arrived?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The French, my lord; men's mouths are full of it:</LINE>
<LINE>Besides, I met Lord Bigot and Lord Salisbury,</LINE>
<LINE>With eyes as red as new-enkindled fire,</LINE>
<LINE>And others more, going to seek the grave</LINE>
<LINE>Of Arthur, who they say is kill'd to-night</LINE>
<LINE>On your suggestion.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Gentle kinsman, go,</LINE>
<LINE>And thrust thyself into their companies:</LINE>
<LINE>I have a way to win their loves again;</LINE>
<LINE>Bring them before me.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I will seek them out.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Nay, but make haste; the better foot before.</LINE>
<LINE>O, let me have no subject enemies,</LINE>
<LINE>When adverse foreigners affright my towns</LINE>
<LINE>With dreadful pomp of stout invasion!</LINE>
<LINE>Be Mercury, set feathers to thy heels,</LINE>
<LINE>And fly like thought from them to me again.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BASTARD</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The spirit of the time shall teach me speed.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Spoke like a sprightful noble gentleman.</LINE>
<LINE>Go after him; for he perhaps shall need</LINE>
<LINE>Some messenger betwixt me and the peers;</LINE>
<LINE>And be thou he.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Messenger</SPEAKER>
<LINE>With all my heart, my liege.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My mother dead!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Re-enter HUBERT</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My lord, they say five moons were seen to-night;</LINE>
<LINE>Four fixed, and the fifth did whirl about</LINE>
<LINE>The other four in wondrous motion.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Five moons!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Old men and beldams in the streets</LINE>
<LINE>Do prophesy upon it dangerously:</LINE>
<LINE>Young Arthur's death is common in their mouths:</LINE>
<LINE>And when they talk of him, they shake their heads</LINE>
<LINE>And whisper one another in the ear;</LINE>
<LINE>And he that speaks doth gripe the hearer's wrist,</LINE>
<LINE>Whilst he that hears makes fearful action,</LINE>
<LINE>With wrinkled brows, with nods, with rolling eyes.</LINE>
<LINE>I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus,</LINE>
<LINE>The whilst his iron did on the anvil cool,</LINE>
<LINE>With open mouth swallowing a tailor's news;</LINE>
<LINE>Who, with his shears and measure in his hand,</LINE>
<LINE>Standing on slippers, which his nimble haste</LINE>
<LINE>Had falsely thrust upon contrary feet,</LINE>
<LINE>Told of a many thousand warlike French</LINE>
<LINE>That were embattailed and rank'd in Kent:</LINE>
<LINE>Another lean unwash'd artificer</LINE>
<LINE>Cuts off his tale and talks of Arthur's death.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why seek'st thou to possess me with these fears?</LINE>
<LINE>Why urgest thou so oft young Arthur's death?</LINE>
<LINE>Thy hand hath murder'd him: I had a mighty cause</LINE>
<LINE>To wish him dead, but thou hadst none to kill him.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>No had, my lord! why, did you not provoke me?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>It is the curse of kings to be attended</LINE>
<LINE>By slaves that take their humours for a warrant</LINE>
<LINE>To break within the bloody house of life,</LINE>
<LINE>And on the winking of authority</LINE>
<LINE>To understand a law, to know the meaning</LINE>
<LINE>Of dangerous majesty, when perchance it frowns</LINE>
<LINE>More upon humour than advised respect.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Here is your hand and seal for what I did.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, when the last account 'twixt heaven and earth</LINE>
<LINE>Is to be made, then shall this hand and seal</LINE>
<LINE>Witness against us to damnation!</LINE>
<LINE>How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds</LINE>
<LINE>Make deeds ill done! Hadst not thou been by,</LINE>
<LINE>A fellow by the hand of nature mark'd,</LINE>
<LINE>Quoted and sign'd to do a deed of shame,</LINE>
<LINE>This murder had not come into my mind:</LINE>
<LINE>But taking note of thy abhorr'd aspect,</LINE>
<LINE>Finding thee fit for bloody villany,</LINE>
<LINE>Apt, liable to be employ'd in danger,</LINE>
<LINE>I faintly broke with thee of Arthur's death;</LINE>
<LINE>And thou, to be endeared to a king,</LINE>
<LINE>Made it no conscience to destroy a prince.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My lord--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hadst thou but shook thy head or made a pause</LINE>
<LINE>When I spake darkly what I purposed,</LINE>
<LINE>Or turn'd an eye of doubt upon my face,</LINE>
<LINE>As bid me tell my tale in express words,</LINE>
<LINE>Deep shame had struck me dumb, made me break off,</LINE>
<LINE>And those thy fears might have wrought fears in me:</LINE>
<LINE>But thou didst understand me by my signs</LINE>
<LINE>And didst in signs again parley with sin;</LINE>
<LINE>Yea, without stop, didst let thy heart consent,</LINE>
<LINE>And consequently thy rude hand to act</LINE>
<LINE>The deed, which both our tongues held vile to name.</LINE>
<LINE>Out of my sight, and never see me more!</LINE>
<LINE>My nobles leave me; and my state is braved,</LINE>
<LINE>Even at my gates, with ranks of foreign powers:</LINE>
<LINE>Nay, in the body of this fleshly land,</LINE>
<LINE>This kingdom, this confine of blood and breath,</LINE>
<LINE>Hostility and civil tumult reigns</LINE>
<LINE>Between my conscience and my cousin's death.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HUBERT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Arm you against your other enemies,</LINE>
<LINE>I'll make a peace between your soul and you.</LINE>
<LINE>Young Arthur is alive: this hand of mine</LINE>
<LINE>Is yet a maiden and an innocent hand,</LINE>
<LINE>Not painted with the crimson spots of blood.</LINE>
<LINE>Within this bosom never enter'd yet</LINE>
<LINE>The dreadful motion of a murderous thought;</LINE>
<LINE>And you have slander'd nature in my form,</LINE>
<LINE>Which, howsoever rude exteriorly,</LINE>
<LINE>Is yet the cover of a fairer mind</LINE>
<LINE>Than to be butcher of an innocent child.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING JOHN</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Doth Arthur live? O, haste thee to the peers,</LINE>
<LINE>Throw this report on their incensed rage,</LINE>
<LINE>And make them tame to their obedience!</LINE>
<LINE>Forgive the comment that my passion made</LINE>
<LINE>Upon thy feature; for my rage was blind,</LINE>
<LINE>And foul imaginary eyes of blood</LINE>
<LINE>Presented thee more hideous than thou art.</LINE>
<LINE>O, answer not, but to my closet bring</LINE>
<LINE>The angry lords with all expedient haste.</LINE>
<LINE>I conjure thee but slowly; run more fast.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE III. Before the castle.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter ARTHUR, on the walls</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>ARTHUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The wall is high, and yet will I leap down:</LINE>
<LINE>Good ground, be pitiful and hurt me not!</LINE>
<LINE>There's few or none do know me: if they did,</LINE>
<LINE>This ship-boy's semblance hath disguised me quite.</LINE>
<LINE>I am afraid; and yet I'll venture it.</LINE>
<LINE>If I get down, and do not break my limbs,</LINE>
<LINE>I'll find a thousand shifts to get away:</LINE>
<LINE>As good to die and go, as die and stay.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Leaps down</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>O me! my uncle's spirit is in these stones:</LINE>
<LINE>Heaven take my soul, and England keep my bones!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Dies</STAGEDIR>
<STAGEDIR>Enter PEMBROKE, SALISBURY, and BIGOT</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>SALISBURY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Lords, I will meet him at Saint Edmundsbury:</LINE>
<LINE>It is our safety, and we must embrace</LINE>
<LINE>This gentle offer of the perilous time.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PEMBROKE</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Who brought that letter from the cardinal?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>SALISBURY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The Count Melun, a noble lord of France,</LINE>
<LINE>Whose private with me of the Dauphin's love</LINE>
<LINE>Is much more general than these lines import.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BIGOT</SPEAKER>