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Dramatis personae.

MEN,

King JOHN.
Prince HENRY, Son to the King.
ARTHUR, Duke of Bretugne, and Nephew in the King.
PEMBROKE,
ESSEX,
SALISBURY,

English Lords.
HUBERT,
BIGOT,
FAULCONBRIDGE, Bastard Son 10 Richard the First.
ROBERT FAUL CONBRIDGE, Half Brother to the Bastard.
JAMES GURNEY, Servant to the Lady Faulconbridge.
PETER OF POMFRET, a Prophet.
PHILIP, King of France.
Lewis, the Dauphin.
Arcb-Duke of Austria.
Cardinal PANDULPHO), the Pope's Legate.
MELUN, a French Lerd.
CHATILLON, Ambassador from France to King John.

WOMEN.

ELINOR, Queen Mother of England.
CONSTANCE, Mother to Artbur.
BLANCH, Daughter to Alphonse King of Castile, and Niece

to King John. Lady FAULCON BRIDGE, Mother to the Bastard and Ro

bert Faulconbridge. Citizens of Algiers, Heralds, Executioners, Messengers, Sola

diers, and otber. Attendants.

The SCENE, sometimes in England ; and sometimes in France.

KING JOHN.

ACT 1. SCENE I.

Northampton. A Room of State in the Palace. Enter

King John, Queen ELINOR, PEMBROKE, Essex, and SALISBURY, with CHATILLON.

King John.
Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with us ?
Chat. Thus, after greeting, speaks the king of

France,
In my behaviour, to the majesty,
The borrow'd majesty of England here.

Eli. A strange beginning ;-borrow'd majesty!
K. John. Silence, good mother; hear the embassy.

Chat. Philip of France, in right and true behalf
Of thy deceased brother Geffrey's son,
Arthur Plantagenet, lays most lawful claim
To this fair island, and the territories;
To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine :

B

Desiring

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Desiring thee to lay aside the sword,
Which sways usurpingly these several titles;
And put the same into young Arthur's hand,
Thy nephew, and right royal sovereign.

K. John. What follows, if we disallow of this ?

Chat. The proud control of fierce and bloody war, To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld. K. John. Here have we war for war, and blood for

blood, Controlment for controlment; so answer France. 20 Chat. Then take my king's defiance from my

mouth, The farthest limit of my embassy.

K. John. Bear mine to him, and so depart in peace. Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France; For ere thou canst report I will be there, The thunder of my cannon shall be heard : So, hence! Be thou the trumpet of our wrath, And sullen presage of your own decay.An honourable conduct let him have ;Pembroke, look to't:-Farewel, Chatillon. 30

[Exeunt CHAT. and Pem. Eli. What now, my son? have I not ever said, How that ambitious Constance would not cease, 'Till she had kindled France, and all the world, Upon the right and party of her son ? This might have been prevented, and made whole, With very easy arguments of love; Which now the manage of two kingdoms must With fearful bloody issue ar bitrate.

K. Jokn.

K. John. Our strong possession, and our right, for

us.

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Eli. Your strong possession, much more than your

right; Or else it must go wrong with you, and me: So much my conscience whispers in your ear; Which none but heaven, and you, and I, shall hear.

Enter the Sheriff of Northamptonshire, who whispers

Essex.

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Essex. My liege, here is the strangest controversy, Come from the country to be judg'd by you, That e'er I heard : Shall I produce the men ?

K. John. Let them approach. [Exit Sheriff
Our abbies, and our priories, shall pay
Re-enter Sheriff with ROBERT FAULCONBRIDGE, and

PHILIP, his Brother.
This expedition's charge. What men are you?

Phil. Your faithful subject I, a gentleman,
Born in Northamptonshire; and eldest son,
As I suppose, to Robert Faulconbridge;
A soldier, by the honour-giving hand
Of Cour-de-lion knighted in the field.

K. John. What art thou ?
Rob. The son and heir to that same Faulconbridge.

K. John. Is that the elder, and art thou the heir? You came not of one mother then, it seems.

Phil. Most certain of one mother, mighty king, That is well known; and, as I think, one father :

Bij

But,

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