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The cànon of the law is laid on him,
K. John. Bedlam, have done.
Const. I have but this to sayThat he's not only plagued for her sin, But God hath made her sin and her the plague 190 On this removed issue, plagu'd for her, And with her.- Plague her son; his injury, Her injury, the beadle to her sins, All punish'd in the 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 cankred grandam's will !
K. Phil. Peace, lady; pause, or be more temperate : 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.
Enter Citizens upon the Walls. 1 Cit. Who is it, that hath warn'd us to the walls? K. Phil. 'Tis France, for England.
K. John. England, for itself:
K. Phil. You loving men of Angiers, Arthur's sub
And let us in, your king; whose labour'd spirits,
240 K. Phil. When I have said, make answer to us
both. Lo, in this right hand, whose protection Is most ly 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 tread In warlike march these greens before your town ; Being no further enemy to you, Than the constraint of hospitable 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 aspect, have all offence seal’d up; Our cannons' malice vainly 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,
261 Which here we came to 'spout against your town, And leave your children, wives, and you, in peace.
But if you fondly pass our proffer'd offer, * 'Tis not the roundure of your old fac'd walls Can hide you from our messengers of war;
Though all these English, and their discipline,
Cit. In brief, we are the king of England's subjects;
K. John. Acknowledge then the king, and let me
Cit. That can we not: but he that proves the king,
K. John. Doth not the crown of England prove the
And, if t that, I bring you witnesses, 280
Faulc. Bastards, and else.
290 Before the dew of evening fall, shall fleet,
In dreadful trial of our kingdom's king!
arms ! Faulc. Saint 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, with your lioness, I'd set an ox-head to your lion's hide, And make a monster of you.. [To AUSTRIA. Aust. Peace; no more.
300 Faulc. 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. ji
Faulc. Speed then, to take advantage comihe field.
K. Phil. It shall be so ;--and at the other hill Command the rest to stand.-God, and our right!
After Excursions, enter the Herald of France, with Trum
pets, to the Gates.
F. Her. You men of Angiers, open wide your gates, And let young Arthur, duke of Bretagne, in; Who, by the hand of France, this day hath made Much work for tears in many an English mother, 310