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  • Title: King John (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editor: Michael Best
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-410-3

    Copyright Michael Best. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Michael Best
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    King John (Folio 1, 1623)

    Scæna Secunda.
    Enter before Angiers, Philip King of France, Lewis, Daul-
    phin, Austria, Constance, Arthur.
    Lewis. Before Angiers well met braue Austria,
    295Arthur that great fore-runner of thy bloud,
    Richard that rob'd the Lion of his heart,
    And fought the holy Warres in Palestine,
    By this braue Duke came early to his graue:
    And for amends to his posteritie,
    300At our importance hether is he come,
    To spread his colours boy, in thy behalfe,
    And to rebuke the vsurpation
    Of thy vnnaturall Vncle, English Iohn,
    Embrace him, loue him, giue him welcome hether.
    305Arth. God shall forgiue you Cordelions death
    The rather, that you giue his off-spring life,
    Shadowing their right vnder your wings of warre:
    I giue you welcome with a powerlesse hand,
    But with a heart full of vnstained loue,
    310Welcome before the gates of Angiers Duke.
    Lewis. A noble boy, who would not doe thee right?
    Aust. Vpon thy cheeke lay I this zelous kisse,
    As seale to this indenture of my loue:
    That to my home I will no more returne
    315Till Angiers, and the right thou hast in France,
    Together with that pale, that white-fac'd shore,
    Whose foot spurnes backe the Oceans roaring tides,
    And coopes from other lands her Ilanders,
    Euen till that England hedg'd in with the maine,
    320That Water-walled Bulwarke, still secure
    And confident from forreine purposes,
    Euen till that vtmost corner of the West
    Salute thee for her King, till then faire boy
    Will I not thinke of home, but follow Armes.
    325Const. O take his mothers thanks, a widdows thanks,
    Till your strong hand shall helpe to giue him strength,
    To make a more requitaIl to your loue.
    Aust. The peace of heauen is theirs yt lift their swords
    In such a iust and charitable warre.
    330King. Well, then to worke our Cannon shall be bent
    Against the browes of this resisting towne,
    Call for our cheefest men of discipline,
    To cull the plots of best aduantages:
    Wee'll lay before this towne our Royal bones,
    335Wade to the market-place in French-mens bloud,
    But we will make it subiect to this boy.
    Con. Stay for an answer to your Embassie,
    Lest vnaduis'd you staine your swords with bloud,
    My Lord Chattilion may from England bring
    340That right in peace which heere we vrge in warre,
    And then we shall repent each drop of bloud,
    That hot rash haste so indirectly shedde.
    Enter Chattilion.
    King. A wonder Lady: lo vpon thy wish
    345Our Messenger Chattilion is arriu'd,
    What England saies, say breefely gentle Lord,
    We coldly pause for thee, Chatilion speake,
    Chat. Then turne your forces from this paltry siege,
    And stirre them vp against a mightier taske:
    350England impatient of your iust demands,
    Hath put himselfe in Armes, the aduerse windes
    Whose leisure I haue staid, haue giuen him time
    To land his Legions all as soone as I:
    His marches are expedient to this towne,
    355His forces strong, his Souldiers confident:
    With him along is come the Mother Queene,
    An Ace stirring him to bloud and strife,
    With her her Neece, the Lady Blanch of Spaine,
    With them a Bastard of the Kings deceast,
    360And all th'vnsetled humors of the Land,
    Rash, inconsiderate, fiery voluntaries,
    With Ladies faces, and fierce Dragons spleenes,
    Haue sold their fortunes at their natiue homes,
    Bearing their birth-rights proudly on their backs,
    365To make a hazard of new fortunes heere:
    In briefe, a brauer choyse of dauntlesse spirits
    Then now the English bottomes haue waft o're,
    Did neuer flote vpon the swelling tide,
    To doe offence and scathe in Christendome:
    370The interruption of their churlish drums
    Cuts off more circumstance, they are at hand,
    Drum beats.
    To parlie or to fight, therefore prepare.
    Kin. How much vnlook'd for, is this expedition.
    375Aust. By how much vnexpected, by so much
    We must awake indeuor for defence,
    For courage mounteth with occasion,
    Let them be welcome then, we are prepar'd.
    Enter K. of England, Bastard, Queene, Blanch, Pembroke,
    380 and others.
    K. Iohn. Peace be to France: If France in peace permit
    Our iust and lineall entrance to our owne;
    If not, bleede France, and peace ascend to heauen.
    Whiles we Gods wrathfull agent doe correct
    385Their proud contempt that beats his peace to heauen.
    Fran. Peace be to England, if that warre returne
    From France to England, there to liue in peace:
    England we loue, and for that Englands sake,
    With burden of our armor heere we sweat:
    390This toyle of ours should be a worke of thine;
    But thou from louing England art so farre,
    That thou hast vnder-wrought his lawfull King,
    Cut off the sequence of posterity,
    Out-faced Infant State, and done a rape
    395Vpon the maiden vertue of the Crowne:
    Looke heere vpon thy brother Geffreyes face,
    These eyes, these browes, were moulded out of his;
    This little abstract doth containe that large,
    Which died in Geffrey: and the hand of time,
    400Shall draw this breefe into as huge a volume:
    That Geffrey was thy elder brother borne,
    And this his sonne, England was Geffreys right,
    And this is Geffreyes in the name of God:
    How comes it then that thou art call'd a King,
    405When liuing blood doth in these temples beat
    Which owe the crowne, that thou ore-masterest?
    K. Iohn. From whom hast thou this great commission (France,
    To draw my answer from thy Articles?
    Fra. Frō that supernal Iudge that stirs good thoughts
    410In any beast of strong authoritie,
    To looke into the blots and staines of right,
    That Iudge hath made me guardian to this boy,
    Vnder whose warrant I impeach thy wrong,
    And by whose helpe I meane to chastise it.
    415K. Iohn. Alack thou dost vsurpe authoritie.
    Fran. Excuse it is to beat vsurping downe.
    Queen. Who is it thou dost call vsurper France?
    Const. Let me make answer: thy vsurping sonne.
    Queen. Out insolent, thy bastard shall be King,
    420That thou maist be a Queen, and checke the world.
    Con. My bed was euer to thy sonne as true
    As thine was to thy husband, and this boy
    Liker in feature to his father Geffrey
    Then thou and Iohn, in manners being as like,
    425As raine to water, or deuill to his damme;
    My boy a bastard? by my soule I thinke
    His father neuer was so true begot,
    It cannot be, and if thou wert his mother.
    Queen. Theres a good mother boy, that blots thy fa-(ther
    430Const. There's a good grandame boy
    That would blot thee.
    Aust. Peace.
    Bast. Heare the Cryer.
    Aust. What the deuill art thou?
    435Bast. One that wil play the deuill sir with you,
    And a may catch your hide and yon alone:
    You are the Hare of whom the Prouerb goes
    Whose valour plucks dead Lyons by the beard;
    Ile smoake your skin-coat and I catch you right,
    440Sirra looke too't, y faith I will, y faith.
    Blan. O well did he become that Lyons robe,
    That did disrobe the Lion of that robe.
    Bast. It lies as sightly on the backe of him
    As great Alcides shooes vpon an Asse:
    445But Asse, Ile take that burthen from your backe,
    Or lay on that shall make your shoulders cracke.
    Aust. What cracker is this same that deafes our eares
    With this abundance of superfluous breath?
    King Lewis, determine what we shall doe strait.
    450Lew. Women & fooles, breake off your conference.
    King Iohn, this is the very summe of all:
    England and Ireland, Angiers, Toraine, Maine,
    In right of Arthur doe I claime of thee:
    Wilt thou resigne them, and lay downe thy Armes?
    455Iohn. My life as soone: I doe defie thee France,
    Arthur of Britaine, yeeld thee to my hand,
    And out of my deere loue Ile giue thee more,
    Then ere the coward hand of France can win;
    Submit thee boy.
    460Queen. Come to thy grandame child.
    Cons. Doe childe, goe to yt grandame childe,
    Giue grandame kingdome, and it grandame will
    Giue yt a plum, a cherry, and a figge,
    There's a good grandame.
    465Arthur. Good my mother peace,
    I would that I were low laid in my graue,
    I am not worth this coyle that's made for me.
    Qu. Mo. His mother shames him so, poore boy hee (weepes.
    Con. Now shame vpon you where she does or no,
    470His grandames wrongs, and not his mothers shames
    Drawes those heauen-mouing pearles frō his poor eies,
    Which heauen shall take in nature of a fee:
    I, with these Christall beads heauen shall be brib'd
    To doe him Iustice, and reuenge on you.
    475Qu. Thou monstrous slanderer of heauen and earth.
    Con. Thou monstrous Iniurer of heauen and earth,
    Call not me slanderer, thou and thine vsurpe
    The Dominations, Royalties, and rights
    Of this oppressed boy; this is thy eldest sonnes sonne,
    480Infortunate in nothing but in thee:
    Thy sinnes are visited in this poore childe,
    The Canon of the Law is laide on him,
    Being but the second generation
    Remoued from thy sinne-conceiuing wombe.
    485Iohn. Bedlam haue done.
    Con. I haue but this to say,
    That he is not onely plagued for her sin,
    But God hath made her sinne and her, the plague
    On this remoued issue, plagued for her,
    490And with her plague her sinne: his iniury
    Her iniurie the Beadle to her sinne,
    All punish'd in the person of this childe,
    And all for her, a plague vpon her.
    Que. Thou vnaduised scold, I can produce
    495A Will, that barres the title of thy sonne.
    Con. I who doubts that, a Will: a wicked will,
    A womans will, a cankred Grandams will.
    Fra. Peace Lady, pause, or be more temperate,
    It ill beseemes this presence to cry ayme
    500To these ill-tuned repetitions:
    Some Trumpet summon hither to the walles
    These men of Angiers, let vs heare them speake,
    Whose title they admit, Arthurs or Iohns.
    Trumpet sounds.
    505Enter a Citizen vpon the walles.
    Cit. Who is it that hath warn'd vs to the walles?
    Fra. 'Tis France, for England.
    Iohn. England for it selfe:
    You men of Angiers, and my louing subiects.
    510Fra. You louing men of Angiers, Arthurs subiects,
    Our Trumpet call'd you to this gentle parle.
    Iohn. For our aduantage, therefore heare vs first:
    These flagges of France that are aduanced heere
    Before the eye and prospect of your Towne,
    515Haue hither march'd to your endamagement.
    The Canons haue their bowels full of wrath,
    And ready mounted are they to spit forth
    Their Iron indignation 'gainst your walles:
    All preparation for a bloody siedge
    520And merciles proceeding, by these French.
    Comfort yours Citties eies, your winking gates:
    And but for our approch, those sleeping stones,
    That as a waste doth girdle you about
    By the compulsion of their Ordinance,
    525By this time from their fixed beds of lime
    Had bin dishabited, and wide hauocke made
    For bloody power to rush vppon your peace.
    But on the sight of vs your lawfull King,
    Who painefully with much expedient march
    530Haue brought a counter-checke before your gates,
    To saue vnscratch'd your Citties threatned cheekes:
    Behold the French amaz'd vouchsafe a parle,
    And now insteed of bulletts wrapt in fire
    To make a shaking feuer in your walles,
    535They shoote but calme words, folded vp in smoake,
    To make a faithlesse errour in your eares,
    Which trust accordingly kinde Cittizens,
    And let vs in. Your King, whose labour'd spirits
    Fore-wearied in this action of swift speede,
    540Craues harbourage within your Citie walIes.
    France. When I haue saide, make answer to vs both.
    Loe in this right hand, whose protection
    Is most diuinely vow'd vpon the right
    Of him it holds, stands yong Plantagenet,
    545Sonne to the elder brother of this man,
    And King ore him, and all that he enioyes:
    For this downe-troden equity, we tread
    In warlike march, these greenes before your Towne,
    Being no further enemy to you
    550Then the constraint of hospitable zeale,
    In the releefe of this oppressed childe,
    Religiously prouokes. Be pleased then
    To pay that dutie which you truly owe,
    To him that owes it, namely, this yong Prince,
    555And then our Armes, like to a muzled Beare,
    Saue in aspect, hath all offence seal'd vp:
    Our Cannons malice vainly shall be spent
    Against th' involuerable clouds of heauen,
    And with a blessed and vn-vext retyre,
    560With vnhack'd swords, and Helmets all vnbruis'd,
    We will beare home that lustie blood againe,
    Which heere we came to spout against your Towne,
    And leaue your children, wiues, and you in peace.
    But if you fondly passe our proffer'd offer,
    565'Tis not the rounder of your old-fac'd walles,
    Can hide you from our messengers of Warre,
    Though all these English, and their discipline
    Were harbour'd in their rude circumference:
    Then tell vs, Shall your Citie call vs Lord,
    570In that behalfe which we haue challeng'd it?
    Or shall we giue the signall to our rage,
    And stalke in blood to our possession?
    Cit. In breefe, we are the King of Englands subiects
    For him, and in his right, we hold this Towne.
    575Iohn. Acknowledge then the King, and let me in.
    Cit. That can we not: but he that proues the King
    To him will we proue loyall, till that time
    Haue we ramm'd vp our gates against the world.
    Iohn. Doth not the Crowne of England, prooue the
    580 King?
    And if not that, I bring you Witnesses
    Twice fifteene thousand hearts of Englands breed.
    Bast. Bastards and else.
    Iohn. To verifie our title with their liues.
    585Fran. As many and as well-borne bloods as those.
    Bast. Some Bastards too.
    Fran. Stand in his face to contradict his claime.
    Cit. Till you compound whose right is worthiest,
    We for the worthiest hold the right from both.
    590Iohn. Then God forgiue the sinne of all those soules,
    That to their euerlasting residence,
    Before the dew of euening fall, shall fleete
    In dreadfull triall of our kingdomes King.
    Fran. Amen, Amen, mount Cheualiers to Armes.
    595Bast. Saint George that swindg'd the Dragon,
    And ere since sit's on's horsebacke at mine Hostesse dore
    Teach vs some fence. Sirrah, were I at home
    At your den sirrah, with your Lionnesse,
    I would set an Oxe-head to your Lyons hide :
    600And make a monster of you.
    Aust. Peace, no more.
    Bast. O tremble : for you heare the Lyon rore.
    Iohn. Vp higher to the plaine, where we'l set forth
    In best appointment all our Regiments.
    605Bast . Speed then to take aduantage of the field.
    Fra. It shall be so, and at the other hill
    Command the rest to stand, God and our right. Exeunt
    Heere after excursions, Enter the Herald of France
    with Trumpets to the gates.
    610F. Her. You men of Angiers open wide your gates,
    And let yong Arthur Duke of Britaine in,
    Who by the hand of France, this day hath made
    Much worke for teares in many an English mother,
    Whose sonnes lye scattered on the bleeding ground:
    615Many a widdowes husband groueling lies,
    Coldly embracing the discoloured earrh,
    And victorie with little losse doth play
    Vpon the dancing banners of the French,
    Who are at hand triumphantly displayed
    620To enter Conquerors, and to proclaime
    Arthur of Britaine, Englands King, and yours.
    Enter English Herald with Trumpet.
    E. Har. Reioyce you men of Angiers, ring your bels,
    King Iohn, your king and Englands, doth approach,
    625Commander of this hot malicious day,
    Their Armours that march'd hence so siluer bright,
    Hither returne all gilt with Frenchmens blood:
    There stucke no plume in any English Crest,
    That is remoued by a staffe of France.
    630Our colours do returne in those same hands
    That did display them when we first marcht forth:
    And like a iolly troope of Huntsmen come
    Our lustie English, all with purpled hands,
    Dide in the dying slaughter of their foes,
    635Open your gates, and giue the Victors way.
    Hubert. Heralds, from off our towres we might behold
    From first to last, the on-set and retyre
    Of both yonr Armies, whose equality
    By our best eyes cannot be censured:
    640Blood hath bought blood, and blowes haue answerd (blowes:
    Strength matcht with strength, and power confronted
    Both are alike, and both alike we like:
    One must proue greatest. While they weigh so euen,
    645We hold our Towne for neither: yet for both.
    Enter the two Kings with their powers,
    at seuerall doores.
    Iohn. France, hast thou yet more blood to cast away?
    Say, shall the currant of our right rome on,
    650Whose passage vext with thy impediment,
    Shall leaue his natiue channell, and ore-swell
    With course disturb'd euen thy confining shores,
    Vnlesse thou let his siluer Water, keepe
    A peacefull progresse to the Ocean.
    655Fra. England thou hast not sau'd one drop of blood
    In this hot triall more then we of France,
    Rather lost more. And by this hand I sweare
    That swayes the earth this Climate ouer-lookes,
    Before we will lay downe our iust-borne Armes,
    660Wee'l put thee downe, 'gainst whom these Armes wee (beare,
    Or adde a royall number to the dead:
    Gracing the scroule that tels of this warres losse,
    With slaughter coupled to the name of kings.
    Bast. Ha Maiesty: how high thy glory towres,
    665When the rich blood of kings is set on fire:
    Oh now doth death line his dead chaps with steele,
    The swords of souldiers are his teeth, his phangs,
    And now he feasts, mousing the flesh of men
    In vndetermin'd differences of kings.
    670Why stand these royall fronts amazed thus:
    Cry hauocke kings, backe to the stained field
    You equall Potents, fierie kindled spirits,
    Then let confusion of one part confirm
    The others peace: till then, blowes, blood, and death.
    675Iohn. Whose party do the Townesmen yet admit?
    Fra. Speake Citizens for England, whose your king.
    Hub. The king of England, when we know the king.
    Fra. Know him in vs, that heere hold vp his right.
    Iohn. In Vs, that are our owne great Deputie,
    680And beare possession of our Person heere,
    Lord of our presence Angiers, and of you.
    Fra. A greater powre then We denies all this,
    And till it be vndoubted, we do locke
    Our former scruple in our strong barr'd gates:
    685Kings of our feare, vntill our feares resolu'd
    Be by some certaine king, purg'd and depos'd.
    Bast. By heauen, these scroyles of Angiers flout you (kings,
    And stand securely on their battelments,
    As in a Theater, whence they gape and point
    690At your industrious Scenes and acts of death.
    Your Royall presences be rul'd by mee,
    Do like the Mutines of Ierusalem,
    Be friends a-while, and both conioyntly bend
    Your sharpest Deeds of malice on this Towne.
    695By East and West let France and England mount
    Their battering Canon charged to the mouthes,
    Till their soule-fearing clamours haue braul'd downe
    The flintie ribbes of this contemptuous Citie,
    I'de play incessantly vpon these Iades,
    700Euen till vnfenced desolation
    Leaue them as naked as the vulgar ayre:
    That done, disseuer your vnited strengths,
    And part your mingled colours once againe,
    Turne face to face, and bloody point to point:
    705Then in a moment Fortune shall cull forth
    Out of one side her happy Minion,
    To whom in fauour she shall giue the day,
    And kisse him with a glorious victory:
    How like you this wilde counsell mighty States,
    710Smackes it not something of the policie.
    Iohn. Now by the sky that hangs aboue our heads,
    I like it well. France, shall we knit our powres,
    And lay this Angiers euen with the ground,
    Then after fight who shall be king of it?
    715Bast. And if thou hast the mettle of a king,
    Being wrong'd as we are by this peeuish Towne:
    Turne thou the mouth of thy Artillerie,
    As we will ours, against these sawcie walles,
    And when that we haue dash'd them to the ground,
    720Why then defie each other, and pell-mell,
    Make worke vpon our selues, for heauen or hell.
    Fra. Let it be so: say, where will you assault?
    Iohn. We from the West will send destruction
    Into this Cities bosome.
    725Aust. I from the North.
    Fran. Our Thunder from the South,
    Shall raine their drift of bullets on this Towne.
    Bast. O prudent discipline! From North to South:
    Austria and France shoot in each others mouth.
    730Ile stirre them to it: Come, away, away.
    Hub. Heare vs great kings, vouchsafe awhile to stay
    And I shall shew you peace, and faire-fac'd league:
    Win you this Citie without stroke, or wound,
    Rescue those breathing liues to dye in beds,
    735That heere come sacrifices for the field.
    Perseuer not, but heare me mighty kings.
    Iohn. Speake on with fauour, we are bent to heare.
    Hub. That daughter there of Spaine, the Lady Blanch
    Is neere to England, looke vpon the yeeres
    740Of Lewes the Dolphin, and that louely maid.
    If lustie loue should go in quest of beautie,
    Where should he finde it fairer, then in Blanch:
    If zealous loue should go in search of vertue,
    Where should he finde it purer then in Blanch?
    745If loue ambitious, sought a match of birth,
    Whose veines bound richer blood then Lady Blanch?
    Such as she is, in beautie, vertue, birth,
    Is the yong Dolphin euery way compleat,
    If not compleat of, say he is not shee,
    750And she againe wants nothing, to name want,
    If want it be not, that she is not hee:
    He is the halfe part of a blessed man,
    Left to be finished by such as shee,
    And she a faire diuided excellence,
    755Whose fulnesse of perfection lyes in him.
    O two such siluer currents when they ioyne
    Do glorifie the bankes that bound them in:
    And two such shores, to two such streames made one,
    Two such controlling bounds shall you be, kings,
    760To these two Princes, if you marrie them:
    This Vnion shall do more then batterie can
    To our fast closed gates: for at this match,
    With swifter spleene then powder can enforce
    The mouth of passage shall we fling wide ope,
    765And giue you entrance: but without this match,
    The sea enraged is not halfe so deafe,
    Lyons more confident, Mountaines and rockes
    More free from motion, no not death himselfe
    In mortall furie halfe so peremptorie,
    770As we to keepe this Citie.
    Bast. Heeres a stay,
    That shakes the rotten carkasse of old death
    Out of his ragges. Here's a large mouth indeede,
    That spits forth death, and mountaines, rockes, and seas,
    775Talkes as familiarly of roaring Lyons,
    As maids of thirteene do of puppi-dogges.
    What Cannoneere begot this lustie blood,
    He speakes plaine Cannon fire, and smoake, and bounce,
    He giues the bastinado with his tongue:
    780Our eares are cudgel'd, not a word of his
    But buffets better then a fist of France:
    Zounds, I was neuer so bethumpt with words,
    Since I first cal'd my brothers father Dad.
    Old Qu. Son, list to this coniunction, make this match
    785Giue with our Neece a dowrie large enough,
    For by this knot, thou shalt so surely tye
    Thy now vnsurd assurance to the Crowne,
    That yon greene boy shall haue no Sunne to ripe
    The bloome that promiseth a mightie fruite.
    790I see a yeelding in the lookes of France:
    Marke how they whisper, vrge them while their soules
    Are capeable of this ambition,
    Least zeale now melted by the windie breath
    Of soft petitions, pittie and remorse,
    795Coole and congeale againe to what it was.
    Hub. Why answer not the double Maiesties,
    This friendly treatie of our threatned Towne.
    Fra. Speake England sirst, that hath bin forward first
    To speake vnto this Cittie: what say you?
    800Iohn. If that the Dolphin there thy Princely sonne,
    Can in this booke of beautie read, I loue:
    Her Dowrie shall weigh equall with a Queene:
    For Angiers, and faire Toraine Maine, Poyctiers,
    And all that we vpon this side the Sea,
    805(Except this Cittie now by vs besiedg'd)
    Finde liable to our Crowne and Dignitie,
    Shall gild her bridall bed and make her rich
    In titles, honors, and promotions,
    As she in beautie, education, blood,
    810Holdes hand with any Princesse of the world.
    Fra. What sai'st thou boy? looke in the Ladies face.
    Dol. I do my Lord, and in her eie I find
    A wonder, or a wondrous miracle,
    The shadow of my selfe form'd in her eye,
    815Which being but the shadow of your sonne,
    Becomes a sonne and makes your sonne a shadow:
    I do protest I neuer lou'd my selfe
    Till now, infixed I beheld my selfe,
    Drawne in the flattering table of her eie.
    820 Whispers with Blanch.
    Bast. Drawne in the flattering table of her eie,
    Hang'd in the frowning wrinkle of her brow,
    And quarter'd in her heart, hee doth espie
    Himselfe loues traytor, this is pittie now;
    825That hang'd, and drawne, and quarter'd there should be
    In such a loue, so vile a Lout as he.
    Blan. My vnckles will in this respect is mine,
    If he see ought in you that makes him like,
    That any thing he see's which moues his liking,
    830I can with ease translate it to my will:
    Or if you will, to speake more properly,
    I will enforce it easlie to my loue.
    Further I will not flatter you, my Lord,
    That all I see in you is worthie loue,
    835Then this, that nothing do I see in you,
    Though churlish thoughts themselues should bee your
    That I can finde, should merit any hate.
    Iohn. What saie these yong-ones? What say you my
    Blan. That she is bound in honor still to do
    What you in wisedome still vouchsafe to say.
    Iohn. Speake then Prince Dolphin, can you loue this
    845Dol. Nay aske me if I can refraine from loue,
    For I doe loue her most vnfainedly.
    Iohn. Then I doe giue Volquessen, Toraine, Maine,
    Poyctiers and Aniow, these fiue Prouinces
    With her to thee, and this addition more,
    850Full thirty thousand Markes of English coyne:
    Phillip of France, if thou be pleas'd withall,
    Command thy sonne and daughtet to ioyne hands.
    Fra. It likes vs well young Princes: close your hands
    Aust. And your lippes too, for I am well assur'd,
    855That I did so when I was first assur'd.
    Fra. Now Cittizens of Angires ope your gates,
    Let in that amitie which you haue made,
    For at Saint Maries Chappell presently,
    The rights of marriage shall be solemniz'd.
    860Is not the Ladie Constance in this troope?
    I know she is not for this match made vp,
    Her presence would haue interrupted much.
    Where is she and her sonne, tell me, who knowes?
    Dol. She is sad and passionate at your highnes Tent.
    865Fra. And by my faith, this league that we haue made
    Will giue her sadnesse very little cure :
    Brother of England, how may we content
    This widdow Lady? In her right we came,
    Which we God knowes, haue turnd another way,
    870To our owne vantage.
    Iohn. We will heale vp all,
    For wee'l create yong Arthur Duke of Britaine
    And Earle of Richmond, and this rich faire Towne
    We make him Lord of. Call the Lady Constance,
    875Some speedy Messenger bid her repaire
    To our solemnity: I trust we shall,
    (If not fill vp the measure of her will)
    Yet in some measure satisfie her so,
    That we shall stop her exclamation,
    880Go we as well as hast will suffer vs,
    To this vnlook'd for vnprepared pompe. Exeunt.
    Bast. Mad world, mad kings, mad composition:
    Iohn to stop Arthurs Title in the whole,
    Hath willingly departed with a part,
    885And France, whose armour Conscience buckled on,
    Whom zeale and charitie brought to the field,
    As Gods owne souldier, rounded in the eare,
    With that same purpose-changer, that slye diuel,
    That Broker, that still breakes the pate of faith,
    890That dayly breake-vow, he that winnes of all,
    Of kings, of beggers, old men, yong men, maids,
    Who hauing no externall thing to loose,
    But the word Maid, cheats the poore Maide of that.
    That smooth-fac'd Gentleman, tickling commoditie,
    895Commoditie, the byas of the world,
    The world, who of it selfe is peysed well,
    Made to run euen, vpon euen ground;
    Till this aduantage, this vile drawing byas,
    This sway of motion, this commoditie,
    900Makes it take head from all indifferency,
    From all direction, purpose, course, intent.
    And this same byas, this Commoditie,
    This Bawd, this Broker, this all-changing-word,
    Clap'd on the outward eye of fickle France,
    905Hath drawne him from his owne determin'd ayd,
    From a resolu'd and honourable warre,
    To a most base and vile-concluded peace.
    And why rayle I on this Commoditie?
    But for because he hath not wooed me yet:
    910Not that I haue the power to clutch my hand,
    When his faire Angels would salute my palme,
    But for my hand, as vnattempted yet,
    Like a poore begger, raileth on the rich.
    Well, whiles I am a begger, I will raile,
    915And say there is no sin but to be rich:
    And being rich, my vertue then shall be,
    To say there is no vice, but beggerie:
    Since Kings breake faith vpon commoditie,
    Gaine be my Lord, for I will worship thee. Exit.