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Put but a little water in a spoon,

Enter the BASTARD.
And it shall be as all the ocean,
Enough to stifle such a villain up.-

Bast. All Kent hath yielded ; nothing there

holds out, I do suspect thee very grievously. Hub. If I in act, consent, or sin of thought Like a kind host, the Dauphin and his powers:

But Dover castle : London hath receiv'd,
Which was embounded in this beauteous clay, To offer service to your enemy';
Be guilty of the stealing that sweet breath

Your nobles will not hear you, but are gone
Let hell want pains enough to torture me!
I left him well.

And wild amazement hurries up and down Bust. Go, bear him in thine arms.

The little number of your doubtful friends. I am amaz'd," methinks; and lose my way

K. John. Would not my lords return to me Among the thorns and dangers of this world. After they heard young Arthur was alive?

again, How easy dost thou take all England up! From forth this morsel of dead royalty,

Bast. They found him dead, and cast into

the streets; The life, the right, and truth of all this realm Is fled to heaven; and England now is left

An empty casket, where the jewel of life

By some damn'd hand was robb’d and ta'en To tug and scramble, and to part by the teeth

away. The unowedt interest of proud-swelling state. Now, for the bare-pick'd bone of majesty,

K. John. That villain Hubert told me, he did

live. Doth'dogged war bristle bis angry crest, And snarleth in the gentle eyes of peace :

Bast. So, on my soul, he did, for aught he Now powers from liome, and discontents at But wherefore do you droop? why look you

knew.

(sad ? home, Meet in one line; and vast confusion waits

Be great in act, as you have been in thought; (As doth a raven on a sick-fallen beast,)

Let not the world see fear, and sad distrust,

Govern the motion of a kingly eye: The imminent decay of wrested pomp. Now happy he, whose cloak and cincture can Threaten the threat'ner, and outface the brow

Be stirring as the time; be fire with fire; Hold out this tempest. Bear away that child, or bragging horror: so sball inferior eyes, And follow me with speed ; I'll to the king : A thousand businesses are brief in hand,

That borrow their behaviours from the great,

Grow great by your example, and put on And heaven itself doth frown upon the land.

The dauntless spirit of resolution. [Exeunt.

Away; and glister like the god of war,

When he intendeth to become the field:
ACT V.

Show boldness, and aspiring confidence. SCENE 1.-The same..--A Room in the Palace. What, shall they seek the lion in his den,

And fright him there? and make him tremble Enter King John, PANDULTH with the Crown, 0, let it not be said !-Forage, and run (there? and Attendants.

To meet displeasure further from the doors ; K. John. Thus have I yielded up into your

And grapple with him, ere he come so nigh.

K. John. The legate of the pope hath been hand The circle of my glory. Pand. Take again

And I have made a happy peace with him ; [Giring Join the Crown. Led by the Dauphin.

And he hath promis'd to dismiss the powers* From this my hand, as holding of the pope,

Bast. O inglorious league! Your sovereign greatness and authority. K. John. Now keep your holy word: go Send fair-play orders, and make compromise,

Shall we, upon the footing of our land, meet the French; And from his holiness use all your power

Insinuation, parley, and base truce, To stop their marches, 'fore we are intiam'd.

To arms invasive? shall a beardless boy, (ir discontented counties do revolt;

A cocker'dt silken wanton brave our fields,

And flesh his spirit in a warlike soil, Our people quarrel with obedience;.

Mocking the air with colours idly spread, Swearing allegiance, and the love of soul,

And find no check? Let us; my liege, to arms: To stranger blood, to foreign royalty.

Perchance, the cardinal cannot make your This inundation of mistemper'd humour

Or if he do, let it at least be said, Rests by you only to be qualified.

(peace ; Then pause not; for the present time's so sick, They saw we had a purpose of defence.

K. John. Have thou the ordering of this preThat present medicine must be minister's,

sent time. Or overthrow incurable ensues.

Bast. Away then, with good courage ; yet I Pand. It was my breath that blew this tem

know, pest up, Upon your stubborn usage of the pope :

Our party may well meet a prouder foe.

[Ereunt. But, since you are a gentle convertite, s My tongue shall husk again this storm of war, SCENE II.- Plain, near St. Edmund's-Bury. And make fair weather in your blustering land. On this Ascension-day, remember well, Enter, in arms, Lewis, SALISBURY, MELUN, Upon your oath of service to the pope,

PEMBROKE, Bigor, and Soldiers. Go I to make the French lay down iheir arms.

(Exit.

Lex. My lord Melun, let this be copied out, K. John. Is this Ascension-day? Did not And keep it safe for our remembrance ; the prophet

Return the precedent to these lords again; Say, that, before Ascension-day at noon,

That, having our fair order written down, My crown I should give off? Even so I have: Both they, and we, perusing o'er these notes, I did suppose, it should be on constraint; May know wherefore we took the sacrament, But, heaven be thank'a, it is but voluntary. And keep our faiths firm and inviolable. * Confounded. Unowned. + Girdle. Convert.

Forces.

+ Fondled.

with me,

Sal. Upon our sides it never shall be broken. Lew. Your grace shall pardon me, I will not And, noble Dauphin, albeit we swear

I am too high-born to be properties, [back; A voluntary zeal, and unurg'd faith,

To be a secondary at control, To your proceedings; yet, believe me, prince, Or useful serving-man, and instrument, I am not glad that such a sore of time To any sovereign state throughout the world. Should seek a plaster by contemn'd revolt, Your breath first kindled the dead coal of wars, And heal the inveterate canker of one wound, Between this chastis'd kingdom and myself, By making many: 0, it grieves my soul, And brought in matter that should feed this That I must draw this metal from my side

fire; To be a widow-maker; 0, and there,

And now 'tis far too huge to be blown out Where honourable rescue, and defence, With that same weak wind which enkindled it. Cries out upon the name of Salisbury: You taught me how to know the face of right, But such is the infection of the time,

Acquainted me with interest to this land, That, for the health and physic of our right, Yea, thrust this enterprize into my heart; We cannot deal but with the very hand And come you now to tell me, John hath made Of stern injustice and confused wrong:- His peace with Rome? What is that peace to And is't not pity, O my grieved friends! I, by the honour of my marriage-bed, [me? That we, the sons and children of this isle, After young Arthur, claim this land for mine; Were born to see so sad an hour as this ; And, now it is half-conquer'd, must I back, Wherein we step after a stranger march Because that John hath made his peace with Upon her gentle bosom, and fill up.

Rome?

[borne, Her enemies' ranks, (I must withdraw and Am I Rome's slave? What penny hath Romé Upon the spot of this enforced cause,) (weep What men provided, what munition sent, To grace the gentry of a land remote,

To underprop this action? is't not I, And follow unacquainted colours here? That undergo this charge? who else but I, What, here?-0 nation, that thou could'st re- And such as to my claim are liable, move!

Sweat in this business, and maintain this war That Neptune's arms, who clippeth* thee about, Have I not heard these islanders shout out, Would bear thee from the knowledge of thy Vive le roy! as I have bank'd their towns ? And grapple thee unto a pagan shore ; [self, Have I not here the best cards for the game, Where these two Christian armies might com- To'win this easy match play'd for a crown? The blood of malice in a vein of league, (bine And shall I now give o'er the yielded set? And not to spend it so unneighbourly! No, on my soul, it never shall be said.

Lew. A noble temper dost thou show in this; Pand. You look but on the outside of this And great affections, wrestling in thy bosom,

work. Do make an earthquake of nobility:

Lew. Outside or inside, I will not return 0, what a noble combat hast thou fonght, Till my attempt so much be glorified Between compulsion and a brave respect!t As to my ample hope was promised Let me wipe off this honourable dew,

Before I drew this gallant head of war, That silverly doth progress on thy cheeks; And cull'd these fiery spirits from the world, My heart hath melted at a lady's tears, To outlookt conquest, and to win renown Being an ordinary inundation;

Even in the jaws of danger and of death.But this effusion of such manly drops,

[Trumpet sounds.
This shower, blown up by tempest of the soul, What lusty trumpet thus doth summon us?
Startles mine eyes, and makes me more amaz’d
Than I had seen the vaulty top of heaven

Enter the BASTARD, attended.
Figur'd quite o'er with burping meteors.
Lift up thy brow, renowned Salisbury,

Bast. According to the fair play of the world, And with a great heart heave away this storm:

Let me bave audience; I am sent to speak : Commend these waters to those baby eyes,

My holy lord of Milan, from the king That never saw the giant world enrag'd;

I come, to learn how you have dealt for him ; Nor met with fortune other than at feasts,

And, as you answer, 1 do know the scope, Full warm of blood, of mirth, of gossiping.

And warrant limited unto my tongue. Come, come; for thou shalt thrust thy hand as

Pand. The Dauphin is too wilful-opposite, Into the purse of rich prosperity,,

[deep

And will not temporize with my entreaties; As Lewis himself:-50, nobles, shall you all,

He flatly says, he'll not lay down his arms. That knit your sinews to the strength of mine. The youth says well:-Now hear our English

Bast. By all the blood that everfury breath’d, Enter PANDULPH, attended.

For thus his royalty doth speak in me. (king;

He is prepar'd; and reason too, he should : And even there, methinks, an angel spake:

This apish and unmannerly approach, Look, where the holy legate comes apace,

This harness'd masque, and unadvised revel, To give us warrant from the hand of heaven; This unhair’d sauciness, and boyish troops; And on our actions set the name of right,

The king doth smile at; and is well prepar'd With holy breath.

To whip this dwarfish war, these pigmy arms, Pand. Hail, noble prince of France !

From out the circle of his territories, The next is this,-king John hath reconcil'd

That band, which had the strength, even at Himself to Rome; his spirit is come in,

your door, That so stood out against the holy church, To cudgel you, and make you take the hatch; The great metropolis and see of Rome: To dive, like buckets, in concealedą wells ; Therefore thy threat'ning colours now wind up, To crouch in litter of your stable planks ; And tame the savage spirit of wild war; To lie, like pawns, lock'd up in chests and That, like a lion foster'd up at hand,

trunks ; It may lie gently at the foot of peace,

To hug with swine; to seek sweet safety out And be no further harmful than in show. In vaults and prisons; and to thrill, and shake,

* Appropriated.

+ Face down. * Embraceth.

+ Love of country.
1 Leap over the latch.

$ Covered.

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Even at the crying of your nation's crow,* Weakness possesseth me, and I am faint.
Thinking his voice an armed
Englishman ;-

[Exeunt.
Shall that victorious hand be feebled here,
That in your chambers gave you chastisement? SCENE IV.-The same.—Another part of the
No: Know, the gallant monarch is in arms;
And like an eagle 'o'er his airy towers, Enter SALISBURY, PEMBROKE, Bigot, and
To souse annoyance that comes near his nest.-

others. And you degenerate, you ingrate revolts, Sal. I did not think the king so stor'd with You bloody Neros, ripping up the womb

friends. Of your dear mother England, blush for shame: Pem. Up once again; put spirit in the French; For your own ladies, and pale-visag‘d maids, If they miscarry, we miscarry too. Like Amazons,

come tripping after drums; Sal. That misbegotten devil, Faulconbridge, Their thimbles into armed gauntlets change, In spite of spite, alone upholds the day. Their neelds to lances, and their gentle hearts Pem. They say, king John, sore sick, bath To fierce and bloody inclination.

left the field. Lew. There end

thy brave, 5 and turn thy face in peace;

(well;

Enter Melun wounded, and led by Soldiers. We grant, thou canst outscold us: fare thee

Mel. Lead me to the revolts of England here. We hold our time too precious to be spent Sul. When we were happy, we had other With such a brabbler. Pand. Give me leave to speak.

Pem. It is the count Melun. Bast. No, I will speak.

Sal. Wounded to death. Lew. We will attend to neither :Strike up the drums; and let the tongue of war Unthread the rude eye of rebellion, sold;"

Mel. Fly, noble English, you are bought apd Plead for our interest, and our being here.

And welcome home again discarded faith. Bast. Indeed, your drums, being beaten, Seek out king Johp, and fall before his feet; will cry out;

For, if the French be lords of this loud day, And so shall you, being beaten: Do but start Het means to recompense the pains you take, An echo with the clamour of thy drum,

By cutting off your heads: Thus hath he sworn, And even at hand a drum is ready brac’d, And I with him, and many more with me, That shall reverberate all as loud as thine;

Upon the altar at Saint Edmund's-Bury; Sound but another, and another shall, As loud as thine, rattle the welkin's) ear,

Even on that altar, where we swore to you

Dear amity and everlasting love. And mock the deep-mouth'd thunder: for at Sal. May this be possible 2 may this be true ? hand

Mel. Have I not hideous death within my (Not trusting to this halting legate here, Retaining but a quantity of life; [view, Whom he hath us'd rather for sport than need,) Which bleeds away, even as a form of wax A bare-ribb'a death, whose office is this day To feast upon whole thousands of the

French. What in the world should make me now deLew. Strike up our drums, to find this dan- Since I must lose the use of all deceit? Bast. And thou shalt find it, Dauphin, do That I must die

here, and live hence by truth?

Why should I then be false; since it is true not doubt.

(Exeunt. I say again, if Lewis do win the day,

He is forsworn, if e'er those eyes of yours SCENE III.-The same.-4 Field of Battle. Behold another day break in the east : Alarums.--Enter King John and HUBERT. But even this night,-- whose black contagious

breath K. John. How goes the day with us? O, tell Already smokes about the burning crest me, Hubert.

Of the old, feeble, and day-wearied sun,Hub. Badly, I fear: How fares your ma- Even this ill night, your breathing shall expire; jesty ?

C Paying the fine of rated treachery, K. John. This fever, that hath troubled me Even with a treacherous fine of all your lives, di so long,

If Lewis by your assistance win the day. Lies heavy on me; 0, my heart is sick! Commend me to one Hubert, with your king; Enter a Messenger.

The

love of him, and this respect besides, Mess. My lord, your valiant kinsman, Faul-Awakes my conscience to confess all this. conbridge,

In lieug whereof, I pray you, bear me hence Desires your majesty to leave the field; From forth the noise and rumour of the field ; And send him word by me, which way you go. Where I may think the remnant of my thoughts K. John. Tell him, toward Swinstead, to the In peace, and part this body and my soul abbey there.

With contemplation and devout desires. Mess. Be of good comfort; for the great Sal. We do believe thee-And beshrew|| my supply,

But I do love the favour and the form [soul That was expected by the Dauphin here, Of this most fair occasion, by the which Are wreck'd three nights ago on Goodwin We will untread the steps of damned flight; sands.

toy [now: And, like a bated and retired flood, This news was brought to Richard but even Leaving our rankness and irregular course, The French fight coldly, and retire themselves. Stoop low within those bounds we have o'erk. John. Ah me! this tyrant fever burns And calmly run on in obedience, [look'd, me up,

Even to our ocean, to our great king John.And will not let me welcome this good news.- My arm shall give thee help to bear thee hence; Set on toward Swinstead: to my litter straight;

* A proverb intimating treachery. Lewis.ch • The crowing of a cock.

+ Nest.

In allusion to the images made by witches.
Needles.
Boast. | Sky.

Place,

|| In betide.

very heart!

SCENE VII.)

For I do see the cruel pangs of death! [flight; Hub. O, my sweet Sir, news fitting to the
Right* in thine eye.-Away, my friends! New night,
And happy newness,t that intends old right. Black, fearful, comfortless, and horrible.
[Exeunt, leading off MELUN. Bast. Show me the very wound of this ill
I am no woman, I'll not swoon at it.

[news; SCENE V.-The same.The French Camp. Hub. The king, I fear, is poison'd by a monk;

I left him almost speechless, and broke out
Enter Lewis and his Train.

To acquaint you with this evil: that you might Lew. The sun of heaven, methought, was The better arm you to the sudden time, loath to set ;

[blush, Than if you had at leisure known of this. But stay'd, and made the western welkini Bast. How did he take it? who did taste to Wben the English measur'd backward their

him ? own ground,

Hub. A monk, I tell you; a resolved villain, In faint retire: 0, bravely came we off, Whose bowels suddenly burst out: the king When with a volley of our needless shot,

Yet speaks, and, peradventure, may recover. After such bloody toil, we bid good night;

Bast. Who didst thou leave to tend his And wound our tatter'd colours clearly up,

majesty ? Last in the field, and almost lords of it!

Hub. Why, know you not ? the lards are all

come back, Enter « Messenger.

And brought prince Henry in their company;

At whose request the king hath pardon'd them, Mess. Where is my prince the Dauphin ?

And they are all about his majesty, Lew. Here :- What news ?

Bast. Withhold thine indignation, mighty Mess. The count Melun iş slain ; the Eng

heaven, lish lords,

And tempt us not to bear above our power! By his persuasion, are again fallen pff: [long, I'll tell thee, Hubert, half my power this And your supply, which you bave wish'd so

night, Are cast away, and sunk, on Goodwin sands. Passing these flats, are taken by the tide, Lew. Ah, foul shrewd news!-Beshrew thy These Lincoln washes have devoured them;

Myself, well-mounted, hardly have escap'

p'd. I did not think to be so sad to-night,

Away, before! conduct me to the king; As

this hath made me.-Who was he, that said, I doubt, he will be dead, or ere I come. King John did Hy, an hour or two before

(Exeunt. The stumbling night did part our weary powers ?

SCENE VII.-The Orchard of Suinstead Mess. Whoever spoke it, it is true, my lord.

Abbey, Lew. Well; keep good quarter, g and good Enter Prince Henry, SALISBURY, and Bigot.

care to-night; The day shall not be up so soon as I,

P. Hen. It is too late ; the life of all his To try the fair adventure of to-morrow.

blood
(Excunt. Is touch'd corruptibly į and his pure brain.

(Which some suppose the soul's trail dwellingSCENĘ VI.-An open Place in the Neighbour

house,) hood of Swinsteus-Abbey.

Doth, by the idle comments that it makes,

Foretell the ending of mortality, Enter the BASTARD and HUBERT, meeting.

Enter PEMBROKE. Hub, Who's there? speak, ho! speak quickly, Pem. His highness yet doth speak; and or I shoot.

holds belief, Bast. A friend :- What art thou ?

That, being brought into the open air, Hub. Of the part of England.

It would allay the burning quality Bast. Whither dost thou go?

Of that fell poison which assaileth him. Hub. What's that to thee? Why may not I P. Hen. Let him be brought into the orchard demand

here.Of thine affairs, as well as thou of mine?

Doth he still rage ?

[Exit Bigot. Bast. Hubert, I think.

Pem. He is more patient
Hub. Thou hast a perfect thought :

Than when you left him; even now he sung.
I will upon all hazards, well believe [well: P. Hen. / vanity of sickness! fierce ex-
Thou art my friend, that know'st my tongue so

tremes, Who art thou ?

In their continuance, will not feel themselves. Bast. Why thou wilt: an if thou please,

Death, having prey'd upon the outward parts, Thou niay'st befriend me so much, as to think Leaves them insensible; and his siege is now I come one way of the Plantagenets.

Against the 'mind, the which he pricks and Hub. Unkind remembrance ! thon, and eye

wounds less night,

[me, With many legions of strange fantasies; [hold, Have done me shame:--Brave soldier, pardon Which, in their throng and press to that last That any accent, breaking from thy tongue, Confound themselves. "'Tis strange, that death Should ''scape the true acquaintance of mine

should sing:

I am the cygnet to this pale faint swan, Bast. Come, come; sans|| compliment, what Who chants a doleful hymn to his own death; news abroad?

And, from the organ-pipe of frailty, sings Hub. Why, here walk 1, in the black brow His soul and body to their lasting rest. of night,

Sal. Be of good comfort, prince ; for you are To find you out.

born
Bast. Brief, then; and what's the news? To set a form upon that indigest

Which he hath left so shapeless and so rude.
Immediate. + Innovation. Sky.
In your posts or stations.
U Without

* Forccs.

ear.

as we:

Re-enter Bigor and Attendants, who bring in When this was now a king, and now is clay! King John in a Cháir.

Bast. Art thou gone so? I do but stay be

To do the office for thee of revenge; K. John. Ay, marry, now my soul hath el. And then my soul shall wait on thee to

(hind, bow-room;

heaven, It would not out at windows, nor at doors.

As it on earth hath been thy servant still.There is so hot a summer in my bosom, Now, now, you stars, that move in your right That all my bowels crumble up to dust :

spheres, I am a scribbled form, drawn with a pen Where be your powers ? Show now your Upon a parchment; and against this fire

mended faiths ; Do I shrink up.

And instantly return with me again, P. Hen. How fares your majesty ? K.John. Poison'd,-ill-fare;-dead, forsook, Out of the weak-dour of our fainting land!

To push destruction, and perpetual shame, cast off:

Straight let us seek, or straight we shall be And none of you will bid the winter come,

sought; To thrust his icy fingers in my maw;.

The Dauphin rages at our very heels. Nor let my kingdom's rivers take their course

Sal. It seems, you know not then so much Through my buru'd bosom ; nor entreat the

north To make his bleak winds kiss my parched lips, Who half an hour since came from the Dau

The cardinal Pandulph is within at rest, And comfort me with cold :- I do not ask you

phin; much,

And brings from him such offers of our peace I beg cold comfort; and you are so strait, As we with honour and respect may take, And so ingrateful, you deny me that.

With purpose presently to leave this war. P. Hen. 0, that there were some virtue in Bust. He will the rather do it, when he sees my tears,

Ourselves well sinewed to our defence. That might relieve you!

Sal. Nay, it is in a manner done already; K. John. The salt in them is hot.

For many carriages he hath despatch'd Within me is a hell; and there the poison

To the seaside, and put his cause and quarrel Is, as a fiend, confin’d to tyrannize

To the disposing of the cardinal: On unreprievable condemned blood.

With whom yourself, myself, and other lords,

If you think meet, this afternoon will post Enter the BASTARD.

To consummate this business happily. Bast. (), I am scalded with my violent mo

Bast. Let it be so ;-And you, my noble And spleen of speed to see your majesty. [tion, with other princes that may best be spar’d,

prince, K. John. 0 cousin, thou art come to set mine eye:

Shall wait upon your father's funeral. The tackle of my heart is crack'd add burn'd;

P. Hen. At Worcester must his body be in.

(terr'd; And all the shrouds, wherewith my life should For so he will'd it. sail,

Bast. Thither shall it then, Are turned to one thread, one little hair :

And happily may your sweet self put on

The lineal state and glory of the land!
My heart hath one poor string to stay it by,
Which holds but till thy news be uttered;

To whom, with all submission, on my knee, And then all this thou see'st, is but a clod,

I do bequeath my faithful services And modulet of confounded royalty.

And true subjection everlastingly. Bast. The Dauphin is preparing hitherward; To rest without a spot for evermore.

Sul. And the like tender of our love we Where, heaven he knows, how we shall answer

(make, him:

P. Hen. I have a kind soul, that would give For, in a night, the best part of my power,

you thanks, As I upon advantage did remove,

And knows not how to do it, but with tears. Were in the washes, all unwarily,

Bast. 0, let us pay the time but needful

woe, Devoured by the unexpected flood.

[The King dies. Since it bath been beforehand with our griess.Sal. You breathe these dead news in as dead This England never did, (nor never shall,)

(thus.

Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror,. My liege! my lord !—But now a king, -now But when it first did help to wound'itself. P. Hen. Even so must I run on, and even so

Now these her princes are come home again, stop.

[stay,

Come the three corners of the world in arms, What surely of the world, what hope, what And we shall shock them: Nought shall make

us rue, * Narrow, avaricious.

+ Model

If England to itself do rest but true. (Exeunt.

an ear.

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