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Rob. The son and heir to that same Faulcon

ridge. K. John. Is that the elder, and art thou the heir You came not of one mother then, it seems. Bost. Most certain of one mother, mighty king, That is well known; and, as I think, one father: But, or the certain knowledge of that truth, I put you o'er to heaven, and to my mother; Of that I doubt, as all men's children may. Eli. Out on thee, rude man! thou dost shame thy mother, And wound her honour with this diffidence. Bast. I, madam no, I have no reason for it; That is my brother's plea, and none of mine; The which if he can prove, 'a pops me out At least from fair five hundred pound a }. Heaven guard my mother's honour, and Iny land! K. John. A good blunt fellow:—Why, being ounger born Doth he i. claim to thine inheritance? Bust. I know not why, except to get the land. But once he slander'd me with bastardy: But whe'r'. I be as true begot, or no, That still I lay upon |'', mother's head; But, that I am as well begot, my liege, (Fair fall the bones that took the pains for me!) Compare our faces, and be judge yourself. If old sir Robert did beget us § And were our father, and this son like him ;0, old sir Robert, father, on my knee I give heaven thanks, I was not like to thee. K. John. Why, what a madcap hath heaven lent

us here ! Eli. He hath a trick” of Coeur-de-lion's face, The accent of his tongue affecteth him: Do you not read some tokens of my son in the large composition of this man? K. John. Mine eye hath well examined his parts, And finds them perfect Richard.—Sirrah, speak What doth move you to claim your brother's land } Bast. Because he hath a half-sace, like my father; With that half-face would he have all my land: A half-sac’d groat five hundred pound a year! Rob. My gracious liege, when that my father liv'd, Your brother did employ my father much;Bast. Well, sir, by this you cannot get my land; Your tale must be, how he employ'd my mother. Rob. And once despatch'd him in an embassy To Germany, there, with the emperor, To treat of high affairs touching that time: The advantage of his absence took the king, And in the mean time sojourn’d at my father's; Where how he did prevail, I shame to speak: But truth is truth; large lengths of seas and shores Between my father and my mother lay (As I have heard my father speak himself.) When this same lusty gentleman was got. pon his death-bed he by will bequeath'd His lands to me; and took it, on his death, That this, my mother's son, was none of his; And, if he were, he came into the world Full fourteen weeks before the course of time. Then, good my liege, let me have what is mine, My father's land, as was my father's will. I. John. Sirrah, your brother is legitimate; Your father's wife did, after wedlock, bear him: And, if she did play false, the fault was hers : Which fault lies on the hazards of all husbands That marry wives. Tell one, how is my brother, Who, as you say, took pains to get this son Had of your father claim'd this son for his?

{} Whether. (2) Trace, outline. 3) Dignity of appearance.

In sooth, good siend, your father might have kept
This calf, bred from his cow, from all the world;
In sooth, he might: then, if he were my brother's,
My brother might not claim him ; nor your father,
Being none of his, refuse him: This concludes,<
My mother's son did get your father's heir;
Your father's heir must have your father's land.
Rob. Shall then my father's will be of no force,
To dispossess that child which is not his 7
Bast. Of no more force to dispossess me, sir,
Than was his will to get me, o think.
Eli. Whether hadst thou rather, be a Faulcon

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tune, Bequeath thy land to him, and follow me? I am a soldier, and now bound to France. Bast. Brother, take you my land, I'll take my chance: Your face hath got five hundred pounds a year; Yet sell your sace for five pence, and 'tis dear.— Madam, I’ll follow §. unto the death. Eli. Nay, I would have you go before methither. Bast. Our country manners give our betters way. K. John. What is thy name Bast. Philip, my liege ; so is my name begun; Philip, good old sir Robert's wife's eldest son. K. John. From henceforthboar his name whose form thou bear'st: Kneel thou down Philip, but arise more great; |Arise sir Richard, and Plantagenet. Dust. Brother, by the mother's side, give me your hand; My father gave me honour, your's gave land:— Now blessed be the hour, by night or day, When I was got, sir Robert was away. Eli. The very spirit of Plantagenet – I am thy grandame, Richard; call me so. Bust. Madam, by chance, but not by truth: What though Something about, a little from the right, In at the window, or else o'er the ion: Who dares not stir o day, must walk by night; And have is have, however men do catch : Near or far off, well won is still well shot; And I am I, howe’er I was begot. K. John. Go, Faulconbridge; now hast thou thy desire, A landless knight inakes thee a landed 'squire.— Come, madam, and come, Richard ; we must speed For France, for France; for it is more than need. Bast. Brother, adieu; Good fortune come to thee! For thou wast got i'the way of honesty. [Ereunt all but the Bastard. A foot of honour better than I was ; But many a many foot of land the worse. Well, now can I make any Joan a lady:— Good den, sir Richard, God-a-mercy, fellow;

(4) Robert. (5) Good evening.

And is his name he George, I'll call him Peter:
For new-made honour doth forget men's names;
'Tis too respective,' and too sociable,
For your conversion.” Now your traveller,-
He and his tooth-pick at my worship's mess;
And when my knightly stomach is suffic'd,
Why then I suck my teeth, and catechise
\}, picked man of countries:*—.My dear sir,
I hus, leaning on mine elbow, I begin,)
shall beseech you—That is question now ;
And then comes answer like an ABC-book:*—
0, sir, says answer, at your hest command;
-it your employment; at your service, sir:-
.Vo sir, says question, I, sweet sir, at yours :
And so, ere answer knows what question would
*Saving in dialogue of compliment;
And talking of the Alps, and Apennines,
The Pyrenean, and the river ...]
it draws towards supper in conclusion so.
But this is worshipful society,
And fits the mounting spirit, like myself:
For he is but a bastard to the time,
'hat doth not smack of observation
And so am I, whether I smack, or no;)
And not alone in habit and device,
:Xterior form, outward accoutrement;
But from the inward motion to deliver
Sweet, sweet, sweet poison for the age's tooth:
Which, though I will not practise to deceive,
Yet, to avoid deceit, I mean to learn:
for it shall strew the footsteps of my rising.—
But who comes in such haste, in riding robes 7
What woman-post is this hath she no husband,
That will take pains to blow a horn before her ?

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But, mother, I am not sir Robert's son;
I have disclaim’d sir Robert, and my land;
Legitimation, name, and all is gone:
Then, good my mother, let me know my father;
Some proper man, I hope; Who was it, mother ?

Lady F. Hast thou denied thyself a Faulcon.

bridge 1 Bast. As faithfully as I deny the devil. Lady ; o Richard Coeur-de-lion was thy ather :

By long and vehement suit I was seduc’d
To make room for him in my husband's bed:—
Heaven lay not my transgression to my charge
Thou art §: issue of my dear offence,
Whi-h was so strongly urg'd, past my defence.

Bast. Now, by this light, were I to get again,
Madam, I would not wish a better father.
Some sins do bear their privilege on earth,
And so doth yours; your fault was not your folly :
Needs must i. lay your heart at his dispose,
Subjected tribute to o love,
Against whose fury and unmatched force
The awless lion could not wage the fight,"
Nor keep his princely heart from Richard's hand.
He, that perforce robs lions of their hearts,
May easily win a woman's. Ay, my mother,
With all my heart I thank thee for my father
Who lives and dares but say, thou didst not well
When I was got, I’ll send his soul to hell.
Come, lady, foil show thee to my kin;

And they shall say, when Richard me begot, If thou had'st said him nay, it had been sin:

Who says it was, he lies; I say, 'twas not. [Ere.


SCE.N.E I.—France. Before the walls of Angiers. Enter, on one side, the .1rchduke of Austria, and forces; on the other, Philip, King of France, and forces; Lewis, Constance, Arthur, and altendants.

Letc. Before Angiers well met, brave Austria.— Arthur, that great forerunner of thy blood, Richard, that robb'd the lion of his heart, And fought the holy wars in Palestine, By this brave duke came early to his grave: And, for amends to his posterity, At our importance," hither is he come, To spread his colours, boy, in thy behalf; And to rebuke the usurpation Of thy unnatural uncle, English John : Embrace him, love him, give him welcome hither. .drth. God shall forgive you Coeur-de-lion's death, The rather, that you give his offspring life, Shadowing their right under your wings of war: I give you welcome with a powerless hand, But with a heart full of unstained love: Welcome before the gates of Angiers, duke. Lew. A noble boy! Who would not łotice right? .dust. Upon thy cheek lay I this zealous kiss, As seal to this j of my love; That to my home I will no more return, Till Angiers, and the right thou hast in France, Together with that pale, that white-fac’d shore, Whose foot spurns back the ocean's roaring tides, And coops from other lands her islanders, Even till that England, hedg'd in with the main, That water-walled bulwark, still secure

o A character in an old drama, called Soliman: and Perseda.

(7) Importunity.

And confident from foreign purposes,
Even till that utmost corner of the west
Salute thee for her king: till then, fair boy,
Will I not think of home, but follow arms.
Const. O, take his mother's thanks, a widow's
Till your strong hand shall help to give him strength,
To make a more requital to your love. -
./lust. The peace of heaven is theirs, that list
their swords
In such a just and charitable war.
K. Phi. Well then, to work: our cannon shall
be bent
Against the brows of this resisting town.—
Call for our chiefest men of discipline,
To cull the plots of best advantages: '-
We'll lay before this town our royal bones,
Wade to the market-place in Frenchmen's blood,
But we will make it subject to this boy.
Const. Stay for an answer to your embas
Lest unadvis'd you stain your swords with
My lord Chatillon may from England bring
That right in peace, which here we urge in war;
And then we shall repent each drop of blood,
That hot rash haste so indirectly shed.

Enter Chatillon.

K. Phi. A wonder, lady!—lo, upon thy wish, Our messenger Chatilion is arod" What England says, say briefly, gentle lord, We coldly pause for thee; Châtil on, speak.

Chal. Then turn your forces from this paltry siege, And stir them up against a mightier task. England, impatient of your just demands, Hath put himself in arms; the adverse winds, Whose leisure I have staid, have given him time To land his legions all as soon as I : His marches are expedient” to this town, His forces strong, his soldiers confident. With him along is come the mother-queen, An Até,” stirring him to blood and strife; With her her niece, the lady Blanch of Spain; With them a bastard of the king ...] And all the unsettled humours of the land,Rash, inconsiderate, fiery voluntaries, With ladies' faces, and fierce dragons' spleens,— Have sold their sortunes at their native homes, Bearing their birthrights proudly on their backs, To i.i. a hazard of new fortunes here. In brief, a braver choice of dauntless spirits, Than now the English bottoms have was o'er, Did never float upon the swelling tide, To do offence and scath" in Christendom. The interruption of their churlish drums

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Cuts off more circumstance: they are at hand,
To parley, or to fight; therefore, prepare.

*Phi, How much unlook'd's r is this expedi


Must. By how much ...; by so much We must awake endeavour for defence; For courage mounteth with occasion: Let them alone be welcome then, we are prepar'd. Enter King John, Elinor, Blanch, the Bastard, Pembroke, and forces. K. John. Peace be to France; if France in peace permit Our Just and lineal entrance to our own If not; bleed France, and peace ascend to heaven :

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1) Best stations to over-awe the town. 2) Immediate, expeditious. (3) The goddess of revenge. (4) Mischief.

Whiles we, God's wrathful agent, do correct
Their proud contempt that beat his peace to heaven
K. F. Peace be to England; if that war return
From France to England, there to live in peace!
England we love; and, for that England's sake,
With burden of our armour here we sweat:
This toil of ours should be a work of thine;
But thou from loving England art so far,
That thou hast under-wrought his lawful king,
Cut off the sequence" of posterity,
Qutfaced infant state, and done a rape
Upon the maiden virt:1e of the crown.
Look here upon thy brother Geffrey's face;—
These eyes, these brows, were moulded out of his
This little abstract doth contain that large,
Which died in Geffrey; and the hand of time
Shall draw this brief’ into as huge a volume.
That Geffrey was thy elder brother born,
And this his son; England was Geffrey's right,
And this is Geffrey's : In the name of God,
How comes it then, that thou art call'd a king,
When living blood doth in these temples beat,
Which owe the crown that thou o'er-masterest?
K. John. From whom hast thou this great com-
mission, France,
To draw my answer from thy articles?
K. Phi. From that supernal' judge, that stirs
good thoughts -
In any breast of strong authority,
To look into the blots and stains of right.
That judge hath made me guardian to this boy:
Under whose "..."; I impeach thy wrong;
And, by whose help, I mean to chastise it.
K. John. Alack, thou dost usurp authority.
K. Phi. Excuse; it is to beat usurping down.
Eli. Who is it, thou dost rail ...,
Comst. Let me make answer;-thy usurping son.
Eli. Out, insolent thy bastard shall be king;
That thou may’st be a queen, and check the world!
Const. My bed was ever to thy son as true,
As thine was to thy husband: and this boy
Liker in feature to his father Geffrey,
Than thou and John in manners; being as like,
As rain to water, or devil to his dam.
My boy a bastard! By my soul, I think,
His father never was so true begot;
It cannot be, an if thou wert his mother.
Eli. "... a good mother, boy, that blots thy
Const. There's a good grandam, boy, that
would blot thee.
./lust. Peace!
Bast. Hear the crier.
.dust. What the devil art thou"
Bast. One that will play the devil, sir, with
An 'a m: catch your hide and you alone.
You are the hare of whom the proverb goes,
Whose valour plucks dead lions by the beard;
I'll smoke your skin-coat,” an I cach you right;
Sirrah, look to't: I'faith, I will, i'faith.
Blanch. O, well did he become that lion's robt
That did disrobe the lion of that robe'
Bast. It lies as sightly on the back of him,
As great Alcides' shoes upon an ass:–
But, ass, I'll take that burden from your back;
Or lay on that, shall make your shoulders crack.
•Aust. What cracker is this same, that deass ou.

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K. Phi. Lewis, determine what we shall do straight. Lew. Women and fools, break off your conserence.King John, this is the very sum of all,— England, and Ireland, Anjou, Touraine, Maine, In right of Arthur do i claim of thee. Wilt thou resign them, and lay down thy arms ? K. John. My life as soon:—I do defy thee, France. Arthur of Bretagne, yield thee to my hand; And, out of my dear love, I’ll give thee more Than e'er the coward hand of France can win: Submit thee, boy. Eli. Come to thy grandam, child. Const. Do, child, go to it' grandam, child; Give grandam kingdom, and it'grandam will Give it a plum, a cherry, and a fig: There's a good grandam. .drth. ood my mother, peace! I would, that I were low laid in my grave; I am not worth this coil" that's made for me. Eli. His mother shames him so, poor boy, he weeps. Const. Now shame upon you, whe'r” she does, or no Hisgrandam's wrongs, and nothis mother's shames, Draw those heaven-moving pearls from his poor

eyes, Which ho shall take in nature of a fee ; Ay, with these crystal beads heaven shall be brib'd To do him justice, and revenge on you. Eli. Thou monstrous slanderer of heaven and earth ! Const. Thou monstrous injurer of heaven and earth ! Call not me slanderer; thou, and thine, usurp The dominations, royalties, and rights, Of this oppressed boy: This is thy eldest son's son, Infortunate in nothing but in thee; Thy sins are visited in this poor child; The canon of the law is laid on him, Being but the second generation Removed from thy sin-conceiving womb. K. John. Bedlam, have done. Comst. I have but this to say,+ That he's not only plagued for her sin, But God hath made her sin and her the plague on this removed issue, plagu'd for her, And with her plague, her sin; his injury Her injury, the beadle to her sin; i.o.o. person of this child, And all for her; A plague upon her Eli. Thou unadvised scold, I can produce A will, that bars the title of thy son. Const. Ay, who doubts that? a will! a wicked will; A woman's will ; a canker'd grandam's will ! K. Phi. Peace, lady; pause, or be more tempe

It ill beseems this presence, to cry aim”
To these ill-tuned repetitions.—
Some trumpet summon hither to the walls
These men of Angiers; let us hear them speak,
Whose title they admit, Arthur's or John's.

Trumpets sound. Enter Citizens upon the walls. 1 Cit. Who is it, that hath warn'd us to the walls? K. Phi. 'Tis France, for England. K. John. England, for itself: You men of Angiers, and my loving subjects, K. Phi. You loving men of Angiers, Arthur's subjects,

(1) Bustle. (2) Whether. (3) To encourage.

|The cannons have their

trumpet call'd you to this gentle parle." . John. For our advantage;—Therefore, hear us first.— These flags of France, that are advanced here Before the eye and prospect of your town, Have hither march'd to i. endamagement: owels full of wrath; And ready mounted are they, to spit forth Their iron indignation 'gainst your walls: All preparation for a bloody siege, And merciless proceeding by these French, Confront i. city's eyes, your winking gates; And, but for our āpproach, those sleeping stones, That as a waist do girdle you about, By the compulsion of their ordnance By this time from their fixed beds of lime #. been dishabited, and wide havoc made For bloody power to rush upon your peace. But, on the sight of us, your lawful king,Who painfully, with much expedient march, Have brought a countercheck before your gates, To save unscratch'd your city's threaten’d cheeks,— Behold, the French, amaz'd, vouchsafe a parle: And now, instead of bullets wrapp'd in fire, To Inake a shaking sever in your walls, They shoot but calm words, folded up in smoke, To make a faithless error in your ears: Which trust accordingly, kind citizens, And let usin, your king; whose labour’d spirits, Forwearied” in this action of swift speed, Crave harbourage within your city walls. K. Phi. When I have said, make answer to us

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oth. Lo, in this right hand, whose protection Is most divinely vow’d upon the right Of him it holds, stands young Plantagenet; Son to the elder brother of this man, And king o'er him, and all that he enjoys: . For this down-trodden equity, we trea In warlike march these greens before your town: Being no further enemy to you, Than the constraint of łoś. zeal, In the relief of this oppressed child, Religiously provokes. Be pleased then To pay that duty, which you truly owe, To him that owes' it; namely, this young prince: And then our arms, like to a muzzled bear, Save in aspéct, have all offence seal’d up; Our cannons’ malice o shall be spent Against the invulnerable clouds of heaven; And, with a blessed and unvex'd retire with unhack'd swords, and helmets all unbruis'd, We will bear home that lusty blood again, Which here we came to spout against your town, And leave your children, wives, and you, in peace. But if you sondly pass our proffer'd offer, 'Tis not the rondure" of your old-fac’d walls Can hide }} from our messengers of war; Though all these English, and their discipline,

|Were harbour'd in their rude circumference.

Then, tell us, shall your city call us lord, In that ...F.; we have challeng'd it? Or shall we give the signal to our o, And stalk in blood to our possession 1 Cit. In brief, we are the king of England's subjects; For him, and in his right, we hold this town. R. john. Acknowledge then the king, and let me in. 1 Cit. That can we not: but he that proves the

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To him will we prove loyal ; till that time,

have we ramm'd up our gates against the world. K. John. Doth not the crown of England prove

the king !

And, if not that, I o you witnesses,

Twice fisteenthousand hearts of England's breed,—
Bast. Bastards, and else. -
K. John. To verify our title with their lives.
K. Phi. As many, and as well-born bloods as

ose, Bast. Some bastards too. K. Phi. Stand in his sace, to contradict his claim. 1 Cit. Till you compound whose right is worthiest, We, for the worthiest, hold the right from both. R. John. Then God forgive the sin of all those souls, That to their everlasting residence, Before the dew of evening fall, shall fleet, in dreadful trial of our kingdom's o: K. Phi. Amen, Amen!—Mount, chevaliers! to arms : Bast. St. George,_that swing'd the dragon, and e'er since, Sits on his horseback at mine hostess' door, Teach us some fence!—Sirrah, were I at home, At your den, sirrah, [To Austria,] with your lioness, I'd set an ox head to your lion's hide, And make a monster of you. Peace; no more.

test. Bast. O, tremble; for you hear the lion roar. K. John. Up higher to the plain; where we'll set forth, In best appointment, all our regiments. Bast. Speed then, to take advantage of the field. K. Phi. It shall be so;-[To Lewis.] and at the other hill Command the rest to stand.—God, and our right! [Ereunt.

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K. John. France, hast thou yet more blood to cast away? Say, shall the current of our right run on ? Whose passage, vex'd with thy impediment, Shall leave his native channel, and o'er-swell With course disturb’d even thy confining shores; Unless thou let his silver water keep A peaceful |. ress to the ocean. I. Phi. England, thou hast not sav'd one drop of blood, In this hot trial, more than we of France; Rather, lost more: And by this hand I swear, That sways the earth this climate overlooks,— Before we will lay down our just-borne arms, We'll put thee down, 'gainst whom these arms we

ear Or add a royal number to the dead; Gracing the scroll, that tells of this war's loss, With slaughter coupled to the name of kings. Bast, Ha, majesty! how high thy glory towers, When the rich ...] of kings is set on fire : O, now doth death line his dead chaps with steel; The words of soilio rehis teeth, his fangs; And now he feasts, mouthing the flesh of men, In undetermin'd differences of kings.— Why stand these royal fronts amazed thus 1 Cry, havoc, kings' back to the stained field, You equal potents,” fiery-kindled spirits! Then let confusion of one part confirm The other's peace; till then, blows, blood, and death K. John. Whose party do the townsmen yet admit 7 K. Phi. Speak, citizens, for England; who's our king 7 1 Cit. The king of England, when we know the

king. K. Phi. Know him in us, that here hold up his

K. John. In us, that are our own great deputy,
And bear possession of our person here;
Lord of our presence, Angiers, and of you.
1 Cit. A greater power than we, denies all this;
And, till it be undoubted, we do lock
Qur former scruple in our strong-barr'd gates:
King'd of our fears; until our sears, resolv’d,
Be by some certain king purg’d and depos'd.
Båst. By o: these scroyles” of Angiers flout
you, s;
And stand secure } on their battlements,
As in a theatre, whence they gape and point
At your industrious scenes and acts of death.
Your royal presences be rul’d by me;
Do like the mutines" of Jerusalem.
Be friends a while, and both conjointly bend
Your sharpest deeds of malice on this town:
By east and west let France and England mount

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