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Much work for tears in many an English mother, 1 Cit. A greater power, than we, denies all this;
Our former scruple in our strong-barr'd gates,
King’d of our fears, until our fears, resolv'd, And victory, with little loss, doth play
Be by some certain king purg'd and depos'd. Upon the dancing banners of the French,
Bast. By heaven, these scroyles of Angiers flout you, Who are at hand, triumphantly display'd,
kings, To enter conquerors, and to proclaim
And stand securely on their battlements,
Enter an English Herald, with trumpets. At your industrious scenes and acts of death.
Be friends a while, and both conjointly bend
Their battering cannon, charged to the mouths, That is removed by a staff of France.
Till their soul-fearing clamours have brawl'd down Our colours do return in those same hands,
The flinty ribs of this contemptuous city:
Even till unfenced desolation
Leave them as naked, as the vulgar air. Died in the dying slaughter of their foes.
That donc, dissever your united strengths,
And part your mingled colours once again!
Then, in a moment, fortune shall cull forth
Out of one side her happy minion: By our best eyes cannot be censured.
To whom in favour she shall give the day, Blood hath bought blood, and blows have answer'd And kiss him with a glorious victory, blows;
How like you this wild counsel, mighty states? Strength match'd with strength,and power confronted Smacks it not something of the policy? power:
K. John. Now,by the sky, that hangs above our heads, Both are alike; and both alike we like.
nike it well. – France, shall we knit our powers, One must prove greatest: while they weigh so even, And lay this Angiers even with the ground? Wehold our town for neither, yet for both. Then, after, fight, who shall be king of it? Enter, at one side, King Joux, with his power; Eli- Bast. And if thou hast the mettle of a king, NOR, Blanch, and the Bustard; at the other, King Being wrong’d, as we are, by this peevish town, Philip, Lewis, Austria, and forces.
Turn thou the mouth of thy artillery, K. John. France, hast thou yet more blood to cast As we will ours, against these saucy walls! away?
And when that we have dash'd them to the ground, Say, shall the current of our right run on ?
Why, then defy each other, and, pell-mell, Whose passage, vex'd with thy impediment, Make work upon ourselves, for heaven, or hell! Shall leave his native channel, and o'er-swell
K. Phi. Let it beso!- Say, where will you assault ? With course disturb’d even thy confining shores, K. John. We from the west will send destruction Unless thou let his silver water keep
Into this city's bosom. A peaceful progress to the ocean.
Aust. I from the north. K. Phi. England, thou hast not sav'd one drop of K. Phi. Ourthunder from the south blood,
Shall rain their drift of bullets on this town. In this hot trial, more than we of France;
Bast. O prudent discipline! From north to sonth Rather, lost more. And by this hand I swear, Austria and France shoot in each other's mouth! That sways the earth, this climate overlooks,
[ Aside. Before we will lay down our just-borne arms, I'll stir them to it !- Come, away, away! We'll put thee down'gainst whom these arms we bear, i Cit. Hear us, great kings ! vonchsafe a while to stay, Or add a royal number to the dead !
And I shall show you peace, and fair-faced league.
Bast. Ha, majesty! how high thy glory towers, That here come sacrifices for the field !
Persever not, but hear me, mighty kings!
of Lewis the Dauphin, and that lovely maid ! Why staud these royal fronts amazed thus?
If lusty love should go in quest of beauty,
If zealous love should go in search of virtue,
Where should he find it purer, than in Blanch? The other's peace; till then, blows, blood, and death! If love ambitious sought a match of birth, K.John. Whose party do the townsmen yet admit? Whose veins bound richer blood, than lady Blanch? K.Phi..Speak,citizens, for England; who's your king? Such as she is, in beauty, virtue, birth, 1 Cit. The king of England, when we know the king: Is the young Dauphin every way complete: K. Phi. Know him iu ns, that here hold up his right! If not complete, O say, he is not she: K. John. In us, that are our own great deputy, And she again wants nothing, to name want, And bear possession of our person here,
If want it be not, that she is not he: Lord of our presence, Angiers, and of you.
He is the half part of a blessed man,
Left to be finished by such a she;
Himself love's traitor: this is pity now, And she a l'air divided excellence, a
That havg'd, and drawn,and quarter'd, there should be, Whose fulness of perfection lies in him.
In such a love, so vile a lout as he. 0, two such silver currents, when they join,
Blunch. My uncle's will, in this respect, is mine. Do glorify the banks, that bound them in :
If he see aught in you, that makes him like,
Or, if you will, (to speak more properly,)
I will enforce it easily to my love. To our fast-closed gates ; for, at this match,
Further I will not flatter you, my lord, With swifter spleen, than powder can enforce,
That all I seein you is worthy love, The mouth of passage shall we fling wide ope,
Than this, – that nothing do i see in you, And give you entrance; but, without this match, (Though churlish thoughts themselves should be your The sea enraged is not half so deaf,
judge, Lions more confident, mountains and rocks
That I can find should merit any hate. More free from motion; no, not death himself K. John. What say these young ones ? What say'you, In mortal fury half so peremptory, As we to keep this city.
Blanch. That she is bound in honour still to do, Bast. Here's a stay,
What you in wisdom shall vouchsafe to say. That shakes the rotten carcase of old death
K.John. Speak then, prince Dauphin! can you love Out of his rags! Here's a large mouth, indeed,
this lady? That spits forth death, and mountains,rocks, and seas, Leul, Nay, ask me, if I can refrain from love; Talks as familiarly of roaring lions,
For I do love her most unfeignedly. As maids of thirteen do of puppy-dogs!
K.John. Then do I give Volquessen, Touraine, Maine, What cannoneer begot this lusty blood ?
Poictiers and Anjou, these five provinces, He speaks plain cannon, fire, and smoke, and bounce; With her to thee; and this addition more, lle gives the bastinado with his tongue;
Fullthirty thousand marks of English coin. — Our ears are cudgel'd; not a word of his,
Philip of France, if thou be pleased withal, But bullets better, than a fist of France :
Command thy son and daughter to join hands ! Zounds! I was never so bethump'd with words, K. Phi. It likes us well: - young princes, close your Since I first call'd my brother's father dad.
hands! Eli. Son, list to this conjunction, make this match! Aust. And your lips too! for, I am well assur'd, Give with our niece a dowry large enough!
That I did so, when I was first assur'd. For by this knot thou shalt so surely tie
K. Phi. Now, citizens of Angiers, ope your gates, Thy now unsur'd assurance to the crown,
Let in that amity, which you have made! That yon greeu boy shall have no suo to ripe
For at saint Mary's chapel, presently, The bloom, that promiseth a mighty fruit.
The rites of marriage shall be solemniz'd. – I see a yielding in the looks of France;
Is not the lady Constance in this troop? Mark, how they whisper! urge them, while their souls I know, she is not; for this match, made up, Are capable of this ambition:
Her presence would have interrupted much. Lest zeal, now melted by the windy breath
Where is she and her son ? tell me, who knows. Of soft petitions, pity, and remorse,
Lew. She is sad and passionate at your highness' tent. Cool and congeal again to what it was!
K. Phi. And, by my faith, this league, that we have 1 Cit. Why answer not the double majesties
made, This friendly treaty of our threaten’d town?
Will give her sadness very little cure. -K. Phi. Speak England first, that hath been for- Brother of England, how may we content ward first
This widow lady? in her right we came; To speak unto this city! What say you?
Which we, God knows, have turn'd another way, K. John. If that the Dauphiu there, thy princely son, To our own vantage. Can in this book of beanty read, I love,
K. John. We will heal up all; Her dowry shall weigh equal with a queen ;
For we'll create young Arthur dnke of Bretagne, For Anjou, and fair Touraine, Maine, Poictiers, And earl of Richmond; and this rich fair town And all that we upon this side the sea
We make him lord of. - Call the lady Constance! (Except this city now lıyns besieg'd,)
Some speedy messenger bid her repair
To our solemnity! - I trus twe shall,
Yet in some measure satisfy her so,
That we shall stop her exclamation. Holds hand with any princess of the world.
Go we, as well as haste will suffer us, K. Phi. What say'st thou, boy? look iu the lady's To this unlook'd for, unprepared pomp! face!
[Exeunt all but the Bastard. The Citizens Lew. I do, my lord, and in her eye I find
retire from the walls. A wonder, or a wondrous miracle,
Bust. Mad world! mad kings! mad composition! The shadow of myself form’d in her eye,
John, to stop Arthur's title in the whole, Which, being but the shadow of your son,
Hath willingly departed with a part: Becomes a sun, and makes your son a shadow. And France, (whose armour conscience buckled on, I do protest, I never lov'd myself,
Whom zealand charity brought to the field, Till now infixed I beheld myself,
As God's own soldier,) ronnded in the ear Drawn in the flattering table of her eye.
With that same purpose-changer, that sly devil,
[IT hispers with Blanch. That broker, thal still breaks the pate of faith, Bast. Drawn in the flattering table of her eye! That daily break-vow, he, that wins of all, Hang’d in the frowning wrinkle of her brow! of kings, of beggars, old men, young men, maids,And quarter'd in her heart ! -- he doth espy
Who having no external thing to lose
But the word maid, - cheats the poor maid of that; Arth. I do beseech you, madam, be content !
Ugly, and sland'rous to thy mother's womb,
Full of unpleasing blots, and sightless stains, Made to run even, upon even ground;
Lame, foolish, crooked, swart, prodigious, Till this advantage, this vile drawing bias,
Patch'd with foul moles, and eye-offending marks, This sway of motion, this commodity,
I would not care, I then would be content; Makes it take head from all indillerency,
For then I should not love thee, no, nor thon From all direction, purpose, course, intent: Become thy great birth, nor deseje a crown. And this same bias, this commodity,
But thou art fair, and at thy birth, dear boy, This bawd, this broker, this all-changing word, Nature and fortune join'd, to make thee great. Clapp'd on the outward eye of fickle France,
of nature's gilts thou may'st with lilies boast, Hath drawn him from his own determin’d aid, And with the half-blown rose : but fortúne! o, From a resolv'dand honourable war,
She is corrupted, chang'd, and won from thee; To a most base and vile-concluded peace.
She adulterates hourly with thine uncle John, And why rail I on this commodity ?
And with her golden hand hath pluck'd on France, But for because he hath not woo'd me yet.
To tread down fair respect of sovereignty, Not that I have the power to clutch my hand,
And made his majesty the bawd to theirs. When his fair angels would salute my palm:
France is a bawd to fortune, and king John, But for my hand, as unattempted yet,
That strumpet fortune, that usurping John. Like a poor beggar, raileth on the rich.
Tell me, thou fellow, is not France forsworn ? Well, whiles I am a beggar, I will rail,
Envenom him with words; or get thee gone, And say, there is no sin, but to be rich;
And leave those woes alone, which I alone And being rich, my virtue then shall be,
Am bound to under-bear! To say:— there is no vice, but beggary.
Sal. Pardon me, madam, Since kings break faith upon commodity.
I may not go without you to the kings. Gain, be my lord! for I will worship thee. [Exit. Const. Thou may'st, thou shalt, I will not go with
I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
For grief is proud, and makes his owner stout.
Enter Constance, ARTHUR, and SALISBURY. Let kings assemble! for my grief's so great,
[She throws herself on the ground. Be well advis'd, tell o'er thy tale again!
Enter King Joux, King Philip, Lewis, Blanch, EliIt cannot be; thou dost but say, 'tis so:
xor, Bastard, Austria, and Attendants. (trust, I may not trust thee; forthy word:
K. Phi. 'Tis true, fair daughter; and this blessed day, is but the vain breath of a common man.
Ever in France shall be kept festival. Believe me, I do not believe thee, man;
To solemnize this day, the glorious sun I have a king's oath to the contrary,
Stays in his course, and plays the alchemist, Thou shalt be punish'd for thus frighting me; Turuing, with splendour of his precious eye, for I am sick, and capable of fears,
The mcagrecloddy earth to glittering gold. Oppress’d with wrongs, and therefore full of fears, The yearly course, that brings this day about, A widow, husbandless, subject to fears,
Shall never see it but a holyday. A woman, naturally born to fears ;
Const. A wicked day, and not a holyday!- (Rising. And though thou now confess, thou didst but jest, What hath this day deserv'd? what hath it done, With my vex'd spirits I cannot take a truce,
That it in golden letters should be set,
This day of shame, oppression, perjury:
But on this day, let seamen fear no wreck, Then speak again, not all thy former tale,
No bargains break, that are not this day made! But this one word, whether thy tale be true!
This day, all things begun come to ill end; Sal. As true, as, I believe, you think them false, Yea, faith itself to hollow falsehood change! That give you cause to prove my saying true.
K. Phi. By heaven, lady, you shall have no cause Const. o, if thou teach me to believe this sorrow, To curse the fair proceedings of this day. Teach thou this sorrow, how to make me die! Have I not pawu'd to you my majesty ? And let belief and life encounter so,
Const. You have beguil'd me with a counterfeit, As doth the fury oftwo desperate men,
Resembling majesty, which, being touch'd, and tried,
Const. Which harm within itself so heinous is, A widow cries; be husband to me, heavens !
Let not the hours of this ungodly day
Wear out the day in peace; but, ere sanset, Thy hateful life!
That I have room with Rome to curse a while!
Good father cardinal, cry thon amen
There is no tongue, hath power to curse him right. That bloody spoil: thou slave, thou wretch, thou Pand. There's law and warrant, lady, for my curse. coward;
Const. And for mine too; when law can do no right, Thou little valiant, great in villainy!
Let it be lawful, that law bar no wrong: Thou ever strong upon the stronger side!
Law cannot give my child his kingdom here: Thou fortune's champion, that dost never fight, For he, that holds his kingdom, holds the law. But when her humorous ladyship is by
Therefore, since law itself is perfect wrong, To teach thee safety! thou art perjur'd too,
How can the law forbid my tongne to curse?
And raise the power of France upon his head,
Eli. Look'st thou pale, France? do not let go thy Upon thy stars, thy fortune, and thy strength ?
hand! And dost thou now fall over to my foes ?
Const. Look to that, devil! Jest that France repent, Thou wear a lion's hide! doff it for shame,
And, by disjoining hands, hell lose a soul. And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs ! Aust. King Philip, listen to the cardinal ! Aust. 0, that a man should speak these words to me! Bast. And hang a calf's-skin on his recreant limbs! Bast. And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs! Aust. Well, ruffian, I must pocket up these wrongs, Aust. Thou dar'st not say so, villain, for thy life. Because Bast. And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs! Bust. Your breeches best may carry them. K. John. Welike not this; thou dost forget thyself. K. John. Philip, what say’st thou to the cardinal? Enter PANDULPH.
Const. What should he say, but as the cardinal ? K. Phi. Here comes the holy legate of the pope. Lew. Bethink you, father! for the difference Pand. Hail, you anointed deputies of heaven! Is, purchase of a heavy curse from Rome, To thee, king John, my holy errand is.
Or the lighi loss of England for a friend. I Pandulph, of fair Milan cardinal,
Forego the easier! And from pope Innocent the legate here,
Blanch. That's the curse of Rome. Do, in his name, religionsly demand,
Const. O Lewis, stand fast! the devil tempts thee Why thou against the church, our holy mother,
here, So wilfully dost spurn? and, force perforce, In likeness of a new untrimmed bride. Keep Stephen Langton, chosen archbishop
Blanch. The lady Constance speaks not from her Of Canterbury, from that holy see?
faith, This, in our'foresaid holy father's name,
But from her need.
Const. O, if thou grant my need,
That need must needs infer this principle:
That faith would live again by death of need. So slight, anworthy, and ridiculous,
0, then, tread down my need, and faith mounts ap; To charge me to an answer, as the pope.
Keep my need up, and faith is trodden down. Tell him this tale, and from the mouth of England, K. John. The king is mov'd, and answers not to this. Add thus much more: That no Italian priest Const. 0, be remov'd from him, and answer well! Shall tithe, or toll in our dominions;
Aust. Do so, king Philip! hang no more in doubt! But as we under heaven are supreme head,
Bast. Hang nothing but a calf's-skin, most sweet So, under him, that great supremacy,
lout! Where we do reign, we will alone uphold,
K. Phi. I am perplex'd, and know not, what to say. Without the assistance of a mortal hand.
Pand. What can’st thou say, but will perplex thee So tell the pope; all reverence set apart, To him, and his usurp'd authority!
If thou stand excommunicate, and curs d ? K. Phi. Brother of England, you blaspheme in this. K.Phi.Good reverend father, make my person yours, K.John. Though you, and all the kings of Christen- And tell me, how you would bestow yourself! dom,
This royal hand and mine are newly knit, Are led so grossly by this meddling priest,
And the conjunction of our inward souls Dreading the curse, that money may buy out, Married in league, coupled and link'd together And, by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust,
With all religious strength of sacred vows. Purchase corrupted pardon of a man,
The latest breath, that gave the sound of words, Who, in that sale, sells pardon from himself; Was deep-sworn faith, peace, amily, true love, Though you, and all the rest, so grossly led, Between our kingdoms, and our royal selves; Thisjuggling witchcraft with revenue cherish; And even before this trucc, but new before, Yet I, aloue, alone do me oppose
No longer, than we well could wash our hands, Against the pope, and count his friends my foes. To clap this royal bargain up of peace, –
Pand. Thou, by the lawful power, that I have, Heaven knows, they were besmear'd and overstain'd Thou shalt stand curs'd, and excommunicate, With slaughter's pencil
, where revenge did paint And blessed shall he be, that doth revolt
The fearfaldillerence of incensed kings. From his allegiance to an heretic;
Aud shall these hands, so lately parg'd of blood, And meritorious shalltliat hand be call’d,
! So newly join'd in love, so strong in both, Cauonized, and worshipp'd as a saint,
Unyoke this seizure, and this kind regret? That takes away, by any secret course,
Play fast and loose with faith? so jest with heaven,
Make such unconstant children of ourselves,
Blanch. Now shall I see thy love; what motive may As now again to snatch our palm from palm,
Be stronger with thee, than the name of wife? Unswear faith sworn, and on the marriage bed Const. That, which upholdeth him, that thee upholds, of smiling peace to march a bloody host,
His honour. O, thine honour, Lewis, thine honour! And make a riot on the gentle brow
Lew. I muse, your majesty doth seem so cold, Of true sincerity ? O holy sir,
When such profound respects do pull you op. My reverend father, let it not be so!
Pand. I will denounce a curse upon his head. Out of your grace, devise, ordain, impose
K. Phi. Thou shalt not need. - England, I'll fall Some gentle order! and then we shall be bless'd
from thee. To do your pleasure, and continue friends,
Const. O fair return of banish'd majesty! Pand. All form is formless, order orderless, Eli. O foal revolt of French inconstancy! Save what is opposite to England's love.
K. John. France, thou shalt rue this hour within this Therefore, to arms! be champion of our church!
hour. Or let the church, our mother, breathe her curse, Bast. Old Time the clock-setter, that bald sexton, A mother's curse, on her revolting son!
Blanch. The sun's o'ercast with blood : fair day, A fasting tiger safer by the tooth,
They whirl asunder, and dismember me.
Father, I may not wish the fortune thine;
Whoever wins, on that side shall I lose; For that, which thou hast sworn to do amiss,
Assured loss, before the match be play'd. Is not amiss, when it is truly done;
Lew. Lady, with me, with me thy fortune lies. And being not done, where doing tends to ill, Blanch. There where my fortune lives, there my life The truth is then most done not doing it.
dies. The better act of purposes mistook
K. John. Cousin, go, draw our puissance together! Is, to mistake again; though indirect,
(Exit Bastard. Yet indirection thereby grows direct,
France, I am burn’d up with inflaming wrath,
The blood, and dearest valued blood, of France.
K. Phi. Thy rage shall burn thee up, and thou shalt By what thou swear'st, against the thing thou swear'st, And mak'st an oath the surety for thy truth
To ashes, ere our blood shall quench that fire. Against an oath. The truth thou art unsure
Look to thyself, thou art in jeopardy. To swear, swear only, not to be forsworn;
K. John. No more, than he that threats. - To arms Else, what a mockery should it be to swear?
(Exeunt. But thou dost swear only to be forsworn; And most forsworn, to keep what thou dost swear.
SCENE II. — The same. Plains near Angiers. Therefore, thy latter vows, against thy first,
Alarums, excursions. Enter the Bastard, with AuIs in thyself rebellion to thyself,
STRIA's head. And better conquest never canst thou make,
Bast. Now, by my life, this day grows wondrous hot; Than arm thy constant and thy nobler parts
Some airy devil hovers in the sky, Against those giddy loose suggestions:
And pours down mischief. Austria's head lie there, Upon which better part our prayers come in,
While Philip breathes. If thou vouchsafe them: but, if not, then know,
Enter King Jons, Arthur, and HUBERT. The peril of our curses light on thee,
K. John. Hubert, keep this boy !-Philip, make up! So heavy, as thou shalt not shake them off,
My mother is assailed in our tent, But, in despair, die ander their black weight.
And ta’en, I fear. Aust. Rebellion, flat rebellion!
Bast. My lord, I rescu'd her. Bast, Will't not be?
Her highness is in safety, fear you not! Will not a calf's-skin stop that mouth of thine?
But on, my liege! for very little pains Lew. Father, to arms!
Will bring this labour tu an happy end. [Exeunt. Blanch. Upon thy wedding day?
SCENE III.- The same. Against the blood, that thou hast married?
Alarums; excursions ; retreat. Enter King Jons, What, shall our feast be kept with slaughter'd men? Elinor, Arthur, the Bastard, Hubert, and Lords, Shall braying trumpets, and loud churlish drums, K. John. So shall it be; your grace shall stay behind, Clamours of hell, be measures to our pomp?
[To Elinor. O husband, hear me!- ah, alack, how new So strongly guarded. - Cousin, look not sad! Is husband in my mouth! — even for that name,
[To Arthur Which till this time my tongue did ne'er pronounce, Thy grandam loves thee, and thy uncle will Upon my knee I beg, go not to arms
As dear be to thee, as thy father was. Against mine uncle!
Arth. O, this will make my mother die with griei. Const. 0, upon my knee,
K. John. Cousin, (To the Bastard.) away for EngMade hard with kneeling, I do pray to thee,
land! haste before! Thou virtuous Dauphin, alter not the doom
And, ere our coming, see thon shake the bags Forethought by heaven!
of hoarding abbots! angels imprisoned